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Vol. 112 No. 22 • Thursday, May 23, 2013 • Silver Lake, MN 55381
Single copy
The annual Silver Lake
Memorial Day program
will be held Monday, May
27, beginning with the pa-
rade at 10:30 a.m.
The services will follow
at 10:45 a.m. in the Ameri-
can Legion Park. An invo-
cation will be given by the
Rev. Patrick Okonkwo, the
Gettysburg Addresss will
be read by Chad Thomp-
son, and the guest speaker
is Arnold C. Troe, Depart-
ment of Minnesota vice
commander in charge of 1st
and 3rd Districts.
Troe entered the Army in
1959 and was discharged in
1962. He had his basic and
advanced training at Fort
Leonard Wood, Mo. He
served the remainder of his
time in Hawaii with the
65th Engineer Battalion.
After his discharge, Troe
worked in the retail lumber
industry for 37 years. He
has served the Louis Tveite
Post No. 317 in a variety of
positions. He was on the
executive board for 10
years, and served two years
as post commander.
Troe became involved in
the district level in 1999.
His first position was as
vice commander.
As a former chaplain, ad-
jutant, membership and
district commander, Troe is
currently the vice com-
mander for Districts 1 and
3, having held this position
since his election in 2012.
There will be a potluck
luncheon following the
program at the Silver Lake
American Legion Club
rooms. The public is in-
vited to attend. Please
come honor the fallen sol-
In case of inclement
weather, the program will
be held in the Silver Lake
Memorial Day
service, parade set
Arnold Troe
Silver Lake Leader photos by
Alyssa Schauer
Mock crash
Glencoe-Silver Lake High
School hosted its annual
mock crash scenario for
senior students to
demonstrate the conse-
quences of drunk driving.
Students and adults vol-
unteered as actors for the
scene, and several local
ambulance, fire and first
responder services, as
well as North  Memorial
helicopter, participated in
the event to reenact a
crash scene involving fa-
talities. After the mock
crash scenario, a lecture
was given to students at
the GSL high school audi-
Detour 1-way now a temporary 2-way
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
The Silver Lake City Coun-
cil heard an update about the
Grove Avenue/County State
Aid Highway 2 (CSAH 2)
project and found that the lat-
est news is the one-way on
Lake Avenue in front of Lake-
side Elementary is now a two-
way street.
This realization sparked
some emotion, as councilors
questioned the county’s
change of plans.
“So it’s true. The one-way
street is now a temporary two-
way. Who made that deci-
sion?” Councilor Pat Fogarty
City Clerk Kerry Venier told
him the county highway engi-
neers met with R&R Excavat-
ing and decided to change the
street into a temporary two-
way route.
“As a council we suggested
that it should be done at the
start of the project, and the
county disagreed. Why now?”
Fogarty asked.
“Originally, the county set
the detour route, so we didn’t
have to worry about changing
the street. But since construc-
tion began, we had so many
people not listening or paying
attention, so it was changed for
safety,” Venier said.
Venier said he was under the
assumption that the county
would barricade County Road
2 at the intersection of 180th
Street, “but the ‘road closed’
signs are off to the side, on the
shoulder, so cars could still
drive through. It misled people
and they still drove into town,”
Venier said.
The two-way is still meant
for local traffic only, Venier
said. “If you don’t live that
way, don’t drive that way. The
road is closed for construction,
and people should be using the
detours,” Venier said.
Police Chief Forrest Henrik-
sen said the department has
been “busy with traffic en-
forcement” since the start of
the project.
“The majority of violations
have been for wrong way in a
one way, and the majority of
the violators have been from
outside of the immediate Sil-
ver Lake area,” Henriksen
He said he met with the en-
gineers and contractors during
a Grove Avenue update meet-
ing earlier this month and
plans were discussed to tem-
porarily turn Gehlen Drive and
Lake Avenue into two-way
traffic, using barrels and traffic
guides to mark the centerline.
Henriksen added that 51 ve-
hicles have been stopped for
violating some part of the con-
struction zone, and reasons for
violations included: not fol-
lowing the detour; not turning
around before the intersection
of Gehlen and Grove; follow-
ing GPS instructions and not
paying attention to road signs;
ignoring or not observing the
two large, red “Do Not Enter”
signs marking the one-way;
and ignoring or not observing
the two “One Way” signs at
Merrill Street and Lake Av-
“So now that it’s a two-way
street, what happens to all
those cars who were ticketed
for using it as a one-way?
Can’t they come back and
fight it?” Fogarty asked.
“That’ll be up to the courts,”
Henriksen said.
“The road is still closed and
meant for local traffic only.
People should not abuse it, be-
By Rich Glennie
The Glencoe-Silver Lake
School Board, meeting in a
special morning session Tues-
day, approved going ahead
with the proposed Early Child-
hood Family Education/Spe-
cial Education (ECFE/SE)
building addition onto the Lin-
coln Jr. High building.
The costs, however, have in-
creased and of the two bids re-
ceived, both were well over
the $1.5 million base cost esti-
mated 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 alter-
nate 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 sev-
eral other areas of the bid, in-
cluding 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.
How to pay for the addi-
tional costs was the main dis-
cussion Tuesday morning.
Paul Youngquist of the ar-
chitectural firm of Youngquist
& Associates, said the bids
were opened May 16. Because
the bids were higher than esti-
mated, 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 short-
The School Board was pre-
sented with five options rang-
ing from scrapping the project
to splitting the increased costs
between an increase in the
lease levy amount and an in-
crease in the school district’s
Before the bids were
opened, the School Board had
estimated levying for $1 mil-
lion over 10 years with the dis-
trict kicking in the other
$500,000 from its general fund
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
The last five or six years,
those schools with building
projects have enjoyed low
prices because of competition
for the fewer jobs in the con-
struction industry.
Now contractors have
enough work, he added, and
local contractor Schatz Con-
struction did not even bid be-
cause 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 of-
fered. 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 Depart-
ment of Education and could
change slightly.
Under that scenario, the
$158,994 in annual debt serv-
ice would cost a homeowner
of a $50,000 house an addi-
tional $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 in-
crease 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
He said there are critics who
would question spending
funds on locker rooms. “That
could be a red flag to the com-
munity without an explana-
Sander said the locker
room/bathroom remodeling
would fit into the bigger
school plans as a place for spe-
cial needs students. The bath-
room 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 bene-
ficial to subcontractors who
are used to rushing to get proj-
ects 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 Linde-
man said even with the addi-
tional $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,” Linde-
man 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 ad-
dition. The current ECFE
room at Helen Baker would be
remodeled for use as a first-
grade classroom next school
Board member Kevin
Kuester agreed with Linde-
man. “We needed it then
(when first proposed), we need
it now. There is no question on
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 im-
pact on the rest of the district’s
finances and funds.”
He said the funding pie re-
mains the same, and Alsleben
wanted to ensure, “we’re not
short-changing other needs as
Building bid comes in high; board votes to proceed
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Sander said there are a vari-
ety of sources to fund the dis-
trict’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
The vote to award the bid
was approved 5-0.
In other matters, the School
• 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 Pan-
ther Field house, replacing
Vonnie Nelson, who resigned;
Kori McKibben as a third-
grade teacher at Lakeside, re-
placing Stephanie Freund, who
is resigning at the end of the
school year; Rebecca
Schwartz as a first-grade
teacher at Helen Baker, replac-
ing Angela Mellies, whose
contract was not renewed; and
Claire Bergman as a fifth-
grade teacher at Lakeside, re-
placing Amanda Redman
whose contract was not re-
• Announced the next
School Board meeting to be
Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m., in
Room 124 of the Lincoln Jr.
By Rich Glennie
Laura Becker and Courtney
Kressin, juniors at Glencoe-
Silver Lake High School, have
been actively involved in a
wide variety of FFA and ag-re-
lated activities during their
young high school careers, and
that involvement was recog-
nized recently when they were
awarded state FFA degrees.
And these degrees, for ac-
complishing supervised ag ex-
perience 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 meet-
ing 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 de-
gree as a member of the GSL
FFA chapter.
“My brother got it, and I
wanted to follow in his foot-
steps,” Becker said.
Kressin, daughter of Lloyd
and Denise Kressin of Glen-
coe, said the state honor was
the result of a variety of ag ex-
periences, “It was a good ex-
perience,” Kressin said. “It
taught a lot of leadership
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 instruc-
tion, to productively earning
and investing at least $2,000,
to demonstrating proficiency
in parlimentary procedures to
doing at least 25 hours of com-
munity service work.
