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Vol. 112 No. 16 • Thursday, April 11, 2013 • Silver Lake, MN 55381
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Silver Lake Leader photo by Rich Glennie
Another first-year engineering program offered at Glen-
coe-Silver Lake High School is the supermileage program
in which the students design, build and test a vehicle for
competition May 14-15 at the Brainerd International
Speedway. Mike Sundblad, GSL industrial technology in-
structor, said the vehicle is built from scratch. Members
of the class include, front, from left, Kyler Kohnen, Colton
Lueders, Alex Lamp, Trent Senske, Jordan Van Vickle,
Chris Boyum, Kurtis Kunkel, Isaiah Herout, Andrew Lind,
Tyler Grack, Pat Amborn, Reed Dunbar, Eric Thalmann,
Brody Bratsch, Javier Calva, Alek Foss, Mike Skoglund,
Derek Bratsch, Tyler Donnay, Brenden Howard, Daniil
Tkachenko, Colton Butler and Brandon Greeley.
Supermileage engineering class
building vehicle ‘from scratch’
By Rich Glennie
nstructor Mike Sund-
blad tries to get out of
the way of his young
engineering enthusiasts as
they build from scratch a ve-
hicle that will compete in the
upcoming supermileage com-
petition set for May 14-15 at
the Brainerd International
But he is bombarded with
questions about the first-year
program offered at Glencoe-
Silver Lake High School.
Sundblad is a veteran of the
competition, and also was in-
strumental in the first-year ro-
botics program that recently
competed at the University of
Sundblad, however, is
quick to point to the work of
his young charges, who have
designed the vehicle, selected
the materials to be used and
even divvied up assignments
for the students to work on.
Sundblad said the super-
mileage program was not of-
fered until the third trimester
this year, but many of the stu-
dents have been involved
with the inaugural project
since the start of the school
He said the group of stu-
dents met prior to the start of
the official program and got a
good start on the design and
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
At the Board of Appeals
meeting Monday evening, the
Silver Lake City Council
heard that the majority of resi-
dential and commercial sales
for the payable tax year in-
volved foreclosures.
City Assessor Brenda
Chmielewski presented the
City Council and residents
with a worksheet comparing
2013, payable 2014, taxes for
land, buildings and new con-
struction between cities and
townships in McLeod County,
and found Silver Lake values
had decreased.
“Land and building values
in Silver Lake dropped from
2013. (The) 2013 land values
were $6,812,700 and 2014
payable taxes show
$6,452,900. Building values
were $26,110,800 and dropped
to $25,351,900,” Chmielewski
She said new construction
was at $158,600.
Chmielewski added that
house values in Silver Lake
have dropped, some ranging
from $20,000 to $50,000.
“That’s not very good, but
the commercial values keep
increasing, which is a posi-
tive,” Chmielewski said.
City Clerk Kerry Venier said
the commercial properties in
Silver Lake are “not necessar-
ily growing, but are picking up
the slack from the decreasing
residential values.”
Chmielewski also said the
ratio of property values to
sales in Silver Lake is at .96.
“That’s pretty good. The
state wants to see that ratio be-
tween .9 and 1.0, so we are
where we should be,”
Chmielewski said.
“What happens if a city
were below that ratio? For ex-
ample, Stewart is at .79. What
happens then?” Mayor Bruce
Bebo asked.
“The state usually goes in to
the city and does a mandated
change then,” Chmielewski
Chmielewski also provided
a list of residential and com-
mercial sales for payable taxes
in 2013.
“These are sales from Octo-
ber 2011 to September 2012.
This gives the state and county
several months to do a sales
study and get values in place,”
Chmielewski said.
She added there was a
record of 46 sales.
“The majority of sales in
Silver Lake were foreclosures.
The state doesn’t look at them
as qualified sales, and they
don’t usually include them in
the sales listings, but because
most sales were foreclosures,
they are shown in this record,”
Chmielewski said.
Three residents also at-
tended the Board of Appeals
meeting to voice concerns
about their tax statements,
specifically addressing flood-
ing, depreciation and increas-
ing taxes.
Chmielewski discussed the
different depreciation multipli-
ers, including functional and
economical depreciation.
“Functional depreciation is
assessed in instances like ex-
posed duct work, small,
choppy bedrooms, or homes
that have one bathroom that is
only accessible through an-
other room.
“Economical depreciation is
assessed on homes that have
train tracks going through the
property, or an elevator next
door, etc.,” Chmielewski said.
She said flooding is hard to
assess, because she “has no si-
miliar properties that have
“I don’t know how much to
decrease the value without
those examples, and the state
would probably say, ‘It’s up to
you’ if I were to ask,”
Chmielewski said.
She said tax increases were
due to the homestead credit act
from the previous year.
“The city lost $36,000 from
the homestead market value
act, and so we had to make up
that loss in taxes,” Venier said.
He added that commercial
businesses really “absorbed
that hit,” also.
Commercial property making up for residential value decreases
Medical examiner
investiated 178
deaths in 2012
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
The Midwest Medical Ex-
aminer’s Office investigated
178 cases in McLeod County
in 2012, the County Board
heard at its April 2 meeting.
Dr. A. Quinn Strobl pre-
sented the 2012 annual report,
saying that 56 of those deaths,
or about 31 percent, required a
scene investigation.
One of the investigated
deaths was a homicide, said
Strobl, which was the death of
an 80-year-old nursing home
resident who was pushed by
another resident.
Strobl said the incident actu-
ally occurred in Waconia, but
the man died later of compli-
cations of a broken hip at the
St. Mary’s Nursing Home in
Mike Junge, McLeod
County attorney, said that be-
cause the original incident oc-
curred in Carver County, the
Carver County attorney “as-
sumed jurisdiction” and will
determine whether criminal
charges should be filed.
Strobl said that determining
that a death is a homicide “is
not a blame, is not a judgment.
It was determined a homicide
because it was caused by an-
other human being.”
Both Strobl and Junge said
that jurisdiction can become
hazy when criminal acts take
place in one county, but a
death results in another.
Junge said McLeod County
actually had another homicide
in 2012, when a Glencoe
woman was allegedly stabbed
in her home. But the woman
died later at Hennepin County
Medical Center, so her autopsy
was performed by Hennepin
County, rather than McLeod
County’s designated medical
examiner, which is Midwest
Medical Examiner’s Office.
But the case was prosecuted
in McLeod County because
that is where the original inci-
dent leading to the death took
place, said Junge.
Six of the other investigated
deaths requiring autopsies
were due to natural causes, and
those decedents ranged in age
from 27 to 72 years. Most of
those deaths, including that of
the 27-year-old, were due to
heart disease, said Strobl.
There were 15 accidental
deaths, including three people
who perished in a small-plane
crash north of Glencoe and
five in motor-vehicle crashes.
A 24-year-old woman died of
drug toxicity.
Six accidental deaths were
in the elderly population (age
greater than 65), four of which
were from complications from
a fall, one of which was from
complications of a misplaced
feeding tube, and one was a
male who aspirated food.
There were six deaths by
suicide, with the decedents
ranging in age from 22 to 86,
said Strobl.
Silver Lake City Council
Regular Meeting
April 15, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Call to order:
Approve agenda:
Consent agenda:
1. Approve minutes of the April 1 regular meeting.
2. Approve payroll Nos. 7, 8, quarter 1, and March ambu-
3. Claims to be paid:
Old business:
1. Update on Grove Ave./CSAH 2 project.
2. Resolution approving purchase and trade-in of new
3. Discuss sweeper replacement.
4. Discuss auditorium repair plans.
New business:
Department Business:
1. Liquor Store.
2. Public Safety.
3. Public Works.
4. Community Development.
5. Administration.
Open discussion:
City Council OKs fuel storage tanks
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
After Joe Kaczmarek closed
his Main Street shop and gas
station, the Silver Lake City
Council looked into temporary
options to provide fuel for city
vehicles and ambulance and
fire vehicles.
City vehicles, such as the
payloader and lawnmowers,
would not be able to make the
trip to Hutchinson or Glencoe
just for fuel, and it would not
be cost efficient for the squad,
ambulance, fire trucks and
other public works vehicles to
travel to Hutchinson or Glen-
coe to fuel up, either.
City Clerk Kerry Venier told
the City Council at its Monday
meeting that Glencoe Co-op
has offered to let the city use
two 500-gallon fuel tanks as
long as the fuel is purchased
from the Glencoe Co-op.
“The costs associated with
these above-ground fuel tanks
include setting up crash barri-
ers and connecting electric
pumps,” Venier said.
Venier said the crash barri-
ers to protect the tanks are es-
timated at a cost of $1,800 by
Nemec Concrete and the elec-
tric pump connections is
around $400, according to
Paul Pokornowski of Lite
Mayor Bruce Bebo asked if
the city could check into using
barriers from the county, and
Venier said that could be an
option, and he will ask the
county officials.
The fuel tanks are double-
walled so no containment area
is required, and they will be lo-
cated on the north end of the
public works shop were the
bunkers are currently located.
“Access to the pump will be
limited to the police depart-
ment and the public works
staff. Ambulance and fire per-
sonnel will have to contact
them to get access,” Venier
On a 4-0 vote, council ap-
proved the installation of the
above-ground storage fuel
pumps at a cost not to exceed
In other matters, the City
Council also discussed replac-
ing the street sweeper.
At a previous meeting, Bebo
asked about the option to lease
street-sweeping services, and
Public Works Supervisor Dale
Kosek presented options on
different contracts, but sug-
gested purchasing a street
sweeper as the best option.
Kosek researched the cost to
purchase a street sweeper and
found the least expensive op-
tion from Sweeper Services,
LLC, of Minneapolis, for a
cost of $24,046.88.
“The price is $22,500,
which is down from the origi-
nal price of $24,000. The sale
tax is $1,546.88 and if we
trade in our machine, we’d get
$500 for it,” Kosek said.
