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Arlington
ENTERPRISE
Serving the Communities of Arlington and Green Isle, Minnesota
www.arlingtonmnnews.com Volume 130 • Number 25 • Thursday, December 26, 2013 • Arlington, MN 55307
Single copy $1.00
Year-In-Review
Editor’s Note: The following article is a summary of
the major news stories in the Arlington and Green Isle
area during the first six months of 2012. The final six
months will be featured in next week’s edition of the Ar-
lington Enterprise.
JANUARY
Over 40 enthusiastic participants, despite cold weath-
er conditions, attended the inaugural Move Strong
Community New Year’s Day Walk/Run in Arlington on
Tuesday, Jan. 1.
It was reported that the Green Isle Fire Depart-
ment officially took ownership of a 1991 pumper
truck during late December of 2012.
The Sibley County Board of Commissioners unani-
mously approved a motion to hire Arlington City Ad-
ministrator Matt Jaunich as the first ever Sibley County
administrator.
It was reported that Dr. Dean Bergersen complete-
ly retired on Dec. 31, 2012. An open house for Dr.
Bergersen was held at the Arlington Community
Center on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The Green Isle Fire Department responded to 30 total
calls in 2012, according to Green Isle First Assistant
Chief Dan Kroells.
The Arlington City Council held its annual organi-
zational meeting. City Council members James
“Ben” Jaszewski and Jennifer Nuesse were intro-
duced as new members.
Starting with usage in January and billing in Febru-
ary, residents and businesses in Arlington were reported
to see an increase in their water, sewer and electric rates
during 2013.
Local resident Mary Seeman received the third
annual Darwin Mathwig Community Service Award.
Jerry’s Home Quality Foods celebrated the grand re-
opening of its newly remodeled store in Arlington.
The Green Isle City Council held its annual orga-
nizational meeting. New Mayor Dale ZumBerge and
new City Council members Todd Burg, Shawn
Harms and Brian Oelfke were introduced at the
meeting.
The Arlington City Council unanimously approved a
motion to hire Cynthia Smith-Strack to provide interim
city administrative services until the full-time position
is filled.
The Sibley East School Board received 20 applica-
tions for the open superintendent position before the
application period closed in mid January. Sibley
East Senior High Principal Jim Amsden was later
named as one of the four semi-finalists.
M.J. Neisen Construction, Arlington, began to demol-
ish a block storage building near the intersection of East
Main Street and First Avenue South in downtown Ar-
lington.
The Arlington Fire Department responded to 71
calls in 2012, according to Arlington Fire Chief John
Zaske.
FEBRUARY
Steve Haefs, a senior at the Sibley East Senior High
School in Arlington, was chosen by his classmates as
the Outstanding Senior of the Quarter.
Gerry Berglin, administrator at the Good Samari-
tan Center - Arlington announced his retirement
after 37 years in senior care.
A divided Sibley East School Board, after three hours
of discussion and the completion of five feedback
sheets, finally united and unanimously approved a mo-
tion to offer the superintendent position to current Sib-
ley East Senior High Principal Jim Amsden who later
accepted.
Kimberly Kurtzweg and Samuel Bullert were
crowned as the Junior Sweetheart and Hunk during
a coronation ceremony at the Sibley East Senior
High School.
The Arlington Police Department responded to a total
of 1,0067 calls in 2012, according to Arlington Police
Chief Bruce Rovinsky.
The Sibley East varsity wrestling team captured
the Section 4 team championship at Norwood Young
America and earned advancement to the Minnesota
State Class A Team Wrestling Tournament. Junior
Nathan Rose also recorded his 165th career victory
and broke the Sibley East school record for most ca-
reer wins.
It was reported that a new state-of-the-art digital pro-
jection system had been installed at the Lido Theater in
Arlington.
Sibley East Elementary Principal Mari Lu
Martens was chosen as one of three finalists for Min-
nesota 2013 National Distinguished Principal.
The Sibley East varsity wrestling team placed fourth
in the Minnesota State Class A Team Wrestling Tourna-
ment at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul in late Feb-
ruary.
MARCH
Dr. Lyle Rud reported that the Arlington Animal Clin-
ic was sold to the Minnesota Valley Veterinary Services
effective Friday, March 1.
It was reported that the signal light at the intersection
of Highway 5 and West Main Street would be deactivat-
ed in early March. The deactivation was later delayed
until early April.
Year-In-Review
Continued on page 7
By Lori Copler
McLeod County Chronicle
Trailblazer Transit may
have an opportunity to ex-
pand its service into Wright
County.
The Joint Powers Board
heard Thursday morning that
communities in Sherburne
County are pulling out of the
River Rider system as of July
2014, leaving Wright County
communities with a need to
restructure their public transit
system.
“It’s kind of left Wright
County out there,” said Sib-
ley County Commissioner
Bill Pinske, chair of the Trail-
blazer Joint Powers Board.
The question for the Board,
Pinske said, is “do we want to
extend our operating radius
outside our two counties?”
Trailblazer Transit is the pub-
lic transportation system for
Sibley and McLeod counties.
Bev Herfindahl, Region 8
project manager for transit for
the Minnesota Department of
Transportation (MnDOT),
told the Joint Powers Board
that MnDOT feels Trailblazer
Transit will be a good fit to
provide service in Wright
County.
Herfindahl said that while
the communities in Sherburne
and Wright counties shared a
transit system, each county
had a “distinct derivation” of
service areas. The Sherburne
communities are feeling they
may be better served with a
collaboration with the Com-
munity Action Agency in St.
Cloud.
“We don’t know what the
Wright County communities
are feeling; we haven’t heard
from them yet,” said Herfind-
ahl.
Herfindahl said MnDOT
will visit with those commu-
nities after the first of the
year.
But MnDOT knows one
thing for sure: it will not fund
a single-county system for
Wright County, as it is hoping
to streamline public transit in
the state with fewer systems.
Sibley County Commis-
sioner Harold Pettis asked
questions about how a part-
nership with Wright County
would be governed.
“We’re the little fish in the
big bowl now,” said Pettis of
a venture with the more-pop-
ulated Wright County. “We
want to make sure we don’t
lose any service as a county.”
“You won’t be the little
fish; you’ll be an equal part-
ner,” said Herfindahl, who
said she expects Trailblazer
to be the lead agency on any
cooperation with Wright
County.
She also pointed out that
the River Rider system was a
collaboration of cities with
Sherburne and Wright coun-
ties, and not a county-based
operation as is Trailblazer.
“It’s a different potluck,”
said Herfindahl.
Herfindahl also said that
she doesn’t expect service
levels in McLeod and Sibley
counties to change.
“The last thing we want to
Trailblazer
Continued on page 3
Trailblazer may have opportunity
to extend service to Wright County
By Kurt Menk
Editor
The Arlington City Coun-
cil, during its regular meeting
on Monday night, Dec. 16,
unanimously adopted a reso-
lution to approve the employ-
ee wage/benefit package.
City Council members
James Jaszewski, Jennifer
Nuesse, Curt Reetz, Jason
Ruehling and Galen Wills all
voted in favor of the resolu-
tion.
The City Council made the
move after it unanimously
approved the employee re-
views.