Becker said she was in-
volved with classes for small
animals, competed on FFA ag
teams, was a teacher assistant
and was active in other com-
munity 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 as-
sisted with community proj-
ects like ditch cleaning and
doing projects with the New
Auburn Fire Department as
well as helping during Glen-
coe Days activities.
Becker also has been a state
and national FFA convention
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
Kressin also has been in-
volved in fish and wildlife ac-
tivities, and has learned to
Like Becker, Kressin also
took care of animals. She
worked at West Country Ken-
nels to earn money and also
worked at customer relations
for the past three years.
Kressin also has been in-
volved in programs like the
Minnesota Mile and Green-
hands in the Spotlight.
She was first in region last
year in the FFA extemporane-
ous speaking competition and
a member of the chapter’s par-
limentary procedure team.
Kressin has worked on the
summer FFA Barnyard, of
which she was the chairper-
son, 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 aca-
demic record in the classrooms
as part of the state degree re-
According to the GSL FFA
website, the chapter has 135
active members.
Three former GSL FFA
members received state de-
grees 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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Pola-Czesky meeting May 28
The Pola-Czesky committee will meet on Tuesday, May
28, at 7 p.m., at the Silver Lake Auditorium.
8/40 Salon banquet meeting
The 8/40 meeting will be held Thursday, May 23, at 6
p.m., at the Hutchinson Legion Post 96. A banquet meal,
catered by the Hutch Cafe, will start at 6:30 p.m. and the
8/40 meeting will be after the meal. Installation of new of-
ficers for 2013-14 and a memorial service for deceased
partners will be held. The Northwestern Dvision Demi
Chapeau, Karen Susag of Townsend, Mont., will be the in-
stalling officer.
Hutch Auxiliary meets June 3
On Monday, June 3, the Hutchinson American Legion
Auxiliary Unit 96 will meet at 6 p.m. for a potluck dinner
and a regular meeting to follow at 7 p.m. The meeting will
be at Legion Post 96 and officers will be installed and a
memorial service will be held. Bring a guest and a dish to
pass. The department convention is July 18-20 in Mah-
Spring choir concert May 23
On Thursday, May 23, at 8 p.m., the Glencoe-Silver
Lake High School will present the annual ninth- through
12th-grade spring choir concert at the GSL high school au-
ditorium. This concert will feature the mixed ninth-
through 12th-grade choirs of GSL High School. Tickets
can be purchased at the door.
Degree of Honor meeting set
Degree of Honor No. 182 will hold a meeting on Tues-
day, May 28, at 5 p.m., in the Silver Lake Auditorium.
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cause when they do, that’s
when we have to close the road
down,” Venier said.
“How will ‘local’ traffic be
determined?” Fogarty asked.
“It’s going to have to be
case-by-case. People are going
to drive through there no mat-
ter what, and up until the point
we have to close the road,
we’ve done our part for safety.
“We’re not trying to make it
difficult for people to get
through. We want to make it
easy, but if people abuse it, we
have to shut it down. We want
construction to go smoothly
and get finished on time,” Ve-
nier said.
“It was something we didn’t
anticipate — people blatantly
breaking the rules. When we
started the detour, we honestly
thought the road was going to
be closed, and then we saw an
influx of cars driving back-
wards on the one way,” Venier
“It just makes the city
looked like we messed up, and
we didn’t. We wanted this tem-
porary two-way street at the
start,” Fogarty said.
“Well, at no time is it ever
OK to drive the wrong way
down a one-way street, and
people should know that,” Ve-
nier said.
“When will the street turn
back to a one-way?” Mayor
Bruce Bebo asked.
“Until we rebuild that inter-
section on Gehlen and Lake,”
Venier said.
He said construction in-
cludes redoing the design of
curb and gutter at that intersec-
tion, and that will be finished
near the end of the project.
“Well, no one will be able to
drive on it when the concrete
is poured,” Bebo said.
Justin Black, project engi-
neer, and Al Hahn, on-site su-
pervisor, both of Short Elliott
Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH), told
the City Council that more in-
formation about pouring con-
crete will be given in the next
project newsletter.
“When the concrete goes
down, there will be no access
to the street for at least five
days. We will leave it a two-
way street until the project is
done,” Hahn said.
He added that those who
live on the intersection of
Gehlen Drive and Grove Av-
enue would have no way out,
so the two-way “needs to be
there until the project is done.”
In other project news, the
City Council heard that the
project is going “right on
“Al Hahn has been out there
every day, meeting with resi-
dents and answering ques-
tions,” Black said
“Yes, I must tell you, Al is
great. He not only takes care of
business with R&R, but will
all the residents, and he an-
swers more questions than I
would ever care to be asked,”
Councilor Eric Nelson added.
Hahn said the project should
be “wrapping things up the
first part of August.
“We are on track now, even
with the rain scheduled in the
next few days. We are a week
and a half ahead,” Hahn said.
“When will the utilities be
finished?” Bebo asked.
“They are hoping by the
week of June 1,” Hahn said.
Hahn said everything south
of Main Street, the sewer and
water services, are complete,
and that they are waiting on
getting tests back to connect
those residences back to the
water main instead of tempo-
rary services.
Hahn and Black also re-
ported issues with tiling and
the possibility of capping off
some tiles, but further research
is still needed.
“We will need input from
the affected neighborhood,”
Black said.
Detour Continued from page 1
Silver Lake Leader photo by Rich Glennie
Laura Becker, left, and Courtney 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 re-
cent state FFA convention.
Becker, Kressin ‘earn’ coveted FFA degrees
Building Continued from page 1
The Pola-Czesky commit-
tee is seeking young, bright
women to represent Silver
Lake as an ambassador. The
committee is looking for fe-
males ages 16 to 21 to com-
pete for the Silver Lake
royalty titles.
The committee will do its
best to work with candidates
and their families to accom-
modate their summer sched-
Any interested candidates
should contact Joan Paulson at
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Life is hilarious. I woke up
in a cheery mood last Friday,
excited for the weekend, and
the upcoming summer season,
when I looked out the window
to gauge the weather and spot-
ted a flat on the good ol’ Jeep.
Uff da.
This is nothing new, of
course — only the eighth flat
tire/blown-out tire in my 10-
year driving career.
Luckily, the last three flats
have been discoveries on a
parked vehicle, and only re-
quire a phone call to Grandma
or Grandpa, the use of an air
compressor, and a quick drive
to Kaz’s for a plug.
The first tire incident oc-
curred on my Dodge Spirit
when I was 16. My rear pas-
senger tire blew out around
midnight one evening on my
way home.
At 16, I was supposed to be
home before midnight, and so
when my tire blew out at
12:32 a.m., Mom and Dad
were the last people I wanted
to call.
So, I drove the remaining
seven miles home on back
country roads at 20 miles per
hour with a shredded tire, and
left it as a surprise for my dad
that Sunday morning.
Of course, Dad informed
me that driving with a blown
tire could ruin my rim and
wheel well, so I haven’t done
it since.
Luckily, Mom and Dad
were so distracted by the re-
pair, they forgot about my cur-
few violation.
The next four flat tires also
occurred en route, and, yes,
yours truly, changed them all.
Dad was good at teaching
me the basics at car mainte-
nance and repair — checking
the oil, transmission fluid,
coolant, and other liquids, so
changing a tire wasn’t any-
thing new, but still a little frus-
trating on a sub-zero
December afternoon heading
home for a month-long Christ-
mas break from college.
At the time, my 1987 navy
blue Oldsmobile Regency was
crammed with a few loads of
laundry, boxes of school
books, and a few suitcases.
Well, I must say it was fun
navigating through that load of
junk just to get to the jack,
cross lug wrench, and spare
tire in the trunk.
I had baskets of dirty laun-
dry keeping me company, sit-
ting along the snowy shoulder
of Wisconsin Highway 35,
next to the Mississippi River,
as I jacked up the car and went
to work.
After 30 minutes of strug-
gling with loosening the lug
nuts (I even used my feet), my
tire was changed and my fin-
gers frozen.
Would you believe the next
three times I had to change flat
tires occurred in one week-
Yep! Thursday, Friday and
Sunday of Pola-Czesky week-
end in 2009 were days filled
with car mechanics.
On Thursday, I was on the
seven-hour drive home from
working eight days in the
Boundary Waters, when 20
minutes from our house, I
heard a clunk in the back and
felt a distinct, familiar shift in
the balance of my car.
