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The McLeod County
Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 116 No. 19
County to continue Glencoe recycling
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Unless there is a court order instructing it otherwise, McLeod County will continue its five-sort recycling program in Glencoe, County Commissioner Sheldon Nies told the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) Monday morning. The city of Glencoe recently started a single-sort program — in which all recyclables can be mixed in one container — under a contract with Waste Management, Inc. McLeod County, meanwhile, intends to honor the contract it has with West Central Sanitation to provide a five-sort curbside program to county residents, including those in the city of Glencoe. At its May 7 meeting, the County
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Board had agreed to send a letter to the city of Glencoe asking it to justify starting a single-sort program when, the County Board had understood, the city would delay its program while the county investigated whether it could and should start a countywide one-sort program. At that County Board meeting, Nies said, it also was decided to consult with the county attorney about issue. “What came out of that meeting with our attorney is that we would continue collecting wherever the blue bin is out,” said Nies. “If there isn’t one out, we skip that residence, just as we have always done.” At issue is whether the city’s con-
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Continued funding sought for yard-waste program
By Lori Copler Staff Writer McLeod County will likely continue to partially fund the municipal yard-waste program, members of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) learned Monday morning. Jeremy Carter, the Hutchinson city administrator, said he and officials from Creekside Soil had met with city officials from throughout the county to discuss how the program could continue without county funding. Last year, the county announced that it was withdrawing support from the program in order to divert funds to other, newer programs. It planned to fully fund 2012 for collection of the yard waste and the monitoring of municipal yard waste sites, cut funding in half for 2013, and completely eliminate funding in 2014, leaving it up to the cities as to whether they wanted to continue the program with their own funding. At the meeting with municipal officials, Carter said, there was strong support for the program. “Everyone wanted to see it continue to keep things out of the ditch and from being burned,” said Carter. However, Carter added, “the question is if we can make it work for 2014 and beyond without (county) funding.”
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
1st grade performers
Above, Aaron Rodrigues and Hannah Schroeder were all concentration at Thursday night’s firstgrade music concert at the high school. At left, Lola Strey, Luis Villarreal and Halle Becker performed the Panther Fight Song to kick off the concert and art show called “Snapshot.” The youngsters were directed by Carrie Knott, and the art instructor was Andrea Wigern.
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End of an era Enterprise sold, ends era of a 2-newspaper town
By Rich Glennie Editor hat started out as an effort to continue one of the longeststanding businesses in Glencoe, ended Thursday when Kevin and Jean Johnson sold The Glencoe Enterprise to Bill and Joyce Ramige, owners of McLeod Publishing, the parent company of The McLeod County Chronicle. The sale ended the chapter in history for one of the few remaining two-newspaper communities in the state. “It’s mixed feelings,” Kevin Johnson said on his final day of publication from The Enterprise office on the corner of 11th Street and Ives Avenue, the newspaper’s location for over 100 years. The newspaper itself dates to 1873, according to its front-page flag. In the Enterprise’s final edition on May 9, Johnson wrote: “We have been so grateful to our wonderful contributors, and excited that they made it possible to bring good, refreshing stories and regular features for our readers to enjoy. “At the same time, newspapering is a business, which, like any business, needs sufficient revenue to be able to pay its bills.” Johnson added, “ ... we feel fortunate to have succeeded at keeping the paper going as long as we have in a challenging business climate.” The two newspapers will now become
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one, according to Bill Ramige, and the Enterprise will continue to live on as part of The Chronicle. ***** The Johnsons bought the newspaper on May 14, 2009, from the estate of the late Annamarie Tudhope, who died in early 2009. They also bought the building from the McLeod County Historical Society, to whom it was donated by Tudhope, in a separate transaction. Kevin Johnson, 62, had worked for Tudhope for about three years and got into the newspaper business “with no background (in newspapers),” he said. He had worked in engineering and
manufacturing for about 20 years, many of those with Hutchinson Technologies Inc. (HTI) in Hutchinson, until 2001. Part of his job at HTI was marketing and planning and presenting information to others, Johnson said. “I was really storytelling for 10 of my 11 years at HTI,” Johnson said, so getting into the newspaper business was a continuation of that. A two-time DFL candidate for the Minnesota House, Johnson said he joined the Enterprise staff in 2006 during
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To our subscribers:
On Thursday, May 9, McLeod Publishing, parent company of The McLeod County Chronicle, purchased The Glencoe Enterprise from Kevin and Jean Johnson of Hutchinson. The two newspapers will now become one beginning with this issue. In announcing the purchase, McLeod Publishing owners Bill and Joyce Ramige said the long history of the Glencoe Enterprise will continue with the combined newspapers. The Glencoe Enterprise began in 1873. Subscribers of The Glencoe Enterprise will have the remaining months of their subscriptions rolled into a Chronicle subscription. Those who take both newspapers will have their Chronicle subscriptions extended by the same number of months remaining on their Enterprise subscriptions. The Glencoe Enterprise building was not part of the sale. Our goal is to make the transition to one newspaper in Glencoe as smooth as possible. Rich Glennie Managing Editor
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
Kevin Johnson, along with his wife, Jean, have sold the Glencoe Enterprise to Bill and Joyce Ramige, owners of McLeod Publishing. The transaction became official on May 9. Kevin Johnson reminisced in his office about his four years of owning the newspaper after the death of long-time owner Annamarie Tudhope in 2009. In front of him is the final edition of The Enterprise.
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Wed., 5-15 H: 76º, L: 55º Thur., 5-16 H: 75º, L: 57º Fri., 5-17 H: 74º, L: 60º Sat., 5-18 H: 80º, L: 63º Sun., 5-19 H: 72º, L: 57º
Looking back: It seems that the area went from winter to summer and skipped spring this year. Date Hi Lo Rain May 7 78 ......46 ..........0.00 May 8 72 ......56 ..........0.02
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All news is due by 5 p.m., Monday, and all advertising is due by noon, Monday. News received after that deadline will be published as space allows.
Temperatures and precipitation compiled by Robert Thurn, Chronicle weather observer.
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Happenings
Legion Auxiliary to meet
The Glencoe American Legion Auxiliary Unit 95 will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, May 20, at the Glencoe Fire Hall. Lunch will be served.
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On Wednesday, May 8, police were called to a medical emergency on Prairie Avenue after an elderly man fell and complained of back pain. A theft was reported from a residence on Elliott Avenue at 10:57 p.m., Wednesday. A student spilled an acid on her hand during an experiment in class at the high school and was transported to Glencoe Regional Health Services by ambulance at 11:15 a.m., Thursday. A gas drive-off was reported at 5:21 p.m., Thursday, from Casey’s General Store on 13th Street. A two-vehicle collision was reported at 8:38 p.m. at Pryor Avenue and 16th Street. A vehicle backing out of a driveway struck another vehicle waiting to pull into the same driveway. Involved were a 1995 Chevrolet pickup driven by Jeffrey Papke, 40, of Glencoe and a 1999 Dodge Neon driven by Jason VonBerge, 21, of Glencoe. Police received a report at 11:58 a.m., Friday, of a dog found under the stairs at a home on 12th Street. The dog had no collar. Neighbors were notified, but no one had seen the dog before. A man fell in the shower at a home in the 800 block of 10th Street and was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment. The call came in at 7:15 p.m., Saturday. A gas drive-off was reported at 9:05 p.m., Saturday, from Go For It Gas. It was thought to be a black Chevrolet pickup involved. At 5:12 a.m., Sunday, police received a report of an elderly man having difficulty breathing at a residence on 16th Street. The man later died. Police received report of a weekend theft at 7:58 p.m., Monday. Taken from a Pontiac parked on 13th Street was a Heineken neon beer sign and an air conditioning condensor unit. The losses were valued at $510. A medical emergency was reported at the county jail at 6:56 p.m., Monday, after a man was having problems breathing. He was transported to the hospital emergency room.
Spring concerts upcoming
On Monday May 20, at 8 p.m., the Glencoe-Silver Lake will present the annual grades 9-12 spring band concert. This concert will feature the GSL 9th-10th grade band, as well as the GSL’s 11/12 concert band. Also, there will be many band awards announced that evening. On Thursday May 23, at 8 p.m., GSL will present the annual 9-12 spring choir concert. This concert will feature the mixed 9-12 choirs of GSL High School. Both concerts will be in the high school auditorium and both will charge admission.
Legion to bus tables May 20
The Glencoe American Legion Post 95 will be “busing tables for tips” from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, May 20, at Unhinged!Pizza (formerly the Glencoe Pizza Ranch). The Legion Post 95 will receive a portion of the sales, including pickups and deliveries, beginning at 4 p.m. The Legion appreciates the public’s support.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Supermileage
The Glencoe-Silver Lake supermileage team took its vehicle for test rides on the Panther outdoor track last week, and Mike Sundblad, high school industrial technology teacher, said the vehicle is averaging 250 to 275 miles to a gallon of gasoline. “Our goal is 500 miles per gallon,” Sundblad said. Above, team members Colton Butler, Alex Lamp, Javier Calva, Kyler Kohnen, Colton Lueders, Tyler Grack, Brandon Greeley and Rafael Lozano fine-tuned the vehicle before testing it on the track. At right, Greeley was the driver. Sundblad said the first-year GSL team will compete in the state Supermileage competiion at Brainerd International Speedway on May 14-15.
