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By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
Final plans and specifica-
tions for the reconstruction of
Grove Avenue/County State
Aid Highway 2 (CSAH 2)
were approved and an “open
bid” date was set at the regular
Silver Lake City Council
meeting Tuesday evening.
Due to the Monday Presi-
dents’ Day holiday, the Silver
Lake City Council met Tues-
day evening.
Justin Black, engineer at
Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc.
(SEH), presented the Council
with the final construction
plans for Grove Avenue and
noted “nothing changed in the
final plans.
“The proposed street widths
remained the same. Grove
Aveune north of Main Street
will be 36 feet wide, and
Grove Avenue south of Main
Street will be 44 feet wide,”
Black said.
He added that the proposed
one-side street parking speci-
fication also is the same.
“There will be no parking
on the east side of Grove Av-
enue north of Main Street, so
that we are not blocking the
Black presented the Council
with an itemized cost estimate
of the project.
“We broke down each item
of work with a final project
cost of $1,739,611.50,” Black
The final cost does include
removal of contaminated
items, Black added.
Once the final plans and
specifications are approved,
Black said the open bid date,
according to the schedule,
should be set for the end of
March at the McLeod County
Board meeting, and the Silver
Lake City Council will ap-
prove bids at its first meeting
in April.
“What is the process on
roads like this? Does the work
come under a full umbrella for
one contractor?” Mayor Bruce
Bebo asked.
“Yes, one contractor,” Black
“So we receive bids from
contractors, and he hires his
people to come in for the job,”
Councilor Eric Nelson clari-
“Yes, that is correct,” Black
One member in the audience
questioned the concrete finish-
ing, and Black said, that since
the reconstruction is a “state
aid project, we will use con-
crete finishing as it is a state
aid specification.
“It will be like Adams Street
in Hutchinson. That was a
state aid project,” Black said.
“So you’re saying nothing
has changed in the final
plans,” Bebo asked.
“That is correct,” Black
Bebo also questioned the
length of the contract.
“We’re looking at an 80-day
contract,” Black said.
“Does that include a
penalty?” Bebo asked.
“Typically there is a penalty
included, which will be final-
ized by the state aid specifica-
tions,” Black said.
Reconstruction and specifi-
cations of Grove Avenue
(CSAH 2) includes removal,
grading, aggregate base, con-
crete pavement, concrete curb
and gutter, storm sewer, sani-
tary sewer, and water main re-
placement and installation of a
The detour for Grove Av-
enue (CSAH 2) will follow
County Road 22 east to High-
way 15 and north Highway 7.
On a 4-0 vote, the Council
approved the prepared plans
and specifications for the con-
struction of Grove Avenue
(CSAH 2) and approved the
state aid for local transporta-
tion resolution to allow the
county project within munici-
pal corporate limits.
Councilor Carol Roquette
was absent.
According to Black, the re-
quest for bids will be pub-
lished in the local paper and
the Council will approve them
at its quarterly meeting Mon-
day, April 1.
“After the project is adver-
tised, we will also be advertis-
ing for the hydrant
replacement portion one week
later,” City Clerk Kerry Venier
He added that after those re-
quests for bids are advertised,
the city will advertise for bids
on the water meter replace-
ment sometime this summer.
Vol. 112 No. 10 • Thursday, February 21, 2013 • Silver Lake, MN 55381
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Grove Ave./CSAH 2 project gets Council nod to proceed
At its monthly regular meeting on Tues-
day evening, the Silver Lake City Coun-
cil approved the final plans and
specifications for the reconstruction of
Grove Avenue (CSAH 2). Engineer Justin
Black of Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc.
(SEH), presented the Council with the
final plans and cost estimates of the
project, highlighting that nothing has
“changed” since the last presentation.
The final cost estimate is set at about
$1.74 million and includes removal of
contaminated items. Now that the plans
are approved, an “open bids” date is set
for the end of March and the Silver Lake
City Council will approve the bids at its
quarterly meeting set Monday, April 1.
McLeod County Jail
to start in-custody
treatment program
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
A new, in-custody chemical
and alcohol substance abuse
program will begin in March at
the McLeod County Jail.
Kate Jones, jail administra-
tor, gave the McLeod County
Board an overview of the pro-
gram at its Tuesday morning
According to Jones, the in-
patient program will not cost
the jail anything, and should
save Social Services money,
because Social Services will
not have to find another facil-
ity to offer treatment. In-treat-
ment programs can cost about
$300 per day per person,
which includes a bed and
board. Social Services will be
charged out-patient costs for
the service at the jail, rather
than in-patient costs.
The program will be run by
Recovery Resources in Win-
sted, and consists of three
phases — a 28-day in-custody
program, and two out-of-cus-
tody phases of five and three
months, respectively.
Jones said that inmate par-
ticipation in the program will
be determined by a “Rule 25”
assessment and whether a
judge feels participation is
beneficial during sentencing
for crimes. A judge also has
the right to offer an incentive
for participation, such as a re-
duced jail sentence for suc-
cessful completion.
“Participation will be on a
case-by-case basis,” said
Jones, who added that county
personnel and Recovery Re-
sources met with the judges to
discuss the program prior to its
Recovery Resources will
provide two counselors, and
the program will run Monday
through Friday, eight hours a
day, for the 28-day program.
Jones said it will be conducted
in the jail’s secure holding
area. The area will have a cam-
era for security and a phone
“so that counselors can contact
the jail if they need some-
thing,” said Jones.
Either jail staff or the coun-
selors can remove an inmate
from the program if there are
any disciplinary problems,
Jones added.
Commissioner Sheldon Nies
expressed appreciation for the
new program.
“It’s a step toward getting
them (inmates) back on the
street with the right attitude,”
Nies said.
Nies also pointed out that
Recovery Resources was once
owned by Sheriff Scott
Rehmann’s mother, but she is
no longer involved, “so there
is no conflict of interest.”
Jones added that the sheriff
did not take part in the deci-
sion-making process when
staff were evaluating possible
Another new program com-
ing to the jail in March is video
visitation, said Jones.
Through its secure phone
system provider, the jail will
be able to provide Skype ses-
sions between inmates and
their families, rather than in-
jail visits.
“It will allow us to have vis-
iting seven days a week,” said
Jones said the jail will
schedule the video visits, just
as it does personal visits, and
the video visits will be moni-
“Everything is recorded and
monitored live, just like the
phone service,” said Jones.
Families will be charged $1
a minute for the visits, but the
video system could save them
transportation and other costs,
Jones said.
“We’re excited about bring-
ing in both these programs,”
Jones said.
Silver Lake Leader photos by Alyssa Schauer
Ice Golf shenanigans
Last Saturday, the Silver Lake Lake Enhancement
Association hosted its seventh annual Ice Golf
Tournament out on Silver Lake. It was a sunny af-
ternoon with temperatures perfect for teeing off
and putting. Over 15 teams participated and all
seemed to enjoy the crisp winter air and cam-
raderie of a team. A few golfers even made the trek
from out-of-state! Above, Silver Lakeites Lynn
Monger and Duane Yurek pose for a picture with
their relatives and friends who traveled from South
Dakota for the great Ice Golf event. From left are
Sonja Kunze, Tammy Kunze, Sondra Matthieson,
Scott Monger, Lynn Monger, Nigel Shaw, Duane
Yurek and Keith Matthieson. To the left, Keith
Matthieson prepares for one of his last putts at the
final ice golf hole. Rick Steile and Harvey
Mikolichek worked to clear snow off the lake to de-
sign the nine-hole course, and the Silver Lake
Lake Enhancement Association marked each golf-
ing “green” with recycled Christmas trees. And
just like other years, a bonfire was built on the lake
for the golfers to warm their hands. At the end of
the event, the Association announced winners and
presented awards at the Silver Lake Auditorium.
Several piano students of
Ardell Miller of Plato were
chosen to participate in the
district piano contests of the
Minnesota Music Teachers
Association (MMTA). The
contests were held at seven
different colleges Jan. 26-27.
Miller’s students played at
Dr. Martin Luther College at
New Ulm and at Bethel Col-
lege in St. Paul.
Those receiving top scores
will go on to compete at the
state contest in March at the
University of Minnesota.
Among the winning stu-
dents were Bennett Lepel (ju-
nior A division), son of
Timothy and Lisa Lepel of
Plato; Clara Luciano (junior
A) and Sophia Luciano (inter-
mediate B), daughters of Jose
and Lisa Luciano of Lester
Prairie; Joanna Jacobs (inter-
mediate B), daughter of
Steven and Kathleen Jacobs of
Silver Lake; Hannah Leverich
(senior A), daughter of Brian
and Angela Leverich of Lester
Prairie; and Emily Goldberg
(senior A), daughter of
Howard Goldberg and Gail
Von Bargen of Hamburg.
Miller said the winners at
the state contest will have the
honor of playing at the 20
Piano Ensemble Honors Con-
cert of the MMTA in May.
