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Boys fall in OT
The McLeod County
Brownton’s natural gas project election GSL ends 14-14 basketball season is Tuesday — Page 1B
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‘Zinnia’ tries sports, other experiences
By Alyssa Schauer Staff Writer or the last six months, Silver Lake has been home to Chinese native Qiwei Huang, also known as “Zinnia,” and in her short time in the United States, Zinnia has grown to love karate, decorating Christmas trees and mashed potatoes. Zinnia, 17, is from Wuhan, China, and moved to the area last August as part of the foreign exchange student program through the STS Foundation (STSF). She is living with Tim and Jennell Johnson, and their daughter, Sam, 16, and she attends Glencoe-Silver Lake High School. Almost immediately, Zinnia joined extracurricular activities at GSL. “She arrived late Wednesday due to flight delays, and on barely five hours of sleep, she auditioned Thursday morning for the fall musical, ‘Annie,’” Jennell Johnson said. “That was a lot of fun. I sang a Chinese pop song. This is my first time here, so I don’t know too many English songs,” Zinnia laughed. Zinnia also said she tried playing soccer and joined cheerleading, “but I like karate best,” she said. “We are a karate family. And Zinnia’s already earned her orange belt,” Jennell Johnson added. All three of the Johnsons and Zinnia are part of the Glencoe Karate Club.
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“It’s through the Glencoe Community Ed program, and Lisa Bohnert is our sensai,” Jennell Johnson added. Zinnia said they don’t have the opportunity to participate in sports and other activities outside of school in China. “The most new thing for me is being in sports. In China, we are always learning. We go to school early and come home late,” Zinnia said. She added that she is not home until 8:30 p.m. most days from school. “There’s no chance to do sports since we stay at school all day,” she said. “Also, because I’m always at school in China, I don’t really see movies. I have seen more movies here than I have in several years in China,” she laughed. “Yes, we’ve taken her to a lot of movies,” Tim Johnson laughed. “So far, ‘Men in Black’ is my favorite. Oh, and now it’s ‘Brave,’” Zinnia added. Zinnia also added that she “loves cartoons.” “My favorite is a Chinese cartoon about sheep. Lots of sheep and two wise wolves. It’s really funny,” Zinnia laughed. The Johnsons traveled with Zinnia to Florida in December, where she experienced the magic at Walt Disney World and life on the beach. “I love Space Mountain,” she said.
Chronicle photo by Alyssa Schauer
Exchange student
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Tim and Jennell Johnson are hosting their fifth foreign exchange student, Zinnia, this school year. From left to right are
Jennell Johnson, their daughter Sam, Zinnia, and Tim Johnson. Zinnia is from China, and is staying through June.
SWAC members clash over recent board decisions
By Lori Copler Staff Writer A review of McLeod County’s solid waste plan Monday morning had members of its Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) wondering just what role it plays. SWAC chairman Gary Schreifels brought up the issue, saying that in the past four months, there have been several instances “where it hasn’t come to the attention of SWAC.” Among those instances are several purchases, including containers, a decal for the paper drive trailer, rebates to the school and a security camera at the Silver Lake drop-off site. “I’m not saying those costs weren’t warranted, but they should have been brought before us,” said Schreifels. Schreifels also brought up the County Board’s vote to increase TIP fees at the Spruce Ridge landfill, the construction of a pesticide handling room and the County Board’s approval of hiring a consultant to look at possibly going to a onesort recycling program. “If these decisions are being made by the MRF (Material Recyling Facility) committee, that needs to be brought into the solid waste plan,” said Schreifels. And if the MRF committee and County Board are making those decisions, “my first question is what is the mission of SWAC? and my second question would be why is SWAC around?” Schreifels added. McLeod County Commissioner Sheldon Nies said he felt Schreifels was raising the issue in relation to the county’s dispute with the city of Glencoe over the recycling program. Schreifels is a public works director for the city of Glencoe. “Everyone is aware that we’re in a dispute with Glencoe, and that’s what this is all about,” said Nies.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Principal Paul Sparby spoke to the Community Schools group last Thursday about the anti-bullying
effort called the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program that was started last fall in all the district’s schools.
GSL Elementary Principal Bill Butler shared his thoughts on the Olweus program and how it is being implemented at the elementary school level.
Olweus: What is it about, what are its goals at GSL?
Anti-bullying program now under way districtwide
By Rich Glennie Editor Many people — students and adults — have been targets of bullies. While most on the receiving end of the bully’s abuse survive and move on, it can be life-altering, or even life-threatening to others. Glencoe-Silver Lake is trying to do something about changing the culture in the school buildings that helps those bullied and those who enable bullies to deal with the situations more effectively. At last Thursday’s Community Schools business luncheon at the high school, GSL principals Paul Sparby and Bill Butler gave the gathering a preview of its Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. As Superintendent Chris Sonju said in introducing the program, “Our school administrators believe that bullying cannot be dismissed as ‘kids being kids’ or something that children ‘just need to deal with.’ We will continue to foster a healthy learning environment.” He added, “Parents, guardians, community members and school staff play a crucial role in successful implementation of our bullying prevention efforts. ... The Olweus program promotes a system-wide approach that allows us to effectively confront bullying behaviors.” First one needs to understand the definition of bullying, said Sparby, GSL high school principal, and Butler, GSL elementary school principal. It involves aggressive behavior that is repeated as a pattern, and that action creates an imbalance of power, physically and socially, the principals explained. The effects of bullying are far-ranging.
SWAC members
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Koepp criminal case continued to May 14
By Lori Copler Staff Writer First District Court Judge Michael Wentzell granted a continuance of the Bryan Koepp criminal trial to May 14 at an evidentiary hearing Monday afternoon. The jury trial for Koepp, former owner of the Glencoe Garden Center, had originally been set for April 9. Koepp faces eight felony charges of theft for allegedly swindling money from about 15 different people over a two-year period. Koepp’s attorney, public defender Fran Eggert, said his investigator needs time to comb through several bankers’ boxes of material from Koepp’s bankruptcy case that may pertain to the criminal case. Eggert said he is not familiar with the bankruptcy proceed-
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Brian Koepp
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Legion Auxiliary sets meeting
The Glencoe American Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Post 95 will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, March 18, at the Glencoe Fire Hall. Lunch will be served.
Police Report
Police responded to a call of a medical situation at 3:27 a.m., Tuesday, at a residence on 15th Street. The person was transported to Glencoe Regional Health Services by ambulance. A property damage report was received at 1:37 p.m., Tuesday, from a resident on 10th Street. A gas line to a generator had been cut. Also Tuesday afternoon, police received a report of a vehicle backing into a trailer parked on Edgewood Drive. No other details were provided. Police were called at 6:59 a.m., Wednesday, to a medical situation on 10th Street when a woman called and said her husband was on the floor and unresponsive. The man was transported to the hospital by ambulance. At 8:50 a.m., Wednesday, police received a report that someone had gone through vehicles on Newton Avenue and took about $2 in change. A theft was reported at Westside Car Wash on Chandler Avenue where vending machine glass was broken and items stolen. Damage was estimated at about $150. Police responded to a medical call at 12:04 p.m., Thursday, at Grand Meadows. A resident complaining of shortness of breath was transferred by ambulance to Glencoe Regional Health Services. Police received a complaint at 3:51 p.m., Thursday, that snowmobile tracks were found on the golf course. Police talked to the parties involved about snowmobiles need to stay off the golf course property. A vehicle was reportedly scratched while in the Coborn’s parking lot Thursday afternoon. Two “snowbird” citations were issued on Friday morning. Later on Friday, police were called to assist at a medical on 15th Street. A male was having a severe nose bleed and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Four more “snowbird” citations were issued Saturday morning. Also Saturday morning, police were called to Super America for a gas drive-off. The loss was $62.01. Four more winter parking citations were issued on Sunday morning. Police were called to a domestic call on Ninth Street. Also responding were three sheriff’s deputies. A female reported she had chest pains on Sunday morning and was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
GSL Board discusses technical staff addition
By Rich Glennie Editor The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board on Monday night approved its agreement with the Southwest/West Central (SW/WC) Service Cooperative for 2013-14 that showed a slight increase in some costs and a reduction in others. But the main discussion centered around the technology services provided by the cooperative as the district also looks at additional help for its two technology staff members, Jeff Jensen and Mike Morris. Board Chairman Clark Christianson expressed concerns that the district would be paying $23,400 for cooperative technology services at the same time it looks at hiring another IT staff member. He felt that was duplication. “It’s an expensive contract for what we are getting,” Christianson said of the oneday-a-week technical service that teaches staff to use the new technology. But he admitted what the district is getting “is very valuable.” Superintendent Chris Sonju and Business Manager Michelle Sander, however, disagreed it would be duplication. Sander said the district has over 500 computers and has now added another 140 iPads for the third-graders. More iPads are planned for the fifth- and sixth-graders next year, but the district still has only two technicians to handle the workload. “They may need more help,” Sander said. But until that third person is found, the district is faced with an April 1 deadline for contracting for services from the SW/WC Cooperative for 2013-14. Sander said a job description is needed. The cooperative services are more for teaching staff how to use the new equipment; the current technical staff is more for fixing problems. She hoped to get someone who can do both. In another matter, the GSL School Board: • Approved a two-year school calendar for the 201314 and 2014-15 school years. School begins on Sept. 3 for the 2013-14 school year and ends on June 3, 2014. Graduation will be on Friday, May 30. Included in the calendar will be a spring break from March 3-7. There will be several staff development days, but instead of two-hour late starts on those days, they will be two-hour early release times, Sonju said. For those needing child care for the early releases, the district will continue to have its after-school programs. Also for the 2013-14 calendar, the daytime K-6 conferences set for Feb. 28, 2014, will be replaced by having a full day of instruction for all K-12 students, Sonju said. He said it was felt that was a better use of the time. In 2014-15, the first day of school will be Sept. 2, and the last day will be May 28. Graduation will be Friday, May 29. There will be no spring break, Sonju said, in keeping with the tradition of having spring breaks every other year. Staff development days again will include early releases instead of late starts. Winter break will be Dec. 24, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015, with a mini-break at Easter time, April 2 through April 6, 2015. • High School Principal Paul Sparby acknowledged accomplishments by students that included 38 GSL students going to the state Business Professionals of America (BPA) competition, and 16 of those will advance to the national BPA competition in May in Orlando, Fla.; Twenty students currently on the Close Up trip to Washington, D.C., under the leadership of history teacher Paul Lemke and Assistant Principal Dan Svoboda; Seven GSL students attended the region science/engineering fair in Mankato in February and five qualified for state competition April 79. Two, Alexandra Stensvad and Mark Broderius, also will compete at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on April 6-7; GSL wrestlers Jacob Jewett, sixth place at 106 pounds at the recent state wrestling tournament, and Mitch Hartwig, state champion, at 145 pounds; Ethan Maass, a senior, for his 1,279 career points in boys’ basketball to become the all-time school leader; And Clarissa Ober, who became the only GSL girls’ basketball player to score over 1,000 points and haul down over 1,000 rebounds in her career.
Study Club to meet March 18
The Glencoe Study Club will meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 18, at the home of Pam Collins. The presentation will be by Roxanne Stensvad, a master gardener.
Easter party set March 24
The Stewart Lions Club annual Easter party and pancake breakfast is scheduled for Palm Sunday, March 24, at the Stewart Fire Hall. Serving of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and beverages, is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A free-will donation will be accepted, and proceeds will go to local Lions’ projects. The Easter party includes free kids’ photos with the Easter Bunny and a kids’ coloring contest.
Lions bar bingo set Saturday
The Glencoe Lions will be sponsoring bar bingo at the Glencoe Country Club at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16. Everyone age 18 and over is welcome to play for cash prizes. The progressive game pay-out amount is up to $899. Food, beverages and pull-tabs are available.