This sweeper has a hy-
draulic broom and a hydraulic
drive. It is a 1997 Elgin Peli-
can P, and has 6,434 hours and
10,163 miles on it, said Kosek.
Kosek also presented the
Council with options to con-
tract with sweeping services,
and found that the cost would
be about $9,690 per year
through Dakota Sweeping.
Other companies offered
hourly options, starting at $79
per hour up to $120 per hour.
“Dakota Sweeping of Min-
neapolis would come once in
the spring and once in the fall,
the last week in July for Pola-
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Silver Lake Leader photo by Rich Glennie
All-academic all-WCC honors
The winter 2012-13 Wright County Conference all-aca-
demic team members were announced recently and in-
cluded a number of GSL students. The GSL students
included, front row, left to right, Ashley Alsleben, dance
team; Keaton Anderson, boys’ basketball; Kelly
Beneke, girls’ basketball; Brody Bratsch, boys’ basket-
ball; Taylor Breidenbach, girls’ basketball; Nicholas
Brelje, wrestling; Reed Dunbar, boys’ basketball; and
Ray Eberhard, wrestling. Second row, Emily Oberlin,
dance team; Tara Tankersley, dance team; Colton Lued-
ers, wrestling; Christopher Lemke, wrestling;
Stephanie Klockmann, girls’ basketball; Madison
Kalenberg, girls’ basketball; Nick Jenkins, wrestling;
Brandon Ebert, boys’ basketball. Third row, Teddy Pe-
tersen, boys’ basketball; Kyle Polzin, wrestling; Jacob
Popelka, boys’ basketball; Brandon Richter, wrestling;
Travis Rothstein, boys’ basketball; Eric Thalmann,
boys’ basketball; Courtney Wolff, girls’ basketball;
Chantelle Wolff, gymnastics. Missing were Alex
Stensvad, girls’ basketball; Erin Nowak, girls’ basket-
ball; Rebecca Ebbers and Ashley Peterson, both gym-
nastics and students at Buffalo Lake-Hector/Stewart.
Lions sausage supper set
The Silver Lake Lions Club is hosting its annual sausage
supper Thursday, April 11, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the
Silver Lake Auditorium. The menu includes Polish
sausage, cheesy hashbrown potatoes, bread, corn, sauer-
kraut, dessert and milk or coffee. Proceeds will go to the
Silver Lake Fire Department.
‘Band-o-Rama’ set Sunday
The Glencoe-Silver Lake public school will present the
annual districtwide band concert known as “Band-O-
Rama” on Sunday, April 14, at 4 p.m., at the GSL gymna-
sium. This concert will feature the fifth-grade and
sixth-grade bands from Lakeside Elementary, the seventh-
grade and eighth-grade bands from Lincoln Junior High
and the ninth- and 10th-grade bands. Tickets can be pur-
chased at the door.
County senior citizens meet
The McLeod County Senior Citizens Club will hold its
quarterly meeting at the Lester Prairie City Center on
Wednesday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m. Come for an afternoon
of socializing, cards, fun, prizes, and lunch.
Legion meeting for April 15
The Silver Lake American Legion will hold its monthly
meeting on Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m., at the Silver Lake
American Legion.
Dining site birthday party set
The Silver Lake Senior Dining Site will hold its April
birthday party on Tuesday, April 16. The menu includes
roast turkey, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, cranberry
garnish, bread with margarine, and strawberry shortcake.
There will be bingo. Call Manager Pearl Branden at 320-
327-2621 to reserve a meal before Monday, April 15.
SL Lions to meet April 18
The Silver Lake Lions will have a dinner meeting with
a guest speaker, on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m., at the
Silver Lake Legion Club rooms.
‘Identity Theft’ workshop set
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and other financial rep-
resentatives are hosting an “Identity Theft” workshop on
Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m., at the Glencoe City Center.
A light meal will be served and the speaker will be
McLeod County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Geiken, and
local representatives from Thrivent. Reserve your spot by
April 12 by calling 320-587-6440 or e-mail diane.knorr
Plato garage sales April 19-20
Plato garage sale days are set for Friday and Saturday,
April 19-20, starting at 8 a.m. Sales will be at many loca-
tions. Watch for balloons. There will be a hot dog meal,
desserts and beverages, and bake sale items for sale at St.
John’s Lutheran Church during the garage sale days on
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CRAYO concert set April 21
The Crow River Area Youth Orchestra (CRAYO) will
be having its spring concert on Sunday, April 21, at 4 p.m.,
at the Hutchinson High School Auditorium. Both the var-
sity strings and the symphonic orchestra will perform. A
special feature will be performed by CRAYO seniors.
There also will be a silent auction at the end of the concert
to raise funds for the orchestras.
Plato blood drive on April 23
The Plato Lions Club is hosting a blood drive on Tues-
day, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Crossroads West,
formerly Oakview Community Church. For more infor-
mation or to schedule an appointment, call Ken or Myra
Franke at 320-238-2370.
Degree of Honor meeting set
Degree of Honor No. 182 will hold a social meeting on
Tuesday, April 23, at 5 p.m,. in the Silver Lake Audito-
rium. Bring your labels and coupons, as they will be
counted before the meeting.
Nostalgia Nite Fundrasier set
The McLeod County Historical Museum will be hosting
a “Nostalgia Nite Fundraiser — Roaring 1920s” on Mon-
day, April 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Blue Note Ball-
room in Winsted. The John Beck Trio Jazz Band is
performing. Tickets can be purchased in advance by call-
ing 320-587-2109 or at the door.
Civil War presentation slated
Orchard Estates, an independent senior community at
Glencoe Regional Health Services, is hosting a presenta-
tion on the Civil War on Tuesday, April 23, at 2 p.m. The
Rev. Mark Ford of Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver
Lake is presenting. The event is free and open to the pub-
lic. Seating is limited, so call to reserve your spot at 320-
Upcoming Events
framework for the vehicle.
Over the past several years,
former industrial arts instruc-
tor Rick Corrick offered the
trebuchet project for the GSL
engineering students. The su-
permileage vehicle project is
a new offering. Corrick re-
tired at the end of the 2011-12
school year, and Sundblad is
his replacement.
Sundblad said the engineer-
ing class will construct only
one vehicle this year with the
goal of achieving 500 miles
to a gallon of gas.
He said the vehicle is heav-
ier than anticipated, “but me-
chanically sound,” he said.
Who will be driving it at
Brainerd has yet to be deter-
mined by the class, Sundblad
There are a myriad of rules
to follow in the supermileage
competition. For example, the
vehicle needs rollover protec-
tion; it can only travel up to
30 miles per hour, but not less
than 15 miles per hour; there
are no limits on the vehicle
weight, but there are limits on
the driver’s weight; it needs
adequate brakes; it has to be
able to handle a 10-degree
banking on the track without
tipping over; and it must be
able to have a 35-foot turning
radius among other rules,
Sundblad said.
The students selected by
the class to be the lead people
for the project are Brandon
Greeley, who is the “project
engineer” and oversees the
whole project, and Brenden
Howard, the design leader be-
cause he has experience from
his former school in Willmar.
Sundblad said the goal is to
test drive the vehicle in the
near future, using the high
school outdoor track. He said
the students will test one ele-
ment of the vehicle at a time,
like the gear ratio, and the
testing could take several
Also, outside advice is
sought. Last week, Adam Re-
vier, an auto body expert, was
in the class offering advice on
the body work for the vehicle.
Supermileage Continued from page 1
Silver Lake Leader photo by Rich Glennie
Students of the Month
The March Students of the Month at Glencoe-Silver
Lake High School included Nick Jenkins, left, and
Aaron Boraas. Missing was Marissa Lietzau.
Czesky Days, and once in
June, August and September
for maintenance,” Kosek said.
He added that he doesn’t
prefer this option since the
company would only be here
once in the fall.
“Some fall seasons, I am out
there sweeping more than
once, so the leaves don’t clog
the catch basins,” Kosek said.
“How many hours do you
sweep in a year? An esti-
mate?” Bebo asked.
Kosek calculated he spends
between 120 to 150 hours a
year sweeping the streets.
Bebo calculated hourly costs
and found that using the
cheapest service would range
between $9,480 and $11,850
per year.
Kosek said the costs over
time can add up, where as
owning the sweeper could
“pay off” within a few years.
Bebo said the city wouldn’t
have to worry about mainte-
nance of the machines, though,
“especially if hydraulics were
to go out or something,” Bebo
On a 3-1 vote, the Council
approved moving forward
with purchasing a sweeper.
Continued from page 1
Silver Lake
By District 18B
State Rep. Glenn Gruen-
This session, Gov. Dayton
and Democrats in the Legisla-
ture are demanding billions of
dollars in new taxes to fix our
$627 million dollar budget
shortfall. They insist that rais-
ing revenues is the only way to
fix our budget, putting forth a
budget with minimal reforms
and cuts.
The Governor’s initial plan
for instance asked for $22 dol-
lars in new taxes for every $1
in cuts. Hardly a balanced ap-
proach. It’s my belief that be-
fore we ask hardworking
Minnesotans for even one
more dollar in tax increases
that we ensure our government
programs are devoid of waste
and running as efficiently as
Last month, the Minnesota
Office of the Legislative Audi-
tor (OLA) issued a report
faulting the Minnesota Depart-
ment of Human Services
(DHS) for failing to check the
eligibility of participants in a
number of public assistance
programs that provide med-
ical, cash and food benefit to
low-income citizens.
Under state and federal law,
agencies are required to verify
income levels for participants
in the various public assis-
tance programs. The OLA re-
port cited the MinnesotaCare
insurance program as having
failed to adequately verify the
income level of participants.