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“Biggest LOSERS”Challenge UPDATE
Weight Loss Percentage for February 19, 2013:
Total Weight Loss: 901.20 lbs.
Jan. 22: 438.22 lbs. • Jan. 29: 567.60 lbs. • Feb. 5: 746.20 lbs.
Feb. 12: 817.40 lbs.
Top Individual Weight Losses:
1) 37.4 lbs. 2) 25 lbs. 3) 20 lbs.
* Percent of weight loss per team is the competitive number used.
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1) Slimsons 41.03%
2) Got Fat? 31.82%
3) Less than Yesterday 24.79%
4) Goodbye Love Handles 23.21%
5) Melt Aways 21.78%
6) Junk in the Trunk 21.16%
7) Heartrate Beaters 20.12%
8) Slimpossibles 19.75%
9) Polo’s Muffin Tops 16.99%
10) That’s Not Sweat,
That’s My Fat Crying 14.84%
11) The Committee 13.76%
12) Waddle in Walk Out 12.87%
13) Perfection in Progress 12.82%
14) Excess Baggage 12.79%
15) Sweet 60’s 12.61%
16) WII Not Fit 12.46%
17) Slimmetts 11.28%
18) Slim Gyms 10.51%
19) Bicks Babes 9.16%
20) Scrubs 8.89%
21) Chunky Monkey 8.86%
22) Slim Credibles 7.34%
23) Muffin Tops 6.96%
24) Weapons of Mass
Reduction 6.91%
25) We Be Back 6.8%
26) Pretty Girls 6.72%
27) Bod Squad 6.48%
28) Thy Fat Be Gone 6.47%
29) Wannabe’s 6.23%
30) The Munchies 5.46%
31) Stride Rights 5.44 %
32) No Flab Just Fab 5.09%
33) Losin on a Prayer 4.94%
34) Gym class Hero’s 4.61%
35) Misfitters 4.06%
36) Bust A Gut Buds 3.88%
37) Rehab 4 Fatties 3.78%
38) Flab-U-Less 4 2.69%
39) Hot Tamales 2.44%
40) Whoosh 0%
Grace Bible Church of Sil-
ver Lake will host a special
Outdoor Club meeting Sun-
day, March 2, at 2:30 p.m., at
the church.
This informal get-together
is titled Turkey Hunting 101
and will include sharing by
Rodney Schmidt and Dr. Tom
Turkey Hunting 101 is espe-
cially designed for the person
who wants to know how to get
started turkey hunting, or who
wants to pick up some helpful
tips from others. Such things
as scouting, calling, decoy
placement, and using a blind
will be discussed.
Each Outdoor Club get-to-
gether will last about an hour
and includes a brief devotional
time that relates to the topic
being discussed, a presenta-
tion on the topic, and a time
for input and questions from
those who attend.
Other upcoming Outdoor
Club meetings in future
months include such outdoor
topics as fly tying and casting,
planning a Boundary Waters
canoe trip, and bow hunting.
Anyone any age is invited to
attend, and there is no charge.
The church is located in Sil-
ver Lake at 300 Cleveland St.,
next to the city water tower.
Outdoor Club at Grace
Bible Church to begin
Lions meeting set Feb. 21
The Silver Lake Lions will meet Thursday, Feb. 21,
(tonight), at 7 p.m., for a dinner meeting in the Silver Lake
American Legion Club Rooms.
Classical Gas duo performs
Classical Gas will perform tonight, Thursday, Feb. 21,
at 7 p.m., in the Glencoe-Silver Lake Auditorium as part
of the Glencoe Area Performing Artists Concert Series.
The violinist and pianist combine to offer a show that is a
little bit Jack Benny, Fritz Kreisler, Victor Borge and
Abbot and Costello. It is a show that encompasses many
styles of musical entertainment.
Sportsmen’s Club to meet
The Silver Lake Sportsmen’s Club will meet Thursday,
Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., at the sanctuary.
8/40 Salon meeting Monday
The regular monthly meeting of 8/40 Salon No. 85, De-
partment of Minnesota No. 24, will be held Monday, Feb.
25, at 7:30 p.m., at the Hutchinson Legion Post 96. Re-
freshments will be served at 7 p.m.
Pola-Czesky meeting set
The Pola-Czesky committee meeting is set for Monday,
Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., at the Silver Lake Auditorium.
Upcoming Events
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
Bring on the cold!
Aubrey Mickolichek, above, was the youngest golfer
out on Silver Lake on Saturday for the annual ice golf
tournament. She shuffled along the lake, all bundled
up in boots, snow pants, mittens, and a fluffy winter
coat. Aubrey’s parents are Jeremy Mickolichek and
April Massmann.
An active weather pattern is setting up for the week as a
few storms cruise through the Upper Midwest.
The early week storm/blizzard to our north only kicked
up winds for us, but the next two storms could produce
more adverse conditions.
The first storm should enter the picture early-mid Thurs-
day. This is shaping up to be a rather large storm with a
fairly decent amount of moisture, so the main snow band
could be in for heavy totals. The problem, like always, is
locking down a track as computer models have been jump-
ing around with possibilities.
As I write this Monday morning, the main track will
keep the bulk of moisture to our south (Nebraska into
Iowa). The storm will slow down and weaken a bit as it
moves towards us, though, so that could still spread a good
amount of snow our way. Totals from a direct hit could land
areas with a foot of fresh snow, but a glancing blow could
keep us anywhere from two to six inches.
Clouds will persist into the weekend as the storm takes
its time leaving. Temperatures should be mainly in the
upper teens to 20s.
The next storm is lining up for Sunday, but in this active
of a pattern the models tend to have a tough time with any-
thing past four to five days, so all I can say about it is that
there is a chance of more snow Sunday. The extended fore-
cast would be pointless this week, so time to punt.
Have a great week, all!
Ma dobry weekendem Mit dobry vikend
Wednesday night — Lows 0-6; clouds.
Thursday — Highs 14-22; lows 12-18; snow.
Friday — Highs 22-28; lows 6-12; snow early/clouds.
Saturday — Highs 18-24; lows 4-10; clouds.
Sunday — Highs 22-30; clouds/snow later in day.
Weather Quiz: What are some of March’s weather ex-
Answer to last week’s question: Most areas saw any-
where from a half to one inch of liquid precipitation from
the last storm. This could have translated to anywhere from
eight to 14 inches had it been all snow.
Remember: I make the forecast, not the weather!
Weather Corner
By Jake Yurek
Registration is now open for
the April 13 administration of
the ACT college and career
readiness exam. Students who
want to take the exam on this
date must register by March 8.
Students can register online
at www.actstudent.org or by
mail. Paper registration forms
can be obtained from school
counselor offices or by re-
questing a registration packet
from ACT. Students must sub-
mit a photo of themselves to
register for the exam.
The ACT is a curriculum-
based achievement exam. It
measures the academic skills
and knowledge that students
have learned in school and
need to know to be ready for
first-year college courses.
The ACT comprises four
multiple-choice subject tests
— English, mathematics,
reading and science — and
takes about three hours, plus
breaks, to complete.
An optional writing test,
which takes an additional 30
minutes, also is available. Stu-
dents who want to take the
writing portion should register
for the ACT Plus Writing.
The cost to take the ACT
(with no writing test) is $35.
The cost to take the ACT Plus
Writing is $50.50. Fee waivers
are available to qualified stu-
dents who cannot afford the
registration fee. Students
should apply for a fee waiver
through their school coun-
selor’s office.
All four-year colleges and
universities across the United
States accept ACT scores for
admission purposes. During
registration, students may se-
lect up to four colleges or uni-
versities to receive their score
reports at no additional charge.
ACT sends score reports only
when authorized to do so by
the student.
Each test taker receives an
ACT score report that includes
a wide variety of information
to assist with course planning,
college readiness, career plan-
ning and college admissions.
The ACT student website,
www.actstudent.org, offers
helpful information and tips,
free sample questions and
complete practice tests, and in-
expensive materials and to
help students prepare for the
However, because the ACT
is a curriculum-based exam,
the best preparation is to take
challenging courses in school,
study hard and learn the mate-
Register now for ACT
Miller’s piano students
advance to state contest
Sounds like
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By State Rep.
Glenn Gruenhagen,
Some updates from last
week in Saint Paul:
• Rally at the Rotunda for
health freedom. On Monday,
freedom-loving Minnesotans
from around the state gathered
to rally in the Capitol rotunda
at the Citizens Council for
Health Freedom rally.
I had the honor of address-
ing the group, and voice the
concerns I have about the
Health Insurance Exchange
(HIX) proposal moving
through the Legislature. De-
mocrats continue to fast-track
this boondoggle piece of leg-
islation and have repeatedly
blocked Republican amend-
ments that would give the HIX
more transparency and over-
I will continue to fight
against their attempts to ram
through this shoddy piece of
legislation, because Min-
nesotans deserve choice and
freedom in their Health Care
• Public employee con-
tracts. On Thursday, the Leg-
islature took up the new public
employee contracts. The De-
mocrat plan gives government
workers a 2 percent pay raise
just one month after most
Minnesotans received a 2 per-
cent reduction in take-home
pay thanks to a payroll tax in-
The contracts spend mil-
lions more taxpayer dollars,
but fail to include much-
needed reform to contain tax-
payer costs. The governor and
the DFL are yet again protect-
ing the status quo, which is
part of the reason they are call-
ing for massive tax increases
on middle-class Minnesotans.
