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Vol. 113 No. 13 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 • Silver Lake, MN 55381
Single copy
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
About a dozen concerned
citizens attended the open
meeting about auditorium im-
provements last Wednesday
night, and all came to the con-
clusion that the goal is to “pre-
serve the historic integrity” of
the building.
Harvey Mikolichek, repre-
senting the Silver Lake Civic
Association, took the lead on
researching the improvements
needed, providing a break-
down of repairs and upgrades
and their projected costs.
The group took a walking
tour of the building, starting
outside with the front south
Mikolichek pointed out the
front entrance is crumbling
and “needs a lot of work.” The
concrete is breaking away and
Mikolichek suggested elimi-
nating the set of windows
above the front door and that a
stucco front be installed.
He also discussed tearing
down the unused chimneys
and salvaging those bricks to
replace the damaged brick.
“You can’t find any brick to
match, but we could salvage as
much brick as we could from
the chimneys to keep the same
look,” Mikolichek said.
Mayor Bruce Bebo said
something needs to be done
because the crumbling brick
“could kill somebody one of
these days.”
Mikolichek estimated exte-
rior repairs to cost around
Besides exterior repairs, he
also discussed installing an el-
evator in the building to make
it handicapped accessible.
“An elevator is going to cost
about $250,000,” Mikolichek
He added that bonding was
submitted to the Legislature
for $175,000 to use towards
those costs.
“(The) Legislature only
bonds every two years, and so
we applied now,” Mikolichek
“But even if we get the
money, we don’t have to take
it,” Bebo said. He said apply-
ing for the bonding was prepa-
ration to installing the elevator
but that nothing is certain.
Mikolichek said he also
talked with representatives at
the Minnesota Historical Soci-
ety about putting the audito-
rium on a historical registry
“But after talking with them,
the most we could ever get in
grant money would be
$10,000. And before we make
any repairs, we’d have to go
through them first,”
Mikolichek said.
He commented on the diffi-
culty working with the state
for every repair needed in the
auditorium, especially in effi-
ciency and timeliness.
Mikolichek said it would be
best to apply for bonding
money and use donations from
local organizations to upgrade
the building.
Mikolichek also discussed
costs to repair the lower- and
upper-level floors; the lower-
level costs were estimated at
$10,000 and upper-level costs
were $40,000.
Brent Posusta of Custom In-
stallations said refinishing the
hardwood floor on the upstairs
level includes “sanding it
down to its natural maple ma-
terial and adding a poly seal.”
Gary Jerabek asked about
maintaining the floor, and Po-
susta said it should be main-
Citizens: Preserve ‘historic integrity’ of auditorium
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
Hutchinson Co-op is mov-
ing forward with the pur-
chase of the former
Marathon Station and is set
to open June 1.
City Clerk Kerry Venier
told the Silver Lake City
Council that results of the
limited site investigation
showed “no real concerns.”
“So they are moving for-
ward with the purchase
agreement of the station.
They want to move in as fast
as they can and hope to be
open by June 1,” Venier
Venier added that
Hutchinson Co-op also
plans on replacing the tanks,
among other upgrades.
“I am going to get to-
gether with them and talk a
bit about the limited site in-
vestigation and our plans
moving forward regarding
the Petro Fund, etc.,” Venier
He said the limited site in-
vestigation costs were “not
even close” to the initial re-
ports. “They came in at
about the $20,000 range, in-
stead of the proposed
$40,000. Our additional
funding is not going to be
needed, so that’s good
news,” Venier said.
“What did they find ex-
actly?” Mayor Bruce Bebo
Venier said the limited site
investigation showed some
areas of heavily contami-
nated soils, but inspectors
were able to “pinpoint”
them near the tanks.
“The biggest concern was
that contamination would be
found across Highway 7, but
they didn’t find any signifi-
cant levels of contamination
in the ditch,” Venier said.
“But it looks like they are
going to reopen the station
in June, unless there are any
kinks in the purchasing
process,” Venier said.
Gas station to reopen June 1
Silver Lake Leader photos
by Alyssa Schauer
St. Patrick’s
annual parade
On Saturday, several Irish
and “Irish in heart” gath-
ered for the annual St.
Patrick’s Day parade in Sil-
ver Lake. The parade
started at Lakeside Ele-
mentary and ended at the
former Kaz’s station on
Main Street. The Silver
Lake American Legion
color guard walked in the
parade, as well as the Sil-
ver Lake Pola-Czesky Am-
bassadors. Above is the
Peterson family, who had
one of the colorful floats
this year. From left to right
are Zach, Jamie and Oliver.
To the left, Stan Horstmann
donned a St. Patrick’s hat
and handed out candy to
parade goers.
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
On Saturday, March 29, the
inaugural “Brew and Chew”
homebrew and potluck com-
petition will be held at the Sil-
ver Lake Auditorium from 11
a.m. to 2 p.m.
T h e
“Brew and
C h e w ”
began from
a conversa-
tion in a
garage over
a few beers,
accor di ng
to Connie
Kr a t z k e ,
event organ-
“This idea was inspired by
our neighbors actually, Sean
and Dara. They are really into
homebrewing. My husband
Barry and I have made ciders
and other things before, and
we talked with others who are
interested in making their own
wine,” Kratzke said.
“We thought it’d be fun to
have a get-together in Silver
Lake with a band, some good
food and invite people to come
try our homebrews. But the
laws in Minnesota don’t really
allow that, ” she added.
But Kratzke said there is no
law against having a home-
brew contest.
Kratzke ordered books on
judging beers and started or-
ganizing the event.
“But we wanted more peo-
ple to show up than just the
judges, so we are also having
a potluck contest,” Kratzke
A $5 entry fee will be
charged for each homebrew
and food entry, and the money
will be used for prizes. T-shirts
for the event also will be sold
and profits will be donated to
the McLeod Emergency Food
Shelf and Silver Lake Senior
All those who wish to sam-
ple homebrew must register as
judges; only 10 to 12 judges
will be chosen, but the public
is invited to judge in the
potluck competition.
“Although only a select few
judges will be chosen, the Sil-
ver Lake Muni will be serving
tap beers to attendees. And the
beers available include all dif-
ferent categories of beer,”
Kratzke said.
The categories for the
homebrew competition in-
clude: American lager, pil-
sener (German and
Bohemian), porter (Robust),
American stout, American
pale ale, northern English
brown ale, hard cider, mead
and fruit wine.
“Anyone involved in home-
brewing is welcome to partic-
ipate, and if anyone has a
different kind of beer than the
categories listed, that is more
than OK. Just contact me,”
Kratzke said.
Home brewers must fill out
a brew recipe card stating in-
“The beer-judging book I
have lists a description of each
beer and how it should taste.
There is also a description of
‘off flavors,’ descriptions of
how it should not taste,”
Kratzke said.
The list of “bad tastes” in-
cludes cat pee, sweat, leather,
skunk, vinyl, metal, burned
rubber and paint thinner,
among others.
Anyone is welcome to par-
ticipate in the potluck compe-
tition, also. The categories for
the potluck include soup/
stew/chili and hotdish.
Entrants also must fill out an
ingredients card (for allergy
purposes). Kratzke said the
potluck competition will be
voted by “people’s choice.”
The competition is set for
next Saturday, March 29 from
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If interested
in participating, contact
Kratzke at 320-327-6580 or e-
mail her at conniek@kahnke
farm.com or visit the Face-
book page at www.facebook.
com and search “Silver Lake
Brew & Chew.”
The public is welcome to at-
First-ever ‘Brew and Chew’
set March 29 at auditorium
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
The McLeod County Board
of Commissioners on Tuesday
agreed to allow Wold Archi-
tects to develop a contract for
its scope of services and a “full
design process” for the pro-
posed jail expansion and
courthouse security project.
Sheriff Scott Rehmann
made the request to proceed to
the next step in the aftermath
of a judge’s ruling that monies
left to the county from the An-
namarie Tudhope estate could
be used for the jail expansion
portion of the project.
In its preliminary concep-
tual design, Wold Architects
estimated that the jail expan-
sion and renovation would
cost about $4.2 million of the
total estimated cost of $7 mil-
lion, which also includes secu-
rity improvements to the
courthouse, particularly in the
court administration office
Commissioner Sheldon
Nies said the matter had come
before the county’s budget
committee following the
judge’s ruling.
That committee, Nies said,
“is very, very, very adamant
that it (the jail expansion)
doesn’t go over that $4 mil-
A representative from Wold
said a more in-depth design
will take about six to eight
months to develop.
“That will give you lots of
time to be thoughtful and
make good long-term deci-
sions,” he said.
He added that Wold will
“come back to the Board”
multiple times during the
process to get input.
County Attorney Mike
Junge cautioned the Board to
also take the process slowly,
because the judge’s ruling is
subject appeal. Junge said that
any appeals will need to be
filed by May 5.
If there is an appeal, Junge
said, the county can ask the
County Board begins full design
process for jail, security project
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tained “like a gym floor.”
He suggested the city look at
hiring someone to maintain the
floor properly or that it invest
in special equipment and train
city employees to use it.
“After new flooring is in-
stalled, any wrong cleaners,
even if they are used once, can
affect the bonding of the seal,”
Posusta said.
Other repairs for the build-
ing include: repairing hand
rails that have no end caps;
touching up wood work; re-
placing windows; heating im-
provements; bar area and
lighting improvements; up-
grading the outside handicap
entrance (if an elevator were
installed); creating city offices;
minor roof repairs and in-
stalling a generator.
Mikolichek and Bebo said
installing a generator could
make the building servicable
as an emergency preparedness
and response site in the event
of a tornado, major power out-
age, flooding or any other
Total repair costs for the au-
ditorium, including exterior re-
pairs and installing an elevator
totaled $364,500.
