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County career began with friend’s dying wish
By Lori Copler Staff Writer cLeod County 1st District Commissioner Ray Bayerl’s 22-1/2-year political career was born with the death of a friend. Bayerl, of rural Winsted, is stepping down as a county commissioner Dec. 31. Before being elected to the County Board in 1990, Bayerl’s only experience with a governing body was being a member of the parish council at Holy Trinity in Winsted. But in 1989, his friend Lawrence Fiecke, who was then the 1st District commissioner, was battling cancer. Bayerl used to drive him to his treatments. “We used to talk about what was going on during those drives,” said Bayerl. When Fiecke’s condition worsened to a point in which he was hospitalized, Bayerl would visit. Visits were limited, and Bayerl recalls that during one such visit, he was waiting in the hallway when Fiecke’s daughter emerged from his room. She told Bayerl that Fiecke had stated that if Fiecke was unable to
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Were the succeeding 22 years enjoyable? “Well, they’ve certainly been interesting,” said Bayerl. “There has been both good and bad, but I think the good outweighed the bad.” A continuing issue over the years has been the county’s building needs, said Bayerl. Early in his career, there was a proposal to expand the current courthouse in Glencoe. “That would have left us landlocked,” said Bayerl, who added that he appreciates the recent move of the Veterans Services Office to the North Complex building, giving veterans handicap-accessible access to the office. A 2007 proposal for a $22.5 million, 95-bed jail, which the County Board ultimately rejected, was probably the biggest issue Bayerl faced in his career. Bayerl said he feels the County Board received some “misinformation” about the need for the additional space for the county’s 32-bed jail.
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Ray Bayerl fill out his term, he wanted Bayerl to replace him. “That was really kind of a turning point for me,” said Bayerl. After Fiecke’s death, a special election to fill out his term was set for June 1990. Bayerl won the seat held by his friend.
Chronicle photo by Lori Copler
Visiting the Jolly Old Elf
Jack Buckentin, son of Matt and Joce Buckentin and grandson of Alan and Karen Buckentin, was one of many children who visited Santa Claus Saturday morning when Santa visited the Brownton Community Center. The visit was hosted by the Brownton Lions Club, which also provided treats, gifts and activities for the children.
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Board approves tax levy; down nearly $91,000
By Rich Glennie Editor The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board held its Truth in Taxation hearing Monday night in the board room at Lincoln Jr. High, and later that evening approved its 2012 tax l e v y , payable in 2013, for the 2013-14 school year. That levy amounts to $2,323,633, or a decrease of 3.765 percent, or Michelle a b o u t Sander $91,000 leass than 2012-13. Michelle Sander, school district business manager, methodically went through the process of determining school funding, tax levies and setting budgets. The Truth in Taxation hearing, held prior to the regular December School Board meeting, was attended by a handful of people. The majority of the tax levy is for the general fund ($1,154,447), but other components include: • The equity/transition levy ($179,328). • The net capacity levy for operating capital, unemployment insurance, the Safe School program, the career and technical program, health and safety projects, deferred maintenance work, building lease, debt service adjustment and abatement adjustments ($596,211). • Community service for community education, Early Childhood Family Education, home visiting, school-age care and abatement adjustments ($163,130). • General debt service (voter approved) including building bond debt for the former McLeod West district ($230,259). Schools are different than cities, counties and townships, Sander said, because the school’s fiscal year begins July 1 rather than on a calendar year. She said there is little a school board controls in the budgeting process. She said an assessor determines property values, the state Legislature determines the formula for taxes, the county auditor calculates the property taxes and the Department of Education comes up with the levy documents. Sander said there are two basic parts to determining the tax levy, that part of the budget that is generated by local property taxes — property valuations and student counts. Once the tax levy is set, Sander said, it cannot be adjusted, but the budget, which is usually approved by the board in June, can be adjusted because of changes in state
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Holly Days parade
The Glencoe Holly Days parade had a little bit of everything this year with walking trees, several sightings of Santa Claus and an impressive number of lighted displays on fire engines, floats and people alike. Saturday night’s parade started on 9th Street and Greeley Avenue and traveled north on Greeley, across two highway intersections, and ended at 18th Street and Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility. Above are elf Kasidy Cacka, Lori Cacka (a tree) and Sam Reiter (a little tree) working for Bump’s Family Restaurant’s float, while Santa and his elf, far right, were on the Coborn’s float. A member of the Color Guard, above, dressed for the brisk weather that drew a large contingent of parade watchers, including those inside nearby Millie Beneke Manor.
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Wed., 12-12 H: 33º, L: 17º Thur., 12-13 H: 33º, L: 21º Fri., 12-14 H: 31º, L: 20º Sat., 12-15 H: 30º, L: 19º Sun., 12-16 H: 27º, L: 14º
Looking back: The first big snowstorm of the season dumped over 10 inches of wet, heavy snow on the area. Date Hi Lo Snow Dec. 4 34 ......15 ..........0.00 Dec. 5 41 ......14 ..........0.00
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* Rain. Temperatures and precipitation compiled by Robert Thurn, Chronicle weather observer.
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Basketball teams OK’d to help cancer fund raiser
By Rich Glennie Editor The Glencoe-Silver Lake basketball teams will be doing something a little different this season — they also will be involved in fund-raising to fight cancer while competing at two scheduled games. Head girls’ basketball coach Cullin Ober, along with players Clarissa Ober and Kelly Beneke, attended Monday’s night GSL School Board meeting to ask permission to participate in the fund raisers. The first will be doubleheader girls’ and boys’ basketball games against Norwood Young America on Jan. 12, with the aim to raise funds for breast cancer research. The other is a “Pink Out” in a girls’ basketball game at Orono on Jan. 18. The proceeds from the NYA doubleheader will go toward the Tim Orth Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Walk For the Cure. “It is an excellent opportunity,” for student involvement, said GSL Superintendent Chris Sonju. He said it was similar to the Randy Shaver Tackle Cancer Night event held during a football game earlier this school year. But Sonju said any additional fund raisers added to the schedule need School Board approval. “It’s awesome they’re doing this,” Sonju said. In other matters, the School Board: • Accepted the audit for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Kim Pelzel Helberg of Clifton Larson Allen LLP presented the audit report, which indicated the district had a general fund balance of $5.9 million as of June 30, 2012. The unassigned fund balance equals about 30 percent of the general fund, she added. Helberg said GSL is no different than many other districts who have high fund balances, “due to the uncertainty of state aid.” She said it also “helps weather the tough economy.” Generally, it is recommended school districts have a fund balance minimum of 8 percent to 16 percent, she said. “All (GSL) funds are healthy,” Helberg said. “Everything looks good.” She also praised Michelle Sander, GSL business manager, for having one of the best financial reports she has worked with. • Heard a request from Teri Windschitl to take Spanish students on an educational trip to Peru in 2014. She took students to Costa Rica last summer, and GSL students went to Europe in 2010. She called the benefits and experiences of the trips for the students as “tremendous.” The nine-day trip also includes a half credit toward graduation. The estimated cost per student is about $3,000, and there is no cost to the school district. • Heard that the United States Department of Agriculture has changed its school lunch rules. “The USDA took enough heat,” Sander said of the changes that were announced recently. She said details are still sketchy, but the changes involved an increase in meats and grains portions per week into the school lunches. But she said there is no change in the calories offered the students. Sander said the changes will give food service “more flexibility in menu planning.” • Heard that the district is working with students walking to school about train safety and with Twin Cities & Western Railroad, which has held up some buses as it switches rail cars. • Approved a new threeyear contract with Sander as business manager. The new contract starts July 1 and includes a total package increase of 5.8 percent over the three years, or about 1.95 percent each year. Board member Jamie Alsleben said Sander has brought “great strength to the district, not only in knowing the numbers, but articulating in a way that simplifies that so they (the public) can understand.” • Heard that a GSL blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12. Chantelle Wolff of Student Government said the goal is to collect 60 units of blood at the drive. • Heard the annual geography bee is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7. • Hired Tricia Schilling as a 9-hour-per-week paraprofessional in the Early Childhood Special Education program at Lakeside, a new position. • Accepted the resignation of Deb Rudy as a special education paraprofessional at the high school; Brea Wiblemo as head cheerleader coach; and Lisa Eischens as junior high gymnastics coach. • Approved the following extracurricular assignments: Rebecca Haddad as seventh-grade girls’ basketball coach, replacing Mallory Godel, who resigned. Dave Prehn as eighth-grade boys’ basketball coach, new position. Carrie Chap and Mona Ewald, co-coaches for cheerleaders. Jeff Delwiche, junior high wrestling coach, replacing Brian Heimerl, who resigned. • Accepted the following donations: For the Close-Up program, Silver Lake Lions, $250; Silver Lake Knights of Columbus, $25; Glencoe Lions Club, $50; Silver Lake American Legion Auxiliary to Post 141, $100; and New Auburn VFW Post 7266, $500. GFWC of Silver Lake, $200 for Lakeside library books. New Auburn VFW Post 7266, $500 for GSL FFA chapter. PRI Robotics Inc., $500 for new robotics club. The School Board also was notified that Medtronics donated $6,500 to sponsor the new GSL robotics team. The donation will cover the entry fee and materials, according to a report by Paul Sparby, high school principal.
Holiday band concert Monday
The Glencoe-Silver Lake High School bands will present a holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the GSL High School Auditorium. According to Peter Gepson, band director, this concert will feature some holiday favorites as well as some non-holiday selections. Performing will be the GSL 9th-10th grade band and the GSL Concert Band. Tickets are available at the door.
Free movie at First Lutheran
On Saturday, Dec. 15, First Evangelical Lutheran Church will show a free movie “Christmas with a capital C” at 7 p.m., in the church fellowship center. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. A free-will offering will be accepted.
Study Club meets Dec. 17
The Dec. 17 Glencoe Study Club meeting will be held at Orchard Estates at 7:30 p.m. The hostesses are Norma McNeil and Karen Hendrickson. Bring a favorite Christmas food. The program will be a Christmas reading and songs.
Auxiliary Christmas party set
The Glencoe American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 95 will host its Christmas party on Monday, Dec. 17, at G. Dubbs in Glencoe. Call Jan by Dec. 10 at 320-8643631 if one plans to attend. Each member will pay for their own meal.
Christmas party set Dec. 17
The Stewart American Legion and Auxiliary will hold its potluck Christmas party Monday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m., at the Stewart Community Center. All Legion and Auxiliary members and families, as well as all military families, are welcome to attend.
Glencoe Seniors meetings set
The Glencoe Senior Citizens Club will meet for a holiday dinner on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 12:30 p.m., in the senior room at the Glencoe City Center. Sheephead and 500 will be played. All area seniors are welcome to attend. The seniors also are looking for canasta and pinochle players, and are open to suggestions for other board and card games. The club also will meet at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18. John Gilster will serve.
