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Mission work
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By Lori Copler Staff Writer An hour-and-half workshop Tuesday resulted in one conclusion about the proposed Morningside Avenue extension project — there just is not enough information, yet. County and city officials met Tuesday about the joint project, which has risen in cost from an estimated $1.4 million to $3.5 million, for a wide variety of reasons — wetland mitigation, relocation of a TC&W side rail, drainage and poor soils, to name just a few. John Brunkhorst, county highway engineer, said that authorizing final plans and specifications would help officials come up with better cost estimates. For example, Brunkhorst said, it may not be necessary to totally dig out all of the bad soil and replace it with better material. There are new technologies, he said, that may provide less costly solutions, especially since there will not be any sanitary sewer or water main work in that area, just storm sewer. But until there is more engineering work done, that cost will not be done. John Rodeberg of SEH, Inc., the city of Glencoe’s engineering firm, said more engineering work also will determine if two houses located near the proposed railroad crossing on Morningside would need be relocated, or if drainage issues could be adequately addressed to avoid that. Because of the increased estimated cost, there has been discussion of postponing the project so that the county will not have to dip into its reserves or postpone other projects — in particular a rehabilitation of a portion of County Road 3 — to come up with its expected share.
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Conclusion: More information needed
Brunkhorst said that having final plans would not only give the county and city a better handle on projected costs but, if the project would be “shovel ready” even if it was postponed. “It would be nice to at least get the plans on the shelf,” said Brunkhorst. Commissioner Ron Shimanski asked if cost savings would be found in the final planning stage. “That is our hope and our goal,” responded Rodeberg, that efficiencies could be found in the final planning stages. Brunkhorst said the final cost will not truly be known until bids are let, but noted that bids were opened for a similar project in Silver Lake that came in considerably less than the engineer’s estimate. In fact, the final bid that was approved was nearly 31 percent less than the estimate. Hopefully, the two engineers indicated, between value engineering and competitive bidding, the project’s final cost could be considerably less than the current estimate. The question that remains, Commissioner Sheldon Nies said, is how the cost for the final engineering plans — which was roughly estimated at $250,000 Tuesday — should be shared between the city and county. Nies suggested a 50-50 split. Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson said the county should send a proposal to the city, but Nies disagreed. “Why wouldn’t I ask for the reverse?” asked Nies. “We’re not the ones pushing the project.” Nies said the city should send a proposal to the county. Glencoe resident Gary Ballard asked the county to “step back” and reconsider the project, ques-
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Good Friday Cross Walk
The annual Good Friday Cross Walk was held March 29, beginning at Millie Beneke Manor with a program about Christ’s trial and crucifixion, and ending at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility. Leading the walk and carrying the cross is the Rev. James Gomez of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. At the left is Mathew Harwell, director of Christian education at Good Shepherd, who played the role of Peter during the Passion. At right, Michelle Gomez played the part of the anonymous woman mentioned in the Bible. The Rev. Gomez provided the monlogue about Barabbas. At long-term care, the Rev. Dr. Tom Rakow of Grace Bible in Silver Lake and the Rev. Katherine Rood of Christ Lutheran Church read the monologues of John and Mary, respectively. The event was sponsored by the Glencoe-Silver Lake Ministerial Association. Also participating was the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glencoe.
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Sen. Osmek traces his leadership desires to time in Biscay/Glencoe
By Lori Copler Staff Writer tate Sen. David Osmek, RMound, can trace his desire to be a leader back to his youth in the Biscay-Glencoe area, students at GSL High School heard Thursday morning. Osmek grew up in Biscay and graduated with the Glencoe High School class of 1983. He remembers fondly the battles with Hutchinson for the “Little Brown Jug.” “I’m always happy when you beat Hutchinson,” Osmek told Tom Schoper’s class Thursday morning. He recalled that his own football team, when he was a senior, finished 3-6; which was before the time that Glencoe and Silver Lake joined forces to become a gridiron powerhouse. What he learned about leadership, Osmek said, he learned from participating in 4-H, first with the Biscay Wheelers, then with the Glencoe Jr. Pioneers. Osmek is employed with United Health Group, he said, for a total of 15 years. In 2001, he started thinking about running for a seat on the Mound City Council. “I started to think that maybe I wanted to give something back to my community,” said Osmek, a feeling of community gratitude that he says is rooted in his 4-H
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experience. He was a city council member for 11 years, and then decided to run for state Senate. The state Senate seat in District 33 was open, thanks to the retirement of his predecessor. Osmek was endorsed by the Republican party, but was still challenged in the primary, where he emerged as the party candidate for the general election ballot in November. He received the highest vote total for any GOP Senate candidate in the state, Osmek said. Osmek took office in January, so he hasn’t had a lot of experience at the state level as yet, he told the students. But Osmek was still more than willing to field their questions about a variety of political issues, starting with gay marriage. “To me, it’s a First Amendment issue,” said Osmek, referring to the separation of church and state. If the state endorses gay marriage, Osmek fears, it may lead down a “slippery slope” to the state forcing churches to perform and recognize gay marriage, whether gay marriage is part of a church’s theology or not. “I’m afraid it will eventually inflict on religious institutions,” said Osmek. “The pilgrims came here for religious freedom, and we need to respect that.”
Osmek said that domestic partners are already given benefits by many businesses and corporations, and feels it best left to the private sector to create its own definition of domestic partnerships. Osmek also was asked about the other premier issue at the Capitol — gun control. Osmek said the state needs to work at better enforcing the laws it already has, rather than creating new ones. For example, Osmek said, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) uses outdated computer software and has a 10year-old database regarding the issuance of gun permits. “We need to update the BCA software for better background checks” to weed out criminals and the mentally ill from obtaining permits. Osmek said law enforcement associations, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun associations are working on ways to resolve the issues. Osmek also told the students that the two above issues push people’s buttons the most. “If you want people to come to the Capitol, talk about taking their guns away, and talk about gay rights,” said
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Sen. Osmek
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State Sen. David Osmek, R-Mound, a native of the Biscay area and a 1983 graduate of Glencoe High School, visited his old school Thursday morning during the Legislature’s spring break. He toured the school and then visited with one of Tom Schoper’s classes.
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Happenings
VFW Auxiliary to meet April 8
The next regular meeting of the Glencoe VFW Auxiliary to Post 5102 will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 8, at the VFW Club.
Water, sewer rates to rise
By Rich Glennie Editor The finance and strategic planning committee of Glencoe City Council met Wednesday afternoon and recommended the full Council approve increases in water and sewer rates over a fiveyear period. What the final rates will be is up to the full City Council to determine, but the original recommendation was to triple rates for water this year with more gradual increases set to kick in the following four years. A similar, but less dramatic, plan was proposed for sewer rates over the same five-year period. Water and sewer rates have not increased since 2006. The water and sewer rates consist of two parts — a fixed rate service charge and a monthly per 1,000-gallon rate. Combined, the two make up the water and sewer fees on a customer’s monthly utility bill. That first-year hike in the water service charge, in particular, concerned City Council member Gary Ziemer. The proposal from a city subcommittee called for a $6 service fee for water in 2013, triple the 2012 monthly water charge of $2. The monthly charge for 1,000 gallons of water used would jump to $5.75 in 2013 from $3.90 in 2012. As a result, for an average user of 4,000 gallons of water a month, the fee would be $29 in 2013, up from $17.60 in 2012. By the end of the five-year period, the water rates would be $34 a month for a user of 4,000 gallons a month. The monthly sewer charge in 2013 would be $6, up from $4.20 in 2012. The charge per 1,000 gallons would be $6.75
City Council OKs hikes
At Monday’s meeting, Glencoe City Council unanimously approved the proposed water and sanitary sewer rate increases to be spread out over a five-year period. Plato sanitary sewer customers will pay 87 percent of the rate paid by Glencoe users under a formula established when the two communities agreed to share a wastewater treatment plant 11 years ago. Glencoe City Adminisin 2013, up from $5.73 in 2012. For the average user of 4,000 gallons a month, the rate after five years would be $38 a month, compared to the current cost of $27.12. Ziemer’s concern was with the water rate increase that would double the cost for some users, especially the elderly and those others on fixed incomes. In particular, he thought the first-year water service charge increase to $6 from $2 was too steep. But Mayor Randy Wilson said even though rates have not increased in years and usage is down, the cost to operate the water and wastewater plants has not decreased. “We still have to pay for the plant (operations),” he said. Ziemer agreed, but his concern is that adding another $200 a year in water and sewer fees to those with limited incomes, “is a lot for that person.” He also said Glencoe has an aging population. The flat fee hits those people the hardest, Ziemer said, and the first-year increase in trator Mark Larson said Plato is billed monthly by Glencoe and Plato collects the fees from its customers. The finance committee proposed water rate increase during the first year was cut by 20 percent by City Council because it was felt to be too big of a jump. The rate increase was evened out over the final three years of the plan to make up the difference.
Area bloodmobiles scheduled
The America Red Cross has scheduled two area bloodmobiles for April 23 and April 24 in Plato and Glencoe, respectively. The Tuesday, April 23, bloodmobile will be held at Cross Roads West Church in Plato from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Glencoe bloodmobile will be at the Glencoe City Center on Wednesday, April 24, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dunne to perform April 12
Cahal Dunne, a songwriter, pianist, comedian and one of Ireland’s best vocalists, will perform at 7 p.m., Friday, April 12, in the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School auditorium as part of the Glencoe Area Performing Artists Series. Dunne has a vocal style that is rich and deep as he takes the audience on a musical tour of his homeland. More information can be obtained by calling Sue McBride at 864-3876 or Anne Rudy at 864-7633.
Spring retreat slated April 30
The spring retreat is sponsored by Lutheran Social Services for Minnesota, Touching Hearts at Home and Eucimen Oaks & Pines with funding from the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging. To register, contact Jan Novotny at 320-894-0479 or jan.novotny@lssmn.org. As a result of the spring retreat, the April meeting of the Glencoe caregiver discussion group has been cancelled.
