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The McLeod County
Creekside concept plan runs into roadblocks
By Rich Glennie Editor The Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission Monday afternoon received a brief update of the concept proposal to turn the Creekside subdivision near Miller Manufacturing into an affordable housing subdivision. City Administrator Mark Larson said initial research, however, indicated that the tax increment financing (TIF) request by Hutchinson developer Gus Wurdell may not be available for this project, because Wurdell is not the initial developer of the subdivision. Planning Commission members Ron Knop and Dewey Klaustermeier both said they heard from residents not to allow the development to happen. “The feedback I received was to not let this go foward,” Knop said. “There is no need for another trailer park. People don’t see a need for it.” Klaustermeier said he has heard the similar comments, and critics point to “still plenty of openings at Haukos (trailer park).” “Glencoe has enough affordable housing,” Knop added. Creekside was the first 100 percent developerpaid project, Larson said, although once the utilities, streets and playground were constructed, they were turned over to the city to maintain. Whether there is enough affordable housing, Larson said, “is a tough thing to answer. It depends on who you talk to.” Larson said the type of affordable housing Wurdell has indicated “could compliment (nearby) Miller Manufacturing and its pay rates.” Wurdell has proposed to bring in 65 single-family manufactured homes to Creekside. They would be newer three-, four- and five-bedroom homes placed on perimter footings and engineered slabs. Larson said there are not a lot of foreclosed homes in Glencoe right now, or houses for sale. Klaustermeier suggested someone do a housing study to find out the facts. Often a developer must do such a study to secure financing for a project, Larson said. Larson also said Wurdell has asked to use the city
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www.glencoenews.com • Wednesday, April 17, 2013 • Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 116 No. 16
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Being state champions has a nice ring to it, and members of the GSL Knowledge Bowl team had an opportunity to revel in the accomplishment Monday when a pep rally was held on their behalf. The team won the state Class A Knowledge Bowl title last weekend at Brainerd, the sec-
ond such title for GSL since 2007. Team members included, from left, Coach Vicky Harris, Chandler Swift, Ethan Bass, Joe Fehrenbach, Patrick Fehrenbach, Mark Broderius and assistant coach Clare Nolan.
State champions
The Glencoe-Silver Lake Knowledge Bowl team of Joe and Patrick Fehrenbach, Chandler Swift, Ethan Bass and Mark Broderius, captured the state Class A Knowledge Bowl title at Cragon’s Resort in Brainerd. The victory came despite the inclement weather, according to GSL Coach Vicky Harris. “As you all know, the weather on April 11-12 was not much like spring! But this was when the Knowledge Bowl State meet was scheduled,” Harris said. On Wednesday, the state coordinator decided the meet was still on, and suggested that teams come a day early. So Wednesday night at 7 o’clock, the team left the GSL area to head up to Brainerd, Harris said. GSL’s competition in Class A would include 22 teams from all around the state, both public and private, including Aitkin, Albany, Bagley, Blue Earth Area, Chatfield, Cook County, Crookston, Fillmore Central, Hillcrest Academy, International Falls, Lake of the Woods, Minnesota Valley Lutheran, Morris, Mountain Lake, Murray County Central, Park Christian, Pelican Rapids, St. John's Prep, St. Peter, Virginia, Wadena-Deer Creek,
GSL Knowledge Bowl team wins Class A title
and Win-E-Mac. (Duluth Marshall was also scheduled to compete, but did not make it because of the weather.) GSL had “qualified for state by winning Region 6 competition, but all of these schools had also placed high in their regions, so there really was almost no way to predict how we would do,” Harris said. “We felt that we were a strong team, and that we should be able to finish near the top if things went well, but we could
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Area legislators update taxes, business issues
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Area state legislators outlined two main goals at a “town hall” meeting in Hutchinson Saturday morning — reining in any attempts to raise or create new taxes, and to make Minnesota a business-friendly state. State Reps. Glenn Gruenhagen, Glencoe, and Dean Urdahl, Grove City, and state Sen. Scott Newman, Hutchinson, all Republicans, hosted the meeting. Staving off tax increases will be tough, the three contend, with the DFL controlling both chambers and a DFL governor. “It looks like there will be an increase in taxes,” said Urdahl, although Gov. Dayton has backed off on some of his proposals. When the Republican party controlled the Legislature, the economy grew at 3 percent, said Urdahl, by a reduction in regulations that helped businesses. Nor did the Republicanled Legislature increase any taxes. Urdahl said revenue for the state coffers will continue to increase — by at least $1 billion — “even if we do nothing” as far as increasing taxes. Gruenhagen stressed his desire for eliminating “waste, fraud, abuse and duplication” in government before raising taxes, which he contends will free up more revenue for the state. “If we could just rein in government spending, we could pull ourselves out of that (a state deficit),” said Gruenhagen. But reining in spending could be hard because of Minnesota’s process of funding agencies and departments through omnibus bills. Gruenhagen likened omnibus bills to “fruit baskets,” with “all kinds of stuff” thrown in them. Newman said it makes it difficult for legislators, because they may agree with some items in an omnibus bill, but disagree with others. For example, Newman said, he feels that adequate funding for public safety agencies is very important. However, the current public safety omnibus bill contains a provision that would give judges a 4 percent salary
Chronicle photo by Lori Copler
District 18 state legislators hosted a “town hall” meeting Saturday in Hutchinson to update constituents on happenings at the Capitol and to invite questions and comments. From
left to right are state Sen. Scott Newman, state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen and state Rep. Dean Urdahl.
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Weather
Wed., 4-17 H: 41º, L: 34º Thur., 4-18 H: 37º, L: 31º Fri., 4-19 H: 39º, L: 27º Sat., 4-20 H: 44º, L: 35º Sun., 4-21 H: 50º, L: 33º
Looking back: Surprise, 11.6 inches of snow and .76 inch of rain last week! Where’s spring? Date Hi Lo Rain April 9 39 ......30 ..........0.36 April 10 34 ......28 ........0.06* April 11 34 ......27 ..........Tr.*
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* Snow. 7.8 on 4/11; 2.2 on 4/13.Temperatures and precipitation compiled by Robert Thurn, Chronicle weather observer.
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Happenings
Kids Against Hunger event
All Thrivent members are reminded to “Join Hands” and package meals for Kids Against Hunger on Wednesday, May 1. Two shifts are available — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — at Cactus Jacks II in Stewart. Participants form an assembly line packaging a meal of rice/dried vegetables casserole. “This is a fun, easy and very rewarding experience!” said Cindy Eggersgluess of the McLeod Chapter of Thrivent Financial For Lutherans. Participants also are asked to bring an item to donate to the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf. For more information, contact 320-238-2148.
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April snows
It is not unusual to get April snows, but last week’s snowstorm that dumped 11.6 inches of wet, heavy “heart-attack” snow on the area, crushed any hopes that spring was right around the corner. Added to the snow was another .76 of an inch of rain. Above, three sizes of snowplows worked the city parking lot on 10th Street and Greeley Avenue on Thursday morning, while vehicles, at right, navigated as best they could on Hennepin Avenue.
‘12 Angry Jurors’ set May 10-12
The Buffalo Lake-Hector/Stewart (BLHS) Theater Department will present one of America’s best courtroom dramas, “12 Angry Jurors,” at the Place Theater in downtown Hector on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, May 12, at 2 p.m. A young man’s life hangs in the balance, and the jury seems to think that the case is an open-and-shut one; all but one, that is. It takes a great deal of courage to stand alone. Tickets are sold at the door. For more information, call Matthew Pursi at 320-848-2233, extension 322.
Lake Marion group to meet
The Lake Marion Improvement Association will meet Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the Brownton Rod and Gun Club located on the south bay of the lake (County Road 87) off Highway 15. All friends of the lake are invited to attend. Meetings are April 18, June 20 and Aug. 15. For information, call 320-328-9911.
Hutch bank robber gets 71 months
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Eric Andrew Ebbers, accused of robbing Citizens Bank & Trust in Hutchinson on July 17, 2012, has been sentenced to 71 months in prison and ordered to pay $17,121 to three banks he allegedly robbed, including Citizens in Hutchinson. Ebbers had pleaded guilty to one felony count of bank robbery in relation to the thefts. He is serving his sentence in a Wisconsin prison. A federal court judge ordered Ebbers to make restitution to Alliance Bank in Lake City in the amount of $8,100; to Key Bank, Gresham, Ore., in the amount of $3,251; and to Citizens Bank & Trust in Hutchinson in the amount of $5,770. Along with his prison sentence, Ebbers will be allowed to participate in a 500-hour comprehensive drug treatment program offered by the Bureau of Prisons, if he is eligible. A judge sentenced Ebbers in February. His accused accomplice, Erica Lea Reeves, was set to be sentenced Tuesday, April 16, in federal court. Reeves, Ebbers’ supposed girlfriend, was charged with driving a car that led local law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase in McLeod County on the day of the Hutchinson robbery. After the car was successfully stopped just south of Hutchinson, Ebbers escaped into a corn field and eluded capture until the next day, when he was arrested northwest of Glencoe.
Health board meeting reset
The regularly scheduled quarterly meeting of the Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Board had to be rescheduled because of inclement weather. The rescheduled meeting is set for Thursday, April 25, at 9 a.m., in the large meeting room at the McLeod County Solid Waste Management Facility, 1065 Fifth Ave. SE, Hutchinson. The meeting is open to the public.
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Salad luncheon set at St. Pius
The St. Pius X Council of Catholic Women (CCW) will host a spring luncheon, “A Walk in the Garden,” Thursday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the St. Pius X School gym and cafeteria. A variety of salads and desserts will be served, and attendees will receive a takehome party favor. Take-outs are available for delivery by calling 320-864-5162.
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Plato garage sales April 19-20
The Plato garage sales days will be held Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, at many locations throughout Plato. Watch for the balloons.
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Host Civil War presentation
Orchard Estates, an independent senior community at Glencoe Regional Health Services, is hosting a presentation on the Civil War at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 23. The Rev. Mark Ford, Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake, is the presenter. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so call to reserve your spot, at 320-864-7798.