Blood drive at Good Shepherd
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1407 Cedar Ave., in Glencoe, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, May 20. To make an appointment call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood,org.
Senior Awards fete May 19
The GSL Panther Booster Club will host its annual Senior Awards Banquet on Sunday, May 19. The evening begins with a catered dinner for the seniors and their parents. The public is invited to the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the GSL auditorium. Also included in this program is the distribution of scholarships. Questions about the evening can be directed to Lisa Maresh at 320510-0656, or Paul Sparby at 320-864-2401.
Urdahl to speak at meeting
The Glencoe Historic Preservation Society (GHPS) will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, at the Glencoe Historic Room in the Glencoe City Center. Note time change. Following the business meeting, GHPS will host a meeting in the north ballroom of the City Center with state Rep. Dean Urdahl as guest speaker. The community and surrounding communities are invited to attend. Coffee and cookies will be served at the meeting. For more information, call Gloria Hilgers at 864-4174.
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Building Permits
The following building permits were approved by the Glencoe City Council on Monday, May 6: Julio Arce, 1605 Birch Ave., mechanical permit. Dennis Preble, 1905 E. 10th St., reroof, reside. Travis Trnka, 1003 E. 15th St., repairs, remodel. Richard Deckert, 1515 Chandler Ave., window replacement. Dick Landkammer, 1007 E. 10th St., plumbing permit. Jeff Caswell, 2408 E. 9th St., sign permit. Gary Carter, 101 Hennepin Ave., mechanical permit. Lee Lemke, 1327 Elliott Ave., window replacement. Orchard Estates, 1900 Ford Ave., window replacement. Steven Greenwalt, 1931 E. 10th St., reroof. Professional Insurance Providers, 613 E. 10th St., reroof.
Stewart Legion, Aux. to meet
The Stewart American Legion and Auxiliary will meet Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m., at the Stewart Community Center. An election of officers will be held for Pam Wiechman, Sherri Reiner and Nissy Langenbau.
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Relay For Life fundraiser set
A Dad’s Belgian Waffles fundraiser for the McLeod County Relay For Life will be held Sunday, May 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Stewart Fire Hall. A free-will donation will be accepted with all the proceeds going to the team, Freedom Walkers, which will participate in the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay For Life.
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Teen Challenge set for Berean
Berean Baptist Church in Glencoe will be hosting a Teen Challenge on Sunday, May 19, according to the Rev. Jonathan Pixler. Twenty-six individuals from Teen Challenge will come to the 10:20 a.m. church service to share their testimonies and to sing. The community is invited to join the congregation. There will be a church potluck immediately following the service.
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Glencoe Study Club to meet
The Glencoe Study Club will meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 20, at the home of Ramona Nagel. The program will be presented by David Rohy, author of a “Funny Thing Happened When I Was In.”
Lincoln band, choir perform
The GSL Lincoln Junior High bands and choirs are in concert on Thursday, May 16, at 8 p.m. in the GSL High School auditorium. This concert will feature over 100 instrumentalists and vocalists from GSL’s Lincoln Junior High School. This is a free concert. Be sure to arrive early to view the seventh- and eighth-grade art show in the high school cafeteria.
Annual meeting set May 16
The annual meeting of the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 16, in the meeting room at the Church of St. Pius X, 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe. The 2012 report of business at the food shelf will be given, and there will be an election of four positions on the board of directors. Volunteer reorganization also will take place.
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Starting a family is a big step. It changes your shape, your appetite, your shoe size, your lifestyle and your priorities. Our goal is to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy, a safe delivery and a beautiful baby. We’re with you every step of the way. Visit www.grhsonline.org/birth-center for a video tour. Or request a prenatal appointment by calling 320-864-7816 or toll free 1-800-869-3116.
Poppy luncheon set May 16
The Glencoe VFW Post 5102 Auxiliary will host a poppy luncheon on Thursday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the VFW Post Home. Take-outs are available and home delivery is available by calling 320-864-5992. The public is invited to attend.
Glencoe seniors to meet
The Glencoe Senior Citizens group will meet at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 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, May 21, for card playing.
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Buffalo Creek BMX begins 6th season
Buffalo Creek Bicycle Motorcross (BMX) began in its sixth season with USA BMX sanctioned racing on May 14. The BMX track is located at Sterner BMX Park in Glencoe behind the Napa-Do-ItBest at 1017 9th Street. Mayor Randy Wilson sang the National Anthem. The Race for Life, set Saturday, July 13, is part of a national fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Local riders collect donations, and proceeds from this event go to the charity. Riders do not need USA BMX membership to participate in the event, so it is a great opportunity to try BMX racing while raising funds for a worthy cause. USA BMX raises over $300,000 annually for the cause. The state qualifier is set for Sunday, July 13. This event draws riders from across the state and promises to have exciting racing action with a large crowd. The event also features a Pro-Am race, featuring top riders from around the region. Regular racing is every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Practice is on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Spectators are free and concessions are available on site. The park is open to the public for practice most days throughout the summer and fall. A beginner ’s clinic is scheduled for May 18 at 10 a.m. New riders will learn about proper equipment, safe riding, and race tips for the sport. For more information, contact Ryan Voss at 320-5100404 or visit www.buf falocreekbmx.com.
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On stage
Above, Tanner Wilson and Lyla Salinas performed a dance using scarves during the second-grade concert last Thursday in the high school auditorium. At left, Lexi Forar narrated a performance of “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes.” Besides the music, dancing and playing of instruments for the concert entitled “Snapshot,” the artistic talents of the second-graders also were on display. The music was directed by Carrie Knott, and the art show by Andrea Wigren. All were assisted by the second-grade teachers and volunteer parents.
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GSL preliminary budget eyes deficit spending
By Rich Glennie Editor The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board unveiled the first look at the proposed 2013-14 preliminary budget that calls for another year of deficit spending. The proposed expenditures are $16.3 million, and the projected revenues are $15.4 million, depending on what happens with education funding at the state Legislature. With the current general fund balance at $5.9 million, the next school year will begin with $5.3 million in reserve, or about 33 percent of the budget. The proposed 2013-14 budget would reduce the fund balance to $4.4 million, or 27 percent. But GSL Superintendent Chris Sonju reminded the public that a portion of that excess spending in 2013-14 is the district’s contribution of $500,000 to the new Early Childhood Family Education/Special Education addition planned for construction this summer onto the Lincoln Jr. High School building. Michelle Sander, district business manager, said enrollment numbers are at 1,654 for the 2012-13 school year and require 36 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members. The staffing will remain at 36 FTEs, she said. Current enrollment has 22 students in early childhood; 137 in kindergarten; 117 in first grade; 122 in second grade; 126 in third grade; 121 in fourth grade; 111 in fifth grade; 129 in sixth grade; 116 in seventh grade; 128 in eighth grade; 142 in ninth grade; 140 in 10th grade; 107 in 11th grade; and 136 in 12th grade. Using estimates, Sander said next year’s elementary class sizes will range from 17 in the five sections of kindergarten to 26 in the five sections of sixth grade. The current six sections of kindergarten will become six sections of first graders next year, with an additional room for the first graders coming with the move of the ECFE program from Helen Baker Elementary to the new addition at Lincoln Jr. High. This year, the Helen Baker has six kindergarten teachers, but only five kindergarten classrooms. The proposed changes for next school year include the additional first-grade section next year; the reduction of five kindergarten paraprofessionals; and the integration of iPads into the fifth and sixth grades. The iPads are being used in the third and fourth grades this year for the math program at Lakeside. At the high school level, there will be an addition of another Response to Intervention (RTI) position to be shared with the high school; a reduction in Brea Wilblemo’s social studies position; and reductions of .14 in science and .05 in family and consumer science (FACS) positions. While the science and FACS positions are simply reduction back to FTE posiitons, Wiblemo’s position is reduced .10 or by two of her 15 classes, Sonju said. That cut sparked comments from students, who signed a petition in support of Wilbelmo. Tori Varland, speaking for the students prior to the board’s vote, called Wiblemo “one of the most passionate teachers” in the district, who “connects with all students.” She encouraged the School Board “to make every effort to keep good teachers (like Wiblemo). She is one of the few teachers we can’t afford to lose,” Varland said. The student petition was signed by 1,223 students and staff members, she added. “If this is about the budget, I hope you re-evaluate it,” Varland said, and noted that Wiblemo is so close to being full time, “why not keep her?” In the end. the board approved the cuts, including putting Wiblemo on unrequested leave. Sander said the combination of cuts and additions to the 2013-14 preliminary budget result in savings of about $76,500 to the district. She said the vast majority of expenditures in the budget go to salaries and benefits ($11.1 million) with contracted services, supplies and equipment totaling $5.2 million. Asked about the possibility of another six sections of kindergarten next year, Sonju said that was unlikely. But if that happens, the administration would have to “revisit” the paraprofessionals who were part of the cuts. But he added, “There will be no physical place to put them (in Helen Baker).” Sonju added that the board is still committed to small class sizes at the the primary grade levels (grades K-2) “as best we can.” As to the high school cuts, Sonju said the curriculum offerings are student-driven through registration for classes. The cuts are due to fewer students enrolling for those classes as well as enrollment declines overall for next school year.
