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Track & field
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The McLeod County
Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 116 No. 20
a continuation of
The Glencoe Enterprise
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Unforgettable times
Glencoe’s Aul landed in France on D-Day
By Rich Glennie Editor t was nearly 70 years ago and many of the details of June 6, 1944, are not as sharp as they once were for 92-year-old Carl Aul of Glencoe. But there is enough there to never forget the carnage he witnessed two hours after the invasion of the Normandy beaches began. It was known as D-Day. Aul was trained in chemical warfare prior to the invasion, but when he hit Omaha Beach he had been conscripted as a truck driver attached to an artillery unit. “I didn’t know anything about driving the truck,” he said of the weeks before the invasion. It was determined that chemical warfare was not going to happen, so all of his company was dispersed to other companies prior to D-Day. “I helped supply the (artillery company) with ammo,” Aul said as he reminisced from the main dining room at Grand Meadows Senior Living in Glencoe last week on the eve of Memorial Day. “I was on the beach two hours later,” Aul said of D-Day. “It was really bad. There were dead all over the beach. The fighting was still raging.” He said when he landed on the beach “there were guys sitting all over — dying. There were specialists there taking care of the wounded, but a lot of them were dead already,” Aul recalled. While the first troops to land had to fight their way off the beaches and inland at a heavy cost in casualties, “it had calmed down a little” by the time he arrived driving the big trucks off the landing craft and onto the beach. The landing troops had to not only battle the entrenched Germans with their heavy firepower, but the high cliffs in the area, the expansive, open sand beaches as well as the tides. He said his unit had to wait for the tide to come back in order to get onto the beach. “I was sitting in the truck (on the way to shore) and drove right out,” Aul said. He said his assistant driver was learning to be a minister, and he wanted to jump into the nearest foxhole to pray. Aul’s truck was attached to the ammunition supply group once they got on shore, which was part of the U.S. Third Army. Aul said he learned to drive quite quickly and drove a lot in the next year before the war ended in Europe the following May. ***** On June 6, he said the trucks got off the beach and “went inland quite a ways.” But the Allies’ offensive hit the hedgerow country of Normandy and bogged down again. The hedgerows are thick stands of trees and shrubs that line the lanes in the French countryside. Often they were raised up and became nearly inpenetrable, by even tanks. The hedgerows also afforded excellent cover for the defending Germans. “Sometimes we were on both sides,” Aul said of the Germans on one side and the Americans on the other of the hedgerows. Another Glencoe native, Melvin Litzau also recalled fighting in the
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
Carl Aul, 92, of Glencoe drove an Army truck off a landing craft on DDay, two hours after the invasion of France began on June 6, 1944. The carnage he saw remains with him nearly 70 years later. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, the nation will take time to stop and remember all those veterans and loved ones who are no longer with us.
Carl Aul
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Memorial Day services set around area
Area Memorial Day observances are planned for Monday, May 27, at Plato, Glencoe, Brownton, Silver Lake and New Auburn. At Plato, the Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. in the Plato Community Hall. The Plato Legion Post will present the colors while the GlencoeSilver Lake High School Band plays patriotic music. After the invocation by the Rev. Bill Baldwin and songs by the Plato Community Choir, there will be high school speakers involved in the Close Up and Business Professionals of America (BPA) programs. Guest speaker will be Captain David Smith, who will give the Memorial Day address. The youth flag coloring contest awards will be presented before the benediction and the playing of “Taps.” The departure of the colors will conclude the program.
Roundabout, Highway 15 GSL awards projects to start on June 3 bid, but cost came in higher
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Construction on a roundabout on Highway 15 at the intersection of County Road 115, just south of Menard’s in Hutchinson, as well as a mill and overlay of Highway 15 from Highway 212 to Denver Avenue in Hutchinson, will begin June 3. County and state officials held a come-and-go open house Wednesday at the Hutchinson Event Center, where they presented final design drawings to the public and fielded questions and comments. Currently, plans for Highway 15 are to mill off and replace the top three inches of bituminous, but Dave Johnston of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) said that plan may be re-evaluated once the milling is done. “There is no doubt that this winter was really hard on Highway 15,” said Johnston. Johnston said that once the surface is milled off, MnDOT will have a better idea of whether additional milling and an increased layer of bituminous will be needed. Also included in the Highway 15 project will be a new bypass lane for northbound traffic near the new United Grain Systems (UGS) facility just northwest of Brownton and a new entry to the eastside frontage road just south of the Highway 15/CR 115 intersection. That frontage road currently has an outlet at its north end, which will continue until the roundabout is completed, to allow residents access.
ECFE/SE addition now set at $1.996 million
By Rich Glennie Editor The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board, meeting in special morning session Tuesday, approved going ahead with the proposed Early Childhood Family Education/Special Education (ECFE/SE) building addition onto the Lincoln Jr. High building. The costs, however, have increased and of the two bids received, both were well over the $1.5 million base cost estimated last fall. To compensate, the School Board approved a base bid of $1.595 million from Black & Drew of North St. Paul, the lowest of the bidders. It also approved one alternate to remodel the current Lincoln bathrooms at a cost of $105,000 and set the unit price for any additional concrete work at $450 a cubic yard. The board questioned several other areas of the bid, including computer remodeling for the former kitchen area at Lincoln, and unit prices for steel and fill that varied greatly in the two bids. The project, according to Black & Drew’s bid, would begin May 30 and the addition would be completed by Dec. 15. How to pay for the additional costs was the main discussion Tuesday morning. Paul Youngquist of the architectural firm of Youngquist & Associates, said the bids were opened May 16. Because the bids were higher than estimated, the project is about $350,000 short. Youngquist said reviews of the project indicated no cuts in the project could be found that would make up for that shortfall. The School Board was presented with five options ranging from scrapping the project to splitting the increased costs between an increase in the lease levy amount and an increase in the school district’s contribution. Before the bids were opened, the School Board had estimated levying for $1 million over 10 years with the district kicking in the other $500,000 from its general
At Glencoe
The Glencoe VFW Post 5102 and American Legion Post 95 will present the Memorial Day program in the GSL High School auditorium, beginning at 10 a.m. Les Canaar, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel from the Twin Cities, will be the guest speaker.
At New Auburn
The outdoor Memorial Day service at High Island Lake Cemetery in New Auburn begins at 11 a.m. with the presentation of the colors by the New Auburn VFW Post 7266 and its Ladies Auxiliary. Post Commander Willard Grack will present the welcome, Anthony Deno will give the invocation and “America the Beautiful” will be sung. The Memorial Day speaker will
The map above shows the planned detour in and around Hutchinson as construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 15 and County Road 115 gets under way June 3. Also on tap is a mill and overlay of Highway 15 from Highway 212 to Denver Avenue in Hutchinson. MnDOT intends to keep at least one lane of traffic open during that portion of the project. McLeod County Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst said the east leg of the roundabout and work on County Road 115, east of the intersection, will be “fast-tracked” to give the frontage road residents easier access into town while the mill and overlay of Highway 15 is being done. Once the roundabout is completed, the frontage road’s access to County Road 115 will be closed and a culde-sac will be created on the north end. The intent is to keep at least one lane of traffic on Highway 15 open throughout
Memorial Day events
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Highway 15 projects
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School addition
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Memorial Day events
Continued from page 1 be the Rev. Harold Storm, pastor at Mountville, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Gaylord. The Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Band will perform, and VFW members will present the symbolic salutes to their fallen comrades. VFW Auxiliary President Phyllis Schwanke will place the ceremonial wreath. After a moment of silence, Grack will do the roll call of deceased veterans. “God Bless America” will be sung before the closing prayer and the 21-gun salute by the New Auburn VFW Rifle Squad. “Taps” will then be played by a GSL band member.
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
May’s Pillars of Character
Glencoe-Silver Lake High School’s May Pillars of Character were plentiful and were honored last week. The selections — for showing trustworthiness, caring, responsibility and citizenship — included, front row, from left, Ethan Wolff, responsibility; Maddie Kuehn, responsibility; Mai-Quynh Nguyen, respect; Alexis Wendlandt, responsibility; Brooke Kosek, trustworthiness; Jamie Bieganek, responsibility; and Michael Coughlin, responsibility. In the middle row are Gustavo Villalobos, responsibility; Samantha Welch, responsibility; Sze-ka Sheena Yeung, respect; Onnapun Thararuck, responsibility; Samantha Johnson, responsibility; Sloan Becker, responsibility; Danielle Mathews, responsibility; Alex Stensvad, responsibility; and Heidi Johnson, caring. In the back are Gabe Schweikert, responsibility; Shawn Seevers, responsibility; Ismael Calderon Garcia, responsibility; Parker Kerslake, responsibility and citizenship; Derek Bratsch, trustworthiness; Reed Dunbar, caring; Bennet Bielke, responsibility; Oakley Clark, responsibility; Clarissa Ober, responsibility; Greg Ober, caring; and Joe Fehrenbach, responsibility. Missing were Taylor Venier, Jordan Bergmann, Kurtis Kunkel, Chandler Swift, Alyssa Lesnau, Katie Mueller and Jenna Jochum.
At Silver Lake
The annual Memorial Day program in Silver Lake will be held on Monday, May 27, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the parade. At 10:45 a.m., the Memorial Day program will begin at the American Legion Park. Guest speaker will be Arnold C. Troe, Department of Minnesota vice commander in charge of the 1st and 3rd districts. There will be a potluck lunch in the American Legion Club rooms following the ceremony. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Silver Lake Auditorium.