Mikolichek said that is the
“worst-case scenario” cost.
“That total is with no dona-
tions from any local organiza-
tions, no grants, no funding
from the state. That would be
if we hired everything out,”
Mikolichek said.
But, if auditorium improve-
ments and repairs use local
contractors, grants, volunteers,
etc., Mikolichek said costs
would total $284,300.
“But if we chose not to in-
stall an elevator, the total for
other repairs is $70,800,”
Mikolichek said.
Resident Pat Mahon said she
would like to see repairs, but
that the “integrity” of the
building be kept.
“I like that point, too,” resi-
dent Duane Yurek said.
Mikolichek said that is the
goal of the improvements, and
that installing an elevator was
a concern.
“But that would make the
building more accessible,”
Mikolichek said. He added
that Municipal Liquor Store
Manager Jon Jerabek said
fewer and fewer weddings are
booked at the auditorium be-
cause of accessibility incon-
veniences, but that “upgrades
could bring in more business.”
Bebo pointed out that the
building use also goes “beyond
“Every room in this building
gets used between the fire de-
partment, ambulance, scouts,
senior dining. Upgrades would
benefit all of them, too,” Bebo
The group decided to form
an “auditorium improvement”
committee and will tentatively
meet the second Tuesdays of
each month. The next meeting
is scheduled for Tuesday, April
8, at 7:30 p.m., at the audito-
rium, and all interested are in-
vited to attend.
Historic preservation
The Silver Lake Auditorium
was built in 1941 as a project
of the Work Projects Adminis-
tration (WPA) of the federal
government, which took over
the costs for labor on the new
The WPA was part of Presi-
dent Franklin Delano Roo-
sevelt’s “New Deal” agency
and employed millions of un-
employed people to carry out
public works projects, includ-
ing the construction of roads
and public buildings, like the
Silver Lake Auditorium.
The building was not only
furnished by local people, but
enabled Silver Lake “to have
one of the finest municipal
To finance the building, a
bond of $12,000 was voted in
April 1940 and the Commu-
nity Fair Association donated
its surplus to assist in the pur-
chase of the grounds.
The building was designed
by architect Carl H. Buetow,
who had 31 years of architec-
tural experience before plan-
ning and designing the Silver
Lake Auditorium.
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Bean bag tourney Saturday
The Silver Lake Civic Association is hosting a bean bag
tournament Saturday, March 22, at the Silver Lake Audi-
torium. Teams are two-person, co-ed, and the tournament
is double elimination. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. and the
tournament begins at 11 a.m. Cost is $25 per team.
8/40 Salon meeting March 24
The regular meeting of 8/40 Salon No. 85, Department
of Minnesota No. 24, will be held Monday, March 24, at
7:30 p.m., at Hutchinson Legion Post 96. Refreshments
will be served at 7 p.m.
Lions sausage supper slated
The Silver Lake Lions are hosting their annual sausage
supper Thursday, March 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at
the Silver Lake Auditorium. The menu includes Polish
sausage, cheesy hash-brown potatoes, bread, corn, sauer-
kraut, dessert, milk and coffee. Tickets are available at the
door. Proceeds will go to the Silver Lake Fire Department.
Citywide garage sale dates
The Silver Lake citywide garage sale dates are set for
May 8-10. More information will be available later.
Antique appraisal fundraiser
The McLeod County Historical Society is hosting an an-
tique appraisal and preservation fundraiser Sunday, March
23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There is an admission charge.
Luce Line Railroad program
On March 30, at 1 p.m., in the McLeod County Museum
Educational Media Center, a Luce Line Railroad Club pro-
gram will be held. Come for an afternoon to learn more
about the history of railroads in McLeod County. Refresh-
ments will be served after the presentation.
Degree of Honor to meet
Degree of Honor No. 182 will have a social meeting
Tuesday, March 25, at 1 p.m., in the Silver Lake Audito-
Lenten soup suppers begin
Each Wednesday night during the Lenten season, Grace
Bible Church in Silver Lake will hold a 5:30 p.m. soup
and chili supper (free-will offering) served by members of
the Living Water Puppets Team. The meal will be followed
by a 7 p.m. church service.
Upcoming Events
File photo
The Silver Lake Auditorium was constructed in 1941 as
part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the
largest and “most ambitious” agency of the New Deal, im-
plemented by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Auditorium Continued from page 1
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judge to require an “appeal
bond” that will protect it if the
appeal delays the project long
enough that additional costs
from inflation or redesign are
Commissioner Ron Shiman-
ski, while noting that the
process is still in its early
stages, asked if the jail or court
administration office will need
to be shut down during the
construction process.
The Wold representative
said that neither the jail nor the
court administration office
would have to shut down, but
there may be a short period of
time that Courtroom 3 is not
available for use while it is
being remodeled to accommo-
date a secure passage from the
jail to the courtroom.
Commissioner Jon Chris-
tensen asked if voting to call
for the scope of services con-
tract and a full design means
the County Board is definitely
“building a new jail.”
Junge said no decision will
be final until the County Board
actually accepts a bid and en-
ters into a contract for the con-
“And there are about six
checkpoints between now and
then, and you can say ‘no’ at
any time,” said Junge.
The County Board voted
unanimously to have Rehmann
work with Wold on the scope
of services contract and the
next design phase of the proj-
Members and friends of the
Grace Bible Church in Silver
Lake will host a special wild
game fee Sunday, March 30,
beginning at 5 p.m.
The evening will include
domesticated elk burgers and
samplings of a variety of wild
game (and not-so-wild game),
door prizes, and a “Bird Dog”
Guest speaker Gary Mitchel
will talk about his experience
getting lost in the Boundary
Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).
In 1967, he experienced the
great tragedy and was lost for
six days.
Tickets are $5 each and lim-
ited. They need to be ordered
in advance by calling the
church at 320-327-2352 or
Shawn at 320-234-9425.
Grace Bible Church is located
in Silver Lake next to the city
water tower.
Wild game feed set at
Grace Bible March 30
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Friends
and family of Faith Presbyte-
rian Church and the surround-
ing community are hereby
advised to appear for jury duty
on the following Wednesdays
in Lent — March 26, April 2
and April 9 at 6:15 pm. — to
decide the case of The People
vs. Judas Iscariot.
The Wednesday Lenten
services will take the shape of
a court hearing in which Judas
is on trial for his part in Jesus’
arrest and crucifixion. Is God’s
love big enough to forgive him
of his part in the story?
The congregation will serve
as the jury. Prosecution and
defense attorneys will attempt
to sway the judge and congre-
gation with evidence based
upon the Bible and tradition.
Various witnesses are “sub-
poenaed” to testify, including
Peter, John, Mary Magdalene,
and others. Come and hear the
testimony and cast your ballot.
Each week the trial will begin
at 6:15 p.m. at Faith Presbyte-
rian Church, 108 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake.
Wednesday Lenten services
held at Faith Presbyterian
The Silver Lake Knights of
Columbus Council No. 1841
will have a paper drive on Fri-
day and Saturday, April 11-12,
from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The trailer will be parked on
the north side of Holy Family
Church in Silver Lake.
Items accepted include
newspapers, junk mail, maga-
zines, paper bags and card-
Cardboard should be kept
separate from papers. No plas-
tic, please.
Proceeds will go to Silver
Lake swimming pool opera-
tions and Silver Lake summer
youth recreation program.
For information or help
hauling papers, please call
Ray Bandas at 320-327-3115.
Save the date: KC paper
drive set for April 11-12
Thank You
Thank you to Lynn “Duffy”
Monger-Yurek, Rachael and
Trevor “McNally” Posusta,
Bryan O’Posusta, Silver
Lake Lions Club, Silver
Lake Legion, Silver Lake
Pola-Czesky Royalty and to
all who enjoyed the St.
Patrick’s Day parade, Irish
After-Glow and the wonder-
ful music and dancing! It
was a great day celebrated by
See you next year!
Sandy “McNally” Posusta
Each year I interview Tim
Orth recipients, I am over-
come with emotion at the
hardships and trials the kids
have endured.
This year there are 12 chil-
dren in need, ranging from 1-
year-olds to 17-year-olds, and
so far, I had the opportunity to
talk with five of them for fea-
ture stories.
When I first started working
for the newspaper in 2011, I
had never even heard about
the Tim Orth Jamboree until I
interviewed Cameron Mar-
van’s family, who was a recip-
ient that year.
At the time, Cameron was
20 months old, and was diag-
nosed with Angelman Syn-
drome. He suffered numerous
seizures daily and was in and
out of hospitals for much of
his young life.
In 2012 and 2013, I inter-
viewed two more families
from the area with similiar sit-
uations of being in and out of
doctors’ offices and hospitals.
And this year’s recipients
are no different.
Little Molly Koschinska of
Waconia was born with a large
hole in her heart and has had
three heart surgeries already,
with more surgeries sched-
Taylor Tenhoff, a sopho-
more at Dassel-Cokato High
School, was diagnosed with
severe aplastic anemia and has
had two bone marrow trans-
plants — one of the most inva-
sive and painful surgeries ever.
Angelita “Lita” Gonzalez,
2, of Glencoe, was born pre-
maturely and is diagnosed as
“failure to thrive” and Landon
Weigel, 8, a second-grader at
Park Elementary in Hutchin-
son, suffers from episodes of
his airway swelling.
Zella Jo Thode, 1, is diag-
nosed with hypoplastic left
heart syndrome, meaning she
was born with half of a heart.
Yet, despite the challenges,
multiple operations and
painful procedures these chil-
dren have had to endure, they
seem to always be smiling and
When I first met Taylor, he
crafted this intricate drawing
of flying dragons with just a
blue pen and sheet of scrap
paper, and he has a dry sense
of humor I can relate to.