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With the slick, slippery, wintery weather conditions, police were called to several reports of vehicles in the ditch and involved in accidents on Tuesday, April 9. One was reported at 10:20 a.m. at Morningside Avenue and Highway 212. No one was injured, but the side airbag deployed. The driver refused an ambulance transport. Police assisted sheriff’s deputies and a state trooper at a scene of a two-vehicle accident — a semi vs. a van — at 11:13 a.m. on Highway 22, north of Glencoe, near the Neubarth Landscaping business. Police were called to the 1100 block of 10th Street at 12:42 p.m., Tuesday, for a third-grade student having a seizure. The student was taken to Glencoe Regional Health Services by ambulance. A property damage report was received at 2:12 p.m. at a residence on 13th Street West. On Thursday, during another winter storm, Glencoe Police assisted the county at two reports of vehicles in the ditch. The first was at Babcock Avenue and 80th Street at 7:36 a.m. and another at Morningside Drive and Highway 212 at 7:41 a.m. Police also investigated a twovehicle accident at 1:39 p.m., Thursday, at 10th Street and DeSoto Avenue. No other details were made available. Police were called to two medical emergencies on Saturday. The first occurred at 1:41 p.m. at a residence on 13th Street. An 87-yearold man passed out and was transported to the hospital. The other occurred at 4:32 p.m. at the residence on Basswood Street and involved a possible stroke. The patient was transported by ambulance to Glencoe Regional Health Services.
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GRHS spring luncheon set
The Glencoe Historic Preservation Society (GHPS) is hosting a “come-’n-go” spring luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 19, in the senior room at the Glencoe City Center. Tickets are available at the door or from a GHPS member. Local citizens will be displaying their vintage and other collectables in the east entrance of the City Center. Call Gloria at 864-4174 or Ruth at 864-5209 for more information.
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St. John’s sales April 19-20
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Plato, in conjunction with Plato’s citywide garage sales, will be hosting a garage sale/bake sale/hot dog lunch on Friday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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The Glencoe Senior Citizens group will meet at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18, at the senior room in the Glencoe City Center. The group will play 500 and Sheephead, and all area senior citizens are invited to attend. The club also will meet at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23.
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Garden plots now available
The Glencoe community garden project organizers are again leasing plots on the 14th Street site across from Kestral Apartments near Panther Heights. The available plots are 10-by-10 feet, 10-by-15 feet and 10-by-20 feet in size. For information, call 612-308-1503.
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Hector man killed in crash
RENVILLE COUNTY — The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Cody Kirgiss, 22, of Hector, was killed in a three-vehicle crash about 7 p.m., Saturday, April 6, on Highway 212 near Olivia. According to the State Patrol report Kirgiss was westbound on Highway 212 in a 2001 Chevrolet Venure. Olivia Police were checking on a driving complaint north of Highway 212, when they spotted Kirgiss in the suspect vehicle and began a pursuit. Kirgiss’ vehicle struck the rear of a parked Renville County squad car with its lights on in the eastbound lanes of Highway 212. The Kirgiss vehicle continued to travel westbound on Highway 212, crossed the center line and struck the squad car head-on. The squad car was pushed into a parked 1993 Ford F150, which was on the shoulder of the highway. Kirgiss sustained severe head trauma, the State Patrol, reported and was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, where he died. The driver of the parked pickup, Wallace Lundquist, 64, of Blomkest, was not injured, nor was sheriff ’s deputy. Also at the scene were the Sacred Heart Police Department, Renville Police Department, Olivia Fire Department and other medical personnel.
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The following building permits were approved by the Glencoe City Council on Monday, April 15: Brenda Latourelle, 1422 Ives Ave., reroof. Wendy Klaustermeier, 415 E. 15th St., reroof. Harvey Mikolichek, 1205 E. 13th St., reroof. Brian Kocina, 1629 E. 16th St., reside. Ken Custer, 710 E. 10th St., reroof. Travis Trnka, 1003 E. 15th St., reroof. Mertle Mathews, 109 E. 7th St., reroof. Fannie Mae, 508 Abby Lane, reroof. Dennis McTighe, 719 E. 5th St., plumbing permit.
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Erlandson among finalists for Fox 9’s Top Teacher for 2013
Randi Erlandson, music teacher at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, is one of Fox 9’s 2013 Top Teacher finalist nominees. Erlandson is one of five total finalists and will be part of a public voting campaign starting this Monday, running over the course of one week. One winner from this group of finalists will be part of this years’ FOX 9 Top Teacher winners. The winning school will appear on FOX 9 and receive a Subway sandwich party for 100 people along with $900 from Royal Credit Union. The winning teacher will be presented with a Top Teacher Crystal Apple Award. FOX 9 will honor the winning teacher and the school in its newscast along with a Top Teacher winners commercial starting in May and airing through the summer months How the voting works: • Voting begins for the five finalists on Monday, April 15, and concludes at midnight on Sunday, April 22. • Voters can cast their choice on the FOX 9 Facebook page at facebook.com/ fox9kmsp. • Voters can only vote once. • Schools are encouraged to participate in the voting process and support their teacher. • The selected winning teacher in this voting campaign will be the teacher finalist with the most votes at the end of the voting period.
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Science Fair winners
Glencoe-Silver Lake sent a number of students to the state Science Fair recently and five came away with medals and awards. In the front, from left, are Roxanne Stensvad, GSL Science Fair adviser, Danielle Mathews, Alexandra Stensvad and Mercy Rakow. In the back are Mark Broderius and Shawn Seevers. Broderius, a sophomore, Mathews, a junior, and Alexandra Stensvad, a senior, all earned trips to upcoming international science and engineering events. Rakow, a senior, is an alternate.
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Council approves $54,000 study
By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe City Council on Monday night approved a $54,000 feasibility study of its wastewater treatment plant in order to address Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) mandates, in particular for the removal of phosphorus from the plant’s effluence into Buffalo Creek. Gary Schreifels, public works director for the water and wastewater departments, said the feasibility study also will look at possible upgrades to other parts of the facility. Then it will be up to City Council to determine the scope of the project once the study is completed, probably in November and December, he added. Schreifels said the feasibility study is the first step of a five-year program that will result in the reduction of the phosphorus going into Buffalo Creek. The plan will be submitted to the MPCA by the end of this year, Schreifels said. The plans and specifications for a project will be completed in 2015 and construction of a project will begin in 2016 in order to comply with MPCA rules by 2017. The cost of the future project will be determined by City Council. Mayor Randy Wilson asked if there will be more MPCA mandates in the coming years. Schreifels replied that is likely, continuing with more phosphorus removal until it is all removed from state treatment plants. He said other chemicals and byproducts also will be mandated for removal in the future. The phosphorus mandate involves waters that lead to Lake Pepin, and those waterways include Buffalo Creek and Crow River, which drain into the Minnesota River, which empties into the Mississippi River, which leads to Lake Pepin near Red Wing. The MPCA has identified point sources along those rivers and mandated reductions in phosphorus levels into those rivers. But Schreifels noted unidentified point sources, like fertilizer from farm fields, also contribute to the phosphorus problem, but are not under the same mandates. The feasibility study was awarded to Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Schreifels said, because the engineering firm has been the city’s consultant for years and knows the treatment plant well. No other bids were sought. Schreifels said the funds for the feasibility study are in the wastewater budget for this year, and if a project is determined, there may be grant money available for the phosphorus removal work. In other matters, City Council: • Approved a new one-sort recycling contract with Waste Management after making some final adjustments to the proposed contract. The vote was 4-1, with Council member Kevin Dietz voting no. Dietz asked about the county’s $50,000 recycling study and whether that study has looked at the “onestream” recycling option. City Administrator Mark Larson said there has not been any recent contact with the county over the recycling study. • Approved a variance request by Ray Howell, 2004 E. 12th St., to build a garage larger than allowed by ordinance. • Approved the donation of the city’s corn steamer to Sibley County under the stipulation the city can borrow it back when needed for its annual Glencoe Days corn feed. Mike Drew, public works director for streets and parks, said the corn steamer was originally purchased in the 1950s to help open frozen storm sewers. Now it is mainly used for Glencoe Days to steam the corn for the free corn feed each year. The steamer also is loaned to communities like Brownton and Hutchinson for special events as well as to Sibley County during its county fair. Drew said a boiler’s license is needed to operate the steamer, and there is continual maintenance on the equipment. The steamer also needs to be hauled by truck. Drew said the Glencoe Days committee was contacted about taking over the steamer, but declined because it did not have the trained personnel. Joy Cohrs, a Sibley County commissioner and fair board member, was contacted and agreed to take over the maintenance and operations of the corn steamer.
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Congratulations to another state champion — Knowledge Bowl
Our view: GSL students continue to excel at whatever they put their minds to accomplish
he Glencoe-Silver Lake School District and its students continue to excel at whatever they try. The latest accomplishment is another state championship in Class A Knowledge Bowl competition. GSL’s Knowledge Bowl team of Joe Fehrenbach, a senior; Ethan Bass, a junior; and sophomores Mark Broderius, Patrick Fehrenbach and Chandler Swift captured the Class A state title with 115 points, eight better than St. John’s Prep. The GSL squad is coached by Vicky Harris. Congratulations to all involved. The victory, the second state title for the GSL Knowledge Bowl program, comes on the heels of musical performances from the GSL Choir, the GSL Jazz Band and Band-ORama on Sunday afternoon. There have been recent spelling bees and geography bees; GSL students excel at science fair competitions and advanced another group to national events; and a large number
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of students, who displayed their talents in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) competition also will show their talents on a national stage this spring. Also toss in talented students acting and singing in the upcoming spring play. The list goes on with the new robotics as well as supermileage engineering programs and, well, you get the idea — GSL students are involved, learning and learning well. While people often bemoan the current state of education, there is a lot going on inside and outside the classrooms, and it is not just in sports. Students, parents, administrators and teachers can be proud of the many achievements at GSL this school and in school years past. GSL indeed has a lot of things going for it for those willing to try. As GSL Superintendent Chris Sonju often says, “GSL has the best kids in the world.” We agree. — R.G.