Christmas auction under way
The McLeod County Historical Museum will host a Christmas auction fund raiser and potluck dinner. The silent auction runs through Monday, Dec. 17, and the potluck dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 17, at the museum, 380 School Road NW, Hutchinson. All the proceeds will go toward helping to preserve McLeod County history, said executive director Lori Pickell-Stangel.
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aid due to enrollment changes. The current 2012-13 budget has about $18 million in revenues and $18.47 million in expenditures. That is down from the 2011-12 budget of $18.17 million in revenues and $18.42 in expenses. Sander said salaries and benefits account for 68 percent of the school budget. “We’re a people business,” Sander said. “That’s what we do.” Larry Gutknecht, a district resident in attendance, asked about the planned new addition onto the Lincoln Jr. High. “Is that (approach) going to be the norm from now on?” He said it will be more expensive doing it a piece at a time rather than passing a larger building bond referendum in the first place. “Yes and no,” Sander replied. She said she did not see the board’s action of approving the $1.5 million addition as “the norm” in the future. She said it will be a School Board decision, but she said it is still likely the School Board “will look to pass a big bond down the road. “Piecemeal is not usually the way to do it,” Sander added. “But again, that’s a School Board decision.” The addition to Lincoln is for the Early Childhood Family Education/Early Childhood Special Education (ECFE/ECSE) and School Readiness programs. “It will free up at least one classroom at Helen Baker and free up one classroom at Silver Lake (where ECSE is located),” Sander said. “It gives us some time,” she said of future space needs planning. The ECFE/ECSE project is expected to be completed “about this time next year.” Sander said the School Board opted for a lease levy to fund the $1.5 million project. The district will levy for $1 million and use $500,000 from reserves, she added. But Sander stressed the GSL addition plan needs approval from the Minnesota Department of Education first. Resident Al Schochenmaier asked about the state aid and how much is owed to the GSL School District. Sander said the state aid is paid to the school district twice a month, but property taxes are paid to the district twice a year by the county. The state aid is never paid fully in a fiscal year, Sander said. In the past the district received 90 percent of its state aid during the school year, and 10 percent was held back until final enrollment numbers were set in the fall. But state legislators have whittled that amount down over the past years to help balance the state’s budgets. Sander said the district now gets only 64.3 percent of its state aid during the current school year, “and they (the state) keeps the rest.” But in December, with a state budget surplus forecast, the state will increase its payments to 82.5 of its state aid “unless the Legislature changes the law,” Sander added. Schochenmaier asked about losses in state aid by GSL with students open enrolling out of the district. Sander said GSL loses about 400 students to open enrollment and gains about 90. At $6,000 per student, “that’s a big chunk.” GSL Superintendent Chris Sonju said the district has done numerous surveys to find out why students open enroll out of GSL, “and geography is the reason.” Sonju said students on the district’s fringes often enroll in schools closer to their homes, Sibley East to the south, Dassel-Cokato to the north and Hutchinson, which gets about 100 GSL district students. “Many (parents) are respectful of the GSL District, think we are doing great things, but the school is too far away,” Sonju said.
Living Water Puppets perform
On Sunday, Dec. 16, beginning at 4 p.m., The Living Water Puppets will be putting on a special Christmas puppet program titled, “The ‘Plane’ Truth About Christmas.” Young children will especially enjoy the puppets. There is no charge, and the public is invited to attend. Grace Bible Church, 300 Cleveland St., Silver Lake, is located next to the city water tower. The church website is www.silverlakechurch.org. To be included in this column, items for Happenings must be received in the Chronicle office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday of the week they are to be published.
Community Strings concerts rescheduled for Sunday
Community Strings concerts that were postponed last Sunday due to the snow storm have been rescheduled to Sunday, Dec 16. The concerts will be performed at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. There is no charge, but a free-will offering will be taken for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf.
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Kwik Trip plan expansion at Hwys. 212/5
NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA — The Norwood Young America Times reported that Kwik Trip plans to purchase the former Crossroads Restaurant at the corner of Highways 212-5 in NYA. The former restaurant will be replaced by a Kwik Trip gas station, convenience store and car wash in 2013 if all preliminary arrangements work out as expected, the Times reported.
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After the project was abandoned, the County Board has been receiving weekly reports on the jail’s occupancy, which averages in the low 20s, said Bayerl. “Looking back, I think it was a good decision,” Bayerl said of abandoning the proposal. “If we hadn’t made that decision, this county wouldn’t have the zero debt and the healthy reserves it has now.” In fact, Bayerl said, leaving office with the county not having any debt “is probably as rewarding as anything we’ve accomplished.” But even more rewarding, Bayerl said, was being able to help people. “If I was able to help people out, to get answers to their questions … well, I really enjoyed that,” Bayerl said. Bayerl, a retired farmer, said he has no immediate plans for his retirement from his second job, that of county commissioner. “We’d like to do some traveling, but other than that, we have no big plans,” he said.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Four new members were elected to the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on Thursday at the chamber’s annual banquet and meeting at the City Center. The new board members, who take over in January, include,
from left to right, Lisa Ahlbrecht of Cutting Edge, Kelly Rach of Ameriprise Financial, Michelle Sander of the GlencoeSilver Lake School District and Adam Lindeman of Security Bank & Trust.
Hamburg PO hours reduced
HAMBURG —Jim Thiesfeld, officer in charge of the Hamburg Post Office, announced that two hours and 45 minutes have been cut from the post office’s weekly schedule of public service hours, the Norwood Young America Times reported. The hours will be cut during the week, he added. It is all part of the national effort by the U.S. Postal Services to trim costs. The change will begin in February.
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Profession/Occupation: Retired minister of First Congregational Church, Glencoe. How many years have you been in Glencoe: I came to Glencoe in 1955 until I retired. Moved north and traveled. Returned to Glencoe 5 years ago. How long have you been a Rotarian and why did you join Rotary: Joined in 1969. I was always attracted to Rotary for the great things they do and joined when I had the opportunity to do so. Name some reasons you came to Glencoe and/or what are some good things about Glencoe: I came to Glencoe because I got a great job at First Congregational Church. Glencoe has great sports. I am a big sports fan. Family: daughter Susan lives in Hutchinson and daughter Peggy lives in Buffalo.
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Linemen help with Sandy
Shauna Gruber, left, presented an award to Ann Phillips. Sheila Murphy Two Hutchinson Utilities Commission linemen, Randy Abelson and Nick Nelson, worked 10 days helping restore electricity after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, the Hutchinson Leader reported. The two spent time repairing lines on Long Island.
Phillips, Murphy named ’12 volunteers of year
By Rich Glennie Editor The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce honored its own Thursday at a noon annual meeting/luncheon in the Glencoe City Center. Selected as Community Volunteer of the Year was Ann Phillips for her service at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Selected as the Mike Popelka Chamber Volunteer of the Year recipient was Sheila Murphy of Miller Manufacturing. The chamber also recognized three of its current board members whose terms expire at the end of the year, and welcomed four new members to the board. The retiring board members are Kim Dietel of ThisN-That Cleaning; Laurie Gauer of Gauer Chiropractic, the outgoing chamber board chairwoman; and Laura Kuvaas of Glencoe Regional Health Services. Joining the chamber board for 2013 are Lisa Ahlbrecht of Cutting Edge; Adam Lindeman of Security Bank & Trust; Kelly Rach of Ameriprise Financial; and Michelle Sander, business manager for the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District. Shauna Gruber of Twin Cities & Western Railroad replaces Gauer as the new chamber board chairwoman in 2013. The other chamber board members whose terms expire in 2013 are Gruber, Cathy Baumgartner of Central Minnesota Jobs & Training; and Jeremy Stender of KTWN Radio-1340 AM. Those terms expiring in 2014 are held by Murphy and Larry Anderson of State Farm Insurance. In earning the Community Volunteer of the Year Award, Phillips was cited by the chamber selection committee for her volunteer work at GRHS since 2010. She was described as “a compassionate, reliable, friendly and considerate volunteer, who is always willing to help those in need. She has volunteered countless hours serving staff and patients at Glencoe Regional Health Services in various capacities.” As to Murphy’s award for Chamber Volunteer of the Year, the selection panel wrote that Murphy serves on the chamber’s board of directors and its Economic Development Committee (EDC). “As a result of her leadership, the chamber of commerce has implemented various initiatives to serve the needs of the community’s manufacturing firms. Her willingness to volunteer her time and talents has been a tremendous asset to the organization’s efforts to strengthen Glencoe’s business community.” The chamber also honored new businesses in 2012 that included Fahey Sales Auctioneer’s & Appraisers, Headquarters Lifestyle Salon, The Cake House, Pure Life Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Serenity’s Therapeutic Massage, Shopko Hometown, The French Bucket Floral & Gift Shop and This-N-That Cleaning. Gauer also recognized the work of the various chamber committees: the Ambassadors, who do the ribbon-cutting ceremonies, the community event organizers committee and the EDC. On the Ambassador committee are Oladipo Ajayi of Dominion Home Health Services; Chip Anderson of Schad, Lindstrand & Schuth; Dietel; Ellen Felmlee of Prime West Financial/Security Bank & Trust; Gauer; Gruber; Charlie Guerrero of Home Solutions; Jean Johnson of Glencoe Enterprise; Sue Keenan of McLeod Publishing; Shawn Knorr of Contemporary Dental; Keith Ortloff of Franklin Printing; Kelly Rach of Ameriprise Financial; Scott Rhodes of Coborn’s; and Sheri Stamps of McBride Hantge Funeral Chapels. On the community events committee are Sara Brown, Grand Meadows Senior Living; Dietel; Guerrero; Mindy Lemke of Gavin, Winters, Twiss, Thiemann & Long; Rach, Tim Schuth of Schad, Lindstrand & Schuth; Jeremy Stender of KTWN Radio1340 AM; and Jon Vandamme of Coborn’s. The EDC members include Gauer, Anderson, Murphy, Nicole Grobe of MidCountry Bank, Guerrero, Robin Bergeron of Twin Cities & Western Railroad, Mike Long of Gavin, Winters, Twiss, Thiemann & Long, Brian O’Donnell of Priority One Real Estate; Vandamme. Liaisons to the EDC are City Administrator Mark Larson; City Council member Dan Perschau; Dave Meyer, Glencoe Light Plant manager; and Mayor Randy Wilson.