KCs March paper drive set
The Glencoe Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a paper drive March 21 through March 23. Items collected are newspaper (including glossy inserts), magazines, catalogs, phone books and cardboard. All items must be clean and dry. Newspaper should be in paper bags or boxes or bundled and tied with string or twine. Corrugated cardboard and box board (cereal boxes) should be kept separate. Plastics cannot be accepted. Items may be dropped off Thursday and Friday, March 21-22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. or Saturday, March 23, from 8 a.m. to noon at the drop location in the upper lot of St. Pius X Church in Glencoe.
Lions ‘tip night’ set March 18
On Monday, March 18, members of the Glencoe Lions Club will be hosts at the Glencoe Pizza Ranch. The Lions will be “working” to earn tips from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Glencoe Lions also will receive a portion of all sales, including pick-ups and delivery, beginning at 4 p.m. Remember the Lions motto, “WE SERVE.”
Stewartfest committee meets
The Stewartfest committee will meet Sunday, March 17, at 6 p.m., at Cactus Jacks’s II in Stewart. Anyone interested in being a volunteer or vendor is invited to attend. For more information, call Heather Peirce at 320562-2163.
New Auburn Night at Movies set March 21
The New Auburn Lions Club is sponsoring a New Auburn Night at the Movies at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at the New Auburn City Hall. The free program includes movies and a presentation about old New Auburn. Presenters will be John Rivers and Kathy Ringo. Refreshments will be served.
Legion birthday party set
The Stewart American Legion will celebrate its 94th birthday party with a potluck supper Monday, March 18, at 6 p.m., at the Stewart Community Center. Guests include Department President Raleen Tolzmann of Clevelan, Department Commander Don Pankake of Hutchinson, and candidate for 3rd District commander, Elmer Baysinger of Hutchinson. Anyone involved in the post, past and present, is invited to the birthday party. Bring food shelf items.
Brian Koepp
Continued from page 1 ings because Koepp had a different attorney at the time, who has since been appointed a district judge in Cottonwood County. “It’s time intensive,” said Eggert. Eggert also asked the judge to “determine probable cause on the record without any further testimony.” Wentzell said he had reviewed the criminal complaint and ruled that there is probable cause for the case to be bound over for jury trial. Eggert also said he is reserving the right to petition for a change of venue and, if he determines such a request is warranted, that he will file a motion within the next two weeks. McLeod County Attorney Mike Junge, who is prosecuting the case on behalf of the state of Minnesota, said the state was fine with the continuance. Junge also said that if a motion for a change of venue is filed, he would like at least five days to respond. Junge also indicated that any plea agreements being considered “will be withdrawn after April 30.”
Chili dinner set for Sunday
The Brownton Congregational Church, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Division Street, will host a chili dinner Sunday, March 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Besides the chili meal, a beverage and dessert are included. Children under 5 are free.
ECFE mid-winter event set
Remember summer? Dig out your flip flops, sunglasses, and shorts for this mid-winter flash back at GlencoeSilver Lake’s Early Childhood Family Education from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 15, at the ECFE addition at Helen Baker Elementary School. Enjoy sand sculpting, water play and other beach fun as we crank up the heat at ECFE. Bring your beach towel! There is a small fee to attend. Please call ECFE at 864-2681 to register! Also, ECFE needs your input. Take a short online survey at http://tinyurl.com/ECFE-Survey. Your feedback will help determine ECFE’s future programs, events and classes.
TOPS meets on Thursdays
Glencoe TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 1558 meets on Thursday nights at Christ Lutheran Church. Weigh-in starts at 5:15 p.m. and the meeting starts at 5:45 p.m. For more information call Gloria at 320-864-4174 or Judy at 320-864-5495.
Glencoe seniors to meet
The Glencoe Senior Citizens group will meet at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, March 14, at the senior room in the Glencoe City Center. The group will play 500 and Sheephead, and all area senior citizens are invited to attend. The club also will meet at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, for card playing.
Antique appraisals coming
McLeod County Historical Society’s annual Antique Appraisal and Flea Market will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 17, at the county museum, 380 School Road, Hutchinson. Call 320-587-2109 for more information. The museum website is www.mcleodhistory.org. To be included in this column, items for Happenings must be received in the Chronicle office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday of the week they are to be published. Items received after that will be published elsewhere in the newspaper as space permits.
Snowmobiler injured near Dassel Twp.
HUTCHINSON — The Hutchinson Leader reported that Chase Ostlie, 30, of Hutchinson and formerly of Glencoe, was injured in a snowmobile accident near Dassel on March 3. He was snowmobiling near state Highway 15 in Dassel Township when he drove to the side of the ditch, the machine tipped and Ostlie fell off. He was taken by ambulance to the Hutchinson hospital for treatment.
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, page 3
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“She screamed the whole time! It’s one person to a car, in a line, and we’re sitting way in front, and she was behind us, but I could hear her scream the whole time,” Tim Johnson laughed. “And we headed to Tampa and spent time on the beach. We even did karate on the beach,” Jennell Johnson said. “Mmm, I love the beach. It was cool,” Zinnia said. The Johnsons also took Zinnia to see “their farm” in Perham, the Mall of America, the Minnesota Institute of Arts and the Minnesota Zoo. “We even took her to work with us,” Jennell Johnson said. Jennell Johnson works at Best Buy Corporate office and Tim Johnson works for Rudolph Technologies. “And she came to a blood drive with us. She was very scared watching me, I could see her concern,” Tim Johnson said. In December, the Johnsons took Zinnia sledding to Rocket Hill in Hutchinson, and they went to Turck’s Trees to cut their own Christmas tree. “When I was 9, my parents bought a real Christmas tree, but it was little. The tree we got this year was big, and really hard to cut,” Zinnia laughed. “I felt proud when it was all decorated.” Zinnia also has been enjoying the activities of winter, including building snowmen and participating in snow fights. “Sam pushed me in the snow,” Zinnia laughed. “It was cold! I like the snow, but I don’t like the cold!” “We think these two are like siblings, separated at birth. They are always teasing each other and goofing around,” Jennell Johnson laughed. Zinnia also experienced the American Halloween traditions when Sam took her to a few houses trick-or-treating, “just to get a feel for it,” Sam Johnson said. “She also carved a pumpkin for the first time,” Sam Johnson added. “And I made a pumpkin pie,” Zinnia said. The Johnsons said the karate club has also offered a lot of opportunities for Zinnia to experience United States culture, including a trip to the Renaissance Festival. “Through Karate Club, we did garbage detail one weekend at the Renaissance Festival. It was filthy, but before we did that with Zinnia, we took her to enjoy it,” Jennell Johnson laughed. “Zinnia really has an excellent work ethic. She didn’t mind picking up garbage,” Tim Johnson laughed. Tim Johnson added that Zinnia has not only volunteered to clean up garbage, but was a huge help at the annual community Thanksgiving dinner in Silver Lake. “She helped peel potatoes,” he said. “And I was in charge of the corn,” Zinnia added. “She is very good at helping with chores at home, including taking out the garbage and reycling. And she even cooks,” Tim Johnson said. “For awhile, we were in the habit of cooking Chinese food every Tuesday night. It was great! And she’d jump in and want to take over,” Tim Johnson laughed. He added that Zinnia was a “good sport” and always tried everything he would cook. Zinnia said her favorite foods so far have been pizza, potatoes, pasta and turkey. “Mmm, I love pizza. In China, pizza is not so good. I have never tasted pizza so good until I got here,” Zinnia said. Another big experience for Zinnia has been the change in climate and atmosphere. “Wuhan is a big city with a lot of pollution and gray sky,” Zinnia said. “Before coming to Silver Lake, Zinnia hadn’t seen white clouds, blue sky, sunsets, or stars and the moon at night,” Tim Johnson said. “I, maybe, would see one star in China,” Zinnia said. “Watching her respond to things like this that we take for granted was a new experience for us. And she asked us many questions at first, wanting to absorb everything. She is very inquisitive,” Tim Johnson said. Tim Johnson added that Zinnia hadn’t seen much agriculture in her own country. “A lot of fields and cows here,” Zinnia laughed. “We are having a lot of fun with Zinnia. I think the reason we started hosting foreign exchange students is to give Sam, our only child, the experience of what it’s like to have siblings,” Jennell Johnson said. “Zinnia is the fifth foreign exchange student we have hosted. We have had three from Brazil, and one student from Poland. Kari Becker is our local coordinator, and it has been great,” Tim Johnson said. The Johnsons added, “Zinnia has a wonderful sense of humor and makes us laugh. We are enjoying our time with her.”
Chronicle photos by Alyssa Schauer
Jr. High concert
The Glencoe-Silver Lake Lincoln Jr. High band and choir concert was held Monday night in the high school auditorium. The concert included the seventhgrade band, the eighthgrade band and the combined seventh- and eighthgrade choir, above. At right are Maggie Petersen, Marissa Kirchoff and Erica Hensel of the eighth-grade flute section. The choir was directed by Randi Erlandson, and the bands were directed by Peter Gepson. The grades 9-12 band concert is set for Monday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Garden project aims to help lunch program
By Rich Glennie Editor If all goes as planned, next fall the Glencoe-Silver Lake school lunch program will be eating produce right out of the school’s own garden plot. Becky Haddad, high school ag instructor, gave the GSL School Board an update Monday night on the FFA junior high school community garden project. Seventh- and eighth-grade students will be planting a garden near the high school this spring and hope to reap the results in the fall, thanks to “a lot of community partners,” Haddad said. She said a new FFA chapter was started this school year for the seventh- and eighth-graders, “who are well on their way with the garden,” thanks to donations and grants. The new land and grant committee has been doing most of the work to date, Haddad said, with the planning committee and the processing committee ready to begin. She said the high school FFA students also will help over the summer. “There are a lot of community sponsors,” Haddad said, along with Chartwells, who will process the vegetables that are raised. Long-term, Haddad said, the program looks to expand into crops and possibly fruits. But with the growing season only from April to September, that limits what can be grown. The first-year goal is a oneacre garden which will provide educational opportunities for the students, Haddad said. The aim is to not only produce fresh vegetables for the school lunch program, but to donate 200 pounds of vegetables to the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf as well. The group also will work with the local farmers market this year. Another aspect is working with the city in the compost portion of the program, she added. GSL Superintendent Chris Sonju thanked Haddad, who is in her first year at GSL. “You’re the engine that gets the program going.” Sonju said the gardening program not only involves the students, but it helps network the school with other government agencies as well as private individuals and local businesses. “This has a lot of potential,” he added. In other matters, the board: • Set the next GSL School Board meeting for 7 p.m., Monday, April 8, at Lakeside Elementary School in Silver Lake. • Honored members of the GSL one-act play for finishing second in the subsection competition and fourth at the section contest. The play members were presented certificates of commendation by Sonju, and personally congratulated by the board members. • Heard that the recent high school blood drive goal of 50 units was surpassed when 61 donations were collected. GSL High School Principal Paul Sparby complimented the student organizers for their efforts, especially after the Red Cross had to cancel several other blood drives due to the weather. “They (Red Cross) appreciated the extra units raised.” • Recognized Lee Ostrom, long-time sports editor of The McLeod County Chronicle, for all his work with and publicity for the high school sports programs. Ostrom will retire at the end of the month. “He will be sadly missed,” said board member Jamie Alsleben. • Approved family leave requests for Julie Mallak, a special education paraprofessional at Lakeside and Jamie Rossmiller, band teacher at Lakeside. • Accepted the resignations of Nandini Kraemer as an ESL paraprofessional at Lincoln Jr. High and Annette Thomas as a Lakeside special education paraprofessional. Also, the board accepted the resignations of Sue Magnuson as C team softball coach, Lisa Eischens as junior high track coach and Cullen Ober as head girls’ basketball coach. • Named Dave Prehn as C team softball coach and Kevin Peters as junior high track coach. • Accepted the following donations: State Farm Insurance, $50 for robotics program. Plato American Legion Post 641, $500 for robotics and $1,000 for the People-toPeople program. GSL Panther Boosters, $2,000 for Close Up program. Navigator Financial, $300 for boys’ basketball. Conservation Partners of America, $1,500 for trap shooting program. Taylor Lepel Memorial Fund, $200 for volleyball coaches clinic. New Auburn Fire Department, $325 for robotics. Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, $500 for robotics. Silver Lake Lions, $300 for robotics, and $250 for Close Up program. New Auburn VFW Post 7266, $200 for robotics. Shopko, $332.33 for activities scholarships. Southwest Initiative Fund, $3,700 for Supermileage program. Pizza Ranch, 50 pizzas for Winterfest activity. Alsleben said the generosity of so many individuals and organizations is greatly appreciated, and he noted the donations came from throughout the GSL school district.