I pulled off the interstate
and got to work — well-accus-
tomed to the next few steps.
Then the next day, on Fri-
day, my brother Alex and I de-
cided to take his car instead to
Silver Lake for the annual
Pola-Czesky celebration we
were planning on attending.
About an hour into the
drive, I again felt the bumpy
rumble of a flat tire and he
pulled his Ford Taurus over to
the shoulder of busy I-94.
I started to laugh as I got out
and looked at the deflated
mess on the driver’s side.
At this point, I was more
than prepared, and dove right
into to taking care of the prob-
lem while Alex called Mom
and Dad to find the nearest
The rest of the weekend
went smoothly, until we
headed home for Wisconsin
Sunday afternoon. Almost an
hour from home, there was an-
other jerky movement accom-
panied by a hollow, clunking
Thankfully, we were able to
pull into a rest stop this time,
and I set a personal record —
changing the tire in seven min-
Although these have all
been proud moments, and I
like when my Dad refers to me
as his “blue collar kid,” I re-
ally hope I don’t have to kneel
in the gravel of a shoulder and
remove any lug nuts anytime
Perhaps I should sign up for
Triple A?
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Chronicle is Noon, Friday, May 24.
Class of 2013
Holy Trinity
High School
Love, Grandpa,
Grandma, Jason,
Jean, Carl
Steak Fry Retirement Party
Alma Ogitzak
at Silver Lake Legion
Fri., May 24 • 6 p.m.
Call Legion by Noon Friday to order.
Proud to be Dad’s ‘blue-collar’ kid
The Travel Section
By Alyssa Schauer
75 YEARS AGO - MAY 28, 1938 —Grad-
uation exercises for the 19 seniors at Silver
Lake High School will be held on Friday
evening, June 3, in the high school auditorium.
Ernest Wozniak, salutatorian, and Rita Doma-
galski, valedictorian, will give the addresses.
The Memorial Day program will be held on
Monday, May 30, at Village Park. The parade
begins at 9:30 a.m. and proceeds to Village
Park. The memorial address will be given by the
Rev. Wendell Wheeler of Winthrop.
Albin Cuhel has recently opened the Cuhel
D-X Service Station in the Ruzicka Station on
the corner of “B” and Lake Street, the southeast
corner of town.
Parents of infants and pre-school age children
are reminded that Tuesday, May 31, is Child
Health Day in Silver Lake. The clinic, spon-
sored by the McLeod County Public Health As-
sociation, is free and parents are urged to bring
their children.
The Silver Lake Firemen were called Mon-
day forenoon to the Mike Kuchinski home
where they extinguished a blaze when a gaso-
line stove caught fire.
Forty Hour Devotions will start at the Church
of St. Joseph on Monday, May 30, and conclude
on Wednesday evening, June 1.
Joseph Osmek, 77, died Monday morning at
his home in Koniska.
A son was born on May 21 to Mr. and Mrs.
George Tupa.
50 YEARS AGO - MAY 23, 1963 — Day-
light Saving Time begins at 2 o’clock Sunday
One hundred and fifty-two ballots were cast
at the annual Silver Lake School Board election,
returning the incumbents, Melvin Heuer and
Milton Totusek, to the board of directors.
Poppy Day, sponsored by the Silver Lake
American Legion Auxiliary, will be held on Fri-
day, May 24.
Thirty-six Silver Lake High School seniors
will be presented with diplomas at Commence-
ment Exercises on Tuesday evening, May 28, at
the school auditorium. Delivering the com-
mencement address will be Professor Gordon
W. Swenson of the University of Minnesota.
Shamla Oil Co. has Firestone nylon guide
grip tires, 4..0-15 4 ply, for $12.65.
A farewell party for Mr. and Mrs. Floyd
Moody was held on Saturday eveinng at the 7
Hi Drive-In.
Ardolf’s Our Own Hardware Store has the
new rotary type sewer cleaner and will fix your
sewer line troubles.
Some of the specials at Ruzicka’s Super Mar-
ket are: Swift’s premium picnics, 25¢ lb.; Hill’s
Bros. coffee, 2 lb. can $1.19; twin pack Old
Dutch potato chips, 49¢ box; Wilderness apricot
pie mix, No. 2 can 43¢; Country Fair ice cream,
1/2 gal. 59¢; Mrs. Tucker’s shortening, 3 lb. can
63¢; Armour’s Star bacon, 2 lb. pkg. with 2
coupons in, 98¢ pkg.; old fashioned Brick
cheese, 49¢ lb.
Mr. and Mrs. John Nuwash are the parents of
a son born on May 23.
25 YEARS AGO - MAY 26, 1988 —At 10
a.m. on Monday, May 30, the Silver Lake
American Legion Post 141 will begin its Me-
morial Day services with a parade from the Sil-
ver Lake Public School to the city park. Guest
speaker will be Leander Kerber, 3rd District
Commander of the American Legion from
The Silver Lake swimming pool will open
this weekend, May 28-30.
Silver Lake High School class of 1988 top
honor students are Michael Stifter, valedicto-
rian, and Michael Cacka, salutatorian.
The winner of the Pola-Czesky button con-
test, sponsored by the Silver Lake Knights of
Columbus, is Julie Mikulichek.
Darrin Witucki, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis
Witucki and a senior at Silver Lake High
School, has been awarded an academic schol-
arship at Moorhead State University.
Joanne Picha, daughter of USAF Retired
Chief Master Sergeant and Mrs. John Picha,
graduated from Radford University at Radford,
Va., with a bachelor of science degree in jour-
Down Memory Lane
Compiled by Margaret Benz
Silver Lake Leader photos
by Rich Glennie
Lincoln concert
GSL’s Lincoln Junior High
showcased its musicians
at a concert Thursday.
Above, members of the
combined choir sang
“Home.” The choir mem-
bers included, front row,
Kylie Hill, Maddie Dressel,
Karsen Howard, Theresa
Siers, Ashley Dreier, Becca
McKeown and Nicole
Llovera. Middle row in-
cludes Alyssa Ebert,
Bryanna Robertson, Sam
Voigt, Jessica Lemke,
Teanna Vorlicek and
Deanna Bondhus. In the
back are Marissa Kirchoff,
Katie Twiss, Amanda
Husted, Julia Gomez, Daria
Fegley, Ashley Lawrence,
Alexis Wildey, Brandi Pikal.
At the left are members of
the Lincoln Jazz Band,
Leam Armstrong, tenor
sax, and Morgan Mathews,
alto sax.
May 27-31
Millie Beneke Manor
Senior Nutrition Site
Monday — Tator tot casserole,
green beans, peaches, bread, mar-
garine, bar, low-fat milk.
Tuesday — Roast pork, whole
potatoes, buttered cabbage, bread,
margarine, rosy applesauce, low-
fat milk.
Wednesday — Lasagna, Cali-
fornia-blend vegetables, lettuce
salad with dressing, garlic bread,
margarine, pudding, low-fat milk.
Thursday — Ginger citrus
chicken, rice, fruit, mixed vegeta-
bles, cake, low-fat milk.
Friday — Meaty beef stew with
carrots and potatoes, cole slaw,
bread stick, margarine, fruit cob-
bler, low-fat milk.
Helen Baker/Lakeside Lunch
Monday — No school. Memori-
Tuesday — Hot dog on a whole-
grain bun, turkey and cheese on
whole-grain bread, oven-baked
beans, cucumber slices with dress-
ing, apple wedges, chilled apple-
Wednesday — Chicken
nuggets, dinner roll, ham and
cheese on whole-grain bread, sea-
soned corn, marinated cucumbers
and tomatoes, orange wedges,
chilled peaches.
Thursday — Tony’s cheese
pizza, seasoned green beans,
baby carrots, apple wedges, chilled
Friday — School is in session for
make-up day.
Jr. High/High School Lunch
Monday — No school. Memo-
rial Day.
Tuesday — Mexican bar with
beef or chicken hard- or soft-
shelled tacos, brown rice, refried
beans, southwest black beans,
baby carrots with dressing, zapple,
chilled applesauce.
Wednesday — Chicken
nuggets, mashed potatoes with
gravy, dinner roll, seasoned corn,
broccoli salad with raisins, cucum-
bers with dressing, orange, chilled
Thursday — Cook’s choice,
baby carrots with dressing, apple,
chilled pears.
Friday — School is in session
for make-up day.
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Winsted, died at his home on
May 16, 2013.