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Several new businesses were honored by the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s annual banquet/meeting last Thursday at the Glencoe City Center. Receiving plaques of recognition were, front, from left, Kim Dietel, owner of This-N-That Cleaning; Josie Garcia of Serenity’s Therapeutic
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Our view: Maybe the federal budget solution is just that simple — stop spending!
s Congress and President Obama continue their political stare-down as the “fiscal cliff” fast approaches, perhaps it is time the two sides try a simple stop-gap measure for the next year, or four, in order to buy some time — stop spending! Freeze everything at its current level for 2013 and beyond — federal employee and congressional wages included. Make do with what is currently budgeted. No more borrowing. Everyone must live within the set budget. Let the slow-growing economy simply catch up. No new federal spending, combined with an increase in tax collections as new jobs are created, more people get back to work, more business owners reinvest in their businesses, will give us a chance to make a dent the federal deficit. Too simple? Too naive of a solution? Perhaps. But it sure beats what our leaders have been doing to date. If it works, do again in 2014, 2015 and beyond. Forget about inflation. Forget those cost-of-living raises. Forget adding staff to the federal work force, let attrition work its magic. Forget about .... well, you get the idea. The Republicans also are onto something. Get rid of all the tax loopholes in the federal tax code to instantly raise more revenue. Forget about raising or lowering tax rates. No more tax breaks for anyone. That
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will indeed increase tax revenue without touching the current tax rates, which seems to be a major stumbling block. All that ought to get some jaws clenched and teeth gnashing. While we are at it, why not do the same thing at the Capitol in St. Paul. If you have so many billions in projected revenues, you can only spend up to that many billions over the next biennium. No more smoke-andmirrors. No more sleights of hand. No more shifts and bookkeeping gimmicks. Freeze everything at its current level. Make do, Minnesotans. But sadly, politicians and simple solutions never seem to go well together in the same sentence. Politicians need to complicate things beyond comprehension because it provides them with job security. They are the only ones who understand what they did — sometimes. Let us get back to the basics of economics. You cannot spend what you do not have. And you cannot spend a dollar more than once. We hark back to the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District situation of several years ago. GSL was mired in debt, and had been for years. It took a simple solution to turn things around in a matter of two years. GSL curbed its spending habits and cut its expenses! It was that simple, and it worked marvelously. — R.G.
Letters to Editor No snow in sight! Well, it’s just not working for us
To the Editor: It’s Dec. 5 and ... No snow in sight! Our boys are both home for the week and that means four cars in a single driveway/garage house. No snow in sight! That’s OK. I’ll call the police and get permission to park in the street for the week! No snow in sight! No! You can’t get permission for them to park for the week! No snow in sight! This is not working for us! Scream! Karen Thell Glencoe
State surplus is $2.5 billion, not a $1.1 billion deficit
To the Editor: The new state budget forecast has some good news, showing that Minnesota has accumulated a $2.5 billion surplus under Republican leadership. This $2.5 billion surplus enabled us to replenish the state’s cash reserve funds by $900 million and $1.6 billion to repay the school shift, paying back all of the 2011 school shift and a large portion of the educational shift that occurred under the previous DFL-controlled legislature in 2010. Then why is it reported that Minnesota is facing a projected $1.1 billion deficit in the upcoming biennium? The primary reason is that much of state government is on “auto pilot” spending increases. So the deficit is not a shortfall in current spending, it is a shortfall of a projected increase in government spending. In other words, Minnesota government is growing at a faster rate than the private sector can grow tax revenues. The reason we have a surplus is because Republicans reduced this projected rate of growth in government spending during the last biennium. The DFL is already using this projected deficit as a reason to increase taxes on the “rich.” The DFL is also discussing an increase in the gas tax, expanding the sales tax to include clothing and numerous other taxes. According to published reports some in the DFL are suggesting that the state should raise an additional $6 billion in new tax revenue for expanding government programs. This would represent more than a 20 percent growth in current state spending. This will kill private sector job growth and is unsustainable. Keep in mind that when the federal government creates huge trillion dollar deficits with fiat money, in effect, they are already raising everyone’s taxes by devaluing the purchasing power of our dollar. This hurts the middle class and the poor the most by driving up the cost of necessary goods and services. So in addition to billions of dollars of new taxes for Obamacare and taxation by devaluing your dollar, the DFL now wants to raise tax rates and grow government by double digit rates, both at the state and federal level. There is not one example in world history where this socialist economic model has led to long-term prosperity. I believe this will rob our children of a bright economic future and will eventually lead to economic chaos as we are witnessing in Greece. As your representative, I will keep you informed during the upcoming session and budgeting process. State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe
Letters to Editor Something doesn’t smell right about city’s recycling decision
To the Editor: This is our reaction to the article regarding recycling in Glencoe, entitled, “Recycling contract a sore point for county.” As the company who was recently awarded a five-year contract for the collection of ALL recycling for McLeod County, we find the timing of the city of Glencoe’s suggested change in services interesting. The former company, contracted by the county, was supposed to be providing, and was paid for, the same service we are currently providing. If there was a concern in how the recycling was being collected, or not collected, why wasn’t this addressed years ago? West Central Sanitation has proven the common goal between McLeod County and us by increasing the tonnage of collection by over 20 tons a month, or over 40 tons in our first two months. In Glencoe alone, we have increased the collection of recyclables by over 27 tons in the past two months! If the city of Glencoe’s goal is to increase the percentage of recycling, we have already done that in two short months. Work with your county and us, and we’ll increase that total even more! West Central Sanitation has the ability to collect recycling either way, single sort or separate sorts, throughout our 15-county area we serve. We, or the county, were never allowed to discuss those options with the city, which is really concerning because they knew we were the contracted vendor for these services. West Central Sanitation fully expects to honor the McLeod County contract and resolutions/ordinances that they are operating under. We will continue to provide those contracted services to the residents of Glencoe until or unless the county, not the city, tells us something differently. Something doesn’t smell right, and it’s not the garbage! Don Williamson Jeff Bertram West Central Sanitation Willmar
SWIF does more than support local businesses
To the Editor: Southwest Initiative Foundation is known for supporting local businesses, but does much more. Since our creation in 1986, loan programs have been a key function of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, a nonprofit often known as SWIF, as a way to support communities and businesses throughout southwest Minnesota. In 2001, microlending was added to our existing programs as a tool to support small businesses and people looking for self-employment opportunities by providing market-rate loans. In McLeod County communities alone, SWIF has made 56 microloans, supporting many types of businesses from Main Street shops to service providers. Beyond financing, what makes our microloan program so beneficial is the technical assistance we provide. SWIF microloan clients receive technical assistance from our staff — all who have personal business experience — to improve their business management skills, from business planning to reading financials to marketing. By gaining these skills they not only better position their businesses, but also become equipped to serve as more engaged community leaders, adding to the vibrancy and quality of life in their communities. But SWIF’s reach goes far beyond microlending. As a rural, regional community foundation, we’re a single connection offering unlimited possibilities to grow and promote people, entrepreneurs, businesses and communities. We serve more than 150 communities by providing loans, grants, leadership development, and vehicles for giving. In our nearly 27-year history, SWIF has invested $58 million through grants and loans into our communities and region. Through all of our loan programs, we have helped 580 businesses start or expand which have created or retained more than 7,700 jobs. We’ve also established 16 Early Childhood Initiative coalitions, 50 Youth Energy Summit teams, 24 community foundations and more than 80 other funds. Our work is supported by donors including individuals, families, businesses and other foundations and organizations who want to see our communities have a bright future. We are committed to the people of southwest Minnesota and work hard with leaders to build on our region’s assets. Kurt Thompson Program officer Southwest Initiative Foundation Hutchinson
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Guest column:
Divided government isn’t so bad
By Phil Krinkie All the buzz in Washington, D.C., since the election has been about the “fiscal cliff.” This is a term that Washington insiders have given to spending reductions and tax increases that will automatically take place if the lame duck session of Congress doesn’t act before the end of the year. The fiscal cliff is a result of the Congress’ inability to reach an agreement on spending cuts and/or tax increases in order to resolve or at least reduce our nation’s massive budget deficit. If there is not an agreement by the end of the year both $136 billion in “automatic” spending reductions and $592 billion in tax increases will take effect. The Congressional Budget Office and most economists predict that if Congress and the President don’t act to prevent these tax increases and some of these spending cuts from taking effect, it could push the country back into another recession. But while all eyes are focused on what is happening in Washington, D.C., Minnesota is facing a different type of fiscal dilemma, a mountain of new spending. The Democrats wrestled control of both the Minnesota House and Senate from the Republicans in large part by making commitments to increase funding to a variety of special interest groups. Now will be the challenge to deliver on their campaign promises. As Thomas Sowell, noted economist and writer stated, “The real goal should be reduced government spending, rather than balanced budgets achieved by ever rising taxes to cover ever rising spending.” Just two years ago the state faced a $5 billion shortfall. With Republicans in control of the Legislature and with Democrat Mark Dayton in the governor’s office, there was a long drawn out budget process. As most Minnesotans remember, there was a suspension of some government services for a few weeks before a final budget deal was struck. The agreement balanced the budget without a tax increase, but did use a combination of future revenues and delayed payments in order to increase spending by double digits. That’s right, state spending still increased by more than 15 percent during the last biennium, despite the outcries that draconian cuts had taken place. Now that Democrats control the Legislature and the governor’s office, there will be a spending spree at the state Capitol, the magnitude of which we haven’t seen in twenty years. Less than three weeks since the election, the spending wishes are already longer than a trust fund kid’s Christmas list. It starts with Sen. Bakk, DFL-Cook, the new Senate Majority Leader, promising to reduce property taxes. That’s likely to cost the state at least a half a billion dollars. Next is the stated commitment to repay the K-12 school shift at a cost of $2.4 billion. Then there is the desire to increase spending in K-12 education and higher education as well. This is just the initial spending list and does not include any of the Health and Human Service appropriation areas where spending usually increases with economic slowdowns. In total, Democrats could be considering somewhere around $5 billion in new spending. Next week the Office of Management and Budget will release the state’s forecasted budget projections which will likely show the state with yet another shortfall, probably ranging from a $1 billion to $1.5 billion deficit. Given that the state’s Constitution requires Minnesota to have a balanced budget, and given that the DFL can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to spending taxpayer money, there is only one way the Democrats can climb this fiscal mountain and that is with a corresponding amount of increased taxes. It seems ironic that our federal politicians are working to reach some agreement on spending reductions and trying to extend tax cuts, while our Minnesota politicians are talking only about a mountain of new spending, which will be matched with a pile of new taxes. Maybe divided government isn’t such a bad idea. Phil Krinkie, a former eight-term Republican state rep from Lino Lakes who chaired the House Tax Committee for a while, is president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Happy, hearty Minnesotans
There is something about cold weather, lighted parades at night and Minnesota that brings out the best in people, including a few smiles. This hearty group of parade watchers, above, included, left to right, Sharon Gutknecht, Larry Gutknecht, Kathy Heil, Bonnie Johnson, Michelle Sander and Al Schochenmaier. They were taking in the Glencoe Holly Days parade last Saturday night. At the right are elves, Abigail and Connor Reiter, who were with the Bump’s Family Restaurant parade unit, handing out treats to parade watchers.