In addition, despite federal
requirements, DHS failed to
cross-check and address dis-
crepancies in reported income
levels with other government
data for the Medical Assis-
tance program, the Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families
program, and the Supplemen-
tal Nutrition Assistance food-
stamp program.
In February, I received a
memo from DHS Inspector
General Jerry Kerber that cited
just five cases of fraud and
abuse that resulted in
$2,762,197 dollars in overpay-
ments from the government.
These fraud and abuse investi-
gations were the result of anti-
fraud measures instituted by
the Republican-led Legislature
in 2012.
If anything, we should be
increasing funding to the de-
partments that are tasked with
finding and fighting fraud and
abuse to help clean up these
government programs.
I believe these examples
should be a wake-up call to
Democrats in the Legislature.
We don’t need to raise taxes to
address our budget gap. We
need to be examining our gov-
ernment programs from top to
bottom, ensuring that we find
every dollar of cost savings
possible, and that our pro-
grams are free of waste, fraud,
and abuse.
I am concerned that these
examples are just the tip of the
iceberg. These are your tax
dollars at work — I believe
your government owes it to
you to ensure that those dol-
lars are being spent responsi-
bly and efficiently. You
deserve nothing less.
Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, April 11, 2013 — Page 3
In loving memory of
who passed away
three years ago
April 13, 2010
Dearly missed by
wife Betty; children
Michael, Lavonne,
Duane and families
Your smile,
laughter, love and
all the memories
you left us with
will be in our
hearts forever.
We miss and love
you always.
In loving memory of
Robert Mal lak
4-1-30 to 4-15-08
You always had a smile
to share.
Time to give and time
to care.
A loving nature, kind
and true
Is the way we will
remember you.
Tired and weary,
you made no fuss.
But tried so hard
to stay with us.
Memories are a
gift to treasure.
Ours of you will last
Dearly missed by Mary Ann
Tom, Dave, Mark,
Donna Holmberg & families
with Gray Dog
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After talking about taking
gun safety, trap shooting and
turkey hunting with one of my
co-workers, she asked, “Well,
what are you going to do with
the turkey after you shoot it?”
I looked at her, kind of be-
wildered, and said, “Eat it, of
I think the flowery dress I
was wearing that day threw
her off, because she ques-
tioned plucking feathers and
asked if I would really be the
one to do all the “grotesque”
Growing up with three
brothers and spending the first
11 years of my life on a farm,
I can hardly be weary of dirt,
blood and guts, and all things
And actually, I wasn’t even
living on a farm when I expe-
rienced the most gory, stinky,
and memorable of farm
chores: butchering chickens.
A couple of years ago, when
I first moved to Silver Lake
and was living with Grandpa
and Grandma, it was time to
stock the freezer and we
weren’t going grocery shop-
ping ....
We headed down the gravel
road to Uncle Mike and Aunt
Brenda’s to chop off heads,
pluck feathers, and gut chick-
ens, like they did in the good
ol’ days.
Initially, I was uneasy. Yes,
I had made dirt cakes and dug
up nightcrawlers for fishing
with my brother, but I hadn’t
done anything like this in my
Heck, when we had pigs on
the farm, I couldn’t even
watch dad as he loaded my
pig, Wilbur, onto the trailer.
I probably shouldn’t have
named him — that and read-
ing “Charlotte’s Web” is what
made saying “good-bye” so
But I didn’t know any of the
chickens before Uncle Mike
chopped off their heads. All I
had to worry about was catch-
ing the headless bodies and
carrying the stumps to the
I couldn’t help but laugh,
because it’s true what they say
about “running around like a
chicken with your head cut
Spastic and entertaining!
One of the chickens was
pretty set on getting away,
even with a missing head. You
can imagine me chasing that
white, headless, feathered
body around the yard as it
strutted under the wooden
fence, but he couldn’t escape
his fate.
And if anyone has
butchered chickens, you know
that wasn’t even the worst
No. The worst part? The
smell. That awful, rank smell
of those wet feathers after you
dunk the chickens in hot water
to make plucking easier.
After they set the chickens
in the feather-plucking ma-
chine, it was my job to pluck
the pesky, stubborn pin feath-
I didn’t even mind the jobs
of cutting off the feet or gut-
ting the chickens, saving their
hearts, livers and gizzards —
the good stuff.
It was that lasting stink of
those wet feathers.
And more than once I made
the mistake of scratching my
nose or tucking loose hair
back behind my ears with my
smelly, pin feather fingers.
I think I showered twice
that night just to make sure I
was clean.
We butchered about 40
chickens that day, and took
home a lot of meat to stock the
It was a good experience,
and we, of course, reaped the
benefits of our work when
Grandma made her infamous
“beer can chicken” on the grill
that summer.
I don’t think I’ve ever tasted
chicken so good. I might have
to get out there again this year
and particpate in “farm work.”
Though I wonder if I can get
out of plucking pin feathers
and stick to catching the flail-
ing meat.
Worst of ‘farm chore?’ The smell
The Travel Section
By Alyssa Schauer
75 YEARS AGO - APRIL 16, 1938 — Dr.
T.J. Trutna, Village of Silver Lake health officer,
issued a notice that all citizens of Silver Lake
need to thoroughly clean all premises, lots, al-
leys, etc., in the village of all rubbish and ashes
of any kind on or before Saturday, April 30.
Sunrise Easter services in the Church of St.
Adalbert and union services at the Presbyterian
Church start Easter morning at six o’clock.
The observance of Easter at the Church of St.
Joseph will include services on Good Friday at
8 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday morn-
ing Mass will be at 7 a.m. and the Resurrection
procession Saturday evening. Sunday services
will be held at the usual hours.
Silver Lake’s annual Fathers and Sons Ban-
quet will be held on Thursday, April 21, in the
Congregational Church basement. The ladies of
the Congregational Church will prepare the
meal. Tickets are 50¢ each
On Friday evening, April 22, everyone is in-
vited to dance to real old-tyme Bohemian and
Polish music played by the Staro-Ceska Band
at the village hall in Silver Lake.
A chimney fire on Sunday, at about 1:15 p.m.,
kept the Silver Lake Fire Department in condi-
tion as a high wind made the fire at the Art
Micka home potentially serious.
Martin Graczyk is advertising that he will do
spring garden plowing.
50 YEARS AGO - APRIL 11, 1963 —
Many of Silver Lake’s businesses will be closed
on Friday, April 12, from noon to 3 p.m., in ob-
servance of Good Friday.
Ed Goede was about the village marking
crosswalks in easily seen white bands.
Silver Lake High School music students par-
ticipated in the district music contest at Stewart.
Advancing to the state contest are Lanny
Kolpek, Beverly Smith, Jacqueline Hlavka,
Kathy Sustacek and Sharon Reed.
The Silver Lake High School Athletic Ban-
quet honoring the boys who took part in repre-
senting the school in sports will be held on
Tuesday, April 16.
Shamla Oil Co. is giving free a sturdy hi-fly-
ing kite to the kids and Firestone’s Burgess
flower seeds to the ladies.
Marine Lance Corporal Dennis Matuska, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Matuska, participated in
an amphibious exercise held March 2 through
March 10 off the coast of southern California.
Some of the specials at Ruzicka’s Super Mar-
ket are: hickory home smoked bacon, 39¢ lb.; 2
lb. can Nash’s coffee 99¢; Swift’s Premium or
Armour’s Star fully cooked hams, whole ham,
49¢ lb.; fresh tomatoes, 4 for 19¢; lettuce, head
19¢; bananas, 2 lbs. 29¢; Folger’s instant coffee,
6 oz. jar 69¢; powdered or brown sugar, 3 lb.
bag 39¢; Country Fair ice cream, 1/2 gal. 59¢;
walnut meats, 1 lb. pkg. 99¢; seamless nylons,
pair 59¢.
A daughter was born on March 29 to Mr. and
Mrs. Ben Matuska.
25 YEARS AGO - APRIL 14, 1988 —Fil-
ings for the two positions on the Silver Lake
Public School Board close on Tuesday, April
19, with the election being held on Tuesday,
May 17. The terms of Gerald Kucera and Patri-
cia Yurek are expiring. To date no one has filed
for the positions.
Pillow cleaning, sponsored by the Silver Lake
Civic Association, will be held on Saturday,
April 16, at the Silver Lake Legion Club.
Nine students from Silver Lake High School
were inducted into the National Honor Society
on Tuesday evening, April 5. They included
Pam Victorian, Alicia Cafferty, Debbie Lhotka,
Tracy Koepp, Janette Mallak, Darrin Witucki,
Dan Hingst, Ross Jurek and Mike Stifter.
Scott Miska, son of Dale and Sharon Miska,
has been selected to represent the Silver Lake
Legion Post 141 at Boys State from June 12-18
at the campus of St. John’s University.
On Thursday, April 7, the Silver Lake Fire
Department was called to a barn fire at the Don
Koepp farm shortly after 5 p.m.
Christine Lhotka, 87, passed away on
Wednesday, April 6, at the Glencoe Area Health
Care Center. Funeral services were held on Sat-
urday, April 9, from the Czech Brethren Pres-
byterian Church.
The public is invited to attend the wedding
dance honoring Julie Pokornowski and Dean
Wendolek on Saturday, April 16, at the Silver
Lake Auditorium.
Down Memory Lane
Compiled by Margaret Benz
Guest column:
Cut waste before raising taxes
In loving memory of
Troy Dra?
who passed away
April 10, 2011
We cried when you passed
away. We still cry today.
Although we loved you
dearly, we couldn’t make
you stay. A golden heart
stopped beating. Hard
working hands at rest. God
broke our hearts to prove to
us He only takes the best.