A Memorial Mass of Chris-
tian Burial for Mr. Stifter was
held Tues-
day, May
21, at Holy
T r i n i t y
C a t h o l i c
C h u r c h ,
Mr. Stifter
was born on
July 15,
1950, in
to Casimir and Mary (Keefe)
Stifter. He graduated from
Holy Trinity Catholic School
in Winsted.
Mr. Stifter was united in
marriage to Ellen Aune at Our
Lady of the Lake Church in
Mound, on July 18, 1970.
Following their marriage, they
lived in Winsted.
He worked in carpentry as a
contracting superintendent for
Lester Buildings and Greiner
Mr. Stifter enjoyed fishing,
hunting and camping. He
loved playing dice and spend-
ing time with his grandchil-
dren and his family. He built
the home that he and Ellen
shared, and he enjoyed work-
ing in their yard.
Survivors include his wife,
Ellen of Winsted; sons, Travis
(Dana) Stifter of Brooklyn
Park and Aaron (Tina) Stifter
of Winsted; daughter,
Meganne (Shaun) Knoll of
Lester Praire; five grandchil-
dren, Xander, Dylan, Allison,
Miranda and Casey; brothers
and sisters, Jim (Cathy) Stifter
of Winsted, Cathy (Doug)
Telecky of Winsted, Patti
(Kevin) Vergin of Montrose,
Mary Jane (fiancé, Gary Nel-
son) Reilein of Hutchinson,
Ann Marie (special friend, Jeff
Kohler) Anderson of Water-
town, Paul (Mary) Stifter of
Silver Lake and Matt (fiancée,
Sandy Fiecke) Stifter of
Howard Lake.
Preceding him in death were
his parents, Casey and Mary
The Chilson Funeral Home
in Winsted served the family.
Online condolences may be
made at www.chilsonfuneral-
Stephen L. Stifter, 62, of Winsted
Funeral services for Mary
Ellen Arneson, 75, of Winsted,
will be held today (Thursday)
at noon, at the Chapel of St.
Mary’s Care
Center in
Wi n s t e d .
The Rev.
E u g e n e
Brown will
Mrs. Ar-
neson died
S u n d a y ,
May 19,
2013, at St.
Mary’s Care Center in Win-
Visitation will be one hour
prior to the service on Thurs-
day at the chapel. Interment
will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday,
at Fort Snelling National
Cemetery, Assembly No. 6, in
Pallbearers will be Andrew
Arneson, Robert Arneson,
Alex Henning, Robert Hay-
den, Justin Maryott and Jeff
Mary Ellen Penticoff was
born Sept. 19, 1937, in Heron
Lake, to John and Cleo (Aeil-
ing) Penticoff.
On Oct. 20, 1956, Mary
Ellen Penticoff and Robert Ar-
neson were joined in marriage
in Stewart. God blessed their
marriage with three children.
They lived in Litchfield and
also resided in Hutchinson.
She was formerly employed
as an assembler for Tonka
Mrs. Arneson loved music,
especially country music, vis-
iting the sanctuary in Hutchin-
son, her coffee and spending
time with her family, children,
grandchildren and great-
She was also a volunteer at
The VFW and the Legion.
Survivors include her sons,
Robert (Michelle) Arneson of
Belle Plaine and Steve Arne-
son of Waverly; grandchil-
dren, Christina Posusta,
Bobby Hayden and fiancé Al-
ison Gregg, Melanie (Alex)
Henning, Andy Arneson and
Robby Arneson; great-grand-
children, Ariana Hayden,
Justin Maryott, Gavin Hen-
ning and Lillianne Henning;
brothers, Dennis Penticoff of
Eagan, Harlow (Joan) Penti-
coff of Isle, Dwight Penticoff
(friend, Janice) and Virgil Pen-
ticoff, all of Eagan; sisters,
Frances (Joseph) Kemmerer
of Woodbury, Betty (Bruce)
Keske of Brownton and Char-
lene Rannow of Hutchinson;
many other relatives and
Preceding her in death were
her parents, John and Cleo
Penticoff; her husband, Robert
Arneson Sr.; a daughter:
Debra Arneson; daughter-in-
law, Renae Arneson; a brother,
Delbert Penticoff; and two sis-
ters, Helen and Marilyn Penti-
The Chilson Funeral Home
in Winsted is serving the fam-
ily. Online condolences may
be made at www.chilsonfuner-
Mary Ellen Arneson, 75, of Winsted
Mary Ellen
300 Cleveland Ave.,
Silver Lake
Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor
Sat., May 25 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.; graduation party, 1
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 service,
9:30 a.m.; Sunday school for all
ages, 10:35 a.m.; open shooting
for Centershot Archery graduates,
11:45 a.m.
Wed., May 29 — Baccalaureate
ceremony at Glencoe-Silver Lake
High School Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Sat., June 1 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible
study, 9 a.m.
Sun., June 2 — “First Light”
radio broadcast on KARP 106.9
FM, 7:30 a.m.; fellowship and re-
freshment time, 9 a.m.; pre-ser-
vice prayer time, 9:15 a.m.;
worship service, 9:30 a.m.; Sun-
day school for all ages, 10:35
a.m.; open shooting for Center-
shot Archery graduates, 11:45
Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-327-
108 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Fax 320-327-6562
E-mail: faithfriends
Mark Ford, Pastor
Carol Chmielewski, CLP
Office hours: Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, Thursdays from
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun., May 26— Worship serv-
ice with fellowship to follow, 10
700 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Thurs., May 23 — Mass at
Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.
Fri., May 24 — Mass, 8 a.m.
Sat., May 25 — Wedding
(Beckius/Jerabek), 2 p.m.; recon-
ciliation, 5:30 p.m.; Mass, 6:30
Sun., May 26 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
CCW rolls and coffee; Mass, 8
Mon., May 27 — Mass, 8:30
a.m at St. Joseph/Holy Family
Tues., May 28 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
eucharistic adoration, 8:30 a.m.;
Parish Administrative Council,
6:30 p.m.
Wed., May 29 — Mass, 5 p.m.;
Holy Family/St. Pius X potluck
dinner at St. Pius, 6:30 p.m.
Thurs., May 30 — Mass at
Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.
Fri., May 31 — Mass, 8 a.m.
950 School Rd. S.W.
E-mail: infor@
Jim Hall, Pastor
Sun., May 26 — Worship, 9:30
a.m. and 6 p.m.
770 School Rd.,
Kenneth Rand,
Branch President
Sun., May 26 — Sunday
school, 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.;
priesthood, relief society and pri-
mary, 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
20924 State Hwy. 7 W.,
E-mail: assembly@
Dr. Lee Allison, pastor
Sun., May 26 — Worship, 8:30
a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Wed., May 29 — Family night
activities, 6:30 p.m.
31 Fourth Ave. S.W.,
E-mail: jmm@hutchtel.net
Sun., May 26 — Sunday
school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:15
1014 Knight Ave.,
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Thurs., May 23 — Mass at
GRHS-LTC, 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/Jer-
abek wedding, 2 p.m.; reconcilia-
tion, 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 ceme-
tery 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 graduat-
ing seniors potluck at St. Pius X.
1215 Roberts Rd. SW.,
Rick Stapleton, senior pastor
Adam Krumrie, worship pas-
tor/director of
student ministries
Thurs., May 23 — Senior high
free lunch, 11 a.m.
Sun., May 26 — Worship, 9
a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; potluck,
Mon., May 27 — Women’s
“First Steps,” 7 p.m.
Tues., May 28 — Young at
Heart luncheon, noon; worship
team practice, 6 p.m.
Wed., May 29 — Middle
school youth, 6:30 p.m.; senior
high youth, 7:30 p.m.; women’s
outdoor adventure, 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., May 30 — Senior high
free lunch, 11 a.m.
77 Lincoln Ave.,
Lester Prairie
Bethany Nelson, pastor
Sun., May 26 — Worship, 9
a.m.; coffee and fellowship, 10:15
a.m.; Financial Peace University,
2 p.m.
Church News
Almond Bear Claws
1/3 cup almond paste
2-3/4 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup white sugar
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons butter
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons amaretto liqueur
3 pounds puff pastry
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons sliced almonds, for garnish
3 tablespoons powdered sugar, for dusting
In a large bowl, beat almond paste with an elec-
tric mixer to break it apart. Add the almonds,
sugar, and salt; continue to mix until the almond
paste is no longer lumpy. Stir in the butter, egg
whites, almond extract, and amaretto liqueur on
high speed until it is as fluffy as you can get it.
