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12-5-12 Chronicle A-Section

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Wrestlers 4th
Donnay, Hartwig win titles
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TC&W seeks support over SWLRT plans
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The McLeod County
City offered former Economart for $1
By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe City Council is pondering a proposal to purchase the former Mark’s Economart building and property from Security Bank & Trust for $1. At Monday night’s meeting, City Council took no official action, but heard a decision needs to be made by Dec. 31. Part of the deal would include the city picking up the $14,022 in 2013 property taxes on the former grocery store property. The 23,000-square-foot building is being inspected by International Hygiene Corp. to determine what hazardous materials are in the facility, said City Administrator Mark Larson. Of particular concern is asbestos. Larson said the building was built in stages, and before a decision is made, the city needs to know costs for repairs or demolition of the building. Dan Ehrke, Glencoe Area Chamber president and the city’s economic development director, said there are Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) grants available to the city. They are 50 percent grants for public infrastructure projects, and there is a new program for demolitions. If the city owns the property, the DEED grants could assist in future costs, he added. Ehrke said the chamber’s Economic Development Committee (EDC) has looked at doing something with the old grocery store property for a number of years, but he said there is no developer interested at this time. Ehrke said if the city controlled the property, it could be made into an attractive development project. “But the building’s in a pretty rough state right now,” Ehrke said, after eight years of no heat and a leaky roof. Mayor Randy Wilson said as bare land, the property might be more attractive to a potential developer. Ehrke agreed that it might be “cost prohibitive” to remodel the building. The entire property is about an acre in size, he said. Wilson said City Council would have to take action at its Dec. 17 meeting in order to meet Security Bank’s deadline. He suggested getting cost estimates on demolishing the building and see what DEED funds might be available in the meantime. Asked about the parking lot, Larson said a little of the parking lot lies within the railroad right-of-way.
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Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 • Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 115 No. 49
Council favors current site for its liquor store expansion
By Rich Glennie Editor After receiving a market analysis of its municipal liquor store from Dakota Worldwide, Glencoe City Council on Monday night sent the matter to a subcommittee of the chamber’s Economic Development Committee (EDC) to begin interviewing architectural firms on expanding the liquor store at its current site. The site, the former city hall offices, was first looked at several years ago, but other possible sites also were suggested — the former Mark’s Economart building on Greeley Avenue or a new liquor store near Coborn’s on 11th Street in the east end of Glencoe. According to the Dakota Worldwide market analysis, Coborn’s was the highest in potential sales, the current site in the middle and Economart the lowest. The initial market analysis was done in 2006 of the same trade area of about 14 miles east to west and 17 miles north and south of Glencoe. Currently there are nine businesses that receive a portion of their sales from Glencoe’s trade area. The municipal liquor store has the largest share at 43.4 percent, the study indicated. “There is room for improvement,” City Administrator Mark Larson told City Council. He added that on a square footage basis, the Glencoe Liquor Store has a higher percentage of sales than any of its competitors. Those competitors include Liquor Hutch at 16.6 percent, Mighty’s Liquors in Plato at 10.6 percent and Good Time Liquor in Norwood Young America at 9 percent. According to the study, “All scenarios tested assume the remodel or new facilities will have an attractive, updated decor not unlike the Liquor Hutch as well as an expanded assortment and a staff that is knowledgeable about wines and microbrew beers. “Of the three sites tested, the Economart site is the poorest performer. It lacks the transient exposure of the other two sites and is definitely a location known to locals only. “Not surprisingly the best site is adjacent to Coborn’s. The grocery store is the largest draw in Glencoe and the only grocery store of size in the trade area. As such, Coborn’s expands Glencoe’s trade area and would expand the liquor store’s trade area as well,” the analysis stated. While it was estimated the sales would be greatest at Coborn’s, the investment would be about $1 million for a new facility. By expanding at the current site, Larson said the city would maximize its sales at the least expense. The
Chronicle photos by Lori Copler
Choir cantata draws large crowd
The Buffalo Creek Community Choir presented “Behold the Star! A Christmas Journey to the Light of Christ,” by Lloyd Larson, to a full house at Grace Lutheran Church, Brownton, Sunday afternoon. Above, the 24-voice choir is directed by Rosine Hermodson-Olsen. At bottom left, Rosine and Andrew Hermodson-Olsen perform a duet, “There Was The Word.” At bottom right, Amy Hollan sings “Happy Birthday, Jesus” as part of the prelude. Other soloists were Laura Bickel, Kristen Hansch, Mark Maiers, George Stoller, Elizabeth Hermodson-Olsen and Michelle Borchart. Other choir members are Steffie Gronlund, Miranda Sweely, Nancy Sweely, Elaine Dahlke, Mary Garoutte, Jessica Hermodson-Olsen, Jodi Sanken, Judy Sondergaard, Ardis Waller, Val Uecker, Jody Genz, Sandy Herrmann, Doug Karg, Cindy Maiers, Joyce Peterson and Ben Schuft. Musicians included Vicki Herrmann, accompanist; Jane Duesterhoeft, clarinet; Beth Selle, flute; and Michael Selle, saxophone. Narrators were Amanda Hendrickson and Oather Martin. A youth choir of Allie Gronlund, Jessica and Elizabeth Hermodson-Olsen, Emmi Jerabek, Miranda Sweely and Emma Trettin also performed.
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Glencoe’s Holly Days activities continue, parade this weekend
The 2012 Holly Days activities continue this week. On Thursday, Dec. 6, the annual lighting contest judging will begin at 7 p.m. for the residential and business storefront contest. The lighting contest is sponsored by Glencoe Light and Power with $500 in prizes. On Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Glencoe Historic Preservation Society Holiday Open House will be held in the Glencoe historic room in the Glencoe City Center. Complimentary cookies and cider will be available. Also, GHPS members will be having a holiday bake sale with a homemade Christmas theme. Another Saturday, Dec. 8, event is kid’s day at the outdoor ice rink and sledding hill from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., is now is available. The event is sponsored by the Glencoe Parks Department. Contests and refreshments will be available. The Glencoe Lions Lighted Parade, one of the region’s largest lighted Christmas parade, will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8. The parade route follows Greeley Avenue from 10th Street north to 18th Street. If one would like to register to participate in the parade, call the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce office at 320-864-3650. On Thursday, Dec. 13, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will be a Christmas Jubilee with Santa and his reindeer at Coborn’s in Glencoe. Cookie decoration and refreshments also will be available. Also on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., one can hop aboard the Trailblazer Transit and take in the tour of the lighting displays in Glencoe. The tour will be held while Santa and reindeer are visiting at Coborn’s. The Tour of Lights is sponsored by Trailblazer Transit and is free. On Saturday, Dec. 15, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., a snow sculpture contest will be held at Oak Leaf Park. This is a family or group activity (children should be accompanied by an adult). Prizes will be awarded for top sculptures. A Live Nativity will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at Oak Leaf Park. Viewers will drive through the park and look at the staged scenes. The Live Nativity will be benefiting the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf, so please bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation.
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Auxiliary Christmas party set
The Glencoe American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 95 will host its Christmas party on Monday, Dec. 17, at Dubbs Grill and Bar in Glencoe. Call Jan by Dec. 10 at 320-864-3631 if one plans to attend. Each member will pay for their own meal.
Legion Post 95 meets Dec. 6
The Glencoe American Legion Post 95 will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, in the basement of the Glencoe VFW Club. All members are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served.
Community Strings perform
The Community Strings, under the direction of Jack Noennig, will perform two concerts on Sunday, Dec. 9. The concert “Christmas Around the World” will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1407 Cedar Ave., Glencoe. There is no charge, but a freewill offering will be taken for the food shelf. The doors will open one hour prior to each performance.
Community bingo set Dec. 9
Grand Meadows Senior Living, 1420 Prairie Ave., Glencoe, will be hosting a community bingo on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (25 cents per card/per game) with a cookie social to follow. Call 320-864-5577 for more information.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Christmas show
About 100 dancers will perform a “Country Christmas” at the Glencoe City Center at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. The dancers are from Lori’s School of Dance, and instructor Lori Dahlman said the ages range from 3-yearolds to adults. Above, Breckynn Lindeman, left, and Alexa Salomon practice their routine, while at right, the group photo included, Ava Solomon, Aubrey Lindeman, Mia Cano, Maelee Streufert, Madison Dahlke, Ava Koenen, Beatrice Beste Zehnder and Emma Vandamme. “They will be dancing to many fun Christmas songs,” Dahlman said.
After-Prom party ‘tip night’
The Glencoe-Silver Lake After-Prom Party committee will hold a “tip night” at the Glencoe Pizza Ranch on Monday, Dec. 10.
Tournaments set for Dec. 8
A ninth-grade boys’ and girls’ basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, sponsored by the GSL Booster Club. Proceeds from the tournaments will go toward investing in GSL students. The games will be held in both the high school gymnasium and the Panther Field House, starting at 8 a.m. The championship game for the girls is scheduled for 2 p.m. and for the boys at 3 p.m. Teams include Howard Lake/Waverly-Winsted, Belle Plaine, Sibley East, Hutchinson, Mayer Lutheran, Lester Prairie and host GSL.
Grand Meadows open house
Grand Meadows Senior Living, 1420 Prairie Ave., will host a holiday open house at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, with Christmas musical entertainment by Christian Nielsen. Refreshments and pictures with Santa will follow the entertainment.