Guest column:
As Congress approaches ‘cliff’
By Lee Hamilton As we move deeper into December, the question for Congress is this: Can members of the House and Senate do something to make the public feel more positive about Congress’s competence, or will 2012 end on the familiar note of Americans taking an unrelievedly dim view of Congress’s job performance? According to data from a public opinion survey sponsored by the Center on Congress at Indiana University, “there’s a quite decided, lopsided disapproval of Congress,” said Edward G. Carmines, the Warner O. Chapman Professor and Rudy Professor of political science at Indiana University in Bloomington. “In our survey, it was 91 percent who disapprove and only 9 percent who approve. “This is an old story about the modern Congress, but it’s one that bears repeating,” said Carmines. “In almost all areas, the electorate finds the Congress quite wanting. We asked them if they think Congress deals with key issues facing the country; if it keeps excessive partisanship in check; if it conducts the business of the country in a careful and deliberate way; if it holds members to high standards of ethical conduct; if it controls the influence of special interests. “In each of these areas, the public rates Congress quite low. We asked them to grade Congress between A and F, and in almost every one of these instances, the grade is in the D range.” When the survey was conducted earlier this fall, public awareness was just beginning to build about the “fiscal cliff” now filling the headlines. “We didn’t ask specifically about the ‘fiscal cliff,’ but we did ask how much compromise should be in play. And very strong majorities told us they prefer Congress to compromise to make good public policy, even in contrast to sticking to their own principles. “If Congress were able to deal with something like the fiscal cliff in a way that showed compromise, the institution would certainly be held in higher esteem than it is now,” Carmines said. “There’s not much in the survey data showing that the public believes Congress can do that,” he concedes. “But if Congress could compromise, they certainly would gain public support, because that’s what the public’s looking for.” Carmines said the public does understand that Congress “has a tough job.” Those surveyed recognize “there’s a wide diversity of opinion on most issues that come before Congress. But they don’t think Congress works hard enough to resolve these differences.” Examining the relationship between citizens and Congress — how people learn about, interact with, and evaluate the institution and its members — has been an important focus for the Center on Congress since its founding in 1999. The Center regularly conducts public opinion polls to gauge if Americans feel Congress is relevant to their lives and is living up to the framers’ expectation that it should be the responsive “people’s branch” of the federal government. Overseeing this survey work is Professor Carmines, who also is the Center’s director of research. The 2012 findings are based on a nationwide survey of 1,000 people completed in September and October by the Internet polling firm YouGov Polimetrix. Below, Carmines offers his thoughts on other findings of the 2012 survey: Incivility: “We asked several questions about incivility in Congress, and the news here is not good. People see incivility as a big problem, they think it’s gotten worse over the last several years, and they think it will get worse in the future, instead of getting better.” Who’s to blame? “They don’t believe voters contribute to this. They believe the members themselves, party leaders, the media, and political campaigns exacerbate incivility.” Influence: “The survey asked, “What do you think is the main thing that influences what your members of Congress do in office?” The highest, 49 percent, said ‘special interests.’ Thirty-six percent said members are mainly influenced by their personal self-interest. Far below that, 9 percent said ‘the interest of the people in their state or district,’ and 5 percent ‘the interest of the country as a whole.’ To the question, “Do members of Congress care about what people like you think?” 1 percent said ‘most of the time’ and 31 percent said ‘sometimes.’ A whopping 67 percent said, ‘No, not very often.’” Citizenship: “Not only do those surveyed hold Congress in low regard, but also, when we asked them to evaluate their own performance as citizens — do they follow what’s going on in Congress, do they contact members on issues that concern them, do they vote in presidential and congressional elections — they also give the public pretty low marks. We haven’t seen this in some of the earlier surveys we’ve done; those showed that average citizens felt they didn’t have much responsibility for what went on in Congress.” Communication: “There’s a growing recognition of the importance of social media. People believe it’s important now for members of Congress to develop a good web site, to use online questions and surveys, to participate in Facebook and Twitter, to have regular e-mail contact with their constituents. It’s not that they downplay the traditional — town hall meetings, and mailings and so forth — but added to this is what they see as an obligation now that members of Congress be highly involved in social media and other online outreach.” Impact: “Our survey found that people continue to see Congress as a very relevant and highly consequential institution, one with a lot of effect on their daily lives. They believe that Congress and the President in almost all areas — whether you’re talking about the budget, or setting the agenda, or declaring war, or anything, really, of national importance — that it’s the Congress AND the President that ought to share responsibility. So, Congress is quite relevant to ordinary voters. But they also believe Congress is a dysfunctional institution.” The Center on Congress is supported in part by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington. For more information about the Center, go to www.centeroncongress.org.
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So who is to blame in the stalemate over the federal budget as it approaches the ‘fiscal cliff’ if a compromise is not reached before Jan. 1? 1) Republicans 2) Democats 3) Both Results for most recent question: The city of Glencoe has been offered the former Mark’s Economart building and property in downtown Glencoe for $1 and the payment of its 2013 property taxes ($14,022). Should the city accept the offer? 1) Yes — 58% 2) No — 33% 3) Not sure — 10%
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Stewart mayor resigns; Peirce appointed to job
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The city of Stewart has a new mayor. At its Monday night meeting, the Stewart City Council accepted the resignation of Mayor Jeff Erkenbrack, who was re-elected in the Nov. 6 election, and appointed acting mayor Jason Peirce to fill out Erkenbrack’s term for this year, and his new term that was set to begin Jan. 1 and through Dec. 31, 2015. Erkenbrack submitted a letter Dec. 3 saying he was resigning, effective immediately, but giving no details for the reasons for his resignation. The appointment of Peirce as mayor left a council opening, and the City Council appointed current Council Member Mike Aydt, whose re-election bid fell short Nov. 6, to fill out Peirce’s remaining term, which is set to expire Dec. 31, 2015. But that is contingent on an opinion as to whether Aydt, who also is the second assistant fire chief, can hold both positions. Peirce said that if the opinion, being sought from the League of Minnesota Cities and the city attorney, is that Aydt can’t serve both positions, he will need to choose between the two before Jan. 1. City Clerk Ronda Huls said she will get the information as to whether Aydt can serve in both capacities so that the City Council has it in hand for a special Dec. 27 meeting that it had set to approve year-end bills. Kevin Klucas, who was elected to the City Council in November and will begin his term Jan. 1, asked why the council appointment couldn’t wait until the new City Council was in place in January. Klucas and Jim Eitel will both be new council members. Peirce hinted that he was “aware of some information” that there may be another council member resignation in the near future, and wanted to make sure there were enough council members for a quorum. In other business Monday night, the City Council approved its 2013 budget and levy, with a property tax increase of 1.5 percent. Peirce said that when the Council set its preliminary budget, it had “set a cap of 3 percent” for a tax increase. The 1.5 percent increase will generate another $5,552, which will help cover a Council-approved $50 per month increase in its contribution toward employees’ health insurance premiums, and the continuation of the conversion of the city’s paper records to electronic records. The city currently contributes $300 per month toward health insurance premiums, that will increase to $350 per month in 2013. Huls estimated that it will take a part-time employee about four months to complete the electronics records project, working at about 15 hours per week. The 2013 levy will be $375,686, as compared to the 2012 levy of $370,134. The City Council also: • Approved the new sidewalk routes as established at a recent workshop. • Approved a new cemetery ordinance, which also was drafted at the workshop. • Briefly discussed establishing a policy regarding boulevards and road right-ofway, which will define the measurements of those areas. Klucas suggested the city also add alleys to the policy. Huls said she is expecting more information from the city engineer regarding measurements, and that the policy could be put on the Council’s January agenda. • Heard that a new Kiwanis Club is being established to serve Stewart, Buffalo Lake and Hector.
Brownton City Council adopts 2013 levy with no increase
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The Brownton City Council passed its 2013 budget Dec. 4, with a 0-percent property tax increase, following the annual truth-in-taxation hearing. Dan Rickert, who owns commercial property in Brownton, was the only attendee at the hearing, saying that his city taxes have risen considerably in the past two years. City Clerk Cindy Lindeman said that was a result of changes in the tax laws passed by the Legislature in 2011, with a “tax exclusion” on residential property, that reduced the taxable value of residential property. Because Brownton has far more residential than commercial property, Lindeman said, commercial properties ended up taking the brunt of the tax burden. Rickert said that he had attended a town hall meeting with state legislators, who asserted that the problem was that local governments didn’t reduce their budgets accordingly. “I guess I wouldn’t agree with that,” said Lindeman, who added that local governments still needed to maintain services. “I just don’t think they realized the ramifications of what they (the Legislature) did.” In reviewing the budget, Lindeman said changes in the police department — a reduction to one full-time officer and a part-time chief from two full-time officers — allowed a reduction of $40,800 in expenditures. However, she added $19,000 to capital outlay for the payments on the new payloader, $8,000 toward potential Renville-Sibley Fiber expenses; and $8,800 for a property insurance premium increase, caused by the addition of the new Brownton Area Civic Center to the policy. The budget shows revenues ahead of expenditures by $10,000, which Lindeman said will provide a cushion for unforeseen expenses, and can perhaps help with flood mitigation plans. Lindeman also said there is money left from the sale of the municipal liquor store that can be used for flood mitigation. The city’s proposed 2013 levy includes: general fund, $227,403; 2000 streets/utility bond, $73,714; 2009 streets/utility bond, $23,750; and 2011 facility redevelopment bond, $63,050; for a total levy of $387,917.
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
Dec. 13, 1912 O.C. Conrad, Editor Boy No. 2 arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Selle on Tuesday of this week. The local Produce Store has been a busy place for the past two days, taking care of the large amount of Christmas poultry. Manager Kaplan tells us he took in 20,000 pounds of dressed turkeys Tuesday and Wednesday and expects to duplicate that by Friday night. It requires the service of eight men to handle the business. A rather small crop of the festive bird was predicted in the Brownton vicinity this year, but the enormous receipts would indicate otherwise. Herman Gaulke, residing southeast of town, is given the distinction of bringing in the largest “batch,” his check amounting to nearly $300. Andrew Amundson of Stewart was in the village Monday and while here, purchased the saloon stock owned by William Egen and took immediate possession. Mr. Egen expects to return to Rapid City, S.D., where he has several children living. Zander, he opened his own lumber yard, which he operated until 1907, when he became associated with Midland Lumber Co. of Minneapolis. A beautiful wedding in which the double-ring ceremony was used was solemnized at the St. John’s Evangelical Reformed Church at high noon Nov. 30, uniting in marriage Miss Lena Raske, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson, and Mr. Louis Schwarze, the very popular eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Schwarze of the Sumter community. A late fall wedding was solemnized at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Thursday afternoon, with the principals being Miss Leila Lickfett, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Lickfett, and Mr. John Karg, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Karg of Hutchinson. Timm, Howard Peik, Charles Draeger and John Lietz.