Brownton Legion/Aux. to meet
Edward Ewald Post 143 of Brownton Legion and Auxiliary will meet on Monday, April 8, at the Brownton Community Center at 7:30 p.m. The Auxiliary will be putting plans in place for poppy days. Host is Elmer Baysinger. Hostesses are Leone Kujas and Ethel Hardel.
MMDC annual meeting set
The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission will hold its annual public informational meeting for the Area Transportation Partnership’s 2014-17 Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) on Thursday, April 4, at 10 a.m., at the Kandiyohi County HHS building, located at 2200 23rd St. NE in Willmar. The meeting will be held in the lower level multi-purpose room.
Glencoe Legion meeting set
The regular meeting of the Glencoe American Legion Post 95 will be held Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m., in the basement of the Glencoe VFW Post 5102. All members are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served.
the flat fee “is a substantial jump.” Wilson asked how the city is supposed to get the needed revenues for its capital projects without the jump in rates. “Soften the blow and make it up in later years (of the five-year plan),” Ziemer replied. ***** Gary Schreifels, public works director for water and wastewater treatment, outlined the proposed five-year increases aimed at rebuilding the water and sewer fund balances in order to pay for upcoming infrastructure needs. Compounding the revenue problem is a decrease in water usage in recent years, Schreifels said. Using a graph, he noted that water usage was 179.8 million gallons a year in 2006, but that has fallen to 162.3 million gallons in 2012. Continuing conservation efforts have contributed to the decline in usage, Schreifels said. But that decline also causes a decline in revenues, he added.
With major infrastructure and maintenance projects in the works, as well as a possible expansion of the wastewater treatment plan to address phosphorus removal mandates, the city’s water and sewer funds need to be rebuilt, Schreifels said. As to changing the recommendations, Schreifels argued that putting more emphasis on usage rather than the fixed fees “does not guarantee dollars.” Council member John Schrupp agreed that the fixed monthly fee is a more consistent source of funding for the city. ***** Ziemer recommended the first-year water service charge be reduced a dollar to $5 in 2013, and the per 1,000-gallons rate be reduced 25 cents to $5.50. Ziemer said that would reduce the rates as far as possible “and not have a negative balance.” But Schreifels said that will likely cost the city $24,000 in lost revenues in 2013. “We do need to make capital improvements,” Wilson offered as a reminder. He said the expansion of the wastewater plant to address removal of phosphorus may cost the city nearly $1 million. The project needs to be completed by 2017, and Wilson said he would prefer building the fund balance now rather than to bond for it later. Schreifels said Plato users of the sanitary sewer system also will see the rate increase. Plato residents pay 87 percent of the rate that Glencoe customers pay, he added. That is because Plato pays for its own sewer collection system.
Jazz bands, pork chop dinner
On Friday, April 5, the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Music Department and GSL Ag Promoters FFA Alumni will combine to present an evening of jazz and big band music along with a pork chop dinner. GSL Ag Promoters FFA Alumni will present the dinner prior to the concert. The GSL Jazz Band and special guests, the Bethany Lutheran College Jazz Band, will perform at 7 p.m. in the GSL High School Commons.
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Early Tuesday morning, March 26, police issued two “snowbird” citations. Also, police responded to a call of a medical situation on Queen Avenue at 4:26 p.m.,Tuesday. The resident was taken by ambulance to Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS). At 5:06 p.m., Tuesday, police received a call of a man who took a taxi from Coon Rapids to Glencoe. When they got to Coborn’s, the man took off running to avoid paying the fare. The incident was labeled a theft. Three storage-unit burglaries were reported on Wednesday, March 27, along Fir Avenue. All three units belonged to the same family. At 11:56 a.m., Thursday, March 28, a resident reported the theft of 100 to 200 CDs in a black zipper case from a vehicle parked on Greeley Avenue. Each CD was valued at $10 to $15. Also stolen were two car chargers for cell phones valued at about $60 along with loose change and a DVD player with two screens that mount onto seats. An elderly male with COPD was transferred from his Pryor Avenue residence by ambulance after having difficulty breathing. The call came in at 6:18 p.m., Thursday. Also on Thursday, at 9:54, police arrested a suspect in the 800 block of 10th St., for violating an order for protection. The suspect also was in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Police assisted at a medical situation at a home on 16th Street at 4:04 a.m., Sunday. A 77-year-old male had a possible stroke and was transported by ambulance to GRHS.
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Spring Extravaganza April 6
The Relay For Life Spring Extravaganza is set for Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Hutchinson Mall. The theme this year is “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.” Sponsors include the Bumps Stop Here and The Little Bumps Relay For Life teams.
Concordia choir to perform
The Concordia University (Seward, Neb.) A Cappella Choir will perform at First Lutheran Church, 925 E. 13th St., Glencoe, Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m., as part of its Spring 2013 tour.
Fundraiser set for April 6
The Blessed John Paul II Area Faith Community is hosting its second-annual wine tasting, dinner and silent auction Saturday, April 6, at Crow River Winery on Highway 7, between Hutchinson and Silver Lake. The social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by a champagne chicken and grilled pork dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are limited and may be reserved in advance by calling Gerald Kucera at 320-327-2441. All proceeds benefit the community’s diocesan mission at San Lucas, Toliman, Guatemala.
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Glencoe seniors to meet
The Glencoe Senior Citizens group will meet at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 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 9, for card playing. To be included in this column, items for Happenings must be received in the Chronicle office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday of the week they are to be published. Items received after that will be published elsewhere in the newspaper as space permits. Happenings in Glencoe, Brownton, Stewart, Plato, New Auburn, Biscay and Silver Lake take priority over happenings elsewhere.
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The following building permits were approved by the Glencoe City Council on Monday, April 1: Holly Vogt, 1609 Chandler Ave., reside. Charity Sturges, 600 W. 15th St., reroof. Jeff Mueller, 1726 Greeley Ave., reroof. Mike Schrupp, 1120 E. 14th St., egress window. Rachel Strobel, 1607 Knight Ave., reroof. Dave Welch, 1712 Cedar Ave., basement remodel. Scott Steinhaus, 407 W. 17th St., reroof.
Corrections & Clarifications
In last week’s Happenings column, it was reported that the Glencoe Lions were holding the last “Bar Bingo” session of the year. That was inaccurate. Ron Dahlke of the Lions said the “Bar Bingo” events, held at the Glencoe Country Club, will continue through April with events scheduled for April 13 and April 27. ***** The Chronicle strives for accuracy in its reports. If you find an error, bring it to our attention. Call 8645518 and ask for Rich Glennie, editor.
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tioning whether it is truly needed at the estimated cost. Ballard said the project seems to be pushed by the engineers, because city residents “aren’t pushing for this project. It’s not the citizens who are paying the taxes who are pushing it, and that bothers me.” But Wilson said he is willing to “defend the engineers,” who he said were hired because the Council members themselves do not have the knowledge to proceed. Wilson also said that the Morningside project has been on the books, in one form or another, since 1965, and will provide a direct corridor to Highway 212 from the north, resolve some flooding issues and provide a safer transportation route to and from the high school. “If you want to blame someone for this, blame me,” said Wilson. “I think everything about it makes sense.”
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To everyone that sent cards, phone calls, brought food to our house and had us in your prayers while we were hospitalized and at home. Also, thank you to Pastor Andrix for his prayers and visits.
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By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe City Council on Monday night approved a two-year contract offer to Waste Management to begin a one-sort recycling program in the community. But two revisions were made before it was sent on for Waste Management’s consideration. The changes include reducing the contract to two years with an option for another two years. Previous refuse contracts were often five-year contracts. The other revision is “optout language” that allows the contract to end without penalty if another governing body, like the county board, prohibits the contract by statute. No claim for damages can therefore be made. The proposed one-sort recycling program is optional for Glencoe residents, Mayor Randy Wilson stressed. The cost per month for residents is $2.65, down from the original cost of $2.90 a month. City Administrator Mark Larson said this is the city’s offer to Waste Management, who has not acted on the contract yet. The contract also removed the clause about fuel adjustments, Larson added. Council member Kevin Dietz questioned how this contract would affect the county’s recycling study currently under way. “I don’t know if it will affect it greatly,” Wilson replied, especially if the county study comes back favoring the one-sort recycling program. The city’s proposed contract would run concurrently with the county’s current contract with West Central Sanitation of Willmar. The county contract runs through Sept. 30, 2015. Council member John Schrupp said most of the comments he has received over the past few months favor the one-sort plan the city has proposed. He made the motion to approve the new recycling contract with Waste Management. The motion passed 4-1 with Dietz voting no. The majority included Schrupp, Gary Ziemer, Dan Perschau and Lori Adamietz. In other matters, City Council: • Heard plans are proceeding with the Glencoe Liquor Store expansion at a cost of about $350,000, according to Larson. The current coolers will be moved from the west wall and be placed on the south wall, he said, and the wall separating the liquor store and old city offices will be removed to double the floor space for products. He said the plan calls for one entrance on the west side of the liquor store. Additional parking also is being planned for the west side of the property. “Timing is the biggest thing,” Larson said. If the project is started now, it is estimated to take four or five months to complete. Larson said the aim is to be ready for the big holiday season. Another goal is for the liquor store to remain open all throughout the construction. • Authorized the mayor and city administrator to execute an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for advanced warning devices on Highway 212 in advance of the Chandler Avenue intersection. MnDOT requested the city pay for the electricity needed for the flashing lights. • Also authorized the execution of an agreement for a turn-around easement in NorthCountry Estates 7th Addition in the northwest end of the city. Currently, the street ends in a dirt turn-around in the development owned by Progressive Partners, Bruce Bergmann and Sam Scholl. Future plans call for the extension of the street into the next phase of the subdivision some day, but the easement now allows snow plows to turn around at the end of the road. • Heard an update from Dave Meyer, Glencoe Light Plant manager, that the transmission line project is nearly complete and could be commissioned for use by the end of the week. • Heard that an area contractors breakfast is planned for 7 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, in the City Center Ballroom. Also, the Thursday, April 11, planning commission meeting will begin with a tour of Seneca’s migrant housing facility at 3 p.m. with the commission meeting set for 4 p.m. • Fielded a question from resident Jerry Belcher about the poor condition of 11th Street between Union and Morningside avenues near Coborn’s. Larson said that stretch is in this year’s pavement management plans for a street overlay. It will be upgraded from a five-ton street to a seven- or eight-ton street to better handle the truck traffic, he said.
