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The McLeod County
Citizens, sheriff personnel honored for 2012 efforts
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Three citizens and several McLeod County Sheriff Department members were honored Wednesday for their efforts throughout 2012. The three citizens — Gustavo Guevara and Clark and Kenny Fillbrandt — were recognized for the roles they played in two separate events — a fiery car crash in September that claimed the lives of two young men, and the July 16 bank robbery that resulted in a suspect fleeing on foot through area corn fields. According to Sheriff Scott Rehmann, Guevara came upon a car crash Sept. 28. Along with Deputy Matt Rolf, Guevara attempted to pull the victims from the vehicle despite the flames. “Deputy Rolf and Gustavo approached the car, which was on fire, and worked together in pulling one of the victims away from the vehicle and fire,” said Rehmann. Guevara received a plaque for his efforts; Rolf received a letter of recognition. Clark and Kenny Fillbrandt received letters of recognition for their roles in helping the sheriff’s department locate a suspect from the Hutchinson bank robbery. According to Rehmann, the Fillbrandts reported to Deputy Justin Thompson that a person matching the suspect’s description had been spotted riding a bicycle near their residence. Although deputies were unable to locate the suspect at first, Thompson was on his way
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home July 18 when a bicyclist crossed the road in front of him. Thompson called for additional deputies, a perimeter was set up, and the robbery suspect was arrested a short time later. Thompson also received a letter of recognition for his efforts. Rolf also received a meritorious service award for his actions regarding an attempt to locate a vehicle driven by a suspect in a domestic assault, and a subsequent high-speed chase in March, which resulted in the driver of the suspect vehicle threatening officers with a knife. Rolf, Rehmann said, successfully subdued the driver. Detective Sgt. Rich Gronlund also received a letter of recognition for his efforts in attempting to stop the bank robbery suspects’ vehicle the day of the robbery; and dispatcher Angie Sandgren was honored for her handling of the incident as a communications officer. Sandgren “handled the pursuit and acted in a very calm and professional matter,” Rehmann said. Three communications officers — Teresa Housenick, Elisa Dording and Jennifer Otto — were recognized for their efforts during a school bus accident that was reported Jan. 13. Rehmann said that about 3 p.m. that day, the communications center began receiving nu-
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Sheriff’s honors
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Among those honored Dec. 19 for extraordinary efforts during 2012 at the the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department award ceremony were, front, from left, communications officers Teresa Gutzke and Elisa Dording, and office specialist Barb Roiger; and, back, Kevin Mathews, emergency services director; Matt Rolf, patrol deputy; Sgt. Jen Otto, communications; Detective Sgt. Rich Gronlund; and citizen Gustavo Guevaro. Also honored, at right, were citizens Kenny and Clark Fillbrandt, shown with Sheriff Scott Rehmann.
2012: A Year in Review
By Rich Glennie Editor With 2012 fast coming to a close, The Chronicle took a look back into its pages to cull out some of the events that helped shape the year. They included a shocking airplane crash that claimed the lives of three people about five miles north of Glencoe in March. It ended with the even more shocking massacre of 20 elementary students and six of their teachers/administrators in a Connecticut school Dec. 14. Weather, and lack of weather, dominated again in 2012, starting with little snowfall during the winter months, a drenching, water-logged spring and a dry, parched summer and fall that resulted in drought-like conditions throughout the state and nation. But there was enough to “weather” to produce a bumper crop for the area farmers. But like every year, 2012 was about people. People, and the events in their lives, make a community newspaper successful. And 2012 was no exception. The following is a brief summary of some of the events that helped shape 2012:
The biggest surprise in 2012 hapened in late March when a singleengine airplane broke up in mid-air and crashed into a farm field re-elected chairman of the GlencoeSilver Lake School Board. Glencoe City Council approved the replacement of the main shelter house at Oak Leaf Park after the facility was condemned for use earlier in the fall. The building was replaced just in time for use during Glencoe Days in late June. The Brownton Area Civic Center was preparing to open with the move of city offices and library into the former McLeod West school building. The new city council chambers were used for the first time Feb. 8. Jan. 18 — “Between a rock and a hard place,” was the headline for David Boyd and his wife, Kathy, who sought help as he battled mounting medical bills, mounting household bills and a disease — polycystic disease — that was shutting down his kidneys. He needed a kidney transplant. Later, the community rallied around the Boyds with a community fund-raiser spearheaded by the Glencoe Lions. But before that could happen, Boyd was called to the Mayo Clinic to get a kidney transplant. It was successful. Wallace “Wally Warnke, 85, a former student in the old school building that became the Glencoe City Center, recalled his school days and his delight that the old building has a new lease on life. Jan. 25 — The attendees of the annual High Island Lake and Watershed Improvement in New Auburn heard from DNR officials that the restocking of High Island Lake with walleyes was successful, and walleye fishing could begin later in the year. In May, the DNR called its walleye stocking efforts a success. Local legislators, state Rep. Ron Shimanski, R-Silver Lake, and state Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, got an earful from local officials after the state Legislature, controlled by Republicans, ended the popular
about five miles north and east of Glencoe. The three people on board were killed.
Jan. 4 — The first baby of the new year, Trenton Jenneke, arrived at Glencoe Regional Health Services at 10:05 a.m., Monday, Jan. 2. He is the son of Becky Beckmann and Travis Jenneke of New Auburn. County Commissioner Bev Wangerin was elected chairman of the McLeod County Board of Commissioners. Hannah Huttner joined the City Center staff as its new events coordinator. The area started the new year with no snow on the ground and with mild temperatures. Jan. 11 — Clark Christianson was
Year in Review
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People features are what make a community newspaper interesting, and there were plenty of interesting people stories, like the one with Wally Warnke, above, who was a youngster when the old “Henry Hill” building first opened in 1933. He praised the efforts to keep the building open for other uses.
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Year in Review Continued from Page 1
case of Bryan Koepp continued throughout the year. Criminal charges against Koepp, who allegedly took money from family and friends with no intention of repaying them, were filed later in the year. He is expected to be in court on the criminal charges in December. Businessman Mark Jungclaus was seriously injured in a snowmobile accident on Gull Lake near Brainerd. March 14 —The District DFL convention was held in Hutchinson and Glencoe native Steven Schiroo, now of Cokato, emerged as a candidate for the District 18 Senate seat held by state Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson. No one stepped forward as the DFL House 18B challenger. Later in the spring, Logan Campa of Hutchinson tossed his hat into the ring to run against state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe. March 22 — Long-time Glencoe Police Officer Kevin Dietz announced his retirement from the force. David Boyd and wife, Kathy, talked about his kidney transplant and how grateful they were for the community support they received. A fund-raising benefit was held on March 25. March 28 — Two GSL science fair participants — Alexandra Stensvad and Mark Broderius — earn awards at the Minnesota Science Fair. Also attending the state science fair were GSL’s Danielle Mathews and Mercy Rakow. During the same time, four GSL art students had their works on display at the state Capitol building. They included Jenna Lokensgard, Apisara Aungutam, Darin Thommavongsa and Erin Nowak. The crash of a small plane north and east of Glencoe killed all three passengers and two dogs on board. Killed were the pilot Stuart Dahlberg, 52, of Brooklyn Center, his wife Ivelisse Suarez Morillo, 36, and Dahlberg’s mother, Mae Elaine Dahlberg, 76, of St. Cloud. They were on their way to Colorado. After a nine-month investigation, the official cause of the crash was made public in December — the plane broke apart in midair before crashing in a farm field. blood drives, retired after 17 years. Her replacement is Charleen Engelmann. “We never gave up,” said German-born Marianne Dreier of Glencoe. She described the trials and tribulations of growing up in Germany before, during and after World War II, including some very harrowing wartime experiences. She married Ray Dreier of Glencoe after she moved to the United States with her family in 1956. The Glencoe Charter Commission members sparred over proposed changes to the city charter. Commission member Marie Thurn felt the decisions had been rushed and not discussed enough before recommendations were passed on to the full City Council. May 9 — Five members of the Glencoe-Silver Lake Business and Professionals of America (BPA) competed at the national level in Chicago. They included Taylor Mohr, Emily Schaefer, Taylor Kinzler, Rachel Schuth and Caitlin Miller. Glencoe native Joe Koktan was interviewed by phone while on duty in Afghanistan working as an Army public affairs officer. His duties included interviewing and photographing soldiers on duty
Rick and Holly Corrick, a long-time teaching tandem at Glencoe and Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, called it a career at the end of the 2011-12 school year. Rick was an industrial technology teacher, and Holly taught music. there. Koktan was half way through his deployment, and returned to his home and family in Marshall late in 2012. He also has served in Iraq with the National Guard several years earlier. “Hiding in the Open,” was GSL’s spring drama. The play was about hiding from the Nazis prior and during World War II. May 16 — A controversial new school lunch program is scheduled to kick off July 1. The federal-mandated program is aimed at childhood obesity, and new rules on what will be offered and in smaller portions were unveiled. After the new school year started, it was reported student participation in the new lunch program was trending downward. May 23 — Florence Hovda, who lived most of her life in Brownton, turned 100 and received congratulations from President Barack and Michelle Obama.
David Boyd and his wife, Kathy, were struggling to make ends meet as he faced the prospect of kidney dialysis while he awaited a transplant. In the meantime, medical bills continued to pile up and other bills could not be met. He appealed for help, and the public responded. homestead property tax credit displacing a family of four. in Minnesota. Juan and Bree Rodriguez and two children were not inFebruary Feb. 1 — Glencoe-Silver jured. An electrical problem Lake’s one-act play was “Lit- in the dining area was the tle Women,” and the team fin- cause of the fire. Feb. 22 — The Glencoe ished third in the district. Business Expo was another Only the top two teams adsuccess at the Panther Field vanced. At the annual McLeod House. Ron Knop, longtime GlenCounty Corn & Soybean coe Municipal Electric emGrowers annual meeting, Nathan Winter, area extension ployee, retired after 40 years educator, was named the win- with the utility. After much wrangling, ner of the Friend of AgriculGlencoe-Silver Lake teachers ture award. Feb. 8 — The Glencoe and school board negotiators Charter Commission began reached a tentative contract meetings after a rough start. It agreement. The agreement started in late 2011 with a was for a pair of two-year heated debate about how the contracts dating back to 2011. commission members were The talks had stalled in November after a mediation sesappointed, who should be on the commission and what the sion. The GSL School Board commission should be look- approved the contracts at its ing at. The debate raged for March meeting. Feb. 29 — Brownton held much of the early part of the its Cabin Fever Days, which year. But the charter commis- included a play “Death in sion, after setting new Them Thar Hills” as well as precinct boundaries in the an open house at the new city, also tackled language Brownton Civic Center. Katie Twiss was the Linchanges to the Light & Power coln Jr. High Spelling Bee Commission as well as language changes to the charter champion for 2012, besting Haley Kirchoff for the title. itself. Redistricting forced two Glencoe-Silver Lake adarea legislators — state Rep. vanced 30 students to the state Business and Profes- Ron Shimanski, R-Silver sionals of America (BPA) Lake, and state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, to competition. The McLeod County Board square off against each other discussed security changes at for the right to run as the the courthouse on the heels of GOP nominee in the new Disa gun-shooting incident at a trict 18B House seat. Gruencourthouse in northern Min- hagen came away with the emotional endorsement of nesota. Feb. 15 — Linda Krueger, District 18B Republican delea volunteer for the “Operation gates. David Muniz Bustos of SilMinnesota Nice” program got ver Lake was charged with to meet one of the recipients of her “care” package for de- murder in the stabbing death ployed military personnel. of his girlfriend, Domingo She met with Kelly Collins of Limon at Limon’s Glencoe Eden Prairie, who was sta- residence. Limon was stabbed 13 times. The Bustos murder tioned in Afghanistan when she received the holiday trial is scheduled for Feb. 11. package from Krueger. They March March 7 — The first real met when Collins was on snowfall of the season leave and in Eden Prairie. dumped four inches of wet, Krueger sent even more packages of donated items for heavy show on the area Feb. U.S. servicemen and women 28-29. Prior to the snow was stationed overseas later in the a mixture of rain and sleet year. that made for slippery condiFire damaged the former tions. Stewart Hardware building, The on-going bankruptcy
Year in Review
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April 4 — Glencoe City Council pondered the need for a new market study on its municipal liquor store. By the end of the year, City Council opted to expand at its current site and into the former city hall offices on 10th Street and Greeley Avenue. It was another successful Tim Orth Memorial Foundation fund-raising event at the high school. The entertainment-packed evening helped raise funds for six “Orth Kids” with developmental disabilities. April 11 — The Good Friday Cross Walk was done under bright sunshine, participants wearing light jackets and even shirt sleeves as mild weather kicked off the Easter weekend. April 18 — “Catwalk” was the theme of the 2012 Glencoe-Silver Lake Prom held in the high school auditorium. The GSL Knowledge Bowl team placed eighth out of 24 at the state small-school competition. Team members were Ethan Bass, Joe Fehrenbach, Chandler Swift and Patrick Fehrenbach. The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board spent more time trying to figure out how to get a building bond passed to construct an addition to the Lincoln Jr. High-high school campus. In 2011, two referendums were defeated by nearly identical counts. Cheryl Ruud retired from the McLeod County Auditor’s office after 27 years. April 25 — McLeod County was ranked as the No. 3 ‘healthiest county in the state,” according to Public Health Director Kathy Nowak.