Set aside. Using half of the dough at a time, roll
it out on a lightly floured surface into a rectan-
gle that is about 8 inches wide and 1/4 inch
thick. Trim the edges of the dough. Cut the
dough in half lengthwise to make two 4-inch
wide strips. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line
baking sheets with parchment paper. Fill a pas-
try bag halfway with the almond filling and pipe
a stripe of filling down the center of each strip.
Whisk together the egg and water. Brush onto
one edge of each strip. Fold each strip over the
filling and press gently to seal it. Brush each
piece with egg wash and sprinkle sliced al-
monds over the top. Cut into 3- to 4-inch pieces,
then cut 1/2 inch slits into the sealed edge to
make the “claws.” Place bear claws at least two
inches apart on baking sheets. Refrigerate and
repeat with second half of dough. Bake until al-
monds are toasted and pastry is golden brown,
25 to 30 minutes. Cool and dust with powdered
sugar before serving.
Banana Split Cake
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
4 bananas
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
1 quart strawberries, stemmed and quartered
1-1/12 cups sugar free strawberry glaze
1 container lite whipped topping
1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained
and quartered
In a medium bowl, mix together the graham
cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press into the
bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan. Chill to set.
In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese,
butter, and powdered sugar until smooth and
creamy. Spread over the chilled graham cracker
crust. Arrange the sliced bananas over the cream
cheese mixture. Then cover with the drained
crushed pineapple. Place strawberries cut side
down over the pineapple layer, then coat with
the strawberry glaze. Spread the whipped top-
ping over the strawberry layer, decorate with
maraschino cherries and sprinkle with chopped
nuts. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup white sugar
1-1/3 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into small-
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 cup brown sugar
8 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking
sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together
flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/3 cup
white sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut in
cold butter with a knife until the mixture resem-
bles coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk until the
flour mixture is moistened. Drop 1/3-cup
scoops of the dough 2 inches apart onto the pre-
pared baking sheet. Brush biscuits with heavy
cream and sprinkle generously with brown
sugar. Bake in the preheated oven until golden
brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Mix together sliced
strawberries, 1/4 cup white sugar, and lemon
juice in a large bowl. Allow berries to rest until
juices develop, about 30 minutes, Serve the
strawberries with juice over the biscuits.
Kitchen Delights
& Other Things
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
Despite losing its first game
since the season opener in a
sixth-inning rally by the De-
lano Tigers, the Glencoe-Sil-
ver Lake baseball team looks
to be in good shape as the sub-
section tournament ap-
The Panthers will host Sib-
ley East on Saturday, May 25,
in the first round of the play-
offs. Depending upon the out-
come of Thursday night’s
game, the team could be rid-
ing another winning streak
into Saturday’s game.
In the last two games, GSL
has not allowed a run, while
racking up 21 runs at the same
The Panthers will need that
type of offensive production,
as they’ll most likely face off
against the Wolverines’ ace-
pitcher, Brody Rodning.
GSL 9,
Mound Westonka
Hosting the Mound West-
onka White Hawks on Mon-
day, May 20, the Panthers
continued to play quality
A 2-0 GSL lead came in the
second inning when Carter
Pinske and Derek Bratsch
scored. Teddy Petersen
knocked in Pinske with a sin-
gle, and Bratsch scored on a
wild pitch.
Ethan Maass got the nod to
take the mound and went to
work throwing strikes against
the White Hawks.
Maass kept Mound score-
less in the four innings he
pitched and struck out eight,
while walking two and giving
up one run.
Nolan Lepel scored in the
bottom of the third inning on
Brandon Ebert’s RBI line-
drive to left field for a 3-0
GSL lead.
Four runs came in the fourth
as the Panther bats came to
Lepel singled to right-center
field, scoring Travis Rothstein
and Teddy Petersen. Derek
Bratsch reached first on a
fielder’s choice that scored
Lepel for the final run in the
inning, giving GSL a 7-0 lead.
Cole Petersen took over on
the mound in the fifth and
kept the White Hawks score-
less, despite a sixth-inning
threat with the bases loaded
and one out.
Cole Petersen struck out the
next two batters to get out of
the jam and preserve the lead.
The game looked to be over
in the bottom of the fifth when
Lepel drove in two more RBI.
With ducks on the pond,
Lepel sent Blake Brady’s first
pitch deep to center field,
scoring the Petersens for a 9-
0 lead.
MW...................000 00 — 0-3-2
GSL.. ..........021 420 x — 9-11-1
Winning Pitcher - Ethan
Maass GSL
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
The Glencoe-Silver Lake
boys’ and girls’ track teams
saved their best performances of
the year for the conference
championship meet in Hutchin-
son on Thursday, May 16.
The boys finished in second
place with a team score of 107
points, 25 points behind
Hutchinson with 132 points.
The Panther girls found them-
selves in seventh place, scoring
50 points on the day.
Ryan Kuester started things
off for the boys by setting a
school record in the 100-meter
dash with an 11.03 first-place
finish. One-one hundreth of a
second faster than Dan Gould’s
1993 record of 11.04.
Kuester beat Hutchinson’s
Robbie Grimsely by one-one
hundreth of a second for the sec-
ond time in a row.
Greg Ober ran a 51.91 in the
400-meter dash, which earned
him first place.
Dalton Clouse scored six
points by taking third place in
the 110-meter hurdles with a
time of 16.02. Clouse also took
fourth in the 300-meter hurdles
The boys’ best finish in the
relay events came in the 4x200.
Kuester, Brandon Greeley,
Keenan Mehlos and Ober
posted a 1:34.34, good enough
for second place and eight team
In the pole vault, Tanner
Konen couldn’t quite make it to
13 feet, but Waconia’s Mark
Brose did. He fell four inches
short, completing 12 feet, six
Trent Draeger broke the
school record in the triple jump
with a jump of 42-10 1/4. He
topped Jeremy Martin’s 2004
record of 42-9.
Draeger also took second
place in the long jump with a
leap of 21-2.
Ray Eberhard heaved the shot
put for a 44-10, third-place fin-
ish, while Tyler Donnay
launched the discus 122-6 for
Freshman Shelby Clouse took
home third-place in the 100-
meter dash for the girls with a
time of 13.28. Clouse had posted
a time of 13.01 in preliminaries,
but couldn’t replicate the per-
Kelly Arnold ran a 26.56 in
the 200-meter dash, good
enough for third place and six-
team points.
The best finish on the day for
the girls came from junior
Kaylee Venier in the 800-meter
run. Venier ran a 2:30.01 and
scored 8 points for the Panther
Tori Burr scored five points in
the 3200-meter run with a
fourth-place finish. Venier com-
pleted the two-mile event in
In the 4x400, Jenna Haag, Ve-
nier, Beneke and Emily Muetzel
produced another third-place
finish in a relay event with their
time of 4:13.33.
The girls’ best performance in
the field came from the throws
of senior Clarissa Ober.
She took third-place in the
discus throw with a toss of 99-
11. She also placed fifth in the
shot put with a heave of 32-5,
scoring a total of 10 points for
the Panther girls.
The track and field subsection
event takes place on Thursday,
May 23 at Lake Crystal-Well-
come Memorial High School.
Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, May 23, 2013 — Page 5
GSL Panther
26.....Holy Family .............L,16-0
27.....NYA .........................W,11-1
29.....Annandale .................W,3-0
30.....Belle Plaine ...............W,4-1
02.....Dassel-Cokato . ..........W,7-1
07.....New London-Spicer ...W,6-0
09.....at Litchfield . ..............W,7-0
13.....at Orono ...................W,10-1
14.....at Delano.....................L,6-4
16.....at Annandale.............W,12-0
23.....Watertown-Mayer .........4:30
26.....Holy Family ...............W,1-0
29.....at Annandale .............L,13-7
02.....Dassel-Cokato. ............L,6-2
.......... .................................L,10-5
03.....Annandale .................L,13-5
06.....at Mound-Westonka. ...L,2-0
07.....at New London-Spicer.........
10.....at Waconia.................L,12-9
13.....at NYA........................L,9-2
15.....New London-Spicer W,12-6
16.....Orono ........................L,16-0
21.....at Holy Family ..........L,12-9
25.....New Ulm..............................
29.....at Mound-Westonka.............
30.....at Annandale ........................
01.....at Ridges at Sand Creek.......
02.....at New London-Spicer.........
03.....at Hutchinson ......................
06.....at Waconia............................