• Medicaid expansion. The
DFL majority voted to accept
Medicaid expansion provided
under Obamacare. With this
move, Democrats have basi-
cally given more control of
our healthcare to the federal
They have also managed to
undo the numerous reforms
that were enacted last session
that slow the growth and costs
of health care. The Democrats
have moved to add $4 billion
dollars of unstable and likely
temporary funding to our
budget, and when that federal
money disappears, you can bet
the Democrats will be asking
you to pay higher taxes to
make up the difference.
I want to hear your feed-
back. If you have concerns or
opinions on the issues being
debated at the Capitol, I en-
courage you to write me at
r ep. gl enn. gr uenhagen@
house.mn or call my office at
State Rep. Glenn Gruen-
hagen represents House Dis-
trict 18B.
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When I left the office on
Tuesday, I went home with
straw in my boots, a golden
chicken feather stuck in my
mitten, a bit of horse slobber
on my coat collar, and the faint
smell of feed and musty hay in
my hair.
Not the details of my typical
working day at the computer,
of course, but the remnants of
time spent at Glencoe-Silver
Lake High School for the FFA
“Barnyard Day.”
As always, I adore my time
venturing to new places to
take photos and write stories,
and naturally, a room filled
with chickens, goats, sheep,
baby chicks, a Black Angus
cow, a tall Clydesdale horse, a
black lab puppy, a large or-
ange cat, a velvety-soft rabbit
named Leo, and excited,
bright-eyed kindergarten and
first-grade students, was the
perfect venue for those “cute”
photographs we love to put on
the front page.
GSL FFA members brought
in their own animals for the
day to “meet and greet” visi-
tors for the day, and Ag Room
341 was turned into a cluck-
ing, neighing, mooing, “baa”-
ing barnyard.
Since I grew up on a farm, I
was familiar with the wet cow
snouts and their exaggerated
chewing, horses and their
drool, and, of course, the smell
and presence of poop, from
any animal.
The kindergartners and first-
graders, however, were
stunned by the characteristics
of the barnyard — from the
poop in the pens to the “car-
peted” sheep to the horse
As they filed in line from
pen to pen to meet the puppy,
the “big kitty,” Roxy the cow,
goats, chickens, and sheep,
they “o-o-oed and “aw-wed at
the various animals, and when
they stopped at the heating
lamp to pet and hold the baby
chicks, I heard “Aaahhh!” and
then a rumbling of giggles as
they screeched and laughed to
find the chicks have been
pooping all day.
The FFA member managing
the baby chick booth told the
students to be careful and to
remember to wash their hands,
as the chicks might poop in
“They poop in your
HAND? WHY?” one wide-
eyed girl asked.
Her teacher leaned over and
said to me, “This is the age
where they are so fascinated
by poop.”
I couldn’t help but laugh as
I watched their eyes grow big-
ger when they saw the extra-
large poop from the cow and
the horse. Naturally, their
wide-eyed stares were accom-
panied by shrieks and “Ew-w-
They were just as fascinated
by the “fur” coating on the
sheep. Of course, it was a
learning moment as one of the
teachers asked what the “fur”
of a sheep is called.
One student yelled out,
“CARPET!” and the giggling
continued. I don’t even know
if they heard the teacher cor-
rect them and say, “wool,” be-
cause all I could hear was the
kids chanting, “Car-pet! Car-
pet! Car-pet!” as they raised
their fists in the air and
marched over to the horse pen.
Now this is where their
goofiness escalated, believe it
or not.
The big Clydesdale, Lexi,
was eating her lunch, and left
a bit of straw and feed on her
wet snout. Unfortunately for
Lexi, the feed was green, and
the kids confused it for
“boogers” as they shrieked to
each other when she leaned
over the fence, “Don’t touch
her boogers!”
And then the chanting
started again, “Boo-gers! Boo-
gers!” Poor Lexi.
It’s moments like these that
make me look forward to rais-
ing children, really.
Their expressions made for
some great photos, which
you’ll have to check out in
next week’s newspaper.
I have to commend the GSL
FFA group for its work pro-
moting the organization. De-
spite the poop and the
boogers, it was a fun day.
This “Barnyard Day” was
just one of the events coordi-
nated in conjunction with “Na-
tional FFA Week.”
The GSL FFA Chapter is
hosting activities throughout
the week to celebrate the or-
ganization, including the “Ag
Olympics” that consists of
such things like tossing hay
bales and kissing pigs.
Sounds like another photo
Barnyard, kids a great combination
The Travel Section
By Alyssa Schauer
Gruenhagen update from Capitol
Silver Lake Leader photos
by Alyssa Schauer
On Friday, Lakeside Ele-
mentary and Helen Baker
Elementary celebrated
“Winterfest” on the lake
and in the classrooms.
Teachers organized differ-
ent activities for students
wishing to stay indoors,
and Chad Koenen, physi-
cal education teacher at
Lakeside, organized out-
door events on Silver
Lake, including sledding,
ice skating, snow kickball,
hockey, and ice fishing.
Above are Lexi Fronk,
Katie Nowak, Maddy
Emery, Alexa Alberts, Kait-
lyn Popp, Juliana Hender-
son, and Paige Sturges. To
the left, Holly Bandemer
gives it a go at ice skating.
75 YEARS AGO - FEB. 26, 1938 —Silver
Lake’s new fire alarm was received, set up this
week and given its initial tryout on Wednesday.
The new alarm is mounted on the second set of
braces on the water tower, many feet from the
ground. It gives a powerful shriek when oper-
ated and is a wonderful improvement over the
antiquated hand-pulled fire bell that has called
firemen to duty for many years. It was reported
that the siren was heard 11 miles from Silver
Lake. The new alarm can be turned on from the
telephone office by calling “Central” or it can
be sounded from the pull lever control box set
up in the village hall. Chief Halva and his fire-
fighters have worked out a tentative set of sig-
nals for alarms. One blast of the siren will be
given at 12 and 6 o’clock, four blasts means a
village fire, and two blasts means a country fire.
The Ladies Aid of St. Adalbert’s Church will
hold a dinner on Sunday, Feb. 27. Tickets will
be 35¢ and 20¢. Penny Bingo will be played in
the afternoon.
Joseph Novak will hold an auction on
Wednesday, March 2, on the Nuwash farm, two
miles south of Silver Lake.
Ed Mlinar purchased 20 acres adjoining his
farm from Mr. John Luiten, increasing the
acreage to 100.
Otto Rehman, who has been renting the Mli-
nar farm, moved to Bergen Township where he
will operate a 160-acre farm.
Lorraine Zrust and Jerome Leksa received $3
as first prizes in the Minneapolis District of the
American Dental Association contest.
At Silver Lake’s 4- H Club meeting held last
Thursday at the Richard Penaz home, Lydia Sit-
bal was elected president, Clarence Penaz, vice
president, Carol Barton, secretary-treasurer, and
Mildred Hakel, reporter.
Wednesday, March 2, is guest day for mem-
bers of the Presbyterian Church Ladies Aid with
each member to bring a guest.
Mrs. Joseph Pohanka, 86, passed away on
Thursday, Feb. 17. Funeral services were held
on Sunday afternoon from the Presbyterian
50 YEARS AGO - FEB. 21, 1963 — The
Silver Lake Fire Department is sponsoring a
Masquerade Benefit Dance on Saturday, Feb.
23, at the Silver Lake Auditorium. Music will
be furnished by Harry’s “All Girl” Dance Band.
Attendees are encouraged to come in costume.
A grand march will be held at 10:30 p.m. with
cash prizes awarded to the best costumes.
Ruzicka’s Super Market will be serving free
coffee and cookies all day Saturday, Feb. 23.
Silver Lake High School sponsored a Snow
Fest Day on Saturday, Feb. 16. The festivities
began with a parade of the band down Main
Street to the auditorium, where Mary Kay Ran-
now and Steve Nemec were crowned Queen
and King of the festivities. This was followed
by students of the junior high and senior high
going to the park for snow sculpturing. Next
came broomball at the skating rink, snowball
fight, tobogganing at the hill near Bullert’s pit
near Biscay, and closing the activities was a
dance at the auditorium.
Some of the specials at Ruzicka’s Super Mar-
ket are: Hill’s Bros. instant coffee, 10 oz. jar
$1.19; cherry pie mix, 22 oz. can 25¢; fresh
ground beef, 39¢ lb.; fresh fryers, 29¢ lb.;
Nash’s coffee, 2 lb. can $1.09; Russet potatoes,
10 lb. bag 49¢; Sunkist oranges, 49¢ a dozen.