So dearly missed,
Tara, Kayla, and Connor Drahos
Emma Drahos
Debi & Polo Ramirez
Tony & Susan Drahos
Todd & Rochelle Drahos
Terry & Susan Drahos
nieces, nephews, and great nieces & nephews
Thank You
We wish to express our deep
appreciation to those who have
offered such kindness, support,
messages of sympathy, prayers,
and comfort in our bereave-
We especially wish to thank
Dr. Schrupp and the staff at
Hutchinson Health for their
compassionate care, Father
Patrick Okonkwo of Holy Fam-
ily, and the lay ministers from
St. Anastasia for their spiritual
guidance, as well as the pall-
bearers, and everyone who
brought food and served the
luncheon. We are forever grate-
ful to all of you.
The Family of Helen Slanga
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
The McLeod County Board
of Commissioners, at its April
2 meeting, agreed to spend
about $2,000 for a consultant
to help it with its long-range
The contract will be for
about one day’s worth of serv-
ice, which Board Chairman
Paul Wright hopes will pro-
vide the board with a “road
map” for accomplishing long-
range goals.
Commissioner Jon Chris-
tensen asked if the planning
could be done with in-house
professionals rather than con-
tracting outside the county.
Christensen said that he is
concerned that a consultant
might put together a costly
long-range plan for the county.
“It’s easy when you’re
spending someone else’s
money,” said Christensen.
County Administrator Pat
Melvin said the County Board
had conducted nearly a year’s
worth of workshops with its
department heads and other
officials, and had identified
several goals.
However, Melvin said, “we
have all these things just float-
ing out there” with no clear di-
rection on how to get them
Wright agreed, saying that
the only solid thing that came
out of the workshops was a de-
cision to build a new highway
shop for the Silver Lake-
Lester Prairie area.
But Wright also said that he
doesn’t want a team-building
program from the consultant.
“That’s not what I want
from this,” Wright said. “We
need to make a road map here
on how to accomplish our
long-range goals.”
In other business April 2, the
County Board:
• Agreed to begin the
process of redetermining ben-
efits for the County Ditch
20/County Ditch 22 system
near Hutchinson, in Acoma
and Hutchinson townships.
• Agreed to suggested
changes for the county water
plan that were made by the
Board of Water and Soil Re-
sources (BWSR), and to sub-
mit it to BWSR for final
County Board agrees to hire
consultant for long-range planning
S.L. senior
citizens meet
The Silver Lake Senior Cit-
izens Club met Monday, April
8, at the Silver Lake audito-
rium. President Genny Lhotka
called the meeting to order fol-
low by the Pledge of Alle-
There were 34 members and
one guest present, Christel
April birthdays were Mary
Ann Mallak, Ed Goede and
Alice Paul.
An April anniversary is for
Bernie and Laura Kaczmarek.
The McLeod County quar-
terly meeting will be held at
Lester Prairie on April 17 at
1:30 p.m.
The May meeting will be a
catered dinner by Lindy’s of
Glencoe. The regular meeting
will be at 1 p.m. with dinner at
4 p.m. The secretary will call
members not present at the
April meeting to sign up.
There is no lunch committee
for the May or June meetings.
The June meeting will be the
potluck dinner.
31 winners: Yvonne Urban
and Genny Lhotka.
500 winners: Margaret
Benz, Donald Benz, Adam
Kaspryzk, Bernie Kaczmarek,
Dodie Chalupsky, Richard
Kosek, Martha Wilkens, Dan
Tschimperle, Margie Mick-
olichek and Dorothy Hlavka.
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300 Cleveland Ave.,
Silver Lake
Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor
Sat., April 13 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.
Sun., April 14 — “First Light”
radio broadcast on KARP 106.9
FM, 7:30 a.m.; fellowship and re-
freshment time, 9 a.m.; pre-ser-
vice prayer time, 9:15 a.m.;
worship service, 9:30 a.m.; Sun-
day school for all ages, 10:35
a.m.; open shooting for Center-
shot Archery graduates, 11:45
a.m.; Grace Bible Church Out-
door Club, “How to Tie Flies,” 2
Wed., April 17 — Confirma-
tion class, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7
Thurs., April 18 — Women’s
fellowship meeting at Molly’s, 6
Sat., April 20 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible
study, 9 a.m.
Sun., April 21 — “First Light”
radio broadcast on KARP 106.9
FM, 7:30 a.m.; pre-service prayer
time, 9:15 a.m.; worship service,
9:30 a.m.; Sunday school for all
ages, 10:35 a.m.; open shooting
for Centershot Archery graduates,
11:45 a.m.
Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-327-
108 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Fax 320-327-6562
E-mail: faithfriends
Mark Ford, Pastor
Carol Chmielewski, CLP
Office hours: Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5
p.m. and Sundays
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sun., April 14 — Handbell
practice, 8:45 a.m.; worship serv-
ice, 10 a.m.; fellowship and dea-
cons’ meeting to follow service.
Wed., April 17 — Light supper,
5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.;
choir practice, 7 p.m.
Sun., April 21 — Handbell
practice, 8:45 a.m.; worship serv-
ice, 10 a.m.; fellowship to follow
700 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Thurs., April 11 — Mass at
Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; Area
Worship at Holy Family, 7 p.m.
Fri., April 12 — Mass, 8 a.m.
Sat., April 13 — Reconciliation,
5:30 p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m.; youth
group bake sale before and after
Sun., April 14 — Mass, 8 a.m.
and 8 p.m.; youth group bake sale
before and after Mass; Virtus
training session, 3 p.m.; AFC Mis-
sion Group meeting, 6 p.m.
Tues., April 16 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
adoration 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; KC
meeting, 7 p.m.
Wed., April 17 — Mass, 5 p.m.;
first- through sixth-grade religious
education classes, 5:30 p.m.; sev-
enth- throug 11th-grade religious
education classes, 7:15 p.m.; sen-
ior religious education at St. Pius
X, 7 p.m.
Thurs., April 18 — Mass at
Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.
Fri., April 19 — Mass, 8 a.m.
1014 Knight Ave.,
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Thurs., April 11 — Mass at
GRHS-LTC, 10:30 a.m.; area wor-
ship meeting, Holy Family, 7 p.m.
Fri., April 12 — Morning
prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20
a.m.; Spanish Mass, 5:30 p.m.
Sat., April 13 — Youth groups
of Holy Family and St. Pius X
bake sale preparation at St. Pius X,
8:30 a.m.; mothers group rosary, 9
a.m.; mothers group meeting,
parish library, 9:30 a.m.; Perez
25th anniversary Mass, 2 p.m.;
youth group bake sale before and
after Mass; reconciliation, 4 p.m.;
Mass, 5 p.m.
Sun., April 14 — Youth bake
sale before and after Mass; Mass,
9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 11:30
a.m.; religious education for chil-
dren and adults, 12:45 p.m.;
Guadalupe committee meeting,
12:45 p.m.; baptism, 2 p.m.; first
communion interviews, 3 p.m.
Mon., April 15 — No Mass;
liturgical minister scheduling be-
gins; mission club card party, 1:30
p.m.; KC scholarship applications
Tues., April 16 — Morning
prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.;
junior choir practice, 2:50 a.m.;
Spanish adult catechesis, 7 p.m.;
KC meeting, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., April 17 — Evening
prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.;
kindergarten through sixth-grade
religious education classes, 7
p.m.-8 p.m.; seventh- through
11th-grade religious education
classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; senior
religious education class at St.
Pius X, 7 p.m.
1215 Roberts Rd. SW.,
Rick Stapleton, senior pastor
Adam Krumrie, worship pas-
tor/director of
student ministries
Thurs., April 11 — Senior high
free lunch, 11 a.m.; worship
team, 6 p.m.
Sat., April 13 — Women’s
Luce Line spring pick-up meets at
Oddfellows Park, 1 p.m.
Sun., April 14 — Worship, 9
a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday
school for children, teens and
adults, 9 a .m.; adult growth
group, 10:30 a.m.; Couples Con-
nect, 4 p.m.
Mon., April 15 — Women’s
discipleship, 6:30 p.m.; men’s
growth group, 7 p.m.
Tues., April 16 — Women’s
discipleship, 9 a.m.
Wed., April 17 — AWANA,
6:30 p.m.; middle school youth
group, 6:30 p.m.; senior high
youth, 7:30 p.m.; free parenting
workshop, 6:35 p.m.-7:55 p.m.
77 Lincoln Ave.,
Lester Prairie
Bethany Nelson, pastor
Sat., April 13 — WELCA an-
nual bake sale and luncheon,
11a.m.-1 p.m.
Sun., April 14 — Worship with
Holy Communion, 9 a.m.; coffee
and fellowship, 10 a.m.; Sunday
school, 10:15 a.m.; Financial
Peace University, 2 p.m.
Mon., April 15 — Ladies’ Bible
study, 7 p.m.
Wed., April 17 — Office hours,
2 p.m.; choir, 7 p.m.; confirma-
tion, 7 p.m.; worship meeting, 8
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7th-grade students of March
Seven Lincoln Junior High seventh-grade
students were selected as the March stu-
dents of the month recently. They include,
front row, from left, Ethan Wraspir, geog-
raphy; Shania Rose, English; and John
Eiden, science. In the back are Mickalyn
Frahm, band; Alyssa Ebert, family and
consumer science; and Nicholas Lange,
pre-algebra. Missing was Timothy Low-
den, art.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Brenda Fogarty
8th-grade students of the month
Lincoln Junior High honored the following
eighth-grade students as its March stu-
dents of the month. They include, front
row, from left, Michael Meyer, history;
Catherine Holtz, English; Ashley Bande-
mer, band; and Miranda Grack, algebra. In
the back are Kyle Wanous, choir; Brandon
Potter, health; David Pineda, family and
consumer science; and Jenaya Posusta,
Banana Bread Cookies
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 medium bananas, mashed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Peanut butter frosting:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Semisweet chocolate chips for sprinkling
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet
with non-stick cooking spray. Beat brown sugar,
sugar and butter in a large bowl until creamy;
add bananas, egg and vanilla extract. Beat until
well mixed. Set aside. Combine flour, baking
soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add to banana
mixture and mix until soft dough forms. Drop
dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared
baking sheet. Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until
lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. For frost-
ing, beat peanut butter, butter and powdered
sugar until well mixed. Add milk until frosting
is desired consistency. Spread about 1 table-
spoon onto tops of cookies. Decorate with
chocolate chips.