In This Blessed Season
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, we recount our many blessings and your kind friendship is at the top of the list! Merry Christmas to all and many thanks for helping to make this past year a fruitful one for us.
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Between a rock and a hard place describes what faced the District 18B Republican convention in February when two incumbent state legislators were forced to run against each other after redistricting created the new District 18B House seat. State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, at left, emerged victorious over state Rep. Ron Shimanski, R-Silver Lake, right. Shimanski went on to run for the first district county commmissioner seat and won in November.
May 2 — Barb Smyth, long-time coordinator of the local American Red Cross
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Police Report
Police were called to a residence on Newton Avenue at 12:49 a.m., Tuesday, to help at a medical emergency. A person was having an asthma attack. Another medical was called in at 9:42 p.m., Tuesday, from a residence on 10th Street. A person had a shortness of breath and was confused. The person was taken by ambulance to the Glencoe Regional Health Services emergency room. Two more medical calls were received Wednesday morning at 1:55 a.m. and 7:42 a.m. The first involved a woman in the 15th Street area who was transported to the hospital. The other involved a male, who fell, and was transported by ambulance from his Reeds Lane residence. A theft was reported at 10:15 a.m. from Casey’s General Store on 13th Street. A woman paid for items inside the store, but not for the gas she pumped. A sheriff’s deputy stopped her and she returned to pay for the gas. At 4:51 p.m., Wednesday, a person called feeling cold and clammy with high blood pressure. The person was transported by ambulance from Grand Meadows Senior Living on Prairie Avenue. Police issued three “snowbird” citations in the early morning hours on Thursday. Police were called to a medical situation at a residence on Elm Street at 10:47 p.m., Thursday. A female was complaining of back pains and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Also on Thursday, at 11:30
p.m., police cited the driver of a vehicle with no insurance and expired driver’s license. Upon further check, a warrant also was found and the female was arrested. The incident occurred at 13th Street and Ives Avenue.
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Profession/Occupation: Financial Assistance Supervisor for McLeod County Social Services. How many years have you been in Glencoe: 20 years. How long have you been a Rotarian and why did you join Rotary: Over 10 years. I joined Rotary after being invited to a couple meetings and discovered many of Rotary’s goals and objectives fit very closely with my work at Social Services. Name some reasons you came to Glencoe and/or what are some good things about Glencoe: My family came to Glencoe upon my spouse being offered a power line electrician position with the Light and Power Commission. We loved the close proximity of Glencoe to the metro area while still being able to raise our children in a small community dedicated to families. Family: spouse, John; 3 children, Trevor (30), spouse Jenn, and 4-year old daughter Ashleigh; Tonya (29), spouse Simon, and 4year old daughter Kaitlyn and 2-year old son Aiden; and Taylor (21) and girlfriend Jayme.
––– DID YOU KNOW ––– Glencoe Rotary Club has awards Strive Scholarships to GSL students.
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Living Nativity
Despite a week-long delay, the first of what is expected to be an annual Living Nativity was held at Oak Leaf Park Sunday night. According to the Rev. James Gomez, 205 to 210 vehicles drove through the park looking at the six scenes that made up the Living Nativity. It started with the Angel Gabriel and Mary and went on to Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem and then to shepherds tending their flocks at night. Real sheep were incorporated into this scene. Scene four was Angels, above, as the multitude of heavenly hosts. Then it was on to the wise men and their gifts of gold, incense and myrrh. Finally, at left, was Mary with Baby Jesus. Gomez said, despite the cold, there were enough actors for the scenes, and the local Boy Scouts collected donations for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf as the vehicles entered the park. He said “three pails of money” were collected along with numerous bags of food donations, which will be brought to the food shelf on Wednesday. “It was well received,” Gomez said of Glencoe’s first attempt at the Living Nativity event. He was pleased with the involvement of several area churches as well as the many volunteers. Gomez especially lauded Lynn Exsted for all she did to lay the ground work for the annual event.
Wishing you all the wonders of the season
Christmas is a magical time of year for young and old alike. Take time to relax and enjoy the blessings of the season
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Pedestrian injured when struck by vehicle on 212
The Minnesota State Patrol reported that a pedestrian was struck and injured as she crossed Highway 212 in Stewart early Sunday morning. The State Patrol said Janell M. Bryant, 46, of Stewart, and a male had just left a bar in Stewart and were crossing Highway 212 on foot “without checking for traffic.” Bryant was struck by a 2002 Dodge Durango, driven by Joyce A. Koepp, 48, of Brownton. The Durango was eastbound on Highway 212. The State Patrol reported that Bryant was treated for injuries and released. Koepp was not injured.
Ehrke to leave chamber Jan. 11 for position with SEH
Dan Ehrke, president of the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce, announced last week that he will be leaving his chamber position to take a job with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), an engineering firm. In a letter to chamber members, Ehrke said he will begin work with SEH as of Jan. 14, but he will continue working as chamber president until Jan. 11 “to help the organization prepare for the upcoming membership campaign, business expo and other various tasks that need immediate attention. “The decision to leave the chamber was not easy,” Ehrke stated. “It has been my honor to rep- Dan Ehrke resent the community and, most importantly, Glencoe’s business community.” Ehrke said the chamber’s board of directors is working on a transitional plan “to ensure that the needs of our members continue to be met.” The current chamber board chairperson is Laurie Gauer.
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Continued from page 1 merous 9-1-1 calls regarding a school bus accident with children aboard the bus. “The initial callers were very upset and unable to advise communication officers Teresa Housenick and Elisa Dording of their location,” said Rehmann. “Sgt. Jennifer Otto was also in dispatch, and began assisting with the multiple calls and radio traffic. After several minutes, the communications officers were able to get an accurate location and got all appropriate responders en route and on scene.” Office commendations were given to Emergency Services director Kevin Mathews and Otto for their efforts regarding the ARMER radio project, and to Otto and Barb Rieger for the conversion to a new records management system.
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Nunsense meets ‘Hee Haw’
The cast of “Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree” mixed a bit of “Hee-Haw” with “Laugh-In” with the set design for the performances at the Glencoe City Center. In the front are Sister Hubert (Jessica Fogarty), left, and Sister Amnesia (Katie Palmer). In the loft are Sister Leo (Alicia Beste) and Sister Robert Anne (Kay Wilson). The other cast member is Father Virgil Manly Trott (Tyler “Chuck” Peterson). The dinner/dessert theater performances continue this weekend with shows on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.; and Monday’s New Year’s Eve performance at 6 p.m. followed by a post-party.
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Past year in review: The predictable, but with some surprises
Our view: May this coming year indeed turn into a happy New Year, since the world didn’t end
he older we get, the faster time goes” is the old saying, and the recent past is a prime example. It seems just moments ago, we were talking about the Y2K problem at the turn of the millenium that was expected to stop the world in its tracks, and here we are 12 years later talking about the end of the world again, according to the Mayan calendar. But the world did not end, and we are still going. In today’s Chronicle, we took a look back at the local events that helped shape 2012. There were some predictable things that happened, as well as a few surprises. As usual, weather played a key role in 2012. There was little snow or cold last winter. But that was followed by a damp, soggy spring, which in turn was followed by a dry spell that stretched well into late fall. It was nearly a repeat of the 2011 weather pattern. Toss in a few nasty storms that toppled trees and damaged buildings, and it was a typical year, weatherwise. As we enter another winter, drought conditions linger throughout Minnesota, the Upper Midwest and a good chunk of this nation’s mid section, too. A “normal” snowfall this winter may help restore water levels as the debate over global warming, and its causes, rages on. The other things that are predictable are the people who make the news each year. There were deaths of prominent people, accomplishments by ordinary folks and milestones reached by others. Many were chronicled on our pages throughout 2012. What was not predictable was an airplane falling from the sky in March and landing in a bare farm field north of Glencoe, killing all three people on board. What was not predictable was the murder of a woman during a domestic violence incident in Glencoe last February. What was not predictable was a bank robbery in Hutchinson that led to a high-speed chase throughout the county in July, and the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators. The year also ends on the national scene with the worst of a rash of gun-related massacres in 2012 — that of 20 young elementary students and six adults at Sandy Brook Elementary School in Connecticut. While the horrific carnage wrought by that mad gunman stunned the nation, acts of kindness and caring abounded throughout the year as well. Locally, the community rallied around David Boyd and wife, Kathy, as he struggled with disease and the need for a kidney transplant, and as the family struggled to make ends meet and keep their home. The same with young Max Karels of Brownton and many others in their battle with cancer and other life-threatening health issues. Another successful Tim Orth Foundation fund-raising event this spring helped with medical costs for other youngsters with disabilities and help enhanced the impression that we are kind, caring people. When people are in need, area res-
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idents respond, and that is as predictable as the sun rising in the morning. There is something special about living in small-town America. Also, Glencoe-Silver Lake students continued to excel in the classrooms, in athletics and in fine arts. Many advanced to state and even national competitions. This also was an election year, and all the state Legislature was up for grabs after redistricting earlier in the spring. While the area stayed firmly in Republican hands, statewide, Republicans lost control of both houses of the Minnesota Legislature. The DFL now controls the agenda in 2013 and 2014. Locally, new faces will appear on Glencoe City Council and the GSL School Board. Kevin Dietz, a retired police officer, won a seat on City Council and Donna VonBerge begins as the new member of the School Board in January. Two long-time area mayors depart the scene at the end of the year with Brownton’s Curt Carrigan being defeated by write-in candidate Jay Werner, and New Auburn Mayor Roger Becker opting not to run again, stepping away after 30 years in that position. So what is in the works for 2013? On the city level, work on expanding the Glencoe Municipal Liquor Store is in the works. Plans to do something with the old Mark’s Economart property will be on the agenda. Work on a long-range plan for infrastructure improvements (streets, sewers and water lines) will continue, and City Council needs to figure out how to pay for them. Also, the city and county will need to discuss their rival recycling plans and repair the communications gap that appeared at the end of this year. The city also will be working on final plans for the Morningside Avenue extension that is scheduled for 2014. On the GSL School Board level, work will begin in 2013 on the $1.5 million addition to the Lincoln Jr. High School that will house the Early Childhood Family Education/Early Childhood Special Education and Learning Readiness programs. The move of the early childhood programs from Helen Baker Elementary will free up space for the burgeoning elementary (K-2) population in that building. But do not be surprised if talk of another building bond referendum surfaces sometime in 2013, because the Band Aid approach with the Lincoln addition does not address the long-term space needs of the school district. On the county level, the retirement of two long-time commissioners — Bev Wangerin and Ray Bayerl — marks the first major change on the County Board in nearly a generation. What those changes will mean, if anything, is anyone’s guess. And, as with every year, 2013 will be impacted by weather, more unexpected surprises and the kind and positive actions and activities of the people who make up this region. May this coming year indeed be a Happy New Year! — R.G.