The hourly wage for the
city employees include Jason
Lovaas ($18.43 in 2013 to
$18.93 in 2014), Lee Zwart
($15.24 in 2013 and $15.24
in 2014), Vicki Pomplun
($16.68 in 2013 to $17.08 in
2014), Bruce Rovinsky
($22.50 in 2013 and $22.50
in 2014), Lisa Tesch ($20 in
2013 to $20.50 in 2014) and
Jennifer Strack ($12.24 in
2013 to $12.62 in 2014).
City employees and posi-
tions which did not receive an
hourly or salary raise includ-
ed part-time police ($14), city
part-timers ($8.75), library
aide ($8.75), new library aide
($7.50), summer recreation
director ($2,715 salary), sum-
mer recreation assistant
($8.75), snow removal work-
ers ($13. 50), firefighters
($10), fire chief ($1,200
salary), fire secretary ($500
salary), fire first assistant
chief ($500 salary), fire sec-
ond assistant chief ($500
salary), fire training officers
($250 salary), air pack main-
tenance ($250 salary), civil
defense director ($1,000
salary), emergency medical
technician on-call pay ($2),
assistant ambulance manager
($1, 000 salary) and para-
medics ($23.50).
In addition, the City of Ar-
lington will cover 80 percent
of the premium costs for
health insurance with the re-
maining 20 percent being
paid by the city employees.
The city will also contribute
$1,500 to each eligible HSA
Account in 2014.
In other news, the City
Council unanimously ap-
proved a motion to raise the
annual salary of City Admin-
istrator from $65,000 in 2013
to $66,550 in 2014.
In other news, the City
Council unanimously ap-
proved a motion to proceed
with a quit claim deed for the
building located at 105
Fourth Avenue Northwest and
previously owned by the Sib-
ley Medical Center and now
owned by the City of Arling-
ton.
In other business, the City
Council unanimously ap-
proved a motion to reassign
the lease of the building at
105 Fourth Avenue North-
west from the Sibley Med-
ical Center to the City of Ar-
lington Economic Develop-
ment Authority (EDA).
The building, located be-
hind The Floral Shop, is cur-
rently used by Technical
Services for Electronics for
$1,000 per month.
Arlington City Council unanimously approves
employee wage/benefit package at meeting
Enterprise photo by Kurt Menk
SE 6th Grade Speed Stacking Tournament
Robert Sutalo performed his skills at the Sibley East
Sixth Grade Speed Stacking Tournament which was
held at the Sibley East Elementary School in Gaylord
on Friday, Dec. 20. The tournament is held at the end
of the Speed Stacking Unit which is conducted in the
physical education classes. The tournament is de-
signed to be fun and promote some friendly competi-
tion, according to teacher Dan Morton.
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Tuesday, December 31: NEW YEAR’S EVE
Cut off for 2013 year end business transactions
will be noon.
Main Bank will close at 3:00 p.m.
Drive-Up will close at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 1: Both banks will be
closed.
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News Briefs
Vehicle strikes electrical pole
A vehicle reportedly struck an electrical utility pole
along 210th Street just east of 401st Avenue in Green
Isle Township at 4:55 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, according to
the Sibley County Sheriff’s Department.
Brenda Reinert, 47, Green Isle, was driving a white
super duty Ford pickup westbound on 210th Street
when the vehicle left the roadway, entered the north
ditch and struck an electric utility pole, according to the
report. The vehicle sheared off the pole at the base, but
the electric line was still intact and connected to the
pole. The wooden pole came to rest on the front passen-
ger side of the vehicle.
Reinert did not suffer any apparent injuries, according
to the report.
The vehicle, which was removed from the ditch by
the owner, sustained moderate damage to the front end,
windshield and roof all on the passenger side, the report
said.
McLeod Co-op Power was contacted to remove the
pole from the vehicle.
Students graduate from MSU
Some area students graduated from Minnesota State
University, Mankato, during recent commencement ex-
ercises.
The students included Jessica Erickson, BA, Psychol-
ogy, Magna Cum Laude; Laura Schuneman, BS, Exer-
cise Science; Jacob Johnson, BS, Mass Communication;
Cody Hallahan, MA, Sport Management; Christopher
Odegaard, BS, Sport Management; Courtney Odegaard,
BS, Accounting, Magna Cum Laude; Brianne Berger,
BS, Accounting and Finance, Cum Laude; and Jessica
Heinz, BS, Speech Communication.
Seneca Foods makes donation
The Arlington City Council, during its recent regular
meeting, unanimously approved a motion to accept a
$625 donation from the Seneca Foods Foundation.
The money will be designated to the Arlington Fire
Department and be used to purchase equipment, specifi-
cally a thermal imaging camera.
Accident on Highway 22
A two-vehicle accident reportedly occurred along
Highway 22 in McLeod County at 5:09 p.m. Thursday,
Dec. 19, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
A 2006 Ford Focus driven by Chad Duenow, 21,
Hutchinson, and a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by
Judy E. Coleman, 60, Hutchinson, were both north-
bound on Highway 22, according to the report. Both
drivers reportedly slowed down to allow a deer to cross
the highway when the Ford Focus struck the rear of the
Chevrolet Cavalier.
Blood drive set in Gaylord
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at
the American Red Cross in Gaylord from 1 p.m. to 7
p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26.
For eligibility questions, call 1-866-236-3276.
Arlington double red donors from Aug. 27 are eligi-
ble to donate.
For 40 years, Senior Nutri-
tion has been working to en-
sure good health and inde-
pendent living for senior citi-
zens in Minnesota by provid-
ing nutritious meals, opportu-
nities for social contact and
safety checks for frail seniors
that are homebound.
Each day, 4,300 seniors are
served by Lutheran Social
Service (LSS) of Minnesota
through 225 sites in 39 coun-
ties in Greater Minnesota.
But population changes
have affected federal dollars
that support these services,
federal grants have not kept
pace with inflation to cover
food and other costs, and
now, with financial cuts from
sequestration, combined fi-
nancial shortfalls have made
the service unsustainable. As
a result, 25 of the 225 sites
operated by Lutheran Social
Service, or about 10 percent
of its locations, will lose all
or part of their programming
by year end.
In Arlington, plans are to
close the Senior Nutrition
site, but continue offering
home-delivered meals. Senior
citizens will also be encour-
aged to dine with others at
Senior Nutrition sites in Gib-
bon, Gaylord or Henderson.
“We’ve experienced a
triple whammy in Senior Nu-
trition,” explained Monica
Douglas, director of Senior
Nutrition for Lutheran Social
Service of Minnesota.
“We’ve had to make some
difficult decisions that will be
especially felt in Greater
Minnesota.”
Douglas said that decisions
to close were not made light-
ly. In all instances, Lutheran
Social Service worked with
the local Area Agency on
Aging and considered several
factors in making the joint
decision, including the avail-
ability of other meal options
in the area, number of senior
citizens using the service, and
whether services are reaching
seniors that are most in need.
“We will continue to work
closely with LSS on targeting
nutrition dollars to high risk
individuals with the most
need,” explained Linda Giers-
dorf, executive director of the
Region Nine Development
Commission. “Ongoing sup-
port and technical assistance
will be provided to LSS
under the guidance and direc-
tion of our Board of Direc-
tors. During these challeng-
ing times, providing essential
services for older adults re-
quires us to be creative and
collaborate with our commu-
nity partners.”