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Our view: Real game-changer could be the soft, wet soils along extension’s route
here are a couple of gamechangers when it comes to the proposed Morningside Avenue extension project: The additional cost, and the reasons for the additional cost. A recent meeting among the main participants — city, county and Twin Cities & Western (TC&W) Railroad officials — also said a lot about the changes. No one, other than some Glencoe city officials, seemed too eager to proceed. The project, long on the list of county transportation projects, is scheduled to get started in 2014. But the changes in street dimensions, concerns about blockages at the railroad crossing and TC&W’s switching practices, and the poor soil conditions along the proposed route have caused all sides to pause. Now the Morningside Avenue project is awaiting a county board decision on whether it plans to spend an additional $1 million or more to extend Morningside Avenue from 11th Street north to 16th Street in Glencoe. The big question: Is it worth it? That will be debated in the coming weeks. The cost of the project, originally about $2 million a decade ago has jumped to about $3.4 million to $3.7 million now. The $1.2 million for the county’s share has doubled to about $2.4 million. The same with the city’s portion of the project, which also has doubled to nearly $1 million with some federal funding available for the railroad crossing expenses. The primary game changer is the soil conditions along the proposed route, in particular the poor, soft and wet soils north of the railroad tracks. Earlier this year, John Rodeberg of Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) said the project, which would extend Morningside Avenue north about five blocks to 16th Street, will run through some poor soils that will require a lot of fill to stablize the road bed. It also will require additional tiling and sewer extensions to properly drain the areas. All of that has greatly added to the costs in a variety of ways. The city points to the need to address the drainage in that area regardless. It is one of the last areas remaining in the city’s long-range sewer study of 20 years ago. Addressing the drainage issue is to the
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county’s benefit as well because of the county’s HUD housing on 14th Street that has been plagued by the high water tables for years. Better drainage will improve conditions there, too. The other main stumbling block is the railroad crossing. While the new crossing at Morningside Avenue is being paid by federal dollars, shifting TC&W’s switching area farther east will add to the costs of the project for the railroad, county or city, or all three. The aim is to move the switching area far enough east to prevent trains from blocking of the new crossing on Morningside. The other goal is to not make it worse than the current crossing at Union Avenue. Union Avenue will be closed as part of the Morningside Avenue work. Simply moving the switching tracks to the east of Morningside will not solve the blocking issues at new crossing. Those tracks need to go even farther east to make any difference, but that adds another couple hundred thousand dollars to the work. Who pays for that additional cost is still debatable. In the bigger picture, the city and TC&W would like to have a switching area even farther east near Diamond Avenue. That would require the closing of the Diamond Avenue crossing, and only the county can do that. That switching yard project has been talked about for many years, but was scuttled when “earmarks” in Congress became a bad word, and necessary federal funding dried up. The switchyard also requires cooperation of abutting landowners, and that has been a problem in the past as well. So does the Morningside Avenue project wait until the switchyard project takes place? Or does the Morninsgide project proceed regardless of the switchyard? Or does the county board simply pull the plug on the project? Despite a planned 2014 start to the Morningside project, perhaps that schedule should be slowed down so answers can be found before any dirt is moved. A right decision now could have a major impact later. Get everyone on the same page before proceeding any farther. — R.G.
Letters to Editor Morningside Avenue extension: Not a good idea!
To the Editor: I attended a county budget meeting last Tuesday. The essence of the meeting was whether our county is prepared to spend $3 million (consisting of both county and state funds) of their possible share of nearly $4 million in costs to extend Morningside Avenue a distance of three blocks. Many concerns were raised: 1) What percent is the county’s share of the cost? Should the cost be split 50/50 with the city of Glencoe? 2) What are the costs for moving the railroad to the east? (Meanwhile the railroad, Twin Cities & Western, is embroiled with light-rail transit issues at this time.) 3) What are the unknown problems of building over the old dump site? 4) What is the cost of removing the homes alongside Morningside (which are currently not included in the present costs of the project)? 5) What state and federal funds are available and for how long? 6) The county is not pushing for this project; the push is coming from Glencoe city officials. 7) The project includes closing Union Avenue. Are we OK with closing Union? 8) If the county spends these millions of dollars on this project, other county projects will need to be cut. What county projects would be cut? 9) The county is looking at turning back some of its county streets over to the city of Glencoe to save money. How does this affect future city costs? 10) How will the mediation on wetlands be handled? 11) Was there a commitment to Coborns for a through street? 12) How does Diamond Avenue’s closure affect city and county residents? 13) The new street extension will need to have a weight limit of 10 tons. 14) Should the project be delayed? We know that this $1 million to be spent by the city could be better used to in other ways like upgrading our present streets and not having to assess the adjoining property owners. After conferring with a road engineer, I was informed that the amount of money spent on the three-block Morningside extension would provide the replacement of 7.5 miles of streets with a seven-ton rating! This would be an enormous amount of savings for the taxpayers. Another County Board meeting is set for April 2, with Glencoe city officials invited. I hope the city officials discuss the items listed above and view this monster expense with the same reservations as did the county. Call the Glencoe City Council members, the mayor, and county commissioners, and voice your concerns over this unnecessary project — or put the project on hold. In 2001 Glencoe residents (1,354) petitioned to halt this very project! Gary Ballard Glencoe
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Path to success is with early education
By Brenda Cassellius Commissioner of Education Much has been written about the long-term benefits of high quality early education and all day kindergarten, especially for poor children. Research abounds to support investments in young learners as a critical way to close achievement gaps and improve student outcomes. Gov. Dayton’s budget contains significant new investments for both early childhood education and all day kindergarten, and every sign indicates that substantial investments for early learning will be coming out of the legislature as well. Minnesota is home to some of the most compelling research on the high return of investment for early learning – up to $16 dollars for every $1 invested according to former Federal Reserve Chair Art Rolnick. And there’s more: Child-development researchers at the University of North Carolina recently published a study that found low-income students who attended preschool had higher math and reading scores in third grade than their low-income peers who did not. City University of New York conducted a study showing that one in six students who can’t read at grade level by third grade will not finish high school by age 19 – nearly four times the rate of their more proficient peers. A study begun in 1962 in Michigan tracked two groups of low-income students — those who attended preschool and those who did not — and found that at age 40, participants who attended preschool had attained higher levels of education, earned higher wages, were more likely to own a home and were less likely to have been incarcerated than those who did not attend preschool. Yet, despite the evidence, pockets of opposition continue to question the wisdom of early childhood education. To which I say this: if you want a real life success story that illustrates the potential for high quality early education to change a life, look at me. I was a Head Start baby. I can personally attest to the value of early learning, not only the early benefits to a poor girl growing up in the projects of south Minneapolis, but the long-term effects on my life. I could easily have ended up in a cycle of poverty and dependence, but I didn’t. Why? For many reasons, including hard work and a little bit of luck, but also because of the early opportunities I received and the parenting support given to my mother, who had my sister at 16 and me at 20. Head Start allowed me to develop school readiness skills and a love of learning that have lasted a lifetime. I remember the fun of outlining my 4year old body on a big sheet of paper and labeling my parts; of watching a celery stalk turn red in a glass full of tinted water; of reading my first book, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and imagining my own dreams for adventure as I drew them with a purple crayon. My best memory, though, is when my teacher would round us up in a circle at the end of the day to touch
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Editor’s note: This is an e-mail received by Linda Krueger of Glencoe, who is involved in Operation Minnesota Nice. She sent a 16pound package to a soldier in Afghanistan, after he requested some gardening items. By Kevin W. Wood I am from Wausau, Wis., but I live in Winona. Below is the update I told you about. Well time is winding down here in Shindand Afghanistan. Spring is starting to set in, and the soldiers of Charlie company are beginning to feel the spring fever as our departure date gets closer and closer. I am trying to make the best use of my time here; still doing the paramedic program and still performing the duties of a U.S. Army flight medic. Outside of those two roles, I have been fortunate enough to dabble in some other recreational activities to keep my mind occupied. One of those being the construction of a greenhouse and the growing of a wide array of vegetables and flowers inside it. I started the project with a friend here in early March, and as of now I am beginning to see the fruits of our hard labor. The greenhouse structure is made from some scrap wood we had leftover from the Operations building project, and then for the supporting ribs of the greenhouse I used a LMTV (light medium tactical vehicle) canopy frame which opportunely works perfect! We then placed some 5 mm plastic, left over from the previous unit, over the top of the structure to make the cover/shelter of the greenhouse. And now I am in the planting stage, seeding snack-size milk containers and ammo cans with vegetable and annual flower seeds, and miraculously I am starting to see some of seeds sprout! I was real hesitant at first as to how the seeds would take to the dry dusty soil, but (I) was amazed to see the plants prevailed and it looks as though they are going to accept it quite well. Some of you are probably laughing while reading this, at the notion that here I am at war, and I am worried about the soil content so I can grow some frivolous flowers and vegetables, which I am probably not going be around to harvest. It is alright if you laugh, I too laugh at myself sometimes. In all honesty, the act of gardening has kind of a therapeutic effect, and I am broadening my horizons to make for a well versified experience in this whole deployment deal. Not only can I take away a wealth of medical knowledge and skills, but I can also say I am able to grow a well balanced diet worth of food for the average every day vegetarian. Another activity I partook in this past month is that of entertaining the rest of the unit. I did this by making a French toast breakfast on a griddle we have here in our MWR tent. The menu was French toast, sliced bananas, Ozark syrup, pancakes, banana pancakes, M&M pancakes, cinnamon apple pan-
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Council OKs treatment plant feasibility study
By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe City Council on Monday night approved a $54,000 feasibility study on its wastewater treatment plant. The study will address how the city can meet Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) demands that Glencoe remove phosphorus from its wastewater treatment and keep it out of Buffalo Creek. Speaking at a March 27 finance and strategic planning committee meeting, Gary Schreifels, public works director for water and wastewater, said the MPCA has given Glencoe until 2017 to comply with its standards on phosphorus. That may require the city to expand its treatment plant in order to address the issue. Schreifels said there are grants available to cities addressing the phosphorus issues, but there needs to be a plan in place first. Therefore, the need for a feasibility study to develop a plan. Schreifels said the removal of phosphorus needs to begin in 2017, but the MPCA is requiring a plan of action be sent to the state agency by the end of 2013. Asked how well the treatment plant removes phosphorus now — which comes mostly from the use of soap products and lawn fertilizers — Schreifels said the city has cut its phosphorus level by more than half, but the MPCA wants it cut even farther. Schreifels said all communities, or “point sources,” dumping treated water into rivers leading to Lake Pepin via the Mississippi River, are being required to eliminate phosphorus discharges completely. Since Buffalo Creek flows into the Crow River that flows into the Mississippi River which flows into Lake Pepin, Glencoe is included in the MPCA rules. While source points are easy to identify and forced to meet MPCA mandates, nonsource points, like farm fields, are tougher targets to identify and force to comply, Schreifels said. The scope of the city’s plan of action, “will determine what to include in it,” he said. The plan will address more than just phosphorus removal, Schreifels said. Removing phosphorus will affect the treatment plant’s volume of biosolids, its blowers and electrical usage, Schreifels said. That also will be studied. The feasibility study, being done by Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), is expected to be completed in six months, Schreifels added. ***** In another matter, the finance committee recommended approval of a plan to purchase a used aerial ladder truck for the Glencoe Fire Department, with the cost not to exceed $500,000. A new aerial truck would cost about $1 million, according to City Administrator Mark Larson. He said most of the townships in Glencoe’s fire district also have approved the purchase and agreed to pay for 28 percent of the cost. Glencoe Fire Chief Ron Grack said his department is looking at used aerial trucks in Alabama. The replacement aerial truck would take the place of the current 1982 aerial truck. A major concern, Grack said, is getting a vehicle that will fit in the fire station, especially with its 12-foot high doors. Length of the vehicle also is a consideration at the fire hall, although the fire trucks could be shuffled to make a new, longer aerial truck fit, he said. Grack and other firefighters also noted there are limitations on the 1982 vehicle in fighting fires and with the reach of the boom on the aerial truck. Wilson said the city traditionally upgrades the fire department vehicles on a fiveyear rotation, which results in vehicles being used for about 20 years. The aerial truck, however, is over 30 years old. Larson said the financing would begin in 2014 with the townships making the first payment and the city’s payments beginning in 2015. Grack said all the townships, except Glencoe Township, supported the idea of getting a newer aerial truck.