Fire budget
In other business, Fire Chief Morris Gasow reported that the fire department was several thousand dollars over budget for supplies. Gasow said that an order had been placed with out-ofstate companies for fire foam, but the companies apparently assumed there was a standing order and kept shipping foam and other chemical products. “They were sending it even without us ordering,” said Gasow. “It got a little out of hand.” Gasow said the department sent back what wasn’t paid for, and has adjusted its purchasing policy so that at least two of three officers must approve any purchases over $250. Lindeman said that along with receiving the products, price checks showed that the department overpaid for what it did receive by about $8,600. She said the city attorney said the city “didn’t really have any recourse because we have the product, and we paid for it.” Gasow said the fire department voted to cover the excess with proceeds from its charitable gambling fund, and that he also intended to waive his annual salary of $1,200. Council Member Chuck Warner indicated that while he wasn’t happy with what happened, he was pleased the fire department members had stepped up to try to rectify the situation. “We’ve always been very supportive of the department, and we’re very proud of it,” said Warner. Council Member Doug Block said he didn’t feel that Gasow should waive his stipend, and made a motion to pay Gasow’s annual salary. The Council also voted to accept the donation from the fire department to cover the deficit in the supplies category of its budget.
Engineer’s report
John Rodeberg of SEH, Inc., was present to discuss the proposed natural gas and flood mitigation projects. The City Council approved an amendment to its contract with SEH, Inc., to cover the engineering costs for the proposed municipal natural gas utility. SEH will take on three “tasks,” according to the agreement. The first is a feasibility report and planning for a special election on a proposed revenue bond to fund the project, the second is to complete the design of the project and the third is to oversee actual construction.
The cost of the three tasks could be up to $280,000, which will be included in the project’s total cost, but Rodeberg said the second two tasks are contingent on passing of the bond issue. Rodeberg said the special election will take place in February or March 2013. If voters pass the bond issue, the system would be designed in summer with construction to be substantially completed by the end of 2013. In regards to flood mitigation, Rodeberg said he is preparing a list of frequently asked questions for impacted residents, and the city will meet with those residents individually to discuss the project, which could potentially include the city buying homes in the flood-prone area. In other business, the City Council: • Approved a 5 percent salary increase for 2013 for its employees, in the wake of an increased salary of fulltime police officer Jake Binnebose, who had resigned in September and was re-hired in November. Lindeman said Binnebose, who was offered a salary of $20 per hour, will be making about 7-1/2 percent more than his previous salary. Block said he considers Binnebose to be a “new hire” for the job, and that the $20 per hour figure was within the range specified in the advertisement for the position. However, Council Member Norman Schwarze said he doesn’t see it the same way. After some discussion, the City Council voted for the 5 percent increase. The City Council also increased Deputy Clerk Ella Kruse’s hourly salary to $15 per hour from $12.12 per hour because of increased responsibilities. • Agreed to establish an activities task force for the civic center to help promote use of the facility. • Agreed to have Schwarze and Block attend an auction at the former Lake Marion Ballroom in hopes of purchasing tables, chairs and other items for the civic center. • Changed its January meeting to Tuesday, Jan. 8, from Tuesday, Jan. 1, because of the New Year’s Day holiday. • Presented outgoing Mayor Curt Carrigan with a plaque in appreciation of his 30 years of service to the city as a council member and a mayor.
20 Years Ago
Dec. 9, 1992 Lori Copler, Editor Bertram “Bert” Sommerdorf, 84, of Brownton, died Nov. 30, 1992, at Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson. He was a lifelong farmer in Sumter Township. Gerhart Harbarth, 83, a retired Brownton farmer, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 1992. Six McLeod West musicians were named to the Wartburg College (Iowa) Honor Band: Angela Olesen, Corey Maiers, Jenny Lamprecht, Krista Alsleben, Jenny Kalenberg and Lynn Friedrichs.
10 Years Ago
Dec. 11, 2002 Lori Copler, Editor The Stewart City Council voted Monday to spend about $8,000 to replace the carpet in the community center’s large meeting room and the hallways, and to replace the flooring in the clerk’s office with tile. The Brownton City Council heard that a group of citizens want to restore the band shell in the city park, and already had $9,300 pledged toward the project. Other proposed improvements include a volleyball court, a basketball court and playground equipment. John Beneke, 67, owner of The B’s Cafe in Brownton, died Dec. 7, 2002, at the Hutchinson hospital after a battle with cancer.
50 Years Ago
Dec. 13, 1962 Charles H. Warner, Editor Mr. and Mrs. Donald Heil announce the birth of a son, Terry Donald, at the Glencoe hospital Dec. 5. He has a brother, Billie. Henry Larson, 78, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Warner, Monday morning at 8:30 o’clock. Death was due to uremic poisoning. A lifelong resident of Lake Park, Mr. Larson had come to Brownton for the funeral of his granddaughter, Sue Warner. All four incumbent directors were re-elected Thursday at the annual meeting of the Brownton Co-operative Creamery Association. Re-elected were Merlin
75 Years Ago
Dec. 9, 1937 Percy L. Hakes, Editor Peder B. Jensen, 79, died at his home in Minneapolis early Sunday. A native of Denmark, he came to America with his wife, Anan, and settled in Hutchinson in 1882. In about 1890, he assumed the management of the lumber yard in Brownton, and later, partnering with Joseph
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
Dec. 13, 1912 A.F. Avery, Editor Recent births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb Mueller of Round Grove on Nov. 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Sifferath of Collins on Nov. 28; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kottke of Grafton on Dec. 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kreger of Collins on Dec. 10, and a son to Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Hanson of Stewart on Dec. 11. H.W. Miessner, the photographer, has sold his studio here to Herbert E. Nelson of Willmar, the deal being made last Friday. Mr. Nelson took charge the following day. Jos. Navara arrived home Wednesday from Minneapolis, where he left part of his stomach at the Eitel Hospital. Herbert Kapping, who is employed by E.E. Kuehn on the Dr. Tinker farm, found a dynamite cap one day last week, laid it on an anvil and hit it with a hammer to see if it would “go off.” It did — and Herbert’s hand nearly went with it. His wrist was badly mangled but the physician was able to patch up the damage and save the hand.
75 Years Ago
Dec. 10, 1937 Harry Koeppen, Editor Stewart will again be served by the same village officials in the next year as a result of Tuesday’s annual election, in which H.E. Proehl was re-elected president of the council, Louis Larson was re-elected as trustee and Fred Kloempken as assessor. The Willing Workers of the Congregational Church held their annual meeting Thursday at the home of Mrs. C.S. Schmitz. New officers for the year are Mrs. C.J. Schmitz, president; Mrs. L.E. Nelson, vice president; Mrs. W.A. Phillips, secretary; and Mrs. Emma Baliman, treasurer.
Jon, born Dec. 3.
35 Years Ago
Dec. 15, 1977 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Fifty-five women took part in the Christmas Tour of Homes organized by Elvera Trettin on Saturday. The day started with a luncheon served by Luella Hahn, Elvira Olinger, Emily Kasal, Lilian Perry and Marj Streich, and the ladies then toured the homes of Alden Blixrud, James Kirchoff, Otto Wangerin and John Lipke to see the different ways in which families decorate for and celebrate Christmas.
30 Years Ago
Dec. 16, 1982 Dave Stoltz, Editor The Stewart Public School is seeking a full-time music director for the second semester after the resignation of Richard Klauer effective at the end of the first semester. A new “coming events” sign, donated by Community Education, was installed recently at the school entrance.
50 Years Ago
Dec. 13, 1962 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Mr. and Mrs. Eldor Lade (Carol Plath) are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby girl, Lavonne Carol, born Dec. 8. Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Boelter (LeAnn Mead) are the proud parents of a baby boy, Gregory
Candlelight ceremony rescheduled
Because of the blizzard Sunday, Dec. 9, the Hutchinson area chapter of The Compassionate Friends had to reschedule its 11th-annual remembrance candlelighting service until Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. The service will be at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel, main chapel, on Highway 15 South in Hutchinson. The event is open to anyone who would like to come and light a candle in remembrance of a child who died too soon; whether your own child or that of a neighbor, coworker, relative or friend. “It is a special time to say their name out loud and light a candle, that their light will continue to shine in our hearts,” said Jo Reck of the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel. “Especially at this time of the year when their absence is so deeply felt, your support and participation can help ease some of our pain. “It is a very beautiful way to share with all of those who have walked in our shoes through the painful journey of losing a child,” Reck said. “Bring a photo in a frame that can stand by itself if you are honoring your own deceased child,” she added. Refreshments and a time of sharing will follow. Call Reck at 320-833-2300 with any questions. In case of more inclement weather, tune in to KDUZ Radio 1260AM for cancellations, or call Reck.
22 Brownton seniors met on Monday
Twenty Brownton senior citizens met Monday at the community center. Cards were played after the meeting with the following winners: 500, Norma Albrecht, first, and Jerome Ewert, second; pinochle, Betty Katzenmeyer, first, and Ruby Streich, second; and sheephead, Elmer Maass, first, and Lil Lindeman, second. Archie Diehn won the door prize. The group enjoyed its Christmas potluck dinner. The next meeting will be Monday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 13 — AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info. Mon., Dec. 17 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, Brownton Community Center, 1 p.m.; Brownton Lions; Stewart American Legion Post 125 & Auxiliary potluck Christmas party, 6 p.m.; GSL High School band concert, GSL High School Auditorium, Glencoe, 7:30 p.m.; McLeod County Historical Museum hosting a Christmas auction fund raiser and potluck dinner. 380 School Road NW, Hutchinson, 5-7 p.m. Tues., Dec. 18 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m.; Brownton Legion. Thurs., Dec. 20 — AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; Stewart Lions. 737 Hall St., Stewart 320-562-2553
The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, December 12, 2012, page 7
County continues work on 10-year water quality plan
By Lori Copler Staff Writer A public hearing on McLeod County’s proposed 10-year water management plan was attended by few Wednesday morning, Dec. 6, and most were members of a committee that drafted the plan, with the help of Matt Johnson of the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission. Johnson said the current 10-year plan expires Dec. 31, but the county has applied for an extension through May. The proposed plan has been reviewed by the Board of Water and Soil Resources, which has recommended some cosmetic changes, said Johnson. After the changes have been made, the plan will again be submitted for review and approval to various agencies. Johnson said the plan identifies “priority projects” for managing the county’s water resources. Having the plan in place aids the county and other local governments in obtaining grant monies for water quality improvement projects. In other business Wednesday, the County Board: • Approved a salary increase for commissioners to $25,653 annually from $24,405, effective in January 2013. County Administrator Pat Melvin said the increase “is approximately the same” as received by other employees whose contracts have been settled. The per diem and mileage amounts will remain the same as 2012, at $75 for a full day, $40 for a half day, and 35 cents per mile reimbursement. • Awarded the bid for the replacement of a Penn Township bridge on Lace Avenue to Structural Specialties, Inc., of Hutchinson, in the amount of $256,118.35, about 20.7 percent less than the engineer’s estimate of $322,807. Seven companies submitted bids on the project. • Approved a resolution asking the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to waive minimum design standards for the County Road 2/Gehlen Drive project in Silver Lake, to allow for a reduced speed limit of 20 miles per hour as compared to the 30 miles per hour MnDOT standard. The request cites safety and design concerns. • Approved a fireworks public display permit for Northern Lighter Pytrotechnics, Inc., to practice between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., Jan. 5, at a rural Silver Lake property, as part of training for the organization. Commissioner Ray Bayerl said he has had some noise complaints about previous displays and asked that the organization not test some of its bigger fireworks. County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz also said she will provide notice of the display to residents within a one-half mile radius of the property, rather than the onefourth mile radius used for prior displays. • Approved a contract with Braun Intertec of St. Cloud to perform a geotechnical evaluation and geothermal feasibility study of a 10-acre site that is being considered for a new highway maintenance shed for the Silver Lake and Lester Prairie area. Bayerl suggested the highway department first determine sites for a potential sanitary sewer mound system, because that could have impact on the location of the actual shop building. The cost of the study is $7,232. • Approved a request from Emergency Services Director Kevin Mathews to spend $9,000 for equipment that will allow his department to issue temporary identification tags at disaster scenes. Mathews said the system will help his department determine who is authorized to be at the scene.