Ever had one of those ‘oh, oh’ moments?
Ever have one of “oh, oh” moments? You know the one where you lock and close the car door at the same time you realize the keys are still in it. I did that the other day. It was the first time I can ever remember doing it. You see, I’m a creature of habit. I stop the car. Pull the keys out. Put them in my right hand pocket. Grab what I need to bring into the office. Hit the door lock on the way out. Close the door. I’ve done that routine countless times. Never have I left the keys behind. This time I did. Not in the ignition, but on the arm rest between the seats. I must have had it in my hand, picked up my camera, note pad and water bottle (with my winter gloves on) and not noticed the keys fell out in the process. Anyway, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. That did not, however, end the problem. My son, Andrew, has been relentless in his ribbing of my mistake as soon as he found out ... from his mother. You see, my wife had to come and bail me out with the spare key. First of all, it is such a novelty that ing to help, but apparently cannot, or will not, keep an eye on me all the time. So I get loose on occasion. While locking myself out of my car is extremely rare, I can think of two times when we locked ourselves out of the house. Both times we had to pry off a screen, pry open a window and shove Andrew through the opening. As the smallest, skinniest and most agile, he was designed for that job. Like a pipe cleaner is how I view him. Now that I think of it, that may be why he is merciless in his ridiculing. Pay back is sweet. But Andrew will not be around home forever — we think — so we have to be more cautious with our keys. He has to move out some time, right? If he does plan to stay with us for the rest of his life, I have mentioned on numerous occasions that he better get some practice changing “adult” diapers. He may be our care giver as we delve deeper into these “golden years.” I can still see him shuddering at that visual. If that does not inspire him to find a place of his own, I’m not sure what will.
Rich Glennie
I leave myself that wide open to Andrew’s ridicule. My son lives for these moments to exploit my weakness. You should have heard him after he learned I tried to put two legs in the same pants hole one morning, only to take a slow-motion tumble into the closet. Second, Andrew hasn’t figured out yet that I still haven’t bought him a Christmas present. More ridicule from him may save me money in the long run. Third, my wife just shakes her head as I continue to plow face-first into “senior citizenhood.” She’s try-
Letters to Editor writers in 2012
Editor’s Note: The strength of a local community newspaper is its opinion pages. The Chronicle has been blessed over the years with people who are willing to share their opinions on these pages. Here are those who contributed this year: January Catherine Lorenz, New Auburn; Lona Oltmann, ConnectCare; state Rep. Ron Shimanski, Silver Lake; Mary Ann Olmstead-Kohls, Crow River Area Youth Orchestra (CRAYO); Holli Schafer, Glencoe; and Randall Thalmann, Plato. February Carmen Forcier, Glencoe; state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, Glencoe (three); Tim Tanchin, Stewart, McLeod County DFL; Debbie Wuetherich and Jane Goettl, Friends of High Island Lake; Bradley Weber, Eden Prairie, formerly of Silver Lake, and Brenda Fogarty, Silver Lake; Steve Beddor, Norwood Young America (NYA); Glynnis Vacek, McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence; and Christopher Sonju, GSL superintendent. March Marietta Neumann, McLeod Emergency Food Shelf; state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, Glencoe (twice); Timothy Dolan, Winthrop; Gordon Schrode, Lester Prairie; Mary Jo Wieseler, Peggy Kinzler, Bob and Sharon Iverson and Lee and Jeralyn Broderius, GSL band and choir trip chaperones; David Heintz, Glencoe; and RS Fiber Marketing Committee members. April Jeff Scharpe and Virginia Anderson, Glencoe VFW Post and Auxiliary; Christopher Sonju, GSL superintendent; Diane Robinson, Hutchinson; Marie Thurn, Glencoe (twice); Daryl Panning, Plato; John Salsbury, Glencoe; Tammy Tankersley, Glencoe; and Cindy Graham, Glencoe. May Linda Delagardelle, Glencoe; Pat Brinkman and Gail Koch, Wigs of Hope, Glencoe; Marietta Neumann, McLeod Emergency Food Shelf; Joanne Jacques, Glencoe; Virginia Adams, Glencoe VFW Auxiliary; and state Rep. Dean Urdahl, Grove City, and state Rep. Ron Shimanski, Silver Lake. June Gary Ballard, Glencoe; Catherine Miller, rural Glencoe; Pam Ainslie, ConnectCare; Steve Schiroo, Cokato; and Charleen Engelmann, Glencoe, Red Cross blood drive coordinator. July Preman Singh, M.D., Glencoe Regional Health Services; Marietta Neumann, McLeod Emergency Food Shelf; Gary Otteson, Glencoe High School class of 1962; Brian Schlagel, Glencoe; and state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen. August Terry Jones, Glencoe; Niki Pokornowski, McLeod County Relay for Life; Chris Shimanski, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Grant Knutson, Hutchinson; Karen de Boer, Glencoe; Sue Ernst, Glencoe; Ashly Kyte, Glencoe; Kevin Petersen, Minneapolis, Pro Marriage Amendment Forum; Christopher Sonju, GSL superintendent; state Sen. Scott Newman, Hutchinson; state Rep. Ron Shimanski, Silver Lake; Thomas Schoeneberger, DDS, Glencoe; and Sandy Lemke, Glencoe Senior nutrition site manager. September State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, Glencoe; Mike Gavin, Chapter 92 South Central Minnesota Flyers; Virginia Adams, Glencoe VFW Auxiliary; Pam Johnson, Crow River Habitat for Humanity; Robert L. Hatlestad, Glencoe; and Craig Bishop, Hutchinson. October Robert L. Hatlestad, Glencoe; Nathan Unseth, Lester Prairie; Paula and Howard Bulau, Glencoe; Emily Gruenhagen, Glencoe; Jaime Thissen, Glencoe (twice); Eric Harpel, McLeod County GOP; Donald B. Rudy, M.D., Glencoe; Catherine Lorenz, New Auburn; Glynnis Vacek, McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence; Tammy Tankersley, Glencoe; state Sen. Scott Newman, Hutchinson; Jodi Harpstead, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota; Linda Senst, Glencoe; state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, Glencoe; Miles Seppelt, Park Rapids; Terry Jones, Glencoe; Maureen Krumrey, Glencoe; Ruth Wendlandt, Gaylord; Mark Santelman, Winthrop; Edward Ide, Glencoe; the Rev. James Gomez, DCE Matt Harwell, the Rev. Anthony Stubeda, the Rev. Dennis Reichow, Dr. Tom Rakow and the Revs. Daniel Welch and Ronald Mathison; Terry Sandquist, Hutchinson; Dave and Dee Czech, Arlington; Dana Melius, Winthrop; David and Arla Huser, Lester Prairie; Mark Ranum and Laurie Ortega, Pioneerland Library System; Jeff Bonderman, Glencoe; Kelli and Ken Reiter, Bumps Stop Here Relay for Life team; and Marilyn Vinkemeier, Glencoe. November Charleen Engelmann, American Red Cross Glencoe community coordinator; Christopher Sonju, GSL superintendent (twice); Ed Homan, McLeod County Solid Waste director; Virginia Adams, Glencoe VFW Auxiliary; Gert Noga, Glencoe; Collette Ingenthron, Glencoe; Pam Johnson, Crow River Habitat for Humanity; Gary Ballard, Glencoe; Wayne Rosenfeld, Glencoe; and Linda Krueger, Glencoe. December Arthur Wemhoff, Glencoe; Dan Ferrise, Miller Manufacturing Company; Karen Thell, Glencoe; Don Williamson and Jeff Bertram, West Central Sanitation; state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, Glencoe; Kurt Thompson, Southwest Initiative Fund; Charles Shamla and family, Glencoe; Christopher Sonju, GSL superintedent; Melissa Draeger, Glencoe; and Theresa and Byron Wills and Ray and Merline Duering, Halloween Village.
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Year in Review Continued from page 2
State Sen. Scott Newman recapped the 2012 legislative session by pointing out how the “philosophical gap” has grown between Republicans and Democrats.
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June 6 — State Rep. Ron Shimanski, the odd-man out in the legislative redistricting announced in the spring, opted instead to run for the county commissioner seat being vacated by long-time Commissioner Ray Bayerl. Glencoe-Silver Lake and Stevens Seminary awarded 132 diplomas at the 2012 graduation ceremony. Valedictorian was Rachel Schuth and salutatorian was Morgan Petersen. The husband and wife teacher duo of Holly and Rick Corrick called it a career at the end of the school year. Holly Corrick was a long-time music teacher, and Rick Corrick an equally long-time industrial technology instructor. A machine shed fire at the John Kohnen Sr. residence south of Glencoe over the Memorial Day weekend caused an estimated $1 million in damages, according to Glencoe Fire Chief Ron Grack. June 13 — A fast-moving storm with straight-line winds caused damage in the Brownton area June 10. Most of the damage was at Tadsen Field to the baseball field where a dugout was blown apart and part of the outfield fence blown down. Also, tree limbs fell on the city park shelter house. Tanner Walker’s passion for helicopters took him to the sands and desert of Kuwait during his deployment to the Middle East. Walker’s home is in Brownton. The Make-A-Wish Foundation presented Brownton’s Max Karels with a new fish house. The 18-year-old Hutchinson High School graduate is the son of Michelle Wright and Paul and Trisha Karels. Max was being treated for testicular cancer. June 20 —The new plans for the Morningside Avenue extension from 11th Street north to 16th Street indicated a narrower street width and a round-about at the 16th Street end of the project. Stormy weather produced large hail and toppled a number of trees in Lincoln Park. The rainy spring and start of summer dumped nearly 12 inches of rain over a sixweek period. Creeks in the area again overflowed their banks. June 27 — Two people were killed and four others injured in a three-vehicle crash June 23 on Highway 15, about five miles south of Brownton. Killed were Ashley Leonard, 13, of St. Peter and Beatrice Klinkner, 77, of Hanska. Christ Lutheran Church began construction on a new addition to the church. The main entrance will switch from the west side of the Knight Avenue church to the south side. The expansion was expected to be completed by the end of the year. Tom Keefe, the county’s information system director
provide a more reliable electrical feed to Glencoe from the east to complement the line coming from the west. The Duane and Mary Nelson family was named the McLeod County Farm Family of the Year. The Nelson farm is located on the McLeod County-Sibley County border, south of Brownton.