Safety concerns rise at railroad crossings
By Rich Glennie Editor Closing off railroad crossings in Glencoe while Twin Cities & Western (TC&W) Railroad switches railcars has been a problem at times, but recently the trains have caused problems for students getting to school on time. It also has raised safety concerns, especially for students who walk and who have tried to get past the stopped trains by crossing between the railcars. Bob Suko, a spokesman for TC&W, said the railroad and GSL school officials have been discussing ways to address these safety concerns. At Monday night’s Glencoe City Council meeting, Suko said the railroad and school district are working together, and the school district has sent letters to district students and parents about the safety concerns at railroad crossings, especially when switching is taking place. Suko said the timing of the railroad car switching, that has at times blocked intersections at Union and Pryor avenues in the mornings, is based on what happens in the Twin Cities. He said the railroad cars coming from the Twin Cities overnight often are not sorted, and that sorting needs to be done in Glencoe. “We try to do as much as possible to keep crossings open,” Suko said. One option is to try to do the switching earlier in the day. But another issue will be the length of TC&W trains in the future with new grain-handling businesses opening at Brownton and Buffalo Lake. They will require 110-car trains. Suko said TC&W’s business levels are “really high” right now with the new businesses that will require the longer trains. Suko said those trains, which will not be stopping in Glencoe, are up to 7,000 feet long. But trains can only go through Glencoe at a maximum of 20 miles per hour. It is possible that all the crossings in Glencoe could be blocked as the longer trains go through. Mayor Randy Wilson said plans to move the TC&W switchyard farther east could eliminate the blockage problems in Glencoe. Suko said that would help, but may not totally eliminate the problem. That future switchyard project is tied in with the city’s plans to extend Morningside Avenue north from 11th Street to 16th Street in 2014. That also would close off the Union Avenue crossing with a new at-grade rail crossing built at Morningside Avenue. Wilson said that rail switchyard project has been talked about for nearly a decade, and part of that conversation asked that the cities that currently have the switchyard — St. Louis Park, Minnetonka and Hopkins — chip in to have the switchyard moved to Glencoe. Those communities have balked at that idea.
VFW Auxiliary to meet Dec. 10
The next regular meeting of Glencoe VFW Post 5102 Ladies Auxiliary will be at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, at the VFW Club. This will be the Auxiliary’s annual Christmas party.
Economart site also would need about $1 million to improve. Currently, the sales at the municipal liquor store are $1.35 million to $1.4 million a year, and expanding at the current site could increase that to about $1.8 million, according to the analysis. Sales at a site near Coborn’s could generate as much as $2 million, but the net profit would be reduced with debt payments on a new structure. Larson estimated net profits on $1.8 million in sales could be about $216,000 a year. In 2011, the net profit was $136,000, of which $100,000 was transferred to the debt service on the City Center. Larson said by expanding at the current site, the liquor store profit would continue to pay off the City Center debt and fund the remodeling project at about $41,000 a year for 10 years. Mayor Randy Wilson said the city needs to do something to protect its market share. “If we do nothing, it might deteriorate our income (from the liquor store). I want to preserve the income we have now, and it is an opportunity to get more sales, too.” Larson said sales this year also are ahead of last year’s pace with the biggest months being November and December. Wilson asked if this liquor store expansion project is something to look at in January. Larson said the EDC subcommittee needs to make a recommendation on an architectural firm, and it could be a project that could be done this winter, since most of the work is inside. Larson said the main issue is with a “footprint” for the liquor store’s new coolers. Parking is another issue that needs to be addressed. He reminded City Council that the city owns a property to the west of the liquor store that could be used for future parking.
Post 143, Auxiliary to meet
Brownton American Legion Post 143 and its Auxiliary Unit will have their monthly meetings and celebrate Christmas on Monday, Dec. 10. The evening starts with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. at the Brownton Bar and Grill; the meal is at 6 p.m.; and all will retire to the community center for desserts and a gift exchange ($10 gift). If one wishes to be a part of the meal, please let Karen Tordsen know.
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Sportsmen to meet Dec. 11
The Shady Lane Sportsmen’s Club annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
GHPS Christmas open house
The Glencoe Historic Preservation Society (GHPS) will host its Christmas open house and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Glencoe Historic Room at the Glencoe City Center. The group will serve Christmas cookies and cider. The public is invited. Proceeds will help GHPS finish refurbishing the Glencoe Historic Room.
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Vocal band concert Dec. 6
The Home Free Vocal Band, a five-man band with no instruments, will perform a Christmas concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, in the high school auditorium. The band, which first appeared in Glencoe last October as part of the Glencoe Concert Association series, makes the audience think it is hearing drums, bass, horns and other instruments, but it is coming from the five male voices. Tickets are available at the door or can be ordered online at http:/www.homefreevocalband.com/christmas/glencoe.html.
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Glencoe Seniors meetings set
The Glencoe Senior Citizens Club will meet on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 12:30 p.m., in the senior room at the Glencoe City Center. Rhodella Engelmann will serve. Sheephead and 500 will be played. All area seniors are welcome to attend. The seniors also are looking for canasta and pinochle players, and are open to suggestions for other board and card games. The club also will meet at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11. Arlene Gilster will serve.
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Wee Friends’ vendor fair
Wee Friends Creative Preschool will be hosting the vendor fair on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the First Congregational Church, 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe. Thirteen vendors will be at the event.
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Buttonbox Club to perform
The Minnesota Buttonbox Club will perform from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, in the entry of Coborn’s in Glencoe. The performance is to emphasize the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf during the holiday season.
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TC&W seeks support against SWLRT design
By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe City Council on Monday night authorized the city attorney to draw up a resolution of support for Twin Cities & Western Railroad (TC&W) in the railroad’s battle over routes for its trains in the southwest metro area. TC&W spokesman Bob Suko attended Monday’s City Council meeting and said the company is seeking support of communities and customers along its rail line to object to the route proposed for the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) system by Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council. A draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) recommends changing the rail route used by TC&W in order to accommodate the SWLRT project, which could start construction in 2014 and be completed in 2017. “While TC&W supports the proposed SWLRT project and its benefits, we oppose the recommended freight route as it is presently designed,” Suko said. “The recommended route designs adds a significant climb up a steep grade by freight rail standards and tight track curvature that doesn’t exist today. Such a design will require extra locomotives, fuel, track maintenance and additional time to operate the same trains TC&W operates today,” Suko said. Suko told City Council that TC&W’s stance is it does not care how to get there just as long as it does not take longer and it is as safe as possible. “It’s frustrating for us,” Suko said, “because our concerns have been pushed aside.” “We’re supportive of SWLRT, we want to make that clear, but we do not want it to be a hinderance to us economically,” Suko said. “Whatever the route, we do not want it to cost us more money or cost our customers more money,” Suko added. In business, increased costs are passed onto customers, including those in Glencoe, he added. He also stressed that this route decision has great impact on a lot of people and businesses. “This encompasses a lot of people,” Suko said. The metro area often does not take into consideration the impacts its decisions have in rural Minnesota, he added. “Despite TC&W’s repeated efforts over the last several years, we need your help in educating both Hennepin County and the Met Council that rerouting TC&W’s freight trains in order to accommodate the SWLRT system as currently designed will have a material adverse effect on the city of Glencoe’s future competitiveness,” Suko stated. Mayor Randy Wilson asked if Hennepin County and the Met Council “will even listen to us?” “Yes,” Suko replied. “This is bigger than our fight.” He said support from businesses and customers along the TC&W rail line “shows we’re more serious about this, and we are not going to roll over.” A DEIS decision was expected to be made by Dec. 11, but Suko said a recent $100 million error was discovered in the design estimates, and that has delayed any decisions. Glencoe City Council will vote on a resolution of support at its Dec. 17 meeting. Council member Greg Copas asked about priorities: This route project or the one involving the Morningside Avenue extension set to begin in 2014? “This is priority,” Suko said of the rerouting of the southwest metro line. He said that could be brought to closure quickly. “For us, this is a huge focus.” “The railroad has been a good neighbor,” Wilson added. “We should support this.”
The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, December 5, 2012, page 3
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Santa Claus’ little helpers
An “Elf Workshop” was held Saturday morning in the activities room of the Glencoe Public Library. Head librarian Jackee Fountain, above, read to the youngsters before they started making Christmas decorations and writing letters to Santa Claus. At the right is Taylor Fox, 5, daughter of Beth and Flint Fox of Glencoe, working on her Christmas decoration. The youngsters also wrapped the Christmas present they brought to the Elf’s Workshop, which will go to the McLeod County annual toy drive for those less fortunate. The toy drive is under way, and the toys will be distributed before Christmas.
Plato Post Office hours trimmed
The hours of service at the Plato Post Office will be trimmed by about half each week day, beginning in February, announced Kathy Stuedemann, officer in charge of the Plato facility. The announcement comes in the heels of a recent meeting with United States Postal Service (USPS) officials and Plato residents and officials. Stuedemann said the current hours at the Plato Post Office are 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Beginning in February, the daily weekday hours will be noon to 4 p.m., she said. The cuts, along with others in the area, are aimed at reducing costs at small, rural post offices. “They’re trying to save money,” Stuedemann said. Post offices at Hamburg and Brownton also had hours reduced, but the cuts did not impact post offices in Glencoe and Silver Lake.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
String concert
The Community Strings has been practicing at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for its annual Christmas performances of “Christmas Around the World,” at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. Above, violinists include, front, from left, Krista Boraas, Jaelyn Pinske, Lisa Harwell and Joy Freitag. In the back are Teddy Petersen, Aaron Boraas, Adam Eberhard, Sam Bullert and Scott Landes. At left is Zoran Bortnem, 6, of Cokato.