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Expansion vote set Nov. 5
NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA — The Norwood Young America Times reported that the School District 108 School Board approved a public vote on a proposed elementary school expansion project. The vote will be on Nov. 5. The project, if approved, would add onto the front of the current elementary school building in order to house preschool, Early Childhood Family Education, Kids Company childcare and office space.
Bullying: How can it be stopped, and who is responsible to stop it?
Our View: Olweus program has great potential, but without parental support it may not work
ullying has been around since the dawn of time, but in recent years, especially with the spate of shootings at schools around the country and the world, it has taken on new importance in trying to address the problem. In many of the mass shootings, in particular shootings at schools, bullying has been a cause in someone snapping and taking retribution against the perceived bullies and anyone else in the vicinity. Anyone who has been on the receiving end of a bully’s threats, verbal or physical, knows the unpleasant experience, especially as an elementary student or teenager. These are vulnerable years, and the bullying can have long-lasting, devastating effects if not stopped quickly. This school year Glencoe-Silver Lake rolled out a new anti-bullying program called Olweus Bullying Prevention. Its aim is to teach students — those being bullied and those being spectators — how to defuse the situation with some common-sense procedures. Olweus was implemented districtwide this school year among staff and students and will kick into another phase next fall with efforts to get the public and parents engaged in dealing with bullying. GSL High School Principal Paul Sparby and GSL Elementary Principal Bill Butler spoke at last week’s Community School luncheon that involved community business leaders, elementary and high school students as well as school staff. Several things jumped out from the presentation: First, bullying is all about power and an imbalance of power. The bullies have it; those being bullied do not. Second, bullies are only as strong as their support group. Take away
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their support group, and it diminishes their power and brings better balance to a situation. Third, there is a myth that bullies have low self-esteem. Sparby said it is just the opposite. They are often popular and use that popularity to attract supporters and bully others less popular. So how to get a better balance of power in situations is the goal of Olweus. Solving a bullying situation, therefore, requires the efforts of many and not just those being bullied. And that is why Olweus is being implemented to help train students, staff and parents about the bullying and how to best handle it. The sad part about all this is that it is another non-curriculum duty that falls on the school district’s shoulders, because no one else seems to have stepped forward. What was once the domain of parents — addressing their children’s behaviors — has now been added to the long list of “social” issues being forced into our public schools. When bullying gets out of hand, however, it has far-reaching impacts for those being bullied, especially students. As Sparby so succinctly pointed out, when a student is being bullied, the last thing on their minds is the subject matter of a class. While we commend the school district for its efforts to proactively address bullying, without parental support, the impacts will be minimal. It is especially true when cyberbullying is tossed into the equation. That can be a completely different nightmare altogether. Parents, you need to get involved as part of the solution, and not be part of the problem. It may be your child who is the bully, and you may not even know it. — R.G.
Bullying can, does have a lifelong impact
Listening to Glencoe-Silver Lake school administrators talk about the new Olweus Bullying Prevention Program last week during a Community Schools luncheon brought back some bad memories for me. It happened over 45 years ago, but it is still fresh in my memories. I was bullied. Not in high school, but in college. Bemidji State College, as it was known in 1966, to be exact and by a bigger, tougher kid from Minneapolis, whom I did not know. He simply took a dislike of me, for no apparent reason, and managed to torment me at every opportunity throughout my freshman year at BSU. Needless to say, I transferred to St. Cloud State the next year. I finished my four-year bachelor of science degree in six years at BSU, dropping out periodically to go back into the paper mills of International Falls to earn more money to continue my education, while also trying to raise a young family. Needless to say, going back to ing program, where he thrived without being threatened. To say bullying has a negative impact to those bullied is an understatement. It carries lifelong scars. So when I heard the administrators talk about the new anti-bullying approach, I inwardly cheered. It is about time someone takes bullying seriously. In my day it was a code of silence that prevailed. In my son’s time at GSL, it was a code of indifference. Your word against the bully’s. Things have come even more complicated with the explosion of the social media in which the nastiness of bullying has taken on even more ominous tones, using more insidious methods. I wish the school administrators well. I just hope the rest of us take bullying more seriously. I can still see my tormentor’s ugly mug in my face in the often solitary tunnels that run under the BSU campus.
Rich Glennie
BSU to finish my degree was nervewracking. But I never ran into my tormentor again. Fast-forward to my son’s experiences at GSL, and his being on the receiving end of bullying remains fresh as well. His high school tormentors continue to live in the community, working at their various professions, unscathed. My son is still stuck in neutral after being forced out of GSL High School and into its alternative learn-
Letters to Editor
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It is ‘March Madness’ for McLeod Echo praise for Lee and coverage of local sports To the Editor: baseball game with his notepad and to plug any one of our events and We, too, have to echo the praise of camera in hand. fund-raising efforts in support of the County Food Shelf, as well Rich Glennie in his recent column We were always impressed by his north athletic complex at the high
To the Editor: Spring and “March Madness” are all around us. March Madness isn’t just for all the various sports, but for the food shelf, also. It is time for the most important food drive of the year for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf. It is at this time that Minnesota Food Share conducts a statewide food drive and gives a proportional match according to the amount of food and cash that each food shelf receives during the month of March. The Feinstein Family Foundation of Rhode Island also gives a proportional amount of cash in accordance to the amount we receive, so your donation at this time is of greater value than the actual amount. The madness for the food shelf right now is the big challenge among all the cities of McLeod County to see which can bring in the most pounds of food and cash to the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf in pounds of food and cash per person, according to the population of that city. This puts everyone on a equal basis, large and small. The past three years, little Plato has been the winner. Let’s see who can beat them this year. Food can be dropped off at the various businesses that are having drives, or at either food shelf — Hutchinson site at 105 E. Second Ave. SW or Glencoe site at 808 E. 12th St. Everyone’s help and concern last year supplied food for 354,086 meals for needy residents of McLeod County. Thanks everyone! Marietta Neumann, Executive director McLeod Emergency Food Shelf regarding Lee Ostrom. As parents of three sons, who competed for GSL and the Plato Blue Jays over a 10year period, we spent a lot of time on bleachers. We, undoubtedly, saw Lee at every event. It didn’t matter if you saw him at an event on a Tuesday and Thursday; you would still see him Sunday afternoon following a fairness and support of our community and athletes. You could tell he loved them and his job with his eloquent articles that included student and coach interviews, along with accurate coverage of events. We have to thank him on behalf of the GSL Booster Club, GSL Panther Association and Stevens Seminary Foundation for always being willing school. Our thanks to Lee’s family for letting him share so much time with us. And, Lee, we will definitely miss you and your column, but wish only the very best to you. Thanks for the memories! Dave and Michele Mackenthun Glencoe
Wake up America, it’s later than you think!
To the Editor: Henry Hyde, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in 1998 during government credibility issues, made the following statement: “No man or woman, no matter how highly placed, no matter how effective a communicator, no matter how gifted a manipulator of opinion or winner of votes, can be above the law in a democracy!” Also, Romans 16:17-18 King James version states: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good works and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Wake up America, it’s later than you think! Ron Sommerdorf Brownton
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Guest column:
Insurance exchange bill flawed
By State Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson District 18 Last Thursday, the Senate voted to pass the Democrats’ insurance exchange plan as part of the Federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which requires each state to set up an internet portal (known as an “exchange”) for the purpose of providing access to health insurance. Frankly, of the health exchange plans I aware of from across the country, Minnesota’s is by far the most flawed. Here are some of the reasons why this bill is a dreadful deal for my constituents: • Growth of government; this bill grows government by roughly 100 new state employees at an expected cost of $60 million or more per year. • The exchange will be run by a seven-member board on which the majority will rule; meaning four unelected people with almost complete autonomy will run the insurance industry in Minnesota. • Board members may be removed only by a two-thirds vote of board members. Basically, this means the board members can only remove themselves. • Initially, the board has super expedited rule-making authority. This power gives them complete autonomy on making laws affecting the health insurance industry with no legislative or executive branch oversight. • In the Senate’s bill, the board will have unfettered access to the health impact fund (cigarette tax), equaling $200 million per year. Again, no legislative oversight in controlling what the board spends the money on. • The board will have complete control over the number of and which insurance companies will be licensed to do business in the state of Minnesota. This means you could well find a monopoly of one or two companies from which to purchase health insurance. • It is likely health care will become more expensive under the health insurance exchange. The IRS estimates the cheapest cost for a family of four will be $20,000 per year under the new plan. • The exchange itself will cost approximately $332 million between 2011-16 and will do nothing to improve health insurance or health care in Minnesota. Throughout the legislative process, the Republican Caucus offered dozens of amendments designed to address the above problems. The DFL accepted no substantive amendments to resolve these issues. I believe this exchange effectively eliminates the business relationship between insurance agents/brokers and their customers and substitutes in its place a new government agency. The health insurance exchange brings to mind those infamous words, “I am from the government, and I’m here to help you.” There is no way that I can support this concept and the health exchange board will have to change significantly coming out of the conference committee before it will garner my vote. Following is a link to the actual bill (http://tinyurl.com/ a666t68). I urge you to compare the above bullet points to the actual text of the bill.
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“Bullying leads to other issues,” Sparby said. He said those being bullied often are more concerned about “how to survive the hour (in class) with this jerk. The class subject matter is the last thing they’re concerned about.” “Certain groups are vulnerable to bullying,” Butler added. Sparby said there are myths about bullies. One is that bullies are loners. “It is quite the opposite. Their strength comes from people with them.” Also, Sparby said, there is the myth that bullies have low self-esteem. “It’s usually just the opposite. They are popular and use that power to bully.” The goal, Sparby said, is to teach the bystanders how to handle a bullying situation. “We’re not asking them to solve the problem,” Sparby said, but the aim is to diffuse the situation by distancing themselves from the bully. “Remove the power of the bullies.” The aim is for bystanders to step into the situation and “say that’s enough!” Sparby said, “and step in and remove the person (being bullied) from the situation.” The aim is to teach students how to shift the power away from the bully, the principals stressed. Butler said at the elementary level, the aim is to get students to talk to adults, who then can take charge of the bullying situation. “Tell an adult at school and at home,” Butler said. “We’re changing the culture, the norms,” Sparby said. “Bullying is not OK.” He said by not telling or not intervening “it makes things worse. While bystanders may fear the bully may turn on them if they get involved, “what you’re doing now (by not getting involved) is not working either.” The main areas where students are being bullied, according to recent surveys, are in the school hallways and in the cafeteria, Sparby said. The aim of Olweus is to educate people about bullying and “getting changes in small increments.” Asked about what is happening at the state level with anti-bullying legislation, Butler said school boards must have anti-bullying policies in place, and the state is looking for “focused programs.” He said GSL’s Olweus program “would more than meet that.” “The social media is the biggest nightmare for Mr. (Dan) Svoboda (assistant principal) and me,” Sparby said. When cyber-bullying comes into the school building, “that’s our issue,” Sparby said, but outside of the school, there is not much the school can control other than to make parents aware of the problem. “It’s not fun to deal with,” Sparby said of cyber-bullying, “but, unfortunately, it’s a reality.” Butler said a K-12 summer retreat is being planned to include a countywide approach to bullying, with a community involvement component. “There is a lot of interest out there.” Sparby said the school also is working with local law enforcement as well as area churches, “so we all use the same language (about bullying).” Sparby credited Jean Johnson of McLeod County Public Health, for the getting Olweus up and running at GSL, and for obtaining the grant for the anti-bullying program. “She spearheaded the start,” Sonju said of Johnson’s efforts. The next step also includes getting the communities involved in learning about Olweus, and what it aims to accomplish. The program is being implemented in the RAP groups in the secondary schools to “build a bridge between students and teachers” to discuss issues and concerns about bullying. Olweus began at GSL last year, and the community piece is expected to begin next fall. But Butler said the program is not time-limited and the education process is on-going. “It is not going to change overnight, but it will over time,” Sparby said.