Douglas said that Lutheran
Social Service is committed
to actively seeking other
ways to meet the nutritional
needs of seniors, including
the possibility of frozen meal
delivery service, private pay
options and Diner’s clubs that
are popular in other commu-
nities. Through Diner’s clubs,
local restaurants become part-
ners with Lutheran Social
Service to create affordable,
easily accessible and healthy
meal options available to sen-
iors. Officials are also meet-
ing with policymakers to help
them understand the impact
cuts are having on seniors.
“With the coming age
wave, it will be important for
us as a community to come
together to find creative and
affordable ways to keep sen-
iors healthy and living inde-
pendently and build on suc-
cessful programs like Senior
Nutrition that can offer enor-
mous social and financial
benefit to us all,” Douglas
said. “In the meantime, we’ll
be connecting with seniors to
inform them of other options
available in the community
and express our gratitude to
the many outstanding volun-
teers who have worked
alongside us in this important
work.”
Senior Nutrition is funded
in part with federal funds
from the Older Americans
Act and state funding that is
distributed through the De-
partment of Human Service,
Minnesota Board on Aging
and local Area Agency on
Aging. Additional financial
support is provided by site
sponsorships, United Way,
contributions from partici-
pants and discretionary funds
through Lutheran Social
Service of Minnesota.
Changes in nutrition service will
affect senior citizens in Arlington
Enterprise photo by Kurt Menk
Patriotic Pen Contest
Forty-three sixth, seventh and eighth graders at the
Sibley East Public School in Gaylord recently entered
the Patriotic Pen Contest sponsored by the New
Auburn VFW. The theme for the contest was “What
patriotism means to me.” Left to right: New Auburn
VFW member Wilbert Hahn, Donnae Morton (first
place and $175), Jaci Tourtellott (second place and
$150), Kiana Montes (third place and $125) and Lind-
sey Flieth (fourth place and $100).
By Karin Ramige Cornwell
Manager
No one from the public
was in attendance for Sibley
East’s Truth-in-Taxation
hearing on Monday, Dec. 16
where the district’s business
manager, Janna Tessmer, re-
ported that Sibley East’s 2013
tax levy payable in 2014 will
decrease by 14.49 percent or
$183,696.74.
The total tax levy, payable
in 2014, is $1,083,995.14
down from $1,267,691.88.
The general fund levy de-
creased by 16.27 percent or
$189,811.25. The community
service fund increased by
$6,114.51 or 6.04 percent for
the 14.49 percent total de-
crease.
Tessmer noted that the
main reason for the decrease
is due to legislative changes
in the state aid funding for-
mula.
The district will receive
more money in state aid, eas-
ing the burden on local tax
payers.
Tessmer explained that
83.6 percent of the general
fund revenue comes from
state aid, 9.8 percent from
local taxes, 3.6 percent from
other local sources and 3 per-
cent from federal aid.
She further explained how
the general fund dollars are
spent. All expenses incurred
in the operation of the district
come from the general fund.
The district allocates the
funds in the following way:
District and school admin-
istration, 6.6 percent; district
support services, 2.6 percent;
regular instruction, 51.7 per-
cent; vocational instruction
2.4 percent; special education
instruction, 12.9 percent; in-
structional support service
7.5 percent; pupil support
services, 8.1 percent; site,
building, and equipment, 7.7
percent; fiscal and other fixed
cost programs, 0.5 percent.
Sibley East tax levy to decrease $183,696.74 or 14.49%
There were a few points to
remember that Tessmer point-
ed out: revenue formulas are
set by the State Legislature
except for voter approved ref-
erendums, local levy and state
aid mix are set by the State
Legislature, and an increase
in local taxes does not neces-
sarily mean an increase in the
revenues for the school dis-
trict.
The School Board passed a
motion to approve and certify
the 2013 payable 2014 levy
certification at maximum levy
authority for $1,083,995.14
during the regular meeting the
same evening.
*******
Minnesota’s Truth in Taxa-
tion laws require all city,
county and school district to
follow certain steps before
adopting a tax levy for the
following year.
One of the main required
components of the law are
mailing a notice to each prop-
erty owner in the county de-
scribing the tax levies pro-
posed by the county, city and
school district which explains
what the percentage increase
or decrease means in dollars.
The other main required
component is for each taxing
jurisdiction, for example,
county, city and school board
to hold a Truth in Taxation
public meeting giving the
public the opportunity for
questions and comments.
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Wolverines of the Month
The following students were recently
chosen as Wolverines of the Month at
the Sibley East Junior High School in
Gaylord. Front Row: (left to right) Rocio
Cardenas, Jose Felipe and Michaela
Sylvester. Back Row: (l to r) Seth
Fredin, Brooke Klehr and Neyland Ott.
Two vehicles reportedly
broke through the ice on
Scotch Lake in rural Cleve-
land on Friday, Dec. 20, ac-
cording to the KNUJ Radio
website.
St. Peter resident Ryan Au-
gustin, 35, and his son had re-
portedly driven out onto the
lake to fish when the front
wheel of his pickup truck
broke through the ice and be-
came stuck.
St. Peter resident Jeff
Hulke, 35, reportedly came to
assist Augustin, but his vehi-
cle reportedly broke through
the ice as well.
Officials said the occupants
of both of vehicles were able
to exit safely and no injuries
were reported.
Vehicles break through ice on area lake
do is reduce service,” said
Herfindahl.
Herfindahl noted that
MnDOT had just received of-
ficial notice of Sherburne’s
withdrawal from River Rider
the day before the Trailblazer
Joint Powers Board meeting,
although MnDOT was aware
of the pending change.
She added that a lot of de-
tails would have to be worked
out before the dissolution of
River Rider becomes official
in July 2014.
“Six months is a blink of an
eye,” said Herfindahl. “And
there’s lots to be done.”
And if Wright County is in-
terested in working with Trail-
blazer, most of the burden for
managing the details of lining
up service will fall on the
shoulders of Trailblazer Di-
rector Gary Ludwig.
“This may take up Gary’s
entire job,” said Herfindahl.
“It may be like the effect that
Gary walked out and took an-
other job.”
To that end, Herfindahl said
it was important to get an op-
erations manager on board,
and that MnDOT may be will-
ing to fund some of the transi-
tional costs if Trailblazer took
on service in Wright County.
Pinske said he has been as-
sured by MnDOT that extend-
ing service to Wright County
won’t cost McLeod and Sib-
ley counties any more money
than what they already con-
tribute to the system. In fact,
their shares may be less,
Pinske said.
Ludwig said that working
with Wright County would
help with two issues: getting
transportation service to resi-
dents and meeting MnDOT’s
transit regionalization goals.
“First of all, taking care of
people is just the right thing to
do,” said Ludwig, “especially
if we can do it at no extra
costs to the counties. And we
can do it.
“Second, regionalization
has been on the table for the
past year,” Ludwig added.
“This may be an opportunity
to meet MnDOT’s goal and
still be in the driver’s seat to
protect what you’ve built
here.”
After a lengthy discussion,
the Board voted to explore
with MnDOT the possibility
of extending service into
Wright County.
Trailblazer Continued from page 1
The Sibley Medical Center
Winthrop Clinic opened its
doors at its new location on
Monday, Dec. 16, according
to the Winthrop News.
It is attached to the soon-
to-open assisted living and
Good Samaritan Center-
Winthrop.