09.....Section preview at
10.....at New London-Spicer.........
13.....at Annandale ........................
15.....at Hutchinson. ......................
16.....at Litchfield..........................
20.....at Baker National Golf
School ...........................................
22.....at Dassel-Cokato.........12:00
25.....at New Ulm..........................
26.....at Hutchinson.......................
29.....at Annandale ........................
30.....at Litchfield..........................
01.....at Baker National Golf
School ...........................................
08.....at Mound-Westonka.............
09.....Section preview at
10.....at Annandale. .......................
13.....at Baker National Golf
School ...........................................
14.....at Waconia............................
16.....at New London-Spicer.........
21.....at Dassel-Cokato..................
23.....at Foley......(B-2nd) (G-2nd)
25.....at Belle Plaine......................
............................(B-2nd) (G-2nd)
29.....at New London-Spicer.........
..............................(B-1st) (G-3rd)
30.....GSL Invitational at Belle
Plaine ..................(B-2nd) (G-5th)
02.....at Waconia..(B-2nd) (G-4th)
07.....at Hutchinson Section True
team ....................(B-4th) (G-6th)
10.....Cambridge-Isanti true team.
.............................(B-5th) (G-7th)
14.....at Dassel-Cokato...........4:00
16.....GSL (Conference) Invita-
tional at Hutchinson......................
.............................(B-2nd) (G-7th)
23.....Subsection at Lake Crystal-
Wellcome Memorial ..............4:00
All competitions take
place at Winthrop Game
Protective League except
State Tourney events
18.....Reserve Scoring...................
25.....First Competition - ..............
......................6.5 points, 8th place
02.....Second Competition- ...........
.........................3 points, 8th place
09.....Third Competition - .............
.........................3 points, 8th place
16.....Fourth Competition- ............
......... ...............3 points, 8th place
23.....Fifth Competition .........5:00
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
Shelby Clouse strides toward the finish line during the
100-meter dash at the Wright County Conference cham-
pionship track meet. Clouse placed fifth in the event.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
Steph Klockmann prepares to round third base in the
fourth inning against the New London-Spicer Wildcats on
Wednesday, May 15. The Panthers won the game 12-6,
with Klockmann going three for four at the plate with two
hits and three runs.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
Ethan Maass prepares to fire a pitch to Reed Dunbar
against Mound-Westonka on Monday, May 20. GSL won
Boys 2nd, girls 7th at WCC championships
Golfers card
personal bests
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
Three members of the Glen-
coe-Silver Lake girls’ golf
team shot a personal best at
the Wright County Confer-
ence meet in New London-
Spicer on Thursday, May 16.
Elizabeth Gran, Allison Eis-
chens and Lindsay Wedin
each posted their best individ-
ual varsity scores.
Gran tied for 24th with
Alexis Kerslake at 49 strokes
for nine holes.
Eischens and Wedin also
tied at 51 strokes for 30th.
Claire Wraspir was the only
member not to tie with an-
other Panther, finishing with
GSL visited Waconia on
Tuesday, May 14, for its sev-
enth conference meet in less
than a month.
A team score of 229 was
good enough for another
eighth-place finish at the
Kerslake continued playing
solid golf, carding a 49 at the
nine-hole event.
Ratike shot a 62 as the Pan-
ther’s number two.
Wraspir and Eischens tied
at 61 strokes, one stroke ahead
of Ratike.
Gran shot the second-best
round of the day for GSL, fin-
ishing the course in 58
Wedin took a couple extra
strokes at Waconia, complet-
ing the course with a 65.
The section 5AA boys and
girls golf tournament will be
held at Pebble Creek Golf
Club in Becker, May 30 and
June 3.
Panthers score 25 in last three games, give up 6
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
Seeing both ends of the spec-
trum as of late, the Glencoe-Sil-
ver Lake softball team hopes to
be the victor against Holy Family
in the first round of the sub-sec-
tion tournament on Tuesday,
May 21.
Despite blowout losses in two
of its last three games, GSL
recorded a 12-6 victory over the
New London-Spicer Wildcats.
GSL beat the Fire in the open-
ing game of the season, 1-0, but
that was early on and both teams
have made changes since then.
Orono 16, GSL 0
GSL got its turn against the top
team in the Wright County Con-
ference, Orono, on Thursday,
May 16, at home.
Starting out the first inning
with two singles and a three-run
home run, the Spartans leaped to
a 6-0 lead by the time the inning
was over.
Offensively, things didn’t go
much better for GSL.
The girls were retired one,
two, three in every inning except
the third, when freshman Ryley
Oliver walked. Oliver made it to
second on a force out, but was
left there when the inning ended.
Orono was held to one run in
the second before another bar-
rage of runs came in the third and
fourth. The Spartans entered the
fifth inning with a 15-0 lead, and
scored their final run in the inning
to end the game at 16-0.
Courtney Lemke pitched three
innings, faced 24 batters, gave up
13 hits, 11 runs and walked two.
Delano.....................614 41 — 16
GSL...........................000 00 — 0
Losing Pitcher - Courtney Lemke
GSL 12, NLS 6
Bouncing back from the 12-0
blowout suffered at the hands of
the Delano Tigers, the Panthers
hosted New London-Spicer on
Wednesday, May 15.
The Wildcats scored in the first
inning to take a 1-0 lead.
GSL came right back to score
two runs when Lemke sent a line
drive to the gap in center field.
Lemke scored Klockmann and
herself on an inside-the-park
home run to make it 2-1 GSL.
Kelsie Rustad scored for the
Wildcats in the second inning.
Abbey Fuchs singled to center
field for the RBI, tying the game
at 2-2.
The Panthers fell behind in the
third when NLS scored two more
to take a 4-2 lead.
Josie Schmitt drove in Lemke
with a double in the third.
Schmitt and Davis scored on the
next at-bat when Becca Green hit
an RBI single. Moriah Maunu
drove her in on a force-out to
first. GSL led 6-4 heading into
the fourth.
Klockmann, Lemke, Schmitt
and Green all scored in the bot-
tom of the fourth to make it 10-
The Wildcats scored one in the
fifth and sixth, but GSL’s offense
wasn’t done yet.
Davis tallied the second in-
side-the-park home run of the
game for GSL in the fifth, scor-
ing the final two runs in the 12-6
Maunu pitched seven innings,
faced 29 batters, gave up six runs,
five hits, walked four and struck
out three.
NLS......................112 011 0 — 6
GSL....................204 420 x — 12
Winning Pitcher - Moriah
Maunu GSL
Rematch with
Holy Family
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day of May 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 18.83, subdivision 1 (2009),
that all persons in McLeod County, Minnesota, shall control or eradicate all noxious weeds on land they own, occupy or
are required to maintain. Control or eradication may be accomplished by any lawful method but the method may need to
be repeated in order to prevent the spread of viable noxious weed seeds and other propagating parts to other lands. Failure
to comply with the general notice may mean that an individual notice, Minnesota Statues, Section 18.83, Subdivision 2
(2009), will be issued. An individual notice may be appealed within two working days of receipt to the appeal committee
in the county where the land is located. Failure to comply with the individual notice will mean that the inspector having
jurisdiction may either hire the work done or seek a misdemeanor charge against the person(s) who failed to comply. If
the work is hired done by the inspector, the cost can be placed as a tax upon the land and collected as other real estate
taxes are collected. You may obtain a list of the plants that are designated noxious and the members of the appeal com-
mittee from your County Agricultural Inspector or County-Designated Employee. You can also obtain this information
from your Local Weed Inspectors. Local Weed Inspectors include the township supervisors, city mayors or their appointed
assistants. More information regarding the MN Noxious Weed Law and a list of County Agricultural Inspectors and
County Designated Employees can be obtained from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Web Site by visiting:
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The Board of County Commissioners asks your cooperation in this weed control work.
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For methods of controlling noxious weeds, contact your County Extension Educator.