When I showed up at Lita’s
house, she greeted me with a
huge smile and a big laugh,
much like baby Zella did dur-
ing our interview in Hutchin-
Landon showed me his foot-
ball card collection and his tal-
ent at making rubberband
bracelets with the “rainbow
He even gave me a couple
of colorful bracelets and a lit-
tle yellow banana keychain he
fashioned out of the rubber-
Landon took our interview
seriously: he sent both his par-
ents out of the room so that we
could have privacy to talk. I
had to laugh at his mother’s
shocked face when she was
“shooed” away.
As I sat with the parents
who recounted the medical
journeys with their children, I
watched the kids interact with
their siblings, play around
with their toys, or laugh at the
silliness that was playing on
their TV sets, and I had to hold
back a few tears thinking of all
the pain they’ve experienced.
And at such young ages.
On top of the disheartening
medical conditions, the fami-
lies have to consider the finan-
cial costs.
The Tim Orth Memorial
Foundation was organized to
help families like these with
the financial difficulties of
hospital visits, and last year, I
decided to join the organiza-
tion so I can help, too.
You may have seen the
news brief about the “jam-
boree” with entertainment,
raffles, a silent auction, con-
cessions, basketball games
and a ceremony to raise
money for the recipients.
I still have never even been
to the event due to scheduling
conflicts, but I’ve heard what
an emotional experience it is.
This year, I’m excited to be
able to join in to rally for the
The event is set Saturday,
March 29, at the Glencoe-Sil-
ver Lake High School gymna-
sium, and includes a visit from
the Therapy Dogs Interna-
tional Group, face painting, a
paper airplane contest, gym-
nasts, Zumba dances, great
food and much more.
Come see the kids — their
smiles are contagious and will
leave you inspired and your
heart full.
Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, March 20, 2014 — Page 3
2014-15 Faith Preschool
Open House
& Registration
Sat., March 29th, 1-3 p.m.
Faith Presbyterian Church
108 W. Main St. • Silver Lake
Registration is open to the public for children who
are ages 3 or 4 on or by September 1st, and are
potty trained. We offer afternoon classes.
Questions? please call 320-327-2452
Silver Lake
American Legion
Breakfast on Sunday
March 23, 9am
at the Legion
MENU: Potato pancakes and regular pancakes,
scrambled eggs plain and with sausage &
onion, sausages, milk, juice and coffee.
All you can eat for $8.00
Bloody Mary Bar
Live Country Music at Noon
From about 1860 to 1914,
approximately 120,000
Czechs and Germans moved
into the Ukraine area of Rus-
sia. Czar Alexander of Russia
invited Czechs and Germans
to come and settle on free land
and pass on their farming
skills to the inefficient Russian
The Austrian/Hungarian
government was placing many
hardships on the Czechs at this
time. Their other option was
costly travel to the port of
Hamburg, then a long danger-
ous ship ride to America and
travel halfway across America
to get to Minnesota.
In addition, they heard bad
things about America, includ-
ing Indian Wars, the Civil War,
dying at sea, grubbing stumps,
grasshoppers, many other
hardships, and not being able
to speak English.
By loading their processions
onto wooden-wheeled wagons
and sleds, floating down the
Danube River, traveling east
to the Ukraine, taking only 30
days, sounded like a good
The Czar promised free
land, and they could establish
their own towns, carry on their
own traditions, have religious
freedom, and men would not
have to serve in the Russian
Czechs formed the villages
of Bohemka, Alexandrovka,
Poltava, Czechohrad and
Unfortunately most of the
Czechs were craftsmen rather
than farmers. Along the way,
crooks stole or swindled
money from them. After arriv-
ing, it was a terrible ordeal to
survive, to find jobs, to start
farming, to obtain money, to
build a house and find a place
to live. It revealed how far
from reality their dreams of
getting rich quick really were.
There were droughts, lo-
custs, the soil was thin, yields
were low, springs were late,
falls were early, winds blew,
water was scarce, many set-
tlers lived in dugouts with a
stretched animal skin for a
window pane.
Many returned to Bohemia.
For the people who stayed, it
got even worse! By 1921, it is
estimated that 20 million
Russian people died of starva-
tion or were killed.
During the 1930s, millions
were shot outright due to
trumped-up charges or sent to
prison camps in Siberia during
Stalin’s “Great Purge” to
cleanse the country. Millions
of people died of starvation
right in the so-called “Bread
Basket” of the Ukraine.
After 20 to 60 years in the
Ukraine, the Czar made all the
Czechs and Germans move
onto the 10,000-square-mile
peninsula of Crimea. Whole
towns were forced to move.
This irregularly shaped piece
of thinly-soiled land, the size
of Rhode Island, juts out into
the Black Sea. They were
landlocked! The Russians
could easily seal them off
whenever they wanted.
The Czechs and German
immigrants had very few good
years of prosperity and soon
the Russian government
passed a law revoking all
rights and privileges given to
them. Their sons were drafted
to fight in the Russo-Turkish
By 1880, most colonists had
lost all faith in Russia. Fami-
lies were torn apart by rela-
tions who wanted to stay in
Russia or return to Bohemia or
immigrate to America. Some
stayed; few survived.
About 1940, Stalin changed
things drastically! During one
winter night, all Czech and
German colonists were
rounded up, packed what they
could carry and locked into
cattle train cars to be trans-
ported to Siberia for an “indef-
inite time.” They were not
prepared for such a long win-
ter trip.
Men were separated from
women. They were not given
food or water. They had to
scratch for frozen food scraps
at train stops. They did not
know where they were going.
The Russians had no plans for
them! Thousands starved en
At the final destination in
Siberia, they were crowded in
with the locals to keep warm
and forced to work in the
mines and lumber camps dur-
ing sub-freezing weather.
They were never told the
length of their sentences. How
can you survive if you don’t
have a goal?
Finally, in 1964, after 25
years of forced labor, Russian
dictator Khrushchev signed a
bill releasing the surviving
2,000 Czech and German
slaves. They were 1,000 miles
from their homes in Crimea.
Some were old; they had no
money and had to find their
own way home.
The few that made it home
found other people living in
their houses and could not
claim their homes or land;
their churches were used for
granaries. They had no money.
They had no rights and did not
qualify for government pen-
When one group opened a
church the communists blew it
up. Religion and believing in
God was one thing the sur-
vivors never gave up on, de-
spite all the hardships.
From 1886 through 1917, a
few lucky Czechs and Ger-
mans did make it out of Russia
and immigrated to America.
In about 1912, the Kraemer,
Karg, Schmidt and Hepner
families came to Glencoe from
Stahl, Russia, (now Luyby-
shev) 400 miles east of the
Black Sea.
(Rumor: One guy did re-
turn, disillusioned and broke
after a few years. The Glencoe
families took up a $70 collec-
tion to bring him back.)
Others moved to Bismarck
and Dickenson, N.D. They can
trace their ancestors back to
villages in Crimea and Russia,
although the village names
have been Russianized and
people cannot easily find
In 1898, the Northwest Im-
provement Company in Amer-
ica deeded land to the Czech
people in North Dakota to
build a new town called “New
Hradec.” In 1917, under the
Communist Russian govern-
ment, all emigration came to a
grinding halt. Whoever was in
Russia would stay in Russia!
We should all be so thankful
our relatives chose America!
Thankful our relatives chose America
Tracing Roots
By Ron Pulkrabek
Silver Lake Leader photos
by Alyssa Schauer
Hunting expo
The annual Big Little Hunt-
ing and Fishing Expo,
sponsored by the Chris-
tian Deer Hunters Associa-
tion, was held at the
McLeod County Fair-
grounds, and offered a
number of seminars on
hunting and fishing, as
well as entertainment for
children. Above are
cousins Bekah Cross and
Elizabeth Rakow racing
minnows. To the left is Jay-
den Alberts and Amber Al-
berts. Jayden tried to pop
balloons with the marsh-
mallow bow.
‘Orth kids’ are inspirational group
The Travel Section
By Alyssa Schauer
Mohr on UM fall dean’s list
Taylor Mohr of Glencoe was named to the University of
Minnesota fall semester dean’s list. A freshman, Mohr is in
the Carlson School of Management at the university.
Daughter for Posusta, Ostlie
Ashley Posusta and Alex Ostlie of Lester Prairie an-
nounce the birth of their daughter, Ava Rose Ostlie, on
March 5, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Ava
weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She
joins an older sister, Jade Marie Ostlie. Grandparents are
Paulette Zanoth of Silver Lake, LeRoy Posusta of Silver
Lake, and Tim and Mary Ostlie of Norwood Young Amer-
Fairbankses announce birth
Brandon and Kara Fairbanks of Rochester announce the
birth of their daughter, Kaitlynn Mae, on Feb. 19, 2014, at
Mayo Clinic, Rochester Methodist campus. Kaitlynn
weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 21-1/4 inches in
length. Her older sister is Abigail, 2. Grandparents are
Randy and Michele Vasko of Lester Prairie and John and
Sharon Fairbanks of Duluth. Great-grandparents are Wil-
fred and Elaine Bebo of Silver Lake and Charlotte Vasko
of Hutchinson.
People News
KC fish fry
winners are
The following are the win-
ners and prizes from the Silver
Lake Knights of Columbus
(KCs) March 7 fish fry raffle:
Laurel Anderson, $100 cash
from Silver Lake KCs; Randy
Zajicek, $75 cash from Silver
Lake KCs; Joe Chloupek,
George Washington coin and
stamp set ($50 value) from
First Community Bank;
Brian Koktan, Steph Kutter,
Isabell Mallak and Denise
Suggs, $25 cash from Gerald
and Luann Kucera of Pioneer;
Al Brandon, $25 cash from
Swartzer Sewer Service; Don
Miskovsky, $25 cash from
K&K Storage; Elmer Howe,
$25 gift card from Molly’s
Dale Cacka and Barney
Nowak, gift certificate good
for 1 peck of apples from Shi-
manski Orchard;
Charlotte Gatz, Dorothy
Merrill and Kathy Snegosky,
$5 gift certificate from Silver
Lake Muni;
Pat Fogarty and Lori Dahl,
six-month subscriptions from
McLeod Publishing, Inc.