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Tax hearing draws no comments
By Rich Glennie Editor The annual Truth in Taxation hearing was held at Monday night’s Glencoe City Council meeting, and no comments were received. So City Council approved the budget that includes a 2 percent raise for all city employees in 2013. That comes to an additional $5,403. The actual levy increased by less than .03 percent, according to City Administrator Mark Larson, and is essentially a balanced budget and about $40,000 less than the 2012 budget. “We held the line on the levy,” Larson said. Total revenues in 2013 are at $3.201 million, and total expenditures are at $3.168 million, Larson said. City Council also approved the ad valorem tax and debt levy, the portion paid by local property taxes, at $2.275 million. In other matters, City Council: — Hired James Voight as the new operator for the Public Works Street/Parks Department. After the retirement of long-time Street Supervisor Terry Buska, the city split his duties between Gary Schreifels and Mike Drew. Drew is supervisor of Street/Parks. Voight has worked for the city as a snowplow driver the past four years and is a Glencoe volunteer firefighter. Larson said Voight brings with him a well-rounded background and skills for the job. — Heard that the Jan. 1 change over to one-sort recycling “may be too optimistic,” according to Larson. That new contract with Waste Management is expected to be approved at the Dec. 17 City Council meeting. Larson said the contract talks will slow down in order to “ensure it is done correctly.” — Discussed getting state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, RGlencoe, and state Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, to carry legislation to allow the city to extend the life of tax increment financing (TIF) district No. 4, which is set to expire in 2013. The TIF district, which generates about $130,000 in tax increments a year, currently helps pay the new industrial park and downtown redevelopment debt. When begun, Larson said the aim of the TIF district was to address economic development growth in both areas. But that growth has been slowed the past few years, thus the need to extend the TIF district for up to 10 years. “It’s not generating a lot of revenue,” Larson said of TIF district No. 4. The downtown portion is expected to be paid off in 2015 and the new industrial park portion in 2028. “Without an extension of TIF district No. 4, the fund will be in the hole,” Larson added. He said both local legislators are willing to sponsor the legislation, but Gruenhagen is checking with the legislative attorneys over a possible conflict of interest. His new office building at Greeley Avenue and 13th Street was part of the downtown redevelopment project. If Gruenhagen cannot sponsor the bill, state Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, will be asked, Larson said.
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Public, are you paying attention? A building project is moving ahead
Our view: Addition onto Lincoln will help address space needs at Helen Baker Elementary
he silence is deafening after the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board approved a $1.5 million addition to the Lincoln Junior High School last month. The addition will house the district’s Early Childhood Family Education/Early Childhood Special Education (ECFE/ECSE) and Learning Readiness programs. The addition will be attached to the northwest corner of the junior high facility. To those paying attention, it also is identical to a portion of the district’s $18.6 million building bond plans that were rejected by voters — twice. This $1.5 million project is not being run through GSL voters. No referendum will be held. The goal of mentioning all this is not to fan the flames or passions about this end-run of the voters, but to point out that it is happening. There will be no excuse to say later that the voters knew nothing about it. The GSL School Board has been forthright in its discussions about its space needs, so there is no excuse for not knowing about the facility shortfalls, especially at the Helen Baker Elementary School, and what is about to happen. Instead of biting off the whole project, the School Board has opted to go at it piecemeal, something it did not want to do because it adds to the overall cost. So why bypass the voters? There remains serious space needs in the district, whether voters believe it or not. Just because voters did not support the bigger project, did not make the space problems go away. They became more acute when the incoming kindergarten class was a lot larger than expected. That in-
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creased class sizes dramatically, but there was no wiggle room to add another section in the Helen Baker building. There simply was no additional space. Doing nothing was deemed not a good option by the School Board and administration. We agree. With the larger-than-expected kindergarten class this fall moving into the first grade next year, the lack of space is not going away unless something was done. So the district will do the next best thing: If you cannot add onto Helen Baker, then move the ECFE/ECSE program out and into a new addition at Lincoln Jr. High. That will free up space at Helen Baker for a sixth section of first graders next year and possibly another large class of kindergartners in 2013-14. In the interim, the School Board hired another kindergarten teacher to ease the load of the large class sizes. The School Board made its decision to proceed at the Nov. 13 meeting in Silver Lake. No one in the public raised any objections, which begs the question: Everyone either agrees with the School Board’s plans, or most voters are asleep at the wheel. Well, public, you have been notified that the building project, albeit a lot smaller version, is moving forward, and the plan will address space needs at the primary grade levels. But it does nothing to address the efficiencies, or more comprehensive space needs identified in the referendum campaigns. Perhaps that will be addressed piecemeal, at greater expense, as well. Stay tuned. — R.G.
Letters to Editor City, county should be ashamed for lack of respect
To the Editor: I am writing this letter to the editor with disgust over the fact that on Nov. 28, Gov. Mark Dayton ordered all United States and Minnesota state flags be flown at half staff in honor of the ultimate sacrifice of Marine Lance Cpl. Dale Means, who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. As an Iraq war veteran, I was disgusted with the city of Glencoe and McLeod County government. I did not see one U.S. flag or one state flag flown at half-staff on any city or county property that had a flag pole. I think that the city and county officials should be ashamed of themselves for not honoring a young man who answered his call and made the supreme sacrifice to duty as many men or women who have served in the armed forces have made to protect these United States of America and the freedom of all Americans. Arthur Wemhoff Glencoe
Rep. Peterson, staff responsive to business needs
To the Editor: Local jobs are at the heart of what we do at Miller Manufacturing. We employ 135 people full time at our factory and distribution center in Glencoe. Because of our top-notch staff of Minnesota workers, we are able to produce quality, American-made farm and ranch products, at a price that competes successfully with cutrate, offshore goods. A few years ago our position was threatened — and with it Minnesota jobs — when a competitor knocked off our line of backyard poultry products that we have manufactured for over 50 years in Minnesota, and had them made in China. To add insult to injury, these inferior China products are labeled with the 4-H emblem, which is funded by the U.S. government through the Department of Agriculture. We believed that this was clearly improper use of the 4-H emblem as per 4-H policy which prohibits the use of the emblem to imply endorsement of products. We also believed it was not appropriate for a U.S. government-funded organization to license products made in China and, therefore, putting U.S. jobs at risk. We brought our concerns to U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, who took action to keep jobs in Minnesota. He and his staff worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and as a result of Congressman Peterson’s efforts, this unfair practice, and in my opinion abuse of a national treasure, will cease at the end of this year. The 7th District is fortunate to have a congressman who is responsive to Minnesota business and working to protect American jobs. On behalf of all our dedicated employees in Glencoe, thank you, Rep. Peterson and staff, for your efforts. Dan Ferrise CEO, Miller Manufacturing Company
Hats off to Hutchinson Tigers for state title
ats off to the Hutchinson Tigers for winning the state Class AAAA football title in convincing fashion, crushing Wright County Conference (WCC) rival Holy Family of Victoria in the championship game. It fittingly concluded an impressive season in which the Tigers beat the Glencoe-Silver Lake Panthers — twice, by nearly identical scores. For GSL, if you are going to lose — and those two were its only losses — you might as well lose to the best. That the powerful WCC again had two finalists in the Class AAAA title game says a lot about the strength of the conference. To add to the mystique, four WCC teams made it to
the state tournament — Annandale and New London-Spicer being the others. GSL, the second-best team in the WCC, beat both of them plus Holy Family, yet never got out of the section because of Hutchinson. GSL also beat Becker, yet another state tournament entry, during the regular season. But GSL could not get past Hutchinson. It was simply Hutchinson’s year to shine. And in high school sports, there is always next year. So, congratulations to the Hutchinson Tigers, and see you next year. — R.G.
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Thrilled by latest Glencoe blood drive!
By Charleen Engelmann I am thrilled almost beyond words at the wonderful turnout and response to the Glencoe Community Blood Drive on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Our goal was 106 units, and we blew past that goal with a total collection of 142 units! Awesome! On Nov. 29, we received an email from Dave Kelley, the donor recruitment representative for our MidAmerica Division, who faithfully works with us to set up each blood drive. It reads, in part: “You hit a grand slam home run! You crushed your goal yesterday. Wow! 142 units! Thank you very much for helping the ARC out during this difficult time. As we discussed, we have been called upon to help the patients along the East Coast as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The 36 extra units collected yesterday are greatly appreciated …. Thanks again for a great job! Please pass on my appreciation to all of your callers and volunteers.” I believe the community may not be aware of how many workers it requires to present a blood drive, not just once, but three times a year! Many thanks are due to those who make the drives possible: • To the hardworking American Red Cross team that arrives before noon on the day of the blood drive for setup, then works diligently through the afternoon and evening, loading up and departing around 8 p.m. • To the donors who appear for their appointments, and the walkins. Because of this drive’s tremendous turnout, a lot of patience was required on the part of the donors and walk-ins as they awaited their turns to donate. Some were unable to wait the full time and a few left. The ARC Collection Supervisor, Tochina, had to cut off walk-ins at 5:15 p.m. in order for the ARC to complete all the blood draws for the pre-scheduled appointments for the evening. We apologize for that, and hope that will not deter you from making another appointment for our next blood drive. • To the Glencoe City Center for the use of their facility, the custodians for the setup, and especially Hannah Huttner Hallahan for her assistance. • To the Glencoe Lions Club, Coborns and Security State Bank for donation of funds, food and supplies. • To the Keebler Corporation, which has committed for two years (2012-13) to donate their snack supplies to the national American Red Cross, also benefitting our community drive. I specifically want to acknowledge the dozens of faithful volunteers who selflessly help out for each and every blood drive! I can’t name each and every person, but please know that your donations of time and talents are so greatly appreciated. • Special appreciation to Nelda Klaustermeier, scheduling chairperson and my right-hand co-chair, and her dedicated staff of callers, whom I call the backbone of the volunteers.
