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Vol. 111 No. 51 • Thursday, December 6, 2012 • Silver Lake, MN 55381
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Silver Lake Leader photos
by Alyssa Schauer
Musical treat
The Mid Minnesota Con-
cert Band put on a concert
for residents at Cedar
Crest in Silver Lake on
Monday. The band, di-
rected by Kendell Ku-
basch of Howard Lake,
consists of about 20 mem-
bers from all over the re-
gion, including Silver
Lake, Hutchinson, Litch-
field, Watertown, Delano
and Glencoe. To the left,
Hank Pawlicki and Betty
Boll enjoy the music.
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
With the holidays nearing,
December is often a time for
planning and more planning.
The Winter Fest committee is
joining tradition as it is busy
organizing and preparing for
the 11th-annual Silver Lake
Winter Fest celebration set for
Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning
at noon.
The Winter Fest weekend
kicks off with the annual
Christmas lighting contest on
Friday, Dec. 14, beginning at 7
p.m. Civic Association mem-
bers will be traveling through-
out the community to judge
Christmas lights for the annual
contest.
Any contestants who have
won in the past two years are
not eligible to win. Winners
will be announced at the Win-
ter Festival on Saturday, Dec.
15. Cash prizes will be
awarded. Remember to turn on
your lights.
Winter Fest will then begin
on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 12:30
p.m., and activities will run
until 3 p.m. at the Silver Lake
Auditorium.
The Pola-Czesky grand
marshals serve as hosts and
hostesses to the event, which
includes live entertainment,
free sandwiches, cookies, hot
cider, hot chocolate and coffee
provided by the GFWC Silver
Lake Women’s Club, and
drawings for door prizes,
which will be announced at
1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
A coloring contest spon-
sored by the Degree of Honor
also will be held, and the Pola-
Czesky Royalty will be pres-
ent to help judge the contest
and hand out awards.
There will be horse-drawn
wagon rides throughout town
and photo opportunities with
reindeer and Dale Syvertson’s
sleigh.
Santa and Mrs. Claus also
will be in town for a visit at the
Silver Lake American Legion,
and all children visiting Santa
will receive a goodie bag com-
pliments of the Legion.
Winter Fest, like many ac-
tivities in Silver Lake, is or-
ganized through volunteers,
businesses, organizations and
the city of Silver Lake for all
to enjoy, so mark your calen-
dars and join in the fun!
Look for a complete sched-
ule of events in next week’s
Silver Lake Leader.
Winter Fest set Dec. 15; lighting contest kicks it off
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 resi-
dents 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 any-
one 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 in-
crease in 2012, and that no in-
crease is proposed for 2013,
with a total levy of $18.29 mil-
lion.
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 sys-
tem.
Colleen Robeck of the audi-
tor/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 cer-
tain things.”
About $11.1 million in re-
serves is “unrestricted” and
can be used at the board’s dis-
cretion.
Wangerin said the county
tries to keep an amount equal
to 30 to 35 percent of its
budget in reserve for emergen-
cies 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 representa-
tive whose term expires Dec.
31, also expressed concern
about using county money to-
ward the state-owned trail.
Shimanski said he appreci-
ated remarks from Commis-
sioner Paul Wright at a
previous meeting that likened
using a collaborative effort to-
ward funding the trail to a sim-
ilar 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 donat-
ing to another.
However, Wangerin said
that state officials — in partic-
ular state Sen. Scott Newman
of Hutchinson — had made it
clear at a meeting of local of-
ficials “that if we want to rise
to the top (for state funding),
we need to make a local con-
tribution.”
In other business at the hear-
ing, County Administrator Pat
Melvin presented information
regarding savings in staff over
the past three years.
A variety of measures taken
by the board — including re-
ducing full-time positions to
part time, delaying hiring,
sharing staff between depart-
ments, and utilizing volunteers
and employees provided by
Central Minnesota Jobs and
Training Services, had saved
the county a total of $1.58 mil-
lion since February 2009.
Only a handful of residents
show up for county tax hearing
The holidays can be diffi-
cult for many people, with
the stresses and strains of
trying to have that perfect
celebration takes a toll.
Many people find they
have trouble feeling in the
“spirit” of things, whether
because of the death of a
family member or friend, the
end of a marriage, the loss of
work, or health or any other
trying situation.
On Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7
p.m., Faith Presbyterian
Church will be hosting a
Blue Christmas service that
is open to everyone in the
community.
Come share in a time in
which we can acknowledge
our feelings of loss, but also
remember the hope of
Christmas. Coffee fellow-
ship will follow the short
service.
Blue Christmas service at Faith Presbyterian
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
Christmas lights are up
‘Tis the season! Last week, the Silver Lake
public works department put the up the
Christmas decorations along Main Street
to welcome the upcoming holiday season.
The lights are attached to the electrical
poles along Main Street in Silver Lake.
“Last spring, Glencoe-Sil-
ver 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. Mean-
while, 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 squeak-
ing 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. “Be-
cause we have 11 students in
grades 10-12, there were only
three on our JV team, but Oak-
ley 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.”
GSL Knowledge Bowl
teams start out strong
Knowledge Bowl
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Staff
Bill and Joyce Ramige, Publishers;
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Sales; Alyssa Schauer, Staff Writer/Of-
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ate errors being brought to our atten-
tion. Please bring any grievances
against the Silver Lake Leader to the
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Constitution:
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determined not to print anything till
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LEADER
Come meet new teacher,
Sue Nord, who is from Glen-
coe and will be teaching pre-
school classes at Faith
Preschool.
The preschool’s open house
will be Sunday, Dec. 16, from
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registra-
tions will begin on Dec. 16.
For more information, please
call 320-327-6548 or 320-327-
2452.
Come see the changes that
have been made to accommo-
date the preschool, which will
be offering two-day-per-week
classes starting Jan. 3.
The preschool’s focus for
the rest of the school year will
be on preparing for pre-
kindergarten classes next year.
For more information, call
320-327-6548 or 320-327-
2452.
Faith Preschool open
house set for Dec. 16
Lions Club to meet Dec. 6
The Silver Lake Lions Club will have its regular meet-
ing Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Legion Club rooms. The di-
rectors meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. with the regular
meeting to follow at 7 p.m. Note: there will be no second
meeting in December.
Vocal band concert Dec. 6
The Home Free Vocal Band, a five-man band with no
instruments, will perform a Christmas concert Thursday,
Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., in the GSL High School Auditorium in
Glencoe. 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. “No effects. Five guys. Five mics. One stage, no
instruments,” said spokesman Adam Rupp. The show also
is filled with lights, fog, snow and family entertainment
for Christmas, he said. Tickets are available at the door or
can be ordered online at http:/www.homefreevocalband.
com/christmas/glencoe.html.
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 to-
ward 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.
‘Singing Friends’ concert
The Singing Friends chorus, a 30-voice local commu-
nity choir, will present be performing Christmas concerts
Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m., at St. Mark Lutheran Church
in New Germany, and on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m., at First
Congregational UCC in Glencoe. There will be a free-will
donation and refreshments will be served after the con-
certs.
Seniors to meet Dec. 10
The Silver Lake Senior Citizens Club will host its
Christmas party and regular meeting Monday, Dec. 10, be-
ginning at 1 p.m. Bingo will be played and Christmas car-
ols will be sung. Dinner will be at 3 p.m. Any member who
did not sign up at the Nov. 12 meeting should call Tony
Victorian at 320-327-2344, or Genny Lhotka at 320-327-
2633, by Dec. 1.