The door prize of a $25 gift
card to Molly’s Cafe went to
Dennis Rehmann.
March 24-28
Silver Lake
Senior Nutrition Site
Monday — Barbecued pork,
peas, tropical fruit, bun, margarine,
cookie, low-fat milk.
Tuesday — Chili, pears, lettuce
with dressing, crackers, margarine,
pudding, low-fat milk.
Wednesday — Baked chicken,
baked potato, squash, bread, mar-
garine, gelatin with fruit and top-
ping, low-fat milk.
Thursday — Meatballs with
gravy, mashed potatoes, beets,
bread, margarine, lemon angel
food cake, low-fat milk.
Friday — Pub House fish, whole
potatoes, Prince William vegeta-
bles, bread, margarine, pie, low-fat
300 Cleveland Ave.,
Silver Lake
Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor
Sat., March 22 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible
study, 9 a.m.
Sun., March 23 — “First
Light” radio broadcast on KARP
106.9 FM, 7:30 a.m.; pre-service
prayer time, 9:15 a.m.; worship
with communion, 9:30 a.m.; Sun-
day school for all ages, 10:35 a.m.
Wed., March 26 — Soup sup-
per, 5:30 p.m.; confirmation class,
6 p.m.; Lenten service with guest
speaker Daryel Willet, 7 p.m.
Sat., March 29 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.
Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-327-
108 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Fax 320-327-6562
E-mail: faithfriends
Carol Chmielewski, pastor
Office hours: Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, Thursdays from
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun., March 23 — Handbell
practice, 8:45 a.m.; worship serv-
ice with fellowship to follow, 10
Wed., March 26 — Light sup-
per, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6
p.m.; Lent service, 6:15 p.m.;
choir practice, 7 p.m.
700 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Thurs., March 20 — Mass at
Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; meet and
greet at The Pines, Hutchinson,
11:30 a.m.; bereavement session
at church, 1 p.m.
Fri., March 21 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
stations of the cross, 6 p.m.
Sat., March 22 — Reconcilia-
tion, 5 p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m.; St.
Pius X, Holy Family youth Mass,
6:30 p.m., followed by movie
night and potluck at Holy Family.
Sun., March 23 — Mass, 8 a.m;
AFC mission group meeting
church lower level, 6 p.m.; Mass,
8 p.m.
Mon., March 24 — No Mass.
Tues., March 25 — Mass, 8
a.m.; eucharistic adoration, 8:30
a.m. to 10 p.m.; quilting, 9 a.m.;
parish administrative council, 6:30
Wed., March 26 — Mass at
Cokato Manor, 10 a.m.; Mass, 5
p.m.; first- through sixth-grade re-
ligious education, 5:30 p.m.-6:45
p.m.; seventh- through 10th-grade
religious education, 7 p.m.-8:15
Thurs., March 27 — Mass at
Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; area pas-
toral council, 7 p.m.
Fri., March 28 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
stations of the cross, 6 p.m.
77 Lincoln Ave.,
Lester Prairie
Bethany Nelson, pastor
Thur., March 20 — Book club,
6 p.m.
Sun., March 23 — Worship, 9
a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.;
choir, 10:30 a.m.
Mon., March 24 — Paper drive
through April 10.
Wed., March 26 — Soup sup-
per at Prarie Community Church,
6 p.m.; Lenten worship at Prairie
Community, 7 p.m.
950 School Rd. S.W.
E-mail: infor@
Jim Hall, Pastor
Sun., March 23 — Worship,
9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
770 School Rd.,
Kenneth Rand,
Branch President
Sun., March 23 — Sunday
school, 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.;
priesthood, relief society and pri-
mary, 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
20924 State Hwy. 7 W.,
E-mail: assembly@
Dr. Lee Allison, pastor
Sun., March 23 — Worship,
8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Ronald Andrew Artmann,
74, of Winsted, died Wednes-
day, March 12, 2014, at the
Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice
House in Chaska.
A Mass of
Ch r i s t i a n
Burial was
held Mon-
day, March
17, at Holy
F a m i l y
C a t h o l i c
Church in
Silver Lake.
were his six
grandchi l -
dren. Gift bearers were Sharon
Anderson, Arrissa Nowak and
McKenzie Nowak. Interment
was in Holy Trinity Cemetery
in Winsted.
Mr. Artmann was born Aug.
31, 1939, in Winsted Town-
ship, McLeod County, to An-
drew C. and Mary (Neumann)
On Aug. 29, 1986, Ronald
Artmann and Carol Ann
Fiecke were joined in holy
marriage in Plato.
Mr. Artmann engaged in
farming in Winsted Township
for many years.
He enjoyed spending time
with his grandchildren, telling
stories about his younger
years, driving horses, playing
cards and morning coffee at
Molly’s Café. Mr. Artmann
had a tractor collection and
each tractor that he collected
resembled tractors that he and
his dad once owned. He also
loved to collect quarters.
Mr. Artmann was a former
member of Holy Trinity
Catholic Church in Winsted
and belonged to Holy Family
Catholic Church in Silver
Survivors include his wife,
Carol Ann Artmann; four sons,
Bobby Artmann and fiancé
Melody, Donny (Kari) Art-
mann, Kenny Artmann and
Jim Fiecke; six grandchildren,
Josh Artmann, Jessica Art-
mann, Tristan Artmann, and
Tyler, Cody and Jack Fiecke;
special people, Sharon Ander-
son and family, and Arrissa
Nowak and McKenzie
Nowak; sisters, Lucille Haus-
laden and Evelyn Fenske; sis-
ters-in-law, Millie Artmann
and Mary Ann Artmann;
brother-in-law, Roger (Carol)
Thalman; nieces, nephews,
many other relatives and
Precedeing him in death
were his parents, Andrew and
Mary Artmann; brothers,
Jerome, Clarence and Clem;
two infant sisters, Dorothy and
Mary Ellen; and father-in-law
and mother-in-law, Edwin and
Laverna Thalman.
The Maresh Funeral Home
in Silver Lake served the fam-
ily. Online condolences may
be made at www.maresh
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Call: 320-327-2216
In Memory of
who passed away March 24, 2004
(10 years ago)
God looked around His garden
and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the
earth and saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you
and lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting
rough, the hills were hard to
climb. So He closed your weary
eyelids and whispered,
“Peace be thine.”
It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you did not go alone...
For part of us went with you
the day God called you home.
You are always in our hearts.
Deeply missed by Marcella,
children, grandchildren,
In Loving Memory of
Michael Knudson
6/29/82 – 3/13/11
Bless us Lord, as we
pray; You took our
beautiful son home
3 years ago today.
Please let him know,
Please as we pray,
how much we love him
each and every day.
We loved his laugh,
We loved his smile,
We loved his everything,
We loved our child.
Loved & missed by his family:
Bill, Cheri, Tara & Travis
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Silver Lake Auditorium
Serving from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Adults:
Ages 4-12:
3 & under: Free
Menu: Polish sausage, cheesy hashbrown potatoes,
corn, bread, sauerkraut, milk, coffee, dessert.
Proceeds will go to Silver Lake Fire Department.
Thank You!
ilver Lake Lions Club
9:00 AM
ACCEPTING Tractors, Machinery, Farm Misc., Hay, Skid Loaders,
Hay Equipment, Tillage, Trailers, Mowers, Lawn & Garden,
Heavy Equipment
Call by March 24 to take advantage
of free nationwide advertising!
Bring items April 7-10
Call us today (612) 280-1725
Derek Lundeen (612) 280-1725
Fred W. Radde III
(612) 710-2101 or (952) 353-2291
4:00 PM
Boats, Guns, Trucks, Equipment, Skids, Trailers,
& Much More!
Ronald A. Artmann, 74, of Winsted
75 YEARS AGO - MARCH 25, 1939 —
That humble and inconspicuous little shanty
that once adorned every backyard in the village
becomes an outlaw this week and is destined to
soon become a thing of the past in villages hav-
ing a sewer system. Action by the village coun-
cil in adopting a new ordinance terminates its
long and varied existence. Every property
owner in the village whose property abuts any
street or alley along which a municipal sewer
has been constructed must make connections
and install indoor toilets.
Silver Lake welcomes another businessman,
Perry Freiday, formerly of Dassel, who has
leased the Kasper Livery Barn for his ice busi-
ness. He will serve both the village and rural
A two-act play dealing with the life and song
writing career of Stephen Foster will be pre-
sented at the Silver Lake Public School Parent-
Teacher meeting on Monday, March 27.
Students and faculty members will portray the
The Pioneer Cafe, John Navratil, proprietor,
is having a special offer on Sunday, March 26.
With every quart of ice cream purchased, you
will receive a free pint of sherbet.
The Silver Lake Hatchery is introducing its
new Eagle Chick Mash and Gold Coin Mash
with a Special Introductory Offer. With each
100-pound bag of either of these mashes, it is
giving a free chicken catcher.
Stanley Charney, 25, son of Frank and Fanny
Charney, died on Monday, March 20, at the
family home in Rich Valley Township. Funeral
services were conducted from the home on
Wednesday, March 22.
Mrs. Anna (Anton) Chapek, 87, died on
Wednesday, March 22, at her home in Silver
Lake. Funeral services will be held on Friday,
March 24, at the St. Joseph Church.