25 YEARS AGO - FEB. 25, 1988 —Tues-
day night, Feb. 16, the Silver Lake School
Board voted to continue the study on school
pairing. The pairing will be a study of Lester
Prairie and Silver Lake Public Schools. Winsted
voted against the plan and plans on continuing
its present operation of splitting students with
Lester Prairie and Howard Lake-Waverly
Dale and Doris Jerabek have purchased the
former Cliff’s Market in Silver Lake.
An organizational meeting of the General
Federation Women’s Club will be held on Mon-
day, Feb. 29, at the Gallery for any women in-
terested in the Women’s Club.
Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, the Silver Lake
Fire Department was called to a NSP pole fire.
Bob Penas, son of Ronald and Jean Penas,
was inducted into the St. Cloud State Univer-
sity’s Eta Kappa Nu, an international honor so-
ciety for electrical engineers.
William Ruzicka, 73, passed away on
Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Veterans Hospital,
Minneapolis. Funeral services were held on
Monday, February 22, from the St. Joseph
Lillian Zanda, 92, passed away on Friday,
Feb. 19, at the Glencoe Area Health Center. Fu-
neral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 23,
from the St. Joseph Church.
Elsie Born, 87, passed away on Wednesday,
Feb. 17, at the Hutchinson Hospital. Funeral
services were held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the
Czech Brethren Presbyterian Church.
Down Memory Lane
Compiled by Margaret Benz
300 Cleveland Ave.,
Silver Lake
Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor
Thurs., Feb. 21 — Women’s
fellowship at King’s Wok, 5 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible
study, 9 a.m.; facility in use for
wedding shower; clergy chili
challenge at Glencoe UCC, 4 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 24 — “First Light”
radio broadcast on KARP 106.9
FM, 7:30 a.m.; pre-service prayer
time, 9:15 a.m.; worship service,
9:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:35
a.m.; youth activity at Powder
Ridge; open shooting for Center-
shot graduates, 11:45 a.m.; Cen-
tershot Archery Ministry, 1 p.m.;
women’s appreciation dinner, 5
Wed., Feb. 27 — Soup and
chili supper, 5 p.m.; confirmation
class, 6 p.m.; Lenten service, 7
Sat., Mar. 2 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.
Sun., Mar. 3 — “First Light”
radio broadcast on KARP 106.9
FM, 7:30 a.m.; pre-service prayer
time, 9:15 a.m.; worship service,
9:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:35
a.m.; open shooting for Center-
shot graduates, 11:45 a.m.; Cen-
tershot Archery Ministry, 1 p.m.;
Grace Bible Church Outdoor
Club, Turkey Hunting 101, 2:30
Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-327-
108 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Fax 320-327-6562
E-mail: faithfriends
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.
Thurs., Feb. 21 — Day care
meeting, 6:15 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 24 — Handbell prac-
tice, 8:45 a.m.; worship service,
10 a.m.; fellowship to follow
Wed., Feb. 27 — Light supper,
5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.;
Lenten devotional service, 6:30
p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m.
700 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Fri., Feb. 22 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
stations of the cross at St. Pius X
with Bishop LeVoir, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 — Rosary Society
meeting, 9 a.m.; reconciliation, 5
p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m.; AFC Mis-
sion Group soup and sandwich
Sun., Feb. 24 — Mass, 8 a.m.
and 8 p.m.; Catholicism series at
Holy Trinity, 4 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 26 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
adoration, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.;
quilting, 9 a.m.; Parish Adminis-
trative Council, 6:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 27 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
Mass at Cokato Manor, 10 a.m.;
Mass, 5 p.m.; first- through sixth-
grade religious education classes,
5:30 p.m.; confirmation exams, 7
p.m.; seventh- through 11th-grade
religious education classes, 7:15
Thurs., Feb. 28 — Mass at
Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; Area Pas-
toral Council at Holy Family, 7
950 School Rd. S.W.
E-mail: infor@
Jim Hall, Pastor
Sun., Feb. 24 — Worship, 9:30
a.m. and 6 p.m.
770 School Rd.,
Kenneth Rand,
Branch President
Sun., Feb. 24 — Sunday
school, 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.;
priesthood, relief society and pri-
mary, 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
20924 State Hwy. 7 W.
E-mail: assembly@
Dr. Lee Allison, pastor
Sun., Feb. 24 — Worship, 8:30
a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Wed., Feb. 27 — Family night
activities, 6:30 p.m.
31 Fourth Ave. S.W.,
E-mail: jmm@hutchtel.net
Sun., Feb. 24 — Sunday
school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:15
1014 Knight Ave.,
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Thurs., Feb. 21 — Morning
prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.;
staff meeting, 1 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 22 — Morning prayer,
8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.;
stations of the cross with school
children, 2 p.m.; Spanish Mass,
5:30 p.m.; adoration of the blessed
sacrament after Mass; benediction,
6:50 p.m.; stations of the cross, 7
Sat., Feb. 23 — RCIA session,
parish library, 1 p.m.; reconcilia-
tion, 3:30 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 24 — Mass, 9:30
a.m.; Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m.;
Spanish religious education
classes, 12:45 p.m.; Catholicism
series at St. Pius X, 4 p.m.; Mass
at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8
Mon., Feb. 25 — No Mass;
HandS committee, 6:30 p.m.;
CUF meeting, 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 26 — Morning
prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20
a.m.; no junior choir practice.
Wed., Feb. 27 — Morning
prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.;
kindergarten through sixth-grade
religious education classes, 7
p.m.-8 p.m.; seventh- through
11th-grade religious education
classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; 11th-
grade confirmation session, in-
cluding exam, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
1215 Roberts Rd. S.W.
Rick Stapleton,
Senior pastor
Adam Krumrie,
worship pastor
Tait Hoglund,
Student ministries
Thurs., Feb. 21 — Senior high
free lunch, 11 a.m.; worship team,
6 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 24 — Worship, 9
a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday
school for all ages, 9 a.m.; prayer
gathering, 7 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 25 — Women’s dis-
cipleship, 6:30 p.m.; men’s
growth group, 7 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 26 — Women’s dis-
cipleship, 9 a.m.
Wed., Feb. 27 — Release time,
9 a.m.; AWANA, 6:30 p.m.; mid-
dle school youth group, 6:30 p.m.;
senior high youth group, 7:30
Thurs., Feb. 28 — Senior high
free lunch, 11 a.m.; worship team,
6 p.m.
77 Lincoln Ave.,
Lester Prairie
Bethany Nelson, pastor
Sun., Feb. 24 — Worship, 9
a.m.; coffee and fellowship, 10
a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.
Wed., Feb. 27 — Office hours,
3 p.m.; family Lenten service, 6
p.m.; Holden evening prayer, 6:30
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In Memory of
Willard Trnka
who left us on Feb. 21, 2012
– Unknown
Forever missed by wife
Lorraine; children Lorelei,
Russell and Kevin & families
A Mass of Christian Burial
for Stanley P. “Buddy”
Klenicky, 81, of rural Silver
Lake, was held Tuesday, Feb.
19, at Holy Family Catholic
Church in Silver Lake. The
Rev. Tony Stubeda was the
Mr. Klenicky died Thurs-
day, Feb. 14, 2013, at his resi-
Pallbearers were Gerald
Harris, Richard Paulson,
Wayne Heller, Albert “Sonny”
Teubert, Paul Teubert and
David Pokornowski. Inter-
ment was in Holy Family
Mr. Klenicky was born July
29, 1931, in Hale Township,
McLeod County, to Alexander
and Emily (Hornicek)
He lived his entire life on
the family’s homestead, where
he engaged in dairy farming.
He enjoyed farming, attending
auctions, John Deere machin-
ery, visiting with people, and
was fond of dogs.
Mr. Klenicky was a member
of Holy Family Catholic
Church in Silver Lake.
Survivors include his sis-
ters, Rita M. Klenicky, Mar-
ion H. Loebertmann and
Martha E. Klenicky, all of Sil-
ver Lake; a niece, Helen Loe-
bertmann of Monticello; a
nephew, Patrick Loebertmann
of Silver Lake; and other rela-
tives and friends.
Preceding him in death were
his parents, Alexander and
Emily Klenicky; an infant
brother, Henry Klenicky; a
brother, Joseph Klenicky; and
a brother-in-law, Leo Loebert-
The Maresh Funeral Home
in Silver Lake served the fam-
ily. Online condolences may
be made at www.mareshfun
Stanley P. Klenicky, 81, of Silver Lake
Church News
Feb. 25-March 1
Silver Lake
Senior Nutrition Site
Monday — Tator-tot casserole,
green beans, peaches, bread,
margarine, bar, low-fat milk.
Tuesday — Roast pork, whole
potatoes, buttered cabbage, bread,
margarine, rosy applesauce, low-
fat milk.