After-Prom party ‘tip night’
The Glencoe-Silver Lake After-Prom Party committee
will hold a “tip night” at the Glencoe Pizza Ranch on Mon-
day, Dec. 10.
Degree of Honor to meet
Degree of Honor No. 182 will have a catered meal on
Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m., in the Silver Lake auditorium.
A short meeting and card-playing will follow the meal.
Dining site birthday party
The Silver Lake senior dining site will hold its Decem-
ber birthday party Thursday, Dec. 13. There will be music
and bingo. The menu includes pork loin, whole parslied
potatoes, carrots, dinner roll with margarine and poke
cake. Call manager Pearl Branden at 320-327-2621 or
320-327-2536 to order your meal.
WFLA Christmas party set
The Western Fraternal Life Lodge Lumir will hold its
Christmas party on Sunday, Dec. 16, at noon, with a
potluck dinner at the Komensky School at 19981 Major
Ave.
Dining site Christmas party
The Silver Lake senior dining site is hosting its Christ-
mas party on Thursday, Dec. 20, at the auditorium. The
menu includes glazed ham, augratin potatoes, vegetable
blend, dinner roll with margarine and cheesecake. There
will be music and bingo. Call Pearl Branden at 320-327-
2621 or 320-327-2536 to order a meal.
Upcoming Events
The junior high competition
had 27 teams, filling nine
rooms. GSL had three teams.
“Since we have eight new jun-
ior high students, our main
goal was to give every new
student a good meet experi-
ence 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 com-
peted 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 for
most of the day. Eventually,
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 Kait-
lyn Arthur, Katie Twiss, Robin
Swift, Cora Kuras, Marisa
Luchsinger and Rachel Rei-
chow.
GSL’s Knowledge Bowl
teams are coached by Vicky
Harris and Clare Nolan. The
next meet will be at ACGC on
Monday, Dec. 10.
Knowledge
Bowl
Continued from page 1
SIlver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
3rd-grade Panther Paws
The third-grade Panther Paw award win-
ners 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, Is-
abel Villarrel and Porter Mikolichek.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
4th-grade Panther Paws
At its all-school meeting, Lakeside Ele-
mentary announced the following stu-
dents 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.
Compassionate
Friends to host
candle ceremony
On Sunday, Dec. 9, the
Hutchinson-area chapter of
The Compassionate Friends is
hosting its 11th-annual Re-
membrance Candlelighting in
conjunction with National
Compassionate Friends’
worldwide candlelighting.
The local event will be at the
Dobratz-Hantge Funeral
Chapel, main chapel, on High-
way 15 South in Hutchinson.
The event is open to anyone
who would like to come and
light a candle in remembrance
of a child who died too soon;
whether your own child or that
of a neighbor, co-worker, rela-
tive or friend.
“It is a special time to say
their name out loud and light a
candle, that their light will
continue to shine in our
hearts,” said Jo Reck of the
Dobratz-Hantge Chapel. “Es-
pecially at this time of the year
when their absence is so
deeply felt, your support and
participation can help ease
some of our pain.
“It is a very beautiful way to
share with all of those who
have walked in our shoes
through the painful journey of
losing a child,” Reck said.
“Bring a photo in a frame
that can stand by itself if you
are honoring your own de-
ceased child,” she added.
Refreshments and a time of
sharing will follow. Call Jo
Reck at 320-833-2300 with
any questions.
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Warmth program is under way.
• Each year, nearly 100,000
Minnesota households strug-
gle to pay their heating bills.
• And thousands more will
face a heating crisis this win-
ter.
• Many more will be forced
to choose between food, med-
icine and heat.
Heartland Community Ac-
tion Agency, Inc., appreciates
companies like Willmar Mu-
nicipal Utilities for its dona-
tion of $4,000 for the Reach
Out for Warmth project.
If others would like more
information about the Reach
Out for Warmth project, call
Pat Elizondo at 320-235-0850,
extension 1137.
Reach Out for Warmth pro-
vides assistance for income-el-
igible families who are
experiencing primary fuel or
electricity shut-off, or have a
heating system that is faulty or
not working.
Heartland administers
Reach Out for Warmth funds
in Meeker, McLeod and
Kandiyohi counties.
If any individuals or organ-
izations would like to make a
donation to the Reach Out for
Warmth project, make a check
payable to Heartland —
ROFW (Reach Out for
Warmth) and send your tax de-
ductible contribution to:
Heartland Community Ac-
tion Agency, Inc., 200 S.W.
Fourth St., PO Box 1359,
Willmar, MN 56201.
Heartland Community Ac-
tion Agency, Inc.’s mission is
to eliminate poverty and advo-
cate for low-income people.
Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, December 6, 2012 — Page 3
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Silver Lake
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The thin sheet of ice across
Silver Lake is just enough to
inspire me to start preparing
for my favorite winter activity:
ice fishing!
My brother, Nick, and I
have been perusing the fishing
aisles at various stores for the
past couple of months, check-
ing out all of the ice saws and
augers, and, of course, trying
on all of the coveralls to find
the warmest ones.
Nick and I have been fish-
ing together since we were
kids, so naturally, we have
some entertaining stories
when it comes to our favorite
hobby, but nothing tops our ice
fishing adventure in Wiscon-
sin a few Decembers ago.
It was the Sunday before
Christmas, so, of course, there
was a lot of work and packing
to do at home as we were get-
ting ready to head to Min-
nesota for a week to spend the
holiday with the all of our
grandmas and grandpas, aunts
and uncles and cousins.
Mom and Dad were finish-
ing up repairs at Dad’s small
engine shop in Mondovi, and
left a list of chores for us kids
to do — do laundry, stack
wood, pack suitcases, etc.
Being the oldest of the kids,
Nick and I took managerial
positions and delegated the
work onto our youngest broth-
ers, Mitch and Alex, so we
could take advantage of the
cold, sunny December Sunday
on the ice.
We headed to Lake Altoona,
a decent-sized lake, about 840
square acres, and 30 minutes
from home, with the ice house
and all of our gear.
It was one of those gorgeous
cold winter days where the
beautiful sight of the snow-
covered lake under the glaring
sun, bordered by tall evergreen
trees, made the cold, biting
wind tolerable.
We unloaded the hand auger
and big blue fish house from
Nick’s red blazer, carved four
fishing holes and set up two
tip ups while we sat on five-
gallon pails and fished the
other two.
It was a perfect Sunday af-
ternoon, until Nick stood up to
adjust one of the tip ups and
his lanyard of keys slipped out
of his jacket pocket and into
the dark lake.
A few choice words were
said before we (I) started to
panic.
“What are we going to do?
How are we going to get
home? How are we going to
get off the lake?” I shouted all
at once. And suddenly, I was
freezing — I felt the numb-
ness in my hands, my cold feet
were tingling and I wanted to
get out of that ice house and
into a warm home.
It’s funny what panicking
does to you.
We started walking around
to the other ice houses to see if
anybody had a depth finder on
the off chance we could fish
them out of the lake. Nobody
could help us out, but all sent
their well wishes.
So then, of course, we call
the first people children think
of when something goes
wrong: Mom and Dad.
I can tell you right now they
were not happy to hear we
were fishing on Lake Altoona,
about 45 minutes from them in
Mondovi, and the recent de-
velopment that we were now
stranded there.
And to top it off, Nick’s
spare key was with our cousin,
in Minnesota, so in a mother’s
less-than-pleased tone, Mom
gave us the number to a lock
smith and said, “good luck”
before hanging up.