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fund reserves. Now, the cost is estimated at $1.966 million, including the base bid and alternates. “Since Jan. 1, construction costs took a jump,” Youngquist said, and that is an indication “the recession is over.” The last five or six years, those schools with building projects have enjoyed low prices because of competition for the fewer jobs in the construction industry. Now contractors have enough work, he added, and local contractor Schatz Construction did not even bid because of its workload. But Youngquist said the ECFE/SE addition is still a good project. “It is still a great place for kids and for people to work in,” he said. “It’s not the Taj Mahal, it’s not even a Buick. It’s a Chevy,” Youngquist said. The School Board selected option three of the five offered. That option calls for an increase in the lease levy to $1.375 million with the district to pick up the remainder of the costs, estimated at about $591,000. The levy would still be for a 10-year period. Michelle Sander, district business manager, said those figures still need to be run through the Minnesota Department of Education and could change slightly. Under that scenario, the $158,994 in annual debt service would cost a homeowner of a $50,000 house an additional $4 a year in property taxes. An owner of a $300,000 home would see an increase of $40 a year. The biggest impact is on ag land, Sander said. An ag homestead valued at $200,000 would see a $17 increase in taxes. That goes to $72 on ag homestead property valued at $1 million. On bare ag land, the increase on land valued at $2,000 an acre would be 28 cents an acre. On land valued at $7,000 an acre, the cost per acre would increase 97 cents an acre. ***** One area that board member Jamie Alsleben questioned was the alternate to remodel the current bathroom/locker room at Lincoln, bid at $105,000. He said there are critics who would question spending funds on locker rooms. “That could be a red flag to the community without an explanation.” Sander said the locker room/bathroom remodeling would fit into the bigger school plans as a place for special needs students. The bathroom needs to meet Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements regardless. This would be an opportune time to get it accomplished, she added. The only other bathrooms at Lincoln are on the far north ends of both floors of the school. These being discussed for remodeling are the main bathrooms for the school, Sander said. Alsleben also asked if the project would have had more bidders if the district did not put a Dec. 15 completion date in the contract. Youngquist felt that was not a problem. In fact it was beneficial to subcontractors who are used to rushing to get projects done before the start of a school year. Asked if the option to rebid the project was viable, Youngquist said, “If you wait to rebid, I think it’d be worse. The prices will continue to creep up. I think there would be a zero percent chance of saving money.” Board member Jason Lindeman said even with the additional $350,000 needed for the project, it is a good project and he has not changed his mind. “It did not change our need. The need is still there,” Lindeman said. “”I think we have to do it.” The aim of the project is to relieve space pressures at Helen Baker Elementary by moving ECFE to the new addition. The current ECFE room at Helen Baker would be remodeled for use as a first-grade classroom next school year. Board member Kevin Kuester agreed with Lindeman. “We needed it then (when first proposed), we need it now. There is no question on that.” If the district’s share of the cost is increased, Alsleben said, it needs to be determined where that funding comes from “and determine the impact on the rest of the district’s finances and funds.” He said the funding pie remains the same, and Alsleben wanted to ensure, “we’re not short-changing other needs as well.” Sander said there are a variety of sources to fund the district’s share, including using more reserve funds, using the internal service fund set aside to cover future retiree costs, or holding back on other capital projects. The vote to award the bid was approved 5-0. In other matters, the School Board: • Accepted the resignation of Craig Brenner as a high school math teacher at the end of the current school year. • Hired Kaylia Johnson as a front desk worker at the Panther Field house, replacing Vonnie Nelson, who resigned; Kori McKibben as a thirdgrade teacher at Lakeside, replacing Stephanie Freund, who is resigning at the end of the school year; Rebecca Schwartz as a first-grade teacher at Helen Baker, replacing Angela Mellies, whose contract was not renewed; and Claire Bergman as a fifth-grade teacher at Lakeside, replacing Amanda Redman whose contract was not renewed.
Bloodmobile in Brownton
The American Red Cross bloodmobile, cancelled earlier this spring due to bad weather, has been rescheduled for Friday, May 24, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Brownton Community Center. To make an appointment, call 320-328-4445.
Glencoe seniors to meet
The Glencoe Senior Citizens group will meet at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 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 28, 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.
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The Lincoln Junior High musicians and singers had an opportunity to shine last Thursday with a concert that featured the seventh-grade band, eighth-grade band and combined seventh- and eighthgrade choir. Above, eighthgrade band members included, from left, Shawna Goettl, alto sax; Dallas Durbin, trumpet; Hannah Arthur, flute; Tatum Engelke, flute; and Daria Fegley, flute. At right are some members of the choir, including, front row, Avery Correll and Andrew Nix. Middle row, Cody Raduenz, Tanner Chmielewski and Regina Moosbrugger. In the back are Jack Gepson and Sebastian Chouanard. The band was directed by Peter Gepson, and the choir by Randi Erlandson.
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Gears up for summer school
By Rich Glennie Editor As the school year winds down, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board and its administrators are gearing up for summer school. But before that can happen, the GSL School Board heard that two student days have been added back into this year’s schedule to make up for “snow days” this winter and spring. At the May 13 School Board meeting, GSL Superintendent Chris Sonju said May 30 (make up for March 18) and May 31 (for April 11) will be student days, but a fourth “snow day” (for April 19) will not be made up. The last day of school is May 31, and the last staff workshop day is June 4. Graduation is set for 7 p.m., Friday, May 31, in the high school gymnasium. ***** At the meeting, approval was given to the summer school plan for providing enrichment opportunities through GSL Community Education; targeted services in literacy and math; extended school year for students needing special assistance; and the migrant summer school program. The targeted service program runs in two blocks: June 10-27 and July 29-Aug. 8 for three hours either in the mornings or afternoons. It is estimated 105 students will participate, and staffing needs include a program leader, four teachers and three paraprofessionals. The extended school year is for select students with individual learning plans that indicate such services are needed. Estimated cost of the program is $5,000, and the program runs for four weeks, July 9 through Aug. 1. Twenty-one students will be involved and staffing needs include three teachers and 11 paraprofessionals. The migrant summer school runs from June 19 through July 25. Staffing includes one migrant summer school coordinator, a data entry clerk, one family involvement liaison, four paraprofessionals and seven teachers. Sonju noted that the migrant summer school is at no cost to the GSL School District. It is all federally funded. In other matters, the School Board: • Hired Karol Kiefer as an ESL paraprofessional at the high school/Lincoln, replacing Nandini Kraemer, who resigned; and Jamie Fredrickson as a full-time special education teacher beginning in 2013-14, replacing Bill Kittel, who is retiring. • Accepted the resignations Sue Magnuson as the National Honor Society adviser; Clare Nolan, as junior high yearbook adviser; Colin Kerslake as head boys’ soccer coach; and Randy Wilson as assistant boys’ soccer coach. • Accepted the following donations: Glencoe Rotary, $250 for Close Up. McLeod County Pheasants Forever, $200 for robotics; and $300 for FFA program. Glencoe Lions, $50 for robotics. Crow River Sno Pros, $1,000 for Business Professionals of America (BPA) trip to nationals. 4 Square Builders, trap house lumber for trapshooting club. McLeod County Bar Association, $500 for mock trial competition. Central Minnesota Two Cylinder Club, $400 for FFA program. Silver Lake Lions, $400 for BPA nationals. 3M Foundation, $250 volunteer grant match; $300 for Math Counts. MEADA Coalition of McLeod County, $120.50 for junior class. Stevens Seminary, $500 for robotics; $1,000 for Supermileage program; $5,580 for iPads in fifth and sixth grades; $420 for vouchers; and $1,300 for BPA nationals; Plato Lions, $100 for BPA nationals. • Acknowledged Kevin Johnson and family, former owners of the Glencoe Enterprise, for covering GSL activities in the past years.
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Mock Crash
Last Wednesday, GlencoeSilver Lake High School hosted the annual “mock crash” scenario to inform senior students about the consequences of drinking and driving. An accident scene was set up and several volunteers and emergency services in the area worked to simulate injuries sustained in a crash and the care needed.
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Council names Chronicle city’s official newspaper
By Rich Glennie Editor In a brief 30-minute meeting, Glencoe City Council named The McLeod County Chronicle the city’s official newspaper after the sale of The Glencoe Enterprise on May 9 to McLeod Publishing, parent company of The Chronicle. The Enterprise was the official city newspaper after it was the low bidder in January at 43 cents per column inch, camera-ready. The Chronicle’s bid in January was 66 cents per column inch. City Administrator Mark Larson asked The Chronicle to honor the Enterprise’s bid, but The Chronicle offered to honor its own bid instead. Larson said most of the city’s official newspaper business is camera ready. “There are not a lot of alternatives out there,” Larson said. But it still took awhile before any City Council member made a motion and offered a second to award the newspaper bid. “Are there other choices in the future?” asked council member John Schrupp. “There are other area newspapers,” Mayor Randy Wilson replied, but he questioned why they would consider bidding on the city contract. The Chronicle finally became the official city newspaper on a 5-0 vote. In other business, City Council: • Approved a letter to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, commenting on the McLeod County Solid Waste Plan. The MPCA approves such plans. Gary Schreifels, city public works director for water and wastewater, also sits on the county’s solid waste advisory committee (SWAC). He said one of the problems with the county’s plan is that there is no way to verify its numbers, especially when it comes to recycling. He also said the 10-year solid waste plan does not mention anything about single-sort recycling, something the county is currently studying. In a related matter, Larson said the latest numbers from the city’s single-sort recycling were in. The first week of the onesort program collected 4.38 tons of materials from the north side of the community, but it involved only one week of collections. The second collection on the south half of the community spanned a week and a half and resulted in 5.86 tons collected, Larson said. The first full two-week collection concluded Monday on the north side of the community and amassed 8.38 tons of recyclables, Larson said. “Obviously, with the tonnage, people like the (onesort) service,” Wilson said. Council member Dan Perschau also reminded Glencoe residents that the recycling pick up is every other week. The south side will be next week. • Left the current water and sewer availability charges (WAC/SAC) as they stand at $250 each for residential properties and $1,850 for WAC and $1,250 for SAC on commercial properties. So far this year, there is only one new home start. “Where we’re sitting now is in the best interest of Glencoe,” Schreifels said. He said the fees are used strictly for water and wastewater plant improvements, and the costs are to connect homeowners to the city’s water and sewer mains. • Heard that plantings in the City Center courtyard are set for Thursday, beginning about 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are welcome, according to Larson. • Heard that the lodging study announced last fall for a proposed hotel in Glencoe has experienced some delays, but is now under way. The results of that study should be available in several weeks, Larson said. • Heard that the recent heavy rains caused some minor street flooding, but Schreifels said the city “fared well.” Over five inches of rain were reported in a threeday period that started last Friday. It has rained even more since Sunday. • Reminded people of the public hearing on the city’s street improvement project is set for 7 p.m., Monday, June 3, the next City Council meeting.
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Memorial Day offers time to reflect; have we done our part?