County Board adopts Code Red emergency notification system
By Lori Copler Staff Writer McLeod County residents will have a new option for the notification of emergencies, Amber Alerts, and weather events. At its March 5 meeting, the McLeod County Board of Commissioners agreed to spend about $15,000 for 2013 to join the Code Red program, which provides text, phone, cell phone and e-mail alerts for emergencies. The ongoing cost is expected to be about $20,000 annually. Kevin Mathews, McLeod County Emergency Services director, said the sheriff’s department had considered many other programs, but Code Red seemed to best fit its needs. Tim Langenfeld, chief deputy, said the program is unique in that it can isolate areas that need alerts. Langenfeld gave as an example a gas leak. “You can plug in the chemical and wind speed, and the program will automatically draw out the plume area and notify residents in that zone,” said Langenfeld. Mathews said the program can do the same for weather events; for example, a storm system that grazes the south part of the county, but not the north. County Commissioner Jon Christensen voted against the contract with Code Red, saying he felt that it was redundant of services already offered by the government, such as Amber Alerts and alerts from the National Weather Service. “Every time a cloud passes overhead, everyone is on their phone checking the radar,” said Christensen. He added that people may start ignoring alerts because they get so many of them. Mathews said that residents won’t be required to subscribe to the program, but it will be another option for getting emergency information. Mathews and Langenfeld said that the local communities in the county could also use the program to notify residents of anything from power outages to broken water mains to hydrant flushing. “We could perhaps contract with the cities for participation,” said Langenfeld, which would help reduce the county’s cost in the program. Commissioner Ron Shimanski said he felt it was worth it to at least try the program. “We can test drive it, and then reconsider it in 2015,” said Shimanski, by which time the county should know if it was worth the expense. In other business March 5, the County Board: • Discussed with County Attorney Mike Junge whether money from the AnnaMarie Tudhope estate could be used for security improvements in the courthouse. Junge said Tudhope, former publisher of the Glencoe Enterprise, left between $4 million and $5 million to the county, with the express desire that it be used to replace or expand the jail. However, Junge, said the County Board, realizing the jail population is declining, elected a few years ago to not go forward with a proposed new jail. “It’s restricted to bricks and mortar (for the jail),” Junge said of Tudhope’s bequest. If part of the security plan included adding secure program space in the jail, or a secure corridor between the jail and the courtrooms, the county could petition a probate judge to see if that would be an allowable use of the money. “We would have to have a plan, and we would have to know what dollars are needed for that plan,” said Junge. “The closer you stay to the original intent of the will, the better off you are.” • Approved the purchase of two 2013 Ford Escape vehicles for the county’s car pool. Betty Werth of Central Services said the county currently has 17 vehicles in its pool, 10 of which are older than 10 years. Werth said the county did budget for the purchase of two replacement vehicles for 2013. Each vehicle costs about $22,000, with the price based on the state purchasing contract. • Agreed to update networking software at a cost of $7,300 to allow the county to make full use of its 100 megabytes-per-second network connection. Information Technology Director Vince Traver said the current software only allows the county to use 45 megabytes per second.
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Stewart City Council considers Hall Street, church street projects
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The city of Stewart may be undertaking some additional street work following action at its Monday night City Council meeting. The City Council decided to pursue grant funding for Phase B of the current street and utility project, which would consist of the reconstruction of Hall Street from Herbert Street to Main Street. Mayor Jason Peirce noted that the City Council had applied for, but was turned down, for a Local Road Improvement Project (LRIP) grant for that part of the project. Peirce said the city could re-apply for the upcoming construction season. He also pointed out that as part of the current project, the city had received a $700,000 “loan forgiveness” grant, which saves substantially on the project. The Hall Street project is estimated to cost about $700,000. Doing the work now will have two benefits, Peirce said. First, it will “loop the water main in front of the former school” and, second, Hall Street would become a 10-ton road capable of handling truck traffic. The City Council approved applying for a grant and instructing the city engineer to see if the specifications for bids are still valid. The second project could be the reconstruction of the street in front of St. Paul’s Lutheran street, which consists of one block between Highway 212 and Croyden. Peirce said the church had sent the city a letter asking that the city take over the street through the eminent domain process. The street had been a private road before. The church also asked that the city reconstruct the road, and assess the church its share of the reconstruction. Peirce said the advantage to the city is that the street would provide a through street between Croyden and Highway 212. The City Council approved starting the eminent domain process to gain ownership of the street. In other business Monday night, the City Council: • Heard from Scott Qualle of MNSPECT a response to some of the concerns raised about the building inspection program. City Council Member Kevin Klucas said he felt that there has been a lack of communication between contractors, business owners and residents and the building inspectors. He volunteered to sit down with Qualle and others to resolve some of the issues that were raised. The City Council also agreed to revisit the building permit fee schedule with the possibility of lowering costs. • Considered a request from McLeod County to appoint a City Council member to its Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC). Klucas volunteered. • Heard from Klucas that he will be meeting with representatives of Mediacom, which is looking to renew its franchise agreement for providing cable television and other services in the city. • Set a special meeting for Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m., to consider a variety of topics.
Girl Scouts paper drive set April 20-21
The Stewart-Brownton Girl Scouts will have a paper drive Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Cactus Jack’s II on Highway 212, Stewart. All typers of paper are accepted, but please sort cardboard from paper. Acceptable items include phone books, magazines, hardcover books (remove the covers), junk mail, corrugated cardboard, egg cartons, and clean food boxes (cereal, crackers, pizza, etc.). Free pick-up is available in Stewart and Brownton. For pick-up or if you need more information, call Mike or Gerri Fitzloff at 320-5622369. Proceeds from the paper drive will benefit a trip to Savannah the girls are planning in 2013.
17 Brownton seniors meet
Seventeen Brownton senior citizens met Monday at the community center. Cards were played after the meeting with the following winners: 500, Gladys Rickert, first, and Norma Albrecht, second; pinochle, Leone Kujas, first, and Betty Katzenmeyer, second; and sheephead, Harriet Bergs, first, and Deloris Rennecke, second. Ruby Streich won the door prize. Deloris Rennecke and John Huebert served refreshments. The next meeting will be Monday, March 11, at 1 p.m. All seniors are welcome.
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Easter Baskets (1 boy, 1 girl)
2 Easter Baskets
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MidCountry Bank
Easter Basket filled with Goodies
Glencoe Fleet Supply
Casey’s - 804 13th St. or 2101 10th St.
Can drop pictures off at both locations.
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The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, page 7
SEH: Natural gas utility will not raise taxes
By Lori Copler Staff Writer John Rodeberg of SEH, Inc., wanted to stress one thing at a public meeting Thursday night in Brownton — that property taxes will not increase to support a proposed municipal natural gas utility, despite the wording on the ballot. Rodeberg noted that the ballot states, “in capital letters,” that voting yes for a proposed $1.9 million general obligation bond will result in a property tax increase. Rodeberg said the language is required by state statute, but in this case is simply not true. “This will and should pay for itself with the revenue that is generated,” said Rodeberg of the utility, and “not with any tax support.” Steve Downer of the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association echoed Rodeberg’s assertions. Downer said that there are 32 municipal natural gas utilities in the state, and “all are supported with revenues, not taxes.” Rodeberg said that initially, residents may pay slightlyhigher natural gas rates than neighboring communities, but those switching to natural gas from liquid propane (LP) should still save about 40 percent on their fuel costs. And if bids for the project come in lower than expected, those rates may be more in line with neighboring cities. Rodeberg said the “financials” of the proposed utility show that it should easily support itself. The city of Brownton itself, he added, will save substantially as it currently pays about $12,000 a year on its LP contract. Rodeberg also said that having natural gas will be an “economic development tool” for the city as businesses and industries are looking for less-expensive fuel sources. A resident asked what the city would do with profits from the utility once its con-
Special election set for March 19
City of Brownton residents will decide Tuesday, March 19, if the city of Brownton should establish a natural gas utility and be authorized to issue $1.9 million in general obligation bonds to pay for the construction of the utility. Polls will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Brownton Community Center, 310 Second St. N., Brownton. struction costs are paid. “Is the city going to pocket that?” the resident asked. Mayor Jay Werner said that the profits could help lower property taxes, be put into road projects or be used to help lower utility rates. “That will be decided when the time comes,” said Werner.
Rodeberg also reiterated information from an earlier meeting about the conversion costs to switch to natural gas from LP. Although the city will pay for the service and meter to the house, residents and businesses are responsible for costs inside their buildings, which could include something as simple as a conversion kit to items as expensive as re-plumbing of gas pipes and replacing appliances. The city is working with the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), a non-profit foundation based in Minneapolis, to help provide lowinterest loans for helping with conversion costs. Rodeberg said the CEE also will provide no-interest loans and, in some instances grants, for non-profit organizations such as churches. If voters approve the utility, CEE will set up community meetings in June to assist residents with their questions, Rodeberg said.
Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade March 16
The 26th-annual Silver Lake St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held Saturday, March 16, starting at 2 p.m. sharp, from the Glencoe-Silver Lake Lakeside Elementary School. All Irish and “Irish in heart” are welcome to be in the parade. There are no forms to fill out and no one to call — just get out the green and be at Lakeside school around 1:30 p.m. The parade will begin at Lakeside School and end at the intersection of Main Street and Park Avenue, by Kaz’s Auto Service Station. Respect for the American flag will be observed by all as the flag passes by in the parade. The “Irish After Glow” following the parade will be held at the Silver Lake American Legion Club in the northwest room for a family-oriented get-together. Everyone is invited to this Irish festivity for Irish music and good cheer. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help and/or take over this annual event. Co-chair Kathleen already has retired from this event and Lynn “Duffy” Monger will retire after this year. Erin Go Braugh! (Ireland forever!)
1. This Easter coloring contest is open to children ages 4 through 10. 2. Color as many pictures as you want and take them to the sponsoring business listed in that frame. Each store has a gift for you just for entering. Each store also has a grand prize for the winning entry. 3. You must have your entries to the participating stores by 8 a.m. March 25. 4. Winners will be announced in the March 27 Chronicle. 5. Be sure the child’s name and information is legible.
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From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
March 14, 1913 O.C. Conrad, Editor The results of the March 11 village and township elections are announced. Village of Brownton: M.B. West received 62 votes to O.G. Zimmerman’s 44 for president; F.C. Groth was elected trustee with 106 votes, while R.J. Podratz received 97, N. Tadsen, 63, and Herman Rickert, 48; Frank Mann, treasurer, 106 votes; William Peik, recorder, 104 votes; John Thom, assessor, 106 votes; R.F. Ellies got 105 votes for justice, narrowly defeating John Thom, who got 104 votes; and W.C. Groth, constable, 106 votes. Sumter Township: John Ewald was elected supervisor with 47 votes while Edward Peik earned 27; N.R. Nobles was elected clerk with 52 votes while William Ewald received 23; Charles Jungclaus was elected treasurer with 74 votes; and William Klopfleisch was elected assessor with 75 votes. Penn Township: Fred Spaude, supervisor; Henry Streich, clerk; August Schuft, treasurer; Ferdinand Knick, assessor; Carl Maass, justice; and H.B. Opitz, constable. Collins Township: F. Navara, supervisor; A.F. Avery, clerk; Frank Kasal, treasurer; and John Bell, assessor. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Bipes on Wednesday of this week. C.J. Bipes, residing two miles east of town, received a vicious kick in the abdomen from a horse Monday morning, and his condition became so serious that his children were sent for — his two sons Adolph and Edward of Minneapolis and daughter Mrs. J.J. Smith of Vesta arrived yesterday. At the time of going to press, we learn that Mr. Bipes’ condition is very serious and that little or no hope is held out for his recovery. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Matt Brede of Round Grove on Friday of last week. Next Sunday morning the following class will be confirmed at the German Lutheran Church: Richard Bullert, Walter Klitzke, Fred Janke, Willie Hoffman, Bertha Schmidt, Esther Prahl, Nora Ahlbrecht, Ida Kohls, Elsie Janke, Lillie Polsfuss and Emma Schonberg.