I think she was mad.
We wondered if a lock
smith would even come onto
the big lake to help us, and we
wondered how much more it
would cost being it was a Sun-
day.
Yep, we were in trouble.
Nick thought maybe we
could find a magnet, tie rope
on it and drag it across the bot-
tom of the lake to find his
keys, so he called one of his
buddies, and asked him to pick
up some rope and a magnet
and bring it to us.
His friend wasn’t off work
for an hour, so in the mean-
time, Nick and I sat in the fish
house, and I pouted while he
kept fishing the hole, trying to
catch his keys.
I watched as he kept drop-
ping the line into the water and
reeling up over and over and
over, hoping for a miracle,
when lo and behold, the hook
actually caught a key ring!
He reeled up the line care-
fully and before I knew it,
Nick had his car keys in hand.
I leapt off my ice pail and
started jumping up and down,
yelling, “WOO HOO! Yes!
Thank you, Jesus!”
We both danced around the
ice house in excitement on the
lake, shouting all sorts of
things, and I wondered if peo-
ple thought we caught a prize
walleye by the way we were
screaming.
I never thought I’d be so ex-
cited to see a set of car keys,
and wouldn’t you know it, my
hands and feet warmed up
enough to fish again for an-
other couple of hours.
We didn’t catch anything
except those keys, and, of
course, heck from Mom and
Dad for being on the lake, but
it was one of my favorite fish-
ing adventures ever.
Fishing: One that didn’t get away
The Travel Section
By Alyssa Schauer
75 YEARS AGO - DEC. 11, 1937 — Two
hundred and fifty-six Silver Lake voters cast
their ballots at the village election held on Tues-
day, electing Frank M. Vlcek as the mayor of
the village. Vlcek defeated the incumbent, F.H.
Chalupsky, by 15 votes. Re-elected alderman
was F.G. Zrust, who was unopposed until
friends of Frank Barton made him a write-in
candidate in the last few days before the elec-
tion. George Kasper, unopposed, was re-elected
to the two-year term of justice of the peace.
Silver Lake’s business streets are aglow with
holiday decorations, evergreen streamers and
row upon row of gay colored electric lights. The
lights were turned on for the first time on Sat-
urday. Silver Lake businessmen generously
contributed to the fund for the holiday decora-
tions, and the village council is standing the cost
of the current.
The first of a series of weekly plays, to be
given by the Show Boat players under the spon-
sorship of Silver Lake merchants, will be pre-
sented at the Village Hall on Tuesday evening,
Dec. 14.
Silver Lake Public School will close for
Christmas vacation on Friday, Dec. 17, and
classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 3.
The Bohemian National Cemetery Associa-
tion recently purchased an acre of land adjoin-
ing the cemetery on the south side to provide
additional parking space in the cemetery limits.
The land will be divided into lots when needed.
Pupils of St. Joseph School will present “The
Christmas Miracle” on Friday, Dec. 17. Primary
grade students will also present the playlet “Dis-
obedient Nellie.” There will be musical num-
bers, recitations, and a tableau. Tickets are 25¢.
A large delegation of Knights of Columbus
members from Silver Lake and surrounding
communities are expected to attend the annual
banquet sponsored by Council No. 1841 on
Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Church of St. Joseph.
Tickets are 75¢.
50 YEARS AGO - DEC. 6, 1962 —Two
hundred and one voters turned out for the an-
nual village election on Tuesday, Dec. 4, and all
incumbents were returned to office.
The Silver Lake Fire Department held its an-
nual meeeting on Monday evening, Dec. 3, re-
electing Edward Wawrzyniak as fire chief. Leo
Kaczmarek was elected assistant chief; Ernie
Jurek was elected secretary; and Harold Nowak
was re-elected treasurer.
The annual meeting of patrons and stockhold-
ers of the Silver Lake Creamery Association
will be held on Thursday evening, Dec. 13, at
the community building.
Clarence Ruzicka has purchased the Moody
building on East Main Street and is remodeling
the front part of the store for business apart-
ments.
Clarence Grobe has sold his house in Silver
Lake to Gene Paul.
SSgt. John K. Picha was awarded the Air
Force Commendation Medal for his outstanding
service as statistican for the reports and analysis
branch of the 4123rd Maintenance Control Di-
vision.
Leo and Louis Witucki have their 92-acre
farm, 3
1
⁄2 miles east of Silver Lake, for sale at
$300 an acre.
Some of the specials at Ruzicka’s Super Mar-
ket include: fresh ground beef, 39¢ a pound;
smoked spare ribs, 49¢ per pound; head of let-
tuce 19¢; cucumbers, 10¢ each; Bubble Up or
Coca Cola, king-size bottles, six-pack 39¢ plus
bottle deposit; Diamond baby walnuts, 39¢ per
pound; Wilderness strawberry pie filling, No. 2
can 37¢; Festal pie pumpkin, 300 can 10¢;
salted mixed nuts, 14 ounce tin 49¢; 3 lb. bag
Winesap apples 49¢; Buttercup cheese, two
pound box 59¢.
25 YEARS AGO - DEC. 10, 1987 —Mon-
day night, the Silver Lake Fire Department held
its annual meeting to elect officers for the new
year. Elected to the position of fire chief was
Gene Wawrzyniak. Gene replaces his dad, Ed
Wawrzyniak, who stepped down after serving
as chief for 31 years. Elected assistant chief was
George Lhotka; secretary Jim Wendolek was re-
elected, as was Lee Monahan for treasurer.
Mike Kuriatnyk, 11-year-old son of Gerald
and Linda Brooks, died Friday morning from
head injuries sustained from being hit by a car
Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred
along County Road 5 as Mike was trying to
cross the road near the Brooks home and
slipped on the ice and could not regain his foot-
ing. The family agreed to allow his organs to be
taken for transplant. Funeral services for
Michael were held on Monday, Dec. 7, at the
Czech Brethren Presbyterian Church.
The Silver Lake Public School Elementary
musical Christmas program will be held on
Tuesday, Dec. 15.
The Czech Brethren Presbyterian Church
awarded the “Outstanding Elderly Presbyterian
Award for 1987” to Ben Hakel, Joseph Telecky
and Dorothy Taylor.
O’Brien Ag Services, Inc., invites patrons to
a yuletide open house on Thursday, Dec. 17.
Milk, cheese, coffee and cookies will be served.
The public is invited to attend the wedding
dance honoring Michele Paul and Hank
Habisch on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 p.m. to 1
a.m. at the Silver Lake Auditorium.
Down Memory Lane
Compiled by Margaret Benz
The Glencoe-Silver Lake
High School Auditorium
will be filled with anticipa-
tion and excitement
Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 1:30
p.m., as Helen Baker School
kindergartners take their
places on stage for their an-
nual concert.
The Helen Baker Kinder-
garten Winter Concert will
feature selections that high-
light the learning that takes
place in music class, includ-
ing singing, instrument play-
ing, dancing, and much
more.
“We’ll even sing a few
holiday favorites,” said Car-
rie Knott, elementary school
music teacher, who will di-
rect the concert.
In addition, the children’s
artworks will be displayed
on the choral shells that stu-
dents created with art
teacher, Andrea Wigern.
The public is encouraged
to attend. There is no admis-
sion charge.
Kindergarten concert set Dec. 12
Heartland’s Reach Out
For Warmth under way
Submitted photo
Staff honored
Heide Nelson was recog-
nized at Helen Baker Ele-
mentary School for
consistently showing re-
spect to students and
staff. She was honored by
the GSL Panther at an all-
school gathering recently.