Sept. 5 — Elda Huepenbecker turned 100, but has not slowed down. She entered two doilies in the McLeod County Fair and won two blue ribbons. It was the first time she had entered any of her craft work at the county fair. Sept. 12 — Glencoe passed the second reading of its controversial “snowbird” winter parking ordinance, but on a 3-2 vote. The vote came after a public hearing
Max Karels, center, was granted his wish from the Make A Wish Foundation, and he wanted a ice fishing shack. Karels, of Brownton and a 2012 graduate of Hutchinson High School, is battling cancer. for the past 17 years, retired on June 30. was stopped with spiked “stop sticks” south of Hutchinson. Ebbers escaped and was apprehended the next day near Biscay. The two were indicted by a federal grand jury in August for the Hutchinson bank robbery and for another on June 4 in Lake City. In September, Ebbers pleaded guilty in federal court. Aug. 8 — A two-vehicle crash on Highway 212 at Morningside Avenue in Glencoe killed Marvin E. Schreiner, 58, of Belle Plaine, and injured LeRoy E. Meline, 60, of Norwood Young America and his mother, Virginia C. Huddlested, 82, of Norwood Young America. The Meline vehicle left Highway 212, crossed a median and broadsided the Schreiner vehicle as it was heading southbound on Morningside Avenue. Kayla Schermann was crowned Miss Pola-Czesky during the annual PolaCzesky Days celebration in Silver Lake. Aug. 15 — Seventh District U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., was in the area discussing the Farm Bill 2012 that passed the Senate in a bipartisan fashion, but cannot get a hearing in the U.S. House because of political wrangling. He was frustrated by the inaction of the House Republican leadership. As the year ended, the 2012 Farm Bill was still not approved by Congress. When filings closed, races were shaping up for area city council and school board elections. Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson faced a challenge from Lloyd Thurn; Precinct 4 council member Greg Copas was challenged by former Glencoe police officer Kevin Dietz; and four people filed for three seats on the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board — three incumbents and newcomer Donna VonBerge. Aug. 22 — State Rep. Ron Shimanski, R-Silver Lake, and Gene Feltmann of rural Lester Prairie emerged from the primary election as the top vote getters in the threeperson McLeod County Commissioner District 1 primary race. They advanced to face each other in the Nov. 6 general election. McLeod County is seeking repeal of a 27-year-old state statute that requires sevencounty metro waste to be hauled to an incinerator in Elk River. Enforcing that long-dormant statute could negatively impact the amount of waste going to the Spruce Ridge Landfill near Biscay and the amount of methane gas being generated to operate the gas-to-electricity generators at the landfill. Glencoe Light & Power, as well as Glencoe City Council and the McLeod County Board, also opposed enforcing the old state statute. Aug. 29 — United Grain Systems (UGS) held an open house for its newly constructed, multi-million dollar grain terminal facility located at Brownton. Work began on a new Glencoe Light & Power Commission transmission line from its Armstrong Avenue substation east to a new substation to be built on Diamond Avenue. The new power line ran along Highway 212 right-of-way for most of the way and will
was held in August and action was tabled on the second reading. Sept. 19 — The McLeod County Board changed its recycling haulers as of Oct. 1 when it opted to award a three-year contract to West Central Sanitation of Willmar. Waste Management was the former contracted hauler. That set off a series of actions later in the fall. Glencoe City Council approved Waste Management as its recycling hauler, using a onesort system, and the county board reacted angrily by raising the tip fees at the landfill owned by Waste Management. Kurt Bills, GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, stopped at Tom Schoper’s government class at GSL High School to talk to the students about economics. Bills, an economics teacher at Rosemount High School, was running against U.S. Sen. Amy
Klobuchar, D-Minn. The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board continued to weigh options on how to address the more-than-expected kindergartners crammed into the Helen Baker Elementary School building. The district had 138 kindergartners arrive to start the year, and class sizes ballooned to 27 per class. Sept. 26 — Brownton Police Chief Ron Kelm resigned as the Brownton City Council scrambled to come up with solutions for law enforcement in the community which will be without an officer as of Oct. 1
Oct. 3 — A one-vehicle rollover Sept. 27 claimed the life of Bert Henry Statema, 84, of Stewart. The accident
Year in Review
Continued on page 10
July 4 — The former Pamida business in east Glencoe was changing over to a Shopko Hometown store after the two companies merged. Property taxes were a hot topic when Republican legislators Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen and Sen. Scott Newman, made the rounds at town hall meetings. The Legislature’s decision to end homestead credits was the main target. July 11 — The GlencoeSilver Lake School District put the finishing touches on a variety of projects, including replacing the floor in two of the three gymnasiums at the Panther Field House. The floors of the original field house project were cracking due to groundwater issues, and a new wood floor was constructed over the top. The project also addressed draining water away from the foundation of the facility. Temperatures reached the upper 90s and hit 100 on July 6, and dew points were into the 70s as people flocked to the Glencoe Aquatics Center to get some relief from the heat and oppressive humidity. July 18 — Improvements were unveiled by state and county officials for Highway 15 from the Highway 212 intersection north to Hutchinson. That section will be milled and a new overlay placed down. The other project is the construction of a round-about next year at the intersection of Highway 15 and Airport Road on the south end of Hutchinson. Glencoe City Council gave first reading to a new “snowbird” ordinance that bans onstreet parking from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 to April 1. The parking ban remained controversial after police officers began issuing tickets on Nov. 6 despite no snow on the ground.
Weather plays a part in every year in review, and this past year was no exception. High winds on June 10 severely damaged the Barney Tadsen baseball
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County planning committee OKs renewal of gravel pit permit
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The McLeod County Planning Advisory Committee approved a renewal for a gravel pit conditional use permit Wednesday morning, Dec. 19, after hearing comments and concerns from neighboring property owners. Darian Litzau of Litzau Excavating, Inc., applied for the extension of the permit, for a gravel pit he operates on property leased from Orville Foust on Zero Avenue, east of Lester Prairie. Zoning Administrator Larry Gasow said the permit for the pit was first issued in the early 1990s, before there were 10-foot setbacks from the property line. “Back then, it was common to mine right up to the property line,” said Gasow, which sometimes caused problems with neighboring property. That is why the county adopted a 10-foot setback, he added. Gasow also said the permit had been issued prior to a survey of the property, and that the mining operation had crossed what were then assumed to be the property lines. Gasow said that Litzau had worked to restore what had been mined over the property lines, and that with the extension of the permit, anything he mines “to the south and the west (of the original mined area), he will have to conform to the setbacks.” Kerry Wuetherich, who owns a farm to the south of the property, also noted that material had been taken from his property, but added that Litzau “did a pretty good job of restoring it.” Deb Wuetherich, his wife, said that originally, the material brought in to restore it contained concrete and other undesirable material, which she said was cleaned up. “But I think there needs to be closer eyes out there,” Deb Wuetherich said. Kerry Wuetherich also questioned the classification of the gravel pit property for tax purposes, but County Commissioner Ray Bayerl, who sits on the planning committee, said that is not an issue for the committee. “How the property is taxed isn’t up to us,” said Bayerl. “You need to take that up with the assessor.” Kerry Wuetherich also asked about the restoration of the pit. Wuetherich, who had a pit on his property, said he has fully restored it with wildflowers, and that two neighboring pits are “an eyesore” in comparison. Amy Anderson, assistant county attorney, said that until the pit is closed, restoration requirements do not have to be met. “As long as it’s an active pit, you don’t have to restore it,” said Anderson. But once the permit expires, Gasow said, the pit must be restored within a year. Gasow also said that, typically, most excavation companies will do the restoration work as they close out one area of the pit and move to another. “It’s just easier and more cost-effective to do it while they have the equipment there,” said Gasow. Kerry Wuetherich also contended there is a thistle problem near the pit, which has spread on to his property. The committee agreed to add weed control as a condition to the permit. The committee also set the hours of operation for 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., which are the same as a pit across the road from the Foust property. Gasow noted that there may be occasions when material may need to be moved outside of the stipulated operating hours, and asked that Litzau contact his office if that is the case. The permit will be on the County Board agenda at its Dec. 27 meeting.
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From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
Dec. 27, 1912 O.C. Conrad, Editor Mr. Andrew Amundson of Stewart, who recently purchased the Cozy Corner Saloon, is now comfortably settled with his family in the Polsfuss residence on the north side. Mrs. Alma Frauendienst of Penn was awarded the handsome doll given away by Podratz’s Furniture Store on Christmas Eve. The finishing lumber for the interior of the new city hall arrived the latter part of last week, and Mr. Linne, the contractor is pushing the work as rapidly as possible. Part of the furnace material is also on hand and Mr. Doerr of Winthrop has begun installing the same. It appears that the new hall will be ready for use about the middle of January. John Sommerdorf, who has made his home for the past nine years with his grandson, Herman Sommerdorf, living three miles north of here, died suddenly of the infirmities of old age, having celebrated his 93rd birthday on the 17th of this month. He leaves one son, Carl Sommerdorf of this village, besides numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. only thing missing was the small change left in the cash register, amounting to less than $5. This is the second burglary at the saloon within six months.