Weddings Spicer — Mackenthun
Valerie Rose Spicer and Taylor Carl Mackenthun, both of Hutchinson, were united in marriage Aug. 4. 2012, at Library Square in Hutchinson by the Rev. Robert Taylor. Parents of the couple are Kim and Rose Spicer of Pueblo West, Colo., and Dave and Michele Mackenthun of Glencoe. Maid of honor was Jennifer Jahnke, and bridesmaids were Vanessa Lara, Mara Koepp, and Paige Mackenthun. Groomsmen were Collin Mackenthun, Tanner Mackenthun, Cory Smith and Jake Suter. A reception and dinner were held at Zella’s in Hutchinson. After a wedding trip to Ely, the couple will reside in
Valerie and Taylor Mackenthun Hutchinson. The bride is employed at Clay Coyote and Zella’s. The groom is a sixth-grade math teacher at Hutchinson Middle School.
Glencoe Jr. Pioneer 4-H holds Christmas party
The Glencoe Jr. Pioneers 4H Club met at the Glencoe Pizza Ranch on Sunday for its December meeting and Christmas party. President Samantha Lange called the meeting to order. The 4-Hers celebrating December birthdays included Derek Posusta and Axel Schulz. Phone books will arrive on Dec. 10 and need to be delievered for Jan. 1. Workers for the winterfest snow sculpture contest are needed. The county bowling party in January was discussed by club members. A committee was formed to purchase gifts for the Adopt-a-Family project. The next youth association meeting will be Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. The McLeod County 4-H fruit sales will start on Jan. 28, and BLU will be Feb. 910 in Mankato. After the meeting, members ate pizza and played the dice game. The next meeting of the Glencoe Jr. Pioneers will be Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m., at the Glencoe City Center.
NA VFW approves donations
The New Auburn VFW Post 7266 November meeting was called to order by Commander Willard Grack. The club made the following donations: Santa Day, $500; St. Cloud Medical Center, $300; GSL FFA chapter, $500; the GSL Close-Up program, $500; and Patriots Pen, $550. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, starting at 6 p.m., with a potluck supper.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Holiday goodies
The Glencoe Historic Preservation Society held its annual Christmas bake sale Saturday in the Historic Room in the Glencoe City Center. The trio of Norma McNeil, Arlene Gehlen and Ramona Nagel, above, spent time shopping and visiting. At the right, the many displays of baked goodies were constantly being refreshed by vounteers with new baked items. The proceeds from the sale will help complete work on the Historic Room.
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New Auburn VFW Auxiliary Christmas party set Dec. 12
President Phyllis Schwanke presided at the November meeting of the New Auburn VFW Auxiliary to Post 7266. The Auxiliary approved donations to the Sno Ball Express for $25; Voice of Democracy for $5; and Marcella Arnold for $5. The next meeting of the auxiliary will be its Christmas potluck with a $5 gift exchange. It starts at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12. The POW/MIA candle was lit and a moment of silence held by the members.
Dec. 17-21 Millie Beneke Manor Senior Nutrition Site Monday — Cranberry-glazed chicken, baked potato, Californiablend vegetables, bread, margarine, fruit cocktail, low-fat milk. Tuesday — Hamburger-tomato casserole, green beans, mandarin oranges whip, bread, margarine, cookie, low-fat milk. Wednesday — Vegetable beef soup, turkey sandwich, pineapple, crackers, margarine, bar, low-fat milk. Thursday — Glazed ham, augratin potatoes, vegetable blend, dinner roll, margarine, cheesecake, low-fat milk. Friday — Salisbury steak, parslied whole potatoes, squash, bread, margarine, blushing pears, low-fat milk. GSL Schools Elementary/Jr. High/Sr. High Breakfast Monday — Breakfast pizza or Kix Berry cereal and blueberry muffin, apple juice cup, low-fat milk (breakfast burrito at junior high and high school). Tuesday — Pancake on a stick or Cheerios and apple-cinnamon muffin, diced peaches, low-fat milk. Wednesday — Egg-andcheese omelet or reduced-sugar Coco Puff cereal and string cheese, petite banana, low-fat milk. Thursday — Breakfast pizza or reduced-sugar Fruit Loops cereal and blueberry muffin, orange juice cup, low-fat milk (egg and cheese omelet at junior high and high school). Friday — Pancakes with syrup or reduced-sugar Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and yogurt, diced pears, low-fat milk (french toast sticks with syrup at junior high and high school). Helen Baker/Lakeside Lunch Monday — Hamburger on a whole-grain bun, deli combo sub, oven-baked beans, baby carrots with dressing, orange wedges, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday — Chicken nuggets, yogurt-American cheese-crackers fun lunch, seasoned corn, cucumber slices with dressing, petite banana, mandarin oranges. Wednesday — Baked chicken, dinner roll, tuna salad on wholegrain bread, mashed potatoes with gravy, jicama fruit salad, cranberry sauce, chilled peaches, apple crisp. Thursday — Pancakes with syrup, scrambled eggs, ham and cheese on a whole-grain bun, oven-baked sweet potato puffs, baby carrots with dressing, sliced strawberries, chilled pears. Friday — Tony’s cheese pizza, turkey and cheese on whole-grain bread, seasoned green beans, caesar romaine side salad with dressing, apple wedges, chilled mixed fruit. High School Lunch Monday — Barbecued pork riblet, bread stick, macaroni pasta salad, oven-baked beans, sweet corn salad, baby carrots with dressing, orange wedges, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday — Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, whole-grain dinner roll, broccoli salad with raisins, cucumbers with dressing, petite banana, chilled peaches. Wednesday — Pancakes with syrup, oven-baked tator tots, sausage patty, chickpea salad, cauliflower with dressing, cinnamon orange smiles, sliced strawberries. Thursday — Whole-grain macaroni and cheese, garlic bread stick, seasoned carrots, romaine salad with dressing, red pepper strips with dressing, grapes, chilled pears. Friday — Sloppy joes on whole-grain buns, sweet potato puffs, seasoned corn, baby carrots with dressing, apples, chilled mixed fruit. First Lutheran School Lunch Monday — Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mixed fruit, bread, milk. Tuesday — Pizza, peas, pineapple, bread, milk. Wednesday — Chili, corn muffins, peaches, milk. Thursday — Cook’s choice, green beans, pears, bread, milk. Friday — Grilled chicken patty, tator tots, mandarin oranges, milk. St. Pius X Lunch Monday — Ham slice, augratin potatoes, mixed fruit, corn, wholegrain dinner roll, milk. Tuesday — Corn dog, peaches, french fries, raw vegetables with dip, corn, milk. Wednesday — Sloppy joe, apple slices, carrots with dip, peas, milk. Thursday — Chicken patty with bun, pears, baked beans, green beans, milk. Friday — Cheese pizza, peaches, broccoli with dip, corn, milk.