Sat., Dec. 8 • 8:30 pm-Close
END OF THE WORLD PARTY
with Gray Dog Karaoke
Fri., Dec. 21
8:30 pm-Close or End of the World
(whichever comes first)
Survival items will be handed out,
to help you through the apocalypse!
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300 Cleveland Ave.,
Silver Lake
Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor
320-327-2265
http://silverlakechurch.org
Sat., Dec. 8 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.
Sun., Dec. 9 — “First Light”
radio broadcast on KARP 106.9
FM, 7:30 a.m.; pre-service prayer
time, 9:15 a.m.; worship service,
9:30 a.m.; Sunday school and
Christmas program practice,
10:35 a.m.; potluck, noon; Christ-
mas caroling.
Mon., Dec. 10 — Church board
meeting, 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 12 — Confirmation
class, 6 p.m.; prayer time and pup-
pet practice, 7 p.m.
Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-327-
2843.
FAITH PRESBYTERIAN
108 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
320-327-2452
Fax 320-327-6562
E-mail: faithfriends
@embarqmail.com
Mark Ford, Pastor
Carol Chmielewski, CLP
Office hours: Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5
p.m. and Sundays
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship, 10
a.m.; coffee and fellowship to fol-
low service.
Mon., Dec. 10 — Session
meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 12 — Light supper,
5:30 p.m.; children’s program
practice and adult Advent study, 6
p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 13 — Child care
meeting, 6:15 p.m.
CHURCH OF THE HOLY
FAMILY
700 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Fri., Dec. 7 — Mass, 8 a.m. and
7 p.m.; First Friday calls, 3:30
p.m.; Parish office closed at 3
p.m. for an all-staff meeting at
Holy Trinity.
Sat. Dec. 8 — Immaculate
Conception; Mass with Rosary
Society installation, 9 a.m.; bap-
tism class at St. Pius, 10:30 a.m.;
reconciliation, 5:30 p.m.; Mass,
6:30 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 9 — Mass, 8 a.m.
and 8 p.m.; Catholicism series, 4
p.m.
Tues., Dec. 11 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
adoration, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.;
communal reconciliation and
luncheon, 10:30 a.m.
Wed., Dec. 12 — Staff meeting,
1 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m.; first- through
sixth-grade religious education
classes, 5:30 p.m.; seventh-
through 11th-grade religious edu-
cation classes, 7:15 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 13 — Rosary at
Cedar Crest, 10:10 a.m.; Mass at
Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; adult
choir practice, 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 14 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
AFC staff Christmas party, 6:30
p.m.
WORD OF LIFE CHURCH
950 School Rd. S.W.
Hutchinson
320-587-9443
E-mail: infor@
loversoftruth.com
Jim Hall, Pastor
Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship, 9:30
a.m. and 6 p.m.
THE CHURCH OF JESUS
CHRIST OF LATTER DAY
SAINTS
770 School Rd.,
Hutchinson
Kenneth Rand,
Branch President
320-587-5665
Sun., Dec. 9 — Sunday school,
10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; priest-
hood, relief society and primary,
11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
RIVERSIDE ASSEMBLY
OF GOD
20924 State Hwy. 7 W.
Hutchinson
320-587-2074
E-mail: assembly@
hutchtel.net
Dr. Lee Allison, pastor
Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship, 8:30
a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Wed., Dec. 12 — Family night
activities, 6:30 p.m.
FIRST CONGREGATION
UNITED CHURCH OF
CHRIST
31 Fourth Ave. S.W.,
Hutchinson
320-587-2125
E-mail: jmm@hutchtel.net
Sun., Dec. 2— Sunday school,
9 a.m.; worship, 10:15 a.m.
BETHEL LUTHERAN
77 Lincoln Ave.,
Lester Prairie
Bethany Nelson, pastor
320-395-2125
Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship with
Holy Communion, 9 a.m.; coffee
and fellowship, 10 a.m.; Christ-
mas program practice, 10:15 a.m.
Wed., Dec. 12 — Office open,
3 p.m.; Advent service, 6 p.m.;
choir practice, 7 p.m.
SHALOM BAPTIST
CHURCH
1215 Roberts Rd. S.W.
Hutchinson
Rick Stapleton,
Senior pastor
Adam Krumrie,
worship pastor
Tait Hoglund,
Student ministries
Thurs., Dec. 6 — Senior high
lunch, 11 a.m.; worship team, 6
p.m.
Fri., Dec.7 — Women’s candle-
light dinner, 6:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 8 — Women’s can-
dlelight dinner, 5:30 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 9 — Worship, 9 a.m.
and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school for
adults, teens and children, 9 a.m.;
Griefshare, 2 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 12 — Release time
for second through fifth grades, 9
a.m.; AWANA, 6:30 p.m.; middle
school youth, 6:30 p.m.; senior
high youth, 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 13 — Senior high
lunch, 11 a.m.; worship team, 6
p.m.
ST. PIUS X CHURCH
1014 Knight Ave.,
Glencoe
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Thurs., Dec. 6 — Fund-raising
night at Pizza Ranch; no evening
prayer; Mass, 6 p.m.; CCW Ad-
vent 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 Fri-
day 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 meet-
ing, 10 a.m.; pre-baptism session
at St. Pius X, 10:30 a.m.; reconcil-
iation, 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 religious education
classes; Catholicism series at St.
Pius X, 4 p.m.; Mass at Holy Fam-
ily, 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.
Wed., Dec. 12 — Our Lady of
Guadalupe; morning prayer, 7
a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; school
Mass, 9 a.m.; kindergarten
through sixth-grade religious edu-
cation classes, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; sev-
enth- through 11th-grade religious
education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15
p.m.
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Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
5th-grade Panther Paws
The Panther Paw award winners for the
month of November were announced at
the all-school meeting at Lakeside Ele-
mentary 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.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
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 Lo-
kensgard, Nathan Litzau and Madilynn An-
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Kristen Major, Erin Jaskowiak, Megan
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All recipes submitted by Eileen Pulkrabek
Chicken Wild Rice Salad
Ingredients:
3 cups cooked wild rice
3 cups cubed cooked chicken
1/3 cup chopped green onion
1/3 cup chopped celery
1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
and halved
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2/3 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1 cup cashews, whole and halves
1 cup red grapes, halved
Directions:
Combine cooked rice, chicken, onions, celery
and chestnuts. In a separate bowl, combine
mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, white pepper and
dill weed. Pour mayonnaise mixture over rice
mixture and stir gently to coat. Cover and re-
frigerate for two hours. Before serving, add the
grapes and 3/4 cup cashews. Put 1/4 cup of
cashews on top for garnish. Serve on lettuce
leaves.
Boston Baked Beans
Ingredients:
2 pounds dry white beans
3/4 pound bacon
1/3 cup to 1/2 cup bacon grease
5 cups boiling water
3/4 cup ketchup or chili sauce
2 teaspoons salt
1-1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt (optional)
3/4 cup molasses (mild or strong)
9 tablespoons brown sugar
6 tablespoons finely diced onions
Directions:
Soak beans in cold water overnight or at least 8
hours. Or put water on beans to cover them and
bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let soak one
hour. Drain. Fry bacon, cut up, save grease for
flavoring. Combine beans, bacon, 5 cups water
and all the remaining ingredients. Taste when
all put together to see if you need additional
bacon grease. Cover and bake 2 to 3 hours in
325 degree oven or longer if beans are not yet
soft. Remove the cover toward the end to help
evaporate some juice. Make the day before
serving as they get better when they rest and
cool overnight.