Farm Notes
By Nathan Winter
75 Years Ago
Dec. 30, 1937 Percy L. Hakes, Editor Mrs. John Ewald (Bertha Block) died at her home in Brownton Tuesday morning, Dec. 28, at the age of 80 years. A native of Germany, she came with her family to the United States at the age of 6. She and her husband had 11 children, three of whom died in infancy, and another, Edward, was killed in France during the World War. Surviving children are William of Hutchinson, Louis of Brownton, Mrs. Fred H. Petersen and Mrs. Benjamin C. Peik of Brownton, Mrs. Nels Jorgenson of Hutchinson, Mrs. Norval Englestad of Astoria, S.D., and Dr. R.P. Ewald of Newport. Mrs. Fredricka Mielke, nee Beutling, a pioneer settler of Sumter, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, at the age of 83 years, 11 months and 5 days. She leaves to mourn her four children, namely: Mrs. Charles Jungclaus, Mrs. Henry Seeland, and Charlie and William Mielke. The Cozy Corner Beer Parlor was again the victim of burglars Tuesday morning this week. The
visit its website and search under Minnesota Farm Advocates: http://www.mda.state. mn.us/. The MDA also runs the Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network (MFAN). “MFAN provides business and financial guidance at no cost to Minnesota farmers and farm families facing economic hardship. This network of volunteer financial analysts work in collaboration with farm business management instructors, extension educators and others with the expertise to help in several areas including financial statement preparation, debt restructuring, business reorganization, and farm transition. MFAN also will provide referrals for legal advice and mental health counseling.” For further information on the MFAN Program contact 877898-6326 or visit their website and search under MFAN: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/. “Farm business management programs are designed to provide education to farm owners and operators or persons interested in farming. The purpose of the program is to assist students in meeting their business and personal goals. This is best accomplished through the use of quality records and sound business decisions. Effective financial management in the business is the best way for the business to maintain that competitive edge. Farm business management education programs in Minnesota are available through the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).” For further information on farm business management programs, contact 651-2011672 or visit its website for instructors: http://www.fbm. mnscu.edu/. The Minnesota Dairy Initiatives Program (MDI) is a producer-led initiative to coordinate a comprehensive approach to the delivery of onfarm services to Minnesota’s dairy producers. The MDI regional teams locally manage and coordinate the delivery of on-farm advi-
sory services using the skills and experience of team members with expertise in a variety of areas to help dairy farmers.” For further information on MDI, contact 877-577-0741 or visit its website: http://mndairyinitiative.org/. Resources and sources for further information: University of Minnesota Extension has a toll-free line available called the farm information line. “When you call the farm information line, you’ll get reliable, research-based answers from Extension agriculture experts. It is a statewide service backed by a network of local educators, so you'll get information to meet your specific needs.” To contact the Farm Information Line call 800-2329077 or e-mail fil@umn.edu. University of Minnesota Extension also has trained professionals throughout Minnesota that can be helpful with current research, questions, and programs related to agriculture, community, the environment, family, garden, and youth. For further information on the University of Minnesota Extension, visit its website: www.extension.umn.edu/ or to find extension educators in your area: www.extension. umn.edu/offices/. ***** Upcoming educational events: • Private pesticide applicator training, Litchfield, Jan. 22. • Private pesticide applicator training, Cologne, Jan. 30. • Hutchinson agribusiness committee winter seminar, Hutchinson, Jan. 31. • Soils 101 workshop, Watertown, Feb. 4. • Private pesticide applicator training, Willmar, Feb. 8. • Private pesticide applicator training, Hutchinson, Feb. 21. • McLeod County Master Gardener Horticultural Day, March 23. • Meeker County Gardeners Gala, April 9.
20 Years Ago
Dec. 23, 1992 Lori Copler, Editor The Brownton City Council will interview six applicants for the position of liquor store manager at a special meeting Jan. 7. Those set to be interviewed are Kay Selle of Brownton, currently serving as the temporary manager; Gordon Glasgow, Brownton; Doug Polzin, Brownton, Steven Grenke, Glencoe, Randy Hahn, Glencoe, and Warren Mathwig, Green Isle.
10 Years Ago
Dec. 25, 2002 Lori Copler, Editor Four McLeod West juniors have been chosen to serve as legislative pages in the Minnesota House of Representatives. They are Kati Albers, Lance Woller, James Evanson and Andrew Schutte. Selected as alternates are Justin Kalenberg, Emily Olesen and Heather Krulikosky.
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
Dec. 27, 1912 A.F. Avery, Editor A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Moritz of Grafton last Saturday, Dec. 21. John Kalenberg has decided to farm his own place north of town the coming year and bought this week a span of iron-gray 4-yearold horses weighing about 2,500 pounds from F.G. Dols of Sumter. The 6-month-old baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kasal of Collins Township died last evening from bowel trouble after an illness of only a few hours. grandfather, officiating. A large crew of interested businessmen were on hand last Thursday evening to assist in decorating the community hall for the Christmas program Friday afternoon. The work was completed in a short time because there was a large and helpful crew on hand. The weiner and coffee lunch which followed the work was prepared by John Kisling and J.P. Tollefson. families. Peter Paul Onyuka of Kenya spent the holiday with the August Langenbau family, while Abdoulaye Mohamed of Niger stayed with the Orville Trettin family. Former Stewart resident Stanley Dawson, 55, died Friday, Dec. 23, at the Hutchinson hospital, of congestive heart failure. The funeral service was Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Stewart Funeral Home.
50 Years Ago
Dec. 27, 1962 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Mr. and Mrs. Ardan Kuehn (Elaine Tock) announce the birth of a son, born Dec. 25, Christmas day. He is named Robert Earl. Ladies of the Christian Mothers Society of St. Boniface Catholic Church again gladdened the hearts of shut-ins in the community with boxes of food. Among those who helped pack the boxes were Margaret Kalenberg, Mrs. Norbert Kalenberg, Mrs. Arnold Meyer, Mrs. Richard Buhr, Mrs. Ray Ludowese and Mrs. Roland McGraw.
30 Years Ago
Dec. 30, 1982 Dave Stoltz, Editor Winter returned in full force last week, providing a white Christmas as a storm dropped a foot of snow in the area. Quick action by some area resident revived a rural Stewart man who became ill during the Christmas Eve service at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando. Joe Peavey, 39, apparently stopped breathing twice, and both times was revived by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation administered by Jim Stockmann. Peavey’s son and wife also became ill, and all were taken to the Hutchinson hospital. The house they are renting is being checked for possible carbon monoxide or sewer gas issues. Larry Meier and Mrs. Jerome (Evelyn) Ewert won shopping sprees at Ahlers’ IGA and Larry’s Red Owl, courtesy of the Stewart Area Jaycees.
75 Years Ago
Dec. 24, 1937 Harry Koeppen, Editor Mike Kasal had the best female White Rock and O.W. DeGree earned second place for his pen of Rhode Island Reds at the McLeod County Poultry Show held here. Mrs. R.E. Mittlestadt was hostess to the “500” club Friday evening, the affair being a Christmas party. Prizes went to Mrs. P.L. Hakes of Brownton, Mrs. Albert Bethke, Mrs. Herbert Fleisch and the traveling prize to Mrs. W.A. Phillips. The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Klammer of Hutchinson, Patricia Sue, was baptized Sunday morning at the Lutheran church with the Rev. C.H. Kowalske, the baby’s
35 Years Ago
Dec. 29, 1977 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Two Africans who are in the United States under the Aid for International Development program spent Christmas with local
Holly Days winners announce for lights, medallion hunt, parade
The Holly Days committee announced the contest winners for this year’s festivities. Business Lighting Contest winners were: First place: Franklin Printing. Second place: Priority 1 Metrowest Realty. Third place: McLeod Coop Power. Residential Lighting Contest winners were: First — 1410 Pryor Ave. Second — 603 Fir Circle. Third — 403 16th St. W. Fourth — 1519 Newton Ave. Fifth — 1020 Vernon Lane. The Holly Days Medallion Hunt winner was Doug Schrader, Carrie Ehrke and kids. The clue led them to the Pizza Ranch’s “horse & sleigh.” The Holly Days Lighted Parade winners were: First place: Glencoe Fire Department. Second place: Sibley Electric. Third place: Glencoe Pizza Ranch. Fourth place: McLeod Coop Power. Fifth place: Miller Manufacturing.
Glencoe VFW OKs donations
Glencoe VFW Post 5102 announced the following donations were made recently by the club: Girls’ softball, $200. Panther Booster Club, $100. Voice of Democracy program, $125. McLeod County Social Services’ nutrition program, $25. Veterans Pheasants Dinner program, $75. Local shut-in veterans Christmas program, $225. Cub Scouts, $100. St. Cloud Veterans Administration Christmas program, $100. Operation Minnesota Nice, $100. Two Glencoe-Silver Lake scholarships of $500 each.
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Dircks, Hennessey note birth
Sheri Dircks and Josh Hennessey of Hutchinson announce the birth of their daughter, Khloe Janice Hennessey, on Dec. 10, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Khloe weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20 inches in length. Her older siblings are Hailey, Corra and Karter Hennessey. Grandparents are Debbie Dircks of Hutchinson, Joyce Markgraf and Bob Miller of Stewart, Nancy Hennessey of Hutchinson and Keith Hennessey of Plato.
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The Helen Baker Elementary School awarded its December Panther Pride recipients last week. The students received an award for displaying caring and kindness. The recipients of the award for the month included, front row, left to right, Drew Alsleben, Cheyenne Cadena, Mason Schilling, Caroline Dostal, Madison Schultz, Sophie Groe, Cooper Rosenlund, Alexis Kube, Isabel Eggersgluess and Anthony Witte. In the middle row are Clayton Moore (standing), Joe Mattson, Hannah Graf, Grace Lipke, Madyson Mathews, Caden Neid, Brooklyn Christenson, Karla Rodriguez, Adrian Flores, Ben Southerland, Hunter Fearing and Bree Ryherd (standing). In the back are Josilyn Marentes, Mason Ittel, Melanie Zavala, Yajaira Villarreal, Tage Rosenlund, McKenzie Patnaude, Gabriel Hussong, Jaxin Anderson, Calla Becker and Holden Meyer.
Allisa Ware and Ryan Rannow of New Germany announce the birth of their daughter, Lilaneya Lynn Ware, on Dec. 10, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Lilaneya weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her older sibling is Haidynne Michael Rannow. Grandparents are Rhonda Ware of New Germany, Michael Morehouse of Dilworth, Cody Mankowski of New Germany and Charvella Rhodes of Glencoe.
Raduenz announce birth
Nathan and Becca Raduenz of Hutchinson announce the birth of their son, William Harold, on Dec. 17, 2012, at the Hutchinson Community Hospital. William weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20 inches long. His older siblings are Joseph, Jonas, Corey and Cayden. Grandparents are Tim and Ruth Sumner of Little Falls and Deb Salim and Kevin Raduenz of Glencoe.