50 YEARS AGO - MARCH 19, 1964 —An
open house and appreciation day will be held
by the Silver Lake Produce Company, managed
by Joe Benz, on Friday, March 20. Free coffee
and donuts and the awarding of five door prizes
will be given on that day. The affair is held as a
gesture of appreciation for the business ac-
corded the firm and to also show everyone the
major new equipment installed by the company.
Mallak Elevator of Silver Lake will host an
appreciation day in observance of 35 years of
business on Friday, March 20, with the serving
of free coffee, donuts, cake, buttered popcorn,
cookies, and a host of free door prizes.
A benefit auction for band uniforms for Silver
Lake High School Band members will be held
on Monday night, March 23, at the Silver Lake
On Tuesday, March 24, a basketball triple-
header benefit will be held at the Silver Lake
High School Gym. Proceeds from the event will
be turned over to the band uniform committee.
The Silver Lake Fire Department responded
to a brooder house fire at the Bernard Koktan
farm south of Silver Lake last Thursday
The Zrust Construction Company of Silver
Lake and Birkholz Construction of Lester
Prairie have merged as of March 1 and will now
be known as Zrust-Birkholz Construction Co.
On Wednesday, March 24, Art Konerza will
hold an auction at his place located three miles
southwest of Silver Lake.
Having decided to discontinue the wood-
working business, K.D. Haekenkamp will hold
an auction at his business located on the corner
of the northwest edge of Winsted on Hwy. 261
and the Watertown road on Monday, March 23.
Little Nancy Jean Hemerick, 15-month-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Hemerick,
passsed away at Northwestern Hospital on
Monday evening, March 16. Funeral services
will be held on Thursday morning, March 19,
from the St. Adalbert’s Church.
A son was born on March 15 to Mr. and Mrs.
Justin Buska. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kosek are
the parents of a daughter born on March 11.
25 YEARS AGO - MARCH 23, 1989 —A
snowstorm on Tuesday, March 14, forced the
closing of the polls at the Hale Township elec-
tion at 5:30 p.m. Polls were reopened at 9:30
a.m. to noon on Friday. Twenty-one voters
turned out to re-elect Gerald Harris as supervi-
sor and incumbent treasurer Colleen Kacz-
Twenty-two Rich Valley Township voters
turned out in the snow on Tuesday, March 14,
to cast their ballots. Incumbent Supervisor
George Nemec was re-elected to the position
and Doug Portele was elected treasurer by
write-in vote.
Six candidates filed for the two positions on
the Silver Lake School Board. Incumbent Har-
vey Mikolichek is seeking re-election. Also fil-
ing were Clemens Artmann, Joe Chmielewski,
Robert Paulson, Donald Koepp and Victoria
Harris. Daniel Dostal chose not to run for re-
The Silver Lake Civic Association is sponsor-
ing its Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 25,
at the Silver Lake City Park for children ages
10 and under.
The Silver Lake High School Band earned an
excellent rating for the second year at the Dis-
trict 16A Band Contest held last Tuesday at
Dennis and Joyce Cacka are holding an auc-
tion at their farm located six miles northeast of
Silver Lake on Saturday, March 25.
The Silver Lake Fire Department responded
to an overheated furnace motor fire at the Joe
Micka residence in Silver Lake on Saturday
evening, March 18.
At the annual meeting of the Silver Lake
Sportsmen’s Club on Saturday, March 11, Gary
Jerabek, Phil Nowak, Larry Nowak and Roger
Pokornowski were elected to the four director
positions for three-year terms.
Down Memory Lane
Compiled by Margaret Benz
An early week storm followed by cooler weather will be
the weather headline this week. By the time you read this,
our early week storm should be out of the area. Even as I
write this, there’s still a lot of disagreement about who got
what. I’m guessing we got a decent snow, but if things
warmed up, I’m hoping we saw less snow and more liquid
Regardless, it is behind us so let us look forward.
Average highs for this time of year should typically be
in the lower 40s. We’ll remain below that this week with
highs on the weekend having a tough time hitting the freez-
ing mark. There’s a cold pool of air (surprise, surprise)
lumbering around in Canada, and we’ll get a glancing blow
from it. It won’t be horrible, but the coldest air won’t be
too far away, so I’m worried more will filter in and keep
things even colder.
There is yet another cold pool of air further in Canada
that may try to work its way towards us as well, but that is
a bit too far off to tell for sure. The one thing that is certain
is this rough winter is having a tough time letting go. At
least we were able to melt a good chunk of our snow last
There will be another storm close to us late Thursday
into Friday. This one may be a little further to the north so
I’m hoping we stay on the warm side. Having said that,
we’ll be looking at a mix of precipitation most likely, so
stay tuned to more up-to-date forecasts. Don’t get too wor-
ried, though, as this one looks quite a bit weaker than our
early week storm. The weekend is looking cooler with only
a chance of flurries Sunday.
Have a great week, all!
Ma dobry weekendem Mit dobry vikend
Thursday — Highs 33-40; lows 22-28; clear/night time
Friday — Highs 31-38; lows 15-21; clouds/mixed bag
of precipitation.
Saturday — Highs 24-31; lows 10-16; partly cloudy.
Sunday — Highs 27-34; partly cloudy/snow shower?
Weather Quiz: When will we see that first 70-degree
Answer to last week’s question: The 1978-79 winter
was similar to the one we just went through; what was
the summer after that like? The summer of 1979 was
mostly normal with slightly lower-than-normal tempera-
tures. There were only a handful of days in the 90s, so if
this summer follows suit we may have a nice one on tap!
But the weather always has a mind of its own, so who
Remember: I make the forecast, not the weather!
Weather Corner
By Jake Yurek
Church News
Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, March 20, 2014 — Page 5
11....at Waconia Inv.................
18....at Delano Conf. Tourney..
25....at NLS Inv........................
08....at Orono (Sections) ..10th
14....Litchfield ..........................
......... .........L,123.375-103.125
17....at Dassel-Cokato.............
18....GSL Inv.......................5th
21....St. Peter and Orono ...3rd
30....at Delano .........................
07....Mound-Wtka ....................
14....at Mankato (Sections)......
05....Wabasso-Red Rock Cen-
tral.... ...........................L,36-31
07....GSL Inv. .....................2nd
14....at Andover Inv. ............1st
19....at NLS ................W,37-21
19....at Ann/ML...........W,31-30
20....at St. Peter ........W,45-31
20....at WEM/JWP......W,45-30
21....at Richfield Inv. ...........3rd
02....Watertown-Mayer ............
09....Orono ................W,65-14
09....Delano .................W,58-6
11....at Zimmerman Inv.......3rd
18....at LCWM Inv..............2nd
20....at Mound-Wtka....L,41-29
21....at Waconia...........L,36-31
23....at Hutchinson ........L,61-8
30....LCWM .................L,33-24
30....Sibley East .........W,36-29
31....Conf. Tourney .............4th
06....New Prague.........L,50-17
07....at STMA ................L,65-6
13....at Waconia...........L,37-24
03....St. Peter .............W,60-42
07....at NYA................W,39-33
10....Belle Paine.........W,68-35
13....New Ulm.............W,60-48
17....at New Prague.....L,62-30
20....Lester Prairie......W,71-58
28....at MACCRAY......W,58-23
03....at Sibley East .....W,49-40
10....at Mound-Wtka....L,53-41
11....at Mayer Lutheran ...........
14....NLS .....................L,62-52
17....Orono ..................L,73-52
21....at Litchfield.........W,63-53
23....Willmar ................L,56-46
24....at Hutchinson ......L,72-52
31....Holy Family..........L,76-54
03....Rocori .................W,61-51
10....at Annandale .......L,71-66
11....at NLS .................L,70-41
20....at Waconia.......L,122-115
25....Annandale ...........L,62-47
28....at Watertown-Mayer ........
03....at Sibley East .....W,64-50
06....NYA at Northfield H.S. .....
GSL Winter
06....at Bloomington Jefferson
07....at NYA................W,73-48
10....at Hutchinson .....W,66-59
17....at Annandale .......L,62-54
28....Belle Plaine ........W,79-72
03....Sibley East .........W,57-55
04....at Jordan .............L,63-43
09....at BOLD .............W,66-52
14....at NLS ................W,66-63
17....at Orono ..............L,73-55
24....Hutchinson ..........L,62-57
31....at Holy Family......L,69-43
03....at Belle Plaine .....L,67-65
06....at Dassel-Cokato.............
10....at Rocori ..............L,64-53
11....NLS ....................W,66-63
13....Annandale ...........L,64-47
18....at Litchfield.........W,56-51
21....at Delano............W,62-54
28....Jordan ................W,53-33
04....LeSueur-Henderson ........
Martinez family: Ricardo Jr. is a miracle
Orth Foundation recipients of 2014
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
he 16th-annual Tim Orth Foundation basket-
ball benefit in Glencoe is scheduled for the
evening of Saturday, March 29, at the Glen-
coe-Silver Lake High School gymnasium.
Two basketball games featuring area athletes will
highlight an entertainment-packed night geared toward
establishing a sense of love and care in the community.
Proceeds raised through admissions, concessions,
donations, raffles and a silent auction will go toward
12 youths in the area.
The Leader will feature stories and biographies on
the recipients over the next two weeks. This week will
feature four stories, with the others to follow next
Angelita Gonzalez, age 2 of Glencoe, was born pre-
maturely and is fighting to stay alive; Brayden
Havelka, 3, Hutchinson, battles Dandy Walker Syn-
drome and Molly Koschinska, 1, Waconia, has an atri-
oventricular canal defect.