Crazy Cake
Ingredients:
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
3/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
Frosting:
1-1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Directions:
Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and sugar
into an ungreased 9x13-inch pan. Then blend in
cocoa. Make 3 wells in dry ingredients and pour
mixture of oil, vinegar and vanilla. Pour water
over this and blend all together with a fork. Do
not beat. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. For
the frosting, bring brown sugar, butter and milk
to a good rolling boil. Remove from heat imme-
diately and stir in baking powder. Beat until
cool and right for spreading.
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*Recipes will be printed at the discretion of the editor.
Kitchen Delights
& Other Things
Nominations sought for ‘provider of year’
The McLeod Social Service
Center is seeking nominations
for the “Professional Family
Child Care Provider of the
Year.” Parents and community
members are encouraged to
nominate licensed family child
care professionals who have
had a positive impact on chil-
dren and the community.
Nominated individuals must
have been licensed for a mini-
mum of three years, promote
in-home licensed child care in
the community, exhibit special
competency and professional-
ism in the child care field, and
have plans to continue to en-
hance their skills in child care.
If you know a family day
care provider who deserves
special recognition for the pos-
itive impact he or she has
made in the lives of young
children, please contact the
McLeod Social Service Center
at 320-864-3144, 320-484-
4330 (Hutchinson) or 1-800-
247-1756 (toll free) to request
a nomination form.
The deadline for nomination
is Jan. 18.
SHOP
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Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, December 6, 2012 — Page 5
Sports
WRESTLING
GYMNASTICS
BOYS’ BASKETBALL
GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
GSL Panther
Winter
Sports
December
07....at Watertown-Mayer......7:30
11....at Bloom. Jefferson...7:00
13....Hutchinson................7:30
15....New Ulm...................1:30
18....at Waconia................7:30
21....Rocori .......................7:30
28....GSL tourney..............TBA
29....GSL tourney..............TBA
January
05....Jordan.......................TBA
08....at Dassel-Cokato......7:30
11....at Mound-Wtka. ........6:30
12....NYA Central ..............7:30
15....N.London-Spicer.......7:30
18....Orono........................7:30
19....at Faribault................7:30
22....at Litchfield ...............7:30
25....at Hutchinson............7:30
29....at Annandale.............7:30
February
01....HF Catholic...............7:30
08....Dassel-Cokato..........7:30
09....Mound-Wtka. ............7:30
11....at Sibley East............7:30
14....at N.London-Sp. .......7:30
19....Litchfield ...................7:30
22....Delano ......................7:30
26....Annandale ................7:30
March
Section 5(AA) Tourney
07....1st Round
November
27....at St.Peter............L,69-48
29....at Jordan .............L,69-35
December
04....at Belle Plaine .....L,58-54
06....Marshall ....................7:30
11....New Prague..............7:30
14....at Annandale.............7:30
20....Mayer Lutheran ........7:30
28....vs. Luverne...............7:30
January
05....at New Ulm...............3:00
08....Dassel-Cokato..........7:30
11....at Mound-Wtka. ........7:45
12....at NYA Central ..........6:00
15....at N.London-Spicer...7:30
18....at Orono....................7:30
22....Litchfield ...................7:30
25....Hutchinson................7:30
29....Annandale ................7:30
February
01....at HF Catholic...........7:30
05....Spectrum..................7:30
07....at Dassel-Cokato......7:30
09....Mound-Wtka. ............6:00
12....N.London-Sp. ...........7:30
15....Waconia....................7:30
19....at Litchfield ...............7:30
22....at Delano ..................7:30
Section 2(AAA) Tourney
26....1st Round
March
Section 2(AAA) Tourney
02....2nd Round
November
30....Annandale...............114.7
December
01....at Becker Inv. ...........noon
08....at Northfield Inv.......10:30
13....at WM triangular .......6:00
15....at St. Peter................1:00
21....Orono........................6:00
January
08....at Litchfield ...............6:00
11....Dassel-Cokato..........6:00
18....Waconia....................6:00
19....GSL Invite................noon
24....Delano ......................6:00
26....at Northfield Inv.......10:30
February
01....Mound-Wtka. ............6:00
06....at NL-Spicer..............6:00
Section 2(A) Meet
15....at Watertown.............TBA
December
01....GSL-Don Hall Inv. .......4th
08 ...at Andover Inv. ........10:00
13....at Litchfield 2D..........6:00
15....at Richfield Inv. .........9:00
20....at Hutch 2D...............6:00
January
03....GSL 2D (with Waconia,
Hutchinson).......................6:00
05....at Ogilvie Inv...........10:00
08....at WM 2D..................6:30
10....GSL 2D (with Delano,
Orono)...............................6:00
12....at Zimmerman Inv.. ...9:00
19....at LCWM Invie........10:00
22....St.Peter (at LP).........6:00
24....GSL 2D (with Mound-
Wtka., Hutch) ....................6:00
25....at N.Prague 2D.........5:00
31....at HLWW...................6:30
February
01....WCC. at Delano........3:30
08....at MW Invite..............5:00
09....at DC Invite.............10:00
Section 2(AA) Tourney
14....Teams, 1st rounds ....TBA
22-23..Indys, at Waconia..TBA
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
Captains of GSL’s 2012-13 dance team (from left) are
seniors Tara Tankersley, Heidi Hanson and Lexi Wend-
landt.
on Jan. 10 and at Mound-We-
stonka on Jan. 19, and invita-
tional meets in Hutchinson on
Dec. 8, Belle Plaine on Jan. 5.
and in Waconia on Jan. 12.
Sectionals for the dance
team are set for Saturday, Feb
2, at 8 a.m.
The team will also perform
at the varsity boys’ basketball
games on Dec. 13, Dec., 21,
Jan. 15 and Jan. 25 and at the
girls’ basketball game on Jan.
22.
Dance team has new coach
Brittany Johnson
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
The 2012-13 Glencoe-Silver
Lake winter dance team is
under new leadership, as Brit-
tany Johnson takes over coach-
ing the 24 athletes this season.
Johnson, a fifth-grade
teacher at Lakeside Elemen-
tary, is not only new to the
dance team, but to the GSL
district as well.
“I grew up in Brooklyn Park
and went to school at Winona
State University, and then I
taught in Minneapolis for two
years,” Johnson said.
After her time in Minneapo-
lis, Johnson said she wanted to
move closer to her husband.
“Which is how I ended up
teaching fifth grade at GSL,”
she said.
“I love the GSL staff, stu-
dents and families. They have
welcomed me in very kindly
and I have had the opportunity
to create strong bonds with
many of them in the short time
I have been here,” she added.
Johnson is hired as the head
coach for the competitive
dance team and said her goals
for the team include building
relationships and improving
scores.
“This year, our focus really
is all about being a team. Our
goals are to do better this year
in competitions than we did in
previous seasons score wise,
but to also come together and
build strong relationships with
each other as a team,” Johnson
said.
The 2012-13 team consists
of 24 girls. There are four sen-
iors: Heidi Hanson, Mai
Nguyen, Tara Tankersley and
Lexi Wendlandt; a lone junior,
Alicia Fenner; eight sopho-
mores: Ashley Alsleben, Liz
Boyum, Sam Cornell, Yocelin
Lopez, Ariel Simmons,
Vanessa Villareal, Kailey
Yurek and Courtney Zajicek;
three freshmen: Shelby
Clouse, Brooke Noeldner and
Emily Oberlin; eighth-graders
Karina Arce, Deanna Bond-
hus, Arianna Galvan, Caitie
Holtz, Alexis Perez, Hanna
Stuedemann and Teanna Vor-
licek, and seventh-grader
Maddie Kjenstad.