Wednesday — Lasagna, Cali-
fornia-blend vegetables, lettuce
salad with dressing, garlic bread,
margarine, pudding, low-fat milk.
Thursday — Oven-crispy
chicken, mashed potatoes with
gravy, mixed vegetables, bread,
margarine, cake, low-fat milk.
Friday — Tuna noodle casse-
role, peas, cole slaw, bread, mar-
garine, banana, low-fat milk.
GSL Schools
Elementary/Jr. High/Sr. High
Monday — Breakfast pizza or
Kix Berry cereal and yogurt, apple
juice cup, low-fat milk (breakfast
burrito at junior/senior high school).
Tuesday — Pancake on a stick
with syrup or Cheerios and apple-
cinnamon muffin, diced peaches,
low-fat milk.
Wednesday — Egg and cheese
omelet or reduced-sugar Coco Puff
cereal and string cheese, apple
wedges, low-fat milk (breakfast
pizza at junior/senior high).
Thursday — Breakfast pizza or
reduced-sugar Fruit Loops cereal
and blueberry muffin, orange juice
cup, low-fat milk (egg and cheese
omelet at junior high and high
Friday — Pancakes with syrup
or reduced-sugar Cinnamon Toast
Crunch cereal and yogurt, diced
pears, low-fat milk (french toast
sticks with syrup at junior high and
high school).
Helen Baker/Lakeside Lunch
Monday — Mini chicken corn
dogs, ham and cheese on a whole-
grain bun, oven-baked beans,
baby carrots, apple wedges,
pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday — Chicken and
cheese quesadilla, fiesta rice, deli
combo sub, seasoned green
beans, broccoli salad with raisins,
petite banana, chilled applesauce.
Wednesday — Cheeseburger
on a whole-grain bun, chef salad
with cheese, egg, croutons, sea-
soned carrots, celery sticks with
dressing, kiwi wedges, chilled
Thursday — Herb-roasted
chicken, dinner roll, fun lunch,
mashed potatoes with gravy, baby
carrots with dressing, orange
wedges, chilled pears.
Friday — Not available.
High School Lunch
Monday — Chicken nuggets,
mashed potatoes with gravy, sea-
soned corn, whole-grain dinner roll,
marinated cucumbers and toma-
toes, baby carrots with dressing,
apple wedges, pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday — Mexican bar with
beefy nachos or chicken, cheese
and bean burrito, brown rice,
southwest corn and black beans,
sweet corn salad, cucumbers with
dressing, petite banana, chilled ap-
Wednesday — Macaroni and
cheese, garlic bread stick, sea-
soned carrots, broccoli salad with
raisins, red pepper strips with
dressing, kiwi wedges, chilled
Thursday — Tator-tot hot dish,
bread, seasoned peas, chickpea
salad, cauliflower with dressing, or-
ange wedges, chilled pears.
Friday — Not available.
Morrissey named to list
Elijah Morrissey, a junior at Bethel University in St.
Paul, has been named to the dean’s list for academic ex-
cellence for the 2012 fall semester. He is the son of Wendy
Morrissey of Silver Lake.
U of M dean’s list announced
Several local students were named to the 2012 fall se-
mester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota-Twin
Cities, including: Brownton: Kaycie Lindeman and
Megan Sikkila; Cokato: Austin Davis and Ellen Korsbon;
Glencoe: Kristine Kirchhoff; Hutchinson: Breanne Dietz,
Rebeeca Lauer, Morgan Lenz, Eric Lofdahl, Kelly Lund,
Alexandra Montes, Gabrielle Montes, Emily Nagy, Abbie
Neubarth, Morgan Pearce, and Alissa Retterath; Lester
Prairie: Shane Cory and Abigail Martin, Stewart:
Mackenzie Trettin; and Winsted: Alexandria Kahlert and
Logan Wroge.
People News
Thank You
We would like to thank every person who lent support and
sympathy during our dad’s funeral, Bernard Koktan Sr. He
was a gentle, well respected father and grandpa who will be
missed by his family and friends.
We especially wish to thank Father Tony Stubeda and Fa-
ther Patrick Okonkwo for their heartfelt eulogies; Dr. Peterson
and the nursing home staff for their caring attentiveness dur-
ing dad’s one week stay; Alice Nowak and the adult choir for
their beautiful music; Celia Knoll, the Holy Family staff, and
Maresh Funeral Home for helping with the arrangements;
and the CCW women who served the funeral lunch. Your
thoughtfulness touched our hearts.
The Koktan Family
Jack Gepson
Jack Gepson of Glencoe
Silver Lake’s Lincoln Junior
High has been selected for
membership in the Minnesota
Band Directors Association
(MBDA) grades 6-8 State
Level Honor Band for the
2012-13 school year.
Gepson, who plays the
trumpet, was one of 82 stu-
dents selected through com-
petitive auditions to be a
member of this group.
“The students participating
will have the opportunity to
work with some of the finest
music educators in the state as
section coaches, and will be
conducted by Dr. Robert
Ouren,” said Peter Gepson,
Jack Gepson’s father and
music director at GSL.
The students will rehearse
with Ouren Saturday, April
20, at Chanhassen High
School, and then will perform
a concert Sunday April 21, at
2 p.m., in the auditorium of
Chanhassen High School.
The Honor Band program is
an ongoing project of MBDA,
a professional organization of
band directors representing
band programs of all grade
levels from throughout the
state of Minnesota.
“The mission is to assist in
the development of band di-
rectors and band programs in
schools, colleges and commu-
nities throughout Minnesota,”
said Peter Gepson.
Gepson named
to honor band
Bridal Expo
set Feb. 24
in Glencoe
The 2013 Glencoe Bridal
Expo is scheduled from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb.
24, in the Grand Ballroom of
the Glencoe City Center.
Bride-to-be Consignment
will sponsor the fashion show
at 2:30 p.m., in conjunction
with Temple Service Center, in
featuring men’s wear, brides-
maid dresses, prom dresses
and bridal gowns.
A number of vendors also
will be present to help in plan-
ning a wedding.
Admission is free. More in-
formation is available by visit-
ing the Glencoe City Center’s
“upcoming events” page, or
call 320-864-6951.
FFA advances in career development
Career opportunities abound
within today’s agriculture in-
dustry. Career development
events (CDEs) help students
develop the abilities to think
critically, communicate clearly
and perform effectively in a
competitive job market.
There are 24 CDEs, cover-
ing job skills in everything
from communications to me-
chanics. Some events allow
students to compete as individ-
uals, while others allow them
to compete in teams.
Before a regional competi-
tion, students have put in as
many as 25 hours in prepara-
tion and practice for the vari-
ous competitions for which
they have qualified.
“FFA members show ex-
treme initiative in setting prac-
tice times, and arriving at
school an hour early to prepare
for contests (often multiple
days a week),” said Glencoe-
Silver Lake FFA Adviser
Becky Haddad.
“Their hard work has cer-
tainly paid off, and the suc-
cesses over this year would not
have been possible without the
help of dedicated coaches, in-
cluding Brian Thalmann
(crops) and Russ Runck (parli-
mentary procedure).”
Members of the GSL FFA
chapter are required to partici-
pate in one CDE a year as part
of their membership agree-
Haddad said many GSL
teams have competed so far,
and the following teams will
advance from Region V to rep-
resent GSL at the State FFA
Convention in April: Fish and
Wildlife (sixth), Farm Bureau
discussion meet (second),
crops (third), and dairy foods
Other teams to commend in-
clude horse, novice parliamen-
tary procedure (second), creed
(ninth), extemporaneous
speaking (third) and soils
Teams yet to compete in-
clude ag mechanics, dairy han-
dling, and livestock/dairy
evaluation, Haddad said.
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01....HF Catholic ........W,73-70
09....Mound-Wtka. ......W,56-47
11....at Sibley East .....W,85-66
14....at N.London-Sp. .W,74-60
19....Litchfield ..............L,77-53
22....Delano ......................7:30
26....Annandale ................7:30
Section 5(AA) Tourney
07....1st Round
27....at St.Peter............L,69-48
29....at Jordan .............L,69-35
04....at Belle Plaine .....L,58-54
06....Marshall ...............L,68-38
11....New Prague.........L,59-45
14....at Annandale .......L,55-42
20....Mayer Lutheran..W,46-37
28....vs. Luverne.........W,39-26
05....at New Ulm.........W,51-29
11....at Mound-Wtka. ..W,75-62
12....NYA Central........W,73-64
15....at N.Londn-Sp. ....L,73-59
18....at Orono ..............L,53-36
22....Litchfield ..............L,41-29
25....Hutchinson ..........L,41-37
29....Annandale ...........L,62-55
01....at HF Catholic......L,70-35
07....at Dassel-Cokato.L,45-29
09....Mound-Wtka. .......L,75-74
12....N.London-Sp. .....W,46-45
15....Waconia .............W,55-53
19....at Litchfield ..........L,49-42
22....at Delano ..................7:30
Section 2(AAA) Tourney
26....1st Round
Section 2(AAA) Tourney
02....2nd Round
01....at Becker Inv. ...................