Low expectations often don’t disappoint
By the time you read this, last Thursday’s snowstorm should be a distant memory. Should be. To us grizzled old Minnesotans, especially a northern boy like me, our expectations for early springs were crushed in childhood. We have few expectations that spring will actually get here before May. It seldom did when I was a kid. In the International Falls area, the ice on Rainy Lake rarely was out before the first week in May. And anyone who jumped into Rainy Lake in mid-August, knew it didn’t warm up much before the first frost showed up a week or so later. Gardening was done in fast forward. Late spring thaws and early frosts shortened the growing season considerably. Potatoes were the sure-fire crop of choice. Spending the last 35 years in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa muted my negative expectations, because early springs were acI finally concluded that southern Minnesota has two extra weeks of spring and two extra weeks of fall than northern Minnesota. That may be a conservative guess at that. So when I see the frowns, and hear grumbling and mumbling around here as this spring is taking its sweet time in arriving, I just smirk. That’s a normal northern Minnesota spring. It makes me appreciate that Mother Nature does have a sense of humor; it is the great equalizer. We are now all in the “state of (northern) Minnesota.” The problem is, northern Minnesota still has snowbanks as high as a house. While we actually saw bare ground; they have not, and don’t expect to anytime soon. So I follow my own advice: If you keep your expectations low, generally you won’t be disappointed. It applies to the arrival of spring as well.
Letters to Editor Things still bright at GSL despite all the gloomy weather this spring
To the Editor: We are in the third full week of April and you would think it was February. While the weather certainly seems to dim our spirits, the activity and success at GSL makes things look much brighter. For starters, we have another state championship team at GSL. Our Knowledge Bowl team is the 2013 Class A state champion! What an amazing accomplishment and something we all can be very proud of. Congratulations to the entire team! Another positive for the school district is that FOX 9, KMSP TV, has announced its finalists for its Top Teacher Award and we are proud to have Randi Erlandson nominated this year. Mrs. Erlandson, who teaches high school music and choir, represents all of our wonderful staff at GSL as she goes for this award. You can cast your vote at facebook.com/fox9kmsp or on its website at www.myfoxtwin cities.com/. Best of luck, Mrs. Erlandson! Currently, many of our students across several grade levels are taking the MCA tests. It is our hope that the results will show the improvements our school has been making over the past several years. These tests results, along with several other factors, will show that we are continuing to improve our school. This never-ending improvement process at GSL is something that is always happening and a value that we teach our students daily. I am proud of the efforts that our staff and students have shown. GSL is a great school and is only getting better! Christopher D. Sonju Superintendent of Schools
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tually expected and actually happened. What a concept! I always envied my cousin who lived in Golden Valley when I was growing up. Whenever she visited, she often pointed out how the leaves were already in full bloom at home, while the buds were barely peaking out in the Falls. Flowers? Forget it until ... well, until the frost was out of the ground, whenever that was.
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Let’s focus on what binds us together
Editor’s note: This is a statement from the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association on guns and extreme gun violence. Minnesota’s sheriffs join our nation as we mourn the loss of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 2012. In the aftermath of that tragic day, much focus has been directed at issues pertaining to guns and efforts to keep our communities safer. While the debate stirs strong feelings across our nation, Minnesota’s sheriffs have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Minnesota. Furthermore, we have sworn to do this according to law and to the best of our ability. Millions of law-abiding Americans lawfully possess and use firearms daily for recreation and protection. We must not forget those most vulnerable and their ability to protect themselves from the miscreants and those focused on harming us. Furthermore, our discourse should not cast a shadow of doubt on these millions of law-abiding Americans. Firearms are inanimate objects that have no will of their own. However, they can be exploited by persons as instruments of violence. We must work tirelessly to see that those who show no respect for the sanctity of life are punished to the fullest abilities of the law. We also believe that the energy of this debate would be better focused on the issues that we agree upon. It is critical that we continue to work to keep firearms out of the hands of those who would use them to commit acts of violence against our citizens. We must increase our efforts to identify those individuals in advance and better use and improve the systems that we have in place now to prevent them from gaining access to firearms. The approach to this multi-faceted problem must be comprehensive in nature. In addition to the vigorous prosecution for those who break the law, we must also focus our efforts on strengthening the safety and security of our school facilities, providing better access to mental health treatment, and enhanced training and resources for those who may be targets of violence. (The mention of background check is noticeably absent.) Minnesota’s sheriffs also recognize that no attempt to prevent the violence that occurred at Sandy Hook will be complete unless we find a way to address the culture of violence that negatively impacts today’s youth. While these tasks may seem daunting, sheriffs stand ready for the challenge and the opportunity to address these issues. As Minnesota sheriffs, we remain focused on solutions, but we will not accept any concept that separates law-abiding citizens from their 2nd Amendment Rights without appropriate judicial due process. The authority of the Office of Sheriff is derived from the Minnesota Constitution; applicable statues and from those citizens who have entrusted us with our office. At a time when those who are governed have less trust in those who govern, it is important that we hold steadfast in our historic duties as sheriffs, and we focus our attention not on what divides us, but instead, what binds us together!
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Planning commission OKs request, sets public hearing
By Rich Glennie Editor Meeting in a rare afternoon session, the Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission granted a variance request, reviewed a special use permit and set a public hearing on another special use permit Monday at the Glencoe City Center. The variance request was made by Ray Howell, 2004 E. 12th St., to build a garage larger than allowed by ordinance. Howell asked to build a 32by-36-foot garage, which is 150 square feet larger than the 1,000-square-foot limit established in the ordinance. He also will be allowed to build his garage higher than the 15-foot limit of the ordinance, but not higher than 20 feet, the planning commissioners stated. Commissioner Lynn Exsted said the planning commission should revisit the size and height limitations, which were established in the early 1970s. She said the commission is receiving more requests for larger garages. “We’re allowing bigger and bigger; where do we stop?” Howell said his reason for the larger garage is to comply with the city’s winter parking ordinance and get his vehicles off the street. Exsted said that is one reason to re-examine the ordinance limits because the winter parking ordinance “is changing things.” People are now building three-stall rather than twostall garages. Commissioner Wes Olson said he had no problem with Howell’s request. But he did have a problem in limiting the height of the roof. As the garages get bigger and the height requirements remain the same, the roofs will need to be flatter, which kicks in other ordinance requirements. Commissioner Ron Knop agreed, and said he was willing to go higher than the 16 feet Howell requested. He said it also would better match the roof line of Howell’s two-story home. The commission recommended City Council approve Howell’s variance request and allow for the new garage roof to not exceed 20 feet in height. ***** The commission set a public hearing for 7:05 p.m., Thursday, May 9, on a special use permit request by William Weide to operate a rental duplex at 1201 E. 14th St., which is in a single-family residential (R-1) zone. It was noted the house has been used as a duplex for many years already. ***** Received an update on a special use permit by Glencoe Light & Power Commission for its new transmission line built last year that runs from Armstrong Avenue east to Diamond Avenue, following the Highway 212 easements. Dave Meyer, light plant manager, said the construction is complete and final checks are being done. The 115kV line will give Glencoe a second feed, Meyer said, and that will give customers a more reliable source of energy for the future. The other 115kV line comes from the west and from the Biscay substation. Once Xcel Energy completes its work from Waconia to the new Diamond Avenue substation, Meyer said that will complete a “loop feed” for the community and that “increases the reliability of electricity to the town.” The town also maintains the ability to generate its own electricity, which is another plus, he said. Meyer said Xcel is looking to complete its end of the transmission line work by the end of July. That reliability of electricity to the community is a good economic development tool in attracting new businesses and industries to Glencoe, Meyer added. The new transmission line project also will not impact customer rates, with no rate increases “in our sights for now,” Meyer said. The Light & Power Commission, with City Council approval, also refunded some older bonds and the result was a lowering of Light & Power’s overall debt service, Meyer said. “Our desire is to keep rates as low as we possibly can,” Meyer added. Planning Commissioner Greg Ettel noted the stable power rates are good for economic development efforts by the city. “Glencoe has a lot to offer any prospective business,” Meyer said, and having the radial feed and generation backup provides reliable electricity to any business or industry looking to relocate. In a related matter, City Council member Gary Ziemer asked Meyer about the Spruce Ridge methane-toelectricity program status and whether another engine is going to be built. “No hopes at this point,” Meyer said of the fourth engine. He said the amount of methane produced is stable, but not enough to justify that fourth generator. “I don’t see it in the immediate future,” he added, “but a lot depends on the waste stream at the landfill.” Commission Chairman Dewey Klaustermeier asked what percentage of city’s electricity comes from the Spruce Ridge plant. “It was 34 percent last year,” Meyer said. He said that is a feather in the city’s cap and a lot better than many other who “desire to be green.” Ettel asked if the city’s stable electric rates are cost-effective compared to other communities. “Our rates are pretty competitive,” Meyer said.
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Helps veterans fund
Members of Glencoe American Legion Post 95 presented $500 to McLeod County Veterans Service Officer Jim Lauer for the county’s veterans assistance fund.
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Taking part were, from left, Duane Haag, James Entinger, Al Gruenhagen, Lauer, Denny Wandrei, Dewey Klaustermeier and Roger Hilgers.
Scholarships
Glencoe American Legion Post 95 members Al Gruenhagen, left, and Denny Wandrei announced $2,500 in GSL scholarships this year. Accepting is Cheryl Templin. The five $500 scholarships go to GSL seniors attending two-year vocational schools.
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North wall restoration
The Glencoe American Legion Post 95 presented the city of Glencoe with $500 to go toward the restoration of the north outside wall of the Glencoe City Center. Accepting the donation is City Administrator Mark Larson, center. Presenting the donation are, from left, Duane Haag, Jim Entinger, Al Gruenhagen, Larson, Denny Wandrei, Dewey Klaustermeier and Roger Hilgers.