Captains are Heidi Hanson,
Tara Tankersley and Lexi
Wendlandt.
“We have been working
hard this season, and we are
excited for the GSL commu-
nity to come out and support
us at our competitions, or at
basketball games!” Johnson
said.
The dance team will com-
pete in seven meets this winter,
including conference meets in
Litchfield on Dec. 6, in Delano
GSL/LP 4th at Don Hall meet
Donnay,
Hartwig
nab titles
Silver Lake Leader photo by Lee Ostrom
Panthers sophomore Dan Tesch applies some squeeze
to St. Clair 145-pounder Gage Thom during last Satur-
day’s Don Hall tournament. Tesch scored an 8-1 major
decision.
By Lee Ostrom
Sports Editor
M
ichael Donnay
made his 50th
career win
doubly sweet
by notching a Don Hall Invita-
tional title at the same time,
and GSL/Lester Prairie team-
mate Mitchell Hartwig also
won a championship match, as
the Panther wrestlers opened
their 2012-13 schedule by
playing host to a nine-team
tournament Dec. 1 in Glencoe.
GSL/LP, which finished
fourth with 143 points, also
collected third-place perform-
ances from Brandon Richter,
Nick Brelje and Dalton
Clouse. In addition, the Pan-
thers picked up three fourths,
two fifths and two sixths.
The team champion was
Zumbrota-Mazeppa, which
had 10 more tallies than Water-
town-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran
(205-195). Windom/Mountain
Lake (148) was five ahead of
GSL/LP, which was 40 better
than fifth-place BOLD/Buffalo
Lake-Hector.
Donnay, a junior, pinned his
way to the title match at 126
pounds. After stopping Caden
Steffen (Zumbrota-Mazeppa)
in 34 seconds, he got a second
fall by taking out Watertown-
Mayer senior Adam Traen at
3:52.
Tangling with top-seeded
BOLD junior Brett Grund in
the finals, Donnay surrendered
the initial takedown; then
scored the next eight points –
from a reversal, three-point
nearfall, escape and takedown.
Of the two, he was the more
physical and the stronger rider.
Hartwig, a senior, lived up to
his top seeding at 152 by dis-
playing a good balance of of-
fense and defense.
After defeating Zumbrota-
Mazeppa junior Hunter
Prodzinski 2-0 and Windom’s
Ben Matter 5-3, he, too, gave
up the initial takedown in his
finals match; his with St. Clair
junior Chance Oftedahl. Then,
like Donnay earlier, Hartwig
began a run of points.
An escape and a takedown
had him ahead 3-2 at the end of
the first period. Leading 4-2,
Hartwig started the third period
in the top position. Riding Of-
tedahl hard, he turned him
twice for six nearfall points.
Richter, a sophomore, posted
a 3-1 record wrestling at 132.
So did 11th-grader Clouse at
195, with the three wins all
coming by fall. Brelje, only a
ninth-grader, went 2-1 at 160.
Placing fourth were Jacob
Jewett (2-2 at 113), Nate Tesch
(2-2 at 145) and John Williams
(1-2 at 182),
Finishing fifth were Kyle
Polzin (1-2 at 138) and Ray
Eberhard (1-2 at 225).
This Saturday, the Panther
wrestlers take part in an invita-
tional at Andover.
GSL girls’ basketball
team off to tough start
GSL gymnasts start at 114.7
Silver Lake Leader photo by Lee Ostrom
The Glencoe-Silver Lake gymnasts opened their 2012-
13 schedule with a 114.7-point performance last Friday
at Panther Field House. Pictured on the balance beam
is ninth-grader Paige Anderson.
By Lee Ostrom
Sports Editor
GSL coach Cullen Ober ex-
pected to see plenty of game
from his basketball team’s first
two opponents, and neither St.
Peter nor Jordan disappointed.
Ober’s Panthers opened their
2012-13 schedule last Tuesday
(Nov. 27) at St. Peter, where
the mighty Saints — coming
off three straight 20-win sea-
sons — posted a 69-48 victory.
Two nights later in Jordan,
junior Jaguars guard Madison
Dean tallied 33 points in a 69-
35 win over GSL. A year ago,
Jordan notched 22 wins in 26
outings.
GSL’s home opener is Thurs-
day evening against Marshall,
which went 21-7 last winter
and narrowly missed making a
second straight trip to state.
Marshall is off to a fast start
this year, too, having topped
Fairmont, 64-43, and Mankato
East, 66-52.
Last week, coach Ober
opened the season with a start-
ing lineup of guards Maddie
Monahan and Samantha
Lange, along with forwards
Taylor Breidenbach, Clarissa
Ober and Steph Klockmann.
First off the bench was
guard/forward Courtney Wolff,
followed by guards Brooke
Kaczmarek and Kelly Beneke.
Clarissa Ober, a 6-1 All-
Wright County Conference re-
turnee, played the St. Peter
game in foul trouble, as did
Klockmann, who received all-
league honorable mention a
year ago.
Ober tallied 12 points, while
Klockmann scored seven, to go
with a Panther-high nine re-
bounds.
Monahan, an eighth-grader,
made her first start on the GSL
point. She finished with eight
points, four steals and three as-
sists (with three turnovers).
Clarissa Ober finished with
11 points, 11 rebounds and four
blocked shots.
Monahan had eight points,
five rebounds and six assists (to
five turnovers).
Klockmann added six points
and Lange four.
Dec. 10-14
Silver Lake
Senior Nutrition Site
Monday — Hamburger, oven-
brown potatoes, corn, bun, mar-
garine, escaloped apples, low-fat
milk.
Tuesday — Chicken ala king,
peas and carrots, fruit salad, rice,
cookie, low-fat milk.
Wednesday — Italian meat
sauce, spaghetti noodles, lettuce
with dressing, garlic bread, winter
mixed vegetables, ice cream, low-
fat milk.
Thursday — Pork loin, whole
parslied potatoes, carrots, dinner
roll, margarine, poke cake, low-fat
milk.
Friday — Hot beef sandwich,
mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed
vegetables, bread, margarine,
peaches, low-fat milk.
Helen Baker/Lakeside Lunch
Monday — Hot dog on whole-
grain bun, deli combo sub, sea-
soned peas, celery sticks with
dressing, cinnamon orange smiles,
pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday —Beefy nachos, yo-
gurt-American cheese-crackers fun
lunch, refried beans, baby carrots,
petite banana, chilled applesauce.
Wednesday — Italian meat
sauce over whole-grain rotini
pasta, bread stick, tuna salad on
whole-grain bread, seasoned car-
rots, caesar romaine salad with
dressing, kiwi wedges, mandarin
oranges.
Thursday — Grilled chicken
patty on whole-grain bun, ham and
cheese on whole-grain bun, oven-
baked potato wedges, marinated
cucumbers and tomatoes, sliced
strawberries, chilled pears.
Friday — Chicken quesadilla,
turkey and cheese on whole-grain
bread, seasoned corn, jicama
sticks with dressing, apple wedges,
chilled mixed fruit.