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Keith Edward Hurajt, 53, of Winthrop Obituaries Robert Walter Dose, 65, of Hamburg
Funeral services for Robert Walter Dose, 65, of Hamburg, were held Saturday, Dec. 22, at Zion Lutheran Church in Benton Township, Cologne, with the Rev. Eric Zacharias and Padre H o w i e Krienke officiating. Mr. Dose died Monday, Dec. Robert Dose 17, 2012, at his home in Hamburg. Pallbearers were Warren Prehn, Loren Engelmann, Randall Wroge, Mark Melcher, Marlin Melcher, Mark Lenzen, Jim Heckmann and Chris Franzen. Mr. Dose was born May 10, 1947, in Glencoe, to Walter H. and Lois L. (Kern) Dose. He was baptized on May 25, 1947, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato by the Rev. R.L. Ehlen, and confirmed on March 26, 1961, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato, by the Rev. Edgar F. Schroeder. On Aug. 24, 1968, Mr. Dose was united in marriage to Lorraine K. Bollmann at Zion Lutheran Church in Benton Township, Cologne, by the Rev. John Melchert. The couple farmed north of Plato on his family farm until 1970, at which time they moved to their current farm southeast of Hamburg. Here they worked together with the Lenzen family (Marlys, Loren, Mark and Patty), working hard and enjoying every day. As years went on Mr. Dose greatly enjoyed working alongside his sons, Jon and Jared. Mr. Dose was a loving husband, dad and grandpa. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He had a passion for his small gatherings at the farm with family and friends. He looked forward to the annual Memorial Day and July 4th picnics with friends. Farming was his love, spending his days in his John Deere tractors and attending Red and White Holstein cow auctions. He was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he had served as trustee from 2005 through 2007. Survivors include his loving family, wife, Lorraine; sons and daughters-in-law, Jon and Kelly Dose of Green Isle and Jared and Stacy Dose of Hamburg; daughter, Jaclyn Dose of Hamburg; grandchildren, Alison, Grace, Ava and Sam Dose, Kirstin, Emma and Kellen Dose; sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Don Bayerl of Annandale; sistersin-law, Marlys Lenzen of Green Isle and Linda Sprengeler of Darwin; nieces and nephews, Becky and Todd Sullwold, Tricia and Ryan Kusske and Mark and Patti Lenzen; other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Walter and Lois Dose; stepfather, Earl Sprengeler; brother, Jon Sprengeler; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Erwin and Malinda Bollmann; and brother-in-law, Loren Lenzen. Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. Visit www.john sonfh.com. Memorial services for Keith Edward Hurajt, 53, of Winthrop, were held Friday, Dec. 21, at the JohnsonMcBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. The Rev. Chris Meyers officiated. Mr. Hurajt died T h u r s d a y, Dec. 13, 2012, at his home in Keith Hurajt Winthrop. Urn bearer was Nicole Hurajt. Interment will be at a later date. Special music was from CD selections. Military honors were provided by Glencoe American Legion Post 95. Mr. Hurajt was born March 16, 1959, in Minneapolis, to Edward and Loretta (Bacon) Hurajt. He was baptized as an infant in the Lutheran faith in Burnsville and was educated at Burnsville High School. Mr. Hurajt entered active military service in the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge on Feb. 3, 1986. Mr. Hurajt made his home in Minneapolis, Brownton, New Auburn and Glencoe. In 2006, he moved to Winthrop. After returning from the service, Mr. Hurajt worked construction and was a dog catcher. In 1992, he started his job as a truck driver. He also spent a majority of his time in the garage fixing and building cars and trucks. Mr. Hurajt was a member of the American Legion Post 1982. A kind-hearted and good man, Mr. Hurajt enjoyed working on vehicles and mud trucking. He also was an awesome skier. He loved many things; above all else, he loved his mother, daughter, granddaughter, eating bacon and drinking his Pepsi. He especially cherished the time spent with his family and friends. Survivors include his children, Jared Hurajt, Nicole Hurajt and her special friend, Andrew Polzin, of New Auburn, Joel (Hilary) Lorenz of Winthrop, James (Sarah) Rogstad of Braham and Jennifer (Craig) Rogstad of New Auburn; grandchildren, Stephan Lorenz, Shilo Lorenz, Brittany Reid, Michael Rogstad, Anthony Lowden, Timothy Lowden, James Lowden, Jeremy Pavek, Brookelynn Polzin and Tristan Lorenz; sister, Becky Soucek of Savage; niece, Melanie Soucek of Savage; other relatives and many friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Edward and Loretta Hurajt; and life companion, Beverly Rogstad. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries/ guest book.
Flood risk open house set Jan. 8
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will host a flood risk information open house on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the McLeod County Courthouse, County Board Room, 830 E. 11th St., Glencoe. The open house will provide McLeod County residents with an opportunity to review a recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). The FIS and the FIRMs provide base flood information, delineate areas subject to significant flood hazards within the county, and offer information public officials may use when permitting development in the floodplain. The open house will be staffed with representatives from various local, state and federal agencies who will provide the most current information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations, and the process for floodplain mapping within McLeod County. The newly prepared preliminary floodplain maps will be on display. Once the maps become effective, these maps will be used by floodplain permit officials, builders and developers, lenders, realtors, insurance agents and the general public to determine flood risk, develop mitigation measures, and encourage wise and responsible risk management decision-making. Property owners, realtors, lenders and insurance agents are urged to attend and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their community. For more information, contact John Devine, FEMA Region V program specialist, at 312-408-5567 or Marge Dworak, FEMA Region V outreach specialist, at 312408-5527. FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation all work together to build, sustain, and improve the country’s capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.
Mary Jane Draeger, 78, of Hutchinson
Funeral services for Mary Jane Draeger, 78, of Hutchinson, were held Sunday, Dec. 23, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando with the Rev. Aaron Albrecht officiating. M r s . Draeger died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the Harmony River Living Cen- Mary Jane ter in Draeger Hutchinson. The organist was Wanda Renner and the soloist was Andrew Hermodson-Olsen. Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye, My People” and “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us.” Pallbearers were Bruce Karl, David Karl, Clyde Zieman, Mike Kokesch, Lowell Briese and Adam Boehlke. Interment was in the church cemetery. Mary Jane Karl was born May 9, 1934, in Hutchinson, to Joseph and Fern (Ankeny) Karl. She was baptized as an infant on May 27, 1934, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart. She received her First Holy Communion on June 11, 1944, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. She received her education in Hutchinson and attended Hutchinson High School. On May 15, 1952, Mary Karl was united in marriage to Stanley Draeger at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando. This marriage was blessed with four daughters. The Draegers resided in and farmed in Bismarck Township, Sibley County. They shared 50 years of marriage before Mr. Draeger died on May 22, 2002. Mrs Draeger later moved to Hutchinson in 2002. Mrs. Draeger was a loving wife, mother, homemaker and partner in the farming operation. She also worked at the 3M Company in New Ulm, and Winthrop Good Samaritan Center and Hands, Inc., in Winthrop. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando. Mrs. Draeger was an excellent baker. She loved going shopping, especially for shoes, and enjoyed playing cards and bingo. She cherished the time she spent with her family, grandchildren and friends. Survivors include her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Edward Karl of Hutchinson; sister, Lucy Schmidt of Hutchinson; sisters-in-law, Leola Karl of Hutchinson and Joyce Karl of Hutchinson; many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph and Fern Karl; husband, Stanley Draeger; brothers, William Karl, Francis Karl and his wife, Ihone, Joseph Karl, Jr.; sister-in-law, Cleo Karl; and her brother-in-law, Victor Schmidt. Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
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Orville W. Howe, 86, of Hutchinson
Funeral services for Orville William Howe, 86, of Hutchinson and formerly of Glencoe, were held on Friday, Dec. 21, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating. Mr. Howe died Monday, Dec. Orville Howe 17, 2012, at Harmony River Care Center in Hutchinson. Dawn Wolter was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Away in a Manger,” “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Military honors were provided by Glencoe VFW Post 5102. Pallbearers were Michael Ziegelman, Thomas Ziegelman, Norb Hemmann, Eddie Brelje, Dennis Scharpe and Gale Donnay. Interment was in the church cemetery. Mr. Howe was born Nov. 26, 1926, in Glencoe, to Irwin and Alice (Mutchler) Howe. He was baptized as an infant on Jan. 30, 1927, by the Rev. E. Kolbe, and confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 21, 1940, by the Rev. Alf R. Streufert, both at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. His confirmation verse was John 8:31-32. Mr. Howe received his education in Glencoe and was a graduate of the Glencoe High School class of 1944. He entered active military service in the U.S. Navy on June 5, 1944, and served his country in World War II. He received an honorable discharge on June 5, 1946. On April 23, 1948, Mr. Howe was united in marriage to June Jensen by the Rev. E.H. Streufert at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The couple made their home in Glencoe. They shared over 64 years of marriage. Mr. Howe worked in the body shop at Harpel Brothers, Inc., in Glencoe, retiring in 1989 after 41 years. He was a lifelong member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church and a member of the Glencoe VFW Post 5102. Mr. Howe was a very meticulous man, which showed in his gardens, lawn, vehicles and everything else he loved. He enjoyed fishing, watching birds and riding his motorcycle. He was a caring man who cherished the time spent with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, June Howe of Hutchinson; brother, Donald (Freda) Howe of Arvada, Colo.; sister, Mary (Howard) Anderson of Grand Rapids; brother-inlaw, Ralph Ziegelman of Alexandria; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Irwin and Alice Howe; and sister, Audrey Ziegelman. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries/ guest book.
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Rev. Allan Reed Immanuel Lutheran, Brownton
“The Light”
e have all heard the phrase: “the light at the end of the tunnel.” Sometimes, it is referring to a positive conclusion to something difficult that we might be going through. At other times it might be used concerning a near death experience. For Stephen, in Acts chapter 7, both meanings rang true: “But (Stephen), full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” (Acts 7:55-56) As the mob that gathered to stone Stephen to death, he was graciously granted a vision of Christ, the light of the world, and knew that soon he would be with Him. We have celebrated another Christmas and have beheld visions of the Christ child all swaddled in cloths and laying in a manger. It might seem as if “the light IS at the beginning of the tunnel.” And, in many ways it is, everlasting to everlasting light, the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. Through the same Holy Spirit that filled Stephen, we too are granted to behold Christ the light. Though now we suffer many things in this world, the Holy Spirit gives us the eyes of faith to see our Lord as He comes to us in Word and Sacrament. As Jesus comes to us now, He gives us strength, comfort, hope, and peace. Christ Jesus lights the path now, and in eternity. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Soli Deo Gloria!
Deaths Connie Oltmann, 97, of Plato
Connie Oltmann, 97, of Plato, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility. The funeral service will be today (Wednesday, Dec. 26), at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato. Visitation is today (Wednesday), from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. For an online guest book, visit www.hantge.com.
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Lives remembered: Those who passed on in 2012
Mary Jane Parr, 76, Dassel, Dec. 25, 2011; Melvin Schuft, 88, Gaylord, Dec. 26, 2011; Marcella M. Kotkan, 83, Silver Lake, Dec. 27, 2011; Eleanor Ewert, 95, Columbia Heights, formerly of Stewart, Dec. 31, 2011; Robert “Bob” Durbin, 86, Norwood Young America (NYA), Dec. 31, 2011; Ada Mackenthun, 93, NYA, Jan. 1; Joseph Zajicek, 78, Glencoe, Jan. 1; LaJean Koentopf, 62, Sterling, Va., formerly of Glencoe, Jan. 1; Eldon Pulkrabek, 82, Spring Grove, formerly of Glencoe, Jan. 3; Harvey Schilling, 88, Arlington, Jan. 6; Shirley Ann Bulau, 82, Gibbon, Jan. 7; Ann Stuedemann, 100, Glencoe, Jan. 8; Oscar Forcier, Nevis, Jan. 9; Stephen Rosckes, 64, Lester Prairie, Jan. 12; Richard Goldstein, 78, Hutchinson, Jan. 14; Dorothy Grochow, 84, Gaylord, Jan. 15; John Engelsmeier, 63, Hutchinson, formerly of Brownton, Jan. 17; Joseph Nix, 92, Glencoe, Jan. 21; Orval “Bud” Birkholz, 90, Lester Prairie, Jan. 22; Jack Pulkrabek, 78, Glencoe, Jan. 22; Alyce Klinkner, 80, Stewart, Jan. 27; Margaret Ann Style, 75, Glencoe, Jan. 29; Richard Hayes, 78, Glencoe, Jan. 30; and Lorene Alsleben, 88, Glencoe, Jan. 31. Youngquist, 61, North Branch, recently of Glencoe, Feb. 16; Katherine Daak, 80, Buffalo Lake, formerly of Olivia, Feb. 18; Betty Kemmerer, 78, Lester Prairie, formerly of Pennsylvania, Feb. 19; Helen Fruetel, 88, Alamo, Texas, formerly of NYA, Feb. 21; Darwin Raduenz, 71, Glencoe, Feb. 21; Lester Arlt, 69, St. Cloud, Feb. 22; Rueben Knick, 92, Glencoe, Feb. 23; Lillian “Lil” Sommers, 91, Arlington, Feb. 24; Irene Schrupp, 99, Glencoe, Feb. 26; Lorna Field, 92, Glencoe, Feb. 26; Lorna Schmidt, 90, Glencoe, Feb. 26; Robert “Bob” Koepp, 60, St. Paul, Feb. 29; and Delores Mackenthun, 81, Arlington, Feb. 29. Schugg, 100, Glencoe, April 9; Wayne Luehring, 73, Glencoe, formerly of Brownton, April 13; Hilda Bauer, 97, Stewart, April 15; LaVerna Dahlke, 85, Arlington, April 22; Myra Oelfke, 90, NYA, April 22; Alice Lueck, 85, Glencoe, April 25; and Agnes Tietz, 91, Hastings, formerly of Glencoe, April 30. M. Maass, 61, Hutchinson, formerly of Brownton, June 19; Destany Thomson, 6, New Ulm, June 19; Dale Wagner, 88, Hutchinson, formerly of Stewart, June 21; Mae Luedloff, 86, NYA, June 27; and Hazel Wendlandt, 89, Hutchinson, June 28.