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NEW ULM — After eight years of planning and fundraising, the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm is set to begin construction on its new Pastoral Center with a 2 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, April 19 in New Ulm. “I am looking forward to this significant event in the history of the diocese,” said the Most Rev. John M. LeVoir, bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm. “The new building is a sign that the diocese is alive and looking to a future built on the principles of the New Evangelization.” The current Pastoral Center, located at 1400 Sixth St. North in New Ulm, was built in 1960 as the bishop’s residence and as an office building for a small number of diocesan officials. Today, the building houses over 20 diocesan offices, which assist Bishop LeVoir in ministering to the diocese’s 60,391 Catholics. The new Pastoral Center will be located at the corner of Fifth Street North and Highland Avenue, about 100 yards from the current center. At 28,320 square feet, the two-story structure (which includes a finished basement, will be slightly larger than the current Pastoral Center. It will have 30 offices, five conference rooms, three work rooms and a chapel. “The proposed Pastoral Center building is functional, but it is also a well-designed and beautiful building,” Bishop LeVoir said. “My hope is that those who look upon the building and enter the building will have their minds turned to God, the creator of beauty.” At the end of 2004, KOH Architects of Mankato conducted a facility conditions assessment of the current Pastoral Center. It found a number of problems, including corroded and leaking pipes, faulty electrical wiring and mold caused by condensation. Later estimates determined the cost of renovating the building would be the same or slightly more than constructing a new one. In January 2011, the diocese launched a $15 million capital campaign — the “Christ Our Life” campaign — to raise funds for the new Pastoral Center. Half the money would be dedicated to the Pastoral Center and the other half used for projects in the diocese’s 76 parishes. So far the campaign has raised $12.6 million. In April 2012 meetings began designing the new building. Construction will begin at the end of April 2013 and is expected to take a year to complete. “I am a person who worries, so I will be most happy when the building is complete,” Bishop LeVoir said. “Please pray that God’s will be done.”
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History
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
April 18, 1913 O.C. Conrad, Editor The remains of Harold L. Lee arrived here Sunday evening from Beach, N.D., and he was laid to rest Monday forenoon from the Congregational Church. Mr. Lee, 22, died April 7, a day before his birthday, at 9:15 p.m. He was born in McLeod County. On Nov. 25, 1909, he was united in holy matrimony to Blanche E. Nutter, the couple moved to Beach, N.D., the following spring. On May 1, 1912, a son, Darrel Eugene, was born to them, but the little one was taken sick and died June 21. Mr. Lee had not been feeling well for about six months and just a few days before his demise, he took to his bed and fell into unconsciousness. He is survived by his wife; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Lee of Brownton, one brother and four sisters. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Hochsprung on Thursday of last week. The newly formed Brownton Fire Department met with 21 members last Thursday evening and elected the following: O.G. Zimmerman, chief; W.H. Alden, assistant chief; O.F. Sell, secretary; and William Peik, treasurer. ized for the season recently, again naming Werner Weerts as the manager and Elmer Podratz as the secretary-treasurer. The boys have signed up their franchise as a member of the Dairy Belt League, of which they were champions last year. The league will have eight teams this year; last year there were six. Dorothea (Meyer) Schumacher, 75, died April 4 at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Martha Schumacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick; a son, Albert; and a daughter in early childhood. The colored baby chicks which are on display at the Brownton Produce Store have been creating a lot of attention this week. John Padrnos, the chicken specialist, said he got the green ones from Ireland and the pink ones from Russia. passed away Thursday morning of a heart attack at his home in Stewart. Mr. Hoffman spent his early years in Brownton, before moving to Stewart. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma (Neubarth), and three of his 10 children. He is survived by seven children, 44 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
20 Years Ago
April 14, 1993 Lori Copler, Editor Winners of the Easter coloring contest sponsored by The Bulletin were Heather Krulikosky, Stewart; Thomas Bullert, Brownton; Daniel Strenge, Brownton; and Terri Jo Schuft, Stewart. Wallace D. Duehn, 82, of Brownton, died Sunday, April 3, 1993, at the Glencoe Area Health Center. Mr. Duehn was a retired farmer and trucker. Two youths were recently confirmed at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Penn Township — Kelly Alsleben, daughter of Don and Sharon Alsleben, and Beth Dwinnell, daughter of Brett and Carol Dwinnell.
50 Years Ago
April 18, 1963 Charles H. Warner, Editor The Brownton High School junior class will present “In the Dog House” on Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m. Cast members include Mary Abram, Dorothy Arneberg, Charlotte Petersen, Byron Kohls, Glenn Klitzke, Gary Lickfett, Terry Schwartz, Diane Martin, John Lietz, Charlotte Kottke, Sandra Bullert, Kenny Koepp, Lavonne Rickert and David Elder. Fred William Hoffman, 76,
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Shelby Rolf, daughter of Dan and Jill Rolf of Glencoe, left, and Katie Eggert, daughter of Jerry and Connie Eggert of
Hutchinson, were crowned McLeod County Dairy Princesses at the association’s annual banquet on April 6.
10 Years Ago
April 23, 2003 Lori Copler, Editor The Brownton Bar is now the Brownton Bar & Grill with the installation of a grill. The new menu includes 11 different burger options, appetizers and 11 other sandwiches and salads.
County Dairy Association names its princesses, hands out awards
The McLeod County Dairy Association’s 60th Spring Banquet and Dairy Princess Coronation was held April 6 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. The new 2013-14 McLeod County Dairy Princesses are Shelby Rolf, daughter of Dan and Jill Rolf of Glencoe, and Katie Eggert, daughter of Jerry and Connie Eggert of Hutchinson. The Butter Knife Award went to Dominos in Hutchinson. The Friend of Dairy award went to Nathan Winters of Hutchinson. The Dairy Farm Woman of the Year Award went to Mary Nelson of Winthrop. Winters presented Andrew Alsleben with an award for 50 years of service with the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) program. The new Dairy Ambassadors for 2013-14 are Elizabeth Krienke, daughter of Kraig and Rachelle Krienke of Lester Prairie; Breanna Wright, daughter of Paul and Heather Wright of Hutchinson; Whitney Lang, daughter of Jason and Katy Lang of Hutchinson; Sarah Eggert, daughter of Jerry and Connie Eggert of Hutchinson; Emily Andersen, daughter of Bruce and Sara Andersen of Hutchinson; Genna Jeurissen, daughter of Rick and Mindy Jeurissen of Lester Prairie; Cheyenne Schmidt, daughter of Ron and Denise Schmidt of Hutchinson; and Sierra Swanson, daughter of David and Kari Swanson of Hutchinson. Rolf and Katie Eggert can attend the May training seminar to compete to become a Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalist. The training seminar and Princess Kay candidate selection, May 17-19, is at the college of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. “We hope to see them as candidates for Princess Kay of the Milky Way, who is crowned on the eve of the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair,” said Peggy Engelmann, of the McLeod County Dairy Association. Anyone interested in having the 2013-14 dairy princesses attend county activities should contact Engelmann 320-238-2341.
75 Years Ago
April 14, 1938 Percy L. Hakes, Editor The local baseball club organ-
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
April 18, 1913 A.F. Avery, Editor The production of the home talent play, “The Matrimonial Exchange,” last Friday evening was one of the most enjoyable entertainments ever presented in Stewart. Cast members included H.E. Poseley, Leo Mahoney, H.C. Dols, M.E. Omann, Matt. Butler, J.P. Sheay, Mrs. M.E. Omann, Deborah Johnson, Mary Griswold, Kathryn Buck, Mabel Bliss, May Colwell, Stella Hoyt, Luella Sudgen, Florence Swan, Gertrude Kohler, Mildred Sugden, Geroge Franke, Johnnie Wessel, Virgil Dols and Cyril Holt. State Inspector George A. Miller was in Stewart Friday to inspect the local creamery, which earned 883 points out of a possible 1,000 points, which reflects to great credit on Manager F.J. Reimers. Born, to Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Forcier of Round Grove, April 13, a son. Lorraine Proehl, Cora Borchert, Howard Dummer, Raymond Grams, Lowell Proehl, Delmar Meyer, Charles Doerr and Orlando Ruschmeyer.
50 Years Ago
April 18, 1963 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Stewart High School has announced its valedictorian and cosalutatorians for the class of 1963. Mary Lipke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Lipke, was named valedictorian, having maintained a 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) throughout high school. Sharon Richards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Richards, and Charlotte Kalenberg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kalenberg, were named co-salutatorians. They each maintained a GPA of 3.933. Mrs. Emilie “Grandma” Wangerin, 92, died Wednesday evening, April 10, at the home of her daughter in Minneapolis. She and her husband, Otto, farmed many years northwest of Stewart, which is now occupied by their son, Otto. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 13, at St. Paul’s American Lutheran Church in Stewart. Fred Hoffmann, 76, died sud-
denly from a heart attack at his home in Stewart Thursday morning, April 11. Funeral services were held Monday at the Brownton Funeral Home with the Rev. M.A. Schulz officiating. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma (Neubarth), and three of their 10 children.
35 Years Ago
April 20, 1978 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor The Stewart Area Jaycees had their election of officers at the April 16 meeting, with Larry Maiers being named president for the coming year. Other officers are Robert Moritz, vice president; Greg Maiers, secretary; Dean Klitzke, treasurer; Jerome Ewert, reporter; and Elmer Rettig, state delegate. Elections of the Stewart Lions Club officers took place April 12, with the following results: Jon Reiner, president; Les Bulau, first vice president; Jake Schledewitz Sr., second vice president; Jerome Streich, third vice president; Richard Hansen, secretary; Allan Maiers, treasurer; Jerome Ewert, Lion tamer; James Kirchoff, tail twister; and N.E. Dols, Pete Kasal and Dr. Bennie Carlson, directors.
75 Years Ago
April 15, 1938 Harry Koeppen, Editor The blast of a shotgun, loaded with slugs for just such a purpose, on Monday night ended the three-year career of a large police dog that had been terrorizing farmers’ sheep, hogs, cattle and poultry. The big animal had made its appearance in the yard of the Roman Decker farm, three miles north of Stewart, at about 10 p.m. Hearing the dog howling, Decker opened a window and let loose with the shotgun. Decker brought the carcass to town, where it was measured and found to be nearly six feet from tip to tip and weighed in at nearly 80 pounds. The game warden determined it was a police dog which had reverted to its wolf breeding. A class of 10 was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church last Sunday by the Rev. C.H. Kowalske. The class included Irene Hofferman, Leona Beich,
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Elected to new three-year terms on the McLeod Cooperative Power Association’s board of directors on April 9 were,
from left to right, Randy Hlavka of Silver Lake, Gerald Ropeke of New Germany and Keith Peterson of Hector.