High School Lunch
Monday — Chicago-style hot
dog with relish, diced onions,
sauerkraut, oven-baked tator tots,
oven-baked beans, celery sticks
with dressing, orange wedges,
pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday — Beefy nachos with
tortilla chips, cheese sauce, brown
fiesta rice, refried beans, broccoli
salad with raisins, jicama sticks
with dressing, petite banana, cin-
namon apple slices.
Wednesday — Italian meat
sauce over whole-grain pasta,
bread stick, seasoned carrots, cae-
sar romaine salad, cucumbers with
dressing, sliced strawberries,
chilled peaches.
Thursday — Oven-baked
chicken, whole-grain dinner roll,
mashed potatoes with gravy, green
beans, apple crisp, jicama-cucum-
ber fruit salad, red pepper strips
with dressing, cranberry sauce,
chilled pears.
Friday — Grilled cheese sand-
wich, tomato soup, seasoned corn,
confetti coleslaw, baby carrots with
dressing, apple, chilled mixed fruit.
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Silver Lake Leader photo by Brenda Fogarty
7th-grade students of November
Lincoln Jr. High named its November stu-
dents of the month last week. They in-
clude, front row, from left, Eduardo
Blanco, science; Jack Gepson, geogra-
phy; Rebecca Lieser, English; Abigail
Schmieg, choir; and Blake Ortloff, ag/in-
dustrial technology. In the back are Ellen
Follestad, English; Mackenzie Davis, art;
Grace Draeger, band; Austin Pinske, pre-
algebra; and Kylie Ness, physical educa-
tion.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Brenda Fogarty
8th-grade students of the month
Nine eighth-grade Lincoln Jr. High stu-
dents were selected for the November stu-
dents 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 Fehren-
bach, science; Eric Villnow, art; Jordan
Kaczmarek, algebra; and Luis Duenas,
physical education.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
Panther Paw staff awards
At the all-school meeting at Lakeside Ele-
mentary last Thursday, Panther Paw
awards were also given to staff for their
continuous work and dedication to the
students and school. Above are Scott
Picha and Ken Hults.
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 sched-
uled for Wednesday, Dec. 12,
between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.,
and will include light appetiz-
ers and tours of the newly re-
modeled residential care home
located at 710 Park Island
Drive in Hutchinson.
Birchwood House was built
in 2005, funded by donations
from many community mem-
bers and local groups. Prairie
River Home Care purchased it
in September 2012 from Glen-
coe Regional Health Services
(GRHS) and Hutchinson Area
Health Care (HAHC), which
had jointly owned the home
and used it as a center for hos-
pice 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 Hunting-
ton’s disease, muscular dystro-
phy (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 dis-
orders have special needs for
physical, occupational and
speech therapy, diet, mobility,
medication management and
safety issues, such as preven-
tion of injuries due to falls.
In addition, these patients
often have unique needs with
respect to socialization and
physical and cognitive stimu-
lation.
In preparation to serve pa-
tients 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 com-
puters for the use of residents
and their family members.
Birchwood House will ac-
cept patients who require 24-
hour supervision and will be
staffed for up to eight resi-
dents.
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 train-
ing in caring for patients with
movement disorders. He ex-
pects 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 neuro-
logical treatment organiza-
tions 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 home-
care agency offering a broad
range of services to individu-
als of all ages.
Prairie River Home Care
provides services within 60
Minnesota counties, through a
network of eight offices lo-
cated in Fairmont, Hutchin-
son, 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 experi-
ence offering home-care serv-
ices.
For more information, visit
www.prhc.com.
Birchwood House sets
open house for Dec. 12
By Rich Glennie
Editor
“I was the minority when I
was on the (Glencoe-Silver
Lake) School Board,” state
Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-
Glencoe, said, so now that his
Republican party is now back
in the minority at the state
Legislature, it is a familiar
feeling.
Gruenhagen, in House Dis-
trict 18B, and District 18 state
Sen. Scott Newman, R-
Hutchinson, were re-elected
by comfortable margins in the
Nov. 6 general elections, but
the Republican party lost its
majority status when the DFL
recaptured both houses in the
Legislature. Gov. Mark Day-
ton, who was not up for re-
election, also is a DFLer.
“The people have spoken,”
Gruenhagen said, and he plans
to work with the Democrats
“in a way to improve the econ-
omy for all Minnesotans.”
Can they work together?
“We passed 150 bills unani-
mously or nearly unani-
mously,” Gruenhagen said of
the last legislative session.
But he said there are still
major disagreements, and if
the new DFL majority plans to
increase spending by 20 per-
cent, the Republican minority
will fight that effort.
Gruenhagen said Republi-
cans would like to see single-
digit spending increases that
are tied to growth of personal
income. If that growth is 3 per-
cent, then state spending
should not increase more than
3 percent.
If DFLers insist on double-
digit spending increases, “you
can’t expect the private sector
to compete,” Gruenhagen said,
and the private sector is where
the revenues come from to
fund state projects and pro-
grams.
“I will not support double-
digit spending increases,”
Gruenhagen added. “We can-
not sustain double-digit spend-
ing increases.”
He said the economy is
changing with the retirement
of “baby boomers,” the in-
creased global competitive-
ness, and nagging
unemployment numbers. He
stressed Minnesota cannot
spend its way out of this slow
economy.
He said the Republican ma-
jorities in the Legislature the
past two years made headway
in reining in the growth of
spending in the state.
“We ran on reforming gov-
ernment,” Gruenhagen said.
“We increased state spending
by $2 billion, but it was pro-
jected to be up $6 billion
(under DFL control).”
Gruenhagen said he hopes
to work with fiscally conser-
vative DFLers from outstate
Minnesota to keep spending
down.
As to the amendments pro-
posed to the Minnesota Con-
stitution, Gruenhagen was
disappointed both failed.
He was especially upset
about the marriage amend-
ment defeat, and predicted
proponents of same-sex mar-
riage will move to redefine
marriage in Minnesota.
He said by not protecting
the sanctity of marriage as one
man and one woman through
a constitutional amendment,
judges will rule on what is a
marriage.
He called marriage and the
family unit the very founda-
tion of society.
Gruenhagen said he, and
Republicans, continue to sup-
port road and bridge work in
future bonding bills, while the
DFLers seem to favor more
funding for light rail and pub-
lic transportation.
“Roads and bridges are the
life blood of our economy (in
rural Minnesota),” Gruen-
hagen said.
He also will continue to
fight against the implementa-
tion of “Obamacare” in Min-
nesota. He expects the DFL
majority to push hard for its
implementation.
He said if successful, the
state will have “unelected bu-
reaucrats” making healthcare
decisions for Minnesotans.
Gruenhagen predicted an-
other issue next session will be
how to deal with many short-
falls being faced by the state in
matters like public pensions
funds and Medicaid spending.
“The governor has ex-
pressed his agenda clearly,”
Gruenhagen said. “He wants
to increase taxes.” But that
will stymie growth in the pri-
vate sector. “We need to keep
reasonable tax rates, especially
for our farmers,” Gruenhagen
said.
Gruenhagen said he is look-
ing forward to serving the cit-
izens of District 18B, and
“work for a better economic
future.”
He said his election in the
new district (18B) was easier
than in his old District 25A in
his first run for a House seat.
Few knew him then.
But with McLeod and Sib-
ley counties now making up
District 18B, “Voters knew
where I stood on the issues,”
and pointed to his first term in
the House and his years on the
GSL School Board.
Being in minority not
new for Gruenhagen
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1982); most snowfall, 12 inches (Dec. 28,1982).