Leona Miller, 97, Glencoe, Aug. 2; AnnaMae Albrecht, 87, Hutchinson, formerly of Glencoe, Aug. 4; Kenneth Place, 91, Glencoe, Aug. 5; William “Bill” Harens, 92, Gaylord, Aug. 6; Harold Otto, 89, Arlington, Aug. 10; Herbert “Herb” Krienke, 86, Glencoe, formerly of Hutchinson, Aug. 10; Marjorie Felt, 83, Waconia, Aug. 12; Frances Dvorak, 75, Litchfield, Aug. 12; Rosemary Schuette, 64, Brownton, Aug. 12; Debra Kottke, 58, Cologne, Aug. 14; Marcille Brelje, 82, NYA, Aug. 28; and Patrick “Pat” Guck, 74, Glencoe, formerly of Arlington, Aug. 31.
Sept. 29; and Lorna Mathews, 92, Little Falls, Sept. 30.
Melvin “Mel” Foss, 70, NYA, Oct. 15; Marvin Neumann Sr., 88, Silver Lake, Oct. 15; Ferdinand Heuer, 82, Glencoe, formerly of NYA, Oct. 16; Natalie Schuft, 88, Glencoe, Oct. 17; Robert “Bob” Kleinschmidt, 65, Brownton, Oct. 20; Sandra Hunter, 69, rural Glencoe, Oct. 20; Lorna Schmidt, 97, Belle Plaine, formerly of Glencoe, Oct. 21; Melvin Sprengeler, 84, Plato, Oct. 22; Roy Pikal, 84, Hutchinson, Oct. 24; Anthony Albers, 87, Glencoe, Oct. 27; and Evelyn Heuer, 86, Waconia, Oct. 30.
Lester Alsleben, 96, Brownton, July 1; Olga Mackenthun, 101, Waconia, formerly of Hamburg, July 1; Lewis Bullert, 77, Glencoe, July 1; Stanley Katzenmeyer, 71, Glencoe, July 2; Dean Mathews, 57, Glencoe, July 5; Lucy Jacobson, 52, Park Rapids, July 6; Bernette Asplund, 87, Hutchinson, July 6; Stanley Ruschmeyer, 90, Glencoe, July 8; Esther Oelfke, 95, Glencoe, July 8; Quentin Klucas, 80, Stewart, July 10; Cora Baysinger, 92, Stewart, July 12; Philip Plaisance, 82, Hutchinson, July 13; Duane Voigt, 76, East Bethel, formerly of Arlington and Green Isle, July 13; Bertha Milbrand, 102, Glencoe, July 14; Vernon Hanson, 84, Maplewood, formerly of Stewart, July 16; Bruce Post, 52, New Auburn, July 16; Doris Bollingmo, 89, Buffalo Lake, formerly of Stewart, July 16; Lorraine Brinkmeier, 84, Hutchinson, July 16; Toshiko Neumann, 86, Little Canada, formerly of Glencoe, July 17; Donald Murch, 88, Glencoe, July 18; Anthony “Tony” Boettcher, 55, Glencoe, formerly of Gaylord, July 20; Delia Jaramillo, 83, Dubuque, Iowa, July 21; Elden Bipes, 89, Brownton, July 22; and Richard Weber, 85, Northfield, formerly of Glencoe, July 28.
E. Marie Dammann, 92, Minneapolis, May 4; Eleanor Grack, 73, Glencoe, May 6; Lamar Wittenberg, 54, Carver, May 8; Gerald Brinkman, 80, Glencoe, May 9; Delores Sommers, 76, Faribault, May 16; Rodney Schwarze, 66, Brownton, May 18; Scott Vikander, 45, Stillwater, formerly of Stewart, May 18; Violet Chalupsky, 93, Hutchinson, May 20; Christine Heintz, 79, Hutchinson, May 22; Dorothy Vacek, 90, Brownton, May 24; LeRoy Winter, 67, Arlington, May 24; June Stoterau, 78, NYA, May 27; and Diane Helgeson, 61, Stewart, May 26.
George Husske, 92, Dubuque, Iowa, March 1; Esther Grenke, 95, Glencoe, March 7; Celestine “Tina” Nieland, 91, Arlington, March 9; Annamarie Raether, 64, Glencoe, March 12; Milan Hoff, 88, Hutchinson, March 16; Carlene (Beneke) Leeland, Portage, Wis., March 18; Leroy “Corky” Polzin, 81, Brownton, March 20; Marjorie Karg, 90, Glencoe, March 23; Samuel Steinbrecher, 89, Glencoe, March 24; Vernhold Bethke, 77, Stewart, March 24; and Bernard Jochum, 86, Glencoe, March 28.
Dora Kingsley, 93, Jordan, formerly of Plato, Sept. 1; Mary Burich, 97, Bloomington, formerly of Hutchinson, Sept. 2; Bernice “Bernie” Gorman, 78, Cross Plains, Wis., Sept. 2; Kenneth Plihal, 74, Glencoe, formerly of Hutchinson, Sept. 3; Carol Hafner, 78, Glencoe, Sept. 4; Darlene Becker, 81, Glencoe, Sept. 8; Timothy Straub, 71, Black Hawk, S.D., Sept. 12; Michael Dressel, 53, Glencoe, Sept. 13; Gerald Donnay, 85, Glencoe, Sept. 15; Gerald Nutter, 49, Stewart, Sept. 15; Stanley Schermann, 83, Glencoe, Sept. 16; Kristine Villnow, 50, Glencoe, Sept. 17; Janice “Jan” Moller, 73, Lester Prairie, Sept. 21; Leon Mackenthun, 63, Hamburg, Sept. 21; April Lynn-Smith, 55, Hector, Sept. 24; Bert Statema, 86, Stewart, Sept. 27; Brandon Lindeman, 23, Brownton, Sept. 28; Earl Neubarth, 75, New Auburn,
Maurice Pike, 96, Glencoe, Nov. 2; Veronica Jilek, 80, Glencoe, Nov. 7; Lorene Dreier, 79, Watertown, formerly of Hamburg, Nov. 9; Daryl Will, 68, Hamburg, Nov. 11; Janet (Schrupp) Ellingson, 88, Everett, Wash., Nov. 23; Melford Schwarzrock, 88, Gaylord, Nov. 28; Hazel Slipka, 78, Stewart, Nov. 30; and Roger Sommers, 79, Faribault, Nov. 30.
Janell Bernard, 58, Glencoe, June 1; Daniel Moehring, 61, Plato, June 2; Bernice Hutter, 93, Glencoe, June 3; Shauna Carter, 34, Winthrop, formerly of Glencoe, June 6; Genevieve “Gen” Regner, 73, Lake Marion, June 6; Myrtle Witte, 100, Cosmos, formerly of Brownton, June 9; Betty Lou Setterman, 76, Gaylord, June 10; Ian Bunn, 2, Plato, June 15; Harry Gassman, 83, Hutchinson, June 17; Gladys Lehmann, 96, Brownton, June 18; Walter Rannow, 91, Hutchinson, June 18; Diane
Judith “Judy” Katzenmeyer, 66, Brownton, Dec. 2; David Bergmann, 60, Minnetrista, Dec. 5; Ruth Grewe, 92, Gibbon, Dec. 7; Earl Mielke, 78, New Germany, Dec. 12; Keith Hurajt, 53, Winthrop, Dec. 13; Ronald “Ron” Parpart, 75, Waconia, Dec. 17; Orville Howe, 86, Hutchinson, formerly of Glencoe, Dec. 17; Robert Dose, 65, Hamburg, Dec. 17.