Our view: The sacrifices of those who went before us always need to be remembered
or a reality check around Memorial Day and Veterans Day, go sit down with a combat veteran and get their perspective on things. Last week, we sat down with 92year-old Carl Aul of Glencoe, and talked about his experiences during World War II in the European theater of action. A similar chat would give any civilian a better perspective of why those two holidays are set aside to honor the war dead. It is eye-opening what sacrifices these veterans made in protecting our world from tyrants, and guarding our freedoms when under attack. Patriots back then were no different than patriots are now; most are humble about their small parts in the bigger scheme of things. But never doubt that they sacrificed for the better good of America, no matter how large or small of a part they played. Aul was no exception. He drove a supply truck for an artillery unit and landed on the bloody shores of Normandy two hours after the first wave came ashore on D-Day. His eyes, even 69 years later, still show the pain as he conjured up memories of the horrors he must have seen so long ago. That is something only a combat veteran can comprehend. Aul seemed to sum up what many other veterans have said over the years about war. “It’s something that shouldn’t happen. But it does.” Most veterans who have tasted war, hate it. They have seen the cost; they have seen the destruction; they have seen the utter waste of lives and resources. As we hustle and bustle, packing up the kids and camping gear for the first long weekend of summer, take some time to consider what Memorial Day is all about. It is not just a three-day long weekend as many of
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us now take for granted. There was a price paid to allow us to enjoy this three-day weekend. You can see it in the headstones of area cemeteries and in graveyards throughout this nation. Memorial Day is a great opportunity to reflect on the past and on those who came before us, veterans and civilians alike. It also is a time to take stock of ourselves. Are we as good as the generations before us? Can we do what they did to keep this 237-year experiment in freedom going forward? Looking at our veterans fighting wars around the world today, the answer is a definite yes! Some days we wonder if the world, and American society, are going to Hades in a handbasket. And then we see how this nation came together when attacked on 9/11, much like the nation rallied on Dec. 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Americans have a resilency that is unmatched in modern history. We can fight among ourselves all we want, but when America is under attack, we rally behind our leaders. When natural disasters occur, we rally to the aid of our countrymen as well as to the aid of those less fortunate around the world. America is unique, even with all its flaws. But that uniqueness comes with a price. And that price often lies under those white headstones with small American flags flying nearby. We must remain forever grateful for those sacrifices. At least pause this Memorial Day to show some appreciation and respect for those who have forged the path we now follow. Hopefully, our children and grandchildren can remember us as fondly some day. — R.G.
You know, it’s sounding more like ‘1984’
Well, just like the Y2K millennium end-of-the-world scenario and the Mayan calendar doomsday predictions, the world did not end with the same-sex marriage bill passed recently by the Minnesota Legislature. But it may have ended the world as we know it when it comes to what constitutes a family in this society. The genie is now out of the bottle, and getting it back in may be impossible. So how did this come to pass? No one is sure if last fall’s amendment rejection by Minnesota voters — to define marriage as one-man, one-woman in the state Constitution — was the cause of this year’s historic gay marriage legislation, but be sure the DFLers who completely control the Legislature were not taking any chances. This was the liberals’ one opportunity to foist their gay agenda onto the rest of us, who simply were not ready for such fast action from a traditionally slow-moving Legislature. It is amazing what absolute power can do. There was no one to slow down the DFL juggernaut this session, and not only was gay marriage rammed down our throats, so has a whole truckload of new and expanded state taxes. We can point to one source of our current dilemma — state Republicans. Had they not pushed so hard for the constitutional amendment last year and just stuck to their traditional approach of reducing the size divergent thoughts into a coherent understanding of what we are supposed to believe and do on the samesex marriage issue? To most Minnesotans, social issues are more gray than black-andwhite. We tend to favor equal rights for all; we tend to defend the underdog; we tend to fight for fairness and openness. So when the same-sex marriage push was made, it was with mixed feelings. What Minnesotans, and Americans in general, should be more worried about, however, is the insidious intrusion of the federal government into our lives with increased use of domestic drones, the secret wiretapping of Associated Press journalists’ phone lines and the Internal Revenue Services’ revelations about zeroing in on specific political groups for more scrutiny. To top it off was the “60 Minutes” report on Sunday that showed how facial recognition is being used to not only find criminals, but to identify your spending habits, where you used your credit cards and for what purchases. Corporations can then use that data to pinpoint their advertising campaigns. If you have a Facebook account with your face on it, your face is likely now in the national data bank for these businesses — and government — to use. That folks, is spooky. You know, it is sounding more like George Orwell’s “1984” all the time.
Rich Glennie
and scope of government, Republicans would not have lost control of both houses in the Legislature. They dropped the ball when they strayed from their budget message into “bedroom” issues. Now, Republicans left the rest of us exposed to the tax-and-spend DFLers who have run roughshod over the legislative process this session. But the DFLers have done exactly what the Republicans did in 2012 — they overextended their reach into our pockets and bedrooms and will now pay the price in 2014. While new and more taxes are predictable with DFLers, the gay rights marriage bill presented a real dilemma for many God-fearing Minnesotans. While many point to the Bible for guidance, the Bible is ambiguous in ways. It does not look kindly on homosexuality, especially in the Old Testament. Yet, the teachings of Jesus espouses the theme of “love thy neighbor as thy self.” So how do you combine those two
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The Minnesota Legislature approved over $2 billion in new taxes in the just-completed legislative session. Do you agree that these new tax revenues are needed by the state? 1) Yes 2) No 3) Not sure Results for most recent question: The Minnesota Legislature approved same-sex marriage for Minnesotans. Do you agree with the bill that now allows same-sex partners to marry? Yes — 40% No — 59% Not sure — 2%
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Everyone in state pays more, gets less
By State Sen Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson On Monday, May 20, the Minnesota Legislature addressed the state’s budget for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015. The tax plan to pay for it all passed almost exclusively by House and Senate Democrats and includes $2.1 billion in a variety of new taxes. In total, it spends $38.3 billion, the largest in state history. This is an 8.1 percent increase over the current budget of $35.4 billion and reflects an increase of over $10 billion in less than a decade. I voted in opposition to the tax plan that increases an array of sales, income, and business taxes. New sales tax items pushed by Governor Dayton and Democrat leaders include taxes on Internet purchases, digital downloads like iTunes and eBooks, car rentals, storage facilities and equipment repair for businesses. Additionally, cigarettes will see a $1.60 per pack sales tax increase. If you remember one thing about this legislative session, it’s that everyone will pay more in taxes for an increasingly wasteful and inefficient government. On top of new sales taxes, income tax rates will rise 25 percent for individuals earning over $150,000 and couples earning over $250,000. Minnesota companies will find that the Governor and majority caucuses also eliminated the Foreign Operating Credit and Foreign Royalty Deduction. On the removal of these business incentives, I believe these will have the greatest adverse effect on our state economy, because Minnesota will be telling the business world that they are not welcome here, and remember, private business is the only real source of revenue available to fund government spending. To consume this enormous budget, various omnibus spending bills will add hundreds of new full-time government employees, add numerous new advisory task forces and enumerable entitlement programs, all in an inevitable march towards bigger government. While we did work in a bipartisan manner on necessary issues like the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and a bonding bill for the Minnesota State Capitol restoration and the Minneapolis Veterans Home, this session was inundated with bills to unionize childcare providers, increase in minimum wage and legalizing same sex marriage. These are not the issues hard working taxpayers of Minnesota need us to be working on. We should be focused on what we can do that will best help stimulate our economy and create private sector jobs.
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Letters to Editor Response to thoughts on gay marriage
To the Editor: On May 9th and May 13th, I sat on my living room couch and watched as the Minnesota House debated HF 1054 and then again as the Senate debated SF 925. These two bills have been dubbed the Freedom to Marry bill, or sometimes also referred to as the gay marriage bill. I write mainly in response to State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen’s letter to the editor from May 15th (“Thoughts on the passage of state’s gay marriage bill”). Gruenhagen writes about two main concerns: the legal requirement to use politically correct language, and the need for religious liberties to be protected. Let me start with Gruenhagen’s arguments against political correctness. An example he gives is that children will no longer be allowed to use “mother and father” and will asked to use terms such as “parent and spouse.” Gender-neutral terms would only be required in situations that a student is being presumptuous about others’ family makeup. Politically correct terms were created and are encouraged to be used by the public in order to avoid offending or making minorities feel unaccepted or out of place. This is especially important in schools so that all students feel safe and are able to concentrate on learning. Gruenhagen’s second concern is the protection of Minnesotans’ religious liberties. He backs up his view by citing University of Minnesota constitutional professor Dale Carpenter’s editorial. The problem with this tactic is that one person’s view does not equal an entire movement’s belief, and it is wrong to state it as such. Religious liberties, as protected by the Constitution, are important and need to be protected. Though one’s rights can only be protected until they infringe on another’s rights. An example is when a photographer refuses service to a same-sex wedding based on their religious views. This goes beyond the photographer’s right to practice their religion and infringes on the rights of the couple to receive fair and equal service. The line between these two groups’ rights are thin and needs to be protected from both sides. Over the past two years, while this debate has taken place in Minnesota, there has been a lot of great discussion happening in our schools, churches, homes and in the newspaper. I would like to thank both sides for their respectful discussion, and I look forward to it continuing until we reach a compromise that gives both sides the rights that they deserve. Marina Frestadt-Latourelle Glencoe
School Board, union at odds over new program
By Rich Glennie Editor The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board and its Education Minnesota: GSL teachers union are locked in a grievance battle that came to the board level on May 13. Neither side gave in after a 35-minute meeting prior to the regular School Board meeting. At the center of the grievance is the new Olweus antibullying program being implemented within the school district. The School Board and its administrators claim to have the right of assignment for the program; the union claims it violates the teacher contract. The next stage of the dispute could be arbitration if the two sides cannot come to an agreement. Jim Waters, representing the teachers union, said teachers volunteered for training in the Olweus antibullying program last summer after a grant was obtained by Jean Johnson of McLeod County Public Health. But now the administration is asking that the Olweus lessons be taught twice a month, while the contract calls for only one lesson a month. School Board Chairman Clark Christianson asked how the Olweus anti-bullying program can be implemented easily in the elementary level, but not at the secondary level? Christianson pointedly asked Waters how the Olweus program is supposed to work and still be “cost neutral? Any ideas on how to do that?” “One instruction session a month,” replied Brook Magnuson of Education Minnesota: GSL. “The contract says one lesson a month,” Waters added. GSL High School Principal Paul Sparby said the Olweus program recommends a lesson a week, but that was felt to be overkill at the secondary level. The administrators settled on two lessons a month. It was felt one lesson a month “would compromise the program and not reach the potential it should,” Sparby said. “I’m still looking for an answer,” Christianson told the union representatives. “How do we implement this and make it successful?” “I can’t give you an answer to that,” Waters replied. “Our idea is once a month,” Magnuson added. Board member Donna VonBerge said, since there is no argument about the program for the rest of this school year, the matter should be tabled in order to “figure it out over the summer.” But Waters said there is a timeline that needs to be followed. “We have 10 days,” Christianson added. He said as a School Board, a ruling needs to be reached or the union could decide to go to arbitration. “It’s one session a month, for better or worse, that’s the agreement,” Waters said. ***** Sparby said the grant obtained by Johnson for the anti-bullying program amounted to about $12,000 to $13,000, and “it was an opportunity to get it for next to nothing.” Sparby said the anti-bullying program is an on-going process with the “goal to keep the issues (of bullying) before the kids; keep the discussion going.” Board member Jamie Alsleben asked if there was a state or federal mandate involved. “Yes,” Sparby replied. The mandate is for each district to have a policy in place, but he was not sure about the deadline for that policy. Sparby said the anti-bullying policy requirement is another “unfunded mandate,” and it is up to the district to figure out how to pay for it. Johnson stepped in to secure a Public Health grant. Sparby said the district would “be nuts not to” take advantage of the grant. GSL Superintendent Chris Sonju said the Olweus program “exceeds (mandated) requirements.” Board member Jason Lindeman directed his comments to the union representatives. “You do not teach math once a month. You need to be repetitive (to learn).” Teaching needs to be done consistently, he said, “and once a month is not consistent.” VonBerge said bullying has been a problem “since we went to school. We need to implement (the anti-bullying program), but we can’t violate the contract. We need to figure out a way for next year to fit it (Olweus) into the contract and be effective.” Sonju said the administration’s fix was to schedule the twice-a-month Olweus lessons during the fourth period. Sparby said that noon to 12:30 p.m. slot in the fourth period was the best option because that period is 60 minutes long compared to normal 50-minute classes. But Waters said, as a fourth-period chemistry teacher, twice a month he would teach a half period of chemistry and a half period of Olweus. “Whether you are teaching physics or Olweus, we say it’s in their contract,” Sonju replied. “We all agree there is a need,” Alsleben said. He said other school districts are having growing pains over the anti-bullying requirements, too. He said the state may develop its own anti-bullying curriculum. But Sparby did not think the state would do that because it is an unfunded mandate. “I don’t expect anything from the state.” Christianson said the administration claims the right of assignment if it is within the teacher’s licensure. He said the aim of Olweus is for the students to build a rapport with staff members. To do that would require the students to stay with the same teacher throughout high school. It is not in the best interest of the students or staff to change that relationship each trimester, Christianson said. “It’s not the Olweus program at issue here,” Sparby said. “It’s trying to make it work within the schedule. We feel fourth hour is the best option.”