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Linda Krueger of Glencoe sent some seeds and other gardening materials to Kevin Wood, above, stationed in Afghanistan, to help the soldier start a greenhouse project. cakes ... you get the picture: one can do a lot with pancakes when there isn't really an oven or stove to use. Everybody enjoyed the morning feast, and it was a moral boost to everyone’s spirits; plus we watched the movie “Grumpier Old Men” while we ate breakfast, and anyone who has seen that movie can’t say it doesn’t put you in a better mood after you watch it. There were also a couple mornings I made smoothies for everyone, I didn’t know we had a blender here until one day I was digging in the kitchen utensil shelf of the MWR tent and found this old dusty Black and Decker antique. I cleaned it up a little bit and, sure enough, it revved up like a bad chainsaw horror movie. So we piled together a whole variety of fruit from the chow hall, and then I started brewing up some concoctions and I think everyone can agree some of them turned out great and some of them ... not so much. I mean who would of ever thought Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies blended together with ice and coffee-flavored energy drink really wouldn’t taste that good? OK, so it was after this trial I decided it was time to put the old blender away and call it a day. Getting back to the duties of the flight medic that I spoke of earlier, one of these responsibilities here at Shindand (headquarters) is to support the outlying FOBs with mail and supplies, so we will go on what are called “ring routes” where we spend a day flying to all three of the FOBs dropping off equipment, personnel, sometimes we even do aircraft swaps, kind of like a weekly provisions route. When we crew the aircraft on these flights you pretty much fly over a large portion of the countryside of Afghanistan, and I will say the scenery from a birds eye view doesn’t ever get old. The mountains, villages, historical icons, and sometimes even wild herds of camels, are definitely a spectacular sight to see. For there are desolate stretches of land that extend out for miles and miles without any signs of civilization or even a soul for that matter. It gives us a sense of pride to know not everyone has a chance to fly over a sovereign nation, although we are often reminded we are not in a sovereign nation if we cross the border into Iran, which is not too far from here, and we have flown pretty close to it before. I guess it is all in the way you perceive your situation, one could just complain about the hardships of being confined to a FOB living out of tents and seeing the same people day in and day out, or then a person can make the best of the situation and maybe build a greenhouse out of scrap wood and an old LMTV frame, take the opportunity of confinement to motivate the people around you with moral building events. I suppose it’s a choice to make, and for me I choose the latter of the two. With that being said, I can’t complain. There are activities to keep me busy here, and it won’t be too long until I’m boarding that Air Force plane and going back to the land flowing with milk and honey. I wish everyone well and look forward to seeing you soon.
‘Roaring 1920s’ fundraiser night set April 22
The McLeod County Historical Society will host a nostalgia night fundraiser “Roaring 1920s” on Monday, April 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Blue Note Ballroom, Winsted. The John Beck Trio Jazz Band will perform. The ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, live music, 1920s trivia with prizes and a costume contest. For tickets and information, call 320-587-2109 or infor@mcleodhistory.org.
New Auburn VFW Auxiliary makes several donations
The regular March meeting of the New Auburn VFW Auxiliary to Post 7266 was called to order by President Phyllis Schwanke. The club made donations to the Health and Happiness fund, $5; National Military Services fund, $15; Minnesota scholarship fund, $25; and to the legislative fund, $5. The next meeting of the Auxiliary will be on Wednesday, April 10.
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History
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
April 4, 1913 O.C. Conrad, Editor After a lingering illness extending an extended period, Mrs. Christ Stockman died last Sunday at the home of her son, Christ Stockman, on the east shore of Lake Marion. A native of Germany, Mrs. Stockman came to America with her husband in 1858, living a short time in Illinois before coming to Minnesota in 1863. She had reached the advanced age of 91 years. She is survived by four sons, Henry and Fred of Glencoe, Dieterich of Plato and Christ of Lake Marion. At a recent meeting of the stockholders of the Biscay creamery, it was decided to advertise for bids on a new creamery building, which will be 60 feet by 60 feet by 20 feet in size. The estimated cost is between $8,000 and $9,000. Mrs. Caroline (Peik) Klopfleisch, 66, died at her home near Sumter on March 30. She was preceded in death by her husband, Christoph, and three children. The children who survive her are Mrs. Fred Duehn and Mrs. John Booth of Sumter Township and Andrew Klopfleisch of Howard Lake. Dr. Harold A. Wilson, who has been practicing dentistry in Brownton the past seven years, sold his practice the fore part of this week to Dr. Gilbert P. Bigelow of Dodge Center, who will take possession of the office on April 1. The Brownton Oil Company, Pure Oil dealer, operated by Paul Tadsen, purchased a new GMC truck last Friday. The new truck and cab are of a blue color and trimmed with yellow. Former resident William H. Krueger, 54, died Friday morning in Minneapolis. He was the son of the late Immanuel and Wilhelmine Krueger and was born in Penn Township July 4, 1885. His body was brought here Sunday afternoon and interred in the family plot in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Ronald Duehn, Allen Schwarze and Dwight Spiering.
20 Years Ago
March 31, 1993 Lori Copler, Editor A committee of about a dozen people spent the better part of Sunday afternoon at the Dale and Joan Ewald home finalizing plans for a three-day all-school reunion set for June 18-20 in Brownton. The dark-brown trim on the Brownton Community Center will be replaced in the near future. The trim, which has “oilcanned” into a wrinkled look, has been the subject of debate between the city’s engineering firm and the general contractor. The City Council decided at a special meeting to withhold payment from both the engineering firm and the contractor until the work is completed to its satisfaction.
50 Years Ago
April 4, 1963 Charles H. Warner, Editor Bertha Lindeman Polzin, 79, died at the Glencoe hospital March 28. She and her husband, Carl, farmed for 17 years in Penn Township before moving to the village of Brownton. Carl Polzin did masonry work and part-time work until he passed away in 1949. The Rev. Gordon R. Arneberg, pastor of Zion Methodist Church in Brownton, will confirm four youths at Palm Sunday services. They are Linda Arneberg,
10 Years Ago
April 2, 2003 Lori Copler, Editor Else Mae Jensen, 78, of Brownton, died March 23, 2003. Mrs. Jensen was noted in the community as an educator, a musician and the organist at Grace Lutheran Church, Brownton.
Chronicle photos by Lori Copler
Easter fun in Brownton
The Brownton Women’s Club hosted Easter activities for children at the Community Center Saturday. Above, James Hill, son of Josh and Danielle Hill of Minneapolis and grandson of Jim and Shirley Lindeman of Brownton, visited with the Easter Bunny. At right, Savannah Sweely, daughter of David and Nancy Sweely of Stewart, was among the children who participated in the Easter egg hunt. Children also were able to hold live bunnies and win prizes and goodie bags.