MCPA hosts 78th annual meeting
The members of McLeod Cooperative Power Association gathered for the 78th annual meeting of the cooperative on Tuesday, April 9, at the Hutchinson Event Center. About 350 members and guests attended the meeting and were served a pork sandwich dinner. Three directors were elected for a three-year term each: Randy Hlavka of Silver Lake, Keith Peterson of Hector, and Gerald Roepke of New Germany were elected to serve Districts, 7, 8, and 9, respectively. Hlavka is a new director elected to fill the seat of Bill Polchow, who did not seek re-election. Peterson and Roepke were incumbent candidates re-elected to another term. Reports were given by Financial Service Manager Jan Sanderson, Board President Roepke, and General Manager Kris Ingenthron. Gary Connett of Great River Energy was guest speaker. Curt Burns announced the Operation Round Up award winners. Attendance prizes were also awarded. The grand prize, a $300 electric bill credit, was won by Alvin Schiroo of Glencoe. The new board of directors elected officers for the coming year. Peterson was selected as board president, Roger Karstens as vice-president, Dale Peters as secretary-treasurer, and Roepke as assistant secretary-treasurer. Oria Brinkmeier will be the cooperative’s representative to Great River Energy.
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Nineteen Brownton senior citizens met Monday, April 15, at the community center. Cards were played after the meeting with the following winners: 500, Bernetta Alsleben, first, and Norma Albrecht, second; pinochle, Betty Katzenmeyer, first, and Leone Kujas, second; and sheephead, Lil Lindeman, first, and Lowell Brelje, second. Elmer Maass won the door prize. Norma Albrecht and Della Schultz served refreshments. The next meeting will be Monday, April 22, at 1 p.m. All area seniors are welcome.
Thurs., April 18 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; Stewart Lions; Lake Marion Improvement Association, Brownton Rod & Gun Club, 6:30 pm. Mon., April 22 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, Brownton Community Center, 1 p.m.; Brownton Rod & Gun Club, 7 p.m. Tues., April 23 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m. Thurs., April 25 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Board mtg., McLeod County Solid Waste Mgmt. Facility, 1065 Fifth Ave. SE, Hutchinson, 9 a.m.
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Son born to Maiers family
Henry and Katie Maiers of Stewart announce the birth of their son, Ethan Terence, on April 1, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Ethan weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20-1/4 inches long. His older sisters are Faith and Hannah. Grandparents are Terry and Karen Maiers of Buffalo Lake and Tracy and Julie Gillott of Dawson.
Engagements Schuette — Paszkiewicz
Danielle Schuette of Glencoe and John Paszkiewicz of Richfield have announced their engagement and plans to marry Oct. 19. Parents of the couple are Myron and Kim Schuette of Glencoe and Steve and Stacy Paszkiewicz of Richfield. Schuette is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Rochester, and is a registered nurse at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Paszkiewicz is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and is a mechanical engineer at Emerson Process Management.
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Mitchell and Justina Stuewe of Arlington announce the birth of their son, Owen Mitchell, on April 1, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Owen weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20-1/4 inches in length. His older sisters are Eva and Jadyn. Grandparents are Doug and Lynn Stuewe of Glencoe and Ken and Marcia Bauer of Glencoe.
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Daughter for Reyes, Sanchez
Sandra Anahi Reyes and Julio Cesar Sanchez of Glencoe announce the birth of their daughter, Julianne Sanchez, on April 3, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Julianne weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 19-1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Jesus and Hermelinda Reyes of Mission, Texas, and Laura Garcia of Mission, Texas.
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Nathan and Sheri Callander-Loewy of Gaylord announce the birth of their daughter, Sadie Elizabeth Renea Loewy, on April 4, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Sadie weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 203/4 inches long. Her older brother is Jeff Callendar. Grandparents are Darrell and Alisha Berding of Gaylord, Elizabeth Loewy-Wyser of Glencoe and Oliver Loewy of Boise, Idaho.
Fearer — Paggen
Chelsea Fearer of Hutchinson and Anthony Paggen of Glencoe announce their engagement and plans to marry Sept. 21. Parents of the couple are Robert and Shanna Fearer of Hutchinson, Cheryl and Ray Cisneros of Phoenix, Ariz., and Mike and Linda Paggen of Glencoe. Fearer is a Hutchinson High School and Ridgewater College graduate. She attends college for nursing and works at Glencoe Regional Health Services.
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Son born to Heinrich, Lueth
Rebekah Heinrich and Jeremiah Lueth of Glencoe announce the birth of their son, Ryland Jeremiah Lueth, on April 5, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Ryland weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long. His older siblings are Taten Johnson, Tevin Johnson and Brayden Lueth. Grandparents are Denise Layman of Wausau, Wis., Bob Heinrich of Mosinee, Wis., and Michael and Linda Lueth of Norwood Young America.
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Smith, Nutter announce birth
Amber Smith and Nathan Nutter of Litchfield announce the birth of their daughter, Autumn Ranee Nutter, on April 5, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Autumn weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her older siblings include Caitlyn Smith, Caidyn Suess, Larissa Nutter and Gracelyn Smith. Grandparents are Dawn Nutter of Hutchinson and the late Gerald Nutter, and Kim and Pat Woodford of Glencoe.
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Dorothy Ann Warnke, 83, of Glencoe Obituaries Esther M. Engelmann, 91, of Glencoe
Funeral services for Esther Magdalene Louise Engelmann, 91, of Glencoe, were held Saturday, April 13, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The Rev. R o n a l d Mathison officiated. Mrs. Engelmann died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at the Esther Glencoe Re- Engelmann gional Health Services longterm care facility. The organist was Dawn Wolter, and soloist Justin Rierson sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Congregational hymns were “Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won,” “I’m But a Stranger Here” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Honorary pallbearers were Tyler Raduenz, Callie Raduenz, Justin Raduenz, Savannah Fifield, Mariah Fifield, Olivia Fifield, Connor Walker, Angela Johnson, Josh Johnson and Carter Johnson. Pallbearers were Allen Raduenz, Danny Raduenz, Michael Engelmann, Brian Fifield, Jake Walker and Dale Buckentin. Interment was in the church cemetery. Esther Magdalene Louise Buckentin was born April 30, 1921, in Hamburg, to Herbert and Emma (Mackenthun) Buckentin. She was baptized as an infant on May 5, 1921, and confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 14, 1935, both by the Rev. H.J. Bouman at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. She received her education in a country school. On Nov. 9, 1941, Esther Buckentin was united in marriage to Gilbert Engelmann by the Rev. H.J. Bouman at Emanuel Lutheran church in Hamburg. This union was blessed with two children, Arlene and Ronald. The Engelmanns made their home on their farm northeast of Glencoe for 63 years. They shared over 63 years of marriage before Mr. Engelmann died on Jan. 5, 2005. In addition to being a loving homemaker, mother and wife, Mrs. Engelmann helped on the farm with the dairy cattle and enjoyed working in the field. She was a faithful member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Mrs. Engelmann enjoyed gardening, flowers, canning, baking and playing cards with her grandchildren. She also loved checking the fields on the John Deere Gator. She especially cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Survivors include her children, Arlene (Melvin) Raduenz and Ronald (Renee) Engelmann, all of Glencoe; grandchildren, Allen (Becky) Raduenz of Glencoe, Danny (Dixie) Raduenz of Glencoe, Kristine (Brian) Fifield of New London, Michael Engelmann of Glencoe, and Colleen (Jake) Walker of Glencoe; great-grandchildren, Tyler Raduenz, Callie Raduenz, Justin Raduenz, Angela (Josh) Johnson, Savannah Fifield, Mariah Fifield, Olivia Fifield and Connor Walker; great-greatgrandson, Carter Johnson; brother, Melroy (LaVon) Buckentin of Green Isle; sisters-in-law, Ramona Buckentin of Arlington, Rhodella Engelmann of Glencoe, and Helen Engelmann of Green Isle; brother-in-law, Vernon (Delores) Engelmann of Plato; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Herbert and Emma Buckentin; husband, Gilbert Engelmann; brother, Leroy Buckentin; brothers-inlaw, Herbert Engelmann, Norwin Engelmann and Milton Engelmann; sisters-inlaw, Eldora Engelmann and Olga Miller; and nephews, Gene Engelmann and Richard Engelmann. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries guest book. Funeral services for Dorothy Ann Warnke, 83, of Glencoe, were held Monday, April 15, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The Rev. J a m e s Gomez officiated. M r s . Warnke died Friday, April 12, 2013, at Glencoe R e g i o n a l Dorothy H e a l t h Warnke Services long-term care facility. The organist was Jan Heins and soloist Tara Kleinknight sang “Amazing Grace.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Pallbearers were Mrs. Warnke’s grandchildren. Interment was in the Glencoe City Cemetery. Dorothy Ann Belter was born Feb. 3, 1930, in Hamburg, to William G. and Dorothea (Oelfke) Belter. She was baptized as an infant on Feb. 16, 1930, by the Rev. H.J. Bouman, and confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 2, 1944, by the Rev. L.T. Wohlfeil, both at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. She received her education at Glencoe High School, graduating with the class of 1948. On June 3, 1950, Dorothy Belter was united in marriage to Wallace William Warnke by the Rev. Edgar Streufert at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The Warnkes made their home in Glencoe. The couple was blessed with more than 62 years of marriage and three children, Thomas, Robert and Jon. Mrs. Warnke was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, bookkeeper and homemaker. She also worked at Security Bank & Trust and later at the McLeod County Auditor’s Office. She was a charter member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe, where she was a member of the LWML, banner committee and altar guild. She led Bible studies and taught Sunday school as well as vacation Bible school. She also volunteered for McLeod Social Services. Her enjoyments in life included playing bridge, fishing, making dolls, knitting and other needlework. She especially cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Wallace Warnke of Glencoe; children, Thomas (Pamela) Warnke of Blaine, Robert (Brenda) Warnke of Spooner, Wis., and Jon (Shelly) Warnke of Savage; grandchildren, Aislinn Warnke of Minneapolis, Abby (Don) Cummings of Elk River, Nicholas Warnke of Williston, N.D., Jesse (Desiree) Warnke of Hamburg, N.Y., Laine Warnke of Minneapolis, and Megan Warnke of Savage; sisters-in-law, Vera Belter of Glencoe and Carol (Roger) Sandau of Fridley; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, William and Dorothea Belter; sister, Lillian (John) Schrupp; and brothers, Lawrence (Ruth) Belter and Virgil Belter. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries/ guest book.