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Our view: Glencoe Enterprise’s 140-year history will continue as part of McLeod County Chronicle
he long 140-year history of The Glencoe Enterprise took another twist last week when the newspaper, owned by Kevin and Jean Johnson of Hutchinson, was sold to McLeod Publishing owners Bill and Joyce Ramige of Glencoe. The McLeod County Chronicle is one of several area newspapers owned by McLeod Publishing. Others include the Silver Lake Leader and the Arlington Enterprise. The sale became official last Thursday, the same day as the final edition of The Glencoe Enterprise hit the newsstands. It ends nearly three decades of often intense rivalry between the two Glencoe newspapers, and the sale continues to whittle down the number of competing newspapers in small Minnesota communities. Glencoe was one of only a handful remaining, according to the Minnesota Newspaper Association. The others include places like Baudette, Ely, Floodwood, Moose Lake and Tower in northern Minnesota as well as Cambridge, Preston and Slayton in central and southern Minnesota. But the sale is not the end of The Glencoe Enterprise which started in 1873 and has run continuously since. Instead, The Enterprise will live on when it combines with The Chronicle, beginning with this issue. The Enterprise building, however, remains with the Johnsons, who have owned the building and newspaper since 2009. They bought it after the death of long-time owner Annamarie Tudhope. It is always sad to see more community newspapers close because there are fewer and fewer independent newspaper voices in Minnesota and around the country each year. But that is reality, and if Americans do not wake up before it is too late, most of our traditional information streams — newspapers, radio and TV — will be controlled by a small group of people. That is a real danger to our way of life and to our long-held freedoms in this country. Community newspapers around the country and state always have
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been the backbone of this nation’s freedom of the press. But community newspapers are like any other small-town operation — they are a business, and businesses need to generate revenue to pay their bills, pay their staff and keep up with technology. When two community newspapers are fighting for the same finite advertising dollars, it is tough on both of them. Even without competition, the nature of newspaper business is changing as the digital age begins to assert itself more and more into our lives. The question is: How accurate is information off the Internet and the social media? Can you trust its validity? Are there any guidelines as to what is peddled as fact? Newspapers still have rules to live by; the Internet has none. While many have predicted the demise of small-town newspapers, that demise has not happened. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of the newspaper’s death are premature. Community newspapers are alive and well, despite the sluggish economy, mainly because they are still relevant in people’s lives and offer information that can be found nowhere else. We report on people and events of local interest; something not available in the larger, metro newspapers. As long as local businesses and subscribers continue to support local newspapers, they will survive. The Chronicle plans to continue its high standards of reporting and will now include the Glencoe Enterprise as part of its package. What that package will evolve into is just that ... evolving. As to subscribers of The Glencoe Enterprise, The Chronicle will honor your subscriptions. Those who subscribed to both newspapers will have their Chronicle subscriptions extended to match the length of their Enterprise subscription. Contact The Chronicle office at 320-864-5518 with questions. — R.G.
Letters to Editor Thoughts on passage of state’s gay marriage bill
To the Editor: Last week, I voted against HF1054, the gay marriage bill. I have a host of concerns about the bill, but will focus on my comments made during the House floor debate. Under Section 6/b of the bill, religious parochial schools, many of which receive public funds for curriculum etc., will be subject to Sec 6 subdivision 2, which mandates that “gender specific terminology, such as husband, wife, mother, father ... or similar terms, MUST be construed in a neutral manner to refer to a person of EITHER gender.” This section of the bill will affect all state statutes, but will eventually be implemented in public school curriculum and also in parochial school curriculums if they receive public funding (see Sec 6/b). There are parochial schools in my district that receive public funds for the purchase of school curriculum who may be forced to comply or lose that funding. Under this legislation, children could be chided and corrected for using gender specific terms like “mother and father” and instead will be told to use gender neutral terms like “parent and spouse” so as not to offend certain groups. This may be difficult to believe, but as a long-term school board member, I do not make this statement lightly. I have personal experience as a board member, where state statutes were changed and eventually school curriculum and speech had to conform. I was then chided for public comments on school issues when I used terminology that was not politically correct. In other countries and in the state of Massachusetts, where gay marriage has become the law, we have observed that citizens who would not succumb to politically correct speech have been charged with hate crimes and their parental rights infringed upon. (See www.massresistance.com for more information.) When signed, this bill will become the law of our state. We are a nation of laws, however we still have the right as citizens, parents and school officials to passively resist the gay agenda coming into our schools. The need for additional legislation to protect the rights of parents, businesses and religious organizations is great. An analysis of the gay marriage bill by six prominent religious liberty scholars, some of whom support same-sex marriage, warned all Minnesota legislators that the gay marriage bill violates the religious liberty protections guaranteed by the Minnesota and U.S. Constitution (see Law Professor Teresa Collett’s guest editorial in the May 10 Pioneer Press). As an example of this threat to religious liberty, University of Minnesota constitutional professor Dale Carpenter, a self-confessed homosexual, errantly wrote an editorial arguing that the religious freedoms in our Bill of Rights is “limited to the right to worship” only in our churches, instead of the current robust religious freedoms we enjoy. In truth, it is the right of each American under the Bill of Rights to act in accordance with their conscience and religious beliefs in the public square, not just in our churches. As you can see by the professors comments, the threat to religious freedoms is real. During these past several months, Lutheran and Catholic organizations were key groups opposing the gay marriage bill. As your state representative, I am very thankful for their help in opposing the passage of gay marriage. I plan to introduce legislation next session in an attempt to strengthen parental rights and school official rights to resist the implementation of the gay agenda in public and parochial schools. I will also introduce legislation to strengthen protection for our religious freedoms. State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen R-Glencoe
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To the Editor: This week (May 6-10), the Senate took up the minimum wage bill, which passed. This bill raises the minimum wage from $6.15 to $7.25 an hour. I did not support this bill for the reasons listed below: • Minimum wage was never intended to put people in a position to support a family. Minnesota spends tens of billions of dollars a year on education. People should take advantage of the educational opportunities provided by Minnesota in order to obtain a career that pays a living wage. • The government should not be interfering with private businesses by artificially setting a minimum wage. If businesses cannot afford the increase, they will inevitably pass the extra cost on to you, the consumer, cut back on employee hours or in some cases actually lay off workers. I have heard the complaint that Republicans only protect business and do not care about the workers. This could not be further from the truth. I believe that by helping businesses flourish and expand, we are helping the employees by creating a business climate that allows private businesses to expand, thereby hiring more employees and providing better wages. District 18 State Senator Scott Newman R-Huthcinson
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June 3 public hearing set for ’13 street work
By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe City Council at its May 6 meeting set a public hearing for 7 p.m., Monday, June 3, for its 2013 street improvement plans for the west third of Glencoe. The $2.1 million project includes about 7.5 miles of city streets that will either be seal coated, milled and overlaid or partial reconstructed. John Rodeberg of Short Elliott Hendrickson (SETH) told City Council that about 35 percent of the reconstruction and overlay work would be assessed to benefiting property owners, while sealcoating work would not be assessed. Of the $2.1 million project, about 20 percent of the cost will be assessed to properties and the remaining costs to be paid through a city bond. Those assessments need to be determined by Nov. 1, Rodeberg said, in order to be sent to the county assessor to be put on the tax rolls. City Administrator Mark Larson said the assessments can be paid all at once or spread over the life of the bond. Typically, the city charges 1-1/2 percent to 2 percent over the bond interest rate to property owners wanting to spread out the assessment payments. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the Phase I plans at the June 3 hearing, Rodeberg said. He said early bids on bituminous materials indicate the cost is lower than expected, so far. He said the street work would begin in mid to late July. Rodeberg said Phase II will include more extensive underground work of replacing old and deteriorating water and sanitary sewer lines. The main lines would not be assessed to property owners, but connections from homes to the mains will be assessed. Besides setting the public hearing, City Council also approved an agreement to do the work and pay for it through assessments and bonding, and a master contract with SEH for up to $89,000. In another maintenance matter, City Council approved the low bid of Infratech to repair 15 manholes in the city at a cost of $31,896. Gary Schreifels, city public works director for water and wastewater treatment, said the funds have been budgeted under the city’s inflow and infiltration (I&I) program. He said the work could be completed in a couple of week. In other matters, City Council: • Approved several requests by Jon Vandamme of the Glencoe Days committee. Vandamme asked the City Council to waive the annual parade permit, the amusement ride permit and fireworks permit for the June 2122 Glencoe Days city celebration. He again asked for help from the city parks department in setting up and taking down at Oak Leaf Park. “We greatly appreciate their support.” Also, Vandamme asked that the Oak Leaf Park hours be extended to 12:30 p.m. for the two-day city celebration. Vandamme said the parade will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 22, along the same route as the past few years — Pryor Avenue west on 14th Street to Ives Avenue, north to 16th Street, and back east to Pryor Avenue. • Heard the city was doing its yearly flushing of fire hydrants around the community. Schreifels said if residents experience low water pressure after the flushing, they should contact the city. • Heard from Mike Drew, city public works director for street and parks, that pothole filling is ongoing throughout the community. But Drew said on streets scheduled for repair work this summer, only minor pothole repairs are being done now on those streets, in particular on Fir Avenue and 17th Street. • Heard from Larson that economic development activity has picked up recently with prospective developers seeking information about Glencoe. Also, the first new singlefamily home building permit has been pulled this year, too, Larson said. • Heard that a study of the Municipal Liquor Store expansion plans found no issues with the support walls that separate the current liquor store from the former city offices. The walls are expected to be removed to expand the liquor store. The budget for the project also was revised upward to $400,000, according to City Administrator Mark Larson. He said if the project gets started this summer, it could be finished by November, the start of the liquor store’s busiest season. If not started soon enough, Larson said the project could get under way after the Christmas holidays when the store’s business traditionally slows down. • Heard the Glencoe Aquatics Center will open for the season on Wednesday, June 5, with the same hours as last year. Larson said an in-service session for returning lifeguards is planned for May 18, and with a shortage of trained lifeguards, a training class will be offered again this summer. Another new service this year will be obtaining seasonal passes using credit cards. But to use the credit card option, pool patrons need to come to the city offices at the Glencoe City Center, because credit cards cannot be processed at the Aquatics Center.