Cabbage Salad
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup blanched silvered almonds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 medium head cabbage, chopped
8 green onions, chopped
2 packages ramen noodles
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
In a skillet over low heat, melt the butter or mar-
garine; add the almonds and sesame seeds.
Cook until lightly toasted. In a large bowl, com-
bine the cabbage, onions, almonds, sesame
seeds and broken uncooked ramen noodles.
Whisk together the oil, sugar, vinegar, pepper
and salt in a separate bowl. Pour over salad,
toss, and serve.
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
1 pound cubed beef stew meat
1 can (10.75 ounces) condensed golden mush-
room soup
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup water
4 ounces cream cheese
In a slow cooker, combine the meat, soup,
onion, Worcestershire sauce and water. Cook on
low setting for 8 hours or a high setting for
about 5 hours. Stir in cream cheese just before
Kitchen Delights
& Other Things
Church News
April 15-19
Silver Lake
Senior Nutrition Site
Monday — Swiss steak, baked
potato, corn, bread, margarine,
pineapple, low-fat milk.
Tuesday — Roast turkey,
mashed potatoes, peas, carrots,
cranberry garnish, bread, mar-
garine, strawberry shortcake, low-
fat milk.
Wednesday — Meatloaf with
catsup, whole parslied potatoes,
country-blend vegetables, bread,
margarine, pears, low-fat milk.
Thursday — Pork chop, mashed
potatoes, carrots, dinner roll, mar-
garine, lemon angel food cake,
low-fat milk.
Friday — Mandarin chicken
salad, fresh fruit, marinated toma-
toes, margarine, muffin, low-fat
GSL Schools
Elementary/Jr. High/Sr. High
Monday — Breakfast pizza or
Kix Berry cereal and yogurt, apple
juice cup, low-fat milk (breakfast
burrito at junior/senior high).
Tuesday — Pancake on a stick
with syrup or Cheerios and apple-
cinnamon muffin, petite banana,
low-fat milk.
Wednesday — Egg and cheese
omelet or reduced-sugar Coco
Puffs cereal and string cheese,
diced peaches, low-fat milk (break-
fast 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/senior high).
Friday — Pancakes with syrup
or reduced-sugar Cinnamon Toast
Crunch cereal, yogurt, diced pears,
low-fat milk (french toast sticks with
syrup at junior/senior high).
Helen Baker/Lakeside Lunch
Monday — Hamburger on a
whole-grain bun, deli combo sub,
oven-baked beans, baby carrots
with dressing, apple wedges,
pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday — Chicken nuggets,
fun lunch, mashed potatoes with
gravy, cucumber slices with dress-
ing, petite banana, chilled apple-
Wednesday — Italian dunkers
with sauce, chef salad with cheese,
egg and croutons, bread stick, sea-
soned green beans, cauliflower flo-
rets with dressing, kiwi wedges,
chilled peaches.
Thursday — Diced barbecued
chicken on a whole-grain bun, ham
and cheese on a whole-grain bun,
oven-baked fries, marinated cu-
cumbers and tomatoes, orange
wedges, chilled pears.
Friday — Tony’s pepperoni
pizza, turkey and cheese on whole-
grain bread, caesar romaine side
salad with dressing, apple wedges,
chilled mixed fruit.
High School Lunch
Monday — Chicken nuggets,
mashed potatoes with gravy, din-
ner roll, seasoned corn, confetti
coleslaw, celery sticks with dress-
ing, apple, pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday — Mexican bar with
chicken or beef quesadilla or Mex-
ican beef lasagna, brown rice, re-
fried beans, southwest pinto
beans, sweet-corn salad, baby car-
rots with dressing, petite banana,
chilled applesauce.
Wednesday — Barbecued pork
riblet on whole-grain bun, sea-
soned green beans, oven-baked
fries, broccoli salad with raisins,
red pepper strips with dressing,
kiwi wedges, chilled peaches.
Thursday — Oven-baked
chicken, whole-grain dinner roll,
mashed potatoes with gravy, sea-
soned carrots, apple crisp, kidney
bean salad, broccoli with dressing,
orange, chilled pears.
Friday — Pasta bar with chicken
alfredo or Italian spaghetti with
meat sauce, bread stick, steamed
green beans, caesar romaine
salad, baby carrots with dressing,
apple, chilled mixed fruit.
Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, April 10, 2013 — Page 5
GSL Panther
08..... Lester Prairie.. ....Postponed
16.....at New London-Spicer..5:00
18.....Litchfield ......................4:30
19.....at Orono........................4:30
26.....at Holy Family .............4:30
29.....Annandale ....................4:30
30.....Belle Plaine ..................5:00
03.....St. Clair. ........................7:00
07.....New London-Spicer......5:00
09.....at Litchfield ..................4:30
10.....Waconia. .......................4:30
13.....Watertown-Mayer .........4:30
14.....at Delano.......................4:30
16.....at Annandale .................4:30
17.....at Mayer Lutheran ........4:30
20.....at NYA..........................5:00
09.....at Dassel-Cokato. Postponed
12.....at Mound-Westonka......4:30
16.....New London-Spicer......5:00
18.....at Litchfield ..................4:30
23.....at Hutchinson................4:30
26.....Holy Family..................3:45
29.....at Annandale .................4:30
07.....at New London-Spicer..5:00
09.....Litchfield ......................4:30
10.....at Waconia ....................4:30
13.....at NYA..........................5:00
16.....at Belle Plaine...............5:00
15.....at Dassel-Cokato...........4:30
18 ....at Mound-Westonka......4:30
23.....at Delano.......................4:30
30.....at Annandale .................4:30
01.....at Ridges at Sand Creek3:00
02.....at New London-Spicer..4:30
03.....at Hutchinson ...............1:00
06.....at Waconia ....................3:00
09.....Section preview at
10.....at New London-Spicer10:00
13.....at Annandale ...............12:00
16.....at Litchfield. .................4:30
20.....at Baker National Golf
School ....................................2:30
22.....at Dassel-Cokato.........12:00
11.....at New Ulm...................1:00
15 ....at Annandale .................4:30
16.....at Baker National Golf
School ....................................4:30
19.....at New London-Spicer10:00
23.....at Waconia ....................4:30
25.....at Mound Westonka ......4:30
26.....at Hutchinson................3:00
29.....at Annandale .................2:00
30.....at Litchfield ..................4:30
01.....at Ridges at Sand Creek3:00
09.....Section preview at
13.....at Baker National Golf
School ....................................4:30
16.....at New London-Spicer..4:30
21.....at Dassel-Cokato...........2:30
09.....at Mankato West..Postponed
15 ....at Holy Family..............4:30
19.....at Foley .........................4:15
23.....at Dassel-Cokato...........4:30
29.....at New London-Spicer..4:30
30.....GSL Invitational ...........3:30
02.....at Waconia ....................4:00
06.....at Hutchinson................4:00
07.....at Hutchinson Section True
team .....................................3:30
16.....GSL (Conference).........1:00
All competitions take
place at Winthrop Game
Protective League except
State Tourney events
18.....Reserve Scoring............5:00
25.....First Competition..........5:00
02.....Second Competition .....5:00
09.....Third Competition ........5:00
16.....Fourth Competition .....5:00
23.....Fifth Competition .........5:00
Slam dunk;
Orth event
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
The 15th-annual Tim Orth
benefit was a slam dunk this past
The GSL gymnasium was
filled with audience members
who sincerely applauded and
cheered this year’s Orth recipi-
ents. An emotional moment
came when the boys’ West
coach, Skip Dolan, gave a
speech on the importance of
staying involved in youths’ lives,
especially those with special
needs. He then called those in-
volved in the behind-the-scenes
efforts of the event to come for-
ward as the audience honored
their work and dedication.
The girls’ game went to the
West team, 59-58. Leading the
way for the West was Kaytlin
Kuefler (Annandale) with 13
points. Greta Walsh (Litchfield)
chipped in 11 of her own while
Brooke Willemsen (NYA)
helped out with 10 more. GSL’s
Kelly Beneke scored 2 points for
the West as well.
The East couldn’t pull off the
win despite a 16-point perform-
ance from Morgan Iverson (Wa-
conia). Ally Anton (Holy
Family) and Stephanie Dressen
(Waconia) each dropped 8
points in the East’s loss.
Lexi Erpenbach (NYA) and
Christina Bruggmann (Mayor
Lutheran) were the girls
shootout winners.
The boys’ game was pretty
one-sided until the fourth quarter
when the East turned it on and
hit a game winner from beyond
the arch with about 12 seconds
to go, edging the West, 90-89.
The West were in the midst of
a dominant performance with
Zach Whitchurch (Litchfield)
leading the way with 12 points,
followed by Trevor Groschen
(NYA) with 10. GSL partici-
pants, Ethan Maass and Trenton
Draeger had 9 points a piece, but
couldn’t maintain the lead.
The East were lead by Dalton
Pulis (Delano) with 18 points.
Following close were Tyler
Bates (Sibley East) with 14 and
Alex Aalfs (Hutchinson) with
13. Newcomer from GFW, Brett
Rickheim had 11 points of his
Draeger won the slam dunk
competition in a dunk-off
against Ben Lies (Hutchinson)
and Austin Fuller (Waconia).
Funds from the evening are
“looking pretty good,” Don Tan-
gen said. Admission improved
from last year, along with the
amount of money the event gen-
Donations for the Tim Orth
Memorial Foundation are still
being accepted, and can be
mailed to Tangen at P.O. Box 33,
340 Edgewood Drive, Glencoe,
MN 55336.