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By Rich Glennie
Editor
Even though he won re-
election, state Sen. Scott New-
man, R-Hutchinson, is on the
move — out of his current of-
fice at the state Capitol and
into another office. That is the
ritual when your party goes
from being the majority to the
minority.
That is what happened Nov.
6, when the DFL captured both
houses of the Minnesota Leg-
islature with a DFL governor
in Mark Dayton.
Newman, who represents
the newly revised Senate Dis-
trict 18, was an easy victor for
a second term. Elected in
2010, Newman and all the
state senators were on this
year’s ballot because of redis-
tricting.
Newman said the balancing
act at the moment is getting
the offices moved, since he has
to move out of one at the same
time some DFLer moves out
of another.
Another experience for
Newman will be as a minority
member of the Legislature for
the first time. “I’ve always
been in the majority. It will be
a new experience.”
His first stint in the Min-
nesota House was by special
election after state Rep. Tony
Kielucki resigned. The Repub-
licans controlled the House at
the time.
When he ran for the state
Senate in 2010, Republicans
captured the Senate for the
first time in 40 years.
“We all like being in the ma-
jority,” Newman said. “But
we’ll do the best we can.”
Newman said he gets along
with members across the aisle,
and pointed out that 150 bills
were passed in the last session
either unanimously, or nearly
unanimously.
“The partisan bickering
(portrayed by the metro
media) is nowhere as bad as
folks are told. But we do have
philosophical differences. But
98 of the legislation is biparti-
san legislation.”
He said the conflicts often
are more on an “urban versus
rural” divide.
The main areas of disagree-
ment come when omnibus
bills on the budget, taxes or
bonding are brought forth.
“That’s the ones we fight
over.”
As to political critics, New-
man said, “We will be criti-
cized no matter what we do.”
He said he is criticized for not
compromising, and he gets
criticized for not standing up
for his principles.
“Then if we compromise,
like the 2011 budget bill,
where we spent $1.5 billion
more and I voted for it .... I
hated myself for that,” New-
man said.
That bill shifted funds from
education to balance the
budget and ended a shutdown
of state government.
“Democracy is messy, and
the stakes are high,” Newman
said. “The vast majority of us
run for office to make commu-
nities and the state a better
place. We just have different
visions on how to accomplish
that.”
In the majority, Newman
said committee members have
an opportunity to “vet, flush
out ideas. It is more difficult
for a minority bill to get a
hearing. That’s up to the chair-
man.”
He said the goal of a minor-
ity committee member is to
amend the majority bill. When
the majority totally ignores the
minority, “it will get ugly and
noisy.”
Newman expects his com-
mittee assignments to be made
soon. He added he “preferred
to follow the money” on the fi-
nance, tax and commerce
committees, “but I will proba-
bly end up on the judiciary and
public safety committees” be-
cause of his legal background.
The goal of the Republican
minority in the next two ses-
sions will be more of a
“watchdog,” Newman said. “If
they (DFLers) go too far, we’ll
get noisy.”
With control of the Legisla-
ture, “DFLers can literally do
what they want,” Newman
said. But he warned if Gov.
Dayton tries to push a $40 bil-
lion budget and repeal the De-
fense of Marriage Act
(DOMA), “I think the people
(voters) will set them straight
in two years.”
When it comes to bonding
bills, the DFL majority needs
at least three Republicans to
vote with them for passage.
But Newman said getting the
additional votes on bonding
bills is easier if the funds go
towards projects in a legisla-
tor’s district, like the Mankato,
Rochester or Duluth civic cen-
ter plans.
*****
As to Newman’s agenda,
“It’s still the reduction in the
size and growth of govern-
ment. That did not happen
with Gov. Dayton (and his ve-
toes).”
Some of the big issues next
session may be what to do
with the state’s sex offender
program that locks offenders
up for life. He said it is a non-
partisan issue, and the pro-
gram “is expensive.”
Also, how to address the
costs of public defenders, es-
pecially who pays for appeals,
may be debated next session.
And of course, the budget is
always a main topic, Newman
said. “I fear there will be an in-
crease in taxes.”
Newman pointed to 2011 in
which the state had revenues
of $30 billion and received an-
other $4 billion in federal
stimulus money. “That $34
billion was put on the table,
and we (Republicans) said
‘take it or leave it.’”
Gov. Dayton came back
with a $39.5 budget proposal,
and in the end the two sides
compromised at $35.5 billion,
or $1.5 billion more than it had
in revenues, Newman said.
That is when the difference
was made up with a shift in
public school education fund-
ing and using tobacco funds.
“I regret that approach,”
Newman said of leaving all
$34 billion on the table to start
with.
Newman said the governor
wanted $39 billion the last
time, and he predicts it will be
over $40 billion for the next
biennium.
While he admits the state
revenues have improved over
the last year or two, “there is
not enough to cover what is
being proposed. We don’t have
it.”
Newman is optimistic that
Republicans can work with
rural, more conservative
DFLers on the budget, includ-
ing new DFL Majority Leader
Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, who is
known as a fiscal conserva-
tive.
What Gov. Dayton will get,
may depend on what Sen.
Bakk gives him, Newman pre-
dicted. As to new House Ma-
jority Leader Paul Thissen,
DFL-Minneapolis, “he’s an
urban guy,” Newman said, im-
plying spending is not an
issue.
Even if state revenues come
in at $34 billion to $36 billion,
Newman said “I don’t see a re-
duction in spending,” and
Dayton may ask as much as
$43 billion for the next bien-
nium.
He reminded all that the
state still owes $2 billion to
school districts in Minnesota.
*****
While Newman, District
18B state Rep. Glenn Gruen-
hagen, R-Glencoe, and Dis-
trict 18A state Rep. Dean
Urdahl, R-Grove City, all won
re-election, “We live in a little
pocket of conservative folks,”
Newman said.
Statewide, Republicans took
a drubbing. “It was a bad Re-
publican year,” Newman con-
ceded. “We have to retool.”
As to the amendments, in-
cluding the voter ID amend-
ment he championed in the
Senate, Newman said he was
“disappointed” and “sur-
prised.”
The biggest surprise, he said
was “the precipitous fall” in
popularity of the voter ID from
one year earlier. Polls a year
earlier had 70 percent to 80
percent of those polled in
favor of voter ID.
“That was the reason it was
on the ballot. I don’t have an
explanation,” Newman said,
but he did say opponents of the
amendment “out spent us 2-to-
1. Money talks.”
Newman said the amend-
ment really lost popularity
when high-profile people like
Secretary of State Mark
Ritchie, Gov. Dayton and for-
mer Republican Gov. Arne
Carlson “were dead against it.
“I never intended to disen-
franchise anybody,” Newman
stressed. He also said there
were exaggerations about the
costs of the new voter ID re-
quirements at the local level.
He said the state was to pick
up those costs.
Asked if it could come back
as a tweak to current statutes,
Newman said that already had
been tried and the governor
vetoed it.
“It was a very partisan bill
because it would have elimi-
nated the voucher system (on
same-day registration). That is
made-to-order voter fraud,”
Newman added. “And the
DFL is very happy with the
voucher system.”
As to the defeat of the mar-
riage amendment, Newman
said it is almost certain that
DFLers will “take a run at
DOMA.”
But he said voters rejection
of the amendment, “was not a
statement in favor of gay mar-
riage.”
The pro-amendment side
“was outspent, again. I was
surprised (it was defeated). I
expect to see movement on the
gay marriage issue in the com-
ing session,” Newman added.
Being in minority new to Newman
Scott Newman
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