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‘Rescue in the Night’
Students from First Lutheran School of Glencoe rehearsed Thursday for their musical, “Rescue in the Night.” The musical is about Daniel and the lions’ den. In this scene, the people who are plotting against Daniel are trying to butter up King Darius, so he will agree to their plan. From left, the cast members are Grace Litzau, Lilly Nikkel, Paul Sievert, Abagail Gruber and Madi Mathews. The musical will be performed tonight, Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m., in the fellowship center of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Glencoe.
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his second campaign for a House seat. “It was a good mix of parttime income and flexibility to campaign,” Johnson said. “I started doing it (reporting), and I thought ‘this was really cool’ — getting to know the community and meeting lots of interesting people, some more interesting than others for different reasons,” he smiled. “There was always something different,” Johnson said about people and their passions. After working part-time at The Enterprise for the first couple of years, Johnson said he gradually became more full time, but it never crossed his mind to buy The Enterprise until after Tudhope died. “I looked at the books and thought, ‘I can do this,’” Johnson said. But the executor of the Tudhope estate, “wanted to pull the plug after three months,” Johnson said, and reminded him that Tudhope had “subsidized” The Enterprise with her own money for years. But Johnson said he wanted to give it a go anyway and give readers “a forum for community voices” by doing features, the history of the town, which was pleasing to oldtimers, and then edge toward something that was more contemporary.” Asked why he did not write editorials, Johnson replied, “I didn’t want it to be my voice. I wanted to stay focused on the people in the community.” ***** Johnson said his greatest enjoyment came from “getting to know people and hearing their stories. “I felt it was a privilege to get a chance to talk to people on both sides of an issue. I tried to stay neutral. “Neither side are bad people, they just disagree. I can see both sides. I felt the more I kept my opinions out, the more honest people were with me (in their opinions). “There is such a range of characters who came in here. They were largely motivated to do good,” Johnson added. But the weekly grind of long hours, stresses of deadlines and little pay took a toll. Johnson said he was proud of the progress The Enterprise made during his ownership. That included adding new technology, which he said was not that impressive since “it was not a very high bar” to get over when he began. “It was nice switching to digital,” in the newspaper’s layout, design and in sending it to the press in Hutchinson, Johnson said. He said he will not miss those frantic calls from the press after the 11:30 p.m. deadline passed and the paper was still not done. “Every week I wondered ‘can I get this together?’” Johnson grinned. Another eye opener was the realization, “it is a business and you got to work on that side of it, too. You’ve got to pay the bills.” Asked what he expected when he got into the business, Johnson said, “I had no idea.” While the writing and reporting were not new, “I had no business experience. It was an eye opener. It’s a whole lot different when it is just you. “I have a better appreciation and respect for small business owners,” he added, and with the four years of experience of owning The Enterprise, “I had advanced by miles from where I was.” What would he do differently? “Looking back, from a business standpoint, I would have lined up a bigger chunk of financing.” He also would have stressed sales more than he did. “I needed a salesperson out there.” He said the sales were done in “fits and starts.” Another headache was The Enterprise building, which requires continual maintenance and upkeep. Only two rooms of the big two-story building were actually used by the newspaper. He said his first day with the Enterprise, he had to “duck under police tape,” after the sidewalk was cordoned off because of bricks falling from the building. The city forced Tudhope to fix the brick work prior to her death. Also, there were dozens of buckets placed around the upstairs to catch water leaking from the roof, which also was eventually repaired, he added. Asked about the future of the building, Johnson said he did a lot of research on getting The Enterprise building on the National Register of Historic Places, but he said that is unlikely because most of the buildings accepted are for public, non-profit use. “I could have told them it was non-profit,” he added with a wry grin. ***** So what is next? Nothing definite yet, Johnson said, but he is eyeing the idea of a regional Spanish publication. “There’s not one out there now,” he said. Are you bilingual? “No,” Johnson replied. Is your wife bilingual? “No.” he added. Somehow would it work? Johnson said the most successful Spanish publication in the Twin Cities is owned by a person who does not speak Spanish. As to the building, Johnson said he will stay in it for awhile, “but I’m not sure for how long.” It still needs maintenance and there is a cost for utilities. Asked about getting back into politics, Johnson said that is not in his plans. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. “But I’m still interested in policy (a part of politics),” he said, and added he likes “trying to get answers, and finding solutions that get passed by both sides. That’s a good solution.”
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St. John’s confirmands
Five Christians were confirmed their faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato on Sunday, May 5. From left to right are Samantha Voigt, Ericka Hecksel, Eric Villnow, Cesar Mendoza, the Rev. Bruce Laabs and Tatum Engelke.
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Brownton clerk, deputy clerk to switch positions
By Lori Copler Staff Writer A decision to promote Ella Kruse, Brownton’s deputy city clerk, to the full-time city clerk was nearly derailed over a salary debate at the Brownton City Council’s May 7 meeting. Cindy Lindeman, who has been employed with the city for 32 years, first as the deputy clerk and then as clerk-treasurer, will officially retire May 31. But Lindeman planned to stay working for the city, in essence taking on Kruse’s part-time job as Kruse is promoted to city clerk. But there was a dispute over what Kruse’s salary should be as the city clerk. Currently, as the deputy clerk, who primarily works with utility billing, Kruse is making $15 an hour. Lindeman suggested increasing that to $20 an hour considering the additional duties Kruse will take on as the city clerk. However, Mayor Jay Werner felt that was too much, and suggested giving Kruse a $1 an hour increase, to $16 per hour. Lindeman said the City Council needs to keep in mind its comparable worth compliance when making a decision. She pointed out that the full-time police officer is making $20 an hour. “I would argue that she would have as much responsibility, if not more, except that she doesn’t carry a gun,” said Lindeman. Werner said that the decision to pay $20 an hour for a full-time officer was “made before my time.” Kruse indicated that she felt that $16 an hour wasn’t enough compensation for the additional responsibilities. “Why would I want to take on all that extra responsibility? I might as well stay where I’m at,” said Kruse. Council Member Chuck Warner said that Brownton’s city clerk was paid more than clerks in other cities of comparable size. “There’s a lot of money going out of our clerk’s office,” Warner said. But council members Brian Dressel and Doug Block indicated that they felt the job was worthy of a $20 an hour wage, while Council Member Norm Schwarze said the city did set a precedent by increasing the police officer’s salary to $20 an hour. In the end, the City Council voted 3-2 to hire Kruse as the new city clerk at $20 an hour. Dressel, Block and Schwarze all voted in favor while Warner and Werner were opposed.