Deaths Rodney Wendlandt, 70, of Brownton
Rodney Wendlandt (husband of Susan), 70, of Brownton, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at the Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord. A private family service is set for Thursday, April 18, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Penn Township, with interment in the church cemetery. Military honors will be by the Brownton American Legion Post 143. A public visitation is set for today (Wednesday), from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Penn Township. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the church Arrangements are with the Hantge Funeral Chapel. An online guest book is available at www.hantge.com. Please click on obituaries/guest book.
Margaret H. Saltee, 92, of Gary, S.D.
Margaret H. Saltee, 92, of Lake Cochrane, Gary, S.D., died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Sanford Canby Medical Center. Funeral services were held M o n d a y, April 15, at Our Savi o u r ’ s Lutheran Church, Canby, with the Rev. Margaret Janet Colby Saltee officiating. Burial was in the Grandview Cemetery, Gary, S.D. Margaret Hinsvark was born May 9, 1920, at Fish Lake, S.D., to Adolph and Clara (Moan) Hinsvark. When she was a young girl, the family moved to Burr, Minn., and later to Gary, S.D. She graduated high school in 1937. At the age of 17, she taught county school, and taught for seven years in the Canby area. On Dec. 27, 1941, Margaret Hinsvark was united in marriage to Leroy Saltee. When he came home from Germany after World War II, the couple made their home in Burr. Mrs. Saltee was the postmaster for 10 years there. The couple had three daughters, Joyce, Pat and Peggy. After moving to Montevideo with her family, she worked briefly at the CO-OP Credit Union. In 1956, she joined First Federal as a teller and bookkeeper. While working there, she earned a graduate diploma from the Institute of Financial Education. Mrs. Saltee later went on to be vice president and controller at First Federal Savings and Loan. It was quite an accomplishment. She retired in 1983. After retirement, the Saltees wintered in San Benito, Texas, and spent the summers at Lake Cochrane. She was a member of the East Highland Lutheran Church located in rural Brandt, S.D. Mrs. Saltee enjoyed playing cards, visiting with her many friends and family and loved to laugh. She is lovingly remembered by her daughters, Joyce (William) Ramige and Peggy (Kenny) Honken; son-in-law, Donald Brown; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth (Madelyn) Hinsvark; sistersin-law, Jackie Hinsvark, Marilyn Baerenwald and Jean Hansen; brother-in-law, Bob (Jan) Tesch; and many nieces and nephews, Lake Cochrane friends and friend, Joyce Otkin. Preceding her in death were her husband, Leroy; her parents; daughter, Pat; sisters, Ardyce, Inez, Bernice and Lillian; brother, Arther; sisters-in-law, Mildred, Mavis and Arlene; brothers-in-law, Cliff, Wesley, Don, Howard and Bud; and nephew, Lowell.
Paper drive set April 20-21
The Stewart-Brownton Girl Scouts will have a paper drive Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Cactus Jack’s II on Highway 212, Stewart. All typers of paper are accepted, but please sort cardboard from paper. Acceptable items include phone books, magazines, hardcover books (remove the covers), junk mail, corrugated cardboard, egg cartons, and clean food boxes (cereal, crackers, pizza, etc.). Free pick-up is available in Stewart and Brownton. For pick-up or if you need more information, call Mike or Gerri Fitzloff at 320-5622369. Proceeds from the paper drive will benefit a trip to Savannah the girls are planning in 2013.
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Sheila Wendlandt, 57, of Hutchinson
Memorial services for Sheila Doreen Wendlandt, 57, of Hutchinson, were held Monday, April 15, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. The Rev. Jon Lindekugel and the Rev. M a r k Richardson officiated. M r s . Wendlandt d i e d Sheila Wednesday, Wendlandt April 10, 2013, at Hutchinson Health in Hutchinson. The eulogy was written by LuAnn Yerks. The organist was Bonnie Westmiller, and congregational hymns were “Lift High the Cross,” “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” “Children of the Heavenly Father”and “Jesus Loves Me.” Urn bearers were her godchildren, Angie Litzau, Joshua Streich and Ben Yerks. Interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson. Sheila Doreen Streich was born Nov. 26, 1955, in Glencoe, to Robert and Doreen (Husfeldt) Streich. She was baptized as an infant on Dec. 18, 1955, at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe by the Rev. Harold Bode, and confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 26, 1970, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. She received her education in Stewart and was a graduate of the Stewart High School class of 1973. She furthered her education at Hutchinson Vocational Technical College, where she received a twoyear secretarial degree. On June 28, 1975, Sheila Streich was united in marriage to Brian Wendlandt at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Stewart by the Rev. Daniels. This marriage was blessed with two children, Jennifer and Justin. The Wendlandts resided in Hutchinson and shared over 37 years of marriage. In the late 1980s, Mrs. Wendlandt started her own dog grooming business in her home and operated the business for about 20 years. She was the education director at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson for the last 10 years. Mrs. Wendlandt was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, where she was a confirmation catechist and Sunday school teacher. She also was involved with the Big Brother Big Sister program for a while through McLeod County Social Services. Mrs. Wendlandt enjoyed camping and traveling. She loved collecting angels. She loved the color purple and always had a loving dog in her home. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends. In November 2012, Mrs. Wendlandt was hospitalized at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, where she was diagnosed with the blood disorder disease, Amyloidosis, which attacked her heart. Survivors include her husband, Brian Wendlandt of Hutchinson; children, Jennifer (Brian) Goff of Glencoe and Justin Wendlandt of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Breann Goff and Bennet Goff; brother, David (Kim) Streich of Hutchinson; fatherand mother-in-law, Kenneth and Dorothy Wendlandt of Hutchinson; sister-in-law, LuAnn Pasek of Tucson, Ariz.; nieces and nephews, Joshua (Anna) Streich of Mound, Jessica (Ross) Jahnke of Mayer, and Ana Lisa Pasek of Tucson, Ariz.; many great-nieces and greatnephews and other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Robert and Doreen Streich; and grandson, Jaron Goff. Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
Pastor’s Corner
ast summer during a family reunion my parents, my brothers, and my sister and I, along with the children and in-laws, took a short excursion to the cemetery to visit some family gravesites. My parents grew up in the same small town, and all four of my grandparents’ graves are there, as well as the plots of extended family. All of my grandparents, and all of their siblings (my great aunts and uncles), are now gone, and so there is no denying the fact that my parents’ generation will be the next to “make the journey home,” as it were. When my paternal grandfather died, I distinctly remember having the realization of how important it was for there to be an afterlife, because I really wanted to see him again. As we get older and lose more of our family we realize that we have family in two different realms, the here and the hereafter. None of us knows exactly what awaits us after death. That is just not part of the cosmic plan. Going to the family graves, especially in the company of your family, with all of the generations present, confirms that life does indeed go on, and provides hope and comfort that those who have gone before us await our homecoming. – Christopher Simon “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” John 14:1-2
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BEREAN BAPTIST Corner of 16th Street and Hennepin Avenue, Glencoe Johnathon Pixler, Pastor Call 320-864-6113 Call Jan at 320-864-3387 for women’s Bible study Wed., April 17 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m. Fri., April 19 — Men’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., April 21 — Sunday school for all ages, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:20 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10:30 a.m. Tues., April 23 — Men’s Bible study, 6 a.m. Wed., April 24 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m. CHRIST LUTHERAN 1820 N. Knight Ave., Glencoe Katherine Rood, Pastor 320-864-4549 www.christluth.com E-mail: office@christluth.com Wed., April 17 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; televised worship service on Channel 10, 2 p.m.; bells, 5:30 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 6:30 p.m. Thurs., April 18 — Naomi Circle at Orchard Estates, 9 a.m.; worship at LTC, 9 a.m.; Leap of Faith, 7 p.m. Fri., April 19 — Light & Life articles due. Sat., April 20 — Annual Gustavus business meeting, 8:30 a.m. Sun., April 21 —Worship, 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; blood pressure clinic between services. Mon, April 22 — Televised worship service, 3 p.m. Tues., April 23 — Ladies fellowship, Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m. Wed., April 24 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; televised worship service on Channel 10, 2 p.m.; bells, 5:30 p.m,; lector training for youth, 5:45 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 6:30 p.m.; lay minister meeting, 7 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., April 21 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor 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.; sevenththrough 11th-grade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; senior religious education class at St. Pius X, 7 p.m. Thurs., April 18 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m. Fri., April 19 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 5:30 p.m. Sat., April 20 — Baptism session in Spanish, 10:30 a.m.; reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m.; Holy Trinity Spring Fling. Sun., April 21 — St. Pius X hosts Diocese of New Ulm Youth Retreat, all day; Mass, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m.; religious education for children and adults, 12:45 p.m.; baptism, 2 p.m. Mon., April 22 — No Mass; H and S committee, 6:30 p.m.; CUF meeting, 7 p.m. Tues., April 23 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; junior choir practice, 2:50 a.m. Wed., April 24 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; kindergarten through sixth-grade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; sevenththrough 11th-grade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Wed., April 17 — Circles meet; choir, 6:30 p.m. Sun., April 21 — Worship, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.; confirmation, 2 p.m.; deaconess meeting. Mon., April 22 — Women’s Fellowship spring meeting/potluck meal, 5:30 p.m. Tues., April 23 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; trustees meeting, 7 p.m. Wed., April 24 — Choir, 6:30 p.m. FIRST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 925 13th St. E., Glencoe Daniel Welch, Senior Pastor Ronald L. Mathison, Associate Pastor 320-864-5522 www.firstglencoe.org E-mail: office@firstglencoe.org Wed., April 17 — Public school confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; Christ Chimes, 4 p.m.; Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m.; “Time With Me” club, 6:30 p.m. Thurs., April 18 — Newsletter deadline; church council, 7 p.m. Fri., April 19 — Youth game night, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Sun., April 21 — Worship with communion, 8 a.m.; fellowship time, 9 a.m.; Bible classes, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. Mon., April 22 — Pictorial directory, 6 p.m.; Forward At First task force, 6:30 p.m.; Praise Folk, 8 p.m. Tues., April 23 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Wed., April 24 — Public school confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; Christ Chimes, 4 p.m.; Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m.; assimilation committee, 7 p.m.; confirmation public review, 7 p.m. GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod 1407 Cedar Ave. N., Glencoe www.gslcglencoe.org Rev. James F. Gomez, Pastor Matthew Harwell, Director of Christian Education E-mail: office@gslcglencoe.org Wed., April 17 — GYM Bible study at high school, 7:30 a.m.; Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; REVEAL, 5:30 p.m. Thurs., April 18 — DCE Cluster at Waconia, 10:30 a.m. Sat., April 20 — Falling in Love With God’s Word, Trinity in Waconia, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sun., April 21 — Good Shepherd Lutheran Church anniversary Sunday; choir, 7:45 a.m.; worship with first Bible presentation, 9 a.m.; Kingdom Quest/FUEL/adult Bible study, 10:15 a.m.; potluck and pie-in-the face fund raiser, 11:15 a.m.; no LIVE. Tues., April 23 — GSLC Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Wed., April 24 — GYM Bible study at high school, 7:30 a.m.; Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; REVEAL, 5:30 p.