75 Years Ago
March 31, 1938 Percy L. Hakes, Editor
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
April 4, 1913 A.F. Avery, Editor It is now proposed to enlarge the Stewart School District 33, which comprises three sections, to make a consolidated district of 22 sections, by annexing parts of districts 31, 85 and 59 to the east and south of town, and to consolidate with districts 61 and 107 to the north and west. This would form a well-proportioned school district, with the most remote point being only three miles from the Stewart school and within easy reach of the consolidated school buses. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Betker of Collins last Saturday, March 29. Frank Mann and O.G. Zimmerman of Brownton were in Stewart Tuesday getting pointers on school matters. Brownton will vote on the issue of $25,000 bonds for a new schoolhouse tomorrow. brate their 53rd wedding anniversary and Mrs. Proehl’s birthday.
50 Years Ago
April 4, 1963 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Robert Abram, 68, of rural Stewart, died Wednesday afternoon, March 27, 1963. He had walked to the farm of a close neighbor, the Rudolph Busslers, and after visiting a short time, died of a heart attack at their home. He had not been ill. A native of Russia, he came to Canada from Russia at the age of 18, then moved to North Dakota and then Brownton. He and his wife were currently living on the James Nutter farm. He is survived by his wife Martha (Mielke) and four children, Robert Jr. of Hutchinson, Mildred (Mrs. Melvin Henke) of Arlington, LorJean (Mrs. James Hauser) of North Mankato, and Karen (Mrs. Charles Schrader) of Courtland. St. Boniface Catholic Church
in Stewart has taken on a new appearance this week with the completion of a sand-blasting operation, which re-surfaced the exterior brick. Mortar and bricks which have been damaged also will be replaced.
35 Years Ago
April 6, 1978 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor The Stewart Centennial Committee will be staging a “Miss Centennial Queen” pageant Friday evening, July 7, at the high school. Candidates must be between 18 and 25 years of age and not married. Judging will be based upon poise, neatness, formal attire, talent and responses to random questions. The committee also is selling centennial buttons and planning for the parade. Rosy (Klitzke) Kloempken, 90, a lifelong area resident, died at the Burns Manor Nursing Home last Wednesday.
75 Years Ago
April 1, 1938 Harry Koeppen, Editor Mr. and Mrs. Otto Penk were tendered a surprise last Friday evening on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary when about 75 friends and neighbors gathered at their home. Last week witnessed the emergence of a new handball champion at Gustavus Adolphus College when Glenn Fleisch, a Stewart boy, defeated the defending champion, Lefty Dvorak. An event long to be remembered took place Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Proehl Sr. when a large group of relatives and friends gathered to help this estimable couple cele-
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Twenty-two Sibley County 4-Hers participated in mock job interviews recently. The participants included, front row, from left, Connor Johnson, Brennir Peterson, Mary Niebuhr, Joseph Mueller and Nicole Sievert. Second row, Cody Sievert, Jor-
dan Mueller, Kylie Unger, Baleigh Peterson and Emma Niebuhr. Back row, Marisa Kroells, Sam Thies, Kaitlyn Unger, Lauren Roiger, Branstyn Peterson and Brent Walters.
Thurs., April 4 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info. Fri., April 5 — Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Music Dept. & GSL Ag Promoters FFA Alumni jazz and big band music, GSL High School Commons, 7 p.m. Sat., April 6 — Relay for Life Spring Extravaganza, Hutchinson Mall, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon., April 8 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, Brownton Community Center, 1 p.m.; Stewart City Council, 7 p.m.; Edward Ewald Post 143 of Brownton Legion & Auxiliary, Brownton Community Center, 7:30 p.m. Tues., April 9 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m. Thurs., April 11 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info. 737 Hall St., Stewart 320-562-2553
Sibley County 4-Hers show off their job interviewing skills
By Sue Bentz Sibley County Extension “You’re hired!” Those are the words 22 Sibley County 4-Hers were hoping to hear when they showed their job interview skills on Monday, March 25 at the Sibley County Extension Office. Contestants filled out an application or resume and were interviewed by age category for a job they were interested in. Jobs they could pick from included jobs from the Minnesota State Fair. Judges for the evening were Donna Trebelhorn, Joy Cohrs and Lisa Klenk. All contestants did a great job. Results are as follows: Senior Division: First place went to Marisa Kroells, AC; second, Sam Thies, HIC; and third, Zack Klaers, RRR. Intermediate: First, Jacob Wemeier, HIC; second, Ben Klaers, RRR; and third, Branstyn Peterson, BWS. Participation recognition went to Kaitlyn Unger, BWS, Lauren Roiger, TT; John Niebuhr, BWS and Brent Walters, HIC. Beginners: First, Alyson Dieball, AC; second, Baleigh Peterson, BWS; and third, Emma Niebuhr, BWS. Participation went to Jordan Mueller, AC; Kylie Unger, BWS; Cody Sievert, BWS and Connor Johnson, HIC. Cloverbuds participating were: Shelby Dieball, AC, Mary Niebuhr, BWS, Brennir Peterson, BWS, Joey Mueller, AC and Nicole Sievert, BWS.
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COKATO — The viability of a new hotel in Cokato depends on whether the developer, Cobblestone Inn and Suites, can find local investors, the Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch reported. The proposal is for a 36-room, two-story hotel complex on Highway 12 next to the old creamery building. Cobblestone made a similar presentation to Glencoe City Council in February, also seeking local investors.
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Engagements
Pohland — Janssen
Joy Pohland of Rogers and Tim Janssen of Plymouth announce their engagement and plans to marry Nov. 30 at Rogers. Parents of the couple are Glenn and Joanne Pohland of Peosta, Iowa, formerly of Glencoe, and Bill and Roni Janssen of St. Cloud. Pohland is a 2006 graduate of Glencoe-Silver Lake High School and a 2010 graduate of the College of St. Benedict. She is the assistant director of Annual Giving at the College of St. Benedict. Janssen is a 2006 graduate
Historic Preservation MAVDV rummage sale group to host spring needs donated items luncheon on April 19
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. Also, there will be a display of vintage or fun collections in the east entry of the City Center. The public is invited to participate by bringing a favorite collectible to share. Tables will be provided, and there is a complementary lunch provided. “The more collections, the more fun,” said Gloria Hilgers of GHPS. There is no charge for participating. The only requirement is one needs to set up and stay with their collections for safety reasons, Hilgers said. There will be helpers available as well. Call Ruth at 320-864-5209 or Gloria at 320-864-4174 if one would like to participate. Hilgers said proceeds from the event will help finish the Glencoe History Room, which the society has been working to refurbish for the past two years. Yet to be completed are the vent system, the floor, the walls and ceiling, Hilgers said. When the Glencoe History Room is completed, the city of Glencoe will use it for rental space, Hilgers said. The GHPS will be adding some historic displays to make it more historic looking. “The society is grateful for the many people who have helped by attending the fund raisers that we have had in the past; also for anyone or business that donated to the project with cash or volunteer hours,” Hilgers said. Donations are needed for the upcoming McLeod County Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence annual rummage sale. McLeod Alliance welcomes new or gently used clean and working items (no appliances or electronics please). Drop off dates are as fol-
lows: Thursday, April 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to noon; and Wednesday, April 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 114 Main St. South in Hutchinson (next to Dunn Bros.). For more information, call 320-234-7933.
Joy Pohland Tim Janssen of St. Cloud Tech High School and a 2010 graduate of St. John’s University. He is a program director for Hammer Residence, Inc.
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Ubah Hadi and Ahmad Mohamud of Glencoe announce the birth of their son, Samiir Ahmed Ali, on March 28, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Samiir weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19-1/2 inches.
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Dairy Princess coronation set April 6 at Hutchinson
The 60th McLeod County Dairy Association Spring Banquet and Dairy Princess Coronation are set for Saturday, April 6, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. The 2013 candidates include Shelby Rolf, daughter of Dan and Jill Rolf of Glencoe, and Katie Eggert, daughter of Jerry and Connie Eggert of Hutchinson. Appetizers are at 7 p.m. with a buffet dinner at 7:30 p.m. followed by the makeyour-own sundae bar. Also presented at the banquet are The Butter Knife, Friend of Dairy and Dairy Farm Woman of the Year awards. The emcee for the evening is Joe Neubauer, who is an agriculture educator. Dinner music is by Alice Nowak. Door prizes will be given. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Children under 5 are free. For tickets contact Peggy Engelmann 320-238-2341, Roger Rolf 320-395-2207 or Janice Konerza 320-327-2821.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 1558 of Glencoe has changed its meeting date and location. Beginning April 2, Chapter 1558 will meet at the First Congregational Church, 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe, on Tuesday evenings. Weigh-ins begin at 5:30 p.m., with the meeting to follow at 6 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Then membership is charged and a nominal chapter fee is in addition. TOPS is the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization
founded more than 65 years ago. It is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss program of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with weekly meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise and wellness information. TOPS has about 170,000 members — male and female from ages 7 and older — in nearly 10,000 chapters through the United States and Canada. For more information, call Gloria at 320-864-4174 or Judy at 320-864-5495 or the website www.tops.org.
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First Evangelical Lutheran School announced its thirdquarter honor rolls. They included: A Honor Roll Grade 6: Destiney Exsted, Abigail Maunu and Lillian Nikkel. Grade 7: Jessica Alsleben and Paul Lemke. Grade 8: Kenzie Boozikee, Tyler Ehrke, Elsie Graupmann and Ashlyn Stuewe. B Honor Roll Grade 5: Ethan Bernstein, Karina Lieske and Adam Schauer. Grade 6: Madison Ahlbrecht, Ty Christensen, Morgan Dahlke, Emily Graupmann, Spencer Lilienthal, Madison Mathews, Elise Petersen, Mackenzie Stradtmann, Isaac Swift and Dusty Wendinger. Grade 7: Morgan Bernstein, Ariel Brelje, Aubrey Giesen, Isaac Krueger, Tarin Michaelis and Taylor Schauer. Grade 8: Blake Dahlke, Morgan Harpel, Morgan Mathews, Axel Schulz, Robin Swift and Alex Troska.