When people enter the
building, they will find a spa-
cious reception area. There
are several exam rooms, a lab
room and an x-ray room.
SMC opens new clinic in Winthrop
Almost exactly one year
after undergoing new owner-
ship and renovation, the OK
Corral on Highway 169 be-
tween Belle Plaine and Jor-
dan has closed, according to
the Belle Plaine Herald.
The only public statement
made by the OK Corral came
on its Facebook page, dated
Dec. 11.
“Well the rumors are true!
It is with great regret that we
must close the OK Corral.
Thank you to all those who
supported us over the year.
We just couldn’t get enough
people to support us. It’s a
big place and we needed
many more guests to be suc-
cessful. We will miss all the
new friends we made while in
Jordan. I have to apologize to
all the bands we had sched-
uled in the next few months.
Hopefully, they will find an-
other place to play.”
OK Corral shuts down between Belle Plaine and Jordan
Paperless in 2014.That’s
the plan for Gaylord’s City
Council, according to The
Gaylord Hub.
Members recently opted to
purchase iPads in an effort to
reduce the amount of paper
used by the city. City Council
members, earlier this month,
came to the consensus to each
purchase a 32 gigabyte iPad
Air. Council members will be
reimbursed for their pur-
chase. The estimated cost to
the city is $6,500, according
to City Administrator Kevin
McCann.
McCann envisions that
City Council agendas and
memos will eventually all be
shared on iPads, compared to
printed out versions used cur-
rently. The transition to iPads
is scheduled for early Janu-
ary.
Gaylord City Council hopes to cut
paper use with iPads next year
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Arlington ENTERPRISE
Woman who attempted to
escape from authorities is
placed into a fenceless facility
Our View: Officials who make idiotic
decisions should be held accountable
Opinions
Guest Column
Letter To The Editor
A woman who was serving a sentence for attempting to escape
from Hennepin County officials was recently placed into a fence-
less women’s prison in Shakopee. It does not take a genius to fig-
ure out what happened next. The woman made a run for it and es-
caped from the facility.
The good news is that the woman was found hiding in a bush
behind a house 23 minutes later.
The bad news is that the official or officials who made the deci-
sion to place a runner in a fenceless facility will probably not be
held accountable for such an idiotic decision. How can these offi-
cials still keep their jobs?
The debate for a fence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility -
Shakopee has dragged on for nearly a decade and it is finally time
for state politicians to step up and solve the problem.
There are currently 653 inmates at the women’s prison in
Shakopee. Over 190 of these women are hardcore criminals with
sentences for murder, sexual assault or first degree felonies. Eight
prisoners have escaped from the facility since 1995.
State Senator Julianne Ortman co-authored a bonding bill to
raise $5.7 million for the project during the last legislative session.
“It includes a security fence around the entire facility,” said Ort-
man. “It is intended to make it acceptable to the local communi-
ties. It also has some underground technology to make sure people
stay away from that fence..
The bill is now in the hands of the Capital Investment Commit-
tee. It will be taken up again this coming session.
If state politicians can find nearly $350 million to contribute to-
ward a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, they can find money for a
security fence at this women’s prison.
-K.M.
Too Tall’s Tidbits
Happy Birthday and Happy An-
niversary to the following local and
area residents compliments of the
Arlington Lions Club Community
Calendar.
Friday, December 27
Garrett Boblitt, Kristopher Von Es-
chen, Mari Hebeisen, Mitch Dietz,
Renae Rose, Ryan McCarthy, Mr.
And Mrs. Arden Kreft, and Mr. and
Mrs. Jerry Ebersviller.
Saturday, December 28
Amy Bigaouette, Cooper Stier, Crys-
tal Stein, Katelyn Geib, Marion Van
Moorlehem, Travis Luepke, and Mr.
and Mrs. Matt Scharpe.
Sunday December 29
In Memory Of Jeff Vos, Emily Rabe,
Jonny Wiederhoeff, Keith Kroells,
Sara Brochert, Zach Rischmiller, and
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Reinert.
Monday, December 30
Draco Schlueter, Lucas Dose, Matt
Morriem, Steven Luepke, Todd Vrk-
lan, Mr. and Mrs. Chad Kleist, and
Mr. and Mrs. John Kreft.
Tuesday, December 31
Breanna Krueger and Gary Kleist.
Wednesday, January 1
Bhinsen Raghu, Gaitree, Jason
Quast, Julie Karger, and Mr. and
Mrs. Chad Fisher.
Thursday, January 2
Audrey Harter, Carla Roinestad,
Carrie Duckett-Halverson, Kathryn
Lang, Marvin Wentzlaff, Mary
Krentz, Mike Arabian, Mike Pinske,
Sandra Roinestad, Chris Stone, Eric
Koch, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Arabian,
and Mr. and Mrs. Rick Shimota.
*****
An accountant is having a hard
time sleeping and goes to see his
doctor.
“Doctor, I just can't get to sleep at
night,” the accountant said.
The doctor replied, “Have you
tried counting sheep?”
The accountant stated, “That's
the problem - I make a mistake
and then spend three hours trying
to find it.”
*****
An angry wife was complaining
about her husband spending all his
free time in a bar, so one night he
took her along with him. "
“What'll you have?” he asked.
“Oh, I don't know. The same as
you I suppose,” she replied.
So, the husband ordered a couple
of Jack Daniels and threw his down
in one shot.
His wife watched him, then took a
sip from her glass and immediately
spat it out. “Yuck, that's terrible!”
she spluttered. “I don't know how
you can drink this stuff!”
“Well, there you go,” cried the
husband. “And you think I'm out
enjoying myself every night!”
*****
Worried because they hadn’t heard
anything for days from the widow in
the neighboring apartment, Mrs. Sil-
ver said to her son, “Timmy, would
you go next door and see how old
Mrs. Kirkland is?”
A few minutes later, Timmy re-
turned.
“Well,” asked Mrs. Silver, “is she
all right?"
“She's fine, except that she's angry
at you,” Timmy answered.
“At me?” the woman exclaimed.
“Whatever for?”
“She said, ‘It's none of your
business how old she is,’” snick-
ered Timmy.
*****
For the first time in many years,
an old man traveled from his rural
town to the city to attend a movie.
After buying his ticket, he stopped at
the concession stand to purchase
some popcorn.
Handing the attendant $1.50, he
couldn’t help but comment, “The
last time I came to the movies, pop-
corn was only 15 cents.”
“Well, sir,” the attendant replied
with a grin, “You’re really going
to enjoy yourself. We have sound
now.”
*****
A policeman pulled a female driv-
er over and asked to see her license.
After looking it over, he said to
her, “Lady, it stipulates here on your
license that you should be wearing
glasses.”
“Well, I have contacts,” the
woman replied.
“Look lady, I don’t care who
you know,” snapped the officer.
“You’re getting a ticket.”
*****
While on a field trip to an amuse-
ment park, the teacher lost his wal-
let. Gathering the group together, he
told the kids, “My wallet had $500
in it. I will give a $25 reward to any-
one who finds it.”
A voice from the back of the
group chimed in, “And I’ll give
$50!”
*****
To The Editor,
To everyone in and around Sibley
County here is an update on the pro-
posed industrial wind turbines near
the Winthrop golf course.