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Lakeside State Science Fair participants
Several students from Lakeside Elementary participated in the science fair and earned trips to the State Science Fair Competition in Mankato in April. In the front, from left to right, are John Ingeman, Haley Kirchoff, Katherina Cohrs, Leah Bettcher, Hayley Bolland, Sacha Willhite, Kristine Majors, Brianna Wraspir and Jacob Reichow. In the back, from left to right, are Adam Garoutte, Nathan Litzau, Josh Kuehn, Jacob Schuetz, Brett Baumgarten, Jaelyn Pinske, Cassidy Cacka, Amelia Hesselgrave, Megan Fehrenbach and Katita Lopez.
Stewart City Council proceeds with Hall Street improvements
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The city of Stewart is proceeding with a $776,000 project that will continue to improve Hall Street and provide blacktop for a portion of Bowman Street. Also slated is a $24,500 project to pave a portion of Bowman Street between Powers Street and the railroad tracks, for a total cost of $800,500. A public hearing was held regarding the proposal at Monday night’s City Council meeting, but none of the handful of people in attendance gave any comments or asked questions. Andy Kehren, an engineer with Bolton & Menk, said that the improvement of Hall Street from Herbert Street east, then north past the former school building to Main Street, had actually been included as an alternate in last year’s street and utility improvement project. At that time, Kehren said, the city had applied for a $400,000 Local Road Improvement Project (LRIP) grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, but didn’t receive the grant. Because the bids for the 2012 project came in much lower than expected, Mayor Jason Peirce had suggested in a previous meeting that the city reconsider the Hall Street project. Kehren said the city can again apply for grants for the project. Kehren said the project will include a new water main for the entire length of the Hall Street portion of the project, which will help the city loop its water system when the main is connected with a main on Main Street. There also will be some sanitary sewer replacement and some new storm sewer that will, hopefully, take care of some water issues in the area, Kehren said. Hall Street will be narrowed to 42 feet from 48 feet, which will match the portion done last year, between Herbert and Prior. “That will result in a savings of about $29,000,” said Kehren. He also said that while the road will be narrower, “there is still plenty of room for truck traffic.” The road serves trucks going to a Form A Feed warehouse and the Kidz for Food site, which is located in the former school building. The north-south section of Hall Street, which runs for one block in front of the former school, will be tapered to 42 feet from 52 feet, Kehren said. However, Hall Street will be widened to a 30-foot radius where it bends from its east-west direction to going north to Main Street, Kehren said. “We’ll soften that curve up to make a better radius for turning trucks,” said Kehren. The intersection won’t be big enough to accommodate two trucks trying to make the curve from opposite directions at the same time, he added, but it’s a rare city intersection that can accommodate that, he added. Also in the project will be the paving of a short section of Bowman Street between Powers Street and the railroad tracks, Kehren said. The majority of that blacktop cost will be assessed to the city, since it owns the property on the east side of the block. The city should qualify for a Public Facility Authority (PFA) low-interest loan for about $580,000 worth of the project, about $220,500 will come from city reserves and a general obligation bond. The loan and general obligation bond will be repaid with a combination of utility funds, reserves and assessments. After Kehren’s presentation, the City Council approved the next steps of ordering final plans and specifications and calling for bids. Kehren said bids will be received June 5 and considered by the City Council on June 10. A final assessment hearing will be held in June or July, with construction set to begin in July. Most of the work will be done this season, with the final paving lift set for next spring.
Audit: City’s cash balance is down
By Lori Copler Staff Writer While the city of Brownton is technically in good financial condition, it may have trouble with cash flow this year. Paul Harvego of Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing presented the City Council with the 2012 audit at its May 7 meeting. Harvego said the city’s cash on hand is down because it paid off some debt and bought a payloader, but mostly because of its investment in the new Brownton Area Civic Center. Much of the work at the Civic Center will be paid, eventually, through the collection of pledges made by donors, which will come in over a three-year period. “Until that money gets paid, it could be a little rough,” said Harvego. It is recommended that the city keep enough cash on hand to pay four to six months worth of bills, in case there is ever a problem with the revenue stream coming from the collection of property taxes or state aid. “Normally, you want six months worth of cash on hand,” said Harvego. At the end of 2012, the city had $176,000 in cash. “That could create a problem with cash flow,” said Harvego. “You may end up borrowing from other funds to cash flow.” Other high-cost items included flood control, for which the city is getting some reimbursement from the federal government, seal coating and engineering costs for the Civic Center and the new natural gas utility franchise. Harvego also urged the City Council to continue working on rate increases in its utility funds to build reserves for any future major projects. In other business May 7, the City Council: • Set a special meeting for Monday, May 21, at 4:30 p.m., to award bids for the natural gas utility project. • Heard that the broom sweeper for a Kubota tractor was shot and needed to be replaced; the Council agreed to buy a new one. • Agreed to offer the cityowned lot of the former cafe building to the Brownton Bar & Grill for $100. Council Member Chuck Warner said that selling the lot will get it back on the tax rolls. • Discussed two major water main breaks and the potential costs for repairing the streets. • Agreed to waive the natural gas connection fee for Grace Lutheran Church, located just north of town, because it is a non-profit organization.
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Girl for Johnson, Wangerin
Amanda Johnson and Thomas Wangerin of Glencoe announce the birth of their daughter, Aristaya Star Wangerin, on April 28, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Aristaya weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20-1/2 inches in length. Her older sister is Adreanna Johnson. Grandparents are Ron and Ann Wangerin of Glencoe and George and Cleo Johnson of Eagan.
Thurs., May 16 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; Stewart Lions; GSL Lincoln Jr. High band & choir concert, GSL High School Auditorium, 8 p.m.; McLeod Emergency Food Shelf annual meeting, meeting room at Church of St. Pius X, Glencoe, 9:30 a.m. Sun., May 19 — GSL Panther Booster Club will host its annual Senior Awards Banquet, GSL Auditorium, 6:30 p.m. Mon., May 20 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, Brownton Community Center, 1 p.m.; Brownton Lions; Stewart American Legion Post 125 & Auxiliary, Stewart Community Center, 7 p.m.; GSL grades 912 Spring Band Concert, 11-12 Concert Band, GSL High School auditorium, 8 p.m. Tues., May 21— Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m.; Brownton Legion. Thurs., May 23 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; GSL 9-12 Spring Choir Concert, GSL High School auditorium, 8 p.m.
Student earns scholarship
Kevin Riemenschneider, son of Terry and Marian Riemenschneider of Glencoe, has been selected to receive a Nick Roberts Memorial Scholarship for the 201314 academic year at Southwest Minnesota State University at Marshall. Recipients of this scholarship are recognized for their academic accomplishments and outstanding leadership abilities. His planned major field of study is history.
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Brook and Suzanne Magnuson of Brownton announce the birth of their daughter, Brynn Lenore, on May 1, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Brynn weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her older siblings are Reese and Rylee. Grandparents are Bruce and Barb Magnuson of Glencoe, Mary Storkamp of Waite Park and Bernie Storkamp of Foley.
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Brandon and Sarah Yerks of Hutchinson announce the birth of their son, Kyrin Lloyd, on April 12, 2013, at The Mother Baby Center, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. Kyrin weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 19-3/8 inches long. His older brothers are Riley and Leyton. Grandparents are Joyce Peterson of Brownton and Mike and LuAnn Yerks of Hutchinson. Great-grandparents are Irma Wendorff of Hutchinson and Chuck and Irene Yerks of Hutchinson.
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Think farm safety this planting season
The McLeod County Master Gardeners and Hutchinson Garden Club will be holding the annual plant sale on Saturday, May 18, starting at 9 a.m. until most of the plants are gone. The sale will be held at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. The plant sale will include annuals, perennials, bulbs, vegetable plants and houseplants. The sale will be in the Horticulture Building. The Meeker County Horticultural Society will be holding its annual plant sale on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to– 11:30 a.m. The plant sale will include annuals, perennials, bulbs, vegetable plants, and houseplants. The sale will be at the Meeker County Fairgrounds in Litchfield. The sale will be in Commercial Building No. 2. ***** Spring time may have finally arrived. The late spring that we are seeing in 2013 can increase pressure on farmers and agricultural professionals to work longer hours. Although agriculture is safer than it once was, it still ranks among the most dangerous industries. Those working on farms risk fatal and nonfatal injuries, workrelated lung diseases, noiseinduced hearing loss, skin diseases, and certain cancers from prolonged sun and chemical use. Many of the mechanical, chemical and environmental hazards increase the risk of accidents. There were 476 farmers and farm workers who died from work-related injuries in 2010. The leading cause of death for farm workers is tractor overturns. Unfortunately, we continue to see injuries and fatalities in the agricultural area and often they can be prevented. Most everyone working in the agricultural area knows of someone that has been injured or has died as a direct result of a farming accident. Farm equipment is safer than it used to be, but there are still injuries and fatalities that can occur. Often youth are utilized to help out with the farm work. Be sure to look out for their interests by keeping them
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Spring activities
Enjoying spring! First Lutheran Kindergarteners are doing a variety of spring projects including a drama play center, a Flower Shop. Buying and selling flowers for May Day, Mother’s Day, and other special occasions is so much fun. Lauren Betcher, Maxx Neubarth and Anna Sievert are having a great time in Mrs. Donnay's class.