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Wed., April 17 — Fifth- and sixthgrade catechism, 3:45 p.m.; seventhand eighth-grade catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., April 18 — Bible study at Grand Meadows, 2 p.m.; small group discussion, 7 p.m. Sun., April 21 — Hymn sing worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m. Mon., April 22 — Small group discussion, 7 p.m. Tues., April 23 — Table Talk, 7 p.m. Wed., April 24 — Fifth- and sixthgrade catechism, 3:45 p.m.; seventhand eighth-grade catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 7:30 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: Pastor@GraceBrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Wed., April 17 — Confirmation class, 4 p.m.; choir, 7 p.m. Sun., April 21 — Worship, 8:45 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m. Tues., April 23 — Bible study, 9 a.m. Wed., April 24 — Confirmation class, 4 p.m.; choir, 7 p.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., April 17 — Bible study, 9 a.m.; confirmation, 4 p.m.; chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m. Thurs., April 18 — Visitation and communion to Brownton shut-ins. Sun., April 21 —Worship, 9 a.m.; register for April 28 communion; Channel 8 video; quarterly voters meeting; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. Wed., April 24 — Pastor’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; confirmation, 4 p.m. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Interim Pastor browntoncongregational.org Not available. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 300 Croyden St. Wed., April 17 — Eighth-grade confirmation, 5:30 p.m.; first communion class, 7 p.m. Thurs., April 18 — BLHS Ministerial at New Life, Hector, 10:30 a.m. Sat., April 20 — GACAC annual meeting, 9 a.m.; worship, 7 p.m. Sun., April 21 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. Tues., April 23 — Pastors’ text study, 10 a.m. Wed., April 24 — Sewing, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5:30 p.m.; first communion class, 7 p.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Wed., April 17 — Mass, 9 a.m. Thurs., April 18 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., April 21 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. ST. MATTHEW’S LUTHERAN Fernando Aaron Albrecht, pastor Not available. ST. JOHN’S CHURCH 13372 Nature Ave. (rural Biscay) Robert Taylor, pastor 612-644-0628 (cell) 320-587-5104 (church) E-mail:rlt721@hotmail.com Sun., April 21 — Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., April 17 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., April 21 — Worship, 10 a.m. ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN 216 McLeod Ave. N., Plato Bruce Laabs, Pastor 320-238-2550 E-mail: stjlplato@embarqmail.com Wed., April 17 — Youth choir, 5 p.m.; midweek, 6 p.m. Thurs., April 18 — No Bible study; bulletin deadline. Sat., April 20 — Garage sale/bake sale/lunch, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., April 21 — “Time of Grace” on TV Channel 9, 6:30 a.m.; worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 10:10 a.m. Tues., April 23 — Glencoe visits; prayer meeting, 5 p.m. Wed., April 24 — Youth choir, 5 p.m.; midweek, 6 p.m.; newsletter deadline. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato Bill Baldwin, Pastor www.platochurch.com Wed., April 17 — Men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; adult choir, 6 p.m. Sun., April 21 — Worship, 10 a.m. Wed., April 24 — Men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; adult choir, 6 p.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Wed., April 17 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5 p.m. Sun., April 21 — Worship, 9 a.m.; fellowship, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.. Wed., April 24 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5 p.m. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., April 17 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.m. Thurs., April 18 — Women’s fellowship meeting at Molly’s, 6 p.m. 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. Wed., April 24 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.m. Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-3272843. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN 108 W. Main St., Silver Lake 320-327-2452 / Fax 320-327-6562 E-mail: faithfriends@embarqmail.com You may be able to reach someone at the church every Tuesday through Friday. Don’t hesitate to come in (use church office door) or call, or e-mail at faithfriends@embarqmail.com. 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, 10 a.m., with fellowship to follow. Wed., April 24 — Light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., April 17 — Mass, 5 p.m.; first- through sixth-grade religious education classes, 5:30 p.m.; sevenththroug 11th-grade religious education classes, 7:15 p.m.; senior 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. Sat., April 20 — Reconciliation, 5:30 p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m. Sun., April 21 — Mass, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Wed., April 24 — First- through sixth-grade religious education classes, 5:30 p.m.; seventh- through 11thgrade religious education classes, 7:15 p.m. FRIEDEN’S COUNTY LINE 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., April 21 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 770 School Rd., Hutchinson Kenneth Rand, Branch President 320-587-5665 Wed., April 17 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun., April 21 — Sunday school, 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; priesthood, relief society and primary, 11:40 a.m.12:30 p.m. WATER OF LIFE CHURCH IGLESIA METODISTA LIBRE Clinica del Alma 727 16th St. E., Glencoe Spanish/bi-lingual services Nestor and Maria German, Pastors E-mail: nestor2maria@hotmail.com Sun., April 21 — Worship, 2 p.m. ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH 77 Second Ave. S. Corner C.R. 1 and Second St. S., Lester Prairie Layton Lemke, vacancy pastor Sun., April 21— Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school and Bible study, 10:15 a.m. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. S.W., Hutchinson Rick Stapleton, Senior pastor Adam Krumrie, Worship pastor Wed., April 17 — Release time for second through fifth grade; AWANA, 6:30 p.m.; middle school youth, 6:30 p.m.; senior high youth, 7:30 p.m.; free parenting workshop, 6:35 p.m. Thurs., April 18 — Senior high free lunch, 11 a.m.; worship team, 6 p.m. Sat., April 20 — Women’s Luce Line spring pickup at Oddfellows Park, 1 p.m. Sun., April 21 — Worship, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 9 a.m.; adult growth group, 10:30 a.m.; Couples Connect, 4 p.m. Mon., April 22 — Women’s discipleship, 6:30 p.m.; men’s growth group, 7 p.m. Tues., April 23 — Women’s discipleship, 9 a.m. Wed., April 24 — Release time for second through fifth grades; AWANA, 6:30 p.m.; middle school youth, 6:30 p.m.; senior high youth, 7:30 p.m. Submitted photo
First-place speller
Kobe Boozikee, front right, and a student at First Lutheran School of Glencoe, won first place for the fourth grade with a perfect score at the 13-Lutheran school spelling bee April 6. First Lutheran came in fifth in the bee at Lutheran High School of Mayer. The other winners from First Lutheran, from left in back, are Destiny Exsted, Robin Swift, Kenzie Boozikee and Spencer Lilienthal. In front are Lincoln Dummer and Kobe Boozikee. Emanuel Lutheran School of Hamburg won first place overall.
Menus
April 22-26 Millie Beneke Manor Senior Nutrition Site Monday — Turkey casserole, peas, tropical fruit, bread, margarine, bar, low-fat milk. Tuesday — Sweet and sour pork, rice, broccoli, mandarin oranges, cookie, low-fat milk. Wednesday — Baked chicken, potato salad, mixed vegetables, bread, margarine, fresh melon cubes, low-fat milk. Thursday — Meatballs with gravy, mashed potatoes, beets, bread, margarine, fruit crisp, lowfat milk. Friday — Lemon pepper fish, baked potato, Prince William vegetables, bread, margarine, pie, low-fat milk. GSL Schools Elementary/Jr. High/Sr. High Breakfast Monday — Breakfast pizza or Kix Berry cereal and yogurt, apple juice cup, low-fat milk (breakfast burrito at junior/senior high). Tuesday — Pancake on a stick with syrup or Cheerios and applecinnamon 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 (breakfast pizza at junior/senior high). Thursday — Breakfast pizza or reduced-sugar Fruit Loops cereal and blueberry muffin, orange juice cup, low-fat milk (egg and cheese omelet at junior/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 — Chicken nuggets with brown rice, deli combo sub, seasoned green beans, celery sticks with dressing, apple wedges, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday — Beef soft-shell tacos, turkey and cheese on whole-grain bread, refried beans, lettuce and tomato cup, petite banana, chilled applesauce. Wednesday — French toast sticks with syrup, scrambled eggs, ham and cheese on whole-grain bread, baked sweet potato tots, baby carrots, kiwi wedges, chilled peaches. Thursday — Roast turkey in gravy, whole-grain dinner roll, fun lunch, mashed potatoes, broccoli salad with raisins, orange wedges, chilled pears. Friday — Toasted cheese on whole-grain bread, tuna salad on whole-grain bread, tomato soup, jicama cucumber fruit salad, apple wedges, chilled mixed fruit. High School Lunch Monday — French toast sticks with syrup, oven-baked tator tots, cheesy scrambled eggs, sweet corn salad, celery sticks with dressing, apple, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday — Mexican bar with chicken fajitas or beef nachos, brown rice, southwest corn, black beans, broccoli salad with raisins, baby carrots with dressing, petite banana, chilled applesauce. Wednesday — Macaroni and cheese, garlic bread stick, seasoned carrots, marinated cucumbers and tomatoes, red-pepper strips with dressing, kiwi wedges, chilled peaches. Thursday — Swedish meatballs in gravy over mashed potatoes, bread, seasoned corn, chick pea salad, cucumber slices with dressing, orange, chilled pears. Friday — Pasta bar with chicken alfredo or marinara sauce, meatballs, bread stick, steamed green beans, caesar romaine salad, baby carrots with dressing, apple, chilled mixed fruit. First Lutheran School Lunch Monday —Chicken nuggets, peas, pineapple, bread, milk. Tuesday — Beef noodle hotdish, green beans, pears, bread, milk. Wednesday — Pizza, lettuce salad, peaches, milk. Thursday — Pulled pork sandwich, mashed potatoes, mixed fruit, milk. Friday — Hot dog on bun, baked beans, applesauce, milk. St. Pius X Lunch Monday — Diced chicken on bun, fruit, peas, cooked broccoli, milk. Tuesday — Weiner Wink, pears, baked beans, carrots with dip, milk. Wednesday — Chicken nuggets, peaches, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, cupcake, milk. Thursday — Ham slices, bread, orange wedges, corn, augratin potatoes, milk. Friday — Cheese pizza, mandarin oranges, green beans, lettuce salad, milk.