20 Years Ago
March 10, 1993 Lori Copler, Editor Allen Schmidt of Buffalo Lake, manager of the Stewart American Legion and a butcher at J&L Meats in Stewart, has started a new business, Schmidt Salvage, which provides a recycling outlet for metal, glass and some types of hazardous materials. The Brownton Fire Department will be seeking bids for a new rescue van in 1994, with the hope of having one purchased by 1995. The Brownton City Council gave its approval for the purchase at its March 2 meeting. Webelo members of the local Cub Scout pack won the Klondike Derby, a 23⁄4-mile race through knee-deep snow, recently. The Scouts must push a sled and its passengers. The team consisted of Nathan Zobel, Travis Bussler, Dean Loncorich, Oliver Schuster, Brett Milbrandt, Steve Palmer and Ross Doerr.
75 Years Ago
March 10, 1938 Percy L. Hakes, Editor The Brownton Rod & Gun Club will stage its annual winter banquet and fun fest at the city hall Tuesday, March 15, with festivities getting under way at 6:45 p.m. A splendid program for the evening includes Gene Peik and his musicians of Minneapolis heading the program with their musical novelty numbers. About $500 worth of fishing tackle will be given away to the sportsman who can tell the biggest lie. The Brownton Volunteer Fire Department had its annual meeting and election of officers Monday evening at the city hall. William Alden was once again re-elected chief of the department and his assistant, Edward Tadsen, also was re-elected without opposition. E.W. West and William Peik were re-elected secretary and treasurer respectively.
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Lutheran Schools Week
Gabrielle and Joe Fountain welcomed all to the First Evangelical Lutheran School sixth-annual fundraiser. A silent auction featuring hundreds of items and a luncheon served to more than 260 people concluded many festivities for Lutheran Schools Week.
10 Years Ago
March 12, 2003 Lori Copler, Editor McLeod West Elementary School in Stewart announced its students of the months for January and February. January students of the month were Morgan Streich, Jill Hiebert, Jaden Katzenmeyer, Courtney Lemke, Payton Maiers, Nicole Neisen, Austin Ludowese, Kaitlyn Knick, Larissa Wylie, Tanner Sifferath, Kaycie Lindeman, Taylor Stuber and Marissa Klabunde. February students of the month were Joshua Yates, Allison Johnson, Paige Trebbensee, Dario Garcia, Patrick Amborn, Cody Bacon, Miranda Zalomsky, Briana Sondergaard, Taylor Janke, Jamie Brooks, Kyler Schenk, Jenni Carlson and Trent Neisen. Marlan “Sharky” Radke, 68, of Brownton, husband of Arleen, died Saturday, March 8, at Arlington Good Samaritan Center.
Work on natural gas utility continues to move forward
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Work on establishing a municipally owned natural gas facility in Brownton continues to move forward, the Brownton City Council heard at its March 5 meeting. John Rodeberg of SEH, Inc., told the City Council that agreements with Hutchinson Utilities to purchase gas for the system and to operate and manage the system have been finalized, pending the outcome of the March 19 election on whether the city should be authorized to establish the system and use general obligation bonds to pay for its construction. Rodeberg also reported that SEH and other members of the project’s “team” are continuing to meet with United Farmers Cooperative (UFC) to strike an agreement to allow Brownton to use its natural gas line that transports gas from the Hutchinson Utilities main pipeline, about four miles west of Brownton to the new United Grain Systems (UGS) facility just northwest of Brownton. “It’s been a slow process,” said Rodeberg, “but I think we’ll eventually come to an agreement that’s good for everyone.” Rodeberg said there is a substantial gap between what the city has offered as a transport fee and what UFC would like to get. “I’m confident that we will get it worked out,” said Rodeberg. Rodeberg also said that a financial analysis by David Drown & Associates, the city’s financial consultant, indicated that the project is still financially feasible for the city, and that the utility, if approved by residents, will generate enough income to pay for the $1.9 million general obligation bond without having to raise property taxes. In other business, the City Council reviewed proposed changes to its pet ordinance which had been agreed upon previously with pet owners in the city. In earlier meetings, the city had agreed to allow up to four licensed pets per household. At the March 5 meeting, Mayor Jay Werner reiterated his stance that the limit should be a maximum of two dogs of the four allowed pets. Werner said that he had visited with several residents, both pet owners and non-pet owners, and said he felt that it was what most preferred. “Four dogs is just too much for a 100-foot by 150-foot lot, which I think is about average in Brownton,” said Werner. But the rest of the Council suggested that it stick with its agreed-upon four licensed pets per household, regardless of the species. “We can always change it later if there’s a problem,” said Council Member Brian Dressel. The city and the pet owners also had agreed to “grandfather in” current pet owners who are in excess of four pets, with the stipulation that pets which die or otherwise disposed of not be replaced. Werner suggested that the city establish a maximum of six pets per household that can be grandfathered in, to which the Council agreed. It also set a deadline of April 23 to have all of the grandfathered-in pets licensed and registered with the city. The City Council also: • Heard a brief update on the RS Fiber project from Mark Erickson, Winthrop city administrator. Erickson said that the project is continuing to work on ironing out financing issues with its bond counsel, and would be meeting with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding possible financial backing. With the withdrawal of the city of Arlington and Sibley County from the project, the estimated cost of construction is now $40 million, as compared to $67 million, Erickson said. In addition, a cooperative of rural Sibley County residents has formed that would like to join the project, Erickson reported. Erickson said he hopes to have a better update on progress in the near future.
50 Years Ago
March 14, 1963 Charles H. Warner, Editor At their recent meeting, members of the Brownton Fire Department accepted the resignation of William Peik and took in Jim Lindeman as a new member. Last month, John Sommer was admitted to the department. Two Brownton High School cagers — guard Chuck Peik and center Ron Kelm — were named to the 212 All-Conference Team. Glenn Paehlke of Brownton was one of the honorable mention selections.
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
March 14, 1913 A.F. Avery, Editor Carl Sell of Round Grove will build a handsome new residence this summer, 32 feet by 32 feet in size, all modern. Gust Kottke and son Reinhold of Preston Lake are preparing to build a large new barn, 32 feet by 50 feet, on their farm. The 4-week-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. John Poehlke of Preston Lake died Sunday morning after an illness of a week’s duration. Burial was made in the Lutheran church cemetery here Tuesday afternoon, with the Rev. C.H. Kowalske officiating at the funeral service. cal Lutheran Church in Glencoe Sunday afternoon, Feb. 27, when Miss Mabel M. Kottke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kottke, residing six miles south of Glencoe, and Martin M. Zieman, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Zieman, living south of Stewart, plighted their troth before the Rev. Alf. R. Steuffert. Miss Enid Merle Shorts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Shorts of Minneota, and the Rev. Allyn Hanson, son of Mrs. Mary Hanson, were united in marriage at the Epworth church Tuesday evening. The groom is well known here as he grew up and attended school in Stewart. March 19, at 8 p.m., in the school auditorium, to present information about the proposed addition to the current school building.
35 Years Ago
March 16, 1978 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor The Stewart Municipal Liquor Store was robbed of more than $1,800 in cash and checks in an early Sunday morning break-in. The theft was discovered Sunday by store manager Don Beich, who routinely checks the coolers on holidays and Sundays. On his trip through the store, he discovered the safe had been forced open. Mr. and Mrs. Craig Schafer (Debbie Meier) are the happy parents of a baby boy, Jason Craig, born March 10. He has a sister, Tara, 2 years old.
75 Years Ago
March 11, 1938 Harry Koeppen, Editor A pretty wedding ceremony took place at the First Evangeli-
50 Years Ago
March 14, 1963 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor The Public School Board of Education will hold a public meeting next Tuesday evening,
ACS receives memorial gift
In February, the American Cancer Society received memorials from family and friends remembering Beata Polzin, according to Jeanne Ray, memorial chairwoman. The American Cancer Society receives memorial gifts in memory of the deceased and honor gifts as tributes to the living. “To make a memorial gift, the donor need only contact me with their name and address, the name of the person remembered, and the name and address of the person to whom the notice of the gift should be sent,” Ray said. Requests should be sent to Ray at 809 Lindy Lane NE, Hutchinson, MN 55350. For more questions, call the American Cancer Society at their toll free number, 1800-227-2345 or contact Ray at 320-587-2838.
5th Annual Brownton Lions Club
Stewart City Council declines to appoint Aydt to open seat
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Mike Aydt won’t be rejoining the Stewart City Council. Aydt, who ran for re-election in November but lost, won’t get the seat formerly held by Tammy Schaufler, who resigned when she moved out of state. Aydt had originally been appointed to the seat, but turned down the appointment after the city attorney and the League of Minnesota Cities recommended that he not be both a City Council member and the second assistant fire chief. But Aydt submitted a written request to be re-appointed to the seat, saying he didn’t think there would be a conflict of interest between being a City Council member and the second assistant fire chief, because he had no purchasing or disciplinary power as the second assistant chief. The City Council took his request under advisement at its February meeting, and took it up again Monday night at its March meeting. Mayor Jason Peirce said the city attorney recommended against Aydt holding Council seat because the fire department officers are appointed by the City Council, not elected by the fire department itself. Peirce also noted that three of the four current City Council members also are on the fire department, and at least one citizen had voiced concern about that. “There could be a perception that there is maybe favoritism toward that department,” said Peirce. Council Member Kevin Klucas said he felt the City Council needed to follow the attorney’s recommendation, and that Aydt should pick between one position or the other. “I don’t disagree, but we don’t have anyone coming forward, either,” said Peirce, who noted that the city had sent letters to four potential candidates, and had no one step up. “I don’t want to fill the position just to fill it,” responded Klucas. “I want to do it right.” Aydt said that if he was placed on the Council, being the second assistant chief doesn’t give him any more authority over the budget than any of the other City Council members who also are members of the fire department. Aydt also noted that he held both positions before. “It was that way the past four years, and it was never an issue,” Aydt said. Klucas made a motion to follow the attorney’s recommendation, which was seconded by Council Member Mike Knox. Peirce said that he has worked with Aydt both as a City Council member and as a fire department member. “I think he would be a benefit in both positions, or in one or the other,” said Peirce. The vote failed 2-2, with Klucas and Knox voting in favor and Peirce and Council Member Jim Eitel voting against it. Aydt said he was taking his offer off the table as of that evening. Klucas said he had a potential candidate for the seat, but that person was waiting to see what his or her work schedule will be before considering a seat on the City Council.
Saturday, March 23 • 7-9 p.m.
Brownton Community Center Advance Tickets $15; At Door $17.50
Tickets can be purchased at the following businesses: • Brownton Bar & Grill • Security Bank & Trust Co., Glencoe & Brownton
A great opportunity to sample beers, wines, liquors and appetizers from area vendors!
The Brownton Barber Shop will be
Thurs., March 14 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info. Sun., March 17 — ST. PATRICK’S DAY; Stewartfest committee mtg., Cactus Jack’s II in Stewart, 6 p.m.; Brownton Congregational Church chili dinner, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mon., March 18 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, Brownton Community Center, 1 p.m.; Brownton Lions; Stewart American Legion Post 94th birthday party potluck, Stewart Community Center, 6 p.m. Tues., March 19 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m.; Brownton Legion. Thurs., March 21 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; Stewart Lions.
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The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, page 9
Daughter for Cathey family
Marc and Leah Cathey of Glencoe announce the birth of their daughter, Iris Anne, on March 5, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Her older siblings are Gabriel, Emma and Veronica, and her grandparents are Gene and Barb Seipel of Glencoe and Angela Cathey of Washougal, Wash.
Hallahan receives award
Cortney Hallahan of Silver Lake received the Chancellor’s Award for the 2012 fall semester at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Hallahan is majoring in business administration.