Solid waste questions, answers
I want to thank Editor Rich Glennie and The Chronicle for allowing me the opportunity to provide the readers with information related to Solid Waste Management, Household Hazardous Waste Disposal and Recycling in McLeod County. In the past, we have responded to individual questions, but have not shared those responses with all residents in the county. Through this column, we hope to provide the readers with a better understanding of our programs, achieve a better sense of education and how to properly dispose of unwanted waste. Because we had added numerous new programs since 1999/2000, we have also established a web site to help provide valuable information to the residents. The following are new programs, which were established to handle problem materials for County residents and business: • Where is the county recycling facility or MRF/HHW located? We are located at 1065 5th Ave. NE, Hutchinson, directly across from the Farmers Coop Elevator and or Hutch Iron and Metal.
Solid Waste Notes
By Ed Homan • Does the McLeod County Solid Waste facility recycle old mattresses and box springs? Yes, the McLeod County MRF started accepting old mattresses and box springs in July 2012. Residents may drop off mattresses/box springs, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Redemption Center located on the west side of the building. The fee for disposal is $15 for each item and there is no limit. • Can I dispose of tires at the facility? Yes, the MRF accepts tires daily from 8 a.m. from 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The fee for tire disposal is as follows: Car and light truck, $3. Large truck, $4. Tires with rims, $2. We are unable to accept semi or tractor tires at this time. • Where can I recycle my appliances and or e-waste? The county MRF helps residents recycle old appliances and e-waste from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The disposal fee for all appliances is $10. The disposal fee for ewaste is also $10, but some items are free. In the next column, we will provide more information on how easy it is to properly dispose of old medications and possibly a new program on carpet recycling. We would welcome your questions and comments. Feel free to contact McLeod County Solid Waste toll free at 1-800-335-0575, e-mail: mcleod.solidwaste@co. mcleod.mn.us, via web site: www.co.mcleod.mn.us/solidwaste or ed.homan@co. mcleod.mn.us.
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By District 18B State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe The 2013 legislative session has been marred by Democrats overreaching at every turn. Democrats want nearly $3 billion in higher taxes and fees to close a mere $627 million dollar deficit, growing government by 10 percent. They have focused on divisive social issues like gun control and gay marriage, and renewable energy standards that would raise energy rates on hardworking Minnesotans. However, one of the most egregious overreaches this session is the Democrats’ stubborn insistence to force through an effort to unionize childcare providers and PCAs. With just days remaining, before passing a final budget Democrats are wasting time on a bill that passed through three separate Senate committees without recommendation to pass. This effort would charge daycare providers union dues for a union they don’t want. In a survey of providers, more than 80 percent of daycare providers stated they did not wish to join a union. Despite these numbers, Democrats want to spend nearly $5 million on a bill that will increase costs and limit choices for low-income families. Union dues or fair-share fees represent an increased cost to providers that could be passed on to hardworking families in the form of increased childcare costs. Any provider that does not wish to join the union would be forced to either pay fairshare fees against their will, or reject low-income children who receive state subsidization for child care, limiting choices for families. Many daycare providers will even close their business to avoid the headaches associated with joining a union. Why are we letting politics and union-boss power grabs get between parents and childcare providers? Why are the Democrats forcing private business owners to unionize? Because it would take nearly $8 million of money intended to help children and give it to union bosses to fill depleted campaign funds. It’s simply outrageous. Newspaper editorial boards across the state, even those that traditionally side with my friends in the majority, have come out strongly in opposition to this bill. There’s a reason for that. They recognize what we have been saying all along: this bill may be good for the powerful far-left special interests that helped elect the Democrat majority, but it’s bad for the hardworking families of Minnesota and their children.
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In last week’s People column, there was an error in the birth date for Jada Mae Neid. It should have read April 22. The complete birth announcement is reprinted in today’s People column. ***** Last week’s Chronicle was supposed to include an engagement announcement for Vanessa George and Dan Kohout. It was inadevertently left out. It is being run this week, even though the wedding occurred May 18. Our apologies. ***** 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.
Continued from page 4 I want to thank all the constituents who wrote, called, e-mailed, and visited me during the session. Your views, opinions, experience, and expertise you shared is very important, and I’m honored to serve as your state senator. Please stay in touch. The Legislature will begin the 2014 session on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at noon.
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Memorial Day services set in Brownton, Stewart
The Edward Ewald American Legion Post 143 and its Auxiliary of Brownton will host a Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Brownton, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved to the Brownton Community Center. The service will start with welcome by Post Commander Elmer Baysinger, followed by an invocation by Todd Sudheimer. Brownton native Jim Bartels, currently the general manager at KNUJ in New Ulm, will be the guest speaker. His address will be followed by the roll call of deceased veterans, read by Ron Kelm Sr., a rifle salute by the Post Memorial Rifle Squad, and the playing of “Taps” by Lyndon Peterson. A social time begins at 11 a.m. at the Community Center. A community potluck, hosted by the Auxiliary with broasted chicken provided by the Post, will start at noon. All of the events are open to the public. A little about Bartels: he was raised on the family farm south of Brownton and graduated from Brownton High School, earned a two-year liberal arts degree at Willmar Junior College and his bachelor of science degree at Mankato State University. He has worked his entire career in radio, first at KYSM as an announcer in 1974, then later at KNUJ, where he has worked in sales, on the air and as the general manager. He also was the general manager of KDUZ-KARP in Hutchinson. Bartels and his family live in rural New Ulm, and he joined the New Ulm Sons of American Legion in honor of his dad, Elsworth “Speedy” Bartels, a World War II veteran, and his brother, Bruce Bartels, a Vietnam veteran. Jim Bartels served as the squadron commander for 12 years, and is most proud of the flag etiquette instruction he has provided for over 10 years to groups of all ages. The Stewart American Legion and Auxiliary will have their observation at the Stewart Community Center Monday at 10 a.m. A Memorial Day service in Gibbon is set for Monday at 9 a.m. at the GFW Elementary School gym in Gibbon. All cihldren will receive an American Flag and are asked to join in the children’s march at the close of the service, which will be followed by a potluck at the Gibbon Community Center at 11 a.m. The Winthrop Honor Guard, in north and south groups, will provide salutes to deceased veterans at area cemeteries Monday, including: Clear Lake Methodist, 7:40 a.m.; Clear Lake Lutheran, 7:50 a.m.; Clear Lake Baptist, 8:05 a.m.; Augustana Lutheran, 8:15 a.m.; Bismarck Lutheran, 7:40 a.m.; Tabor, 7:45 a.m.; St. Peter ’s (Moltke), 8 a.m.; Gibbon Catholic, 8:15 a.m.; and Gibbon city, 8:25 a.m. The two groups will meet at Immanuel Lutheran in Gibbon at 8:30 a.m.
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Coloring contest
The Brownton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 143 recently sponsored an “Americanism” coloring contest, and above are the winners. From left are Tison Werner, third grade, first; Sydnie Mailer, fourth grade, second; Mikayla Wigern, third grade, second; Alyssa Zellman, third grade, third; Callie Klabunde, first grade, second; Taryn Zellman, first grade, first; Eric Duvall, third grade, honorable mention; and Nathan Petersen, fourth grade, first. Not present for the photograph were Baylee Hahn, kindergarten, first; and Jasmyne Steinberg, third grade, honorable mention.
GSL Ministerial to host baccalaureate May 29
The Glencoe-Silver Lake Ministerial Association is excited to host a baccalaureate service for the Glencoe-Silver Lake graduating class of 2013. In its second year, the association is hoping for a great turn-out, said the Rev. James Gomez of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The service will be held at the GSL Auditorium on May 29 at 7 p.m. Local clergy are coming together to honor these students, and send them off to their new adventures with God’s blessings. While this is not a function of the school district, the Ministerial Association has been welcomed to hold this event as a service to the graduates, Gomez said. “We invite the graduates, along with their families and friends, and any GSL staff who would like to join us that night to worship the Lord, hear some teaching and words of wisdom, and lift up prayers on behalf of the students.” The GSL Ministerial is a group of local pastors who meet for theological discussion, promotion of events and for camaraderie. It hosts a Good Friday cross-walk in Glencoe, and does a little fundraising (tip nights and the clergy chili challenge) to help cover baccalaureate gifts and other expenses. It also supports and participates in other community programs such as the live nativity, Pastor’s Corner, community Thanksgiving dinner, and Common Cup Ministry.