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Only a handful of residents show up for county tax hearing
By Lori Copler Staff Writer McLeod County’s 2012 tax hearing — held Thursday evening — was far different than its 2011 hearing. In 2011, the tax hearing was standing-room only as residents poured in to question hefty increases in property taxes, which county personnel contended were caused by changes in the state tax law, while state legislators argued that local governments didn’t adjust their budgets enough. This year, there were just four citizens in attendance, one of whom left the room when County Board Chair Bev Wangerin suggested that anyone with questions about their valuation meet privately with Assessor Sue Schultz. County Auditor/Treasurer Cindy Schultz presented budget and levy information, which showed that the county’s levy decreased 2.93 percent in 2011, had no increase in 2012, and that no increase is proposed for 2013, with a total levy of $18.29 million. However, the county will be using about $2.1 million of its reserves to offset expenditures, in particular, $1.5 million in its special revenue fund, which is dedicated for specific projects, such as the ARMER radio system. Colleen Robeck of the auditor/treasurer office said that McLeod County currently has about $42 million in reserves — as of Dec. 31, 2011, but “a lot of that is restricted for certain things.” About $11.1 million in reserves is “unrestricted” and can be used at the board’s discretion. Wangerin said the county tries to keep an amount equal to 30 to 35 percent of its budget in reserve for emergencies and cash-flow issues. Glen Sladek, a rural Hutchinson resident, said that while he appreciates the need to maintain a reserve fund, he took the County Board to task for dedicating $500,000 from reserves to a proposal to pave the Luce Line recreational trail. “If we have $500,000 for that, we’re over-collecting from our taxpayers,” said Sladek. Commissioner-elect Ron Shimanski, a state representative whose term expires Dec. 31, also expressed concern about using county money toward the state-owned trail. Shimanski said he appreciated remarks from Commissioner Paul Wright at a previous meeting that likened using a collaborative effort toward funding the trail to a similar collaborative effort that improved buildings on the county fairgrounds. But, Shimanski contended, there is a difference between the county project and the trail. The trail, he said, is a “state project” and Shimanski said he isn’t comfortable with one unit of government donating to another. However, Wangerin said that state officials — in particular state Sen. Scott Newman of Hutchinson — had made it clear at a meeting of local officials “that if we want to rise to the top (for state funding), we need to make a local contribution.” In other business at the hearing, County Administrator Pat Melvin presented information regarding savings in staff over the past three years. Melvin said that all staffing requests — including the replacement of staff who quit or retire — must come through a committee for evaluation before final approval by the County Board. A variety of measures taken by the board — including reducing full-time positions to part time, delaying hiring, sharing staff between departments, and utilizing volunteers and employees provided by Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, had saved the county a total of $1.58 million since February 2009.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
The husband and wife team of Wally (above) and Janet Wendorff of Glencoe, (right) were donors at the Nov. 28 American Red Cross blood drive at the Glencoe City Center. Phlebotomists were Lisa Pesta, above, and Jan Smelter, at right. The goal of the drive was 106 units, but the drive exceeded that when 142 donations were obtained. Wally Wendorff, who gave a double-red donation, also reached his 11-gallon donation level. The next Glencoe blood drive will be Wednesday, April 24. “Donor turnout was terrific and kept Red Cross staff busy,” a local organizer said. There were several first-time donors in Eric Harpel, Aaron Rhodes, Natalie Gostynsky and Jason Jacobuz. Those meeting new donation goals included: Joleen Nelson,
two gallons; Michelle Strobel and Randall Carrigan, three gallons; Cindy Ettel, Marvin Huwe and Stacy Schuch, four gallons; Sandy OIson, five gallons; Lee Carrigan and Colleeen Benjamin, six gallons; and Glenn Koch, 10 gallons.
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If not for the hard work of Nelda and the callers who help to fill the appointments calendar, there would be no blood drive. • To Marne Long, who takes care of publicity, gets the information to area newspapers and churches, and forwards the post-blood-drive statistics for publication. • To Sue Magnuson, National Honor Society adviser at GSL High School, and the GSL students who deliver posters and table tents to area businesses and restaurants. • To Barb Schrupp, our shopper, who orders the food items needed for the canteen. • To the ”traffic persons,” who greet and register the donors and manage the folders. • To Marilyn Sell, our canteen manager, who arranges for the canteen workers needed to serve the donors after completion of their blood donations. • To the “observers,” who watch for any donors having problems after donating. • To Sharon Schauer, our cook/chef who prepares and serves the much-appreciated light meal for the Red Cross staff during their shift. We received a thank you note signed by Tochina (ARC collection supervisor) and the nursing crew who staffed the blood drive: “Thank you for everything! Great volunteers, patient donors and a wonderful meal. All your hard work shows with the success of the drive.” Our next Glencoe Community Blood Drive is scheduled on April 24, 2013. Future blood drives will be held at the Glencoe City Center. As such, we cannot neglect to appreciate the GSL School District for allowing us the use of the Panther Field House for prior drives; Don Bohnert for all his assistance; as well as student volunteers from the Honor Society who helped set up and take down the equipment at the field house. We especially appreciate the hard-working former committee members who did wonderful jobs laying the groundwork for prior drives before retiring: Barb Smyth as coordinator, Joy Cohrs as co-chair, and Sherri Skogland as cook/chef. Your services were invaluable. Each of these past and present volunteers play an important part in the whole picture. We can’t have a blood drive if any of the pieces are missing from the picture. Be sure to say a word of thanks if you see these volunteers out and about. And the “whole picture” is this: each unit of blood donated can save up to three lives. The 142 units donated on Nov. 28 have the potential to save 426 lives! Isn’t that remarkable? This Christmas season, we are sometimes consumed with finding the perfect gift for someone we care about. Well, as donors, you just “Gave Something that Meant Something:” You gave somebody hope – hope for today, hope for tomorrow and hope for the future. God bless your Christmas! Charleen Engelmann is the coordinator of the Glencoe Community Blood Drive.
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Only two “snowbird” ordinance citations were issued early Monday morning, Nov. 26. Police assisted with a possible stroke patient at a residence on 14th Street at 5:04 a.m., Monday. The patient was transferred by ambulance to the hosital. Also, police investigated a report of drug activity at a location on 16th Street at 9:07 a.m., Monday. It was reported that a buck deer was spotted in the 2400 block of 9th Street (near Pizza Ranch) at 4:09 p.m., Monday. It was feared one had escaped from the wildlife sanctuary, but the deer was gone when police arrived. On early Wednesday morning, two more “snowbird” parking citations were issued. A theft was reported at 3:45 p.m., Wednesday, from a residence on Armstrong Avenue. About $400 was stolen from a wallet. At 4:31 p.m., Wednesday, a female fell near the Glencoe Medical Clinic parking lot and was taken to the clinic for treatment. Police issued four “snowbird” citations early Thursday morning. Police received a call Thursday morning about a female juvenile who did not want to go to school. Her father requested a police ride to school because she missed the bus. The officer denied the request and informed the father that was his role as a parent. The school also began the truancy process, and that paperwork will be forwarded to social services. As the officer was leaving the Hennepin Avenue home, the juvenile left and got into a vehicle that had pulled up in front of the residence. After receiving a driving complaint at 8:50 p.m., Thursday, police cited the driver for careless driving. The incident occurred in the 700 block of Morningside Avenue. On Friday morning, Nov. 30, four more “snowbird” ordinance citations were issued. Also on Friday, kids were reported playing in an abandoned house in the 500 block of 7th Street. On Saturday morning, Dec. 1, another eight “snowbird” ordinance tickets were issued by police. Also on Saturday morning, a domestic dispute was called in from a residence on Judd Avenue, and a female was arrested. A gas drive-off was reported at 8:01 p.m., Saturday, at Casey’s General Store on 13th Street. A red Pontiac Firebird drove off without paying for $15.04 in gas. Twelve more “snowbird” citations were issued early Sunday morning, Dec. 2. Also on Sunday morning, a property damage report was received from a residence on 10th Street. On Monday, Dec. 3, two medical calls were received. One involved a 102-year-old who fell at a Knight Avenue residence, and the other medical call was from a residence in the 700 block of 18th Street.
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GSL Knowledge Bowl teams start out strong
“Last spring, Glencoe-Silver Lake’s Knowledge Bowl team sent four students to the state meet. Ever since, we have been wondering whether we could repeat,” said GSL coach Vicky Harris. “Nobody from the team graduated last year, so we were hoping that we would have a good, strong start to this year’s competitions. On Saturday, Dec. 1, we finally had an opportunity to see whether any of this promise would be fulfilled at New London-Spicer,” Harris said. And they did not disappoint. GSL’s varsity team finished first and third. The first-place gold medal team included Joe Fehrenbach, Ethan Bass, Mark Broderius and Chandler Swift. The third-place bronze medal team included Lindsey Becker, Cedric Winter, Patrick Fehrenbach and Jacob Wawrzyniak. Willmar took the silver medal. “What a fantastic start to the season,” Harris added. There were 15 teams in the varsity competition, including GSL’s two teams. The top written score was 46, and the GSL teams scored 43 and 38. This meant that GSL 1 started in Room 2, and GSL 2 began the meet in Room 3, Harris said. In oral round 1, GSL 1 beat Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (ACGC) and Yellow Medicine East (YME), 20-10-2, while GSL 2 earned 17 points against Hutchinson (11) and Willmar Community Christian (a new team) with 1. This meant both teams moved up a room for round 2. Next round, GSL 1 earned 14 against Willmar (11) and CMCS (5) in Room 1. Meanwhile, GSL 2 beat ACGC and New London-Spicer (NLS) 13-12-5 in Room 2. “For the last two rounds GSL 1 and GSL 2 would be against each other in Room 1. Oh yes, and Willmar was there, too,” Harris said. Competition in Round 3 was close, with GSL 2 squeaking out a slight lead with 12 points, Willmar 11, GSL 1. Round 4 was not quite as close, and Willmar won with 16 points vs GSL 2 (13) and GSL 1 (10). When the medals were awarded, GSL 1 earned gold, Willmar took silver, and GSL 2 finished with bronze. ***** While the GSL varsity was doing well, so were the junior varsity and junior high teams. There were 12 JV teams, and GSL brought one. “Because we have 11 students in grades 10-12, there were only three on our JV team, but Oakley Clark, Brent Duenow and Kyle Beck did fine with three,” Harris said. The highest written score was 53. GSL’s score was 49, starting the team in third place. It stayed in Room 1 for the whole meet, always against Hutchinson. Benson and NLS took turns competing against them. Round 1 scores: GSL 17, Hutchinson 16, Benson 6. Round 2: Hutch 19, GSL 14, NLS 5. In round 3: GSL 16, Hutch 13, Benson 5. Last round: GSL 20, Hutch 17, NLS 4. In the end, Hutchinson had won by two points, while GSL got second. “This was totally awesome for a team of three, and demonstrates the strength of GSL’s group of 10th-12th graders,” Harris said. “The JV questions were different than varsity at this meet, so you can’t compare scores.” The junior high competition had 27 teams, filling nine rooms. GSL had three teams. “Since we have eight new junior high students, our main goal was to give every new student a good meet experience and show them what a meet was like, so we mixed everyone up,” Harris said. The GSL teams were pretty evenly matched with each other, she added. For instance, in three out of four oral rounds, GSL 1 competed against another GSL team, and not always the same one. Also, both GSL 1 and GSL 3 made it to Room 1, where teams from Willmar and Hutchinson were parked foEventually the meet was won by Willmar, with Hutchinson in second. GSL 1 took third. All three GSL teams were in the top 12. Team members of GSL 1 were Maddie Kuehn, Jenna Lokensgard, Lindsay Wedin, Jake Fehrenbach and Jake Vasek. GSL 2 included Mitch Beneke, Connor Heuer, Dini Schweikert, Jack Gephart, and Theresa Siers. GSL 3 members were Kaitlyn Arthur, Katie Twiss, Robin Swift, Cora Kuras, Marisa Luchsinger and Rachel Reichow. GSL’s Knowledge Bowl teams are coached by Vicky Harris and Clare Nolan. The next meet will be at ACGC on Monday, Dec. 10.