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Glencoe VFW Auxiliary to meet again on April 8
President Angela Johnson called to order the regular meeting of the Glencoe VFW Post 5102 Auxiliary on March 11, with 19 members present. After opening ceremonies, reading and approval of minutes, reports and bills, the club charter was draped for sister Linda Schuch, who died on Feb. 20. A memorial of $250 was received from the Schuch family. After general orders and communications were read, the POW/MIA flag and candle were displayed, and a moment of silence was held. Year-end reports are due, and members met on March 12 to work on those reports. Pillow cleaning will be on Friday, April 19. April also will have the election of officers and the club audit. May 16 has been set aside for the club’s poppy luncheon. Poppy cards will be assembled after lunch that day. The Post has established a website. Jeannie Vogt died, and the funeral was held on Friday. The lunch committee for the April 8 meeting will be Linda Hoernemann, Lucille Kraemer, Madonna Stuedemann and Donna Baumann.
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Donations to baseball, Girl Scouts
The New Auburn VFW Post 7266 meeting in March was called to order by Commander Willard Grack. The club sent donations to the following: Sibley East Legion baseball for $300, and Girl Scout Troop 16312 for cookies, $144. The next meeting of the New Auburn VFW will be Wednesday, April 10.
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Area Churches
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 3 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m. Fri., April 5 — Men’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., April 7 — 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 9 — Men’s Bible study, 6 a.m. Wed., April 10 — 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 3 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; chapel worship service with communion, 1:30 p.m.; televised worship service on Channel 10, 2 p.m.; Abundant Table, 5 p.m.; bells, 5:30 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 6:30 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m. Thurs., April 4 — Grand Meadows worship, 10:30 a.m. Sat., April 6 — Kelly Buska bridal shower, 10 a.m. Sun., April 7 —Worship with communion, 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; Sunday school and adult education, 9:30 a.m. Mon., April 8 — Televised worship service, 3 p.m. Tues., April 9 — Ladies fellowship, Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m.; text study and worship team meeting, 6 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., April 7 — Worship with communion at Friedens, 10 a.m.; confirmation, 9:15 a.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., April 3 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; grades K-6 RE classes, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; grades 711 RE classes, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.; senior RE class at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 7:15 p.m. Thurs., April 4 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; fundraiser night at Pizza Ranch; CCW meeting, 7 p.m. Fri., April 5 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; adoration of blessed sacrament follows until noon; first Friday communion calls begin, 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 5:30 p.m. Sat., April 6 — Widow/widower and senior singles breakfast at Dubbs Grill, 9:30 a.m.; sacrament of reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sun., April 7 — Divine Mercy Sunday; Mass, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass and baptism, 11:30 a.m.; religious education for children and adults, 12:45 p.m.; Diocese of New Ulm Divine Mercy celebration at Holy Family, 2 p.m. Mon., April 8 — No Mass; Schoenstatt girls’ group, 3 p.m. Tues., April 9 — See bulletin for Mass times; junior choir practice, 2:50 a.m.; PAC meeting, 8 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Wed., April 3 — Communion at GRHS long-term care, 10:15 a.m.; choir, 6:30 p.m. Sun., April 7 — Worship, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.; confirmation, 2 p.m. Tues., April 9 — Bible study, 9:30 a.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 3 — Public school confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; Christ Chimes, 4 p.m.; Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m. Thurs., April 4 — Youth involvement committee, 6 p.m.; board of deacons, 7 p.m.; board of evangelism, 7 p.m.; board of trustees, 7 p.m. Sat., April 6 — NYG, 6 p.m.; youth worship, 7 p.m. Sun., April 7 — Worship with communion, 8 a.m.; fellowship time, 9 a.m.; Bible classes, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. Mon., April 8 — Pictoral directory, 6 p.m.; altar guild, 7 p.m.; Praise Folk, 8 p.m. Tues., April 9 — GRHS communion, 9:30 a.m.; Common Cup meeting, 10 a.m.; Manor communion, 1:15 p.m.; Alzheimer ’s support group, 6 p.m.; Men’s Club, 7:30 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 3 — GYM Bible study at GSL High School, 7:30 a.m.; Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; REVEAL, 5:30 p.m.; deacons, 7 p.m.; board of education, 7 p.m. Thurs., April 4 — GRHS communion, 9:30 a.m.; bring items for church garage sale, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Fri., April 5 — Bring items for church garage sale, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sat., April 6 — Church garage sale, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Sun., April 7 — Choir, 7:45 a.m.; worship with communion, 9 a.m.; Kingdom Quest/FUEL/adult Bible study, 10:15 a.m. Mon., April 8 — First Bible, 7 p.m. Tues., April 9 — First Bible, 9:30 a.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Wed., April 3 — Easter worship at Millie Beneke Manor, 2 p.m.; grades 5-6 catechism, 3:45 p.m.; grades 7-8 catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., April 4 — Jesus Cares Ministry, 6:30 p.m. Sun., April 7 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: Pastor@GraceBrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Wed., April 3 — Confirmation class, 4 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. Sun., April 7 — Worship with communion, 8:45 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m. Tues., April 9 — Bible study, 9 a.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., April 3 — Pastor’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; confirmation, 4 p.m. Thurs., April 4 — Parkview Bible study, 1:30 p.m. Fri., April 5 — Concordia Ladies Aid meeting, 1:30 p.m. Sun., April 7 — Worship with communion, L.W.M.L. mites, 9 a.m.; pastor’s Bible study, after worship; youth group, after worship; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. Tues., April 9 — F.A.I.T.H. group meeting, 4 p.m. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 300 Croyden St. Stewart Wed., April 3 — Eighth-grade confirmation, 5:30 p.m.; first communion class, 7 p.m. Sat., April 6 — Worship with communion, 7 p.m. Sun., April 7 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship with communion, 10 a.m.; SPY group meeting, 11 a.m.; ordination service for Kari Lipke at First Lutheran, St. Peter, 2 p.m. Tues., April 9 — Pastors’ text study, 10 a.m.; women’s Minnesota Valley Conference spring gathering at Grace, Brownton, 5:30 p.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Wed., April 3 — Mass, 9 a.m. Thurs., April 4 — No Mass. Fri., April 5 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., April 6 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. 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 7 — Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship with communion, 10:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., April 3 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., April 7 — Worship, 10 a.m. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato Bill Baldwin, Pastor www.platochurch.com Wed., April 3 — Men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; confirmation class, 5 p.m.; adult choir, 6 p.m. Sun., April 7 — Worship, 10 a.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Wed., April 3 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5 p.m. Sun., April 7 — Worship, 9 a.m.; fellowship, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.. ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN 216 McLeod Ave. N., Plato Bruce Laabs, Pastor 320-238-2550 E-mail: stjlplato@embarqmail.com Wed., April 3 — Youth choir, 5 p.m.; midweek, 6 p.m.; church council, 7 p.m. Thurs., April 4 — Bible study, 8:45 a.m.; bulletin deadline. Sun., April 7 — “Time of Grace” on TV Channel 9, 6:30 a.m.; worship with communion, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 10:10 a.m. Tues., April 9 — Arlington, Grand Meadows and Belle Plaine visits; prayer meeting, 5 p.m. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., April 3 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.m. Sat., April 6 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; youth activity 30-Hour Famine. Sun., April 7 — “First Light” broadcast on KARP 106.9 FM, 7:30 a.m.; pre-service prayer time, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school for all ages, 10:35 a.m.; allchurch potluck. Mon., April 8 — church board meeting, 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 3 — Presbyterian Women meeting, 1:30 p.m.; light supper, 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.-6:45 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. Sun., April 7 — Handbell practice, 8:45 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m., with fellowship to follow. Mon., April 8 — Session meeting, 6:30 p.m. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Thurs., April 4 — Mass at Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; CCW meeting, 7 p.m. Fri., April 5 — Mass, 8 a.m.; First Friday calls. Sat., April 6 — Reconciliation, 5:30 p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m.; AFC Mission Group dinner and wine tasting at Crow River Winery, 6 p.m. Sun., April 7 — Mass, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Dioceasan Divine Mercy celebration, 2 p.m.; Chaplet, 3 p.m. Tues., April 9 — See bulletin for Mass schedule; Adoration, 8:30 a.m.10 p.m. FRIEDEN’S COUNTY LINE 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., April 7 — Worship with communion at Friedens, 10 a.m.; confirmation, 9:15 a.m. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 770 School Rd., Hutchinson Kenneth Rand, Branch President 320-587-5665 Wed., April 3 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun., April 7 — 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 7 — 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 7 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school and Bible study, 10:15 a.m.