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
Finishing the 2012 season
with a 9-12 record, the first los-
ing record in several years, and
a first-round playoff elimination,
this year’s Panther baseball team
gives the feeling that won’t hap-
pen again.
Head coach Dean Schwirtz
will look to a crop of seniors
with experience to set the tone
for this season.
Senior Ethan Maass returns
for his final season and looks to
somehow improve on a stellar
junior performance from last
Maass earned WCC All Con-
ference honors as an outfielder
last year (.400 OBP, 17 R), and
was the team’s leading pitcher
(1.98 ERA, 13 BB/41 SO in
28.1 IP).
Maass and a number of other
teammates played on the Legion
state championship team for
Plato last summer.
“I don’t know how, but if he
improved from last year, I’m ex-
cited to see what he’ll do,”
Schwirtz said of his ace pitcher.
“If he can do what he did last
year for us, I’ll be happy.”
Unsure as to why there was
such a big difference between
the school team’s record and the
Legion one, Maass said that ex-
perience should help out every-
one, including the younger guys.
“Teddy Peterson was a big
part of that championship last
year,” Maass said. “But we trust
every one of those guys.”
Trust them you should. From
grades seven through 12, last
year’s varsity team was the only
one with a losing record.
Couple the seasons that the
underclassmen teams produced
and the experience the older
players gained in Legion ball,
and this Panthers team looks to
be tough. “We have a lot of num-
bers that can see varsity time this
year,” senior Travis Rothstein
said. “If any of us have an off
day, we have a lot of good ath-
letes who can step up and fill that
The main thing is that they are
a close, tight-knit group with
team aspirations in front of per-
sonal ones.
“We’re a close bunch of
kids,” Rothstein said. “The main
thing is that we all like to win.
We’re not here screwing around.
We’re here to get a job done.”
The job that he’s referring to
is winning the conference and,
hopefully, making an appear-
ance in the state tournament.
“The goal is to win the con-
ference and make it to state,”
Maass said.
“We want to win the state
title,” Rothstein seconded.
Schwirtz, however, has his
sights set on the little things.
“I look at it as being able to
get better day in and day out,”
he said. “We do have the com-
mon goal of making the state
tournament. Then, whatever
happens, happens. I just want
them to play fundementally
sound baseball.”
In order to survive the WCC,
the Panthers will have to be fun-
dementally sound. The confer-
ence is stacked with teams like
Delano, and the reigning state
champs, Holy Family.
The conference is split into
two divisions, and GSL could
have a favorable schedule dur-
ing the regular season. That
doesn’t mean the boys are prac-
ticing soft, especially with
Schwirtz at the helm.
“Just like last season, the keys
are going to be timely hitting,
scoring runs, bunting, stealing
and throwing strikes,” he reiter-
ated. “We have to pound the
strike zone. It’s hard to win
without good pitching.”
Schwirtz said he’ll look for
senior Derek Bratsch to have a
big year on the mound for the
“With Bratsch on the mound,
we’ll have a good opportunity to
win. He didn’t get as much time
last year because we had Adam
Prehn starting a lot of games for
us. I really believe we might
have the most depth on the
mound (in the conference), and
that we can compete with other
teams’ aces.” The real task will
be scoring runs, the coach said.
Another factor that Schwirtz
said will determine how far this
team goes is the ability for
everyone to accept their role on
the team.
While the Panther baseball
team is optimistic that this year
will end with more victories
than last year, Schwirtz said
there are more important things
than winning and losing.
“I just want them to get better
every day and get after it,”
Schwirtz said. “But one of my
main focuses that I tell the kids,
is to just have some good mem-
ories. Go out there and have fun,
because that’s what it’s about.”
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
Tate Maurer couldn’t hold back the tears when it was
announced to the crowd that after his six-month scan,
he’s cancer free. From left: Tate, his parents, Katie and
Mark, and his sister, Anni.
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
he first-ever GSL trap
shooting team will
participate in the 2013
Minnesota State High School
Clay Target League (MSH-
SCTL) this year.
The team is lead by head
coach Doug Fegley of Stewart.
Fegley has been teaching
firearm safety courses through
community education at Shady
Lanes Sportsmen Club, south
of Glencoe, for approximately
10 years.
At a time when the words
“gun” and “school” evoke a
wide array of emotions, Fegley
said the feedback he has re-
ceived has been good.
“The community has very
much welcomed what we’re
doing here,” Fegley said. “The
majority of feedback that I
have heard has been good ...
we’ve had an excellent re-
sponse from different groups
and stores within the commu-
nity. They’ve raised about
$5,000, which helps pay for
ammunition and range fees.”
Some of that has also come
from concession sales and GSL
Panther Booster club dona-
While the community seems
to be in favor of it, the kids
have responded well simply in
the number of participants.
“Last summer we did a test
run and had a sign up for the
program,” Fegley recalled.
“We were showing 10-15 par-
ticipants, 20 at max. On Feb.
25, we had 33 students signed
up, which is awesome. It shows
the school board that there’s a
lot of serious people thinking
about this, and we’re trying to
give a new view of an athletic
Fegley hopes that trap shoot-
ing will gain recognition by the
Minnesota State High School
League (MSHSL) in the com-
ing years.
“Teaching firearm safety, I
always get asked the same
question: ‘What can I do after I
pass the class?’” Fegley said.
“This allows kids who have
completed firearm safety to use
knowledge gained from the
class toward hunting or the life-
long sport of shooting clay pi-
Currently, the sport is in a
two-year probation period with
the MSHSL. It will go in front
of the board in 2014 and could
possibly be recognized as a
varsity sport.
“Then it’ll be treated like any
other sport where kids can let-
ter,” Fegley said. “I really hope
this does become a permanent
activity. I want to see it blos-
som and gain the same amount
of acknowledgment as football,
baseball or any other varsity
Since it started in 2001, high
school trap shooting has grown
substantially over the years in
Minnesota. From 2001 to 2008,
there were only three teams
with a total of 30 shooters. This
season, there are 115 teams
comprised from 215 schools,
with 3,400 shooters in the state.
Trap shooting is a co-ed
sport. Participants must be in
grades sixth through 12, and
possess a Minnesota Firearm
Safety Training Certificate.
GSL will compete in Confer-
ence 10A against seven other
teams: Anoka, Belle Plaine,
Jefferson High School of
Bloomington, Lester
Prairie/Holy Trinity/Water-
town-Mayer, Lincoln High
School of Thief River Falls,
Pine River-Backus-Pequot, and
St. Anthony Village High
However, all of the shooting
takes place at each team’s local
gun club where they practice.
The GSL trap team shoots at
the Winthrop Game Protective
League northeast of Winthrop,
on 521st Avenue.
Shooters rotate through five
positions located 16 yards from
the front of the trap house to
where they stand. A shooter
takes aim and yells “pull,”
when they want the target, or
bird, to be launched from the
trap house. The bird flies at a
set height of 10 feet, and can
vary to the left or right of the
trap house by 17 degrees.
Each person shoots from
their station a total of five times
before moving on to the next
station. Only one person shoots
at a time, alternating shooters
after every shot. Each partici-
pant goes through two rounds,
or 50 shots.
The goal is to hit, or break,
all 25 targets each round.
All participants have the op-
tion to take part in the state
tournament in Alexandria, June
According to the MSHSCTL
website, there have been no re-
ported injuries since the
league’s inception in 2001.
Living in Wyoming for a
number of years, Fegley said
his view of trap shooting’s in-
volvement in schools may be a
little different than most.
“Firearm safety was a part of
physical education for us. We
had an indoor shooting range
right next to the gymnastics
gym, so I’ve got a bit of a dif-
ferent view on this whole
thing,” Fegley said with a
smile. “But we’re open to the
public, and I encourage every-
one to come out and see what
we’re all about.”
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
Michael Donnay’s gun ejects a shell
from the chamber after attempting to hit
a target during the first practice of the
first-ever GSL trap shooting team on
Thursday, April 4 at the Winthrop Game
Protective League. Initial reports listed
10 to 15 participants interested in the
team. 33 shooters are now registered on
the team, 30 boys and three girls. Re-
serve scoring week begins on April 15,
and competition weeks begin on April
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
The 2013 Panther baseball seniors. Back row from left:
Brody Bratsch, Brandon Ebert, Reed Dunbar and Derek
Bratsch. Front row from left: Travis Rothstein, Ethan
Maass, Eric Thalmann and Parker Kerslake.
Seniors look to play selfless baseball
First-ever GSL trap team
prepares for competition
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
A motion to adopt a resolu-
tion asking the state Legisla-
ture and the governor to
support wheelage taxes and
local sales taxes as options for
local funding for roads passed
on a 3-2 motion by the
McLeod County Board of
Commissioners at its April 2
Commissioner Kermit Ter-
linden brought the resolution
before the County Board, say-
ing it could bring an “opportu-
nity to possibly get some more
funding for roads and stuff.”
Terlinden said he looks at it
as an opportunity to improve
rural roads, which are increas-
ingly supporting larger ma-
chinery and heavier loads, and
requiring more maintenance.
Terlinden added that passing
the resolution doesn’t mean
that McLeod County will im-
pose a local sales or wheelage
“It’s just a resolution to see
if we can even go there,” said
Commissioner Ron Shiman-
ski spoke against the resolu-
tion, saying he felt that
additional taxes will impact
job growth as neighboring
states continue to cut taxes in
an effort to lure more business
to them.
Shimanski also said that,
typically, the metro and rural
areas battle for road funds, and
the rural area usually loses out.
“I just don’t think rural Min-
nesota would fare fairly in the
distribution of those funds,”
said Shimanski.