08....at Northfield Inv................
13....at WM triangular ..............
15....at St. Peter.......................
08....at Litchfield ......................
19....GSL Invite .........6th,118.9
24....Delano .............................
26....at Northfield Inv................
01....Mound-Wtka. ...................
06....at NL-Spicer.....................
Section 2(A) Meet
15....at Watertown.......117.175
01....GSL-Don Hall Inv. .......4th
08 ...at Andover Inv. ...........2nd
13....at Litch: vs.DC....W,42-30
........vs. Litchfield .......W,53-14
15....at Richfield Inv. ....2nd,2-1
20....at Hutch: vs.NLS ...L,66-9
........vs.Ann/ML .............L,60-8
03....GSL: Waconia ....W,42-30
05....at Ogilvie Inv ...............1st
08....at WM .................L,36-28
........vs.LeS-Hend. ....W,60-12
10....GSL: Delano.......W,63-11
12....at Zim Invite.. ..............1st
19....at LCWM Invite...........6th
22....St.Peter ..............W,44-31
24....Mound-Wtka. ......W,35-33
25....at N.Prague .........L,39-32
........vs.M’nkatoWest ..W,42-18
29....at Tri-City United....W,39-31
31....at HLWW............W,54-20
01....WCC. at Delano .........3rd
08....at MW Invite ...............3rd
Section 2(AA) Tourney
14....M’kato East ........W,58-18
14....Hutchinson ..........L,42-22
22-23..Indys, at Waconia..TBA
Girls stun NLS, Waconia
Fans, family and friends of the Glencoe-Silver Lake
girls’ basketball team congratulate guard Maddie Mon-
ahan (5) following the Panthers’ 46-45 victory. Mona-
han’s free throw with :00.8 remaining created the mar-
gin of victory.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Lee Ostrom
By Lee Ostrom
Sports Editor
ew London-Spicer
was the first Wright
County Conference
girls’ basketball power to pay
a visit to Glencoe last week.
Eighth in the state Class AA
rankings, 18-3 overall and a
winner in seven straight out-
ings, NLS looked like a pretty
sure thing to down the 6-15
GSL Panthers for a second
time this winter. When the
teams met Jan. 15 in New Lon-
don, guard Taylor Thunstedt
poured in 50 points herself,
helping her Wildcats roll, 73-
But in last Tuesday’s re-
match, Kelly Beneke stuck
like glue to Thunstedt, limiting
the junior guard to 10 points.
Meanwhile, 6-foot-1 Clarissa
Ober scored 23 points and took
down 14 rebounds, and eighth-
grader Maddie Monahan
swished the winning free
throw with :00.8 remaining, as
GSL rallied from as large as a
17-point deficit to shock NLS,
Waconia’s Wildcats arrived
in town Friday, leading the
WCC with but a single blem-
ish on their league record.
But they left Glencoe with a
second loss; that after
Stephanie Klockmann posted a
19-points, 10-boards double-
double, including a go-ahead
free throw with 19 seconds re-
maining in a 55-53 GSL stun-
“It was a great week to play
the Wildcats,” a tickled Cullen
Ober said.
GSL’s head coach lauded
the game of keep-away his
girls played while protecting a
one-point lead late Friday. In-
deed, the Panthers ran off all
but the final 1.5 seconds be-
fore a Waconia player fouled
Erin Nowak, who tallied her
fifth clutch point down the
“They did a beautiful job of
moving and passing,” coach
Ober said.
A closer look at GSL’s back-
to-back upset wins:
Panthers 46,
NLS 45
GSL still trailed by four
when Monahan knocked down
a triple from the left side, slic-
ing NLS’s lead to 44-43 with
2:06 to go.
Megan Thorson’s one of two
free throws made it 45-43.
Then with 48 seconds remain-
ing, the Panthers got the ball to
Clarissa Ober on the low block.
Ober made a move, got up a
shot and watched — like every-
one else in GSL’s gym — as
the ball bounced on the back of
the rim, at least three times,
maybe four, before falling into
the basket. 45-45!
Two NLS timeouts later and
with 15.2 seconds showing on
the clock, the Wildcats in-
bounded to Thunstedt, who
quickly felt pressure from
Beneke and Samantha Lange.
Thunstedt’s pass up the left
side was intercepted by
Clarissa Ober.
After the steal, Cullen Ober
started using his timeouts.
Twice, Monahan got an in-
bounding pass and was imme-
diately fouled by NLS, which
had fouls to give.
The third time, Monahan re-
ceived the ball in front of the
GSL bench with enough space
to heave up a long shot — most
importantly, while being fouled
Three free throws for the
The first one missed.
“I knew I screwed up,” Mon-
ahan said. “I usually do four
dribbles before shooting (a free
throw), but I only did three.
“I rushed myself.”
The second stroke looked
pure, but the basketball softly
rolled off.
“I thought the second one
was going in,” Monahan said.
One more shot for the win.
“I told her to take a deep
breath, and just shoot her shot,”
Clarissa Ober said.
Monahan looked calm at the
“I felt real confident,” she
Clarissa Ober talked about
the win.
“I think we just all wanted it
so bad. ... We all put our hearts
into it and got it done.”
The victory had a good taste.
“It’s a very good ‘W’ for us,”
Clarissa Ober added, “a very
good ‘W.’”
Panthers 55,
Waconia 53
GSL closed the first half with
a 6-0 run — on deuces by Ober,
Nowak and Klockmann.
Mid-way through the second
half, the Panthers’ lead had
grown to 40-32. But Waconia’s
Caroline Jacobs hit one of her
six treys, fueling a 9-0 run that
edged Waconia into the lead.
The visitors led 48-47 when
Nowak stepped forward for a
short deuce in the lane; Mona-
han tallied two free throws, and
Nowak got down two more for
a 53-48 bulge. After another
triple by Jacobs and a steal-
and-solo layup by quick guard
Anna Schmitt, the stage was set
for Klockmann’s free throw.
“It’s the (growing) confi-
dence,” Cullen Ober said, “but
it’s the (improving) patience,
Silver Lake Leader
photo by Rich Glennie
Ethan Maass tallied 63
points in two games last
By Lee Ostrom
Sports Editor
Ethan Maass scored 31
points in an 85-66 thumping of
Sibley East last Monday (Feb.
11) and 32 more in a 74-60 tri-
umph at New London-Spicer
three evenings later, making
the senior guard Glencoe-Sil-
ver Lake’s all-time leader for
most points scored in a basket-
ball career.
Maass, whose 1,167 points
prior to the opening tip at New
London trailed only 1976 Sil-
ver Lake graduate Keith
Stifter’s 1,188, now has 1,199
as a Panther — including the
90 he scored as a ninth-grader.
And he’s still counting!
The 2012-13 GSL boys, who
left New London riding a five-
game winning streak and sport-
ing a 13-10 overall record,
close their regular-season
schedule with consecutive
home games against Wright
County Conference powers
Litchfield, Delano and Annan-
dale. Then it’s on to the Section
5 (Class AA) tournament,
where every South team has a
winning record, Jordan (18-4)
looks like a top seed, and GSL
head coach Robb DeCorsey
wants one of the South subsec-
tion’s four top seeds.
“We played pretty well, of-
fensively, in both games (last
week),” DeCorsey said, noting
that his team did not always
“settle” for the three-point shot;
but instead, either took the ball
to the basket, or made the extra
pass. Showing his all-around
game, Maass charted 11 re-
bounds and six assists, in addi-
tion to his 31 points, at Sibley
Sophomore Keaton Ander-
son, who like Maass is a lefty,
tallied 22 points with seven
boards and three assists at Gay-
lord; then added 21 with seven
boards and six assists at New
While two of his guards were
combining for 50 points a night
last week, DeCorsey said
GSL’s defense did a good job at
contesting opponents’ perime-
ter shots and limiting second
Against Sibley East, eight of
senior Trenton Draeger’s 12 re-
bounds came off the defensive
Indeed, GSL shot 53 percent
from the floor at Sibley East,
where the Wolverines con-
nected on only 33 percent of
their shots. Panther marksman-
ship dipped to 43 percent at
New London, but GSL got to
the line for 27 attempts, which
included 18 makes.
DeCorsey said his boys are
playing with excitement during
their current winning steak.
Thursday at New London,
GSL played without Teddy Pe-
tersen, a key member of
DeCorsey’s guard rotation, and
with limited minutes for ailing
Greg Ober, another explosive
Stepping up and playing big
minutes was Brody Bratsch.
Maass is GSL’s all-time scorer
dropped Clouse to 29-8 and
lifted Jordahl to 29-4.
With Drew and Pundsack
leading the way, Hutchinson
wound up taking four of the
first six weights. After Nate
Tesch and Mitchell Hartwig
captured back-to-back wins by
fall, GSL/LP led 22-15,
But the Tigers would sweep
the last six weights, including
three by fall.