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The Glencoe VFW Post 5102 and its Ladies Auxiliary presented two scholarships to Chantelle Wolff and Christopher Ross, both juniors at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, for their essays about “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” The essays were part of the annual Voice of Democracy contest sponsored by the VFW and Auxiliary. Wolff was the firstplace winner and received $125. Ross was runner-up and received a $75 check. Wolff’s entry has been sent on to the district level. The state winning entry wins a trip to Washington, D.C., March 2-6, and receives a portion of the $152,000 in national awards. The top scholarship is worth $30,000. Involved in the local presentation last week were, front, from left, VFW Post 5102 Commander James Peters, Wolff, Ross, Sharon Knop and Sharon Gutknecht, both of the VFW Auxiliary. In the back is VFW member Bob Senst, VFW senior vice commander. Gutknecht is the local chairwoman of the Voice of Democracy contest.
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
Dec. 6, 1912 O.C. Conrad, Editor On Wednesday forenoon occurred the marriage of Miss Emma Dahlke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Dahlke, who reside west of town, to Mr. Heinrich Koelln in the local church. Mr. and Mrs. Koelln will reside on the groom’s farm seven miles northwest of town. Miss Marie Hopps and Mr. August Schleeter were married at the home of the bride’s parents in Minneapolis on Thanksgiving day. Miss Martha Perschau and Mr. William Reimers were united in marriage at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Tessmer on Thanksgiving day. They will go immediately to housekeeping on the groom’s farm north of town, which he has lately been fitting up with new buildings throughout and which will make an ideal home. yet decided what he will do. Santa Claus Day in Brownton will be Saturday, Dec. 11. Bring all the kiddies to town that day as he will have a gift box for each child. will be advertising for a new municipal liquor store manager following the resignation of manager Steve Messner. The City Council will meet in special session Dec. 17 to consider applications. Clerical workers and other McLeod County employees in non-supervisory positions are expected to vote next week on whether they will become part of the Teamsters Union. Along with clerical workers, the vote includes home health aides, cooks at the county jail and other employees.
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50 Years Ago
Dec. 6, 1962 Charles H. Warner, Editor Sue Anne Warner, 9, died at her home Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. Death was due to kidney failure. Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m., at the Brownton Congregational Church. Sue Anne is the daughter of Charles H. and Eunice Warner of Brownton. She also is survived by her siblings, Charles H. Warner III, 8; Mary Lynn, 7; Beth Renee, 5; and Kay Nancy, 3. Little interest was generated in the village election Tuesday with only 33 votes cast. Incumbent Clerk Ivan H. Kreie, incumbent assessor Leo Plaisance and incumbent trustee Percy Hakes were all re-elected. No one filed for the office of constable, which resulted in Carl Wachter, Henry Kahle and A.W. Radke getting two write-in votes each. The canvassing board drew lots, and Wachter was declared the winner.
10 Years Ago
Dec. 4, 2002 Lori Copler, Editor A fire Tuesday, Nov. 26, totally destroyed a rural Brownton home. Firefighters from Brownton and Stewart were paged at about 12:45 p.m. on a report that the home was totally engulfed in flames. The house, owned by John Holton Swan, was located on 10th Street, about a mile west of Highway 15 on the SibleyMcLeod line. By the time the departments arrived, the house — a double-wide modular home on a basement — had been totally destroyed and collapsed into the basement. Brownton Fire Chief Jim Todd estimated the loss of its house and its contents at $90,000. The state fire marshal is investigating.
75 Years Ago
Dec. 2, 1937 Percy L. Hakes, Editor A deal was made last week whereby George Kreie disposed of his interest in the Standard Service Station, which he has operated for the past two years to Willmar Zimmerman. The new proprietor is an energetic young man and should do well in this new venture. Mr. Kreie has not
20 Years Ago
Dec. 2, 1992 Lori Copler, Editor The Brownton City Council
It is hard to believe that it is almost Christmas! Come check out one of our cooking magazines to get some fresh ideas for your Holiday baking. We also have craft, cardmaking and scrapbooking magazines. It is a Christmas theme for the Noon Book Club of the Brownton Library. We will meet Thursday, Dec. 20, at noon, and are reading “The Christmas Wedding” by James Patterson. New members are always welcome. We meet the third Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. The library offers a story time every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Come join the other kids for a story, some play time and coloring or a craft. Also a story time is offered every Saturday morning. Watch the Chronicle and Facebook for special activities. December ’s activity for kids is Monday evening, Dec. 10, “The Christmas Bed-time
Story.” Join us any time, 6 p.m. or after, for crafts and activities. The story will start at 7 p.m. Kids may wear their pajamas and bring along their favorite blanket and/or stuffed animal and listen to a bedtime story around the Christmas Tree! Just a reminder that the Brownton Public Library will be closed or have shorter hours on the following days in December: Monday, Dec. 24 — closed. Tuesday, Dec. 25 — closed. Monday, Dec. 31 — Open from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Brownton Public Library! Just a reminder of our regular hours: Monday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, closed; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
Dec. 6, 1912 A.F. Avery, Editor The arrival of sub-zero weather has put a stop to the construction of the double railroad track and foreman Slane informs the Tribune that the crew will probably break camp tomorrow. The horses will be shipped to the city, but the tents and machinery will be stored here until next spring, when the work will be completed. Mr. William Reimers and Miss Martha Perschau of Sumter were married at the John Tessmer home on Thanksgiving day. The groom is the brother of F.J. Reimers of Stewart. Marshal Mangold found Fred Bahr of Gibbon in a helpless state of intoxication Thanksgiving night and took him into custody. Mr. Bahr appeared before Judge Dols the following morning and, upon pleading guilty to a charge of drunkenness, was fined $10 and costs, amounting to $15. The prisoner paid the amount and was released. Glen Hawes and Louis Farenbaugh were chopping up some wood at the home of the latter’s grandfather last Friday when Louis mistook Glen’s hand for a block of wood and neatly chopped off the ends of two fingers on Glen’s left hand. The injured fingers were dressed and are healing nicely. in the hands of the district Public Works Administration (PWA) director at Omaha, Neb., who has been asked to give an extension of time in which to begin work on the new building. Bids opened on the proposed building were entirely too high, and if no extension is granted, the district will probably go without a new building. Stewart’s several deer-hunting parties have returned from their treks to the north. The RichardsSenescall-Buhr party returned Friday with but one deer for the efforts of the six in the party. The Kasal-Schilling party of 11 returned that same day with eight deer. The Kahlow-DeckerForcier-Goodman-Ludowese party was home Thursday with a deer each. The AndersonRosenow party had several deer. Nearly all the local hunters worked in the Ely area. 29. She joins two sisters, Denise and Gwendolyn.
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35 Years Ago
Dec. 8, 1977 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Ninety-nine units of blood were collected at the BrowntonStewart Red Cross blood drive Monday. Two first-time donors from Stewart were Kevin Maiers and Mrs. Herb Hennessey. Onegallon pins were given to Harry Lauwagie and Carl Runke, and a four-gallon pin was awarded to Mrs. Harvey Henke. John Kloempken was rushed to the Hutchinson hospital Sunday morning after suffering a stroke at his residence.
Brownton Santa Day set Dec. 8
The Brownton Lions Club will host “Santa Day” Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Brownton Community Center. There will be activities, treats for the kids and goodie bags will be handed out. Santa, of course, will be on hand to visit with children.
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30 Years Ago
Dec. 9, 1982 Dave Stoltz, Editor Some 27 persons were set to appear in Sibley County Court Dec. 7 in connection with an undercover investigation of 23 Sibley County taverns and bars. the investigation involved the selling of alcohol to minors. Employees of 21 of those establishments have been charged. Byron and Sheila Bussler are the parents of a baby boy, Travis Christopher, born Nov. 11. He joins a brother, Nathan, 15 months. Barbara Ann Trettin and Michael Leonard Loncorich were united in marriage Nov. 6 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Trettin of Buffalo Lake and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Loncorich of Stewart.
50 Years Ago
Dec. 6, 1962 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Mrs. Fred Lewin, nee Ida Schroeder, died at her home in Stewart Monday morning while hanging out her wash. She suffered a heart attack and was noticed by her neighbor, Mrs. Katherine Callier. She had reached 82 years of age. Connie Hahn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hahn of Stewart, became the bride of Duane Kottke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kottke of Buffalo Lake, on Nov. 10 at St. Paul’s American Lutheran Church in Stewart. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Quandt (Elizabeth Briese) are the proud parents of a daughter born Nov.