Obituaries Adeline E. Longhenry, 87, of Glencoe
Funeral services for Adeline Ellen Longhenry, 87, of Glencoe, were held Thursday, March 28, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in H e l e n Township, Glencoe. The Rev. Dennis Reichow officiated. M r s . Longhenry Adeline died Friday, Longhenry March 22, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Service long-term care facility. The organist was Christy Ittel, and soloist Lawrence Biermann sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “Asleep in Jesus” and “Amazing Grace.” Pallbearers were Lance Longhenry, Barry Longhenry, Jeff Roepke, Nicholas Roepke, Chase Carlson, Luke Longhenry, Dylan Huitt and Aaron Longhenry. Interment was in the church cemetery. Adeline Ellen Grewe was born Oct. 25, 1925, in Glencoe, to Arthur and Ella (Graupmann) Grewe. She was baptized on Nov. 8, 1925, by the Rev. Dysterheft at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township. She was confirmed in her faith on April 2, 1939, by the Rev. Streufert, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. She attended school at District 39, Henry Hill Elementary, First Lutheran Parochial, and then graduated from Glencoe High School with the class of 1943. On July 14, 1945, Adeline Grewe was united in marriage to Ernest Albert Longhenry by the Rev. Harry Beltz in Minneapolis. This union was blessed with two children, Dale and Sandra. The Longhenrys made their home south of Glencoe in Helen Township, where they farmed for 45 years. They moved into Glencoe in 1994. Mr. Longhenry died on Aug. 28, 2009. The couple shared over 64 years of marriage. Mrs. Longhenry then moved into Mille Beneke Manor in Glencoe. In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Mrs. Longhenry helped on the farm. She held other positions at Meyers Cleaners, Glencoe Regional Hospital as a pastry cook, and later worked at Orchard Estates for a combined 35 years. She loved to be involved. She was a faithful member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, where she served as the treasurer and the secretary of St. John’s Ladies Aid. Mrs. Longhenry also was a member of the DAV Auxiliary, helped with the DAV clothing and forget-me-not programs, decorated for regular DAV events and attended state conventions and two national conventions. Other enjoyments in life included gardening, flowers – especially mums — embroidery, crafts, baking, volunteering at the thrift store, collecting – coffee mugs, angles thinker boxes, Hershey ornaments, and all things “pig,” playing dice, and cards. She was a member of a schafskopf club for many years. She spent time going to her grandchildren’s sporting events and provided a lot of transportation to and from college. She especially cherished the time spent with her family and closest friends. Survivors include her grandchildren, Kym (Jeff) Roepke of Glencoe, Kristi Carlson of Delano, Lance (Debbie) Longhenry of Muskego, Wis., and Barry (Jen) Longhenry of Prior Lake; great-grandchildren, Katelyn Roepke, Nicholas Roepke, Chase Carlson, Calli Carlson, Caiden Carlson, Lauren Longhenry, Luke Longhenry, Aaron Longhenry, Ryan Longhenry, and Dylan Huitt; daughters-inlaw, Patty McFarland Longhenry of Minnetonka and Patricia Longhenry of Glencoe; sister-in-law, Caroline Laugtug of Buffalo; nephews, Lou (Peg) Longhenry of Carver and David Longhenry of Buffalo; niece, Louann Currie of St. Louis Park; other relatives and many friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Arthur and Ella Grewe; husband, Ernest Longhenry; children, Dale Longhenry and Sandra Winterfeldt and her husband, Wayne; grandson, Kevin Winterfeldt; brother-in-law, Louis Longhenry; niece, Darlene Longhenry. 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.
Milford Biermann, 93, of Eagan
Milford Biermann, 93, of Eagan, died peacefully on March 22, 2013. Graveside services with military honors are scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, June 27, in Fort Snelling N a t i o n a l Milford C e m e t e r y, Biermann Minneapolis, lane No. 2. Son of William and Wilhelmia (Hoops) Biermann, he was born on the family farm near New Auburn on March 5, 1920. Mr. Biermann graduated from Glencoe High School in 1939 and from Hamline University in 1943. Upon graduation from Hamline, he earned a naval officer’s commission from Northwestern University. Mr. Biermann served aboard the U.S.S. Cimarron as a gunnery and fire control officer in eight Central Pacific carrier operations, including Iwo Jima, the Philippines, Okinawa and the occupation of Japan. After his World War II service, he worked for the Veterans Administration, Brown and Bigelow, and FMC as a copywriter and editor. Survivors include his sons, William (Linda) Biermann and John (Janet) Biermann; and grandchildren, Chris, Justin, Ashley, and Lauren. Preceding him in death were his wife of 49 years, Nadine (Birch) Biermann; and his sister, Mildred Hahn of Gaylord. Henry W. Anderson Mortuary of Apple Valley handled funeral arrangements.
Grace Bible to host Outdoor Club meeting
Grace Bible Church of Silver Lake will host a special Outdoor Club meeting Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m., at the church. This informal get-together is titled “How to Tie Flies” and will be led by veteran fly tiers Al Teubert and Eric Nelson. This Outdoor Club get-together will last about an hour and includes a brief devotional time, actual hands-on experience, and time for input and questions from those who attend. Other upcoming Outdoor Club meetings include: “Planning a Boundary Waters Canoe Trip” and “Bow Hunting.” Anyone any age is invited to attend, and there is no charge. The church is located in Silver Lake at 300 Cleveland St., next to the city water tower.
Pastor’s Corner
Pastor James Gomez Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Glencoe oly Week = Crazy Week for your local clergy. Sure, we sometimes do it to ourselves, H doing whatever it takes to seize the opportunity before us to communicate the complexity and beauty of God’s love for people in and through the person of Jesus Christ. Oh, it’s theological bliss for those who get to proclaim it! When it comes to connecting with Jesus, it’s easiest to identify with His suffering, I think. It’s hard for American culture to relate to Jesus’ lifestyle as a semi-nomadic teacher. We just don’t operate that way. But, specifically in the pains we endure…in the stuff that’s more than skinned knees and bruised ego…that’s where we know for certain that God isn’t just floating around in the atmosphere, but has come to dwell with us and as one of us. That’s where we see His desire for us to be in relationship with Him. That’s where we might find ourselves realizing that God will never stop pursuing us. God is jealous. He’s zealous. He will pursue. He will press on. He “desires all to be saved AND come to the knowledge of the truth.” His pursuit might seem crazy. But, it’s during Holy Week that we see His Passion the most. Suffering, yes. Zeal, absolutely. And, it’s for people like you and me who are caught up in Christ’s love, who have the privilege of enjoying Easter as the prize in His victory over death. And, now we can rest, because His saving work is done. Happy Easter!
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Understanding alfalfa productivity
The increasing cost of forages, fearing continued 2012 drought conditions and extending the winter season have many producers wondering about the productivity of their hay fields in 2013. While temperatures have been respectively cold this winter, the good news is that an insulating layer of snow has persisted across most of the state for an extended period of time. Overwintering success of forages is typically a combined function of climatic conditions and management decisions. Environmental factors such as snow cover, lethal temperatures, ice sheeting and fluctuating air temperatures play important roles in plant survival from one growing season to the next. These effects are heavily influenced by stand age, variety genetics, fertility programs and harvest schedules. Snow cover of six or more inches can protect plants from low temperatures and the thawing and freezing cycles that can break plant dormancy. Snow cover this year has been good in many regions of the state; however, in January some regions’ snow melted exposing the plants. Ice sheeting can occur when snow melts, and the water later refreezes. Ice sheeting typically occurs in lower areas of the field and on poorly drained soils. Ice sheeting kills plants by allowing deep freezing of the soil and also by smothering. Low levels of soil moisture in the fall are actually conducive to hardening of plants which enhances winter survival. Therefore, winter survival can be increased even though forage growth in the fall is reduced (as in fall 2012). Conversely, very wet soils are susceptible to flood-
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, page 9
Farm Notes
By Nathan Winter
ing and ice sheeting. Both of these could be a concern in spring 2013. Air temperature fluctuation can affect winter survival by causing soil heaving and breaking dormancy. Heaving typically occurs on high moisture holding soils during the spring. As freeze/thaw cycles shrink and swell the soils, tap roots are broken and plants “popped” out of the ground. Seldom do any of these factors appear across an entire field but are more localized and based on field topography. Some of the significant management factors affecting winter injury include species and variety selection. Grasses and legumes differ in genetic winter hardiness. Even within species, some varieties may be more susceptible to winter injury. Also, nutrient deficiencies can stress plants and make them more susceptible to winter injury. The risk of winter injury is reduced when recommended levels of soil pH, P, K, and S are maintained. Conversely, high levels of N fertilizer applied to grasses can reduce their winter survival. Fall cutting that removes regrowth or causes stimulation or new growth in the fall can reduce winter survival. In addition, removal of fall stubble can reduce snow catch and subsequent insulation. For years alfalfa predictive productivity was based on plants/foot2. It was under-
County planning group approves permit for shed
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The McLeod County Planning Advisory Committee approved a 40-foot by 80-foot pole shed for Jeremy Powell of Hutchinson Township at its March 27 meeting. Powell applied for a conditional use permit because the shed is greater than the 2,400 square feet allowed on parcels of property less than 10 acres in size in an agriculture district. Powell, who has a 3.97acre farm site on 220th Street, northeast of Hutchinson, intends to tear down two smaller sheds and replace them with the new shed for the cold storage of farm equipment and personal items. Zoning Administrator Larry Gasow said the new shed will meet all of the setback requirements and will “improve the site and blend in with other farms and sites out there.” Gasow said the application also was approved by the Hutchinson Township Board of Supervisors. Wednesday’s meeting also included a public hearing on the application, with no neighbors in attendance. Gasow also said that he had received no feedback either in writing or by phone from neighbors. The Planning Committee will send the application on to the County Board for final approval. Gasow said the permit will appear on the County Board’s consent agenda for its April 16 meeting.
stood that a minimum of three to four plants/foot2 must be present for a stand to still have good production potential. University of Wisconsin research has found that stem counts are a much more accurate method of estimating the yield potential of an alfalfa field than plant counts. Stem counts better represent total production in a given area and accounts for variability in plant performance. Producers should use stem counts to estimate current yield potential and assess root and crown health to determine future yield potential. Greater than 55 stems indicate that density will not be a limiting factor. Stems between 40 and 55 stems are understood to represent some reduction in yield but probably more than adequate in years of low inventories and high value. Fewer than 40 stems indicate a poor stand and consideration for termination. To assess root and crown health, dig up six inches of taproot material in three to four locations of a field. Split open the taproots to determine crown and root vigor. Look for healthy, off-white material indicating strong, healthy plants. Discoloration and spongy material are typical of weakened crowns. The symmetry of shoots growing from the crown also contributes information about overall plant health. While evaluating stand and yield potential, we must keep in mind contributions made from grasses. Presence of grasses may be great enough to justify keeping a marginal stand in production. While most of the information presented is review and familiar to many, it is suggested that the same assessments should be made on second crop regrowth. It is challenging to predict winter survival and growing season productivity because of the many factors that affect survival. For the spring of 2013, we feel there is a good chance that winter injury will be minimal. However, the validity of that prediction will be greatly influenced by the upcoming spring. Flooding and ice sheeting are still major concerns. For further information on alfalfa in 2013: z.umn.edu/2013alfalfa. Source: Doug Holen, Extension educator, University of Minnesota Extension, Dr. Phil Glogoza, Extension educator, University of Minnesota Extension, and Dr. Craig Sheaffer, professor, University of Minnesota.