Ricardo Martinez Jr., 16, Glencoe, lives with spina
bifida; Jada Neid, 9 months, Glencoe, suffers from pul-
monary hypertension and Luke Nelson, 16, Cokato,
had half of his skull removed after a football accident.
Cody Olson, 7, Hutchinson, has leukemia; Ty and
Braden Olson, 7 and 9, have injuries from a head-on
car crash; Ty has a traumatic head injury.
Taylor Tenhoff, 16, Cokato, needs two bone marrow
transplants; Zella Jo Thode, 1, Hutchinson, was born
with half a heart and Landon Weigel, 8, Hutchinson,
suffers from episodes of airway swelling.
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
hen he was born in
April of 1997 in
Glencoe, Ricardo
Martinez Jr. was immediately re-
suscitated and air-lifted to Chil-
dren’s Hospital in Minneapolis
where doctors performed surgery
to close an opening on his back,
better known as spina bifida.
With spina bifida, vertebrae
that normally enclose the spinal
cord remain open, and some-
times allow a portion of the
spinal cord to stick through the
opening. A sac filled with spinal
fluid may also surround the cord.
After completing the surgery,
doctors told Maria and Ricardo
Martinez Sr. that their son prob-
ably wouldn’t make it past 12
months, and if he did there
wouldn’t be much life in the in-
“They said he would only be
able to move his eyes, and that he
wouldn’t walk or talk, or any-
thing,” Maria recalled. “They ac-
tually told us to pull him off life
Now, at 16 years old, Ricardo
Jr. not only made it past 12
months, but speaks both Spanish
and English, and always seems
to have a smile on his face when
he passes by on his electric-
wheel chair.
A student at Glencoe-Silver
Lake High School, Ricardo Jr.
has the hobbies and preferences
of plenty of 16-year-olds.
“I like to watch TV and play
video games,” Ricardo Jr. said of
his free time activities. His fa-
vorite class is woodshop, where
he made a nightstand for Maria,
and is currently working on a
cutting board for her.
Maria and Ricardo Sr. had no
idea there was anything wrong
with their second child until he
was born dead with a lump on his
back and lifted to Children’s.
“It was scary,” said Maria.
“Right when he came out he was
already dead.”
“The umbilical cord was
wrapped around his neck and
everything,” Ricardo Sr. said.
“Then I saw that bump on his
back, and said ‘What’s that!?’”
It wasn’t until the couple
reached Children’s that they were
informed of Ricardo Jr.’s condi-
“It was really frustrating hav-
ing the doctors telling me to dis-
connect him,” said Maria. “But
with my faith in the Lord, here he
It hasn’t been an easy journey
for the Martinez family, who also
have a 20-year-old daughter
named Joanna.
Since his birth, Ricardo Jr. has
had in the range of 22-26 surger-
ies, including a feeding tube and
a tracheostomy just one month
after he was born that he still uses
today. He’s also been bound to a
wheelchair his whole life, and re-
lies on his family members for
bathing, eating and other cares.
He was also kept on a ventila-
tor day and night at first. The
family had to be trained on how
to use the ventilator and how to
administer CPR, “or else we
couldn’t bring him home,” Ri-
cardo Sr. said.
In 2008, Ricardo Jr. developed
severe scoliosis and had a spinal
fusion to join his vertebrae. At
that time a shunt was also placed
to help drain the cerebrospinal
The most serious surgery was
in 2010, when one of Ricardo
Jr.’s intestines kinked, leading to
a major infection over the holi-
day season that nearly claimed
his life.
“We took him in the night be-
fore Thanksgiving, and he never
returned home until Jan. 15,”
Maria said. “Everything was in-
fected. It wasn’t good.”
“We thought we were going to
lose him,” Ricardo Sr. said.
Since the 2010-11 infection,
Ricardo Martinez Jr., center, along with his mother
Maria, left, father Ricardo Sr. and sister Joanna are
happy to be among this year’s 12 Orth Foundation re-
cipients. Ricardo Jr. suffers from spina bifida and se-
vere scoliosis. The Orth Jamboree is set for March 29.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
At 16 years old, Taylor Ten-
hoff has already undergone two
bone marrow transplants, one of
the most evasive and painful op-
erations executed for terminally
ill patients.
In the fourth grade, Taylor was
diagnosed with severe aplastic
anemia, a disease in which the
bone marrow is damaged, caus-
ing deficiency in red blood cells,
white blood cells and platelets.
Taylor’s parents, Russ and
Monica, said they noticed some-
thing was wrong when Taylor
wasn’t “being himself.”
“He was so tired all the time.
We’d go for a walk and he’d
have to sit down to rest. In
school, he was laying down in
the hallway from being so tired.
We’d get calls from the
school...They just thought he was
being naughty,” Monica said.
“And we noticed he was bruis-
ing easily. He had bruises all
over,” Russ said.
“At first we thought his
brother was fighting with him,
and we yelled at him to cut it
out,” Monica said.
A friend of the Tenhoffs, who
is a nurse, checked over Taylor
and told the Tenhoffs to take him
in and to get blood tests.
“When we took him in, the
doctor didn’t believe us. She
thought he just had a virus and
was going to send us home.
When I kept pushing to get the
blood work done, she told me in-
surance wasn’t going to cover it.
She said, ‘He doesn’t need these
tests.’I told her, ‘Then I’ll pay for
it!’ Finally, we got the tests done
and within an hour, the doctor
came back...She was crying and
said Taylor needed to go to Chil-
dren’s Hospital immediately. She
said do you want to go by ambu-
lance or helicopter?” Monica
“At that point, I was trying not
to cry. I didn’t know how bad it
was or how bad it was going to
be. And I was trying to keep
strong for Taylor,” Monica said.
The Tenhoffs then rushed Tay-
lor to Children’s, where he had a
bone marrow biopsy and was
found to have severe aplastic
Taylor was then sent to the
University of Minnesota for
A tough 6 years for Taylor
By Rich Glennie
une 22, 2013, was a
nightmare for the Cory
and Jessica Neid family
of Glencoe.
Their 2-month old daughter,
Jada, was choking and cough-
ing and having one of her
“breathing episodes,” as the
Neids called it.
That morning, after a feed-
ing, Jada began screaming
harder and turning bluish gray.
Jessica thought she was chok-
ing, turned her over and
banged on her back a few
times. She then used a suction
ball on her throat.
Things settled down, but at a
doctor’s visit later in the morn-
ing, Jada went into another of
her “breathing spells.”
When checked, Jada’s oxy-
gen level was about 80 percent.
Ninety to 100 percent is nor-
“That was a one-way ticket
in the back of an ambulance,
down to Children’s (Hospital
in Minneapolis),” Jessica said.
“And let me tell you, that was
quite a ride!”
Cory, meanwhile, was at
Oak Leaf Park during Glencoe
Days with the couple’s two
sons, Caden and Connor. He
was told to get to Children’s
Hospital as soon as he could.
“They didn’t know what was
wrong,” Jessica said of the
Children’s Hospital doctors.
They thought her lung had col-
lapsed, that she was having
heart problems.
Jada was born April 22 at 3
pounds, 11 ounces and had
major respiratory issues, in-
cluding an underdeveloped
right lung and issues that
would not allow her to keep
food down.
Nearly a year later, with a
feeding tube in her stomach,
Jada is a mere 13 pounds and
has spent 125 days of her life
in hospitals.
But on June 22, doctors did
not know what was causing her
“breathing episodes.”
“She (Jada) was in shock by
this time,” Cory said when he
got to Children’s Hospital.
“They told us we couldn’t
leave,” Jessica added, and that
the doctors were not sure she
was going to make it.
But Jessica added the doc-
tors “told us not to call family
to come in ... yet.”
They remained at the hospi-
tal while Jada was intubated
and doctors continued to do
And then things got worse.
Back home, during the night
of June 22-23, the skies opened
Jada has come long ways since ‘breathing episode’
Silver Lake Leader photo by Rich Glennie
The Neid family, from left, are Connor,
Jessica with Jada, Caden, and Cory. The
Neid family is one of 11 area families,
and Jada is one of 12 children, selected
by the Tim Orth Foundation to be bene-
ficiaries of the annual Orth Benefit
March 29 at the high school gymnasium.
The Neids said they were hesitant at
first, but a neighbor convinced them
they should fill out an application. “We
said ‘no,’ at first,” Jessica said. But they
finally filled out the application and were
included among the 2014 recipients.
Jada Neid
Turn to page 6
Taylor Tenhoff
Turn to page 6
Taylor Tenhoff was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic
Anemia when he was 10 years old. He has had two
bone marrow transplants since and is one of 12 recip-
ients for this year’s Tim Orth Jamboree, set March 29.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
Martinez family
Turn to page 6
Page 6 — Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, March 20, 2014
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
When Molly Koschinska,
1, was born May 17, 2012,
her parents, Tim and Shan-
non, never expected they’d
be spending 10 days in the
neonatal intensive care unit
(NICU) at Children’s Hospi-
“She was a healthy, beau-
tiful little girl. Everything
checked out fine with her
that first day, but when the
doctors and nurses reexam-
ined her the second day, they
found a slight heart murmur,
but said it was common in
newborns,” Shannon said.
“But on Saturday morn-
ing, we were excited to leave
and go home. During her
discharge rexamination, doc-
tors said the murmur had
gotten worse and needed to
check into it further. Next
thing I know, they were call-
ing an ambulance to trans-
port her to Children’s,”
Shannon added.
She said they found Molly
had a complete atrioventric-
ular (AV) canal defect,
which meant she had a large
hole in the center of her
“And two valves, the tri-
cuspid and mitral valves that
normally separate the heart’s
upper and lower chambers
were not formed as individ-
ual valves, so she had sur-
gery that September to repair
the hole in her heart,” Shan-
non said.