First, our chairman is awaiting
from the MMPA, who recently
signed an agreement to buy the
power, the following information:
• What the Power Purchase
Agreement (PPA) rate is with Sibley
Wind (Wind gets higher reimburse-
ment which means you get higher
utility bills.  Guaranteed.)
• Whether or not MMPA considers
this a CBED project (Community
Based Energy Development requires
Minnesota ownership which does
not exist now.)
• A copy of the executed PPA
Second, we continue to be dis-
turbed that this out-of-state corpora-
tion:
• Demands building these turbines
in fields that regularly flood and
hold standing water
• Refuses to do a timely environ-
mental analysis
• Will not educate the public that
property values often go down
where wind turbines go up
Finally, get involved in your
township, city, or county board
meetings.  Many government offi-
cials at every level reassure us that
they have our best interests at heart
and that their endless laws and regu-
lations in your life are what you
need (think Obamacare).  Yes, some
things outlined in the Constitution
may be necessary.   Remember
though everything government does
gives you and me tax increases,
climbing utility bills, higher grocery
costs, less freedom, and more gov-
ernment bureaucracy.  America is
drowning in $17 trillion in debt, al-
most $1 trillion in annual deficits,
never-ending-wars-for-never-end-
ing-peace, a privately-owned secret
Federal Reserve creating another
stock market bubble . . . we did not
get here because we have too FEW
laws and regulations.
Friends, with your help it can be
“Morning in America” once again
for Minnesota and our great country
of color and culture.  Meanwhile,
the Sibley County GOP will contin-
ue advocating for all Sibley county
citizens.
The Sibley County Republican
Executive Board
Mark Santelman,
Chair, Winthrop
Emily Gruenhagen, Deputy
Chair,
rural Glencoe
Brandon Ronning, Deputy
Chair, Arlington
Nathan Kranz, Treasurer, rural
Gaylord
Barb Bumgardner,
Secretary,
rural Winthrop
Larry Bumgardner,
Vice Chair,
rural Winthrop
Rae Anderson,
Vice-Chair,
rural Arlington
Don Mader, Vice-Chair, rural
New Auburn
Jessica Wiborg,
Vice-Chair, Winthrop
Morris Lieske,
Vice-Chair,
rural Henderson
Update on proposed industrial wind turbines
By Rick Manning
The Republican Party winning
coalition has traditionally stood on a
three legged stool consisting of God,
guns and economic freedom with
the economic freedom part of the
equation being the glue.
The God part of the equation
tends to revolve around social is-
sues. Many of those in this category
hold a strong belief in a sovereign
God who manifested Himself
through Jesus Christ. This religious
belief is not something held by
every, or even, quite possibly, a ma-
jority of Republicans, but it is a fun-
damental part of the Party’s winning
political equation. In 1976, Jimmy
Carter, a practicing Christian, broke
this part of the coalition off from the
Republicans and squeaked by to win
the presidency.
In Pennsylvania, the late Demo-
cratic Governor Robert Casey, Sr,
and to some extent his son, Senator
Robert Casey, Jr., broke this leg of
the stool by standing out from their
Party and supporting right to life is-
sues winning impressive majorities
in the process.
The guns portion of the coalition
is a combination of Second Amend-
ment and strong national security
voters, many of these voters are vet-
erans who can be identified by the
American flags flying in front of the
homes year round. This middle
class voter fervently believes in the
idea of America and tends to be a
constitutionalist.
Reagan’s famous “Bear in the
Woods” 2004 television ad appealed
to this voter’s sense that defense of
country is the government’s first and
foremost responsibility.
For those who don’t remember,
the bear in the ad is Russia and the
Cold War was raging. Russian force
capabilities in Europe exceeded our
capacity to defend the West, and
President Reagan was in the midst
of changing the madness of the, “if
you blow us up, we’ll blow you up”
mutually assured destruction prom-
ise. There were those who argued
for defense cuts, and appeasement,
Reagan stood firm and the Soviet
Union’s Gorbachev folded his hand
as his economy collapsed under the
weight of centralized planning.
Now, an entire generation has
been raised without that bear in the
woods, and our nation has fought
small insurgent wars in the interim
against an ideological enemy which
transcends traditional nation states.
An enemy, who for politically cor-
rect reasons, remains unnamed by
our government officials.
The guns wing of the Republican
Party is in danger of being fractured
as very real concerns about abuses
of national surveillance systems
overwhelm the very real concerns
about attacks by Islamists as well as
the continuing rise of China and the
re-emergence of a strong Russia led
by Vladimir Putin.
However, while this patriotic
wing of the Party is somewhat ig-
nored, it is susceptible to breaking
away over concerns about immigra-
tion, and free trade policies which
seem to result in smaller paychecks,
fewer jobs and a weaker America.
It is then the third, economic free-
dom leg of the stool that should be a
great unifier as the current Adminis-
tration attacks private property, indi-
vidual initiative and prosperity on
every front.
Over the past 50 years, Ameri-
can’s aspiration for better lives
through hard work, personal initia-
tive and the unique opportunities to
pursue their dreams offered by the
free enterprise system have been
eroded by the growth of the depend-
ency society.
However, with nearly fifty percent
of Americans receiving a govern-
ment check in some form, and the
economy in a slow, steady decline
with fewer and fewer people even
participating in the labor force, the
underpinnings of the economic free-
dom stool are being shaken to their
core.
This leg of the stool has also been
effectively used by Democrats to de-
fine Republicans as the Party of the
rich among voters in the other two
legs of the stool. Ironically, this de-
liberate miscasting of those who be-
lieve in limiting the size and scope
of government as being tools of the
corporate elite is now being used by
some within the Republican Party to
foment a civil war.
Manning
Continued on page 5
Time to throw big business off the Republican stool
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History
Elaine I. Galbraith, age 88
of Arlington and formerly of
Omaha, Neb., died at the Ar-
lington Good Samaritan Cen-
ter on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Funeral service was held at
the Kolden Funeral Home at
1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26.
Rev. Rod Stemme officiated.
Visitation was held one
hour prior to the service at
the funeral home.
Interment was in the Ar-
lington Public Cemetery.
Elaine was born in Jackson
County, Mo., on July 16,
1925. She grew up in Ot-
tumwa and moved to Omaha,
Neb., as a teenager. She lived
most of her life in Omaha
where she raised her four
children. She has lived in Ar-
lington for the last three
years. Elaine loved spending
time with her family, espe-
cially her grandchildren. She
also enjoyed traveling with
her friend, Barb.
Elaine is survived by her
children, Regina, (Jim)
Ploeger of Arlington, Dennis
(Barb) Galbraith of Omaha,
Neb., Ramona Clark of Pen-
sacola, Fla. , and Garold
(Diana) Galbraith of Sarato-
ga, Wyoming; seven grand-
children, four great-grand-
children; and brother, Lowell
Dunham of the Philippines.
She is preceded in death by
her parents; one grandchild;
three husbands; two brothers;
and one sister.
Elaine I. Galbraith, 88, Arlington
By Kurt Menk
Editor
Ben White, a senior at the
Sibley East Senior High
School, was recently chosen
by his classmates as the Out-
standing Senior of the Quar-
ter.
Seniors at Sibley East vote
for the outstanding member
of the senior class each quar-
ter. The names of those stu-
dents are then submitted to
the Gaylord Rotary Club to
consider for a scholarship
sponsored by the club. The
scholarship will be presented
to the outstanding senior of
the year during the annual
awards ceremony next
spring.