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
May 23, 1913 O.C. Conrad, Editor L.O. Groth is leveling his two lots west of the parochial school, on which he will build a new residence. Work on the basement was begun this week. T.W. Smith, an old and respected resident of Collins Township, and lately of the village of Stewart, died Friday from a paralytic stroke. The G.W. O’Neill camp located 11⁄2 miles east of town is drawing the attention of a good many sightseers from the village. The camp is composed of about 80 men and 40 teams of horses that are engaged in building grades for the double track of this division of the railroad. Steam and horse graders are being used to do the work and it surprises the average person to note how much dirt can be moved in a day by these contrivances. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Beebe on Saturday of last week. who placed in the contest were Loretta Reiner of District 81 in Collins Township, sixth place; and Merlyn Zimmerman, District 49 in Sumter Township, ninth place. Winners of the poster contest sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary were Robert Zimmerman, first, and Carroll Mann, second, in Division A; and Grace Griebie, first, and Dwayne Wendland, second, in Division B. The posters were judged by Miss Virginia Baker, Mrs. J.S. West and the Rev. G.C. Fenscke. Krcil, Karen Lamp, Karen Lehmann, Donald Lhotka, Orlin Loncorich, Kenneth Lindeman, Deborah Lindeman, Larry Matheny, Martha Meyer, Glenn Paehlke, Charles Peik, Noreen Roepke, Rodney Schwarze, Sherwyn Spiering, Evonne Tessmer, Paul Troska, Janet Wachter, Mary Wacker, Kathleen Wendland and Robert Zaske. After a successful eight-year tenure as the Brownton High School football coach, Warren G. “Max” West is turning the reins over to Grady Rostberg, starting this season. West will remain the baseball coach, athletic director and physical education instructor. both ran unopposed. Robin and Jim Sikkila of Brownton announce the birth of their daughter, Paige Nicole, on May 13, 1993. She is welcomed home by a sister, Megan.
10 Years Ago
May 21, 2003 Lori Copler, Editor The Brownton Fire Department recently awarded prizes to the top pledge collectors in its recent bike-a-thon. Winners were Jamie Katzenmeyer, fifth and sixth grades; Logan Miller, third and fourth grades; and Jaden Katzenmeyer, first and second grades. Seven youths were confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton Sunday, May 18. They include Nicole Buckentin, daughter of Alan and Karen Buckentin; Cody Hallahan, son of Pat and Sharon Hallahan; Katie Hedtke, daughter of David and Rosan Hedtke; Dustin Klabunde, son of Brett and Vicky Klabunde; Nikolas Neubarth, son of Bill and Tammy Neubarth; Bryant Nordby, son of Kevin and Kathy Nordby; and Brittany Ribar, daughter of Jeff and Kim Ribar. Rose Westphal, 82, of Stewart, died Sunday, May 18, 2003, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care unit.
Kosek, Thalmann, Rothstein receive KC, Stubeda scholarships
The Glencoe Knights of Columbus announced the recipients of the 2012-13 St. Christopher Council 4842 scholarship and the Pauline Stubeda Memorial Scholarship. Brooke Kosek and Eric Thalmann each received $500 St. Christopher Council 4842 scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to graduating members of the Church of St. Pius X parish pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities, who have demonstrated academic achievement and a record of parish and community service. Travis Rothstein was awarded the $250 Pauline Stubeda Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2007 by the Stubeda family to provide monetary grants to individuals entering post-secondary health-related programs. With more than 1.8 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic church, the community, families and young people. Over the past 10 years, the Knights have contributed $1.4 billion and 653 million volunteer hours to charity.
50 Years Ago
May 23, 1963 Charles H. Warner, Editor Funeral services for Gerald Schwarze and Alan Goodpaster were conducted Saturday, May 18, at the Brownton High School Auditorium with the Revs. E.W. Roesler and Gordon Arneberg in charge. The two high school juniors were killed in a car crash near Lake Marion May 15. A commencement service for the Brownton High School class of 1963 will be held Wednesday evening, May 29, at 8 p.m. Class members include Stanley Albrecht, Myron Bipes, Barbara Bulau, Howard Draeger, Leslie Elder, Susan Griebie, Janet Grochow, James Hansch, Constance Huebert, Ardena Karg, Ronald Kelm, Reinhard Koepp, Karen
20 Years Ago
May 19, 1993 Lori Copler, Editor Stewart School District voters approved a $50,000 per year, five-year excess levy that will address the school’s statutory operating debt at the school election Tuesday. The levy passed 127-120. Incumbent School Board Member Ben Schuft was re-elected to his sixth term and Tammy Schaufler received 53 write-in votes for the other open seat, for which no candidate had filed. In Brownton, incumbents Jerome Wosmek and Joe Griebie were returned to their seats; they
75 Years Ago
May 19, 1938 Percy L. Hakes, Editor Jane Knutson of District 41, Lynn Township, was the winner of the county rural school declamation contest. Her teacher is Irma Zimmerman. Local students
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Valedictorian of Brownton Class of 1951
May 24th
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
May 23, 1913 A.F. Avery, Editor Thomas Walsh Smith, 72, died May 16. A native of Wisconsin, he and his family settled in Collins Township in 1893, where they engaged in farming until his wife’s death in 1904. Since then he has made his home in the village. He was a member of the Collins Town Board for 15 years. He leaves three children and 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren to mourn his death. The commencement exercise for the Stewart High School class of 1913 will be held at Liberty Hall Friday evening, May 30. The class numbers three: Ruth Genevieve Roland, Estella Glorane Hoyt and Mabel Genevieve Bliss.
75 Years Ago
May 20, 1938 Harry Koeppen, Editor The annual junior-senior banquet was held Saturday evening at the community hall, with a theme of “Starlight.” Entertainment included “Little Dipper,” Blanche Howe; “Big Dipper,” Ruth McKee; “Comets-Meteors,” Jan Bents; “Hitch Your Wagon to a Star,” The Dreamers; “Class Prophecy,” Irene Johnson; songs by the Singing Waiters; “Milky Way,” Eunice Olney; “I Wish I Were a Senior,” Marie Kalenbergs; awards presented by Mr. Stall; “Acceptance,” Stanley Richards; and “Class Will,” Tom Koeppen. Pete Redman, former Stewart man now living in Penn Township, was in Tuesday afternoon, his face all wreathed in smiles,
and announced that he was the father of a nine-pound son, born last Thursday. The youngster is the first boy in Pete’s family. Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Sanken are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on May 15.
50 Years Ago
May 23, 1963 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Thirty-two Stewart High School seniors will receive their diplomas Monday evening. Class members include Thomas Bauman, Donna Blum, Ralph Blum, Linda Burge, Kenneth Chatfield, Judy Decker, Nancy Doerr, Ilene Dwyer, Corinne Ewert, Barbara Hahn, Charlotte Kalenberg, Joan Klammer, Joanne Klitzke, Richard Kuttner, Grant Lade, Billie Lambertson, Charlotte LaPlante, David LaPlante, Donald Lenz, Mary Lipke, Karen Paul,
Elaine Peetsch, Gerald Polzin, Myron Redmann, Joel Reiner, Lawrence Rettmann, Sharon Richards, Larry Roepke, Karen Tuneberg, Beverly Wacker, Allen Woller and Randall Zieman. Jan H. Bents and Raymond Wendlandt were elected to the Stewart School Board Tuesday evening.
35 Years Ago
May 25, 1978 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor The American Legion Auxiliary elected its officers for the 1978-79 year. They are Mrs. Virgil Moritz, president; Marvell Hahn, first vice president; Mrs. Steve Hahn, second vice president; Mrs. Jan H. Bents, secretary; Joyce Markgraf, treasurer; Mrs. Verl Ehlert, chaplain; and Mrs. John E. Markgraf, sergeantat-arms.
Homecoming Queen Brownton Class of 1951
From The Chronicle archives
30 Years Ago
May 25, 1983 Bill Ramige, Editor Twin boys were born to Kurt and Patty Kruckman of Glencoe on May 18 at the Waconia Ridgeview Hospital. Chad Ryan weighed 5 pounds, 141⁄2 ounces; Cory Dillon was 5 pounds, 11 ounces. Both boys were 19 inches long. Bernie’s Furniture, located at 1229 Greeley Ave., received extensive damage when struck by a car on Monday. According to owner Bernie Ardolf, this was the second time the store has been damaged by a vehicle in recent months.
20 Years Ago
May 26, 1993 Rich Glennie, Editor No longer will an invocation be given at graduation ceremonies in Glencoe, thanks to school board action taken last Tuesday. Superintendent Warren Schmidt recommended that the district abide by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which bans prayer at graduation ceremonies. Jessica Boock, a sixth-grade
student in Glencoe Middle School, won a merit citation in the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) 49th annual School Traffic Safety Poster Program. A certificate and check were presented to Boock and a certificate of appreciation was given to her teacher Terry Shaw.
10 Years Ago
May 21, 2003 Rich Glennie, Editor Cody Behrendt received a new hand-crank bike from Lincoln Junior High School students who raised the funds for the special
bike. Karla Kullman announced her retirement, effective the end of May, as the city’s finance director. She has worked 19 years at the city hall, first as city clerk/treasurer and then as finance director when the city administrator position was established in the late 1980s. The 2003 GSL Panthers girls’ track team won the schools firstever WCC (Wright County Conference) track and field championship. GSL scored 159¾ points, including a staggering 146 on the track. The runner-up Delano Tigers tallied 125 points.
Thurs., May 23 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; GSL 912 Spring Choir Concert, GSL High School auditorium, 8 p.m. Fri., May 24 — American Red Cross bloodmobile, Brownton Community Center, 2-7 p.m. To make an appointment, call 320-328-4445. Mon., May 27 — MEMORIAL DAY; Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, Brownton Community Center, 1 p.m. Tues., May 28— Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m. Thurs., May 30 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.
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Engagements George — Kohout
Vanessa George and Dan Kohout, both of Glencoe, announced their engagement and were married on May 18 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Parents of the couple are Roxanne George of Buffalo and Dave and Deb Kohout of Glencoe. George is a 2005 graduate of Glencoe-Silver Lake High School. Kohout is a 2004 graduate of Glencoe-Silver Lake High School and a 2005 graduate of St. Cloud Technical College.