To be ordained
By the grace of God and the call of the church, Valerie Ruth Veo Teppo is to be ordained to the ministry of word and sacrament. The rite of ordination will take place Sunday, March 24, at Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Litchfield. Teppo, the daughter of Pat Thomas of Litchfield and the granddaughter of Lawrence and Ruth Biermann of Norwood Young America, has been called as pastor to Petersburg and Dahlen Lutheran churches in Petersburg and Dahlen, N.D.
Son born to Biscay couple
Anabel Perez and Andres Lopez Caballero of Biscay announce the birth of their son, Andres Lopez Jr., on March 6, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Andres weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20-1/2 inches in length. Her older sibling is Bianca Younique Ramos. Grandparents are Maria Luisa Martinez, Manuel Perez, Andres Lopez Ramos and Catalina Lopez Caballero.
Daughter for Lindeman family
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The McLeod For Tomorrow Winterfest event attracted participants from as far away as Thailand. Ame and Poom, Hutchinson Technology acquaintances of
John Rickeman, took their first sled ride, having never experienced the Minnesota cold before.
Adam and Angie Lindeman of Brownton announce the birth of their daughter, Dylan Ann, on March 7, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Dylan weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 22 inches in length. His older brothers are Sawyer and Maguire. Grandparents are Ed and Cathy Brown of Garden City, Deb and Dennis Fischer of St. Croix Falls, Wis., and Rhonda and Lonnie Lindeman of Brownton.
McLeod For Tomorrow group planning for Winterfest in 2014
By Pat Melvin County Administrator The McLeod For Tomorrow Winterfest Planning Committee met to review the 2013 Winterfest event held on Feb. 2 and start planning again for 2014. Overall, the committee was happy with the first-annual event, which showcased dog sledding, fat-tire bikes, a medallion hunt, snowplow exhibit and even a small aircraft that managed to land somewhere and taxi into the fairgrounds. Despite the lack of snow and snowshoes, which were not loaned out because of minimal snow coverage, approximately 175 people attended the event, including volunteers. The highlight of the event, however, was having a few out-of-town guests who traveled a distance to attend the McLeod For Tomorrow Winterfest Event. Poom and Ame attended the 2013 Winterfest event with John Rickeman, husband of Donna Rickeman, a volunteer and former graduate of the McLeod for Tomorrow Program. John Rickeman, through his work with Hutchinson Technology, has spent time in Thailand working with Ame and Poom and thought that this event would be a wonderful opportunity for them to truly experience the Minnesota culture, despite the cold. The Rickemans dug up their children’s winter wear and before you know it Ame and Poom were covered from head to toe and ready to enjoy some Minnesota winter. It should be noted that the average temperature in Thailand is 82 degrees and Ame and Poom have never seen temperatures below 75 degrees. Despite the cold weather that day, 8 degrees, Ame and Poom braved the cold and had the experience of a lifetime or was it that they would only do it once in a lifetime? Regardless of which, Ame and Poom both said that it was a good experience. They had never experienced dog sledding before and never been on real ice. They admitted that the cold weather is hard to get used to and appreciated the fact that they could seek refuge in the Café, where warm drinks and food were being served. The committee’s initial discussions in looking ahead to 2014 has already included some preliminary discussion about adding a polar bear plunge, snowmobile exhibit and improving upon the dog sled component of the event. Discussion also highlighted the benefits of perhaps having a hockey scrimmage or some figure skating on the outstanding ice rink created by the city of Hutchinson. The committee’s goals include networking with others in the McLeod County community and continuing to build upon an event which our Thailand guests said “was a very good experience.”
Hunting & Fishing Expo March 16 at fairgrounds
The Big Little Hunting & Fishing Expo will be held Saturday, March 16, at the McLeod County Fairgrounds Agribition Center in Hutchinson. This is an event for the entire family. Outdoor-related booths will fill the building. Kids will enjoy such things as a trout pond, marshmallow gun shooting gallery, fishing for prizes, minnow races, hands-on fly-tying, and more. There will be free seminars throughout the day on turkey hunting, bamboo rod making, fly fishing, walleye fishing, outdoor photography, goose hunting, cooking wild game, tree-stand safety, black-powder hunting and starting a hunting ministry to the physically handicapped. The Minnesota Official Measurers will score your buck’s rack for free. There also will be a favorite buck mount, favorite buck rack, favorite fish mount, and favorite other mount contest voted on by the public with first, second, and third place prizes awarded. Around noon, the Christian Deer Hunters Association will unveil its newest devotional booklet, “Devotions for Deer Hunters” Vol. XVII. A big live and silent auction will follow. Admission to the event for any donation. Parking and seminars are free. Food will be served during the day. Doors open at 9 a.m. For more information, seminar times, auction times, and the exhibitors list visit www.chris tiandeerhunters.org, or call 320-327-2266. The Christian Deer Hunters Association® is a 501(c)3 national non-profit, inter-denominational, entirely volunteer organization which was incorporated in the state of Minnesota. The association distributes free-of-charge a 40-page devotional booklet titled “Devotions for Deer Hunters” which contains true stories of how God has worked in the lives of various hunters.
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Oz: The Great & Powerful PG
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Safe Haven PG-13
12:20, 2:35, 4:551 7:151 & 9:25
12:20, 2:30, 4:501, 7:101 & 9:25
Jack the Giant Slayer PG-13
Dead Man Down R
12:20, 2:35, 4:551, 7:201 & 9:35
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone PG-13
Snitch PG-13
12:25, 2:40, 5:051, 7:251 & 9:45
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March 18-March 22 Millie Beneke Manor Senior Nutrition Site Monday — Hamburger, ovenbrowned potatoes, corn, bun, margarine, escaloped apples, low-fat milk. Tuesday — Irish stew with potatoes, cabbage, carrots, lime gelatin with pineapple, biscuit, margarine, poke cake, low-fat milk. Wednesday — Italian meat sauce, spaghetti noodles, lettuce with dressing, mixed vegetables, garlic bread, margarine, ice cream, low-fat milk. Thursday — Pork loin, whole parslied potatoes, carrots, dinner roll, margarine, dessert, low-fat milk. Friday — Vegetable soup, eggsalad sandwich, peaches, crackers, margarine, bar, low-fat milk. GSL Schools Elementary/Jr. High/Sr. High Breakfast Monday — Breakfast pizza or Kix Berry cereal and yogurt, apple juice cup, low-fat milk (breakfast burrito at junior high and high school). Tuesday — Pancake on a stick with syrup or Cheerios and applecinnamon 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 school). Friday — Pancakes with syrup or reduced-sugar Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and yogurt, low-fat milk (french toast sticks with syrup at junior high and high school). Helen Baker/Lakeside Lunch Monday — Cheesy chicken and rice with bread stick, deli combo sub, seasoned green beans, celery sticks with dressing, apple wedges, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday — Beef soft-shell tacos, ham and cheese on wholegrain bread, refried beans, lettuce and tomato cup, petite banana, chilled applesauce. Wednesday — Pancakes with syrup, scrambled eggs, fun lunch, oven-baked tator tots, baby carrots, kiwi wedges, chilled peaches. Thursday — Roast turkey with gravy, whole-grain dinner roll, tuna salad sandwich on wholegrain bread, mashed potatoes, broccoli salad with raisins, orange wedges, chilled pears. Friday — Toasted cheese on whole-grain bread, turkey and cheese on whole-grain bread, tomato soup, jicama-cucumber fruit salad, apple wedges, chilled mixed fruit. High School Lunch Monday — Spicy chicken patty on a whole-grain bun, oven-baked beans, oven-baked tator tots, sweet-corn salad, baby carrots with dressing, apple wedges, mandarin oranges. Tuesday — Mexican bar with chicken enchiladas or beef tacos, brown rice, refried beans, southwest corn and black beans, broccoli salad with raisins, red-pepper strips with dressing, petite banana, chilled applesauce. Wednesday — Grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup, seasoned corn, celery sticks with dressing, marinated cucumbers and tomatoes, orange wedges, chilled peaches. Thursday — Swedish meatballs in gravy over mashed potatoes and bread slices, seasoned carrots, chickpea salad, baby carrots with dressing, kiwi wedges, chilled pears. Friday — Pasta bar with alfredo or Italian spaghetti with meat sauce, bread stick, steamed green beans, caesar romaine salad, cucumbers with dressing, apple wedges, chilled mixed fruit. First Lutheran School Lunch Monday — Egg bake, mixed fruit, tri-tators, bread, milk. Tuesday — Mexican chicken with tortilla shells, corn, mandarin oranges, milk. Wednesday — Hamburger rice hotdish, green beans, applesauce, bread, milk. Thursday — Hot ham and cheese sandwich, french fries, pineapple, milk. Friday — Grilled chicken on bun, peas, peaches, milk. St. Pius X Lunch Monday — Barbecued chicken on a bun, fresh fruit, peas, cooked broccoli, milk. Tuesday — Ham slices, orange wedges, corn, augratin potatoes, bread, milk. Wednesday — Weiner wink, apples with carmel, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli with cheese sauce, brownie, milk. Thursday — Spaghetti, bread stick, mixed fruit, vegetables with dip, milk. Friday — Pancakes, yogurt, mandarin oranges, vegetables with dip, hash brown patty, milk.
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On Sunday, March 24, at 4 p.m., The Living Water Puppets of the Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake will put on a special Easter season puppet program. “Peter Cotton’s Tale” is the fictional story of a young boy named Peter Cotton, who has been looking forward to the annual Easter picnic. However, Peter must make a decision as to whether he is going to “deny” his real friend, or participate in the relay games with the popular crowd. “Peter Cotton’s Tale” is an exciting short musical that teaches how a young boy learns about the great sacrifice and commitment that Christ made. Young children will especially enjoy this presentation by the Living Water Puppets. There is no charge, and the public is invited to attend. Grace Bible Church is located at 300 Cleveland St. in Silver Lake, next to the city water tower. The church website is www.silverlake church.org.
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100% of the proceeds go to Team Hunt for a Cure so they can participate in the Susan G. Kome 3-Day 60 mile walk August 23-25 in the Twin Cities.