White is currently enrolled
in U.S. Government, Physics,
English, Forenics, Engineer-
ing, Choir, Calculus and In-
dependent Spanish.
White, a member of the
National Honor Society, is a
member of the “A” Honor
Roll and is a past Student of
the Month. He is a member
of the Student Council was
selected as Academic All
State in football last fall.
White was a three-year
starter in football and was re-
cently selected as third team
all state. He lettered in bas-
ketball last season and is a
starter this year. He is also a
two-year letterwinner in
track.
White is Senior of the Quarter
95 Years Ago
December 26, 1918
Louis Kill, Editor
In a little more than two
months time it has been estimat-
ed that 350,000 people in the
United States have died of the
influenza and complications.
The Americans killed in the war
numbered about 60,000 so it
will be seen that the present epi-
demic is far more deadly.
Drys claimed a new gain of
20 votes at noon Monday in
Sibley County in the recount of
the prohibition amendment bal-
lots at the November election.
Dry leaders said this gain might
be increased to 30 with deci-
sions of 49 disputed ballots re-
ferred to the court. To date 207
precincts out of 3,129 in the
state have been recounted.
This is the first Christmas for
many years that the old and
young folks did not have the
pleasure of attending the annual
Firemen’s Ball. Blame it to the
Kaiser and the “flu.”
71 Years Ago
December 28, 1944
Louis Kill, Editor
The highway bridge near the
Egan farm in Jessenland town-
ship, about 8 miles east of Ar-
lington, was the scene of a trag-
ic accident in which two men
lost their lives. The men Christ
Delzer, about 50, of Henderson
and Wilmer Boettcher, 16, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer
Boettcher of New Rome, were
buried beneath an avalanche of
earth which resulted from a
cave-in. The men were working
on a county bridge project on
State Aid Road No. 1. A new
bridge was put in at this point
several years ago, crossing a
ravine of considerable depth.
However, the stream was gradu-
ally washing away the ap-
proaches to the bridge and a
crew of workmen was sent
down to put in a retaining wall.
It was while the two unfortunate
men were digging a trench for
the wall at the bottom of the
ravine that the cave-in took
place.
The J. H. Jasken family re-
cently received another message
from the War Department in re-
gard to their son, Norbert. It said
“I am pleased to inform you that
the latest report from the theater
of operations states that on 24
November your son, Corporal
Norbert P. Jasken, was conva-
lescing.” He was awarded the
Purple Heart and the Expert In-
fantry Medal.
1944 humor - Poor Company
Harry - You smoke?
Jerry - No
Harry - You drink?
Jerry - No
Harry - Do you eat hay, then?
Jerry - Of course not!
Harry - Why, you’re not a fit
companion for man or beast!
45 Years Ago
December 26, 1968
Val Kill, Editor
Considerable damage resulted
but no one was hurt when a car
driven by Mrs. Malinda Brock-
hoff of Arlington crashed into
the front of the Tjosvold’s Fur-
niture Store. Mrs. Brockhoff’s
car skidded on the snow as she
attempted to park. Smashed
were two panes of glass, one di-
vider, a bit of the foundation and
one bedroom set was damaged.
Two different blizzard - type
snow storms struck this area
during the past week and
dropped more snow on the
ground than we had all last win-
ter. About nine inches of the
white stuff fell here and it was
piled up into high drifts by stiff
winds. Some church programs
were postponed and the mail
truck was late coming through
Monday morning.
1968 building projects that
were pictured in the Enterprise.
February 22 - the Arlington
Creamery Association’s new
farm service center was com-
pleted. Also completed at the
same time was the new Custom
Farm Service, both are located
on Highway 5, northeast of Ar-
lington.
August 1 - The Big Stone
Canning Company began re-
building its main canning build-
ing here.
August 8 - The Arlington
Lumber Company completed
two temporary classroom build-
ings at the Arlington public
school. And a new 60X100 clear
span livestock building was fin-
ished and ready in time for the
fair at the Sibley County Fair
Grounds.
20 Years Ago
December 23, 1993
Kurt Menk, Editor
The Arlington City Council
unanimously adopted a resolu-
tion to increase the local water
rates by ten percent effective
January 15, 1994. Under the
new adjustment, the first 50,000
gallons of water use will cost
$1.57 per 1,000 gallons. Water
use over 50,000 will cost $1.17
per 1,000 gallons.
Outside of school, White is
a member of the Youth
League at Scandian Grove
Lutheran Church, Norseland,
where he is a Pre-School Sun-
day Teacher. He is also very
active in the Rush River
Rushers 4-H Club. In addi-
tion, White has volunteered
140 hours during the past
year.
White plans to attend a
four-year liberal arts college
and major in engineering.
He is the son of Alex and
Slava White, Gaylord.
Enterprise photo by Kurt Menk
Ben White
In the early 2000s, Wash-
ington, D.C. Republicans
seemingly lost sight of their
purpose to limit the size and
scope of government. With
regular increases in govern-
ment programs and spending,
along with scandals involving
congressional Republicans
playing the D.C. game and
getting tax breaks and special
favors for Wall Street and
multi-national corporations,
Republicans lost their right to
govern, and in 2006 Democ-
rats took control of Congress.
And it is clear as day now
they do not favor getting gov-
ernment under control. They
opposed taking any meaning-
ful steps to stop Obamacare
before it goes into effect.
They oppose getting spending
under control. They like quan-
titative easing that over time
will destroy the dollar. They
want corporate welfare subsi-
dies and anti-competitive reg-
ulations that help them stay
on top.
With this recent history, we
now are learning that Wal-
Mart, Google and a multitude
of other major corporations
have been funding the far left
Center for American
Progress’ campaign to destroy
the free market system.
This should forever end the
myth that corporations are a
legitimate part of the econom-
ic freedom leg of the stool.
They are nothing more or less
than funders who pursue their
own interests outside of ideol-
ogy and there is nothing
wrong with that.
When contrasted with labor
unions which are “all in” sup-
porting the Democrat agenda,
even when it hurts their own
members’ interests (see the
left’s war on coal and the im-
pact on mine workers and the
United Mine Workers union
as an example), one wonders
why Republicans bother de-
fending big business interests
at all.
Yet it is this professional
big business class that seeks
through hired guns to declare
war on the legitimate econom-
ic freedom, God and guns legs
of the Republican stool.
The corporate “Republican”
class has come out of the clos-
et, no longer content with at-
tending all the parties and
dominating the back rooms of
D.C. They are now deter-
mined to permanently shatter
the economic freedom leg of
the stool by silencing those
who actually believe in limit-
ed government and a free,
competitive marketplace.
They somehow believe that
with enough money they can
trick voters in the other two
legs of the stool to continue
supporting them, while get-
ting economic freedom voters
because there is no other
available choice.
Not fearing any political
backlash if they fail, reason-
ing that those who don’t be-
lieve in using government as a
tool to punish your enemies
and help your friends will still
vote their limited government
principles.
But they forget that a Re-
publican winning coalition
depends upon getting the
other two legs of the stool on
board as well, and those vot-
ers really don’t like the corpo-
rate crony Republican and
their funders who spend
money attacking their core
concerns.