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not be sure. “Thursday was an interesting day. While we would have loved to start the competition, many teams had been unable to start early and were stranded in their home districts by the snow. We were forced to pass the time by playing pool, ping-pong, and basketball,” Harris said. “However, by late afternoon, enough other teams had come to make it clear that the meet actually would happen, and there was a schedule to follow,” Harris added. The teams all took the 60-point written round on Thursday evening, except for the teams who were not there yet – they took it later. Until all schools had a chance to complete the written, the scores were not posted, “so we didn't know until a little after 10 o’clock on Friday morning that our written score of 50 put us in first place to start the meet,” Harris said. Oral competition began about 10:45 a.m. In round one, GSL competed against Mountain Lake and Cook County, who had tied for second on the written with 48 points each. “This was our easiest round in some respects,” Harris said. “Although Mountain Lake and Cook County had good writtens, our team was much faster and outscored them 16-8-7. This was in spite of some questions that we missed because we gave too much information, so we could have done better.” Meanwhile, two teams from rooms three and five had also done really well, so while GSL was still in first, “we were now only one point ahead of Pelican Rapids, and four points ahead of St. Peter.” Round two seemed to have the hardest questions of the meet, Harris said. Scores were very close, with GSL and St. Peter earning 11 points, while Pelican Rapids earned six. In the meantime, St. John's Prep had earned 15 points in Room 2. GSL was still in first place, but only one point ahead of St. John's, and four points ahead of St. Peter. “This was not a particularly good round for us, as St. John’s earned 14 points while we earned 11,” Harris said. (St. Peter earned six.) “The faces of the team were a little grim after this round,” Harris added. In the few minutes between rounds, “we tried to regroup by eating almonds and telling bad jokes, and headed into the final round tied for second place with Pelican Rapids, two points behind St. John’s Prep, who had 90 points. The state meet is usually five oral rounds, but because of the weather it had been cut to four. Crookston and Bagley were in fourth and fifth places with 86 and 85, “so really anything could happen,” Harris said. “The only really good description of what happened in round four was that GSL was smoking! Perhaps almonds really are performance enhancing drugs, or the questions were written just for us, although we don’t know either of those things to be true,” Harris said. In the first 15 questions of round four, GSL scored 10, St. John's Prep earned two, and Pelican Rapids got zero. Harris said St. John’s Prep members “lost their sense of timing, and missed a lot of questions because they were trying to beat us to an answer. Our team just kept getting answers, remembering what they knew and hitting the timing just right. It was a fun round to watch, if you were a spectator from GSL,” Harris said. “Even when we missed questions, things were going our way. For instance, GSL buzzed a little too early on a question, which began ‘Harry Longabaugh got his nickname’ (Buzz). GSL answered ‘Sundance Kid.’ It was his nickname, but not the answer to the question. The other two teams heard the whole question: ‘Harry Longabaugh got his nickname from stealing a horse in what town?’ The answer was ‘Sundance,’ but neither of the other teams got it correct, even though GSL had all but given away the information.” By the 13th question, GSL’s lead had lengthened to 17-6-3, and a student from Pelican Rapids suggested that we could let up a little and let them have a few points, Harris said. But the fun continued until the end of the round, she added, with GSL earning 21, while St. John’s Prep had 12 and Pelican Rapids had four. “We were pretty sure that unless something remarkable had happened in another room, we had won the meet, and we were right,” Harris said. The top three teams at the Minnesota Class A tournament were GSL (115 points), St. John’s Prep (107) and Bagley (102). The Class AA (large school) tournament was going on at the same time. That was won by Spring Lake Park with 121.5 points, followed by Chaska with 119 and Buffalo with 108.5. Hutchinson finished tied for seventh in AA with 99.5, while Willmar ended with 97 in 12th place. “The fabulous champions from GSL — Joe Fehrenbach (senior), Ethan Bass (junior), and sophomores Mark Broderius, Patrick Fehrenbach, and Chandler Swift — was the only team that stayed in Room 1 for the entire meet,” Harris said. They had won two rounds outright, and only lost one round. “One coordinator commented that it is very uncommon to have scores over 20 at the state meet, but our team did,” Harris said. “GSL can be really proud of these students, who have worked hard all year at getting better and better at their game. The hours of practice have paid off,” Harris said. “We have now joined the small list of teams who have won the state meet more than once. GSL’s 2007 team also won the state class A competition,” Harris said. “We are extremely grateful to all the people who have helped Knowledge Bowl teams along the way. Next year will be our 20th year, and we would not have been state champions twice in that time without a lot of support!” Harris added.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Very motivated
Craig Hillier, left, brought his highenergy approach to Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Friday as part of a program stressing the important of resilience, respect and responsibility. His entertaining style of fastfaced humor, gestures and audience participation kept the junior and senior high students engaged. Above, Hillier opened his presentation by asking music trivia questions and going into the audience to present prizes for the right answers. Dylan Schuth won for his answer. Hillier’s presentation was sponsored by the Methamphetamine Education and Drug Awareness (MEADA) program, according to Joe Morcomb, Lincoln Jr. High School counselor, who coordinated the event. Morcomb said Hillier “incorporates a visual and some social emotional learning on taking responsibility with topics such as peer pressure and drug/alcohol use.”
Area legislators
increase in the first year of the biennium, and another 4 percent increase the second year. Newman does not agree with the increase. “So, when it comes to the Senate floor, what do I do?” asked Newman. Each omnibus bill comes with provisions “that we like and support, and provisions with which we absolutely do not agree,” said Newman. He urged constituents to contact their legislators and ask them why they did or did not support certain omnibus bills. The legislators also discussed some specific issues, including: • A Mayo Clinic and city of Rochester request for $500 million to support expansion of the clinic. Both Newman and Gruenhagen said they would favor the money if it went to infrastructure to help support the expansion, such as better roads, for the increased traffic in Rochester. But neither would support it if it included building or expanding buildings for the clinic itself, or for the construction of hotels or other amenities. Newman said the Mayo Clinic is currently the “largest employer in the state” and the investment would be “very, very good for the state in the long run.” Urdahl said the intent is to spend it on infrastructure, not buildings, but added that the request would put a serious strain on the state’s ability to bond, and leave it short on bonding for other projects. Urdahl said negotiations between the state, city of Rochester, Olmsted County and the Mayo Clinic are continuing. • Proposed tax increases and reform by the governor. Urdahl said a proposed “fifthtier” income tax increase on the highest wage earners is intended to correct the “shift” in funding to schools, which he said is not needed.
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By statute, any new revenues “have to go to pay off the shift and replenish the reserves,” which is currently being done. There also is a proposal to lower the sales tax rate, but widen the tax base by applying sales taxes to goods and services currently not taxed, such as clothing. Newman said he would only support that proposal if it is “coupled with income tax reductions.” They also discussed the need for reform of corporate taxing, saying the current system is prohibitive to allowing businesses to grow. “You might as well hang up a sign that says ‘business not welcome here’ at the borders,” said Newman. • Proposed increases in minimum wage and the adoption of the federal Affordable Health Care Act, more commonly known as “Obamacare.” Both will have significant impacts on business, the legislators said. The state has adopted “Obamacare” legislation, although the surrounding states of the Dakotas, Iowa and Wisconsin have not. Gruenhagen said a business in Winsted has already said that the health care act will cost it another $16,000 a year, because it has 51 employees; the threshold for requiring the insurance is 50 employees. “So what are they going to do? Cut two employees,” said Gruenhagen. And the health care act also will affect public institutions, such as schools. Gruenhagen said Obamacare will cost the LeSueur/Henderson school district $197,000 a year, which will mean the district will need to make cuts in staffing, which impacts children’s education. Proposed minimum wage increases also will impact business-
es’ bottom line, especially small businesses that are already struggling, the legislators contended. • Gun control. All three said that any proposed gun control will address deficiencies in background checks and screening, and not limit gun ownership for law-abiding citizens. Gruenhagen said there are enough rural DFLers to supplement the Republicans to make sure that any more stringent gun control measures will fail. • Civil unions and gay marriage. Urdahl said he does not believe either issue will make it to the House floor because there are enough DFLers opposed to gay marriage to defeat a vote. “I don’t think they (the DFL) will bring it up if they don’t think they can pass it,” said Urdahl, who said Iron Range DFLers are socially conservative. Gruenhagen said that while gay marriage may be a non-issue, at least this session, government needs to do more to protect traditional marriage and the families they produce. Gruenhagen called traditional marriage “the economic cornerstone” of society, and contended that state-driven social services program favor the unwed, particularly unwed mothers. “We will never get government spending under control until we protect the family,” said Gruenhagen.
HLWW sets building vote for May 23
HOWARD LAKE — The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District will ask voters for additional funding for building additions, according to the Herald Journal. The ballot for the referendum vote, set for May 23, will have two questions: approval of $19.79 million for a middle school addition that includes a field house and auditorium balcony; and $5.82 million for additional classrooms at both elementary buildings and a gymnasium at Winsted Elementary.
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