Commissioner Sheldon Nies
said the state cannot continue
to rely primarily on gas tax in-
creases to fund road improve-
ments, particularly now that
cars are becoming more fuel
efficient, or even running on
alternate fuels, and aren’t gen-
erating as much revenue at the
pumps through gas taxes.
“We have to look at the ef-
fect of fuel-efficient and elec-
tric cars, and how do they help
pay for the roads?” said Nies.
Commissioner Paul Wright
agreed with Shimanski that
higher taxes can impact the
economy, but “some roads are
quite wretched in some areas,
and that affects businesses as
The motion passed 3-2 with
Shimanski and Commissioner
Jon Christensen as the dissent-
ing votes, while Nies, Terlin-
den and Wright voted in favor.
In other road business,
Highway Engineer John
Brunkhorst brought up the
possibility of eliminating the
county-sponsored dust-control
Brunkhorst said that many
residents and some townships
work with private firms on
dust-control applications on
gravel roads.
Part of the problem with res-
idents going with private con-
tractors, Brunkhorst said, is
that they don’t notify the
county, which may negate
their efforts by grading gravel
roads and removing the appli-
Nies said that notification is
a key.
If residents contract pri-
vately, Nies said, “we don’t
want to come along and put
their chloride in the ditch two
days later.”
After more discussion, the
County Board decided to go
with the program this season,
but seek input from those who
use it to see how it would im-
pact them if the county got out
of the program.
“This will give us a year to
start that education process
and get feedback from our
constituents,” commented
The County Board also ap-
proved bids for several 2013
road and bridge projects, in-
• County State Aid Highway
(CSAH) 2, which also is
Grove Avenue in Silver Lake
— $1.502 million from R&R
Excavating, Inc., of Hutchin-
son, which was 16 percent
under the engineer’s estimate.
Eight contractors submitted
bids on the project.
• The reclamation and over-
lay of CSAH 7 from County
Road 79 north to the Meeker
County line — $1.227 million
from Duininck, Inc., of Prins-
burg, which was 31 percent
under the engineer’s estimate.
Four firms submitted bids on
the project.
• CSAH 2 from Gehlen Av-
enue in Silver Lake to about
⁄2 miles south of the city. The
lowest bid was from Hoffman
Concrete, Inc., of Mankato, in
the amount of $421,137
which, although it was the
lowest of four bids received,
was 25 percent over the engi-
neer’s estimate.
“It’s a shorter piece of work,
but we were hoping we’d get a
little better bid on it,” said
Brunkhorst. The good news,
he said, is that Hoffman Con-
crete is a sub-contractor for
R&R Excavating, Inc., which
is doing the rest CSAH 2 work
in Silver Lake, so coordination
should be easy.
• CSAH 78 and CSAH 23 in
Lester Prairie at a total cost of
$1.87 million to William
Mueller & Sons of Hamburg.
The county’s share of the proj-
ect is about $1.42 million.
There were eight firms that bid
on the project, and Mueller &
Sons’ bid was about 15 percent
under the engineer’s estimate.
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Notice is hereby given that the Sil-
ver Lake city council will meet at 7:00
p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013, at the
Silver Lake Auditorium, to consider,
and possibly adopt, the proposed as-
sessment for the Grove Avenue
(CSAH 2) Improvement Project,
which includes improvements on the
following streets:
• Grove Avenue (CSAH 2) from
Gehlen Drive to TH 7
by construction of water main,
storm sewer, concrete curb and gutter,
aggregate base, concrete surfacing,
concrete sidewalks, turf restoration,
and miscellaneous items required to
properly complete the improvements.
Adoption by the council of the pro-
posed assessment may occur at the
hearing. The area proposed to be as-
sessed for such improvements in-
cludes properties abutting such
Such assessment is proposed to be
payable in equal annual installments
extending over a period of 15 years,
the first of the installments to be
payable on or before the first Monday
in January 2014, and will bear interest
at a rate of 4.00 percent per annum
from the date of the adoption of the as-
sessment resolution. To the first in-
stallment shall be added interest on the
entire assessment from the date of the
assessment resolution until December
31, 2014. To each subsequent install-
ment when due shall be added interest
for one year on all unpaid install-
You may at any time prior to certi-
fication of the assessment to the
county auditor, pay the entire assess-
ment on such property to the city
clerk. No interest shall be charged if
the entire assessment is paid within 30
days from the adoption of this assess-
ment. You may at any time thereafter,
pay to the city administrator the entire
amount of the assessment remaining
unpaid, with interest accrued to De-
cember 31 of the year in which such
payment is made. Such payment must
be made before November 15 or inter-
est will be charged through December
31 of the succeeding year. If you de-
cide not to prepay the assessment be-
fore the date given above the rate of
interest that will apply is 4.00 percent
per year. The right to partially prepay
the assessment is available.
The proposed assessment roll is on
file for public inspection at the city
clerk’s office. The total amount of the
proposed assessment is $247,423.18.
Written or oral objections will be con-
sidered at the meeting. No appeal may
be taken as to the amount of an assess-
ment unless a written objection signed
by the affected property owner is filed
with the city clerk prior to the assess-
ment hearing or presented to the pre-
siding officer at the hearing. The
council may upon such notice con-
sider any objection to the amount of a
proposed individual assessment at an
adjourned meeting upon such further
notice to the affected property owners
as it deems advisable.
Under Minn. Stat. §§435.193 to
435.195, the council may, in its discre-
tion, defer the payment of this special
assessment for any homestead prop-
erty owned by a person 65 years of
age or older for whom it would be a
hardship to make the payments. When
deferment of the special assessment
has been granted and is terminated for
any reason provided in that law, all
amounts accumulated plus applicable
interest become due. Any assessed
property owner meeting the require-
ments of this law and the policy
adopted under it may, within 30 days
of the confirmation of the assessment,
apply to the city administrator for the
prescribed form for such deferral of
payment of this special assessment on
their property.
If an assessment is contested or
there is an adjourned hearing, the fol-
lowing procedure will be followed:
The city will present its case first
by calling witnesses who may testify
by narrative or by examination, and by
the introduction of exhibits. After each
witness has testified, the contesting
party will be allowed to ask questions.
This procedure will be repeated with
each witness until neither side has fur-
ther questions.
After the city has presented all its
evidence, the objector may call wit-
nesses or present such testimony as the
objector desires. The same procedure
for questioning of the city’s witnesses
will be followed with the objector’s
The objector may be represented by
Minnesota rules of evidence will
not be strictly applied; however, they
may be considered and argued to the
council as to the weight of items of ev-
idence or testimony presented to the
The entire proceeding will be tape-
recorded (video-taped).
At the close of presentation of evi-
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presentation to the council based on
the evidence and the law. No new ev-
idence may be presented at this point.
The council may adopt the pro-
posed assessment at the hearing.
An owner may appeal an assess-
ment to district court pursuant to
Minn. Stat. § 429.081 by serving no-
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city administrator of the city within 30
days after the adoption of the assess-
ment and filing such notice with the
district court within ten days after
service upon the mayor or clerk.
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YOU ARE HEREBY notified that
the regular meeting of the McLeod
County Planning Commission has
been scheduled on Wednesday, the
day of April 2013 at 9:30 A.M. in
the County Board Room on the lower
level of the Courthouse at 830 11
Street East in Glencoe, Minnesota.
MEETING is to consider the follow-
ing application located in the County
of McLeod and filed with the County
Zoning Administrator. All requests
are subject to modification during the
hearing process.
filed by McLeod County Highway
Department for a Highway Mainte-
nance Building for vehicle storage,
stockpiling of salt, sand, gravel and re-
cycled bituminous stockpile storage
within the Agricultural District on ap-
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36, Twp. 117-028 (Hale.)
THIS HEARING will be held by
the McLeod County Planning Com-
mission at which time you may appear
if you desire, either in person or by
agent or attorney, in opposition to or
support of the proposed Conditional
Use. Thereafter, the McLeod County
Planning Commission shall forward
its recommendations to the County
Board of Commissioners. If you de-
sire to appeal the Planning Commis-
sion’s recommendations, you may
take your request to the County Board
which has the final authority to act on
the findings of the Planning Commis-
Larry Gasow
McLeod County Zoning Adm.
(Published in the Silver Lake
Leader April 11, 2013)
Notice of Hearing
that a meeting of the McLeod County
Board of Adjustments will be held
on Thursday, the 25
day of April
2013 at 9:00 A.M. in the County
Board Room on the lower level of the
Courthouse at 830 11
Street East in
Glencoe, Minnesota.
MEETING is to consider the follow-
ing application located in the County
of McLeod and filed with the County
Zoning Asst. Adm. All requests are
subject to modification during the
hearing process.
1. A Variance application by Dale
Jaskowiak requesting reduce the re-
quired front yard setback of 100’ to
85’ from a township road to construct
a new dwelling.
said request is located is described as
follows: 40 AC of the NE ¼ of the SE
¼, Section 5, Twp 117-029 (Hale.)
THIS HEARING will be held by
the McLeod County Board of Adjust-
ments at which time you may appear
in opposition to or support of the pro-
posed applications.
Marc Telecky,
McLeod Co. Asst. Zoning Adm.
(Published in the Silver Lake
Leader April 11, 2013)
Lake School Board
School Board Proceedings
ISD #2859
Glencoe-Silver Lake, Minnesota
March 11, 2013
The School Board of Independent
School District #2859 met in regular
session on March 11, 2013 at 7:00
p.m. in the Lincoln Meeting Room
(Room 124). Board Chair Christian-
son called the meeting to order. Mem-
bers present: Alsleben, VonBerge,
Kuester, Christianson, and Twiss. Di-
rector Lindeman arrived a few min-
utes after the start of the meeting. In
addition, Superintendent Sonju; Busi-
ness Manager Sander; Principals But-
ler, Wang, and Sparby; FFA
Advisor/Ag Teacher Becky Haddad;
One Act Play Director/English
Teacher Patrick Hiltner; students who
participated in One Act Play; parents
of students in One Act Play and other
parents; Student Government/Student
Activities Representatives Erin
Nowak and Samantha Iverson; Greg
Rohlander; students from the 9th
grade Civics class; Junior High Coun-
selor Joe Morcomb; Technology Di-
rector Jenson; and Superintendent’s
Secretary Peterson were in attendance.