It is somewhat ironic that
the “funding” corporations
and their lackeys are inciting
and funding a civil war
against the base of the Party
that they depend upon to pro-
vide the votes to hold power.
The real question is whether
a group that funds the opposi-
tion and only really spends a
little more than half of their
contributions on the Republi-
can side of the aisle should
even have a seat at the Repub-
lican Party table?
In the end, Republicans just
might discover that they are
better off shedding the Party
of the Rich label by throwing
these corporate welfare, gov-
ernment leeches to the curb
altogether leaving them to
commune with those on the
left who hate them.
Perhaps then, everyone
would be happy.
Rick Manning is the vice
president of public policy and
communications for Ameri-
cans for Limited government.
Manning Continued from page 4
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Sports
By Kurt Menk
Editor
The Sibley East varsity
wrestling team had four
champions and captured top
honors in the Redwood River
Riot last weekend.
The champions were Tan-
ner Pasvogel (113), Jason
Meyer (132), Austin Brock-
hoff (138) and Nathan Rose
(220). Mitch Wentzlaff (152)
placed third while Jake Went-
zlaff (160) placed fifth.
Sibley East had 154 team
points while Maple River
placed second with 148 team
points. Overall, there were 29
teams.
Results
106-pounds: Tommy Went-
zlaff (SE) lost by a major de-
cision to Mario Garcia (SJ)
15-3 in the opening round.
After a bye in the wrestle-
backs, Wentzlaff was deci-
sioned by Justin Kopel
(TCU) 11-5.
113-pounds: Tanner Pasvo-
gel (SE) received a bye in the
opening round. In the next
round, Pasvogel decisioned
Wyatt Johansen (CAN) 8-6.
In the semi-final round,
Pasvogel pinned Lincoln
Arndt (MR) 4:29. In the
championship match, Pasvo-
gel decisioned Adam Kunz
(ROCORI) 8-2.
120-pounds: Mitch Heibel
(SE) lost by a major decision
to Spencer Jenniges (WRRC)
12-0 in the opening round.
After a bye in the wrestle-
backs, Heibel won by a major
decision over Conner
Bertram (RIV) 15-4. In the
next round, Heibel decisioned
Gunnar Feldhege (ROCORI)
6-0. In the next round, Heibel
was pinned by Trey Wigand
(MR) 2:22.
126-pounds: Mason Voight
(SE) received a bye in the
opening round. In the next
round, Voight was decisioned
by Mitchell Fulton (WRRC)
5-4. After two byes in the
wrestlebacks, Voight forfeited
the next match to Derek
Moore (MR).
132-pounds: Jason Meyer
(SE) pinned Isak Figueroa
(TCU) 1:43 in the opening
round. In the next round,
Meyer won by a major deci-
sion over Jeffrey Camacho
(WORTH) 12-2. In the semi-
final round, Meyer pinned
Trent Piepenburg (ALEX)
4:59. In the championship
match, Meyer decisioned
Tyler Jones (LITCH) 5-3.
138-pounds: Austin Brock-
hoff (SE) received a bye in
the opening round. In the
next round, Brockhoff deci-
sioned Mark Alvarado (SJ) 7-
0. In the semi-final round,
Brockhoff decisioned Rus-
sell Caldwell (MR) 5-0. In
the championship match,
Brockhoff decisioned Jordan
Engler (KMS) 9-4.
145-pounds: Sibley East
did not have a wrestler in this
weight decision.
152-pounds: Mitch Went-
zlaff (SE) received a bye in
the opening round. In the
next round, Wentzlaff deci-
sioned Billy Deslauriers
(CAN) 5-2. In the semi-final
round, Wentzlaff was deci-
sioned by Joe Weber
(FMCW) 5-2. In the wrestle-
backs, Wentzlaff pinned
Dustin Neu (ALEX) 2:12. In
the third place match, Went-
zlaff decisioned Zach
Motschke (SAR) 7-2.
160-pounds: Jake Went-
zlaff (SE) pinned River Zvo-
rak (TMBWWG) 2:34 in the
opening round. In the next
round, Wentlzaff pinned Tyler
Logan (NRHEG) 5:24. In the
next round, Wentzlaff deci-
sioned Evan Jakes (MW) 9-4.
In the semi-final round,
Wentzlaff was decisioned by
Aaron Trio (MR) 9-5. In the
wrestlebacks, Wentzlaff was
decisioned by Tyler Logan
(NRHEG) 5-0. In the fifth
place match, Wentzlaff
pinned Marko Arroyo (TCU)
2:39.
170-pounds: Austin Kube
(SE) received a bye in the
opening round. In the next
round, Kube was pinned by
Blake Schroder (WORTH)
1:30. After a bye and forfeit
in the wrestlebacks, Kube
was decisioned by Lukas Trio
(MR) 7-3.
182-pounds: Aaron Kapke
(SE) received a bye in the
opening round. In the next
round, Kapke lost by a tech-
nical fall to Josh Whitesell
(STPJ) 15-0. After two byes
in the wrestlebacks, Kapke
was pinned by Nathan Gillis
(FMCW) 0:50.
195-pounds: Cody Voight
(SE) was decisioned by Isaac
Hernandez (USC) 10-5 in the
opening round. After a bye in
the wrestlebacks, Voight was
pinned by Brian Bratsch
(QC) 3:57.
220-pounds: Nathan Rose
(SE) received a bye in the
opening round. In the next
round, Rose pinned Jacob
Nading (TCU) 0:30. In the
next round, Rose pinned Cole
Bungarden (UNITED) 1:00.
In the semi-final round, Rose
decisioned Tyler Olson (MR)
9-6. In the championship
match, Rose decisioned
Adam Treptau (BUFF) 4-0.
285-pounds: Jon DuFrane
(SE) pinned Andrew Kinnetz
(SJ) 3:51. In the next round,
DuFrane was pinned by Jake
Russel (MW) 5:15. In the
wrestlebacks, DuFrane was
pinned by Mark Washa
(FMCW) 2:26.
Scott West 42,
Sibley East 18
The Sibley East varsity
wrestling team was toppled
by visiting Scott West 42-18
on Tuesday night, Dec. 17.
106-pounds: Tommy Went-
zlaff (SE) was pinned by
Jackson Stauffacher (SW)
1:53.
113-pounds: Tanner Pasvo-
gel (SE) decisioned Ben
Kelvington (SW) 7-2.
120-pounds: Mitch Heibel
(SE) was decisioned by
Carter Piche (SW) 3-2.
126-pounds: Mason Voight
(SE) was decisioned by Tyler
Buesgens (SW) 4-0.
132-pounds: Jason Meyer
(SE) was decisioned by
David Flynn (SW) 1-0.
138-pounds: Quinlan Riff-
enburg (SE) was decisioned
by Jacob Backlund (SW) 5-0.
145-pounds: Austin Brock-
hoff (SE) was decisioned by
Zach Siegle (SW) 7-0.
152-pounds: Hunter Ret-
zlaff (SE) decisioned Shane
Abraham (SW) 1-0.
160-pounds: Mitch Went-
zlaff (SE) lost by a technical
fall to Andrew Fogarty (SW)
16-0.
170-pounds: Jake Went-
zlaff (SE) pinned Jack Storlie
(SW) 3:31.
182-pounds: Austin Kube
(SE) was pinned by Derek
Dahlke (SW) 1:34.