22 Brownton seniors met on Monday
75 Years Ago
Dec. 3, 1937 Harry Koeppen, Editor Stewart’s plans for a new school building are now entirely
Twenty Brownton senior citizens met Monday at the community center. Cards were played after the meeting with the following winners: 500, Carol Brelje, first, and Gladys Rickert, second; pinochle, Leone Kujas, first, and Ordell Klucas, second; and sheephead, Lil Lindeman, first, and Elva Wendlandt, second. John Huebert won the door prize. Ordella Schmidt served refreshments. The next meeting will be Monday, Dec. 10, with a noon potluck. All seniors are welcome.
Thurs., Dec. 6 — AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; Home Free Vocal Band, GSL High School Auditorium, 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 — GSL Booster Club 9th grade boys & girls basketball tournament, Panther Field House and GSL High School, Glencoe, 8 a.m.; Brownton Santa Day, Community Center, 10 a.m.-Noon. Sun., Dec. 9 — Community Strings “Christmas Around the World” concert, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Glencoe, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Mon., Dec. 10 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, 1 p.m.; Stewart City Council, 7 p.m.; Brownton American Legion Post 143 & Auxiliary mtg. & celebrate Christmas, Brownton Bar & Grill, 5:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 11 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 — AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; Stewart Lions.
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The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, December 5, 2012, page 9
Birchwood open house set Dec. 12
The community is invited to an open house hosted by Prairie River Home Care, Inc., to celebrate the re-opening of Birchwood House in January 2013. The open house is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 12, between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and will include light appetizers and tours of the newly remodeled residential care home located at 710 Park Island Drive in Hutchinson. Birchwood House was built in 2005, funded by donations from many community members and local groups. Prairie River Home Care purchased it in September 2012 from Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS) and Hutchinson Area Health Care (HAHC), which had jointly owned the home and used it as a center for hospice care until 2010. Prairie River Home Care will reopen Birchwood House as a residential care boarding and lodging home for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological movement disorders, such as Huntington’s disease, muscular dystrophy (MD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis (MS). Parkinson’s disease is the most prevalent movement disorder, affecting 1.5 million people nationwide. Patients with movement disorders have special needs for physical, occupational and speech therapy, diet, mobility, medication management and safety issues, such as prevention of injuries due to falls. In addition, these patients often have unique needs with respect to socialization and physical and cognitive stimulation. In preparation to serve patients with these conditions, Prairie River Home Care has remodeled Birchwood House to include a chair lift elevator, theater, exercise room and a cyber café outfitted with computers for the use of residents and their family members. Birchwood House will accept patients who require 24hour supervision and will be staffed for up to eight residents. According to Mark Austin, director of area development for Prairie River Home Care, Birchwood House eventually will be staffed with up to 10 employees with special training in caring for patients with movement disorders. He expects most of these employees will be new hires from the local community. “We are excited to reopen Birchwood House to patients with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. We will partner with the Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Golden Valley, the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota (NPFM), the local Hutchinson medical and long-term care community and other neurological treatment organizations to make Birchwood House a success,” said Judy Figge, registered nurse and chief executive officer of Prairie River Home Care. Prairie River Home Care is a Medicare-certified homecare agency offering a broad range of services to individuals of all ages. Prairie River Home Care provides services within 60 Minnesota counties, through a network of eight offices located in Fairmont, Hutchinson, Blaine, Mankato, Marshall, Rochester, Buffalo and St. Cloud. The corporate office is located in Buffalo. Prairie River Home Care has been owned and operated for 14 years by Ken and Judy Figge, who together have more than 60 years of experience offering home-care services. For more information, visit www.prhc.com.
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3rd-grade Panther Paws
The third-grade Panther Paw award winners for November were announced at the all-school meeting at Lakeside Elementary last Thursday morning. In the front, from left to right, are Stephanie Garnica, Sofia Mattson, Linette Munoz, Spencer Lemke and Beau Lepel. In the back are Meadow Askerud, Grace Patnaude, Elijah Yurek, Isabel Villarrel and Porter Mikolichek.
Exsted wins $100,000 prize
Nicholas Exsted of Glencoe won $100,000 in the Minnesota State Lottery’s 15X the Money game on Nov. 25. Exsted bought three tickets on Nov. 24 from Schmidty’s in New Germany. He did not win on them, so the next day he bought two more, also from Schmidty’s. Exsted said he noticed only one other ticket had been sold between his two purchases. The first ticket he bought on Nov. 25 was the winner of the game’s top prize. “If the person before me had purchased two tickets, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now!” an elated Exsted said. He claimed his prize at Lotterty headquarters in Roseville on Nov. 27.
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4th-grade Panther Paws
At its all-school meeting, Lakeside Elementary announced the following students as Panther Paw award winners for November. In the front, from left to right, are Hailey Conklin, Makayla Ronngren, Devin Chalupsky and Zackary Wanous. In the back are Katelyn Fiecke, Eli Kuehn, Devin Forcier, Hope Kosek and Majkya Metcalf. Missing is Joseph Schlueter.
Son born to Schroeders
Jason and Michele (Dammann) Schroeder of Courtland announce the birth of their son, Aiden William, on Nov. 20, 2012, at the New Ulm Medical Center. Aiden weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 21-3/4 inches in length. He joins a big brother, Alex, 3. Grandparents are Donald and Carol Dammann of Glencoe and John and Bev Schroeder of Courtland. Great-grandmother is Ethel Hardel of Brownton.
Holy Trinity honors named
Several local students were named to the first-quarter honor rolls at Holy Trinity High School in Winsted. On the “A” honor roll are Evelyn Penas, eighth grade, daughter of Bob and Peni Penas of Silver Lake; Eric Klima, senior, son of Jim and Kari Klima of Silver Lake; Brandon Schlagel, senior, son of Art and Debbie Schlagel of Silver Lake; and Craig Wosmek, senior, son of Brian and Wendy Wosmek of Glencoe. On the “B” honor roll are Stephanie Hoffmann, eighth grade, daughter of Tom and Bev Hoffmann of Silver Lake, and Jacob Klima, sophomore, son of Jim and Kari Klima of Silver Lake.
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5th-grade Panther Paws
The Panther Paw award winners for the month of November were announced at the all-school meeting at Lakeside Elementary last Thursday. The fifth-grade award winners, from left to right, in the front, are Michael Waibel, Isabelle Elias, Brandon Medina, Dylan Heuer and Kaitlyn Popp. In the back are Bennett Lepel, Taylor Hatlestad, William Higgins, Lydia Schmieg and Noah Falcon.
Heide Nelson was recognized at Helen Baker Elementary School for consistently showing respect to students and staff. She was honored by the GSL Panther at an all-school gathering recently.
Broderius earns BS degree
Lisa Broderius of Glencoe earned her bachelor of science degree in environmental studies at Bemidji State University at the conclusion of the summer 2012 sessions.
Kindergarten concert set for Dec. 12
The Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Auditorium will be filled with anticipation and excitement Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 1:30 p.m., as Helen Baker School kindergartners take their places on stage for their annual concert. The Helen Baker Kindergarten Winter Concert will feature selections that highlight the learning that takes place in music class, including singing, instrument playing, dancing, and much more. “We’ll even sing a few holiday favorites,” said Carrie Knott, elementary school music teacher, who will direct the concert. In addition, the children’s artworks will be displayed on the choral shells that students created with art teacher, Andrea Wigern. The public is encouraged to attend. There is no admission charge.
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6th-grade Panther Paws
At the all-school meeting last Thursday morning, the November Panther Paws awards were announced. In the front, from left to right, are sixth-grade students Katherina Cohrs, Angela Binder, Jared Lokensgard, Nathan Litzau and Madilynn Anderson. In the back are Maddie Brown, Kristen Major, Erin Jaskowiak, Megan Fehrenbach and Troy Lueck.
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An omnibus hearing for Bryan Koepp, a former Glencoe businessman facing six felony theft charges, has been changed to Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m., in McLeod County District Court, from its original date of Dec. 13, according to court records. Koepp is facing three felony counts of theft by false representation and three felony counts of theft by swindle in relation to several loans he obtained under allegedly false pretenses from a variety of people between April 2009 and August 2010.
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Obituaries Melford Schwarzrock, 88, of Gaylord
Funeral services for Melford Waldemar Schwarzrock, 88, of Gaylord, were held Monday, Dec. 3, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mountville, Dryden Township, Sibley County. The Rev. Harold Storm officiated. Mr. Schwarzrock died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at the Sibley Medical Center in Arlington. The organist was Debbie Forstner, and special music was by his great-grandchildren, “Jesus Loves Me.” Congregational hymns were “Abide With Me,” “Be Still, My Soul” and “Lift High the Cross.” Cross bearer was Drew Schwarzrock, and pallbearers were his grandsons, Scott Schwarzrock, Robb Schwarzrock, Jesse Elbert, Joshua Elbert, Jacob Elbert and Joseph Elbert. Interment was in the church cemetery. Mr. Schwarzrock was born Sept. 14, 1924, in Round Grove Township, McLeod County, to Albert and Erna (Redmann) Schwarzrock. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Penn Township, McLeod County. He received his education at country school in Round Grove Township. On March 22, 1947, Mr. Schwarzrock was united in marriage to Leona Thiesfeld at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe. After their marriage, the couple farmed in Round Grove Township. In 1952, they moved to the Gaylord area and farmed in Dryden Township. In 2000, they moved to Gaylord, where he spent the rest of his life. They were blessed with three children and shared 65 years of marriage. Mr. Schwarzrock was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mountville, in Dryden Township, and served as a school trustee, church trustee, church elder, on the cemetery board and sang in the church choir. He will be remembered for his kind demeanor and polite, respectful manners. He modeled his Christian faith every day. Old-time music warmed his heart, and he enjoyed card playing and playing the harmonica, especially for the grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, giving them a “high five” when leaving. Survivors include his wife, Leona Schwarzrock of Gaylord; children, Myron (Sue) Schwarzrock of Gibbon, Miriam (Ron) Elbert of Gaylord, and LeOra (Jay) Spence of Fort Collins, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Scott (Mandy) Schwarzrock, Jesse (Gina) Elbert, Laurie (John) Eriksen, Joshua (Tracy) Elbert, Robb (Terri) Schwarzrock, Jacob Elbert and Joseph Elbert; 12 great-grandchildren, Drew, Devon, Zachary, Ethan and Olivia Schwarzrock, Jack, Noah and Ava Eriksen, Mason, Caden, Nolan and Jeremy Elbert; sister, Valaria Johnson of Menagha; sistersin-law, Lillian Zastrow of Amboy, Anita Thiesfeld of Glencoe and Alice Schwarzrock of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Albert and Erna Schwarzrock; stepmother, Lilly Schwarzrock; brothers, Leonard and Willmer Schwarzrock; sister, Divine Schwarzrock in infancy; granddaughter, Heide Schwarzrock; brothers-inlaw, Hillard Thiesfeld and his wife, Leatrice, Melvin Thiesfeld, Albert Thiesfeld and his wife, Donna, Linus Zastrow and Donald Peterson. Arrangements were by Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries and guest book.