In April 2013, Molly had
another surgery to try to re-
pair the mitral valve.
“Which was unsuccessful.
The mitral valve does 80
percent of the work of the
heart, pumping blood. Be-
cause of this, it can’t be re-
placed with a cow or pig
heart valve. It had to be an
artificial valve,” Shannon
She said Molly had three
surgeries since birth, and
will be needing more to con-
tinue to replace the artificial
mitral valve.
“As she grows, it will
need to be replaced. We are
hoping this current valve
will last until she is five or
six years old, and then that
valve will hopefully last
until middle school. It will
have to be replaced again
when she’s in high school,
but hopefully by that time,
science and technology will
have advanced enough so
that she doesn’t need contin-
uous valve replacements,”
Shannon said.
The biggest obstacle with
the artifical valve is that
Molly needs to take
Coumadin, or Warfarin.
“It’s a blood thinner, and
the tricky part is monitoring
her INR (international nor-
malized ratio) levels. These
are measures of coagulation.
“The hard part is that she’s
a little toddler, who can
bump her head or fall over.
The biggest fear is that she
will bump her head, which
can cause bleeding in the
brain. But we want to be able
to keep her active, and on
track with developmental
growth of a typical kid,”
Shannon said.
Molly’s diet is also impor-
tant in maintaining her heart
health. “Diet plays a part on
those INR levels, so we have
to make sure she eats broc-
coli and lots of leafy green
vegetables with Vitamin K,”
Shannon said.
“We’ve been really lucky.
Her health has been steady
and she’s cooperative when
we have to prick her finger
for the blood tests,” she
The Koschinskas also
have two more children,
Luke, 6, and Kate, 4.
“They are troopers. It’s
been hard the last couple of
years. Especially that first
year. Molly consumed
everything from me. We
were in and out of doctors
offices regularly, but Tim
and I both have family and
friends around, who have
helped us out with every-
“They have been really in-
strumental in getting us
through last year,” Shannon
Molly Koschinska, daughter of Tim and Shannon
Koschinska of Waconia, was born with a large hole
in her heart. She has had three heart surgeries since
birth, and is one of 12 recipients for this year’s Tim
Orth Memorial Foundation Jamboree, set March 29.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
1-year-old Koschinska
has had 3 heart surgeries
Ricardo Jr. has not had any major
complications. Though, he does
have regular checkups on his
spine and shunt.
“From January to March he’s
had six doctor’s appointments,”
Maria said.
“He’s pretty used to the rou-
tine,” Joanna added. “So he does-
n’t get too stressed out.”
But another frustration came,
this time to Ricardo Sr. as his
son’s doctor’s bills were piling up.
“I was working at Young
America Corp., and they told me
to look for another job or find my
own insurance, because it was to-
taling almost $1 million,” Ricardo
Sr. said. He made light of the sit-
uation by adding, “You’re our $1
million man, but where’s the
Ricardo Sr. took another job at
AMPI in Glencoe, where he
worked for approximately six
years before it closed.
“Money wise, it was expen-
sive,” said Ricardo Sr. “Knowing
the way he was at the time, with
all the medical bills, and we had
to take him to the cities all the
time. It was tough.”
Maria said she had never heard
of the Orth Foundation until a di-
etician mentioned it to her in No-
Joanna knew of the foundation
from attending GSL as well, but
said she didn’t know it was some-
thing you could apply for.
“I had heard of it, but didn’t
know exactly what it was or how
it worked,” Joanna said. “I
thought that they picked (the re-
cipients). I didn’t know you could
The family said proceeds from
the Orth Event will go toward a
new handicap accessible van.
They currently own one, but are
due for an upgrade.
“We have a van, but it’s old and
(the lift) gets stuck. It even left us
stranded once,” Joanna said. “We
were going to an appointment in
Chaska when it just started shak-
While the Martinez family has
certainly endured a lot, they
stressed that Ricardo Jr. is worth
“I don’t see a life without him
in it,” said Maria. “The beginning
was very difficult, because no-
body in our family has anything
like it. But with God’s help,
we’ve been able to get through
this. It’s normal now, and it’s
made us a tighter family.”
“He’s our little miracle baby!”
Joanna added.
Joanna also said she was very
protective of him when they were
in school together.
“He used to like wearing cow-
boy hats and boots to school
when he was younger. I used to
beg mom, ‘Don’t let him wear
that!’ I just didn’t like anybody
staring at him because he was dif-
ferent. He didn’t care, though. But
I love having him here (at
home),” Joanna said. Adding with
a laugh, “Who would I argue with
if you weren’t here?”
Martinez family Continued from page 5
Taylor Tenhoff Continued from page 5
Jada Neid Continued from page 5
treatment, which includes a stem
cell transplant from a well-
matched donor, who happened to
be one of Taylor’s older sisters,
“Taylor has six siblings:
Stephanie, Heidi, Becky, Roxie,
Katie and Tucker. So the doctors
were happy to hear that because it
gave him better chances for a
match. Katie was the only full-
match sibling,” Monica said.
Russ said Taylor’s first trans-
plant was extremely painful for
him, and took about three hours.
“It usually takes 20 minutes,
but Katie’s bone marrow was so
thick, so the nurses had to slowly
squeeze the bag into his arm. But
you couldn’t squeeze too much,
or the needle would pop out of his
arm. But I remember it was so
painful for him. He had really
high blood pressure and he was
just screaming,” Russ said.
But after the transplant, Taylor
set a record and left the hospital
on the 17th day after the opera-
“Doctors said to expect up to
100 days in the hospital,” Monica
But the Tenhoffs had to remain
near the University Hospital for
100 days, in the event “anything
could happen,” Russ said.
Then in the seventh grade, Tay-
lor started experiencing familiar
symptoms again: weakness,
lethargy, bruising.
“He was getting nosebleeds
and petechiae, which are small
red or purple spots on the body.
Basically, he was bleeding
through his skin,” Monica said.
She said petechiae was caused
by low platelets in the blood,
which help with clotting.
In October 2010, doctors found
that Taylor’s platelets were dan-
gerously low at 11,000, and
should be between 150,000 and
After more testing, they found
the bone marrow was failing.
“They tried to revive his bone
marrow with the frozen stem cells
from his sister, but it didn’t work,”
Monica said.
Monica said Taylor underwent
58 platelet transfusions and 30
regular blood transfusions before
undergoing a second bone mar-
row transplant.
Now 16, Taylor is “doing
well,” but is dealing with adult di-
abetic issues and thyroid issues as
a result of the transplants.
“For transplants, patients un-
dergo a year’s worth of
chemotheraphy in one week, to
kill all the bad bone marrow.
Chemo itself is really aggresive,
and it really takes a toll on your
other organs,” Monica said.
up over Glencoe, dumping over
four inches of rain in a 90-
minute period, turning the
Neids’ property and homes in
their 14th Street-Judd Avenue
neighborhood into lake-front
The extensive flood waters
poured into their basement,
neighbors’ basements and the
basement-floor classrooms at
First Lutheran School across
the street.
“We called family and asked
them to help,” Jessica said.
When asked to be able to run
home to help with the clean up,
doctors told the Neids that only
one could leave, “someone had
to stay because it was so touch-
and-go. They were not sure she
(Jada) would make it.”
While battling on two fronts,
the Neids finally learned on the
third day in the hospital that
Jada had “pulmonary hyperten-
sion,” because of two holes in
her heart that caused her heart
chamber on the right side to be
“We knew at birth there was
one hole in her heart,” Cory
He said the side of the heart
that pushes or pumps the blood
out was pumping twice as hard
because the other side that ac-
cepts blood back into the heart
was not working properly.
“Having the hole in her heart
actually saved her life,” Cory
“Being there five days (at
Children’s), we finally knew
what was wrong,” Jessica
added. “The next plan was
Jessica added that during the
whole ordeal (42 days at Chil-
dren’s Hospital), they were not
allowed to hold Jada.
Jada was placed on 16 med-
ications before doctors gradu-
ally weaned her off most of
them over a 12-day period. She
is now on six medications, the
Neids said. She also is on oxy-
gen at all times with the feeding
tube in her stomach.
“She was in the hospital 56
days, total,” Jessica said.
Since then, Jada has been
back to Children’s Hospital sev-
eral other times, including a re-
cent 25-minute surgery “for a
feeding tube button.”
Jada also had the respiratory
synctical virus (RSV), a very
serious virus for infants, and on
Jan. 30 had another “breathing
episode” that landed her at
Children’s Hospital for another
five days.
Besides all her other medical
issues, Jada also is in physical
therapy for her stiff neck from
all those days in the hospital.
“She has come a long ways,”
Jessica said, and now has more
movement in her neck.
Jada and the Neids also have
home nursing care six days a
week, “except for Sundays,
which is family time,” Jessica
Being on oxygen 100 percent
of the time, the Neids take
Jada’s tanks with them wher-
ever they go.
Jada does not drink from bot-
tles or get liquids, but she is
starting to eat baby foods, Cory
The Neids called Children’s
Hospital “absolutely amazing”
for the care, not only of Jada,
but the whole family.
“Jada has them wrapped
around her finger,” Jessica
smiled about the Children’s
Hospital nurses and doctors.
As to her prognosis, the
Neids said the right lung lobe is
missing. The left lung is nor-
She still has one hole at the
top of her heart, but that is
checked every three months.
“The hole will either stay the
same or get smaller as she
grows,” Cory said. “Each visit,
the hole gets smaller.”
He added the second hole has
Jada will have pulmonary hy-
pertension the rest of her life.
However, doctors indicate she
can still lead a normal life, but
may not be an athlete or a
marathon runner.
“But Jada will determine
what she wants to be,” Cory
Jessica said doctors told them
that with Jada in the hospital
125 days, “that’s how far she is
behind on her development.”