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BEREAN BAPTIST Corner of 16th Street and Hennepin Avenue, Glencoe Johnathon Pixler, Interim pastor Call 320-864-6113 Call Jan at 320-864-3387 for women’s Bible study Wed., Dec. 12 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 14 — Men’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Sunday school for all ages, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:20 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10:30 a.m. Tues., Dec. 18 — Men’s Bible study, 6 a.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m. CHRIST LUTHERAN 1820 N. Knight Ave., Glencoe Katherine Rood, Pastor 320-864-4549 www.christluth.com E-mail: office@christluth.com Wed., Dec. 12 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; bells, 5:30 p.m.; community meal, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 6:30 p.m.; Advent worship service, 7 p.m.; church council, 7:45 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 — Rachel Circle at Sandy Tibbets’ home, 9 a.m. Sat., Dec. 15 — Sunday school Christmas worship service practice, 8:30 a.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Sunday school worship, 8:15 a.m.; adult education, 9:30 a.m.; no Sunday school; birthday party for Jesus after the 8:15 a.m. worship service; worship, 10:45 a.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Dec. 16 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m.; confirmation class, 9:15 a.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Christmas caroling, meeting at Millie Beneke Manor, 6 p.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Dec. 12 — Our Lady of Guadalupe; no morning prayer; joint school Mass with Holy Trinity, 9 a.m.; kindergarten through sixthgrade religious education (RE), 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; seventh- through 11thgrade RE, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 — Mass at GRHS-LTC, 10:30 a.m.; St. Pius X Christmas program, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 14 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; no Spanish Mass. Sat., Dec. 15 — CCW assembly and delivery of gifts to homebound, 9:30 a.m.; KC Advent day of reflection, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; reconciliation, 3:30 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Third Sunday of Advent; Mass, 9:30 a.m.; CCW bake sale after Mass; Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m.; eucharistic adoration, 12:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.; benediction, 3:45 p.m.; communal celebration of sacrament of reconciliation; 4 p.m.; posadas begins; Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m. Mon., Dec. 17 — No Mass; Glencoe posadas; adult choir practice, 7 p.m. Tues., Dec. 18 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; St. Pius X staff meeting, 10 a.m.; junior choir, 2:50 p.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; kindergarten through sixth-grade RE, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; seventh- through 11th-grade RE classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Wed., Dec. 12 — Women’s fellowship executive board meeting, 5:30 p.m.; choir practice, 6:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 — Christmas program dress rehearsal, 8:45 a.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Worship with children’s program, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:35 a.m.; pastor’s open house, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Dec. 18 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; trustees meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Circles meet; choir practice, 6:30 p.m. FIRST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 925 13th St. E., Glencoe Daniel Welch, Senior Pastor Ronald L. Mathison, Associate Pastor 320-864-5522 www.firstglencoe.org E-mail: office@firstglencoe.org Wed., Dec. 12 — Public school confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; Christ Chimes, 4 p.m.; Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m.; Advent worship, 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 — Chapel at Grand Meadows, 1:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 — Live Nativity, Oak Leaf Park, 6 p.m.; movie night, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Worship with communion, 8 a.m.; fellowship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship with Sunday school children, 10:30 a.m.; Spanish worship, 6 p.m. Mon., Dec., 17 — Newsletter deadline; Praise Folk, 8 p.m. Tues., Dec. 18 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; Common Cup diaper distribution, 11 a.m.; pre-school Christmas service, 7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Public school confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; Christ Chimes, 4 p.m.; Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m.; FLS children’s Christmas service, 7 p.m. GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod 1407 Cedar Ave. N., Glencoe Rev. James F. Gomez, Pastor Matthew Harwell, Director of Christian Education E-mail: office@gslcglencoe.org Wed., Dec. 12 — Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; REVEAL, 5:30 p.m.; Advent worship, 7 p.m.; council, 8 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 — GRHS communion, 9:30 a.m. Sat., Dec. 15 — Dress rehearsal for family Christmas service, 9:30 a.m.; community Live Nativity, Oak Leaf Park, 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Choir, 7:45 a.m.; family Christmas worship, 10 a.m. (hour later than usual); LIVE, 7 p.m. Mon., Dec. 17 — “God Came Near,” a special reading for GRHSLTC, 4 p.m.; National LCMS youth gathering Pizza Ranch tip night, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Tues., Dec. 18 — GSLC Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; “God Came Near,” a special reading for GRHS-LTC, 4 p.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; “God Came Near,” a special reading for GRHS-LTC, 4 p.m.; Advent worship, 7 p.m.; F3, 7:45 p.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Wed., Dec. 12 — Fifth- and sixthgrade catechism, 3:45 p.m.; seventhand eighth-grade catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 — Bible study at Grand Meadows, 2 p.m; Jesus Cares Christmas, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m.; youth group Christmas party, 2 p.m. Mon., Dec. 17 — Ministry Advancement meeting, 6 p.m. Tues., Dec. 18 — Table Talk, 7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Fifth- and sixthgrade catechism, 3:45 p.m.; seventhand eighth-grade catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 7 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: Pastor@GraceBrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Wed., Dec. 12 — Confirmation class, 4 p.m.; council meeting, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 — Christmas program practice, 9:30 a.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Worship with Sunday school Christmas program, 8:45 a.m. Mon., Dec. 17 — Worship broadcast, 6 p.m. Tues., Dec. 18 — Bible study, 9 a.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — No confirmation class; choir practice, 7 p.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., Dec. 12 — Bible study with pastor, 9 a.m.; confirmation classes, 4 p.m.; bell choir practice, 6:30 p.m.; chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m.; vocal choir practice, 7:30 p.m.; deacons meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 — Pastor’s Winkle, no office hours; Parkview Bible study, 1:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.; Channel 8 video. Tues., Dec. 18 — Communion, visitation to shut-ins. Wed., Dec. 19 — Bible study with pastor, 9 a.m.; confirmation classes, 4 p.m.; chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m.; no bell or vocal choir practice. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Interim Pastor browntoncongregational.org Wed., Dec. 12 — Bingo, bring item for the food shelf, 6:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 14 — Classic movie night, “Home Alone,” 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 — Children’s matinee, “The Polar Express,” 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Bible study and Sunday school, 10 a.m.; “Country Christmas,” 7 p.m. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN Stewart Robert Lehner, Pastor Wed., Dec. 12 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 — First- through eighth-grade Sunday school practice, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship with Christmas program, 10 a.m. Tues., Dec. 18 — Pastors’ text study, 10 a.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5:30 p.m.; church council, 7 p.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Wed., Dec. 12 — Mass, 9 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. ST. JOHN’S CHURCH 13372 Nature Ave. (rural Biscay) Robert Taylor, pastor 320-587-5104 Sun., Dec. 16 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship with Sunday school program, 10:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., Dec. 12 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Worship, 10 a.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN 216 McLeod Ave. N., Plato Bruce Laabs, Pastor 320-238-2550 E-mail: stjlplato@embarqmail.com www.christ-4-u.org Wed., Dec. 12 — Youth choir practice, 5 p.m.; Midweek, 6 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 — Bible study, 8:45 a.m.; bulletin deadline. Sun., Dec. 16 — “Time of Grace,” TV Channel 9, 6:30 a.m.; worship with communion, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 10:10 a.m. Tues., Dec. 18 — Glencoe visits; prayer meeting, 5 p.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Youth choir practice, 5 p.m.; Midweek, 6 p.m. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato Bill Baldwin, Pastor www.platochurch.com Wed., Dec. 12 — Office open, 9 a.m.; men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; confirmation class, 5 p.m.; adult choir, 6 p.m.; youth fellowship, 6:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 14 — Office open, 9 a.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Sunday school, 8:30 a.m.; Advent worship, 10 a.m.; prayer, 11 a.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Office open, 9 a.m.; men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; confirmation class, 5 p.m.; adult choir, 6 p.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Wed., Dec. 12 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5 p.m.; building committee, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Worship, 9 a.m.; fellowship time, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.; information meeting on building plans, 10:15 p.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5 p.m.; council budget meeting, 7 p.m. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., Dec. 12 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time and puppet practice, 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible study at Jan’s, 9 a.m.; youth Christmas party, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — “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.; Living Water Puppets Christmas program, 7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Christmas program rehearsal, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.m. Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-3272843. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN 108 W. Main St., Silver Lake 320-327-2452 / Fax 320-327-6562 E-mail: faithfriends@embarqmail.com You may be able to reach someone at the church every Tuesday through Friday. Don’t hesitate to come in (use church office door) or call, or e-mail at faithfriends@embarqmail.com. Wed., Dec. 12 — Light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Worship, 10 a.m.; coffee fellowship to follow service. Wed., Dec. 19 — Light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Dec. 12 — Staff meeting, 1 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m.; first- through sixth-grade religious education (RE), 5:30 p.m.; seventh- through 11thgrade RE, 7:15 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 — Rosary at Cedar Crest, 10:10 a.m.; Mass at Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; adult choir practice, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16 — Mass, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tues., Dec. 18 — Mass, 8 a.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — First- through sixth-grade RE, 5:30 p.m.; sevenththrough 11th-grade RE, 7:15 p.m. FRIEDEN’S COUNTY LINE 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Dec. 16 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m.; confirmation class, 9:15 a.m. Wed., Dec. 19 — Christmas caroling, meeting at Millie Beneke Manor, 6 p.m. WATER OF LIFE CHURCH IGLESIA METODISTA LIBRE Clinica del Alma 727 16th St. E., Glencoe Spanish/bi-lingual services Nestor and Maria German, Pastors E-mail: nestor2maria@hotmail.com Sun., Dec. 16 — Worship, 2 p.m. ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH 77 Second Ave. S. Corner C.R. 1 and Second St. S., Lester Prairie David R. Erbel, pastor Sun., Dec. 16 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school and Bible study, 10:15 a.m. Mon., Dec. 17 — Office open, 9 a.m.
Obituary Judith Katzenmeyer, 66, of Brownton
Funeral services for Judith “Judy” Ann Katzenmeyer, 66, of Brownton, were held Thursday, Dec. 6, at Grace Lutheran Church, Brownton. The Rev. Andrew HermodsonOlsen officiated. M r s . Katzenmeyer died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at the G l e n c o e Judith R e g i o n a l Katzenmeyer H e a l t h Services long-term care facility. Alan Jerabek was the reader. The organist was Vicki Herrmann, and the duet of Rosine Hermodson-Olsen and Lori Lindeman sang “How Great Thou Art” and “Borning Cry.” Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “Just As I Am.” Special music was by the Kosek Family, “Children of the Heavenly Father.” Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren, greatgranddaughter, nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Dawn Walkow, Guy Osterfeld, Jill Howard, Ross Osterfeld, Brent Reynolds and Roger Kern. Interment was in the church cemetery. Judith “Judy” Ann Woller was born Aug. 11, 1946, in Glencoe, to Ferdinand and Martha (Kern) Woller. She was baptized as an infant on Sept. 8, 1946, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart and confirmed in her faith as a youth at the Stewart Methodist Church. She received her early education in Stewart and later graduated from Brownton High School. On June 11, 1963, Judy Woller was united in marriage to Stanley “Stan” Katzenmeyer at Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton. This marriage was blessed with two sons, Kerry and Klark. The Katzenmeyers resided in the Brownton area and shared 49 years of marriage before Mr. Katzenmeyer died on July 2, 2012. Mrs. Katzenmeyer was employed at the Brownton Coop Ag Center in Brownton as a bookkeeper and secretary for 37 years and retired in 2010. After retiring, she volunteered at the McLeod County Veteran Services Office in Glencoe. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton, where she was active in the Grace WELCA and Tuesday Bible study group. She also was a member of the Red Hat Society, Polar Bears Snowmobile Club and the Lake Addie Duffers. She volunteered at Common Cup Ministry in Hutchinson. Mrs. Katzenmeyer enjoyed reading, flower gardening and traveling. She was a very giving person and would volunteer to help anyone in need. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends. She died after a short, courageous battle with cancer. Survivors include her sons, Kerry Katzenmeyer of Brownton and Klark (Paula) Katzenmeyer of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Jaden Katzenmeyer, Jamie Katzenmeyer and Kayla Katzenmeyer; great-granddaughter, Kiley McDonald; sisters, Grace (Dennis) Kosek of Brownton and Mary (Allen) Osterfeld of Bird Island; sister-in-law, Veva Woller of Hutchinson; many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Ferdinand and Martha Woller; husband, Stanley Katzenmeyer; brothers, Allen Woller and his wife, Charlotte, Alvin Woller, Ray Woller, and Edward Woller and his wife, Lorene. Arrangements were by the Hantge Funeral Chapel in Brownton. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
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e come at life from myriad perspectives, with great and diverse accessibility to the “American Dream” and, yet, majority and minority, oppressor and oppressed, all fall victim to the same human scandal. We believe that our lives are our own and most of us spend our selves, all we possess, all we have accomplished on the acquiring of props for our delusional lives and self-images. Still, the outcome remains the same; we feel as though we never quite “belong” anywhere or with anyone. We spend our days and nights pursuing our “rugged individualism” in the hopes of securing the ever-elusive status of “belonging.” That’s why Christmas – the telling of the story of Immanuel, God-With-Us, is such Good News! As we hear the story of the Christ child born like an outcast in the stench of a stable, cradled in a manger, and surrounded by beasts of burden – we are reminded that our Savior knows first hand what it is to live and stand on the outside looking in. We can take heart and be of good cheer for we “belong” to this One who came to make his home among mortals. God broke into our human story to claim and gather all frail human beings deeply scarred by, and suffering from, the isolation of sin. But even more, this Child would live and grow, rub shoulders with and teach humanity that no one is truly alone, that all that is, was, and ever will be – “belongs” to the Father. Including us! And still there is “more!” As we kneel at the cradle of this Holy Infant, we glimpse the future and the cross that casts its shadow over his tiny head knowing that he will pour himself out for many. This Christmas I pray that wherever we may find ourselves, we might bend nearer and see ourselves as we truly are. Perhaps, we may even see what we are straining to see, a glimpse of all humanity lifted up from the earth, lifted above the struggles of our individual imaginings to the ONENESS a loving God desires for us all. That is the very best “Good News” of all!