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7th-grade students of November
Lincoln Jr. High named its November students of the month last week. They include, front row, from left, Eduardo Blanco, science; Jack Gepson, geography; Rebecca Lieser, English; Abigail Schmieg, choir; and Blake Ortloff, ag/industrial technology. In the back are Ellen Follestad, English; Mackenzie Davis, art; Grace Draeger, band; Austin Pinske, prealgebra; and Kylie Ness, physical education.
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8th-grade students of the month
Nine eighth-grade Lincoln Jr. High students were selected for the November students of the month awards last week. They included, front row, from left, Cora Kuras, history; Amanda Husted, English; Rachel Reichow, band; and Marissa Kirchoff, music. In the back are Dylan Breidenbach, ag/industrial technology; Jacob Fehrenbach, science; Eric Villnow, art; Jordan Kaczmarek, algebra; and Luis Duenas, physical education.
Hazel Ruth Slipka, 78, of Stewart
Funeral services for Hazel Ruth Slipka, 78, of Stewart, were held Monday, Dec. 3, at the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Stewart. The Rev. Paulus Pilgrim officiated. Mrs. Slipka died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Glencoe Regional H e a l t h Hazel Slipka Services. The organist was Adline Kottke, and soloist Gary Hoffman sang “The Lord’s Prayer,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Nearer, My God, to Thee” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Honorary pallbearers were Nancy Schultz, Robyn Korson, Jill Westphal, Wesley Westphal, Weston Westphal, Dwayne Krienke, Howie Krienke, Duane Flemming, Lara Egge, Kym Markgraf and Logan Egge. Pallbearers were Jeff Erkenbrack, Stan Westphal, Russ Korson, Randy Korson, John Korson, and Gary Hoffman. Interment was in Round Grove Lakeside Cemetery in Stewart. Hazel Ruth Korson was born May 19, 1934, in Collins Township, McLeod County, to John and Emma (Segler) Korson. She attended country school in rural Stewart, and received one year of education at the Brownton High School. She was both baptized and confirmed as an adult at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. On June 4, 1952, Hazel Korson was united in marriage to Harry Walter Slipka at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. They made their home in Stewart, where they raised their daughter, Pat. Mrs. Slipka was a cook at the Stewart School for 26 years, retiring in 1999. After Mr. Slipka died on March 18, 2011, she continued living in their home in Stewart. Mrs. Slipka loved flowers and enjoyed gardening. She also enjoyed cooking and crocheting. In her younger years, she helped her husband with Stewartfest. She enjoyed visiting on her “Gator” and going to Minnesota Mini Rod Pulls. Survivors include her daughter, Pat (Rich) Hansen of Stewart; grandson, Mike Hansen of Stewart; sister, Emma Hoffman of Hutchinson; brother, Art (Judi) Korson of Stewart; sister-in-law, Ruth Nelson of Buffalo Lake; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Harry; three brothers; and one sister. Arrangements were with the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Stewart. An online guest book is available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
VFW Auxiliary Christmas party is Dec. 10
The regular meeting of the Glencoe VFW Post 5102 Auxiliary was held Nov. 12 with Commander Angela Johnson presiding and 18 members present. After the reports were read and approved, the bills presented, and general orders and communications read, the members acknowledged POWs/MIAs with a moment of silence and a prayer. The Christmas party will be held on Dec. 10 with Lindy’s catering the meal of chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, glazed carrots, coleslaw and dinner rolls. The members also approved bringing a food item for the food shelf and veterans gifts for the Veterans Home in Hastings. Also approved was a life membership or equivalent to be given away at the Christmas party. Other items for the Christmas party prizes also were encouraged. Virginia Adams had 429 children participate in the “Pledge of Allegiance” program on Veterans Day. Angela Johnson and Sharon Knop reported on the 2nd District meeting held in Fairmont on Oct. 27. There were two entries in the Voice of Democracy contest. First place will receive $75 and second place $50 from the Auxiliary. The Midwinter Conference will be Jan 25-27 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center. The 2nd District meeting will be in St. Paul on Jan. 5. There is a request for the Auxiliary to bring a super bowl basket to the district meeting. The Auxiliary decided to donate $25 instead. A donation of $75 was approved for Operation Minnesota Nice. The lunch committee for the Jan. 14 meeting will be Elaine Tabbert, Marlene Engelke, Irene Thurn and Donna Hardel.
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Roger Franklin Sommers, 79, of Faribault, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester. Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault Tu e s d a y, Dec. 4, with the Rev. Steven J. Kuehne officiating. I n t e r m e n t Roger F. was at Sommers Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault. Mr. Sommers, the son of Glenn Fredrick and Alice Anna Nora (Vail) Sommers, was born March 15, 1933, in Faribault. He was baptized on July 2, 1933, and confirmed on March 30, 1947, both at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault. He graduated from Faribault High School in 1952. Mr. Sommers married Delores Boernsen at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault, on June 9, 1962, and she preceded him in death on May 16, 2012. Together they farmed for numerous years, owned and operated the A&W in Faribault for 27 years, as well as other businesses such as the Un-Furniture Place & Water Rest Shop, Blue Haven Homes and Sommers Oil, all in Faribault, and Klaggees Ice Cream in Austin. Throughout his life, he sold his garden produce through farmers’ markets. Mr. Sommers was a member of the Faribault Noon Exchange Club, Kiwanis and served as an elder, as well as in other church positions. Survivors include his seven children, Linda (Bruce) Donnay of Glencoe, Laurie (the Rev. John) Meyer of Trimont, Richard “Rich” (Loree Lynn) Sommers of Faribault, Robert “Bob” (Raquel) Sommers of Northfield, Paul (Karen) Sommers of Faribault, Christine (Sean) Sommers-Austin of Bozeman, Mont., and Carolyn (David) Sommers Tillotson of Richfield; 15 grandchildren, Tyler Donnay, Sarah, Mark, William and Anna Meyer, Jessica Anderson (fiancé Allen Greenslade), Molly (Tedd) Pederson, Troy (special friend, Kim Johnson) Sande, Nicole, Peter, Taylor and Nathaniel Sommers, Elsa Austin, Dylan Ramsey, Alice Tillotson, and expecting another grandchild in May; seven step-great-grandchildren, Logan, Luke, Ava, Gracie, Piper, Chloe, Zachary and Aubrey; two brothers, Raymond Sommers of Faribault and Lester Sommers of Bloomington; three sisters, Dorothy Fischer of Faribault, Della (Lester) Gunderson of Northfield and Delores Strasser of Apple Valley. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Delores; two brothers, Everett and Donald Sommers; and one sister, Betty Hoppe. Memorial gifts may be directed to Faribault Lutheran School or Faribault Noon Exchange Club. For information and guest book, visit boldtfuneral home.com.
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Rev. Ronald L. Mathison First Ev. Lutheran Church, Glencoe
Advent comes with blessing
dvent comes with the blessing of the Gospel of Christ. It lights up a person’s whole existence. What a difference Christ makes! The most burdened among us is happy that Christmas is coming. We welcome smiling faces for a change and music that lifts the spirit. The old worries make room for other interests. The common routine of life gives way a little because there is more to the day than the same old grind. There’s freshness, a newness, a difference now. Advent comes with the blessing of the Gospel. It is the balm for our particular burdens and relief for our personal loneliness. The blessing of the Gospel of Advent is the reminder that Christ is coming to that we don’t have to carry that load by ourselves anymore or walk the daily path in solitude. He is coming to be with us. Give us Your blessing, heavenly Father. Amen.
Deaths Judith Katzenmeyer, 66, Brownton
Judith Katzenmeyer, 66, of Brownton, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton. Visitation will be Wednesday (today) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and continues Thursday from 10 a.m. to the time of the service, all at Grace Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hantge Funeral Chapel of Brownton. For an online guest book, go to www.hant ge.com. Click on obituaries/ guest book.
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Christ Lutheran hosts free Wednesday meals
Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe is sponsoring and serving a free community meal on the first Wednesday of each month for all in the community and surrounding areas. It is called the “Abundant Table Community Meal.” The doors open at 4:30 p.m. for fellowship. The meal will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and is open to families and children, the elderly, and all seeking fellowship or in need of a helping hand. “It is not only about the meals, but about building community and sharing our ‘Abundant Table,’” said the Rev. Katherine Rood. “In addition, it is also about decreasing isolation and providing a coordinated, but loving response to people in need. “Our goal is to provide a nutritionally balanced and appetizing meal with neighbors and strangers breaking bread together,” Rood said. A pasta dish, salad, bread and Christmas cookies will be served on Wednesday, Dec. 5. It will be located in the church basement fellowship hall. Call Christ Lutheran Church at 320-864-4549 to join in the fellowship and meal. “Please hold this new ministry in your prayers,” Rood said.