But Jessica smiled and said
Jada gained a pound in the last
2-1/2 weeks, and she can now
say a few words.
“Her favorite thing is putting
the oxygen tube in her mouth
and blowing bubbles,” Cory
Jessica works at the Glencoe-
Silver Lake School District as a
health assistant, and Cory is an
over-the-road truck driver.
Jessica said if she had
worked anywhere else, she may
not have a job now.
“They (school administra-
tors) have been very under-
standing,” she said of all the
time she has been off work and
at Children’s Hospital with
Jada. “They have worked with
me so much. Mr. (Supt. Chris)
Sonju and Mr. (Principal Paul)
Sparby have been amazing.”
Jessica and Cory both agreed
that Jan. 1 was perhaps the first
time they could actually “feel
normal” as a family.
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Community in
the schools
Last Thursday, community
members were invited to
the Glencoe-Silver Lake
High School media center
for the “Community
Schools Luncheon.” Com-
munity members meet
with students to talk about
their time at GSL. Above,
from left to right are Susie
Christianson, Jake Chris-
tianson and Eli Ehrke. To
the right is second-grader
Rachel Anderson.
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Misc. Farm Items
Wanted: Your OLD TRACTORS,
any condition, make or model. We
also specialize in new and used
Call Kyle. Located west of Hender-
son. (612) 203-9256.
Suzuki. Need a Dealer? Jungclaus
Motor Sports, Glencoe, Since 1999.
(320) 864-8526.
Parts, Repair
$$ DOLLARS PAID $$ Junk vehi-
cles, repairable cars/trucks. FREE
TOWING. Flatbed/ wrecker service.
Immediate pick up. Monday-Sun-
day, serving your area 24/7. (952)
Help Wanted
Assembly line commercial
sewing position available.
Knowledge of double needle or
serger is good. Call 320-331-
1030 Roger or Shawn. Full and
part time.
Línea de ensamblaje costura
posición comercial disponible.
Conocimiento doble aguja o
serger está en buen estado.
Llamada 320-331-1030 Roger
o Shawn. Jornada completa o
Lifetime career in marketing, man-
agement and applying “Green”
products made in America. Full
time/ part time. For a free catalog
call Franke’s Conklin Service now
at (320) 238-2370. www.frankemar-
Owner/Operators with step-deck
trailer for interstate trucking in lower
48 states and Canada. Call Kohout
Trucking, Inc. (320) 444-4108.
Spartan Staffing, a TrueBlue Com-
pany, is hiring for immediate Pro-
duction, Assembly and Forklift
positions in Glencoe. Must have 6
months production/forklift experi-
ence, stand entire shift, lift 50 lbs.;
forklift racking 5 ft. high. Must have
great attendance record, solid work
history, and positive attitude. Long
term/temp-to-hire’ all shifts; $10.27-
13.13/hour. To apply online go to
www.spartanstaffing.com, or email
resume to 3418-br@spar-
tantstaffing.com or call 320-587-
0400. Text SPARTAN to 27697 for
job alerts.
Work Wanted
HANDYMAN: Will do remodeling of
kitchens, bathrooms, hanging doors
and windows, painting, sheet rocking,
texturizing or any minor repairs inside
or outside. Will also do cleaning of
basements/garages. Call (320) 848-
2722 or (320) 583-1278.
Heating/Air Conditioning
Special-95% Goodman gas furnace
and programmable thermostat,
$2,200 installed or AC unit, $1,900
installed. J&R Plumbing Heating
AC, Lester Prairie (320) 510-5035.
Household Goods
Used dining room table with six
chairs with cloth seats. With boards
to extend table. Call (320) 510-1113.
Wanted To Buy
WANTED TO BUY: Old signs all
types, farm primitive painted furni-
ture all types, cupboards, cubby
units, locker and pool wire baskets,
wood & metal pieces with lots of
drawers, old pre-1960 holiday dec-
orations, industrial/school items
such as metal racks, stools, work-
benches, lightning rods and balls,
weather vanes, architectural items
like corbels and stain glass win-
dows. Gas station and oil related
items from signs to pumps, dress
forms, old store fixtures, chande-
liers, old lighting fixtures, mantels,
hardware store parts, bins,
feed/grain/seed related items and
old cement statuary/bird baths. We
buy one item and entire estates.
Check out the barns, attic and
basement. Don’t get a dumpster
until you call us first. We are local.
(612) 590-6136 or email
We buy used batteries. Paying $10
for automotive batteries. We pick
up. Call 800-777-2243.
Wanted: Motorcycles, ATV’s. Buy-
ing most brands, ALL years, run-
ning or not. Jungclaus Motor Sports
(320) 864-8526.
Beautiful main floor 2BR and up-
stairs 1BR apartments in Arlington.
No pets, no smoking. Both avail-
able April 1. (507) 381-1463.
2BR Apartment with garage,
water/sewer/garbage included.
$450/mo. No pets. New Auburn
(320) 327-2928.
Village Cooperative of Hutchinson
(320) 234-7761. 55+ Senior living.
One-2BR, 2BA unit available. Call
for your tour! Come in and check
out our many amenities and how to
receive homeowner benefits with
Cooperative Living! Equal Housing
Beautiful main floor 2BR and up-
stairs 1BR apartments in Arlington
. No pets, no smoking. Both avail-
able April 1. (507) 381-1463.
Updated, spacious one and two BR
apartments in Renville. Includes heat,
water garbage. New stove, fridge, air
conditioner. Pet-friendly. Call (320)
564-3351 for appointment.
Want To Rent
Family of 4 with small dog looking
for a 3+ bedroom, 2+ bathroom
house. Looking to stay under
$850/month. Please call (320) 583-
1231 or (320) 583-1252 Needed by
Father and Son Operation looking
for farmland to rent. Call (320) 523-
1116 or (320) 522-0272.
Want to rent farmland for 2014 and
beyond. (320) 510-1604.
Wanted: Farmland to rent 2014 and
beyond. Curtis Weckwerth (507)
380-9128, Wayne Franzeen (507)
Wanted: Farmland to rent. Call Paul
at (320) 327-2763.
Young farmer looking for land to
rent for 2014 and beyond. Compet-
itive rates and reference available.
Call Austin Blad (320) 221-3517.
Garage Sales
Plan now for the SILVER LAKE CITY
Watch for more details to come!
$10.00 Gift Card to use on www.neo-
hasgifts.com to shop and buy top
sellers in gifts, collectibles, home,
garden and seasonal decor. Give
your home a makeover indoors and
out. Email info@neohasgifts.com
your name and address to receive
your card. Eugene Grack Online
Shop, New Auburn, MN.
Remember The Past Spring Vin-
tage Sale, March 26-30, April 23-27
in Hutchinson Mall, 1060 Highway
15 South. Wednesday-Friday 10
a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6
p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-5p.m.
Easter, outdoor garden items, recy-
cled treasures, planters, furniture,
art decor, primitive, galvanized
metal cottage and cabin, old and
new items, vintage. Buying and
selling (320) 583-9519.
Building Contractors
30 Years professional home repair
service. Interior/exterior. Fair rates
for quality work. Call (320) 359-
Misc. Service
LIMO/PARTY BUS Available for
weddings, shuttles, Twins, bache-
lor(ette) parties, birthday or busi-
ness. Contact Dina (612) 940-2184
or www.theurbanexpress.com for
more info.
Tax Preparation
BluMark LLC. Income tax and ac-
counting services. Randy Marttinen
(952) 210-8721 www.blumarkllc.com
Sewer/Water Crews, Excavation/Grad-
ing Crews, Foremen, Operators and
Laborers. Metro, Union and EEO
compliant. Please call 952/469-2121
Salary plus Commission, mileage, Mon-
day-Friday, benefits. Housing avail-
able. Sign on bonus. Williston Herald,
Wanda Olaf. P.O. Box 1447, Williston,
ND 58802 wolaf@willistonherald.com
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Modern/Antique, Winchester, Colt,
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collections! Sat. March 29th, Prai-
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Literacy Tutors at GSL Elementary
Minnesota Reading Corps will be hiring two Elementary Literacy
Tutors in GSL’s elementary schools for 11 months during the
2014-2015 school year. Posting information and applications are
available at www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org.
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Silver Lake
Leader photos by
Alyssa Schauer
Pat Mahon (above) and her husband Jim are annual parade participants in the Silver
Lake St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Ella and Miranda Nowak donned green for the parade.
Alice Nowak and Lynn “Duffy” Yurek were all
smiles before the big parade on Saturday.
Ken Merrill dressed “Irish” for the
annual parade.
Brittin Posusta and dog, Reagan, on their float.
Pola-Czesky Ambassadors, from left to right, Mya Dahlheimer, Jamie Kosek, Claire
Wraspir, Connor Sullivan and Becca Green carry the St. Patrick’s banner and Irish flag.
Kari Eischens advertises for the meat
raffle at the Silver Lake Muni.
Miley Flemmig gives a quick wave before
collecting candy at the St. Patrick’s Parade.
The tradition continues on in Silver Lake
Come on, Silver Lake!
Let’s WIN the McLeod Food Drive Challenge and help fight hunger!
Drop off your donation of non-perishable food, cash (including memorial donations), gift cards (Coborn’s, Shopko, etc.), cleaning supplies, or personal
hygiene items at the Silver Lake Leader office. Donations can be made Mon. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues. 8 a.m.-12 p.m., and Thurs. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., March 1–
31, 2014 at our office.
Your donation will be matched by Minnesota Food Share, PLUS you can register here to WIN a 1-YEAR SILVER LAKE LEADER
SUBSCRIPTION or a pair of tickets to The Little Mermaid at CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRE!
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