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, page 10
Lucy M. Molitor, 65, of Parkers Prairie Obituaries Clark Jon Halligan, 48, of Glencoe
Funeral services for Clark Jon Halligan, 48, of Glencoe, were held Monday, March 11, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The Rev. J a m e s Gomez officiated. Mr. Halligan, surrounded by his family, d i e d Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Marie Stein- Clark Halligan er Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska. The organist was Marjorie Hemmann. Soloists were the Rev. James Gomez, who sang “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” and Michelle Gomez, who sang “Go Light Your World.” The congregational hymn was “Old Rugged Cross.” Military honors were provided by Glencoe American Legion Post 95. Honorary urn bearers were the Glencoe Fire Department and the Glencoe Police Department. The urn bearer was Larry Aldape. Interment was in First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Glencoe. Mr. Halligan was born June 12, 1964, in Hutchinson, to Thomas and Janice (Schuft) Halligan. He was baptized as an infant on June 12, 1964, by the Rev. F. Machina at the Hutchinson Community Hospital in Hutchinson and confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 29, 1979, by the Rev. Harvey G. Kath at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. He received his education at Glencoe High School and Ridgewater College (Hutchinson Vo-Tech) in Hutchinson. Mr. Halligan entered active military service in the U.S. Army in December 1981. He received two Army accommodation medals, two Army achievement medals, three good conduct medals, one leadership medal and one overseas medal. He received an honorable discharge on Jan. 5, 1990. On Dec. 16, 1989, Mr. Halligan was united in marriage to Deborah Thornton by the Rev. Shawn Norris at Sierra Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Vista, Ariz. After his discharge from the U.S. Army, the Halligans made their home in Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Toran and Amanda. The Halligans shared over 23 years of marriage. Mr. Halligan worked at McKimm Milk Transfer, Inc., in Hutchinson as a truck driver, Quast Transfer in Winsted as a safety manager and First Stop Systems in Glencoe as a compliance manager until August 2002, when he was disabled. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Mr. Halligan also was a member of the Glencoe American Legion Post 95, the Glencoe Police Reserve and the Glencoe Fire Department. Mr. Halligan loved to help others. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping, especially to Hide Away Island in Albert Lea. He also enjoyed spending time with his dogs. Survivors include his wife, Deborah “Deb” Halligan of Glencoe; children, Toran Thornton of Fargo, N.D., and Amanda Halligan of Glencoe; mother, Janice “Jan” (Ernie) Breyer of Glencoe; maternal grandmother, Elva Schuft of Hutchinson; siblings, Timothy (Lori) Halligan of Glencoe, Tiffany Halligan and her special friend, Shawn Huffman, of St. Paul, and Corey (Jessica) Breyer of Lakeville; a niece, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding him in death were his father, Thomas Halligan; paternal grandparents, Clayton and Delores Halligan; maternal grandfather, Arnold Schuft; and uncle, LuWayne Schuft. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries/ guest book. A Mass of Christian Burial for Lucy Mary Lilienthal Molitor, 65, of Parkers Prairie, was held Wednesday, March 13, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Belle River with the Rev. Dave Petron officiating. M r s . Molitor died Tuesday, March Lucy Molitor 5, 2013, at St. Cloud Hospital, with family by her side. Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Dazz Dostal, Alex Dostal, Olivia Dostal, Eric Dostal and Kayla Dostal, and her nephew, Justin Vannurden. Entombment took place in St. Boniface Parish Cemetery in Cold Spring. Lucy Mary Lilienthal Molitor was born Oct. 5, 1947, one of 12 children, to Frank and Lillian (Voracek) Simek in Lonsdale. She graduated from New Prague High School. Following her education, she worked as a secretary for an attorney. She raised her two sons in Glencoe. She worked for 3M in Hutchinson for 39 years, retiring as a team leader Nov. 1, 2007. She was united in marriage to Rich Molitor May 26, 2007, in Glencoe. Following their marriage, they both retired, started their new life together and built a new home in rural Parkers Prairie. She worked part time at the deli in Gas Mart at Carlos Corners. Mrs. Molitor was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and its Christian Mothers. She enjoyed volunteering at church and in her community. She enjoyed her flowers and yard work, riding her four-wheeler, dancing, cooking and spending time with her family and friends. Her greatest joy was quilting and sewing projects, especially together with her friends. She taught her friends Polish Poker. Survivors include her husband, Rich; two sons, Rick (Theresa) Dostal and Ed (Carrie) Dostal, both of Glencoe; four sisters, Rose (Tom) Novotny of Rosemount, Sr. Barbara Simek, OSB, of Prior Lake, Marcy (Tim) Schled of Burnsville and Margie (Dave) Nordwall of Millersburg; seven brothers, John Simek of Faribault, Tom (Val) Simek of New Prague, George (Diane) Simek of Jordan, Frank (Agnes) Simek of Florida, and Gilbert Simek, Joe Simek and Ed (Geneva) Simek, all of Lonsdale; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and four nephews, Wayne, Darwin, Rich and John. Arrangements are by Lind Family Funeral & Cremation Service, www.lindfamilyfh. com.
Glencoe Jr. Pioneers 4-H club met March 3
By Samantha Dahlke On March 3, members of the Glencoe Jr. Pioneers had their monthly meeting at PlaMor Lanes in Glencoe. The meeting was called to order by President Samantha Lange. Flag pledges were led by Zach Wanous and Malcolm Everhart. The secretary’s report was read by Casey Schulz. The treasurer’s report was given by Madeline Kuehn, and outstanding bills were paid. Maddie Kuehn gave an update on the T-shirt order. Emily Thalmann showed what she did at the 4-H project day. Patty Dahlke announced that McLeod County sold a total of $21,000 worth in fruit sales. On March 11, 4-Hers can pick up their fruit sales, attend Family Fun Night in Hutchinson, and attend and/or participate in the Favorite Food Show. Adopt-a-Highway clean up is scheduled for April 20. Emily Ward gave a project demonstration on Minnesota Biomes. The meeting was concluded with pizza and several games of bowling.
Deaths Janet Posusta, 81, of Glencoe
Janet Posusta, 81, of Glencoe, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility. Funeral services will be today (Wednesday, March 13), at 10 a.m., at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Visitation was Tuesday and continues today (Wednesday) one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in First Lutheran Cemetery in Glencoe.
Thank You
The Ted Hauer Sr. family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to relatives and friends for their expression of sympathy and support on the passing of Ted. Your generosity shown in plants, flowers, thoughts, prayers and memorials is greatly appreciated. A special thank you to the staff at the Buffalo Lake HealthCare Center, ambulance service, Olivia hospital, Waconia Ridgeview hospital, Hughes/Hantge Funeral Home and St. John’s Catholic Church in Hector for providing the best service we could envision in taking care of Ted on his last days with us.
Ruth Clara Tiegs, 90, of Glencoe
Funeral services for Ruth Clara (Reifschneider) Tiegs, 90, of Glencoe, were held Thursday, March 7, at Church of Peace in Glencoe. The Rev. Joseph Clay officiated. M r s . Tiegs died M o n d a y, March 4, 2013, at Glencoe Reg i o n a l Ruth Tiegs Health Service long-term care facility. The organist was Deanna Meyer, and the congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “In the Garden” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Pallbearers were Troy Tiegs, Rena Tiegs, Chloe Nelson, Jeffrey Sather, Nathan Posusta and Joshua Lindeman. Interment was Friday, March 8, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Ruth Clara Reifschneider was born Aug. 10, 1922, in Kasota, to Jacob and Elizabeth (Trebelhorn) Reifschneider. She was baptized as an infant and confirmed in her faith as a youth on March 21, 1937, by the Rev. A.O. Mann at St Paul’s Evangelical Church in Henderson. She received her education at a country school near Henderson. On Oct. 3, 1943, Ruth Reifschneider was united in marriage to Elden Tiegs at the Evangelical and Reformed Church in Glencoe. They made their home in Arlington until 1957, when they moved to Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Jerry, Norma, Mona and Mary. The Tiegs shared over 25 years of marriage before Mr. Tiegs died on July 31, 1969. In 1997, Mrs. Tiegs made her home at Millie Beneke Manor in Glencoe, and in August 2007, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and moved on Sept. 21, 2007, to Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care. Mrs. Tiegs was a loving homemaker, mother and wife. She was a faithful member of Church of Peace in Glencoe, where she was a member of the Women’s Guild. She enjoyed fishing, putting together puzzles, embroidering, sewing, quilting, baking and animals, especially dogs. She loved to collect salt and pepper shakers, music boxes and dolls, and she cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Survivors include her children, Jerry Tiegs of Glencoe, Norma (Ron) Sather of Montevideo, Mona (Ralph) Posusta of Glencoe, and Mary (Dan) Lindeman of Glencoe; grandchildren, Troy (Kelly) Tiegs of Sheboygan, Wis., Rena Tiegs of Mankato, Chloe (Craig) Nelson of Montevideo, Jeffrey Sather of Montevideo, Nathan Posusta of Glencoe, Miranda Posusta of Glencoe, Amber Steinborn of Glencoe, and Joshua Lindeman of Glencoe; greatgrandchildren, Marie Nelson and Mackenzie Tiegs; sisterin-law, Leona Rademacher of LeSueur; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Reifschneider; husband, Elden Tiegs; brothers, Victor Reifschneider and his wife, Mart, Ed Reifschneider and his wife, Millie, and Harold Reifschneider; sisters, Esther Petersen and her husband, Rex, and Emma “Pinky” Julig and her husband, Joe. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries/ guest book.
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Jeanne Vogt, 90, Champlin
Jeanne Vogt, 90, of Champlin and formerly of Glencoe, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at Gracewood Assisted Living in Champlin. Memorial services will be held Friday, March 15, at 1 p.m., at the Church of Peace in Glencoe. A gathering of family and friends will be Friday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Church of Peace. Interment will be at a later date at the Glencoe City Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. An online guest book is at www. hantge.com.
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Shirley May Petersen, 84, of Glencoe
Memorial services for Shirley May (Bomm) Petersen, 84, of Glencoe, were held Saturday, March 9, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glencoe. The Rev. Linzy Collins Jr. and the Rev. William Baldwin officiated. Mrs. Petersen died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility. The organist was Lon Roach, and soloist Teresa Kuester sang “In the Garden.” Congregational hymns were “I’ve Reached the Land of Corn And Wine” and “In Heavenly Love Abiding.” Honorary urn bearers were Justine Petersen, Katelyn Petersen, Addy Scrimgeour, Isabel Petersen, Dane Petersen, and Grace Brickzen. Interment was in the Winthrop Cemetery. Shirley May Bomm was born May 28, 1928, in New Ulm, to Ansel and Esther (Trotzig) Bomm. She was baptized as an infant on June 9, 1928, by the Rev. A.F. Lundquist, and confirmed in her faith as a youth on May 10, 1942, by the Rev. Ernst Martell, both at First Lutheran Church in Winthrop. She received her education in Winthrop and graduated with the Winthrop High School class of 1946. She grew up in Winthrop. After high school, she worked in Minneapolis and San Diego, Calif., as an office manager. On Oct. 8, 1965, Shirley Bomm was united in marriage to Russell Petersen. They made their home in Victoria and then, in 1971, moved to Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Andy, Katy, John and Susan. The Petersens shared 47 years of marriage. Mrs. Petersen was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. She was a faithful member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glencoe, where she was a member of the Women’s Fellowship and Ladies Aid. Mrs. Petersen was an empathetic, fun and selfless person, always putting others first. She enjoyed knitting, golfing, traveling, outdoor activities at the cabin, outings with her daughters and visits from her grandchildren. She especially cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Russell Petersen of Glencoe; children, Andy (Sue) Petersen of Winona, Katy (Rick) Scrimgeour of St. Bonifacius, John (Beth) Petersen of Glencoe, and Susan (Bill) Brickzen of Glencoe; six grandchildren, Justine Petersen, Katelyn Petersen, Addy Scrimgeour, Isabel Petersen, Dane Petersen and Grace Brickzen; sister, Janice (Don) Tifft of Glencoe; brother, John Bomm of San Diego, Calif.; sister-in-law, Deloris “Dode” Bomm of San Diego; childhood friend, Aggie Pierce; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Ansel and Esther Bomm. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries/ guest book.
Pastor’s Corner
Pastor Scott Forsberg Crossroads Church, Plato
Saving grace
ave you ever had those seasons in your life in which you feel like you have one of those cartoon rain clouds over your head raining on just you, while everyone else around you has nothing but clear skies? Sometimes it seems like life deals you frustration after frustration and struggle after struggle for periods of time, and in those times one of the most common questions I receive as a pastor is where is God at in my situation? Recently I have been studying Acts chapters 26-28, in which we read about Paul’s journey to Rome and how it did not quite go as planned. However, we fail to realize that God’s plans are not our plans, and when things don’t go according to our plans we tend to think that things are wrong. In Paul’s journey, the ship they were sailing was sunk in a storm. During the wreck, the sailors’ natural idea of saving grace was the lifeboat. You might say, “duh, that’s where I would start.” However, God revealed to Paul that the only way to survive this wreck is to let the lifeboat go. When this happens to you and I, we think we know more than God and usually hang on to the lifeboat, but God said to them that survival was in the wreckage. They survived by holding onto whatever pieces of the boat they could grab and everyone made it safely to shore. Too often we look at God’s grace and think of it as a lifeboat, we have to realize that sometimes our saving grace is whatever pieces we can hold onto until we can get to shore.