The Pledge of Allegiance was re-
Announcements, Acknowledge-
ments, and Reports: Announced the
next regular School Board meeting
will be on April 8th at 7:00 p.m. at
GSL Lakeside Elementary School in
Silver Lake; students who participated
in One Act Play were acknowledged
by Superintendent Sonju and he pre-
sented certificates of achievement to
them; One Act Director Hiltner was
also recognized; FFA Advisor Becky
Haddad gave a presentation about the
Junior High FFA Community Garden
project; Principals Sparby, Butler, and
Wang reported to the Board (Principal
Sparby left the meeting after his pres-
entation to attend a Junior High Band
Concert); Student Government/Stu-
dent Activities representatives Nowak
and Iverson reported to the Board;
Business Manager Sander reported to
the School Board; Superintendent
Sonju reported to the Board; and a
Committee report was given by Board
Chair Christianson. No action taken.
1. Public Input: None
2. Alsleben/Kuester to approve the
agenda with the addendum of a tech-
nology agreement added to Item B. (6-
3. Twiss/Lindeman to approve the
consent agenda with the addendum of
extracurricular activities: February
bills; regular Board meeting minutes
of February 11, 2013; the leave re-
quests of Julie Mallak, 6.5-hour-a-day
Paraprofessional in the Special Educa-
tion Program at GSL Lakeside Ele-
mentary School, for Family Medical
Leave without pay from February 18
through March 29, 2013; Jaime Ross-
miller, Band Teacher at GSL Lakeside
Elementary School, for FMLA Leave
from on or around May 1 through the
end of the school year; the resigna-
tions of Nandini Kraemer, 6.75-hour-
a-day Paraprofessional in the ESL
Program at the Lincoln Junior
High/GSL High School Campus, ef-
fective February 22, 2013, Annette
Thomas, 6.5-hour-a-day Paraprofes-
sional in the Special Education Pro-
gram at GSL Lakeside Elementary
School, effective February 27, 2013;
Sue Magnuson as C Team Softball
Coach; Lisa Eischens as Junior High
Track Coach; Cullen Ober as Head
Girls’ Basketball Coach; extracurricu-
lar assignments of Dave Prehn as C
Team Softball Coach (replaces Sue
Magnuson who resigned); Kevin Pe-
ters as Junior High Track Coach (re-
places Lisa Eischens who resigned)
4. Alsleben/VonBerge to approve
hiring two new 6.5-hour-a-day Para-
professionals in the Special Education
Program at GSL Lakeside Elementary
School due to requirements in student
IEPs (6-0).
5. Twiss/Kuester to contract with
SW/WC Service Cooperative for the
services as listed for the 2013-2014
school year: Service Cooperative
Membership Dues – $0; Cooperative
Purchasing – $0; Health & Safety
Management Assistance – $1,976.56;
Regional Management Information
Center – $24,179.10; Special Educa-
tion Services – $269,305.76; Technol-
ogy – $23,400.00 (6-0).
6. Director Twiss left the meeting at
8:02 p.m. to attend the Junior High
Band Concert.
7. Alsleben/Kuester to enter into an
agreement with North Dakota State
University to provide student teaching
opportunities for NDSU students en-
rolled in the professional education
program for the academic year 2012-
2013 (5-0).
8. Lindeman/VonBerge to revise
the 2013-2014 school calendar as rec-
ommended by Meet and Confer (5-0).
9. Christianson/Kuester to approve
the 2014-2015 school calendar as rec-
ommended by Meet and Confer (5-0).
10. Alsleben/Lindeman to accept
the donations from the following
groups and/or individuals with appre-
ciation: State Farm Insurance, Plato
American Legion Post #641, Panther
Boosters, Navigator Financial, Con-
servation Partners of America, Taylor
Lepel Memorial Fund, New Auburn
Fire Department, Midwest Industrial
Tool Grinding, Silver Lake Lions
Club, New Auburn VFW Post #7266,
Shopko, Southwest Initiative Founda-
tion, Pizza Ranch (5-0).
11. Director Alsleben acknowl-
edged sports reporter Lee Ostrom
from the McLeod County Chronicle,
who will be retiring at the end of this
month, and thanked Lee for his cover-
age of GSL sports over the years.
12. Lindeman/Alsleben to adjourn
at 8:18 p.m. (5-0).
13. Complete minutes and all doc-
uments relating to this meeting are on
file and available for review at the Su-
perintendent’s Office, 1621 East 16th
Street, Glencoe.
Glencoe-Silver Lake
School District #2859
By: Anne Twiss, Board Clerk
These minutes are unofficial until
approved by School Board action.
(Published in the Silver Lake
Leader April 11, 2013)
Legal Notices
County Board OKs road funding resolution
Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, April 11, 2013 — Page 7
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Megan Kaczmarek and
Cody Smith, both of
Portsmouth, Va., announce
their engagement and plans to
marry June 21 at Virginia
Beach, Va.
Parents of the couple are
Frank and Lori Kaczmarek of
Silver Lake and David and
Janel Smith of Surgoinsville,
Kaczmarek is a 2006 gradu-
ate of Glencoe-Silver Lake
High School and a 2010 grad-
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Cody Smith
Megan Kaczmarek
The week started off very active as a series of storms
took aim at the upper Midwest. We’re stuck in a fairly typ-
ical spring-like pattern with temperatures moving up and
down and storms moving quickly through the area.
By the time you read this, a couple more storms should
have hit the area, dropping more rain and maybe even some
accumulating snow. I’m not going to talk too much about
it since it will be in the past, but we typically see a couple
inches of snow every April, so it’s not all that surprising
(just depressing).
The end of the week will be much cooler than normal as
we get a short lull between storms.
The high Friday will be in the general neighborhood of
40, which is about 15 degrees below where we should be.
Temperatures slowly rebound for the weekend with the
high inching up to possibly the lower 50s by Sunday.
Another storm will pass by the area late Saturday into
Sunday, so we may have to look out for some more rain in
that time frame.
Taking a peek at the extended shows temperatures hold-
ing early next week with yet another storm targeting the
area by midweek.
Ma dobry weekendem Mit dobry vikend
Wednesday night — Lows 24-30; snow showers.
Thursday — Highs 30-37; lows 17-23; snow shower
Friday — Highs 35-42; lows 22-28; partly cloudy.
Saturday — Highs 40-46; lows 32-38; partly cloudy/rain
Sunday — Highs 46-53; rain early/clouds.
Weather Quiz:
Answer to last week’s question: The short answer is no.
The ground is still frozen when the snow melts so most of
it runs off into rivers and lakes and doesn’t make it into the
soil. All of this additional rain is certainly helping out,
Remember: I make the forecast, not the weather!
Weather Corner
By Jake Yurek
The Glencoe-Silver Lake
Panther Art Prowl will be held
Thursday, April 11, from 5:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the high
school gymnasium, cafeteria
and auditorium.
The Panther Art Prowl fea-
tures art work by GSL stu-
dents in kindergarten through
12th grade.
Panther Art Prowl set
April 11 at high school
Submitted photo
Predators’ debut robotics
The Predators, Glencoe-Silver Lake’s first-year robot-
ics team, competed March 28-30 at the University of
Minnesota-Mariucci Arena. There were about 60 teams
competing at the Mariucci Arena and another 60 or
more teams competing at the Williams Arena. Thurs-
day was a day of practice rounds for the teams. Quali-
fying rounds began on Friday and went through
Saturday morning. GSL was one of six rookie teams
this year and placed 41st out of 60. Predators team
members are front row, from left, Jordan Bergemann,
Kurtis Kunkel, Danielle Mathews, Richard Smith,
Randy Johnson, Cheryl Templin and Tim Johnson.
Second row, Sloan Becker, Gustavo Villalobos, Saman-
tha Johnson, Ethan Wolff, Maddie Kuehn, Mike Sund-
blad and Brad Seevers. In the back row, Mike Coughlin,
Chandler Swift, Joe Fehrenbach, Shawn Seevers,
Parker Kerslake, Ismael Calderon and Gabe Schweik-
ert. “This was a great learning experience and the
Predators will be back again next year,” said Templin.
Students in grades nine through 12 make up the team
and would like to have more students join the team.
“This was a very fun event to watch,” Templin said.
“Seeing the creativity of students from all over was
very rewarding.”
Music in the Park June 20;
prize donations are sought
Grace Bible Church of Sil-
ver Lake will host a special
Outdoor Club meeting on
Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m., at
the church. This informal get-
together is titled “How to Tie
Flies” and will be led by vet-
eran fly-tiers Al Teubert and
Eric Nelson.
This Outdoor Club get-to-
gether will last about an hour
and includes a brief devotional
time, actual hands-on experi-
ence, and time for input and
questions from those who at-
Other upcoming Outdoor
Club meetings in future
months include: “Planning a
Boundary Waters Canoe Trip”
and “Bow Hunting.” Anyone
any age is invited to attend,
and there is no charge. The
church is located in Silver
Lake at 300 Cleveland St.,
next to the city water tower.
Outdoor Club set April 14
at Grace Bible Church
The Silver Lake Knights of
Columbus Council No. 1841
will hold a paper drive on Fri-
day and Saturday, April 12-13,
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-
board. Cardboard should be
kept separate from papers. No
plastic please.
Profits will go to Silver
Lake swimming pool opera-
tions and Silver Lake Summer
Youth Recreation.
For information or help
hauling papers, please call Ray
Bandas at 320-327-3115.
Paper drive set
for April 12-13
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