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Back in the early 1980s, my mom wrote a column in The Chronicle called “My Turn.” My dad, who was the editor at the time, wrote a weekly column, and she wanted to have a turn, too. In her column she wrote about the craziness of having a 5- and 2-year old (one more came along later), and shared stories of motherhood and recipes. I recently went back and read a few of her columns. I laughed to tears at some of the stories she shared, then realized one of those crazy kids was me. Now more than 30 years later (though I am only 29), it is my turn. I love to cook and try new recipes and would like to share some favorites. Each week I will share some of the new recipes I have tried along with some old favorites. Last Sunday was Mother’s Day. All three kids and four grandkids gathered at my parents’ house for lunch. Being the one child without kids, I offered to do the cooking. Lasagna was on the menu. I am a Pinterest addict, I will admit it. I love that I can type in a few ingredients and have pages and pages of recipes to choose from. This is how I found this lasagna recipe. Deep Dish Lasagna Ingredients: 12 uncooked lasagna noodles 1 pound sweet Italian sausage 2/3 cup chopped onions 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic 2/3 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided 3 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce 2 cups water 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves 1 pound part-skim ricotta cheese (I used drained cottage cheese) 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
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safe. Always think of how to safely operate the machines and equipment you are running before you start and be sure to tell youth important information as well. In 2009, an estimated 16,100 youths were injured on farms and 3,400 of these injuries were due to farm work. On average, there are 113 youths, younger than 20 years of age, die annually from farm-related injuries, with the most prevalent age group being those from 16 to 19 years of age. Of the leading sources of fatal injuries to youth, 23 percent involved machinery (including tractors), 19 percent involved motor vehicles (including ATVs), and 16 percent were due to drowning. Be sure that those working on your farm do not become one of these statistics! Those using the roadways should also take extra precaution when driving because
there will be numerous tractors and slow-moving vehicles on the roadways. Often, older equipment lacks proper signaling equipment and larger new equipment takes up a large amount of the roadway. With the late spring, expect to see more farm equipment movement at all hours of the day. Exercise extra precautions when sharing the road with vehicles that have the slowmoving vehicle sign on the back. Good luck with the spring planting and please remember to take things slowly and exercise safety in your daily work! Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/top ics/aginjury/.


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The McLeod Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans sponsored a recent service activity to support Food For Kidz. More than 100 people packaged 41,904 nutritious meals. At one of the packaging station were, from left, going clockwise, Donny Wolf, Vanna Wolf, Ardeen Graupmann, Verna Kunkel and Louie Graupmann. “Together this group made a difference in the lives of many children and their families,” said Cindy Eggersgluess of the McLeod chapter of Thrivent. Event attendees also contributed 35 pounds of food and $30 to the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf.
This great page will remind everyone of the great places to shop close-by. For only one low price, your business will have a full-color 2x3 (3.575” x 3”) ad on the page in the Glencoe Advertiser on May 26, online on our Web site, and on promotional posters.
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Twenty-one Brownton senior citizens met Monday, May 13, at the community center. Cards were played after the meeting with the following winners: 500, Vanna Alsleben, first, and Audrey Tongen, second; pinochle, Della Schultz, first, and Ordell Klucas, second; and sheephead, Elva Wendlandt, first, and Elmer Maass, second. Ordella Schmidt won the door prize. Carol Brelje served refreshments. The next meeting will be Monday, May 20, at 1 p.m. All area seniors are welcome.
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Bernice ‘Bernie’ Trummer, 78, of NYA Obituaries Harvey Walter Koester, 81, of Glencoe
Funeral services for Harvey Walter Koester, 81, of Glencoe, were held Saturday, May 11, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The Rev. R o n a l d Mathison officiated. M r . Koester died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Hennepin C o u n t y Harvey M e d i c a l Koester Center in Minneapolis. The organist was Cheryl Andrix, and the congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Military honors were by the Glencoe VFW Post 5102 and American Legion. Pallbearers were Kyle Koester, Erich Koester, James Dodd, Ryan Koester, Merl Battcher and Nick Koester. Interment was in the Glencoe City Cemetery. Mr. Koester was born July 9, 1931, in Green Isle Township, Sibley County, to Erich and Anna (Witte) Koester. He was baptized as an infant on July 26, 1931, by the Rev. Dysterheft and confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 25, 1945, by the Rev. H.H. Schuller, both at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township. Mr. Koester received his education in Glencoe and was a graduate of the Glencoe High School class of 1950. Mr. Koester grew up on a farm south of Glencoe. He entered active military service in the U.S. Marine Corps on Nov. 9, 1951, serving his country at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C., during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge on Nov. 2, 1953. On May 12, 1956, Mr. Koester was united in marriage to Margaret Wirtz by the Rev. D. Roney at Assumption Catholic Church in Assumption, Minn. Their union was blessed with six children, Gary, Russell, Catherine, Ronald, Mary and Paul. The Koesters made their home in Glencoe and shared almost 57 years of marriage. Mr. Koester worked for the phone company, REA as a lineman for 23 years, and then drove truck for Glencoe Manufacturing, Johnson Motors, K-Way and Cenex, retiring in 1993. His true passion was driving big trucks. He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Also, Mr. Koester was a member of the Glencoe VFW Post 5102, Hutchinson American Legion Post 96 and the Glencoe Fire Department. Mr. Koester enjoyed dancing, gardening, traveling, telling jokes, tinkering in his garage, having afternoon coffee at Bump’s and playing Sheephead in the morning at Happy Hour. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and cherished the time spent with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Koester of Glencoe; children, Gary Koester of Glencoe, Russ (Barb) Koester of Stewart, Cathy (Bill) Dodd of Lincoln, N.D., Ron Koester and his significant other, Deb, of Glencoe, Mary (Mark) Battcher of Plato, and Paul (Sandy) Koester of Glencoe; 20 grandchildren, Kevin Koester, Jonathon Kruger, Jessica Kruger, Kyle Koester, Aaron Telecky, Amy (Josh) Blower, Emily Koester, Erich Koester, Linda Benfiet, James Dodd, Timothy Dodd, Rachel Dodd, Ryan Koester, Danielle Battcher, Merl (Jenny) Battcher, Melissa Battcher, Amber Koester, Nick Koester, Kelsey (Derek) Anderson, and Travis Koester; six great-grandchildren, Kyler and Logan Benfiet, Evan Battcher, Hazel Battcher, Dale Anderson, and Jordan Koester; sister, Lois (Roger) Franck of Plymouth; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Al (Marlene) Wirtz of Norwood Young America, Helen Nicklaus of Cologne, Matt (Mary) Wirtz of Tucson, Ariz., and Donald Mueller of Waconia; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Erich and Anna Koester; father- and mother-in-law, Francis and Barbara Wirtz; sister, Arlene Mueller; brother-in-law, Robert Nicklaus; and nephew, Robert Wirtz. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries guest book. A private memorial service will be held for Bernice Regina “Bernie” Trummer, 78, of Norwood Young America (NYA), who died Wednesday May 8, 2013 at her residence. Bernice Regina Dettling was born May 29, 1934, in D e v i l s Lake, N.D., to Paul and Bernice C h r i s t i n a Trummer (Schiele) Dettling. She graduated from the St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Devil’s Lake, N.D. Before moving to Minnesota in 1969, she lived in Portland, Ore. Mrs. Trummer was a cook at local restaurants, including longtime employment at Mueller ’s in NYA and Bump’s in Glencoe. She was known for her salads and homemade soups. Mrs. Trummer enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be missed. Survivors include her loving family, daughters Linda Trummer of St. Louis Park, Patti (Steve) Oslund of Minnetonka, and Janet (Mark) Prchal of Excelsior; son, Terry Trummer of Austin; grandchildren, John Trummer, Nicholas Oslund and fiancé Emma, Marissa Oslund, Derek (Kelly) Prchal, Matthew Prchal, Shawn Trummer, Kelly Hoffman; great-grandchildren, Kiana, Lucia, Aubrey, Skylr; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alex and Sandy Dettling of Devils Lake, N.D, Richard and Marge Dettling of Roseville, and David and Pat Dettling of Devils Lake, N.D.; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Paul and Christina Dettling, and son, Lee Trummer. Condolences may be directed to: 6410 White Dove Drive, Excelsior, MN 55331 Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia at www.johnson fh.com.