Fumie Sikkila, 87, Brownton, Feb. 3; Marlys Rusch, 78, Glencoe, Feb. 5; Blanche Bandas, 99, Glencoe, Feb. 13; Mabel Stuber, 97, Green Isle, Feb. 13; Herald Barton, 97, Silver Lake, Feb. 15; Richard Burandt, 86, Glencoe, Feb. 16; Paul
John Kuenzel, 91, NYA, April 5; Inez Koester, 89, Green Isle, April 5; Harvey Beneke, 73, Arlington, April 6; Lucille Haag, 84, Glencoe, April 6; Cory Potter, 42, Glencoe, April 7; Lillian
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. 26 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 28 — Men’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Dec. 30 — Sunday school for all ages, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:20 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10:30 a.m. CHRIST LUTHERAN 1820 N. Knight Ave., Glencoe Katherine Rood, Pastor 320-864-4549 www.christluth.com E-mail: office@christluth.com Wed., Dec. 26 — Televised worship, 2 p.m. on channel 10. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Dec. 30 — Worship at Friedens 10 a.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Dec. 26 — No Mass, 7:20 a.m.; no school; parish offices open; no religious education classes. Thurs., Dec. 27 — Mass at GRHSLTC, 10:30 a.m.; KC Christmas party, 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 28 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 5:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 29 — Reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 30 — Mass, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass and baptisms, 11:30 a.m.; no Spanish religious education classes; Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m. Mon., Dec. 31— School break continues; parish offices open; Mass, 5 p.m.; midnight Spanish Mass. Tues., Jan. 1 — Mass, 10 a.m.; no school; parish offices closed; no junior choir practice. Wed., Jan. 2 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; school resumes; kindergarten through sixthgrade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; seventh- through 11thgrade religious education 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 Sun., Dec. 30 — Worship, 9:15 a.m.; no Sunday school. Wed., Jan. 2 — GRHS-LTC communion, 10:15 a.m.; 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. 26 — No public school confirmation; no handbells. Sun., Dec. 30 — Worship, 8 a.m.; fellowship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; KDUZ radio broadcast, 9:30 a.m.; worship with communion, 10:30 a.m.; Spanish worship, 6 p.m. Mon., Dec., 31 — Church office closes at noon; worship with communion, 5 p.m. Tues., Jan. 1 — Church office closed. Wed., Jan. 2 — Public school confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; Christ Chimes, 4 p.m.; Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; new membership class, 6:15 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m. GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod 1407 Cedar Ave. N., Glencoe Rev. James F. Gomez, Pastor Matthew Harwell, Director of Christian Education E-mail: office@gslcglencoe.org Sun., Dec. 30 — Worship with communion, 9 a.m.; Financial Peace University video, 10:15 a.m.; no Kingdom Quest, FUEL, adult Bible study or LIVE. Mon., Dec. 31 — Office closed. Tues., Jan. 1 — Office closed. Wed., Jan. 2 — Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; education, 7 p.m.; deacons, 7 p.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Sun., Dec. 30 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m. Mon., Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve worship, 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 2 — Fifth- and sixthgrade catechism, 3:45 p.m.; seventhand eighth-grade catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 7:30 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: Pastor@GraceBrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Sun., Dec. 30 — Worship, 8:45 a.m.; no Sunday school. Tues., Dec. 31 — Worship broadcast, 6 p.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., Dec. 26, through Fri., Dec. 28 — No Noah’s Ark Preschool classes. Sun., Dec. 30 — Worship with communion, 9 a.m.; no Bible study; no Sunday school; Channel 8 video; register for Jan. 6 communion. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Interim Pastor browntoncongregational.org Sun., Dec. 30 — Worship, 9 a.m. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN Stewart Robert Lehner, Pastor Wed., Dec. 26 — WELCA sewing, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 30 — No Sunday school; worship, 10 a.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Wed., Dec. 26 — No Mass. Thurs., Dec. 27 — Mass, 9 a.m. Fri., Dec. 28 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., Dec. 30 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. Mon., Dec. 31 — Mass, 6 p.m. ST. MATTHEW’S LUTHERAN Fernando Aaron Albrecht, pastor No calendar submitted. ST. JOHN’S CHURCH 13372 Nature Ave. (rural Biscay) Robert Taylor, pastor 320-587-5104 Sun., Dec. 30 — No Sunday school; worship, 10:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., Dec. 26 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 30 — Worship, 10 a.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. 26 — No Midweek; newsletter deadline. Thurs., Dec. 27 — Bible study, 8:45 a.m.; bulletin deadline.; deacons meeting, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 30 — “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. Mon., Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve worship with communion, 5 p.m. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato Bill Baldwin, Pastor www.platochurch.com Wed., Dec. 26 — Office closed. Fri., Dec. 28 — Office open, 9 a.m. Sun., Dec. 30 — Worship, 10 a.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Sun., Dec. 30 — Worship, 9 a.m.; fellowship time, 10 a.m. Wed., Jan. 2 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5 p.m. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., Dec. 26 — No services. Sun., Dec. 30 — “First Light” radio broadcast on KARP 106.9 FM, 7:30 a.m.; pre-service prayer time, 9:15 a.m.; worship service, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:35 a.m.; take down Christmas decorations. Mon., Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve get-together, 8 p.m. Wed., Jan. 2 — Confirmation/discipleship class, 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. Sun., Dec. 30 — Worship, 10 a.m.; coffee fellowship following worship. Wed., Jan. 2 — Presbyterian Women meeting, 1:30 p.m.; light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; adult Bible classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Dec. 26 — Rosary followed by communion service at Cokato Manor, 9:30 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 27 — Rosary at Cedar Crest, 10:10 a.m.; Mass at Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m. Fri., Dec. 28 — Meet and greet at Prairie Senior Cottages in Hutchinson, 1:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 29 — Reconciliation, 5 p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 30 — Mass, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Mon., Dec. 31 — Parish offices closed. Tues., Jan. 1 — New Year ’s Mass, 8 a.m. FRIEDEN’S COUNTY LINE 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Dec. 30 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 770 School Rd., Hutchinson Kenneth Rand, Branch President 320-587-5665 Wed., Dec. 26 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 30 — Sunday school, 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; priesthood, relief society and primary, 11:40 a.m.12:30 p.m. WATER OF LIFE CHURCH IGLESIA METODISTA LIBRE Clinica del Alma 727 16th St. E., Glencoe Spanish/bi-lingual services Nestor and Maria German, Pastors E-mail: nestor2maria@hotmail.com Sun., Dec. 30 — 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. 30 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school and Bible study, 10:15 a.m. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. 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The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, December 26, 2012, page 10 Recently re-elected Stewart Mayor Jeff Erkenbrack suddenly resigned Dec. 10 without explanation. Council member Jason Peirce was appointed acting mayor. Dec. 19 — A squabble over recycling pitted Glencoe City Council against the McLeod County Board of Commissioners. The city opted to go to a one-sort recycling program, separating itself from the county’s current five-sort system. The rub is the onesort program, offered by Waste Management, takes recyclable material away from the county’s recycling center, causing revenue problems for the county program. Al Robeck, long-time water and wastewater plant employee, announced his retirement after more than 40 years with the city. It was the second long-time city employee to retire. The other was Terry Buska, city street superintendent, who retired in October.
Accidents claimed the lives of several people in 2012, including Henry Statema of Stewart, who was killed and
his wife, Kathleen injured in a one-vehicle rollover on County Road 7 in September.
Year in Review Continued from page 5
occurred on County Road 7, northeast of Stewart, when his Ford Windstar went off the road and struck a power pole. Statema’s wife, Kathleen, was airlifted from the scene to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Glencoe City Council agreed to shuffle its public works staff when long-time street superintendent Terry Buska retired due to health reasons. Gary Schreifels, public works director, and Mike Drew, park superintendent, will split Buska’s management duties. The Council also set up two departments in public works — parks/streets handled by Drew and water/wastewater and sewers handled by Schreifels. Oct. 10 — The city of Brownton will again pursue setting up a municipal natural gas utility when it gets natural gas service to the community. That could become a reality by next summer, council members were told. Blustery winds combined with dry conditions fueled fires to buildings and fields in the area as the statewide drought conditions deepened. The state had little moisture after June. Former standout athlete Robyn Ruschmeier, Glencoe and GSL football coach Dave Dose and Glencoe girls’ volleyball and basketball coach Mary Resch were the latest inductees into the GSL Panthers Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. Oct. 17 — Glencoe’s Linda Krueger began gathering donations for her participation in “Operation Minnesota Nice,” which sends “care” packages to U.S. military personnel deployed overseas during the holidays. Krueger shipped out about 25 packages last year, but by early December this year had packaged and sent out 90. It was a busy few weeks for the Glencoe City Center with a variety of performances held in the Grand Ballroom, including the Concord Singers of New Ulm, the Augsburg Singers, an allmale chorus, and the Rickie Lee performance of 1950s tunes. Oct. 31 — Former Glencoe businessman Bryan Koepp, who allegedly borrowed money from friends, family and acquaintances to keep his landscape business afloat, faced his first hearings on criminal charges connected with the case. Eight Glencoe-Silver Lake FFA students attended the national convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Laura Taylor of Stewart earned her silver award for scouting as a member of the Brownton-Stewart Girls Scouts. Miller Manufacturing was honored as the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce’s Manufacturer of the Year. The ceremony drew U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., who gave one of the several speeches at the event. After years of a freeze, the McLeod County Board approved a motion to lift its ban on hiring. The new Buffalo Highlands Trail was officially opened Oct. 27. The paved trail goes from Morningside Avenue in Glencoe east about two miles to County Road 1. It is the first of a three-phased project that is supposed to take the trail to Plato, five miles to the east.
Nov. 7 — Nov. 8 was declared Helen Nowak Day in Glencoe by Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson after she turned 100 years old. “Annie” opened as the fall musical at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School. The Rev. Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton, returned from a trip to South Africa and spoke about building relationships with others “face-to-face” through mission work.
Nov. 28 — “Need never Ends” is how Marietta Neumann, McLeod Emergency Food Shelf director, described the ever growing demands on the local food shelf by a larger number of county residents.
Glencoe-Silver Lake Homecoming king and queen for 2012 were Kurtis Kunkel and Brooke Kaczmarek.
Dec. 5 — The long vacant Mark’s Economart building in downtown Glencoe was offered to the city for $1 plus payment of the 2013 property taxes. Later in the month, City Council agreed to the purchase, which includes paying $14,022 in property taxes for 2013. Glencoe City Council also opted to expand its municipal liquor store at its current site in the former city hall offices. The city has debated options on what to do with its liquor store for several years, including relocating it. Dec. 12 — Long-time 1st District County Commissioner Ray Bayerl called it a career after 22-1/2 years on the board. He got into the county government by fulfilling the wish of a dying friend, his predecessor, Lawrence Fiecke. Ann Phillips was named Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year and Sheila Murphy was the Chamber Volunteer of the Year. The two were honored at the annual meeting and banquet of the chamber.
Nov. 14 — Navy veteran Jeff Jensen, the technology coordinator at Glencoe-Silver Lake, gave an emotional address as the main speaker at Glencoe Veterans Day program in the high school gym. Election Day had some interesting results. At the state level,, local legislators state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, RGlencoe, and state Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, both won, but the GOP party took a beating statewide, losing its majorities in both the Minnesota House and Senate. DFLers now control the Legislature and governor’s mansion for the next two years. Locally, Kevin Dietz unseated Greg Copas for the Precinct 4 City Council seat, while Brownton’s long-time mayor, Curt Carrigan, was defeated by write-in candidate, Jay Werner. At Plato, two write-in candidates won seats on the Plato City Council — Dennis Oltmann and Bob Pflipsen. The GSL School Board election found incumbents Jamie Alsleben and Kevin Kuester winning re-election, while newcomer Donna VonBerge upended incumbent Gary Schreifels for the third seat on the board. Nov. 21 — GSL School Board members heard that participation in the school lunch program has trended downward after new federal guidelines were instituted in July. A grand jury indicted McLeod County Sheriff Deputy Mark Eischens on two felony and two misdemeanor counts in regards to a shooting incident in April. Eischens was a member of an emergency response team that was executing a search warrant at a Biscay home when his firearm was discharged, grazing Harry Lee Ondracek. Ondracek was taken to the hospital and later charged with fifth-degree drug charges. The GSL School decided to go ahead with a building addition onto the Lincoln Jr. High School and not call for a referendum. The $1.5 million project will build an addition to the northwest corner of the building to house the ECFE/ECSE programs. Those early childhood programs would vacate their building at Helen Baker Elementary to make room for more classrooms at the K-2 facility, which is overcrowded. A larger, more comprehensive building project was rejected twice by GSL voters in 2011.
will arrive First in 2013?
at Glencoe Regional Health Services
10 Gift Certificate
(Up to $30 value)
10 Gift Certificate
Baby’s first cake, baptism, birthday.
Expires Jan. 31, 2014
2408 9th St. E., Glencoe 320-864-5321
135 Gift Certificate
1106 Hennepin Avenue, Glencoe 320-864-4414
Bertha’s Edible Art
Bertha Ide
10 Gift Certificate
1-Year Subscription
Hwy. 212 E. • Glencoe 320-864-6038
8'' Ice Cream Cake
The McLeod County
716 10th St. E., Glencoe 320-864-5518
Free Oil Change
227 10th St. E., Glencoe 320-864-3804
1320 Pryor Ave., Glencoe 320-864-6222
1 Free Large Single-Topping Pizza
2101 10th St., Glencoe 320-864-7644
FREE Bottle of Champagne
Offer expires Feb. 28, 2013
Glencoe Liquor Store
10th St. E. • Glencoe 320-864-3013
25 Gift Certificate
2211 11th St. E., Glencoe 320-864-3354
If you’re expecting a bundle of joy around the first of the year, you can win a bundle of great prizes for you and baby from the participating Glencoe area sponsors listed here.
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