Photo courtesy Nelson Photography
First communion at St. Pius X
The Church of St. Pius X held its first communion ceremony on Sunday, April 28. The confirmands included, front row, from left, Tate Maiers, Christopher Garcia, Dane Petersen, Brayden Rousan, Emily Zerwas, Raquel Nelson, Damion Schwartz and Jenna Meyers. In the second row are Kathy Urban, Jacob Fiecke, Nicholas Anguiano, Armando Guardado Jr., Samuel Jeurissen, Frank Jilek, Hunter Schaefer, Logan Christensen and Sister Leeja FCC. In the back are the Rev. Anthony Stubeda, Mark Simons and Catherine Millerbernd.
Vanessa George Dan Kohout A reception was held following the ceremony at the Glencoe City Center.
Stewart to allow residents to raise poultry, fowl, within city limits
By Lori Copler Staff Writer City of Stewart residents will be allowed to raise chickens on their property — with restrictions and a permit — after the Stewart City Council amended its farm animal ordinance at its May 13 meeting. According to the amended ordinance, people may raise up to five female turkeys, five female ducks, five female geese, five female pigeons or 12 female chickens, not to exceed 12 animals total, on parcels of property that are less than five acres within the city limits, “provided the owner obtains a poultry and fowl keeping permit from the city.” Anyone with fowl may not use them for fighting, may not raise them inside a residence, cannot keep on a property with two or more dwelling units, nor butcher outdoors. The poultry or fowl also must be properly contained in a pen or within a fenced-in yard. There also is a stipulation about not allowing the birds to “disturb the peace and quiet of the city or to otherwise become a public or private nuisance so as to annoy, injure endanger the health, safety, comfort or repose of the public.” In other business May 13, the City Council • Appointed Cynthia Merrel, a relatively new resident of the city, to its open City Council seat. • Appointed Gary Alsleben to an open seat on the planning and zoning commission. • Agreed to consider extending the infield of the city softball field to accommodate regulation baseball baselines to accommodate youth leagues. The current infield will need to be expanded about 15 feet into the outfield to create the 90-foot baselines required by baseball. • Approved several ordinance adjustments previously discussed in workshop sessions. • Approved requesting funds from the Stewart Lions Club for several projects, including “welcome” signs at the city’s entrances, playground equipment for the softball park, and possible repair of the sign at the Stewart Community Hall. • Discussed whether it should allow Food For Kidz to continue growing crops at its facility, the old Stewart school, on the property that previously housed the football field. Mayor Jason Peirce suggested that council members Kevin Klucas and Jim Eitel discuss the issue with Food For Kidz.
Plath — LaMott
Sarah Plath and Brady LaMott announce their engagement and plans to marry Sept. 14 in Hutchinson. Parents of the couple are Steve and Sue Plath of Hutchinson and Bruce and Carrie LaMott of Silver Lake. Plath is a Hutchinson High School and Bemidji State University graduate. She is a stability analyst at Lifecore Biomedical in Chaska. LaMott is a Glencoe-Silver Lake and Minnesota State University-Mankato graduate. He is a product support engineer at Miller Manufacturing in Glencoe.
Halligan, Olson earn degrees
Bailey Halligan and Dylan Olson, both of Glencoe, were among the graduates of Concordia University, St. Paul, on May 10. Halligan graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Christian ministry. Olson graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in theology.
Daughter born to Neid family
Cory and Jessica Neid of Glencoe announce the birth of their daughter, Jada Mae, on April 22, 2013, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Jada weighed 3 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 16-1/4 inches long. Her older brothers are Caden and Connor, and grandparents are Ron and Kathy Dietz of Gaylord and Bob and Sue Neid of Glencoe.
Brady LaMott Sarah Plath
Area students MSU graduates
Sarah Blazinski and Kevin Konerza, both of Silver Lake, were named to the 2013 spring graduation list at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Blazinski earned a bachelor of science (BS) degree in family consumer science and Konerza earned a BS degree in management, and graduated cum laude. Other area graduates include: Glencoe: Jacob Bratsch, Robert Farrell, Cody Hallahan, Courtney Odegaard, Andrew Raske, Cody Schumacher and Cara Willems.
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Woods is Moorhead graduate
Samantha Woods of Glencoe was among the May 17 graduates of Minnesota State University-Moorhead when she received her bachelor of arts degree in English. Woods is a graduate of Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop High School.
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Buckentins announce birth
Matthew and Jocelyn Buckentin of Hutchinson announce the birth of their daughter, Evelyn Marle, on May 15, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Evelyn weighed 8 pounds and was 19-1/2 inches in length. She joins an older brother, Jackson, age 2-1/2. Grandparents are Alan and Karen Buckentin of Brownton and Scott and Jody Ellertson of Albert Lea.
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Esther Emile Henke, 88, of Gaylord Obituaries Harold ‘Harry’ Hagen, 87, of Oregon
Harold “Harry” Hagen, 87, of Grants Pass, Ore., died on Jan. 30, 2013. Born Jan. 23, 1926, in Glencoe, to Alfred and Angela (Griep) Hagen, he was the middle child with two older sisters, Beatrice and Ruth, and two younger siblings, Donny and Lois. Mr. Hagen grew up on a farm, but joined the Navy as soon as he was old enough to enlist. His Navy adventures took him out to sea with a short tour to post-World War II Toyko. In 1952, Mr. Hagen married Jean Austin. They raised seven children, primarily in Marion, Iowa. Mr. Hagen worked for United Fire and Casualty most of his career. He enjoyed the family membership at Indian Creek Country Club where he was legendary for playing nine holes with one club in less than one hour. The Hagens retired to Georgetown, Texas, but also had a home in Naples, Fla. Mrs. Hagen died in 1999. Mr. Hagen met Eugenia “Jean” Smith the next year, and they decided to settle into their retirement dream home in Grants Pass, Ore. Living on the Rogue River, the Hagens enjoyed watching the otters, ducks, geese, deer and hawks from their back porch. They liked to explore new places and traveled to Europe, Canada and most of Oregon together. Lovejoy Hospice Care was one of the organizations where Mr. Hagen volunteered. Up until he turned 76, he was still running, even participating in 10K races with his kids and grandkids. One of his major accomplishments was running Grandma’s Marathon (26.2 miles) at age 61 in under four hours. He will be missed by his wife, Jean; children and their spouses, Becky and Rick Couture, Pat and Deb Hagen, Mike and Barb Hagen, Dan and Alison Hagen, Peter and Judy Hagen, Mary and Lance Knoechel, and John and Kerri Hagen; 21 grandchildren; and first great-grandchild, who was born in April. Funeral services for Esther Emile Lily Henke, 88, of Gaylord, were held Monday, May 20, at St. John’s Lutheran (Mountville), Church D r y d e n To w n s h i p , S i b l e y County. The Rev. Harold Storm officiated. M r s . Henke died Wednesday, May 15, Esther Henke 2013, at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord. The organist was Lisa Uecker, and Jada Henke, Megan Siewert, Tyler Siewert, Ella Dahlke and Colton Henke sang “Jesus Loves Me.” Congregational hymns were “Jesus, Lead Thou On,” “I’m But a Stranger Here, Heaven is My Home,” “Asleep in Jesus! Blessed Sleep” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” The cross bearer was Vanessa Henke. Honorary pallbearers were her greatgrandchildren and stepgreatgrandchildren. Pallbearers were Jason Dahlke, Jon Dahlke, Chad Henke, Thomas Henke, Molly Henke and Jennifer Dahlke. Interment was in the church cemetery. Esther Emile Lily Grack was born March 26, 1925, in New Auburn Township, Sibley County, the oldest daughter of Henry and Frances (Becker) Grack. She was baptized as an infant on April 19, 1925, by the Rev. Diemer and confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 2, 1939, by the Rev. Werner, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn. She received her education at country school. Esther Grack was united in marriage to Gerhard Henke on April 15, 1945, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, New Auburn. This union was blessed with four children, OrDella, Jeanette, Gerald and Bruce. After their marriage, the couple farmed in Transit Township. She was very active with helping her husband with the farm and field work. The Henkes shared 61 years of marriage before Mr. Henke died on Dec. 6, 2006. Mrs. Henke was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church (Mountville), and was very active in church activities. She took pride in making lots of quilts for the family and for their godchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, canning for family and playing cards. She loved the time that she spent with her children as well as her grandchildren. Survivors include her daughters, OrDella (Robert) Knish of Gaylord and Jeanette (Ronald) Dahlke of Glencoe; sons, Gerald (Vickie) Henke and Bruce (Janet) Henke, both of Gaylord; seven grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) Dahlke of Glencoe, Jon Dahlke of Glencoe, Chad (Molly) Henke of Waconia, Thomas Henke of Brownton, Shannon Henke of Gaylord, Jeremy Henke of Gaylord and Vanessa Henke of Waconia; three stepgrandchildren, Jeffrey Knish of LeCenter, Brady Knish of Cleveland and Mandy Simonette of LeCenter; five great-grandchildren, Jada Henke, Ella Dahlke, Ethan Dahlke, Colton Henke and Chase Henke; six stepgreat-grandchildren, Fisher Knish, Reid Knish, Porter Simonette, Harper Simonette, Tyler Siewert and Megan Siewert; brothers, Willard (Elaine) Grack, Norman (Arlyce) Grack and LaVern (Dorothy) Grack, all of Glencoe; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Henry and Frances (Becker) Grack; father-in-law and mother-inlaw, William and Ida (Doering) Henke; husband, Gerhard Henke; sisters, Dorothy (Wilford) Grochow and Leona (Leonard) Pagel; and brothers, Halbert (Edna) Grack and Melvin (Dorothy) Grack. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements were by Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Online condolences may be directed to www.hantge.com. Click on online condolences.
Deaths Guido Lilienthal, 85, of Plato
Guido Lilienthal, 85, of Plato, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, May 22) at 5 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato. Visitation will be today (Wednesday) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. An online guest book is available at www.hantge.com. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 23, at 11 a.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Visitation is today (Wednesday, May 22) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Visitation continues Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery in Glencoe. An online guest book is available at www.hantge. com.
Vera Belter, 88, of Glencoe
Vera Belter, 88, of Glencoe, died Monday, May 20, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility.