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Brownton Co-op Ag Center posts a profit; looks to future
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The Brownton Co-op Ag Center posted a net profit of $154,000 for the year ending Sept. 30, patrons heard at the annual meeting Friday afternoon. General Manager Bruce Loeschen noted that the majority of this fall’s harvest isn’t included in that profit margin, because the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. And, he pointed out, the cooperative had “an outstanding fall for both grain and agronomy,” handling more grain this year than ever; and completing all of the fall ammonia applications which had been booked. Loeschen said the past year was “full of a lot of unknowns and anxieties” with the completion of the new United Grain Systems facility virtually next door to the Ag Center. But the local cooperative still had record sales at $15.6 million, which indicated that its customers had maintained loyalty to the Ag Center. “We think we can do a good job for you, and obviously, you think so, too,” said Loeschen. “And we want to thank you for that.” But with that said, Loeschen said he wants to focus on the future, not the past year. “We need a better bottom line,” said Loeschen, and “still be second to none in service.” To do that, Loeschen said, the cooperative has invested in a “more vigorous ad campaign,” developed a more interactive website, and is using text messaging to alert customers to pricing and market changes. The Ag Center also has invested in a multi-bin floater for field agronomy, with variable rate technology, or “precision agriculture,” to get more precise chemical applications. Loeschen said the cooperative also intends to hire the intern it had this year, Heather Bolin, who helped get the Ag Center on board with the new technology, as a full-time employee after she graduates in spring 2013. The biggest concern for the future, Loeschen said, is the ongoing drought. “The No. 1 concern is for crops,” said Loeschen, but not far behind that is water levels in the Mississippi,” which could impact the distribution of urea for the coming growing season. But, otherwise, Loeschen said, “the future for agriculture looks bright, and I’m excited for the future.”
The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, December 12, 2012, page 9
Residents updated on proposed roundabout at open house
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Area residents expressed concerns about drainage, detours and access to a frontage road at an informational meeting Thursday night regarding a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Highway 15 and County Road 115, near Menards just south of Hutchinson. Also slated is the milling and a new three-inch overlay of Highway 15 from Highway 212 north to Hutchinson. Presenting most of the information were Don Sterna and Andy Plowman of WSB, Inc., project consultants for the joint McLeod CountyMinnesota Department of Transportation project. Sterna said the three-inch overlay of Highway 15 also includes some safety improvements, including new bypass lanes near the new United Grain Systems (UGS) facility just northwest of Brownton and near the airport, as well as possible changes in accesses to a frontage road on the east side of Highway 15 just south of the proposed roundabout. Sterna said Highway 15 will remain open during the construction, with the only possible closure being when Twin Cities & Western (TCW) Railroad upgrades its Highway 15 crossing near the UGS facility, at which time traffic will be detoured through Brownton onto Plum Avenue (County Road 26). Plowman addressed the roundabout, saying it will be done in two phases to help ensure access to the frontage road, with the east part of the roundabout being constructed first, then the rest. The roundabout will take about 10 weeks to complete, and will, hopefully, be done before the county fair opens in mid August. Hopefully, Plowman added, the Highway 15 work and the roundabout work will conclude “at about the same time.” Plowman said the roundabout will be large enough — nearly two lanes — to accommodate semi-trucks and farm equipment, a question commonly asked. Plowman said the roundabout also will be lit with LED, rather than sodium, lights, which will improve visibility both at the intersection itself and for oncoming traffic. But Plowman added that LED lighting is at a premium, and may not be available for the project. Some residents on the frontage road expressed concerns about lingering drainage issues from previous Highway 15 projects, which Sterna said WSB will evaluate and try to correct. There also is a proposal being considered that would provide cul-de-sac turnarounds at each end of the frontage road, and provide a single access to Highway 15 somewhere in the middle, rather than having accesses at both the north and south ends. The detour for the roundabout will be County Road 7 to South Grade Road, then back to Highway 15 (Main Street). One resident commented that while that provides a north-south route, there is still a need for traffic coming from the east or west on County Road 115. Sterna and Plowman said they also will look into that issue. Sterna said the open house was the second of three planned for the project, with a final one to be held in spring before construction actually starts.
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Live Nativity set for Oak Leaf Park Dec. 15
By Rich Glennie Editor rea churches, together with the chamber of commerce, the city parks department, and with help from a group in Arlington, will hold a drive-through Live Nativity event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, in Oak Leaf Park. The Rev. James Gomez of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church said the drive-through will begin once vehicles enter the park from the park road, turn left near Vollmer Field and head clockwise around the park, even though it will be the wrong way on the one-way park road. Gomez said there will be six stations located along the park road nearest Buffalo Creek, which will be manned by volunteer actors. The first station will be of Mary getting the message from Gabriel; the second, Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem; third, shepherds with live sheep; fourth, a group of six to 10 angels; fifth, the three wise men; and sixth, the traditional nativity scene, Gomez said. At the beginning of the drive-through, Gomez said local Cub and Boy Scouts will be collecting free-will offerings of food items and cash for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf. Gomez said the city park department has been vital in getting electrical hookups for the outdoor scenes. And there will be signs at each scene describing what drivers and their passengers are seeing. Gomez said the goal is to have enough volunteer actors to have two shifts of one hour each. “This is a first for Glencoe,” Gomez said, and noted it was patterned after a successful tradition of a Live Nativity in Arlington. The Arlington group that holds its annual event at the Sibley County Fairgrounds, Christian Community Task Force, loaned the Glencoe participants the clothing for the nativity
scenes. Also instrumental to getting what is hoped to be an annual tradition started has been Lynn Exsted of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, whom Gomez credits with doing much of the hard work. The idea was initially proposed to the GSL Ministerial Association by the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce to help enhance the chamber’s holiday activities in the community during Holly Days. Although not sponsored by the GSL Ministerial Association, Gomez said most church representatives quickly embraced the idea of an outdoor Live Nativity. Gomez said the inaugural Live Nativity in Glencoe “is heavily dependent of Arlington’s willingness to share” its expertise and costumes. “They have been very helpful.” Gomez said music also will be available through car radios, much like the Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie music provided at the tree to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at Oak Leaf Park. lighting event in the park- The Rev. James Gomez of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church holds up a poster announcing GlenGomez said the aim is to make it an annual event. ing lot at Glencoe Regional coe’s first Live Nativity event scheduled for 6 p.m. Health Services long-term care facility. enough that we want to do it again,” Gomez He said there are about 30 to 35 actors lined While most of the Live Nativity scenes resaid. “Our goal is to make it an annual thing.” up so far, and it could go as high as 50 to fill quire the actors to just stand, there are some Area pastors have been encouraging their out the two shifts. movements involved, like the angels moving parishioners to participate in the Live Nativity, Because the costumes are bulky, Gomez their wings, Gomez said. “There are no lines either as actors or visitors going through the said the participants can dress warmly if the to memorize,” he added. park in their vehicles. weather turns cold. “The first year, we want to do it good
ditch on Highway 15 and Highway 212 near Brownton at 11:46 p.m., Saturday. The vehicle went into the ditch and hit a sign. The driver was from Glencoe. A stop sign was reported on the ground at Prior Avenue and 10th Street at 8:18 a.m., Sunday. There were no marks around the sign. Another vehicle was reported to be in a ditch at 16th Street and Union Avenue at 10:27 a.m., Sunday. The vehicle was off the roadway and not a hazard. The police were called to the county jail to conduct a strip search of a male inmate at 10:52 a.m., Sunday. Only female jailers were on duty at the time. A vehicle was reported stuck on Highway 212 facing east in the westbound lanes after it spun out near the Lindbergh Trail exit at 1:12 p.m., Sunday. The vehicle was able to drive away. Six “snowbird” citations were issued early Monday morning throughout the community. Two vehicles were reported to be in the ditch in the 1400 block of Cedar Avenue at 9:33 a.m., Monday. There was no damage, and both vehicles were pulled out. A juvenile female was “returned to school with clothing,” at 11:06 a.m., Monday, according to the police report. A two-vehicle crash was reported at 3:27 p.m., Monday, at 14th Street and Pryor Avenue. Involved were a 2001 Dodge Startus driven by Zachariah OttoFisher of Hutchinson and a 2006 Mazda driven by Laura Jaskowiak of Glencoe. There were no injuries. A 16-year-old girl, who passed out at the high school, was transported by ambulance to Glencoe Regional Health Services at 3:54 p.m., Monday.
Police Report
Police issued seven “snowbird” ordinance citations early Tuesday morning, Dec. 4. Glencoe Police also received two reports of fraud involving Western Union on Tuesday. The first was from a person on McLeod Avenue. The person received “a letter regarding being an evaluator for Western Union. They sent $985 to her.” The woman did not lose any money from the scam, police reported. The other scam involved a report that a Glencoe woman had won the Publishers Clearhouse Sweepstakes, and could collect by sending money through Western Union. Early Wednesday morning, Dec. 5, police issued four “snowbird” citations. Also on Wednesday, a reported shoplifting incident occurred at a business in the 700 block of 13th Street. The suspect had already left the store by the time it was reported at 1:02 p.m. It was an unusual weekend for police officers. They issued only two “snowbird” citations Friday night, and reported only one tagand-tow that was cancelled after the vehicle owner moved the vehicle parked in the 1400 block of Baldwin Avenue on Sunday. Police investigated a vehicle in the ditch at Morningside and Highway 212 at 2:34 p.m., Friday. There was no damage nor injuries, and the vehicle drove out of the median. But police issued a warning for a driver who was backing up on Highway 212 at Morninside Avenue at 4:28 p.m., Friday. The driver stated he had missed his turn. An officer reported that a motorist pulled up behind him at 13th Street and Armstrong Avenue at 9:36 p.m., Friday. The driver got out to clean his windows. The officer warned the driver “to clean the windows before he leaves.” He also advised the driver to change the address on his driver’s license. At 3:57 p.m., Saturday, police received a request for an officer to carry a women’s laundry basket for her. That occurred at a residence on Hennepin Avenue. Another request for assistance came at 9 p.m., Saturday, from a woman needing help getting her bed railing down, also at a Hennepin Avenue residence. But officers were all tied up at the time and could not assist her. Police assisted the Minnesota State Patrol with a vehicle in the
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