Final score: Hutchinson/Buf-
falo Lake-Hector-Stewart 42,
GSL/LP 22.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Lee Ostrom
GSL/LP ninth-grader Aaron Donnay
seems to be enjoying life, as he turns
Mankato East 113-pounder Austin West-
erlund’s shoulder blades closer to the
mat. At 2:44, Donnay got his fall, helping
his team advance in the section tourney.
By Lee Ostrom
Sports Editor
The Glencoe-Silver Lake/
Lester Prairie wrestlers trav-
eled to Hutchinson last Thurs-
day, hoping to spring an upset
on the Wright County Confer-
ence champions.
The setup was the quarterfi-
nals of the Section 2 (Class
AA) team tournament, for
which Hutch was the fourth
seed and GSL/LP the fifth.
Sure enough, the Panthers
started strong, tallying the
dual’s first 10 points on a win
by fall by Jacob Jewett at 106
and a major decision by Aaron
Donnay at 113.
Neither was a surprise. Any
sort of a GSL/LP victory for-
mula had to include a great
deal of success by its lighter
weights — starting with Jewett
and the Donnays, Aaron and
120-pounder Michael.
So, Hutchinson scored a sig-
nificant three points when
Riley Drew defeated familiar
foe Michael Donnay, 10-3.
Donnay’s record, as a result,
dipped to 32-5.
Any winning formula for
GSL/LP also required success
in the close individual bouts.
Instead, Hutchinson won
both of the dual’s overtime
bouts, as Luke Pundsack edged
the Panthers’ Brandon Richter,
4-2, at 132 and Paxton Jordahl
slipped by Dalton Clouse, 5-3,
at 195.
Pundsack scored a takedown
in the final second of overtime
to deny Richter his 29th win,
while Jordahl took down
Clouse with three seconds re-
maining in overtime. The result
Tigers rough up
GSL/LP, 42-22
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Silver Lake
Silver Lake Leader photos
by Alyssa Schauer
Helen Baker
on the lake
Last Friday, elementary
schools in the Glencoe-Sil-
ver Lake district cele-
brated Winterfest by
participating in activities in
the classroom and out on
Silver Lake. In the after-
noon, Helen Baker stu-
dents were bussed to the
lake to spend time playing
hockey, give a go at ice
fishing, try ice skating,
play broom ball, “snow”
kickball, and go sledding.
Above, William Hahn and
Braden Wigern fight for
the puck and to the right,
Emma Guennigsmann
tries ice fishing. Chad Koe-
nen, physical education
teacher at Lakeside Ele-
mentary, organized the en-
tire event, and thanks Rick
Steile and Harvey Mikol-
ichek for plowing paths
and ice rinks on the lake
for the students, as well as
all of the parent volunteers
and staff who helped with
the event.
Buffalo Ranch Chicken Bites
1 cup cooked chicken breast, finely diced
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons hot sauce
2 tablespoons ranch dressing
1 pound frozen bread dough, thawed
In a small bowl, combine the chicken, cream
cheese, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, and hot
sauce; set aside. Divide the bread dough into
four equal pieces. Roll the first piece into a
10x4-inch rectangle. Spread one-fourth of the
chicken mixture onto the lower third of the rec-
tangle, leaving a one-half-inch border along
bottom edge. Stretch bottom edge of dough up
over filling and press tightly to seal, then roll up
as tightly as possible into a log. Cut the log into
one-inch pieces and place on a lined baking pan.
Repeat with the remaining dough and chicken
mixture. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes. Pre-
heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake seven to 10 min-
utes or until the tops are lightly browned and
filling is heated through. Serve immediately.
Jalapeno Popper Dip
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
1 can (4 ounces) sliced jalapenos, drained
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the cream
cheese, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, one-half
cup Parmesan, and jalapenos in a bowl and pour
into a baking dish. Mix the panko bread crumbs
and one-fourth cup Parmesan and sprinkle over
the dip. Bake until the sides are bubbling and
the cheese has melted and turned golden brown
on top, about 20 minutes.
Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake
1 cup unsalted butter, plus more for pan
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup water
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1-3/4 cups sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1-1/2 tablespoons corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream
1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat
to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a Bundt pan
and set aside. In a small saucepan, combine the
butter, cocoa powder, salt, and water, and place
over medium heat. Cook, stirring, just until
melted and combined. Remove from heat and
set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the
flour, sugar, and baking soda. Add half of the
melted butter mixture and whisk until com-
pletely combined. The mixture will be thick.
Add the remaining butter mixture and whisk
until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time,
whisking until completely blended. Whisk in
the sour cream and the vanilla. Whisk until
smooth. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan
and bake until a toothpick inserted into the cen-
ter of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 min-
utes. Let cake cook in pan for 15 minutes and
then invert onto cooling rack. Cool completely
before glazing. While the cake is cooling, make
the chocolate glaze. Place the chopped choco-
late and corn syrup in a medium bowl and set
aside. Combine the heavy cream and sugar in a
small saucepan and put over medium heat. Stir
until the cream is hot and the sugar is dissolved.
Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and
whisk until smooth. Generously drizzle glaze
over cooled cake, allowing to drip down sides.
Kitchen Delights
& Other Things
The Glencoe-Silver Lake
FFA chapter has been awarded
$2,500 as part of the FFA:
Food For All program.
The nationwide program
provides grant money to local
FFA chapters to support year-
long service-learning projects
focused on developing and im-
plementing sustainable hunger
relief projects.
According to Becky Had-
dad, GSL FFA adviser, “The
Glencoe-Silver Lake FFA
Chapter was approached in
August with the idea to start a
one-acre community garden.
“With plans already under
way, the Glencoe-Silver Lake
FFA Chapter intends to raise
awareness for healthy eating,
the value of a garden for exer-
cise, smart environmental and
conservation practices, as well
as supply food to our middle
and high school cafeteria, and
provide community program-
ming that will supply food to
those in need (including com-
munity education, food
shelves, and other donations),”
Haddad said.
“The garden will serve as a
community resource for fight-
ing hunger and encouraging a
healthy lifestyle.
“The garden site will be
within walking distance from
school and provide students
and community an opportu-
nity for camaraderie, exercise,
and fresh produce,” Haddad
said. “A summer class will be
offered in conjunction with the
garden to provide opportuni-
ties for FFA members to work
throughout the summer, and
community members are en-
couraged to take advantage of
opportunities to help with
planting, weeding and harvest-
“Plans have already been set
in motion to work with the
local food shelf and multiple
community partners to utilize
this new resource to its fullest
extent,” Haddad said.
The FFA: Food For All
grant program is administered
by the National FFA Organiza-
tion, with funding provided in
part by Farmers Feeding the
World and the Howard G.
Buffett Foundation. The pro-
gram provided approximately
$323,000 to FFA chapters in
42 states. More information
about the program can be
found at www.FFA.org/food
Established in 1999, the
Howard G. Buffett Founda-
tion’s primary mission is to
combat hunger and improve
the standard of living for vul-
nerable populations through-
out the world.
The foundation invests in a
full spectrum of initiatives to
address global hunger and
food insecurity including: di-
rect humanitarian aid for pop-
ulations in crisis; agricultural
development for smallholder
farmers, particularly women;
livelihood improvement for
smallholders through com-
mercial market access; aca-
demic and field research to
increase farmer productivity
in resource-constrained con-
texts; and advocacy cam-
paigns to sustain and scale
best practices. Learn more at
Farmers Feeding the World
is an ambitious initiative of the
Farm Journal Foundation that
looks to rally the agriculture
industry around three critical
needs: providing hunger relief,
creating agricultural develop-
ment through sustainable solu-
tions and communicating the
importance of modern agricul-
ture in the fight against
The Farmers Feeding the
World initiative unites farm-
ers, agribusiness and organiza-
tions to make a meaningful
difference in those three areas.
For more information, visit
www. FarmersFeedingThe
The National FFA Organi-
zation is a national youth or-
ganization of 557,318 student
members as part of 7,498 local
FFA chapters in all 50 states,
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Is-
The FFA mission is to make
a positive difference in the
lives of students by develop-
ing their potential for premier
leadership, personal growth
and career success through
agricultural education.
The National FFA Organi-
zation operates under a federal
charter granted by the 81st
United States Congress and it
is an integral part of public in-
struction in agriculture.
The U.S. Department of Ed-
ucation provides leadership
and helps set direction for FFA
as a service to state and local
agricultural education pro-
For more, visit the National
FFA Organization online at
www.FFA.org, on Facebook,
Twitter and the official Na-
tional FFA Organization blog.
GSL’s FFA chapter receives $2,500
for ‘Food For All’ garden project
Submitted photo
Adam Thalmann in the back, and Will Mickolichek have
been instrumental in the planning phase of the FFA’s
plans for a garden project this spring.
FFA Week
by GSL
In honor of National FFA
Week, the Glencoe-Silver
Lake FFA chapter is inviting
former members to bring their
FFA jacket to work on Thurs-
day, Feb. 21.