Suzanne Mary Bielke, 62, of Glencoe
Memorial services for Suzanne Bielke, 62, of Glencoe and formerly of Winthrop, were held Saturday, May 18, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bismarck To w n s h i p , S i b l e y County. The Rev. David Winterfeldt officiated. M r s . Bielke died Suzanne Wednesday, Bielke May 8, 2013, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. The organist was Lori Radtke, and the congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “In the Garden” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Interment was in the church cemetery. Suzanne Mary Rose was born on Oct. 6, 1950, in New Ulm, to Walter and Leona (Pagel) Rose. She was baptized as an infant on Oct. 29, 1950, and confirmed in her faith as a youth on May 3, 1964, both at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bismarck Township. She received her education in Winthrop and was a 1968 graduate of Winthrop High School. Mrs. Bielke resided in Glencoe, Hutchinson, Brownton, Bloomington and Winthrop. She was employed at 3M and HTI as an administration assistant. She was an entrepreneur. Mrs. Bielke loved to socialize and go to the casino with friends. In her younger years, she enjoyed cheerleading, was active in FHA and GAA and was voted chapter sweetheart her senior year. She also loved gardening, her cats, enjoyed crafts, would try new things and was very independent. Survivors include her sons, Scott Bielke of Waconia and Jamison (Lyra) Bielke of Mankato; seven grandchildren, Whitney Bielke, Candace Bielke, Sierra Bielke, Trinity Bielke, Alyson Bielke, Melyssa Bielke and Tori Allard; great-grandchildren, Kaiden DeRaad and Carter Bielke; sister, Carol Rose of Winthrop; sister-inlaw, Ann Rose of Redwood Falls; nephews, Donald Rose, Daniel Rose, David Rose, Christopher Rose and Allen Rose; other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Walter and Leona Rose; sisters, Arlene Rose and baby girl Rose in infancy; and brother, Don Rose. Arrangements were by Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Winthrop. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries and guest book.
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Robin Swift and Chase Blackbird were confirmed in their faith on Sunday, May 5, at St. John’s Church near Biscay. They are with the Rev. Robert Taylor.
Slow cookers: easy and versatile
I love my slow cookers. Yes that is plural. My husband couldn’t believe that I would have registered for, and received, three additional slow cookers when we got married last fall. I am a firm believer that one cannot have too many slow cookers. There are few things better than taking a few minutes of prep time in the morning and coming home to dinner practically on the table. Another favorite is pork chops. They are usually affordable, thaw relatively quickly and are pretty versatile. Combine pork chops and a slow cooker and life is good. Simple Slow Cooker Pork Chops 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed golden mushroom soup 1 (1 ounce) package onion soup mix 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup water 1 onion, sliced 1 (12 ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms 4 potatoes, halved 4 pork chops 1. Mix together cream of mushroom soup, golden mushroom soup, onion soup mix, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and water in a slow cooker. 2. Stir in onion, mushrooms, and potatoes. 3. Place pork chops in the mushroom mixture, turning to coat both sides. 4. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. 5. Spoon the mushroom sauce over the pork chops and potatoes for serving.
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By Karin Ramige Cornwell Chops with Mushroom Gravy. It is another simple recipe that uses a lot of the ingredients I already have on hand. Skillet Chops with Mushroom Gravy 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 4 pork chops 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1/2 cup milk paprika, salt and pepper to taste 1. Season pork chops to taste with salt and pepper. Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a large resealable plastic bag. (I add a little paprika to the mix.) Add chops two at a time, and shake to coat. 2. Heat oil in a large skillet over mediumhigh heat, and cook chops until brown on both sides. Remove chops from skillet, and reduce heat to medium. 3. Blend soup and milk in the skillet, stirring to scrape up the bits of breading left over from the chops. You can adjust the amount of milk depending on how thick you want the gravy to be (it will thin a bit during the cooking process). Bring to a gentle boil, increasing heat slightly if necessary. When soup mixture is bubbling, return chops to skillet. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until chops are cooked through. I serve with mashed potatoes and a vegetable.
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15 Brownton seniors met on Monday
Fifteen Brownton senior citizens met Monday, May 20, at the community center. Cards were played after the meeting with the following winners: 500, Gladys Rickert, first, and Norma Albrecht, second; pinochle, Melvin Dahlke, first, and Ordella Schmidt, second; and sheephead, Harriet Bergs, first, and Elva Wendlandt, second. Theola Fors served refreshments. The next meeting will be Monday, June 3, at 1 p.m.
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This Memorial Day, Let us Pause and Reflect.
In loving memory of In loving memory of Gone but not forgotten
Randy Ardolf
who passed away June 6, 1986 Sadly missed by Larry & JoAnn Ardolf & family
In loving memory of
Floyd M. Grimm
who passed away Dec. 18, 2005 Sadly missed by Vivian E. Grimm
Earl Mathews
who passed away April 22, 1983 Dearly missed by his wife and family
Gone but not forgotten
Bruce Post
who passed away July 16, 2012 Dearly missed by Jolene Horton, Kris & Jim Schmidt, Kelly & Chad Exum & families
Russel D. Pettis
who passed away Sept. 19, 2010 Dearly missed by his wife & family
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suspect that like many of you I have been watching and listening with great sadness and horror to the destruction caused by tornadoes in Oklahoma. The grief of those who have lost everything including their loved ones in this great calamity cannot but touch our hearts and call forth a desire to help. I am certain that there will be many avenues for us to show our compassion and solidarity, and I encourage you all to do what you can. In our compassion we should also remember to lift these people up to the Lord in prayer. The prayer of God’s faithful people will be a great ally and comfort to those whose lives are so tragically affected. Closer to home we too are filled with anxiety about the weather. After a summer that refused to give rain, a strange winter and a non-existent spring, it seems that it has remembered how to rain, and the abundance of water has many of our farmers struggling to complete their spring planting and field work. The nervousness and tension of our farm families is ever-present and too calls for patience, compassion and hope. In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul reminds us, “We even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance proven character, and proven character hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” I am not so callous, ignorant or cruel enough to tell those who are at the mercy of the weather not to worry, but do encourage all of us to be patient, understanding and merciful to those under such stress. I also think that we can be, through prayer and understanding, messengers of hope in the God who desires all good things for us. Let us together proclaim our trust in God’s providence and stand hopefully together as God’s presence and light in the world.
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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 22 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m. Fri., May 24 — Men’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., May 26 — 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 28 — Men’s Bible study, 6 a.m. Wed., May 29 — 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 22 — Televised worship, 2 p.m. Thurs., May 23 — Leap of Faith, 7 p.m. Sun., May 26 — Holy Trinity Sunday; worship, 9 a.m.; recognition of military service members. Mon., May 27 — Memorial Day. Office closed. Tues., May 28 — Ladies fellowship at Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m. Wed., May 29 — Televised worship, 2 p.m.; community baccalaureate service at GSL auditorium, 7 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., May 26 — Worship at Church of Peace, 10 a.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., May 22 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; area pastoral council, Holy Family, Silver Lake, 7 p.m. Thurs., May 23 — Mass at GRHSLTC, 10:30 a.m. Fri., May 24 — Last day of school at St. Pius X; school Mass with sixth grade recognition, 1 p.m.; no Spanish Mass; wedding rehearsal, 6 p.m. Sat., May 25 — Beckius/Jerabek wedding, 2 p.m.; reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sun., May 26 — Mass, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m.; Guadalupe committee meeting, 12:30 p.m.; Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m. Mon., May 27 — Memorial Day; Mass at cemetery, 9 a.m.; coffee and donuts served at cemetery after ceremony; school/parish offices closed. Tues., May 28 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; Mass, 8:20 a.m. Wed., May 29 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; St. Pius X/Holy Family graduating seniors potluck at St. Pius X. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Wed., May 22 — Choir practice, 6:30 p.m. Sun., May 26 — Worship, 9:15 a.m.; no Sunday school. Tues., May 28 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Wed., May 29 — Choir practice, 6:30 p.m.