Women’s fertility topic of May 16 GOP meeting
“It only makes sense that God would give women a simple way to manage their fertility. The trouble is that our culture pushes drugs and devices when they are not needed,” said Maureen Krumrey of the McLeod County Republican Women. The McLeod County Republican Women will host Sue Ek, executive director of the U.S. Headquarters of the Australian-based Billings Ovulation Method, at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at the Elks Club on Highway 7 East, Hutchinson. Men are welcome, too. Come and learn about natural symptoms a woman experiences that help her identify times of fertility and infertility. Ek will talk about the way a woman is in control of her own body. She will explain the four simple rules of the Billings Method and how it can be used to both achieve and postpone pregnancy. Call 320-864-4162 or 320587-3399 for more information.
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A memorial service for Ella Augusta Elisabeth Mahnke, 103, of Brownton and formerly of Stewart, will be held today (Wednesday, May 15), at 2 p.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. The Rev. Robert J. Lehner will officiate. M r s . Ella Mahnke Mahnke died Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Shade Tree Retirement Center in Brownton. A gathering of family and friends will be Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. The organist will be Adline Kottke and the urn bearer will be Wanda Bryant. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Ella Augusta Elisabeth Voight was born Sept. 23, 1909, in Green Isle Township, Sibley County, to Fred and Augusta (Luepke) Voight. She was baptized on Oct. 17, 1909, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Arlington, and was confirmed in her faith there on March 23, 1923. She grew up in Arlington and attended country school. On Oct. 2, 1928, Ella Voight was united in marriage to Martin Mahnke at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Arlington. They made their home on a farm near Arlington, and farmed there for many years. They were blessed with two sons, Vernon and Elroy. The family lived for a time in Buffalo Lake and, in 1945, they moved to Stewart. Mrs. Mahnke worked as a seamstress from 1949 until 2009. Mr. Mahnke died on Jan. 9, 1988. From 2000 until June of 2010, Mrs. Mahnke lived in the Parkview Apartments in Brownton. She then moved to the Shade Tree Retirement Center in Brownton. Mrs. Mahnke was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting, and shared many doilies with her friends. She liked to work in her garden, and was especially fond of the roses they grew. She also colored beautiful pictures. Survivors include her daughters-in-law, Phyllis Mahnke of Brownton and Betty Mahnke of Glencoe; grandchildren, Wanda (Jon) Bryant of Gillette, Wyo., Connie (Gordon) Spach of Jacksonville, Fla., and Steven (Debbie) Mahnke of Farmington; great-grandchildren, Christina Bryant of Gillette, Wyo., Jason Bryant of Gillette, Wyo., Amy (Karl) Baumfalk of Des Moines, Iowa, and Adam Alexander of Des Moines, Iowa; 11 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Marie Voight of Arlington; special friend, Esther Ziemann of Hutchinson; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Fred and Augusta Voight; husband, Martin Mahnke; sons, Vernon Mahnke and Elroy Mahnke; brothers, Elmer Voight and Fred Voight; sister, Viola Dose; sisters-in-law, Lena Voight and Erna Voight; and brothers-in-law, Walter Dose and Henry Voight. Arrangements were with the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Stewart. An online guest book is available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
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A Mass of Christian Burial for Stephen “Stevie” George Nemec, 68, of Fairfax and formerly of Silver Lake, was held Tuesday, May 14, at the Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe. The Rev. Anthony Stubeda officiated. M r . Nemec died S a t u r d a y, May 11, 2013. Honorary pallbearers Stephen were the Nemec Silver Lake American Legion, Dan Willnitz, Jerry Zaske, Roy Miscka, Beaver Wanous, Phil Novak, George Lhotka, Jerry Rannow and Duke Fahey. Pallbearers were Jim Ford, Jerry Tewes, Brian Winterfeldt, Chris Blazinski, Gary Dietel and Don Merkins. Interment with military rites was in the Catholic Cemetery in Glencoe. Mr. Nemec was born on Jan. 15, 1945, in Glencoe, the son of George and Irene (Stibal) Nemec. He graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1963. He formerly owned Quality Mason & Concrete of Glencoe, Inc. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting elk, turkey, pheasant and deer, and especially being with his dog “Coco.” Mr. Nemec was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Glencoe. He also belonged to the Silver Lake American Legion, many horseshoe clubs, Hutchinson men’s bowling leagues and was the past president and was a former sportsman’s club member. Survivors include his mother, Irene Nemec of Silver Lake; fiancé, Pam Wendlandt and her son Mark and his special friend Amanda; a son, Brian Nemec of Silver Lake and friend, Shelly Humlicek and her son, Mitchell Johnson; a daughter, Ann Janning of Mayer and her special friend, Dennis Welter; grandchildren, Kayla, Brianna and Leah Nemec, Taylor and Nathan Janning and Alexis Wendlandt; aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his father, George W. Nemec on Nov. 28, 2003; his grandparents; aunts and uncles; and Pam Wendlandt’s son, Brad. The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family. Online condolences may be made at w w w . m a r e s h f u neralhome.com.
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BEREAN BAPTIST Corner of 16th St. and Hennepin Ave. 727 E. 16th St., Glencoe Jonathan Pixler, Pastor 320-864-6113 Call Jan at 320-864-3387 for women’s Bible study Wed., May 15 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m. Fri., May 17 — Men’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., May 19 — Sunday school for all ages, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:20 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10:30 a.m. Tues., May 21 — Men’s Bible study, 6 a.m. Wed., May 22 — 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., May 15 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m. Thurs., May 16 — Naomi Circle at Orchard Estates, 9 a.m.; worship at LTC, 9:30 a.m. Fri., May 17 — Kelly Buska-Jeremy Fiecke wedding rehearsal, 5:30 p.m. Sat., May 18 — Kelly Buska-Jeremy Fiecke wedding, 3 p.m. Sun., May 19 — Baccalaureate worship with communion, 9 a.m. with baccalaureate celebration after worship in fellowship hall. Mon., May 20 — Televised worship, 3 p.m.; Light & Life articles due. Tues., May 21 — Ladies fellowship at Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m.; Minnesota Valley Conference pastor gathering, First Lutheran, Winthrop. Wed., May 22 — Televised worship, 2 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., May 19 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., May 15 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m. Thurs., May 16 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; McLeod Emergency Food Shelf board meeting, 9 a.m.; evangelization and catechesis committee, 6:30 p.m. Fri., May 17 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; no Spanish Mass. Sat., May 18 — Religious education registration before and after Mass; reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m.; youth mystery dinner follows Mass. Sun., May 19 — Religious education registration before and after Mass; Mass with graduating seniors recognition and May crowning, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m.; Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m. Mon., May 20 — No Mass. Tues., May 21 — Diocese of New Ulm Presbyters Day; morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; St. Pius X staff meeting, 10 a.m.; last junior choir practice and party, 2:50 p.m.; KC meeting, 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 22 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; area pastoral council, Holy Family, Silver Lake, 7 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Wed., May 15 — Circles meet; choir practice, 6:30 p.m. Fri., May 17 — Coborn’s brat stand, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., May 18 — Coborn’s brat stand, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., May 19 — Graduation Sunday; worship with celebration, 9:15 a.m.; no Sunday school; deacons meeting. Tues., May 21 — Bible study, 9:30
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Mathison, Associate Pastor 320-864-5522 www.firstglencoe.org E-mail: office@firstglencoe.org Wed., May 15 — Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m.; school musical, 7 p.m. Thurs., May 16 — Newsletter deadline; assimilation committee, 6:30 p.m.; church council, 7 p.m. Fri., May 17 — Youth game night, seventh through 12th grades, 7 p.m. Sun., May 19 — Worship with communion (Sunday school children finale), 8 a.m.; fellowship, 9 a.m.; Bible classes, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m.; Thrivent youth education event, 12:30 p.m. Mon., May 20 — Volunteer vacation Bible school meeting, 7 p.m.; First Edition Book Club, 7 p.m. Tues., May 21 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; voters assembly meeting, 7 p.m. Wed., May 22 — Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m.; worship with communion and FLS eighth-grade graduation, 7 p.m. GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod 1407 Cedar Ave. N., Glencoe www.gslcglencoe.org Rev. James F. Gomez, Pastor Matthew Harwell, Director of Christian Education E-mail: office@gslcglencoe.org Wed., May 15 — Spring pastors’ conference, Brainerd; GYM Bible study, high school, 7:30 a.m.; REVEAL, 5:30 p.m. Sat., May 18 — Vanessa GeorgeDan Kohout wedding, 3 p.m. Sun., May 19 — Choir, 7:45 a.m.; worship, 9 a.m.; quarterly voters meeting, 10:15 a.m.; NYG meeting, 6 p.m.; LIVE, 7 p.m.; Community Strings rehearsal, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon., May 20 — Red Cross blood drive, Good Shepherd, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues., May 21 — GSLC Bible study, potluck, 9:30 a.m. Wed., May 22 — GYM Bible study, high school, 7:30 a.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Thurs., May 16 — Jesus Cares Ministry, 6:30 p.m.; Wish List team meeting, 7 p.m. Sun., May 19 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m.; Sunday school picnic, 11 a.m.; ditch cleanup, 12:30 p.m. Mon., May 20 — Ministry advancement meeting, 7 p.m. Tues., May 21 — Jesus Cares planning, 6 p.m.; Table Talk, 7 p.m. Wed., May 22 — Chimes, 6:30p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: Pastor@GraceBrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Sun., May 19 — Worship, 8:45 a.m.; Grace Women, 10 a.m. Tues., May 21 — Bible study, 9 a.