195-pounds: Cody Voight
(SE) lost by a major decision
to Jake Schultz (SW) 9-1.
220-pounds: Nathan Rose
(SE) pinned Tyler Grieves
(SW) 0:56.
285-pounds: Sibley East
forfeited this match to Josiah
Schatz (SW).
Milestones
Four Sibley East wrestlers
reached milestones during the
past seven to 10 days. Nathan
Rose registered his 100th ca-
reer pin. Jason Meyer and
Austin Brockhoff recorded
their 100th career wins each.
Tanner Pasvogel posted his
50th career victory.
Sibley East wins Redwood River Riot
By Kurt Menk
Editor
The Sibley East varsity
girls basketball team split a
pair of games in Minnesota
River Conference action last
week.
The Lady Wolverines, 1-2
in the MRC and 3-3 overall,
will face Redwood Valley in
the opening round of the
Redwood Valley Holiday
Basketball Tournament at
4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27.
The third place game will be
played at 3 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 28. The championship
game will be played at 4:30
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28.
Sibley East 65,
Belle Plaine 43
The visiting Sibley East
varsity girls basketball team
jumped out to an early lead
and toppled Belle Plaine 65-
43 in Minnesota River Con-
ference play on Tuesday
night, Dec. 17.
Juniors Kelli Martens
sparked the Lady Wolverines
with 14 points in the victory.
Senior Megan Eckberg and
sophomore Katie Tuchten-
hagen also hit double digits
with 13 points apiece. Junior
Autumn Dose and senior
Kimberly Kurtzweg hit for
seven and six points respec-
tively while junior McKenzie
Sommers and sophomore
Mikayla Stumm scored four
points each. Junior Liz Thies
netted three points while jun-
ior Shelby Voight added one
point.
Sibley East hit 18 of 42
shots from two-point range
for 43 percent and seven of
31 attempts from beyond the
arc for 23 percent. The Lady
Wolverines also sank eight of
17 free throw attempts for 47
percent.
The Lady Wolverines also
grabbed a total of 35 re-
bounds in the win. Sommers
pulled down eight caroms
while Martens and Dose col-
lected five boards apiece.
Senior Jessica Garza
dished out four assists and
recorded two steals while
Stumm had three assists and
three thefts.
NYA 56,
Sibley East 31
The visiting Sibley East
varsity girls basketball team
started slow and lost to Nor-
wood Young America 56-31
in Minnesota River Confer-
ence action on Friday night,
Dec. 20.
Seniors Jessica Garza and
Megan Eckberg led Sibley
East with nine and seven
points respectively. Junior
Autumn Dose scored four
points while junior Mikayla
Perschau and sophomore
Katie Tuchtenhagen netted
three points apiece. Senior
Kimberly Kurtweg and junior
Kelli Martens tallied two
points each while junior Shel-
by Voight added one point.
The Lady Wolverines con-
nected on eight of 33 shots
from two-point range for 24
percent and three of 21 shots
from three-point land for 14
percent. Sibley East also
canned six of nine charity
tosses for 67 percent.
Sibley East grabbed 33 re-
bounds in the setback. Eck-
berg snared seven caroms
while Dose had six boards.
Martens and Perschau added
five rebounds.
Garza also contributed
eight steals and one assist
while Dose collected two as-
sists and two thefts.
SE girls basketball team
tops Belle Plaine Tigers,
falls to NYA in MRC play
Submitted Photo
Six members of the Sibley East varsity wrestling team
placed in the Redwood River Riot last weekend. Left
to right: Jake Wentzlaff (170-pounds, fifth place), Tan-
ner Pasvogel (113-pounds, first place), Austin Brock-
hoff (138-pounds, first place), Jason Meyer (132-
pounds, first place), Mitch Wentzlaff (152-pounds,
third place) and Nathan Rose (220-pounds, first
place).
With recent reports of vehi-
cles breaking through the ice
from Douglas to Beltrami
counties, the Minnesota De-
partment of Natural Re-
sources is cautioning every-
one about driving on the ice.
“Ice is never 100 percent
safe,” said Capt. Greg Salo,
DNR enforcement manager.
“Winter recreationists need to
think twice before driving out
on the ice because the ice in
many places is still not strong
enough to support vehicles.
“No fish is worth your
life,” he added.
Last winter (November to
April), six people died in
Minnesota from breaking
through the ice. All the deaths
involved either a snowmobile
or vehicle.
If a vehicle breaks through
the ice, the owner is responsi-
ble for removal and must re-
port it to the county sheriff.
If the vehicle is not removed
within 30 days, the owner is
subject to fines.
The DNR recommends
anyone heading out on the ice
should check with a local bait
shop or resort – ask about ice
conditions – and measure the
ice.
The DNR clear ice thick-
ness recommendations are:
• 4 inches for walking.
• 5 inches for a snowmo-
bile or ATV.
• 8-12 inches for a car.
• 12-15 inches for a medi-
um-sized truck.
When the temperature rises
above freezing for six of the
last 24 hours, double the rec-
ommended minimum thick-
ness. And remember, if it
stays above freezing for 24
hours or more, stay off the ice
– it is not safe.
DNR: Warning, ice is not strong enough for vehicles
By Kurt Menk
Editor
The Sibley East varsity
boys basketball team posted
two wins in action last week.
The Wolverines, 1-2 in the
Minnesota River Conference
and 3-6 overall, will face
Mankato West in the opening
round of the Daily Globe-
Trojan Holiday Classic in
Worthington at 6 p.m. Friday,
Dec. 27.
The championship game
will be played at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 28. The third
place game will be played at
5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28.
Sibley East 59,
New Ulm Cathedral 44
The Sibley East varsity
boys basketball team raced to
an early lead and defeated
New Ulm Cathedral 59-44 in
non-conference action on
Tuesday night, Dec. 17.
Junior Zac Weber sparked
a balanced scoring attack
with 15 points. Senior Brody
Rodning and junior Andrew
Bullert also hit double figures
with 11 and 10 team points
respectively. Senior Ben
White chipped in with nine
points while junior Jordan
Petzel scored eight points.
Senior Cordell Bates and jun-
iors Darin Neisen and Lukas
Bullert added two points
each.
White also pulled down
eight boards while Andrew
Bullert snared five caroms.
White, Rodning and Weber
dished out two assists each.
Weber contributed three
steals while Rodning, Petzel
and Andrew Bullert added
two steals each.
Sibley East 62,
Le Sueur-Henderson 61
The Sibley East varsity
boys basketball team edged
visiting Le Sueur-Henderson
62-61 in Minnesota River
Conference action on Thurs-
day night, Dec. 19.
The Wolverines fell behind
32-28 at halftime, but
outscored the Giants by five
points in the second half for
the one-point victory.
Senior Brody Rodning
sparked the Wolverines with
30 points in the win. Junior
Zac Weber also hit double
digits with 14 points. Seniors
Cordell Bates and Ben White
hit for six and four points re-
spectively while juniors
Lukas Bullert, Andrew
Bullert, Jordan Petzel and
Darin Neisen added two
points each.
Rodning yanked down
seven rebounds while Neisen
had four caroms.
Andrew Bullert dished out
three assists while Neisen
added two steals.
SE boys defeat Cathedral
and Le Sueur-Henderson
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