Hang it on the back of your
chair or display it at the office
so everyone can see you were
part of the nation’s premier
youth leadership and agricul-
ture organization.
Former members also can
bring their jacket to the high
school, and the Glencoe-Sil-
ver Lake FFA chapter will dis-
play them outside the
agriculture classroom.
Contact chapter Adviser
Becky Haddad at rhaddad
@gsl.k12.mn.us for more in-
formation or to let them know
you are bringing your jacket
to work. Pictures of your
jacket proudly displayed are
FFA week activities for the
Glencoe-Silver Lake chapter
will include hosting its annual
barnyard in the ag shop Tues-
day, Ag Olympics during
fourth hour on Wednesday, at-
tending FFA Day at the Capi-
tol on Thursday, and hosting a
staff breakfast on Friday.
FFA week kicks off on Sat-
urday with participation in
Superstars, an event hosted by
Dassel-Cokato FFA.
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By Rich Glennie
Zach Pierson, 16, a sopho-
more at Glencoe-Silver Lake
High School, has become a re-
gional director of FFA and be-
gins his duties after being
installed April 16 at the re-
gional FFA banquet.
Pierson, son of Bill and
Merri Pierson of Silver Lake,
lives on a “hay farm” and has
been involved in the local FFA
for the past two years.
He applied for the regional
director’s position in order “to
teach others about FFA.”
The director’s position is a
one-year term, but Pierson said
he can reapply for a different
regional FFA office after his
year is up.
In between, Pierson said he
will attend leadership training
sessions over the summer.
Currently, Pierson is the
treasurer of the GSL FFA
There are eight regional of-
fices of FFA in Minnesota,
Pierson said, and GSL is on
the far eastern end of Region 5
that runs as far west at New
Pierson gives a lot of credit
to first-year FFA adviser
Becky Haddad for getting
everyone more involved in the
local FFA chapter.
Pierson said he applied for
the regional position, “to rep-
resent the school” and to be-
come a leader who can help
Pierson has been active in a
number of FFA activities, in-
cluding being on the dairy
food team that advanced to
state, the general livestock
team as well as the parlimen-
tary procedure team that re-
cently earned a second place
in region competition and will
advance to the state competi-
His older sister, Morgan,
also participated in GSL’s FFA
program and is now attending
college. Pierson’s older
brother, Devin, is a senior at
GSL, but not involved in FFA.
“Zach is certainly a great
young man,” said Haddad.
“I’m so blessed to work with
such awesome kids — Zach is
just one example!”
Currently, 71 GSL students
are on the FFA roster.
“Zach worked really hard on
his application and prepping to
go through the process,” Had-
dad added.
“My goals for this first year
are to say ‘yes’ as much as
possible and get kids ener-
gized,” Haddad said. “I’m also
trying to do as much as I can
to put everything in the hands
of the students. It’s their organ-
ization. They need to own it.
“I'm really lucky with the
kids I have this year. I really
haven’t done that much apart
from unlock my room and
make sure they know when
stuff is, “ Haddad said.
“They put in the time to
make FFA great. I have a lot of
hard workers. They head up
the planning for events, officer
selection, meetings, applica-
tions and practices. It’s all on
them,” Haddad said.
Pierson named FFA regional director; begins duties in April
Silver Lake Leader photo by Rich Glennie
Zach Pierson, son of Bill and Merri Pier-
son of Silver Lake, has been named a re-
gional FFA director representing the
Glencoe-Silver Lake FFA chapter. He be-
gins his duties in April and will take lead-
ership training courses over the summer.
Glencoe-Silver Lake hosted
its own Knowledge Bowl
meet Saturday at the high
school at the same time the
Glencoe Business Expo was
under way in the nearby Pan-
ther Field House.
“If you visited the Expo
early in the day, you might
have wondered why so many
school buses were parked in
the high school parking lot,”
said Knowledge Bowl coach
Vicky Harris. “If you had
asked, you would have heard
that the Knowledge Bowl
team was hosting a meet.
Fourteen schools brought stu-
dents to compete, and the
parking lot was full.
“The high school was full of
kids who are all proud to show
off what they know. It was
great to experience, and GSL’s
results were incredible,” Har-
ris said.
The GSL team Upsilon
dominated the varsity meet
that represented 15 schools,
including all the regional pow-
GSL had two teams — Up-
silon and Yo Tengo ir al Bano.
Upsilon won by a whopping
31.5 points, while Yo Tengo ir
al Bano finished seventh.
Upsilon started in fourth
place with a written score of
37, and dominated Room 2 in
the first oral round (GSL 18,
Next, the team moved up to
Room 1, and won there, too
(GSL 19, Willmar 15, CMCS
This continued until the end
of the meet. In round three,
Upsilon pulled farther ahead
(GSL 22, Hutchinson 8, Will-
mar 5) and in round four, con-
tinued to improve the lead
(GSL 22, New London-Spicer
8, CMCS 3).
At the end of the meet, Up-
silon was a remarkable 31.5
points in the lead and won the
gold medals with 123.5 points,
Harris said.
Hutchinson’s Two Bears
High-fiving was second with
92 points, while New London-
Spicer Mona Lisas took third
with 87.
The members of the Up-
silons were Joe Fehrenbach,
Ethan Bass, Patrick Fehren-
bach, Chandler Swift and
Jacob Wawrzyniak.
Yo Tengo ir al Bano began
not far behind Upsilon, with a
32 in the written. The team
began its competition in oral
room three, where it finished
in the middle (NLS 14, GSL 9,
YME 8). In the second round,
it won Room 3 (GSL 11,
ACGC 7, Benson 3) and
moved up to Room 2 for
round three (NLS 15, CMCS
9, GSL 8).
Yo Tengo ir al Bano
dropped back to Room 3, and
won the room again for the
final round (GSL 16, YME 9,
Benson 8).
Yo Tengo ir al Bano fin-
ished in seventh place, with
78.5 points. This team in-
cluded Lindsey Becker, Cody
Wendorff, Cedric Winter, Kyle
Beck and Oakley Clark.
In junior varsity, there were
17 teams. GSL’s Deltigma
began with a written score of
28, which put it in fourth
place, and began the meet in
Room 2. It won the room
(GSL 13, CMCS 10, Benson
4) and moved up to Room 1
where it tied (GSL 10, NLS
10, Lester Prairie 4). In round
three, it improved its scores
(GSL 14, NLS 7, Willmar 6).
It didn’t win the room in round
four, but only lost by one point
(NLS 12, GSL 11, CCS 9),
which meant its overall total
was high enough to win with
81.5 points. New London-
Spicer’s CLGNA finished sec-
ond with 78, while Willmar
Power Rangers finished third
with 68.5.
The members of Deltigma
were Brent Duenow, Mitch
Beneke, Maddie Kuehn, Jenna
Lokensgard and Lindsay
The junior high meet had 14
teams, with two from GSL.
The Samoas and the Nargles
began tied for third in the writ-
ten, with scores of 41. Because
only three teams can be in a
room, the Samoas were in
Room 2 (GSL 23, NLS 8,
CMCS 7) while the Nargles
were in Room 1 (GSL 18,
Hutchinson 14, Willmar 12).
For the later rounds, both
teams were in Room 1. Round
two: Samoas 22, Nargles 9,
Hutchinson 7.
After round two, the Nar-
gles were frustrated at being
behind the Samoas, and they
were determined to buzz
faster. Round 3: Nargles 20,
Samoas 11, Willmar 9.
In round four, they were al-
most even: Samoas 16, Nar-
gles 14, Willmar 9.
The final scores showed
total GSL domination! In first
place were the Samoas with
118.5, while the Nargles were
second with 108 and Hutchin-
son Kamikaze Kittens were
third with 99. Willmar’s
Murica finished in fourth, a
half point behind with 98.5.
Members of the Samoas
were Jake Fehrenbach, Con-
nor Heuer, Maggie Petersen,
Dini Schweikert, Robin Swift
and Theresa Siers. The Nar-
gles included Marisa Luch-
singer, Rachel Reichow, Katie
Twiss, Jake Vasek, and Jack
“All a coach can say is
‘Wow! Good job!’” Harris
said. “To finish with GSL cap-
turing top spots in all three di-
visions at our home meet was
beyond amazing! We enjoyed
a lot of support and help from
friends and family and we are
grateful for all of it.”
Harris added, “Normally,
this is our final regular-season
meet, but this year all three
levels of GSL teams have one
more meet at ACGC (resched-
uled from December).
The high school varsity and
JV teams also will be compet-
ing at Chaska next weekend.
Harris said that meet “is simi-
lar to Little Falls but larger,
and we will compete against
many strong metro-area
In early March, GSL will
have its subregion meet,
“which is the beginning of the
competitions that give us a
chance to go to the state meet
in April. We hope to be able to
make it to state again!”
Knowledge Bowl teams
dominate at home meet
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