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Obituaries Janet M. Olderness, 68, of Silver Lake
A memorial service for Janet “Jan” Marie Olderness, 68, of Silver Lake, was held on Tuesday, March 12, at Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake. The Rev. Dr. Tom Rakow officiated. Mrs. Olderness died T h u r s d a y, Feb. 28, 2013, at her home. The or- Janet M. ganist was Olderness Grace Rakow, and the duet of Mike Loch and Daryl Willet sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “In the Garden.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “God of Wonders.” Honorary pallbearers were Mary Gorvik, Beth Rakow, Marion Klatt, Helen Piehl, Gale Litchfield, Curtis Litchfield, Michael Litchfield, Grace Bible Church friends and her grandchildren, Robert Brady, Melissa Campbell, Carlos Cortes, Hernan Cortes, MaKenzie Gunkel, Myana Steele and Liam Brady. Janet Marie Litchfield was born Aug. 30, 1944, in Gainesville, Texas, to Clifford and Irene (Koehler) Litchfield. She was baptized as an infant and confirmed in her faith as a youth, both in Gwinner, N.D. She received her education in Gwinner and was a graduate of the North Sargent High School class of 1961. She furthered her education at Lakewood Community College in the metro area for two years, Concordia College in St. Paul for four years and at Hamline University for two years, where she received her English as a second language (ESL) teaching degree. On Dec. 5, 1969, Jan Litchfield was united in marriage to Kenneth Olderness at Grace Lutheran Church in Oakes, N.D. This marriage was blessed with four children, William, Tracy, Corey and John. The Oldernesses resided in Oaks, N.D. They moved to Silver Lake in 2008. They shared 43 years of marriage. Mrs. Olderness was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. She also was a teacher in the metro area and in Long Prairie in District 2753. She also was a caretaker for a 60unit apartment building in St. Paul. Mrs. Olderness retired in 2005. She was a member of Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake, where she was involved in the Bible study group. She also was a member of the Humane Society, Paralyzed Veterans and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Mrs. Olderness enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and playing games on the computer. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, friends and her pets. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Olderness of Silver Lake; children, William “Bill” Snider of Canyon Country, Calif., Tracy Snider of Hutchinson, and Corey (Jessica) Olderness of Brooklyn Park; grandchildren, Robert Brady, Melissa Campbell, Carlos Cortes, Hernan Cortes; greatgrandchildren, Makenzie Gunkel, Myana Steele and Liam Brady; brothers, Gale Litchfield of Oregon, Curtis (Linda) Litchfield of Arizona, Mitchell (Virginia) Litchfield of North Dakota, Michael (Victoria) Litchfield of Washington; stepfather, John McGregor of Washington; many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Clifford and Irene Litchfield; and son, John Olderness, in infancy. Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
Gilbert H. Lickfett, 90, of Hutchinson
Memorial services for Gilbert Benjamin Herbert Lickfett, 90, of Hutchinson, and formerly of Stewart, will be held Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m., at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. Officiating will be the Rev. Paulus Pilgrim. Mr. Lickfett died Gilbert Feb. 10, Lickfett 2013, at Prairie Senior Cottages in Hutchinson. Interment will be in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Stewart. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Musical selections will be by BASICs (Brothers And Sisters In Christ). Honorary urn bearers will be Linda Carlson and Brenda Maiers. Mr. Lickfett was born on Aug. 20, 1922, in Penn Township, McLeod County, to Julius and Emma (Wieshert) Lickfett. He was baptized as an infant on Sept. 10, 1922, and confirmed in his faith as a youth on May 31, 1936, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Brownton. He received his education at Brownton Country School, District 71. On Feb. 7, 1945, Mr. Lickfett was united in marriage to LaVon Wagner at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. This marriage was blessed with three children, Gary, Virginia and Vickie. The Lickfetts resided and farmed in rural Stewart. They shared 59 years of marriage before Mrs. Lickfett died on Sept. 17, 2004. Mr. Lickfett moved to Hutchinson in 2005 and resided at the Village Cooperative, The Pines and Prairie Senior Cottages. Mr. Lickfett made his life and living on the farm for more than 60 years. He loved the land and animals. He took particular pride when his Holsteins had the best production records of herds in the area. His success at farming was not the result of advanced formal education, but rather a combination of more critical ingredients: frugality, his religious faith, resilience in the face of failed crops and embracing the often brutal physical demands of the land and his cows. Many of Mr. Lickfett’s hobbies were farm-related. His orchard with its Honeycrisp apples was his pride and joy. He dabbled with growing grapes and showed prized gladiolas at the McLeod County Fair. He was devoted to LaVon, his wife, and they enjoyed bus tours, golfing, bowling, playing cards and going to dances with their friends. Mr. Lickfett always loved spending time with family, and was especially fond of his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. He was a master at the art of conversation, and whether at the fair, on the street or while traveling, no one he met remained a stranger for very long. Survivors include his children, Gary (Dorothy) Lickfett of Danville, Ill., Virginia (Jim) Brodd of Hutchinson, and Vickie (Steve) Sandven of Redwood Falls; grandchildren, Jay (Kara) Lickfett, Todd Lickfett, Timothy Lickfett, Adam (Jamie) Brodd, Jacob (Missy) Brodd, Elizabeth Brodd, Kyle Larson, Ian Larson and Brenna Larson; sister, Hilda Sondergaard of Hutchinson; great-grandchildren, Garrett and Caroline Lickfett, Sylvia and Violet Brodd; many other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Julius and Emma Lickfett; wife, LaVon Lickfett; brothers, Hilmer Lickfett and his wife, Helen, and Orville Lickfett (in infancy); sister, Leila Karg and her husband, John; and brotherin-law, Art Sondergaard. Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
Lois M. Grimm and Loren H. Grimm
A memorial service for Lois Marie Grimm, 78, of New Brighton, was held at Faith Lilac Way Church in Robbinsdale on Saturday, Feb. 9. Officiating was the Rev. Pamela Stalheim Lane. Mrs. Grimm died at home after a short illness on Jan. 31, 2013. A private interment was held at Hillside Memorium in Minneapolis. Lois Marie Dahlgren was born Oct. 6, 1934, to Gordon and Verna Dahlgren of Minneapolis. On Oct. 6, 1991, she married Loren H. Grimm. They became step-parents, stepgrandparents and stepgreatgrandparents to each others’ families. Survivors include her loving husband, Loren; son, Richard (Jackie) Bednarczyk and grandson, Marky; daughter, Debbie (Jeff) Luoma and grandsons, Joseph (Steph), Joshua, Jordan and Justin Luoma; one great-granddaughter, Emma; mother, Verna Dahlgren, 98; and all of Loren’s family. She was preceded in death by her father, Gordon Dahlgren, and many other relatives and friends. ***** Funeral services for Loren Holgar Grimm, 82, were held on Feb. 13 at the Billman Hunt Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis. Officiating was the Rev. Jack Heidenreich. Mr. Grimm died Feb. 8,
Berean Baptist to host evening of prayer March 21
“As a body of believers, we continue to experience an increasing burden to pray for our country and community here in Glencoe, along with those who need prayer in McLeod County,” said the Rev. Jonathan Pixler, pastor at Berean Baptist Church. “Please join us on Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m., at Berean Baptist Church, and together we will worship the Lord and pray for healing and deliverance through the move of Holy Spirit to touch lives in a powerful way.” Pixler said the church also will provide soup and sandwiches at 6 p.m. and then together join in prayer and singing from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m., allowing participants to pray specifically for: 1) Our country; 2) for Glencoe and McLeod County; and 3) for our families. “According to the Word of God, I believe if we truly humble ourselves, seek the Lord, and pray, He will move His Hand in a mighty and powerful way and bring both spiritual and physical healing to our community,” Pixler said.
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Lois Marie Grimm and Loren Holgar Grimm 2013. A private interment was at Hillside Memorium in Minneapolis. Mr. Grimm was born Sept. 20, 1930, to John and Sophie Grimm of Glencoe. The family resided on their farm southeast of Glencoe until moving to Minneapolis in the ealy 1940s. On Sept. 6, 1953, Mr. Grimm married Beverly Pape. They had two children, Sheree and Allen. Mrs. Grimm died on July 31, 1990, after a five-year battle with cancer. On Oct. 6, 1991, he married Lois Bednarczyk, and they resided in New Brighton. A few months before Lois Grimm died, Mr. Grimm had many health problems and entered Lynblom Care Center in St. Paul. Survivors include his daughter, Sheree; son, Allen (Denise); and grandsons, Eric and Daniel; great-granddaughter, Savannah Grimm; and all members as a stepfather, stepgrandfather and stepgreat-grandfather to the family of Lois Grimm, including her 98-year-old mother, Verna Dahlgren of Glencoe; sister, Ethel (Lyle) Gentry of Lowell, Mich; sister-in-law, Vivian Grimm of Glencoe; brother-in-law, Russell Buller of Marshall, Mich.; several nieces and nephews, cousins and other family members and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, John and Sophie Grimm; brother, Gerald Grimm in infancy; brothers, Lloyd and Floyd Grimm; sister, Delores Buller, and a stillborn sister; first wife, Beverly, and second wife, Lois; and many other family members and friends.
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Dr. John Klobe, 80, of Lester Prairie, died Sunday March 10, 2013, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 14, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with interment at a later date in the church cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be held today (Wednesday, March 13), from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie, and will continue Thursday for one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. An online guest book is available at www.hantge.com.
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W AY OF LIFE “Minnesota Nice” can best describe living in the rural areas across the state of Minnesota. Raising a family and living in the rural areas of Minnesota can offer rich and rewarding experiences and life long memories for you, your children and grandchildren. Minnesota’s rural towns offer many amenities that can provide many opportunities for your and your family. W ATER RESOURCES Minnesota has more than 506,000 irrigated acres of agricultural crops. Average rainfall in Minnesota is more than 26 inches of rain. Minnesota has ample water resources for animal and crop production to co-exist in harmony. DAIRY PROCESSING PLANTS Minnesota has excellent processing facilities and extremely competitive markets. Dairy farmers here have choices amount Foremost Farms, Swiss Valley, Land O’ Lakes, AMPI, Dairy Farmers of America, Davisco, Bongards, Cass-Clay, First District, Valley Queen and several smaller milk buyers. These choices exist in some of the finest dairy country in the nation. UTILITIES Low utility costs make Minnesota an excellent location for industries, including ag entrepreneurs. Industrial rates are among the lowest in the nation. Minnesota has an efficient mix of power sources including coal, nuclear, and hydro. Many of our power suppliers offer special rebate programs on dairy electrical equipment. CATTLE POPULATION Minnesota ranks in the top 10 states in red meat production, milk cows, cattle/calves, and poultry and hog production. In Minnesota there is ample room for increased cow numbers in some of the most productive land in the state. Areas for expansion exist in most regions with exceptional opportunities in western and northern Minnesota. BY -PRODUCT FEEDS Minnesota has a variety of corn, soybean, wheat, and sugarbeet processing plants located in the state. These plants produce corn distillers grains, gluten feeds, beet pulp, wheat midds, roasted beans, and a variety of small grain screenings. These by-products are an advantage in formulating an excellent low-cost feed ration. FEED RESOURCES Minnesota ranks 6th in agricultural exports at $5 billion. Minnesota also lead the nation in farmer owned ethanol plants, producing and excess of 1.5 million tons of dried distillers grain, a high protein livestock feed. 2011 Harvest Corn 1.2 Billion Bushels Soybeans 270 Million Bushels Alfalfa 4.0 Million Tons Oats 5.9 Million Bushels WORKFORCE Minnesota is a leader in labor training programs. The state recognizes the need for highly trained workers on today’s high-tech ag operations and works to ensure adequate labor supplies by being innovative and supportive of ag industry needs. Minnesota’s labor force has a reputation for a strong work ethic, high productivity and low absentee and turnover rates. The Minnesota workforce can work for you too! EDUCATION In support of Minnesota Agricultural economy, the states educational system offers opportunities for students of all ages. The University of Minnesota system offers extensive programs in both basic and applied research. A variety of career paths are available to the more than 66,000 students enrolled. In addition to the U of M system, Minnesota operates both a state college system and a private college, with schools located in almost every region of the state. QUALITY OF LIFE Minnesota offers some of the finest fishing, hunting, and four-season family activities in the nation. The state has a strong Midwestern work ethic and family values. The state also has a high quality network of schools, private colleges and universities. Minnesota maintains an excellent infrastructure, including high quality roadways. Safety and low crime rates are a trademark in Minnesota. Many of Minnesota's communities have been recognized as great places to live.
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