Revised May 20, 2013
Lynn Splittgerber
Francis Burch
Jay Reiner
James Hueser
Clarence Juncewski
Hassan Valley
Steve Reiner
Rodney Mathews
Brent Uecker
Paul Merkins
Wilbert Hahn
Rich Valley
Don Lhotka
Round Grove
Robert Doerr
Joel Griebie
Tony Hausladen
Biscay – Ray Urban
Brownton – Jay Werner
Lester Prairie – Andrew Heimerl
Plato – Bob Becker
Silver Lake – Bruce Bebo
Stewart – Jason Pierce
Winsted – Steve Stotko
Glencoe – Randy Wilson
Hutchinson – Steve Cook
County Commissioners
Jon Christensen
Sheldon Nies
Ron Shimanski
Kermit Terlinden
Paul Wright
Submitted photo
Horstmann is Lion of the Year
At the April Lions Zone meeting, 5M2 District Governor
Ron Dahlke honored Silver Lake Lion Stan Horstmann as
the Zone 1 “Lion of the Year.” Horstmann was selected
from all Zone 1 nominations made in January. He has
been a member of the Silver Lake Lions Club for over 28
years, holding several offices, including president. He has
been involved in club fundraisers over the years and
served as co-chair of the Lions chicken dinners served
during Pola-Czesky Days for over 20 years. During the
summer, Horstmann volunteers his time planting and
maintaining the flower garden near the swimming pool
along Highway 7. Very active in the Lions Club, he has still
found time to volunteer with the Glencoe-Silver Lake
Booster Club, Tim Orth Foundation and Faith Presbyte-
rian Church.
Plath —
Sarah Plath and Brady
LaMott announce their en-
gagement 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 Uni-
versity graduate. She is a sta-
bility analyst at Lifecore
Biomedical in Chaska.
LaMott is a Glencoe-Silver
Lake and Minnesota State
University-Mankato graduate.
He is a product support engi-
neer at Miller Manufacturing
in Glencoe.
Brady LaMott
Sarah Plath
We try to finally dry out a bit after our very wet period
from late last week through the weekend. The frontal sys-
tem that was the culprit has moved on, and some more nor-
mal weather is on tap to end the week.
Highs will hang in the 60s towards the end of the week,
possibly making a run at the lower 70s from Friday through
Sunday. There’s a bit of disagreement in the models about
a possible early weekend storm system, so I am guessing
things may change by the time the weekend actually rolls
Right now, the best chance of rain would come in late
Friday into early Saturday. Clouds should hang around
most of the weekend, but if we break into some sun, highs
would inch up a bit. The rain shouldn’t be an all-day affair,
though, so I’m hoping weekend events will not be affected
too much.
Most of Sunday into Monday looks fine, too, so we
might be able to escape the holiday weekend if the rain
pushes to our south, hopefully.
Highs early next week will start to inch up as a ridge of
high pressure moves in from the west.
Have a great week all. Happy Memorial Day!
Wednesday night — Lows 46-52; partly cloudy.
Thursday — Highs 62-68; lows 43-48; clear.
Friday — Highs 65-72; lows 48-54; mostly clear/night
Saturday — Highs 63-70; lows 49-55; clouds/showers-
Sunday — Highs 65-72; clouds/early showers.
Weather Quiz: How many tornadoes do we typically see
in Minnesota each year?
Answer to last week’s question: Since 1956 there have
only been 16 days with a recorded high at or above 100 de-
grees. So by looking at that, they are relatively rare. Espe-
cially to get one in May! We average out to one every four
years or so.
Remember: I make the forecast, not the weather!
Weather Corner
By Jake Yurek
The Cokato Museum and
Historical Society will host its
annual Memorial Day open
house on Monday, May 27,
from 9 a.m. to noon.
Stop by the museum for re-
freshments before, during and
after the Cokato Legion and
Auxiliary parade and program.
This will be the final day for
its current display, “Cokato is
Open for Business.” Visitors
also can see some of the many
changes it has been making to
its exhibit gallery as it works
to update those areas.
For more information,
please contact the museum at
320-286-2427 or email at
Memorial Day event at
Cokato museum May 27
The paper drive the Silver
Lake Knights of Columbus
held April 12-13 raised
$1,038.68, which will go to-
ward the Silver Lake swim-
ming pool operations and the
Silver Lake youth summer
recreation funds.
Papers and cardboard total-
ing 37,280 pounds, or 18.64
tons, were collected.
Since the KCs started hold-
ing paper drives in 2004, over
931,000 pounds (465 tons) of
paper have been collected and
saved from going to the land-
“Thank you to all who par-
ticipated and watch for dates
of the next paper drive to be
held this fall, with proceeds
going to the Silver Lake Am-
bulance Service, Silver Lake
Fire Department, and Silver
Lake Winter Festival wagon
rides,” a KC spokesman said.
April paper drive raised
$1,038; proceeds to pool/rec
Buffalo Creek Bicycle Mo-
torcross (BMX) began its sixth
season with USA BMX sanc-
tioned racing on May 14.
The BMX track is located at
Sterner BMX Park in Glencoe
behind the Napa-Do-It-Best at
1017 Ninth St. Glencoe Mayor
Randy Wilson sang the Na-
tional Anthem.
The Race for Life, set Satur-
day, July 13, is part of a na-
tional fundraiser for the
Leukemia and Lymphoma So-
ciety. Local riders collect do-
nations, and proceeds from
this event go to the charity.
Riders do not need USA
BMX membership to partici-
pate in the event, so it’s a great
opportunity to try BMX racing
while raising funds for a wor-
thy cause.
USA BMX raises over
$300,000 annually for the
The state qualifier is set for
Sunday, July 13. This event
draws riders from across the
state and promises to have ex-
citing racing action with a
large crowd. The event also
features a pro-am race, featur-
ing top riders from around the
Regular racing is every
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Practice
is on Saturdays from 10 a.m.
to noon. Spectators have free
admission and concessions are
available on site. The park is
open to the public for practice
most days throughout the sum-
mer and fall.
New riders will learn about
proper equipment, safe riding,
and race tips for the sport.
For more information, con-
tact Ryan Voss at 320-510-
0404 or visit www.buf
Buffalo Creek BMX
begins sixth season
Design the Pola-Czesky
button that will be used for
this year’s Pola-Czesky Days
celebration, set for Aug. 2
through Aug. 4.
The design must be within a
two-inch circle and any art-
work is allowed, computer or
handmade. Any colors may be
used, but the following items
must be include in the design:
44th Annual Pola-Czesky
Days, Silver Lake, MN, Au-
gust, 2, 3 and 4, 2013.
You can put the information
in any order and abbreviate if
you wish. Everyone is invited
to enter.
Please mail entries to:
Pola-Czesky Button Design
Contest, Joan Paulson, 22202
Lace Ave., Silver Lake, MN
55381. All entries must be
submitted by June 1.
The winner will be an-
nounced and buttons will be
for sale beginning with Thurs-
day, June 20, at the first night
of the Music in the Park event
Win $50: Design 2013
Pola-Czesky button
As a prelude to Pola-Czesky
Days, the first of six Thursday
night Music in the Park gath-
erings will begin Thursday,
June 20. There will not be
Music in the Park on Thurs-
day, July 4. Watch for sched-
ules, which will be posted
The Music in the Park Com-
mittee is asking for donations
of prizes to be given away at
these gatherings.
In order to have your dona-
tion acknowledged as being
donated by you, your business,
or organization, please have
them to the committee by June
10, so a listing may be com-
Donors are encouraged to
put their names on the prizes if
they want to be acknowl-
edged. Any donations turned
in to the committee after that
date, or brought to Music in
the Park, will be listed as
given by an anonymous donor.
If you have any questions,
please call DeNeil or Lisa
Thompson at 320-327-2278 or
Ray or Sharon Bandas at 320-
Music in the Park June 20;
prize donations are sought
Local families sought to
host exchange students
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They are not gone until those who knew them forget to remember…
This Memorial Day, Let us Pause and Reflect.
In loving memory of
Randy Ardolf
who passed away June 6, 1986
Sadly missed by
Larry & JoAnn
Ardolf & family
In loving memory of
David Mickolichek
who passed away Dec. 27, 2009
Sadly missed by
wife, Gerry
and family
In loving memory of
Claudette Guennigsmann
who passed away Oct. 22, 2009
Sadly missed by
her husband, Ralph
children & grandchildren
In loving memory of
Joe W. Gehlen
who passed away May 16, 2010
Sadly missed by
wife, Bernice
and family
In Memoriam
Joanne Dostal
who passed away April 5, 1997
Dearly missed by
Danny, her 4 kids
and 8 grandkids
By Rich Glennie
As the school year winds
down, the Glencoe-Silver
Lake School Board and its ad-
ministrators 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
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 May 13 School Board
meeting, approval was given
to the summer school plan for
providing enrichment opportu-
nities through GSL Commu-
nity Education; targeted
services in literacy and math;
extended school year for stu-
dents needing special assis-
tance; and the migrant summer
school program.