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., May 15 — Noah’s Ark preschool closing service, 7 p.m. Thurs., May 16 — Visitation and communion to Brownton shut-ins. Sun., May 19 — Worship, 8 a.m.; register for May 26 communion; Channel 8 video; pastor at Glencoe long-term care in the afternoon. Wed., May 22 — Chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Interim Pastor browntoncongregational.org Not available. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 300 Croyden St., Stewart Sat., May 18 — Worship with communion, 7 p.m. Sun., May 19 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship with communion and first communion, 10 a.m. Tues., May 21 — Pastors’ conference meeting at First Lutheran, Winthrop, 9 a.m. Wed., May 22 — WELCA sewing, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Wed., May 15 — Mass, 9 a.m. Thurs., May 16 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., May 19 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. ST. MATTHEW’S LUTHERAN Fernando Aaron Albrecht, Pastor Wed., May 15 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; “The Bible” on TV, 6 p.m. Thurs., May 16 — Monthly breakfast, 8 a.m. Sun., May 19 — Sunday school (last day), 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. Wed., May 22 — Bible study, 6 p.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., May 19 — Last Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, Pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., May 15 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., May 19 — Worship, 10 a.m. ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN 216 McLeod Ave. N., Plato Bruce Laabs, Pastor 320-238-2550 E-mail: stjlplato@embarqmail.com Wed., May 15 — Youth choir, 5 p.m.; midweek, 6 p.m. Thurs., May 16 — Bible study, 8:45 a.m.; bulletin deadline. Sun., May 19 — Confirmation; “Time of Grace” on TV Channel 9, 6:30 a.m.; worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; potluck dinner. Tues., May 21 — Glencoe longterm care and Orchard Estates visits; prayer meeting, 5 p.m.; deacons, 7 p.m. Wed., May 22 — Youth choir, 5 p.m.; midweek, 6 p.m.; newsletter deadline. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato Bill Baldwin, Pastor www.platochurch.com Wed., May 15 — Men’s coffee, 9 a.m. Sun., May 19 — Last Sunday school, 8:45 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m.; free-will meal after worship. Wed., May 22 — Men’s coffee, 9 a.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Sun., May 19 — Confirmation and Pentecost worship, 10:30 a.m. (time change) GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave. S.W., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., May 15 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time and puppet practice, 7 p.m. Sat., May 18 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; wedding, 3 p.m. Sun., May 19 — “First Light” radio 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.; open shooting for Centershot Archery graduates, 11:45 a.m.; Outdoor Club, planning Boundary Waters trip led by Scott Rehmann and Paul Nikkel, 2 p.m. Wed., May 22 — Confirmation, 6 p.m.; prayer time and puppet practice, 7 p.m. Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-3272843. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN 108 W. Main St., Silver Lake Mark Ford, Pastor 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., May 15 — WOW party, 5:30 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. Sun., May 19 — Worship service with fellowship to follow, 10 a.m. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. 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Glencoe recycling Continued from page 1
tract with Waste Management was exclusive to the point of keeping West Central from conducting the county’s program within the city limits. “Unless there is a court order otherwise,” McLeod County will continue its program in Glencoe and, in fact, put a full-page ad in the weekend papers “so the citizens (of Glencoe) know we haven’t just walked away from the program,” Nies said. Nies said the county needs to honor its contract with West Central Sanitation, whether it picks up recycling in Glencoe or not. Jeff Bertrang of West Central Sanitation, also a member of SWAC, said his company, in turn, has to honor its contract with the county. Residents who approach West Central drivers with questions are directed to take those questions to county officials, Bertrang said. “We’re continuing to do what the county tells us to do … until the county tells us to do something different,” said Bertrang. Kerry Venier, the Silver Lake city clerk and a member of SWAC, asked about the progress on a study of a single-sort program for the county. Commissioner Paul Wright said the county had asked the city of Glencoe for a one-year grace period to conduct the study, “because we wanted to do it right.” However, Wright added, he doesn’t feel that the study will take a year, and the consultant is currently working on the financial feasibility of switching to a one-sort program. Wright also said members of the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) committee and Solid Waste personnel have been looking at equipment for single-sort recycling. The potential expense of one-sort recycling will play a large role on any decision the county makes, Nies said. Along with buying a new sorter, the county may have to expand its building. Even if the county chooses to stay with a five-sort system, Nies indicated there could be some changes. “If we do stick with fivesort, we need to look what we can do with our containers to make it a heck of a lot easier for our constituents,” Nies said. Venier expressed appreciation to the county for its willingness to look at a singlesort program and “not just stick to your guns on the fivesort program.”
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Thirteen Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Business Professionals of America ( BPA) students attended the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., May 7-12. They competed in various computer-related events and did sightseeing, including going to the ocean and going to Disney World. Those attending the conference were, above, front row, from left, Mary Eckhoff, BPA adviser, Mackenzie Matousek, Brody Bratsch, Eric Thalmann, Kurtis Kunkel, Joe Fehrenbach and Mercy Rakow. In the back row are Krissy Garbers, Ashley Hall, Lindsay Wedin, Kaitlyn Boesche, Katie Urban, Shannon Twiss and Samantha Iverson. At the right are the students who ranked in the top 10 nationally. They include, from left to right, Kunkel, Hall, Thalmann and Garbers, all with the administrative support team; Twiss, legal office procedures; Boesche, desktop publishing; and Iverson, advanced desktop publishing.
Yard-waste program Continued from page 1
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Art on display
The Panther Art Prowl was held in conjunction with the elementary music concert last Thursday and attracted a wide variety of participants, including Darin and Shania Thammavongsa, above, who put their drawing skills to the test. At left, Ismael Calderon-Garcia displayed some of his artwork and the works of other artists in the gymnasium. The Panther Prowl brought together the entire K-12 visual arts program under one roof. Participants also had opportunities to get some hands-on experiences at various work stations in the cafeteria.
‘Man in black’ bank robber pleads guilty
GAYLORD — A 49-yearold Minneapolis man, who was dubbed “the man in black” by law enforcement officials, has pleaded guilty to six bank robberies throughout Minnesota, and also admitted responsibility for 25 additional bank robberies, including one at First National Bank, Gaylord branch, on June 13, 2011. According to The Gaylord Hub, Mark Edward Wetsch admits to robbing six banks, in each case admitting that he wore a black mask and brandished a firearm that was believed to be real.
The consensus of the group, Carter said, was to ask the county if it would continue to support 50 percent of the cost of the program. “We came to SWAC and the county to ask you to continue to be a strong partner” in the program, Carter said. McLeod County Commissioner Sheldon Nies said that county representatives, in light of issues with the city of Glencoe and its desire to start a one-sort recycling program, met with each city council in the county to discuss the county’s recycling program. “This was brought up at every single meeting we went to,” said Nies of the yard waste program and the proposed cuts in funding. Nies said the issue has been discussed by the county’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) committee, and “the consensus is that there should be some support coming from us (the county).” Nies said he would like to see the county continue the 50 percent contribution as it has in 2013, but “it becomes a budgeting issue for 2014. The question is, how do we do it? Do we do it on a per capita basis? Or average the costs over the past three years?”
Solid Waste Director Ed Homan said that the cost of the program is about $80,000 a year, of which $50,000 goes toward hiring site monitors to make sure that inappropriate material is not brought into the sites. Homan said that continuing the program may mean that cities will need to reduce their monitored hours in order to reduce costs. Cindy Lindeman, city clerk at Brownton, also asked the county to take into consideration that Brownton’s yard waste site also is a site for the collection of discarded appliances and “e-waste.”
If the county reduces funding and, as a result, funding for monitoring is reduced, the city may leave its yard waste site unmonitored. If that is the case, Lindeman, the county may want to consider fencing off the e-waste area to prevent the illegal dumping of appliances. Carter said another looming issue is that the county had bought the original tub grinder used for grinding branches and brush. When that has served out its useful life, it will need to be replaced, and a cost-share program for replacing it should be developed, he indicated.
Corrections & Clarifications
In last week’s article on the Morningside Avenue project design costs, it was reported it would be about $100,000, with the county and city of Glencoe splitting that cost. It should have read the design cost is $205,000 with a 50/50 split. The city’s share will be about $102,500. ***** In the front page photo cutline on the city’s new onesort recycling program, it was reported the pick up on the south side of the city was onWednesday. It should have said pick up dates south of 13th Street are usually the second and fourth Mondays. North of 13th Street the pickup is on the first and third Mondays. ***** 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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