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Food shelf donations
Kelly Rach, left, and Amy Rettig of Russ Runck & Associates posed with some of the donations made to the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf during the March food drive throughout the county. A total of 140 pounds of food was collected at Russ Runck & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services. Besides the food donations, client donations added another $745, which was then matched by Russ Runck & Associates. The Minnesota Food Share Network also matched that total ($1,770) to make the donation to the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf come to $3,540. Russ Runck & Associates was one of several drop sites for the food drive. “We got a wonderful response,” said Rettig. “Even clients from as far away as Eden Prairie donated to the drive. Now we are looking forward to next year’s March Food Shelf drive!” she added.
Rapid snow melt poses challenges for livestock manure management
ST. PAUL — As a winter of heavy snowfall and freezing rain gives way to warming temperatures, rapid melting and potential for flooding pose challenges for manure management among the more than 25,000 livestock farms in Minnesota. Farmers who spread solid manure during winter must ensure that it does not run off with rapid snowmelt flowing to ditches, streams and other waters. Manure-contaminated runoff not only threatens water quality, it reduces the value of manure as a crop nutrient. If possible, farmers should refrain from spreading manure during periods of rapid melt. This may be even more important in some areas this year because of frozen snow conditions. In January and February the snow was saturated by rain, and then froze. This prevents surface-applied manure from soaking into the soil, and more susceptible to runoff. Minnesota rules require a 300-foot setback from surface waters and open tile intakes for all manure spread onto frozen or snow-covered soil. However, this spring the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency encourages farmers to refrain from surface application until the snow and ice layers are melted. “We have already had several cases where manure was applied in accordance to the rule, but has negatively impacted surface and ground water a significant distance away,” says Wayne Cords, MPCA feedlot program supervisor. If manure land application cannot wait, to reduce the impact of manure applied to the surface of wet, frozen or snow covered soil, choose the flattest field or flattest parts of fields and follow these guidelines: • Field slope should be less than 6 percent slope for solid manure, 2 percent for liquid manure, • Do not apply non-incorporated manure within 300 feet of surface waters. If possible apply manure at even greater setback distances. • Do not apply in areas of the fields that contain other areas of concentrated flow. A 300-foot setback is required for intermittent streams; however most fields also contain other areas such as grass waterways that receive concentrated flow. Keep back far as possible from these other areas of concentrated flow. • Choose fields that contain the most crop residue; greater than 30 percent is recommended. • Avoid fields where the furrows are full of ice and snow. • Keep application rates low enough to avoid runoff or ponding during application. • Choose fields that do not have adjacent non-tillable land containing areas of concentrated flow such as ravines, ditches with open side inlets, streams or dry runs. If this not possible, stay as far as possible from these off-field areas of concentrated flow. Livestock farms that experience manure runoff into waters of the state must report to the Minnesota duty officer by calling 800-422-0798, and take immediate action to reduce environmental impact, such as creating temporary berms to stop discharge, temporarily plugging culverts and drain tile intakes to prevent manure inflow, and soaking up liquid with absorbent material, such as hay, straw, cornstalks or wood shavings. For more information, see the MPCA fact sheet, “Managing manure and land application during adverse weather conditions” at w w w. p c a . s t a t e . mn.us/publications/wq-f846.pdf, contact your county or MPCA feedlot staff, (See www.pca.state.mn.us/zihy 6a1), or call the MPCA at 800-657-3864.
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Town hall meetings set
The three state legislators representing District 18 will co-host town hall meetings at cafes in Litchfield and Hutchinson on separate upcoming Saturdays. State Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, and state Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, will attend the Litchfield meeting on April 6. State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, will join Newman and Urdahl for the Hutchinson meeting on April 13. Meeting attendees will have an opportunity to discuss a wide variety of issues with their local legislators, from the state budget to health care, taxes and more. The events are free to attend, will last approximately one hour and take place in an informal setting. The April 6 town hall meeting will be at 10 a.m. at the Main Street Café (back room), 226 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield. The April 13 town hall meeting will be at 9 a.m., at the Hutch Café, 122 Main St. S.
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Osmek. Osmek also was asked about the new Vikings’ stadium, and the apparent lack of the promised funding from gambling. “The genie is already out of the bottle, and we’re going to have to deal with this,” said Osmek. “We have to find some other funding mechanism.” Osmek also was asked about the legal drinking age, driver’s licenses for teens and the school start date. Currently, the legal drinking age is 21. Osmek said he doesn’t have a problem with it being lowered to 18. “As far as I’m concerned, if you’re old enough to go fight in a war at 18, I don’t see why you shouldn’t be able to have a beer,” said Osmek. “You have to learn to be responsible sometime.” Unfortunately, Osmek said, the current age was virtually mandated by the federal government, which threatened to withhold federal transportation dollars to states which didn’t adopt the age of 21 as the legal drinking age. Osmek also sees no reason to raise the age at which a teen can obtain a driver’s license. In rural Minnesota, in particular, teens need to learn to drive to help with farm work. Osmek also said the start of the school year should be determined by local school boards, not the state. Currently, schools don’t start until after the Labor Day weekend in deference to the tourist industry. Osmek also said he is prolife. “I believe life begins at conception,” said Osmek, but recognizes that not all people feel the same. Osmek also said a pregnancy involves two parties — “the woman and the baby,” and someone needs to look out for the baby, “which should have some level of rights.” Asked why he became a Republican, rather than join another party, Osmek again pointed to his 4-H experience, which taught him to be “very fiscally conservative. “I think people have a core value, and just kind of gravitate (to a political party) from there,” said Osmek. His core value was being financially conservative. “I just don’t think we should spend our money on things we shouldn’t, rather than on things we should,” Osmek said. Osmek said one of his favorite things he likes about his job is “being able to talk to students like you.” Growing up in the Biscay area, Osmek didn’t see a political career in his future. And he told Schoper’s class that most of them probably don’t, either. “But in 25 or 30 years, one of you could be a state senator,” said Osmek. “Don’t kid yourself into believing that couldn’t happen, because it can.”
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Villagers from Nakavule, Uganda, prepared the footings for their new school by digging by hand. The First Evanglical Lutheran Church in Glencoe is attempting to raise funds to buy materials to help complete the project, in
particular the roof of the new school. To aid in that effort, the church is sponsoring a comedy show by nationally known Christian comedian Ken Davis on May 10 at the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School auditorium.
‘Raise the Roof’ fundraiser aims to complete school in Uganda
By Rich Glennie Editor everal years ago, members of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe traveled to Uganda to help build a school in Nakavule. The local mission group would like to complete the job by raising additional money to buy materials for the school’s roof. Gathered in a basement room of the Glencoe church recently, members of the group announced the latest efforts at fundraising for the Uganda School Fund. On May 10, Christian comedian Ken Davis will be at the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School auditorium. Proceeds from the show will go to the “Raise the Roof” project for the Nakavule school. Mitch Earhart of the First Lutheran committee said the roof materials will cost about $15,000, and some of that has already been raised and sent to Uganda. The current goal is to raise $10,000 to $11,000 more. He said the Ken Davis comedy show will raise some of that, but there is no specific goal of the show other than to fill the high school auditorium that night with laughter. Joining Earhart on the church committee are Deb Bargmann, Bruce Bergmann, Katherine Brelje and Mark Schmitz, all of whom were on the original mission trip to Uganda in December 2009 into January 2010. “We’re learning by hard knocks,” Earhart said of starting local fundraisers. He said when the mission group returned from Uganda, it made presentations to churches in the region. It doubled as a fundraising tour as well and sought freewill offerings in return. Also, the group brought back jewelry made in Africa for sale as another fundraising effort. Earhart said the group did well in its efforts, but continues to strive for more donations for the Nakavule school. Schmitz said the work at Nakavule is all done by hand. The foundation is dug by hand, the residents make their own bricks for the walls and the rafters and other work is done without the modern tools seen in America. But getting the materials, like wood and steel for the building’s trusses, are harder to come by in Africa, thus the need for the mission funds. Schmitz said the brick is needed because termites are devastating to the wood in this tropical nation. The school will include eight classrooms and offices when completed. The work on the roof is almost ready, the
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mission group added. First Lutheran group members said they would likely make one more trip to Nakavule to see “what comes of all the stages (of work),” Bargmann said. She said it would give the mission group closure on the project. Schmitz also said the mission group got to know the villagers when they visited in 2009-10. “We’d like to see them again.” Brelje said she gave one of the women a Bible during that last trip with the stipulation that she share it with the other women. Despite some hesitation in sharing, the woman agreed, Brelje added. Also, Schmitz said it is ironic that the hymnals used by parishioners at Nakavule were old and often in shreds, yet they were prized possessions. In contrast, he said the First Lutheran hymnals are just thrown away when they get old. The committee members said the next trip will likely include First Lutheran’s pastor, who has been asked by the Nakavule parishioners to consecrate a church that also was built in the village. Bergmann said when they left Uganda in 2010, there was a message on the beaten up blackboard: “Don’t forget about me.” He said a woman presented him with a bag of soybeans before the group re-
turned to the U.S. He said he was not sure of the significance of the gift until later, when he was told “that’s all she had to give.” He still has that bag of soybeans, he added. Brelje added that Americans do not know how much they have until they visit places like Nakavule. “We don’t realize how good we have it.” She said the mission trip went both ways. While the First Lutheran group helped the villagers, the local parishioners took away much as well. “They touched our lives more than we touched theirs,” Bergmann added. Bargmann added that time is not important in that area of Africa. “There is no hurry.” That is why three years later, the school still has no roof. ***** Ken Davis also is a best-selling author, frequent radio and television guest and an inspirational and motivational speaker. His latest book is “Fully Alive,” and his comedy show “is family entertainment for any age,” Bergmann said. Tickets are available at First Lutheran Church or online at www.kendavistickets.com or call 1-800-425-0873. Davis is a native Minnesotan.
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The handmade bricks are made by the villagers, who use an old method of getting to where they need to be — tossing them.
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