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BEREAN BAPTIST Corner of 16th Street and Hennepin Avenue, Glencoe Johnathon Pixler, Interim pastor Call 320-864-6113 Call Jan at 320-864-3387 for women’s Bible study Wed., Dec. 5 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m Fri., Dec. 7 — Men’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — Sunday school for all ages, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:20 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10:30 a.m. Tues., Dec. 11 — Men’s Bible study, 6 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. 5 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; televised worship on Channel 10, 2 p.m.; chapel communion service, 1:30 p.m.; community meal, 5:30 p.m.; bells, 5:30 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 6:30 p.m.; Advent worship service, 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 6 — Grand Meadows worship, 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7 — Pastor at Redwood Falls meeting. Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship, 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; Sunday school and adult education, 9:30 a.m.; long-term care worship, 1 p.m. Mon., Dec. 10 — Televised worship, 3 p.m. on Channel 10. Tues., Dec. 11 — Ladies fellowship at Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m.; Sarah Circle at Judy Peterson’s home, 7 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship at Church of Peace, 10 a.m.; church council follows service; confirmation class, 9:15 a.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Dec. 5 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; kindergarten through sixth-grade religious education (RE), 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; sevenththrough 11th-grade RE, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 6 — Fund-raising night at Pizza Ranch; no evening prayer; Mass, 6 p.m.; CCW Advent celebration follows Mass. Fri., Dec. 7 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; adoration of the blessed sacrament follows Mass until noon; first Friday communion calls, 10 a.m.; AFC staff meeting, Holy Family, 3:30 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 — Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary holy day of obligation; Mass, 9 a.m.; mothers group meeting, 10 a.m.; prebaptism session at St. Pius X, 10:30 a.m.; reconciliation, 3:30 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — Second Sunday of Advent; Mass, 9:30 a.m.; Our Lady of Guadalupe procession, Mass and celebration, 11:30 a.m.; no Spanish RE classes; Catholicism series at St.. Pius X, 4 p.m.; Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m. Mon., Dec. 10 — No Mass; scheduling of liturgical ministers begins; Schoenstatt girls’ group meeting, 3 p.m. Tues., Dec. 11 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; junior choir, 2:50 p.m.; adult choir, 7 p.m.; Mananitas for Our Lady of Guadalupe, 11 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Wed., Dec. 5 — Communion at GRHS long-term care, 10:15 a.m.; choir practice, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:35 a.m. Tues., Dec. 11 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m. and 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. 5 — Public school confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; Christ Chimes, 4 p.m.; Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m.; Advent worship with communion, 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 6 — Board of evangelism, 7 p.m.; board of deacons, 7 p.m.; board of trustees, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship 8 a.m.; fellowship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship, contemporary, 10:30 a.m.; Spanish worship, 6 p.m. Tues., Dec. 11 — GRHS communion, 9:30 a.m.; Common Cup meeting, 10 a.m.; Millie Beneke Manor communion, 1:15 p.m.; Alzheimer support group, 6 p.m.; men’s club Christmas potluck, 6:30 p.m.; Christian education board, 7 p.m. GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod 1407 Cedar Ave. N., Glencoe Rev. James F. Gomez, Pastor Matthew Harwell, Director of Christian Education E-mail: office@gslcglencoe.org Wed., Dec. 5 — Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; REVEAL, 5:30 p.m.; Advent Holden evening prayer, 7 p.m.; board of education, 8 p.m.; deacons, 8 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 6 — GRHS communion, 9:30 a.m. Fri., Dec. 7 — Community Strings dress rehearsal, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — Choir, 7:45 a.m.; worship with new member welcome, 9 a.m.; Kingdom Quest, FUEL, adult Bible study, 10:15 a.m.; Community Strings Christmas concert, 3 p.m., and 7 p.m.; no LIVE. Tues., Dec. 11 — GSLC Bible study, 9:30 a.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Wed., Dec. 5 — 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. Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m.; youth group Christmas party, 2 p.m. Tues., Dec. 11 — Table Talk, 7 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: Pastor@GraceBrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Wed., Dec. 5 — Confirmation class, 4 p.m.; choir rehearsal, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship, 8:45 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m. Mon., Dec. 10 — Local broadcast, 6 p.m. Tues., Dec. 11 — Bible study, 9 a.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., Dec. 5 — Silent auction bidding ends; Bible study with pastor, 9 a.m.; confirmation classes, 4 p.m.; Noah’s Ark Christmas service, 5 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 6 — Parkview Bible study, 1:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7 — Ladies Aid meeting, noon. Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Bible study with pastor, Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Channel 8 video. Tues., Dec. 11 — F.A.I.T.H. group, 7 p.m. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Interim Pastor browntoncongregational.org Wed., Dec. 5 — Christmas carol sing, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Bible study and Sunday school, 10 a.m.; “A Mandolin Christmas Concert,” 7 p.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Wed., Dec. 5 — Mass, 9 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 6 — No Mass. Fri., Dec. 7 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sat., Dec. 8 — Mass, 9 a.m.; Sun., Dec. 9 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. ST. JOHN’S CHURCH 13372 Nature Ave. (rural Biscay) Robert Taylor, pastor 320-587-5104 Sun., Dec. 9 — Sunday school, 9 a.m. ; worship, 10:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., Dec. 5 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — 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. 5 — Youth choir practice, 5 p.m.; Midweek, 6 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 6 — Bible study, 8:45 a.m.; bulletin deadline. Sun., Dec. 9 — “Time of Grace,” TV Channel 9, 6:30 a.m.; worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 10:10 a.m. Tues., Dec. 11 — Belle Plaine and Arlington visits; prayer meeting, 5 p.m. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato Bill Baldwin, Pastor www.platochurch.com Wed., Dec. 5 — Office open, 9 a.m.; men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; confirmation class, 5 p.m.; adult choir, 6 p.m.; women’s guild, 6:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7 — Office open, 9 a.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — Sunday school, 8:45 a.m.; Advent worship, 10 a.m.; fellowship luncheon, 11 a.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Wed., Dec. 5 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 — Decorate church, church council. Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship, 9 a.m.; fellowship time, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.; church council, 10:30 a.m. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., Dec. 5 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time and puppet practice, 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — “First Light” radio broadcast on KARP 106.9 FM, 7:30 a.m.; pre-service prayer time, 9:15 a.m.; worship service, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school and Christmas program practice, 10:35 a.m.; potluck, noon; Christmas caroling. Mon., Dec. 10 — Church board meeting, 7 p.m. Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-3272843. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN 108 W. Main St., Silver Lake 320-327-2452 / Fax 320-327-6562 E-mail: faithfriends@embarqmail.com You may be able to reach someone at the church every Tuesday through Friday. Don’t hesitate to come in (use church office door) or call, or e-mail at faithfriends@embarqmail.com. Wed., Dec. 5 — Presbytery Women Christmas party and potluck, 12:30 p.m.; light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes and adult Advent study, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship, 10 a.m.; coffee fellowship to follow service. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Dec. 5 — Mass, 8 a.m.; first- through sixth-grade religious education classes, 5:30 p.m.; sevenththrough 11th-grade religious classes, 7:15 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 6 — Mass at Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; CCW, Rosary Society potluck and meeting, 6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7 — Mass, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — Mass, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tues., Dec. 11 — Mass, 8 a.m. FRIEDEN’S COUNTY LINE 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship at Church of Peace, 10 a.m.; church council follows service; confirmation class, 9:15 a.m. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 770 School Rd., Hutchinson Kenneth Rand, Branch President 320-587-5665 Wed., Dec. 5 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — 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. 9 — 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. 9 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school and Bible study, 10:15 a.m. Mon., Dec. 10 — Office open, 9 a.m. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. S.W., Hutchinson Rick Stapleton, Senior pastor Adam Krumrie, Worship pastor Wed., Dec. 5 — Release time for second through fifth grades, 9 a.m.; LIFT, 1 p.m.; AWANA, 6:30 p.m.; middle school youth group, 6:30 p.m.; senior high youth group, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 6 — Senior high lunch, 11 a.m.; worship team, 6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7 — Women’s candlelight dinner, 6:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 — Women’s candlelight dinner, 5:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 9 a.m.; grief share, 2 p.m.
Dictionaries for 3rd graders
The five Lions clubs in the GSL School District presented dictionaries to thirdgrade students at St. Pius X recently. Receiving the dictionaries were, front row, from left to right, Isaiah Essen, Andy Ruelas, Connor Hallaway, Aolani Guardado, Bianca Espinozaand Sara Cross. Sister Viji Grace is their teacher. The Lions, all members of the Glencoe club, include Ron Dahlke, Marv Gustafson, Elmer Schuette, Bill Curtis, Sandy Dammann and Karen Glennie. The other Lions clubs are from Plato, New Auburn, Brownton and Silver Lake.
First Lutheran plans special, numerous Christmas events
First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Glencoe has planned many special events and services for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Beginning tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 5, is an Advent worship service with communion, at 7 p.m. Then on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., is a new Advent music service featuring musical groups of all ages from First Lutheran. First Lutheran Church will show a Christmas movie, Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m., in the fellowship service. The movie, “Christmas with a Capital ‘C’,” features a small town, Trapper Falls, Alaska, and its events, friends and families that fill the Christmas season. A free-will offering will be accepted. On the same evening, First Lutheran is teaming up with the Glencoe Chamber of Commerce and other area churches to display a live nativity scene in Oak Leaf Park between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 16, at 8 a.m., during the worship service, will be the Sunday school’s Christmas service. The preschool Christmas program will be Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. First Lutheran School children’s Chirstmas service, “Portraits of Christmas,” for kindergarten through eighth grade, will be Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. First Lutheran members will join members from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Glencoe for Christmas caroling on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 5:30 p.m., and will gather in First Lutheran’s fellowship center. After caroling, the singers will return to the fellowship center for barbecues and dessert. First Lutheran School class Christmas parties will be Friday, Dec. 21, the last day before Christmas vacation. Instead of students exchanging gifts with each other, the students, as a class activity, will give gifts to less fortunate people. Christmas Eve worship services will be Monday, Dec. 24, at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Christmas Day worship service will be Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 9 a.m., with a live KDUZ broadcast. A New Year’s Eve worship service with communion will be Monday, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m.
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