The targeted service pro-
gram runs in two blocks: June
10-27 and July 29-Aug. 8 for
three hours either in the morn-
ings or afternoons.
It is estimated 105 students
will participate, and staffing
needs include a program
leader, four teachers and three
The extended school year is
for select students with indi-
vidual learning plans that indi-
cate such services are needed.
Estimated cost of the pro-
gram is $5,000, and the pro-
gram runs for four weeks, July
9 through Aug. 1.
Twenty-one students will be
involved and staffing needs in-
clude three teachers and 11
The migrant summer school
runs from June 19 through
July 25. Staffing includes one
migrant summer school coor-
dinator, 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
• Hired Karol Kiefer as an
ESL paraprofessional at the
high school/Lincoln, replacing
Nandini Kraemer, who re-
Also hired Jamie Fredrick-
son as a full-time special edu-
cation teacher beginning in
2013-14, replacing Bill Kittel,
who is retiring.
• Accepted the resignations
of Stephanie Freund as a
fourth grade teacher at Lake-
side at the end of the school
year; Sue Magnuson as the
National Honor Society ad-
viser; 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 do-
Glencoe Rotary, $250 for
Close Up.
McLeod County Pheasants
Forever, $200 for robotics; and
$300 for FFA program.
Glencoe Lions, $50 for ro-
Crow River Sno Pros,
$1,000 for Business Profes-
sionals of America (BPA) trip
to nationals.
4 Square Builders, trap
house lumber for trapshooting
McLeod County Bar Asso-
ciation, $500 for mock trial
Central Minnesota Two
Cylinder Club, $400 for FFA
Silver Lake Lions, $400 for
BPA nationals.
3M Foundation, $250 vol-
unteer grant match; $300 for
Math Counts.
MEADA Coalition of
McLeod County, $120.50 for
junior class.
Stevens Seminary, $500 for
robotics; $1,000 for Super-
mileage 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, and the
late Annamarie Tudhope, for-
mer owners of the Glencoe
Enterprise, for covering GSL
activities in the past years.
“I thank them and wish
them (the Johnsons) the best in
future endeavors,” said board
member Jamie Alsleben.
GSL adds 2 days; gears up for summer school
By Rich Glennie
The Glencoe-Silver Lake
School Board and its Educa-
tion Minnesota: GSL teachers
union are locked in a griev-
ance 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 griev-
ance is the new Olweus anti-
bullying program being
implemented within the school
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 agree-
Jim Waters, representing the
teachers union, said teachers
volunteered for training in the
Olweus anti-bullying program
last summer after a grant was
obtained by Jean Johnson of
McLeod County Public
But now the administration
is asking that the Olweus les-
sons 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 pro-
gram can be implemented eas-
ily 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 Mag-
nuson of Education Min-
nesota: GSL.
“The contract says one les-
son 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
“I’m still looking for an an-
swer,” 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 Von-
Berge said that since there is
no argument about the pro-
gram 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 fol-
“We have 10 days,” Chris-
tianson added. He said as a
School Board, a ruling needs
to be reached or the union
could decide to go to arbitra-
“It’s one session a month,
for better or worse, that’s the
agreement,” Waters said.
Sparby said the grant ob-
tained 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-bully-
ing program is an on-going
process with the “goal to keep
the issues (of bullying) before
the kids; keep the discussion
Board member Jamie Al-
sleben asked if there was a
state or federal mandate in-
“Yes,” Sparby replied. The
mandate is for each district to
have a policy in place, but he
was not sure about the dead-
line for that policy.
Sparby said the anti-bully-
ing policy requirement is an-
other “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
GSL Superintendent Chris
Sonju said the Olweus pro-
gram “exceeds (mandated) re-
Board member Jason Linde-
man directed his comments to
the union representatives.
“You do not teach math once a
month. You need to be repeti-
tive (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 im-
plement (the anti-bullying pro-
gram), but we can’t violate the
contract. We need to figure out
a way for next year to fit it (Ol-
weus) into the contract and be
Sonju said the administra-
tion’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 be-
cause 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
“We all agree there is a
need,” Alsleben said. He said
other school districts are hav-
ing growing pains over the
anti-bullying requirements,
too. He said the state may de-
velop its own anti-bullying
But Sparby did not think the
state would do that because it
is an unfunded mandate. “I
don’t expect anything from the
Christianson said the admin-
istration claims the right of as-
signment if it is within the
teacher’s licensure.
He said the aim of Olweus is
for the students to build a rap-
port 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 pro-
gram at issue here,” Sparby
said. “It’s trying to make it
work within the schedule. We
feel fourth hour is the best op-
Asked what it will cost the
district if the grievance goes to
arbitration, Sonju said it will
involved attorneys and “it
would be in the thousands (of
Christianson referred the
matter to the School Board’s
personnel committee for a rec-
School Board, union at odds over new program
Silver Lake Leader photo by Rich Glennie
May’s Pillars of Character
Glencoe-Silver Lake High School’s May Pillars of Character were plen-
tiful and were honored last week. The selections — for showing trust-
worthiness, caring, responsibility and citizenship — included, front
row, from left, Ethan Wolff, responsibility; Maddie Kuehn, responsi-
bility; Mai-Quynh Nguyen, respect; Alexis Wendlandt, responsibility;
Brooke Kosek, trustworthiness; Jamie Bieganek, responsibility; and
Michael Coughlin, responsibility. In the middle row are Gustavo Vil-
lalobos, responsibility; Samantha Welch, responsibility; Sze-ka
Sheena Yeung, respect; Onnapun Thararuck, responsibility; Saman-
tha 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, responsibil-
ity; 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 Ve-
nier, Jordan Bergmann, Kurtis Kunkel, Chandler Swift, Alyssa Lesnau,
Katie Mueller and Jenna Jochum.
Hutch Mall now under new ownership
Hutchinson Mall in
Hutchinson is under new own-
ership. The property, formerly
owned by Southern Prairie De-
velopment, LLC, was pur-
chased by Hutchinson Mall
Realty Group, LLC.
The 210,115-square-foot
project size shopping center
consists of an enclosed shop-
ping mall and a separately
owned Runnings Farm and
Fleet building.
Hutchinson Mall has been
serving the Hutchinson area
since 1981 under the previous
operation of Southern Prairie
Development, LLC, and De-
velopers Diversified Realty
The Hutchinson Mall will be
managed by Lexington Realty
International (LRI), a central
New Jersey-based real estate
firm specializing in retail leas-
ing and lease preparation/ne-
gotiating and management.
LRI has established itself as
a leading retail real estate firm
in the United States and it is
recognized for its innovative
and strategic retail real estate
LRI currently manages sev-
eral shopping malls throughout
the Midwest, including the
Paul Bunyan Mall in Bemidji,
Westgate Mall in Brainerd,
Viking Plaza Shopping Center
in Alexandria, and Watertown
Mall in Watertown, S.D. All
shopping centers have flour-
ished under LRI’s manage-
LRI anticipates the Hutchi-
nosn Mall will be 100 percent
occupied within the next 12
months, including a 32,000-
square-foot Dunham’s sport-
ing goods store to open later
this year.
Amy Forcier, mall manager,
said, “I am very excited for our
shoppers and the community
to see what is in store for the
future of the Hutchinson Mall.
“There are aggressive plans
in place for our shopping mall
that include new national ten-
ants, new events, and much
more. Together, we plan to
breathe new life into the
Hutchinson Mall.
“The future of our mall and
our community is looking
For leasing opportunities,
email infor@lexingtonco.com
or aforcier@shophutchmall.c
Men and women, adults and
students, ages 5 to 105, are
welcome to audition for the
community theatre presenta-
tion of “Fiddler on the Roof”
at Howard Lake-Waverly-
Auditions will be held Tues-
day, May 28, or Thursday,
May 30, at 6:30 p.m., at the
HLWW High School, located
at 8700 County Road 6 SW,
Howard Lake.
Auditions will consist of a
short prepared song of your
choosing (accompaniest pro-
vided) and cold readings from
the script. Actors, musicians
(pit), lighting, sound, techincal
crew, set, costume, marketing,
and volunteer help are needed.
Contact Director Belinda Lar-
son at 320-286-6665 or Mar-
garet Marketon, Community
Education, at 320-534-3600.
Rehearsals are planned for
June and July, Mondays
through Fridays, beginning at
6:30 p.m.
The performance will be
Friday, July 12, and Saturday,
July 13, at 7:30 p.m., and Sun-
day, July 14, at 4 p.m.
set for
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