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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., May 22 — Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m.; worship with communion and FLS eighth-grade graduation, 7 p.m. Thurs., May 23 — Technology committee, 6:30 p.m.; worship planning committee, 7 p.m. Fri., May 24 — FLS closing chapel, 12:45 p.m. Sun., May 26 — Worship, 8 a.m.; fellowship, 9 a.m.; Bible classes, 9:15 a.m.; KDUZ radio broadcast, 9:30 a.m.; worship with communion, 10:30 a.m. Mon., May 27 — Memorial Day. Office closed. Tues., May 28 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; Common Cup diaper distribution, 11 a.m. Wed., May 29 — Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m.; Forward at First task force, 6:30 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., May 22 — GYM Bible study, high school, 7:30 a.m. Sun., May 26 — Choir, 7:45 a.m.; worship, 9 a.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Thurs., May 23 — Bible study at Grand Meadows, 2 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m. Sun., May 26 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m. Tues., May 28 — Table Talk, 7 p.m. Wed., May 29 — Elders meeting, 6:05 p.m.; church board, 6:35 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: Pastor@GraceBrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Sun., May 26 — Worship with communion, 8:45 a.m. Mon., May 27 — Worship broadcast, 6 p.m. Tues., May 28 — Bible study, 9 a.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., May 22 — Chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m. Sun., May 26 — Worship with communion, 9 a.m.; register for June 2 communion; Channel 8 video. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Interim Pastor browntoncongregational.org Not available. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 300 Croyden St., Stewart Wed., May 22 — WELCA sewing, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., May 25 — No worship. Sun., May 26 — Worship with baccalaureate, 10 a.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Wed., May 22 — Mass, 9 a.m. Thurs., May 23 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., May 26 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. ST. MATTHEW’S LUTHERAN Fernando Aaron Albrecht, Pastor Wed., May 22 — Bible study, 6 p.m. Sun., May 26 — Worship, 10 a.m.; coffee and conversation follows worship. Wed., May 29 — 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 26 — Worship, 9:30 a.m. (summer hours begin). Glencoe American Legion putting on service. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, Pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., May 22 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., May 26 — 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 22 — Youth choir, 5 p.m.; midweek, 6 p.m.; newsletter deadline. Thurs., May 23 — Bible study, 8:45 a.m.; bulletin deadline. Sun., May 26 — Confirmation; “Time of Grace” on TV Channel 9, 6:30 a.m.; worship with communion, 9 a.m. Mon., May 27 — Memorial Day. Tues., May 28 — Glencoe longterm care and Millie Beneke visits; prayer meeting, 5 p.m. Wed., May 29 — Youth choir, 5 p.m. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato Bill Baldwin, Pastor www.platochurch.com Wed., May 22 — Men’s coffee, 9 a.m. Sun., May 26 — Worship, 10 a.m.; fellowship treats, 11 a.m. Mon., May 27 — Memorial Day service, Plato Hall, 9 a.m. Wed., May 29 — Men’s coffee, 9 a.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Sun., May 26 — Worship, 9 a.m. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave. S.W., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., May 22 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time and puppet practice, 7 p.m. Sat., May 25 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m.; graduation party, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sun., May 26 — “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. Wed., May 29 — Baccalaureate ceremony at GSL, 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. Sun., May 26— Worship service with fellowship to follow, 10 a.m. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. 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hedgerow country during the Normandy campaign where hand grenades were lobbed back and forth over the thick brush. “It was dangerous all the time,” Aul said. The aim of the ammo supply group was to keep up with the evermoving artillery batteries to supply them supplied with shells. “The first night, we parked next to the artillery guns. And they fired all night!” Aul said. The drivers crawled under their trucks to get a little sleep, but Aul said there was little sleep to be had. And the Germans often zeroed in on the American artillery positions, too. Perhaps the biggest concern were the German snipers, who could be anywhere, including in the trees, Aul said. “They would shoot whoever they saw. “That first day was so mixed up,” Aul recalled. “We didn’t know where we were at. There was shooting everywhere. “We just went along with the bunch,” Aul said. “Sometimes you felt like you were on your own, so you had to take care of yourself. “That first night there were a lot of explosions, a lot of shooting going on,” Aul said. One of the most vivid memories Aul has of the war were the formations of big Allied bombers flying overhead and dropping bombs on the Germans “and just ahead of us.” ***** Aul said part of his job was loading and unloading the 100-pound shells from the trucks and stacking them near the artillery pieces. “You could stack quite a few (shells) in a truck,” Aul added. He said some of those artillery pieces could shoot shells 15 to 20 miles. And the artillery units were always on the move. “Somethings I forget,” Aul said, “because we moved so often. There were so many places we were.” Once out of the hedgerow country, the Americans and Allies swiftly broke into the open French countryside. But late in 1944, the Germans counterattacked and the Americans were surrounded at Bastogne in what became the Battle of the Bulge. Aul was there as well. “We were right in the middle of it,” he said of the December surprise attack. Prior to the German counterattack, Aul said his unit was supposed to be guarding “something” in a small town near the Germany border. “To this day, I’m not sure what we were guarding,” Aul added. But the German counterattack nearly overran his position, and they were forced to flee on the roads that were clogged with other fleeing Allied vehicles. “We just got out, and the Germans blew up the entire town,” Aul said. He said the roads were loaded with trucks; it was cold and it started to snow. “We drove most of the night.” Was he afraid of being captured? “Always,” Aul replied. “It could happen at any time.” Asked about conditions in “the Bulge,” Aul said it “was never a safe place to be.” He said he never felt safe during that seige of Bastogne and the surrounding area. “It’s still in the back of my mind,” he added softly. The Battle of the Bulge raged on into the brutal winter of January 1945 before the weather cleared enough for the Allied bombers and fighters to thwart the German attacks. It proved to be a pivotal battle that helped end the war five months later. Aul recalled that seeing those formations of 350 bombers flying over and unloading their bombs was awe inspiring. “It was a mess,” Aul said of the Battle of the Bulge. “You never thought straight.” ***** Aul said he never really talked about his war experiences with his family. He always felt they were not interested. After the Germans surrendered in May 1945, Aul said he and his unit were being prepared to fight in the Pacific against the Japanese. “Suddenly, we heard it was over in Japan. That was the best news!” he added. While Aul sailed to Europe on the luxury liner Queen Mary in 1943, he returned from Europe on a ship nowhere near that size, he said. He landed in Boston where he disembarked for the train trip to Camp McCoy in Wisconsin, where he was discharged in October 1945. Aul said he was 21 years old when drafted in the fall of 1942, “and I thought I might not come back.” He had a girlfriend when he left for the service, “but I didn’t know when I’d be back. She didn’t want to wait, I guess, and I lost her. That was hard.” He returned home to the family farm near Glencoe after the war, and shortly thereafter married his wife Lillian. Then he got into his lifelong career, and spent the next 60 years painting everything in a house, and doing floor work and paperhanging as well. He started with a crew of six and owned his own company. What was the name of his company? “I didn’t have one,” he smiled. His son, Gary, has taken over the company and the painting profession. “He’s still doing it.” Aul has two other children, a son, Roger who lives in Owatonna with his family, and a daughter, Linda, who lives in Otter Tail County with her family. His wife, Lillian, died two years ago, “and that was hard on me,” Aul said. “I can’t get over that, and never will. That was so hard to take.” ***** As to his war experience, Aul was to the point: “It’s something that shouldn’t happen. But it does.” He said he has tried not to dwell on his war experiences. But there are somethings he cannot forget.
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
Laura Becker, left, and Cortney Kressin, juniors at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, earned state FFA degrees for
their accomplishments as GSL FFA chapter members. They were honored at the recent state FFA convention.
Becker, Kressin ‘earn’ coveted FFA degrees
By Rich Glennie Editor Laura Becker and Cortney Kressin, juniors at GlencoeSilver Lake High School, have been actively involved in a wide variety of FFA and ag-related activities during their young high school careers, and that involvement was recognized recently when they were awarded state FFA degrees. And these degrees, for accomplishing supervised ag experience projects, are not bestowed on just anyone; they are earned by FFA members for being active in the many ag-related opportunities the FFA program offers, and meeting the state degree demands. Becker, daughter of Brian and Wendy Becker of New Auburn, said getting the state degree “was a long process, but totally worth it.” She said her older brother, Dominic, who graduated from GSL, also earned the state degree as a member of the GSL FFA chapter. “My brother got it, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” Becker said. Kressin, daughter of Lloyd and Denise Kressin of Glencoe, said the state honor was the result of a variety of ag experiences, “It was a good experience,” Kressin said. “It taught a lot of leadership (skills).” In order to qualify for the state degree, the FFA members needed to accomplish a set of 10 goals ranging from 360 hours of classroom ag instruction, to productively earning and investing at least $2,000, to demonstrating proficiency in parlimentary procedures to doing at least 25 hours of community service work. Becker said she was involved with classes for small animals, competed on FFA ag teams, was a teacher assistant and was active in other community projects. She also raised animals for the county fair, raised funds by raising and taking care of a dairy steer for the fair, and even picked rocks during the summer to raise funds. Becker served as sentinel for the GSL FFA chapter and was the chapter’s historian last year. She also served as the chairperson for the annual winter FFA Barnyard program as well. In the summer she has assisted with community projects like ditch cleaning and doing projects with the New Auburn Fire Department as well as helping during Glencoe Days activities. Becker also has been a state and national FFA convention delegate. Kressin is equally active in the karate club as an assistant to the Little Kickers, active in her church and in Minnesota Mile, a camp for younger FFA members. Kressin also has been involved in fish and wildlife activities, and has learned to weld. Like Becker, Kressin also took care of animals. She worked at West Country Kennels to earn money and also worked at Customer Elations for the past three years. Kressin also has been involved in programs like the Minnesota Mile and Greenhands in the Spotlight. She was first in region last year in the FFA extemporaneous speaking competition and a member of the chapter’s parlimentary procedure team. Kressin has worked on the summer FFA Barnyard, of which she was the chairperson, as well as the winter FFA Barnyard activity. Other activities for the two include the FFA Corn Drive for Camp Courage each fall. With all the other outside activities, the two needed to maintain a satisfactory academic record in the classrooms as part of the state degree requirements. According to the GSL FFA website, the chapter has 135 active members. Three former GSL FFA members received state degrees last year. They were Nathan Donnay and Randi Green, who graduated in 2012, and Heather Worm, who will graduate in 2013.
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Highway 15 projects Continued from page 1
the surface reconstruction between Highway 212 and the new roundabout. The only time there will be a detour, Brunkhorst said, is when the railroad reconstructs its crossing on Highway 15 just west of Brownton. That will be about a fiveday project, during which traffic will be diverted through Brownton on County Road 25 (Plum Avenue) then west again back to Highway 15. The railroad crossing on Plum Avenue (which is the city of Brownton’s Fifth Avenue) also is slated for improvements, including crossing arms. Brunkhorst said there also will be additional safety lighting included on the Highway 15 project, with a light at the intersection of County Road 32 (Brownton’s Division Street) and Highway 15, and three additional lights at the turn-off to the UGS facility. During the construction of the roundabout, northbound traffic on Highway 15 will be diverted west onto County Road 18, then north on County Road 7 then west and north again on County Road 115 (see map). The goal is to have the roundabout open by Aug. 10, in time for the McLeod County Fair. The Highway 15 work is slated to be completed by Sept. 1.
The McLeod County Chronicle & Silver Lake Leader
An opportunity for your business to congratulate the graduating seniors and to wish them continued success in this keepsake edition.
This popular edition includes baby pictures and graduation program information.
Published Wednesday, June 5, in the McLeod County Chronicle and Thursday, June 6 in the Silver Lake Leader
Graduation information still needed
The McLeod County Chronicle is still collecting Glencoe-Silver Lake High School graduation information for the class of 2013. Information sheets are still needed for the following students: Patrick Amborn, Cassandra Batdorf-Forcier, Jamie Bieganek, Kaitlyn Boesche, Elizabeth Bonillo, Brody Bratsch, Derek Bratsch, Javier Calva Jr., Anton Cargiet, Kirby Christensen, Joseph Fehrenbach, Nicole Frederickson, Alyana Goodridge, Brandon Greeley, Steven Greisinger, Qiwei Huang, Brooke Kaczmarek, Ryan Kuester, Kurtis Kunkel, Danielle Leander, Courtney Lemke, Fernando Leon, Alyssa Lesnau, Emily Liveringhouse, Elijah Llovera, Sawyer Moser, Courtney Neubarth, Tyler Norman, Brandon Overman, Siona Roberts, Nathaniel Roe, Alexandra Stensvad, Beau Streu, Tara Tankersley, Eric Thalmann, Daniil Tkachenko, Shannon Twiss and Alexis Wendlandt. Missing photographs are: Anton Cargiet, Nicole Fredrickson, Steven Greisinger, Jennifer Jacques, Fernando Leon, Elijah Llovera and Tyler Norman. If one still wishes to be included in this year’s graduation issue, contact The Chronicle office at 320-8645518. The special graduation issue will be published in the June 5 McLeod County Chronicle.
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