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All smiles
3 Panthers win track/field medals
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’12 county solid waste programs stable, grew
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The McLeod County
Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 116, No. 23
a continuation of
The Glencoe Enterprise
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Legislature ‘punished’ the hard-working
By Rich Glennie Editor Despite the Minnesota Legislature being in recess, the passions about the last session for state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, have not cooled much since adjournment in May. Gruenhagen, sitting in his Glencoe insurance office, was getting wound up about the DFLcontrolled Legislature that “punished hard-working people” by imposing nearly $3 billion in new taxes and fees. “We were just a speed bump, that’s about it,” Gruenhagen said of fellow Republicans, who were in the minority in both the House and Senate. “We got a good dose of what the Democrats want,” he said of the large increase in taxes and the major increase in the size of government and number of government employees. After two years of Republican control (2011-12), Gruenhagen said the size and growth of state government was reduced. “They (Democrats) reversed everything.” He said Democrats touted how they were going to only tax the rich, instead everyone will feel the pinch of new taxes. Omnibus bills, like those for education and Health and Human Services, include $800 million deficits in the next biennium, Gruenhagen said. “Democrats said they would right Minnesota’s (budget) ship, instead they put us in a precarious situation that will lead to more deficits in the future. “All the while the governor’s (Mark Dayton) family trust is in South Dakota,” Gruenhagen added. The two-term Glencoe legislator added that the current bills, which will start in July and August, will put Minnesota in the dubious position of being the fourth highest taxed state in the union. “They (DFLers) claimed to tax the rich, but in the end, they are taxing everyone,” he said. He pointed to the cigarette tax. “It is not going to health care,” Gruenhagen said. “It’s going to subsidize a billionaire!” He said it is the reverse of Robin Hood theory. “It (cigarette tax) is taking from the poor and giving to a billionaire. That is reprehensible.” Equally bad was an additional $300 million to $400 million in fees that include water users, paying for the solar mandate and other costs to average Minnesotans. “That is on top of the $2 billion in new taxes!” Gruenhagen stressed. He added the biennium budget will balloon to $38 billion in 2014-15 from the current $33.9 billion. “We’re sending the wrong signal to investors in the state,” Gruenhagen said. For those in the state already, it will cost more to do business, and for those looking to locate in Minnesota, “you’re not welcome,” Gruenhagen added. There are Republicans who support the (DFLers’) budget,” Gruenhagen said. “They’re in Wisconsin!” He said they would welcome Minnesota companies wishing to leave the state. Gruenhagen got even blunter: the House leadership of Majority Leader Paul Thissen and Assistant Majority Leader Erin Murphy are “radical leftists,” who are fans of the European socialist forms of government, he said.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
First flight
The Glencoe EEA Chapter 92 held its annual Young Eagles program at Vernon Perschau Memorial Airport in Glencoe Saturday, and the results of giving these youngsters their first taste of flying could be seen on their faces. Above, Brandon Mytty of Cokato was all smiles after he landed. Asked how it went, Mytty replied “Great!” At right, pilot Mike Gavin posed with his group of youngsters before their first flight. They included, front, from left, Damien Fitz of Bloomington, Katelyn Flannigan of Eagan, and Daeshwan Fritz and Dominique Fritz, also of Bloomington. In the back with Gavin is Zach Mytty of Cokato. All the pilots are licensed and members of the national EAA organization.
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Another referendum? GSL Board eyes 3rd try
By Rich Glennie Editor “If you don’t succeed at first, try, try again,” is an old adage. The GlencoeSilver Lake School Board is following that advice and looking at another referendum attempt to get a building bond passed, possibly in November. On Monday night, minus two members — Clark Christianson and Anne Twiss — the School Board took a look at the latest option for a building bond, but the price has gone up considerably. Instead of an $18.6 million bond of two years ago, this next attempt will call for a $25 million bond. Why? “Because building costs have gone up,” according to Michelle Sander, district business manager. She said what cost $153 a square foot to build new in 2011 is now $197 a square foot. What was $82 a square foot to remodel two years ago is now $95 a square foot. No School Board decision was made Monday, but a special workshop session could be upcoming to see if the district will pursue another referendum this fall. ***** The School Board ran two referendums past voters in 2011, and both were defeated by nearly the same margin. The latest option, minus the Early Childhood Family Education/Special Education (ECFE/SE) wing that is being built this year, is actually a smaller project than proposed in 2011. But the latest option addresses some of the concerns expressed after the two referendum defeats, Sander said. She said since the bids came in higher than expected for the new ECFE/ECSE addition, it was time to look at costs the bigger, more comprehensive building project. The estimates indicated the total hard costs had jumped to $21.1 million over the $16.5 million in 2011. But added into the mix were about $600,000 in expenses to upgrade windows at Lakeside Elementary in Silver Lake, make improvements to the Silver Lake football field and to install a fire suppression (sprinkler) system for the Lincoln Jr. High building.
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Stressing this was only an option being looked at for a new building project at the Lincoln Jr. High-high school campus, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board began discussions Monday on a third attempt to pass a school bond referendum. The new construction of this option is
in purple, and the gray areas are the current configuration of the two school buildings. This design was an attempt to address some of the concerns expressed about the original building project in 2011. Two 2011 referendum attempts were rejected by GSL voters.
Wed., 6-12 H: 78º, L: 62º Thur., 6-13 H: 82º, L: 64º Fri., 6-14 H: 81º, L: 65º Sat., 6-15 H: 79º, L: 63º Sun., 6-16 H: 82º, L: 64º
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Temperatures and precipitation compiled by Robert Thurn, Chronicle weather observer.
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Holy Trinity offers busing for St. Pius X
By Rich Glennie Editor Parents at St. Pius X Catholic School in Glencoe have faced this dilemma for years: What do you do when the students graduate from the sixth and final grade at the Glencoe school? The nearest Catholic high schools are located in Winsted at Holy Trinity and Victoria at Holy Family. The main problem is transportation. That is being addressed by Holy Tr i n i t y, which is in the s a m e area faith community as Silver L a k e ’s Angie Hertel H o l y Family parish and the Church of St. Pius X parish in Glencoe. Beginning next fall, Holy Trinity will be sending a bus to Glencoe to pick up students interested in continuing their Catholic education. Holy Trinity already picks up students in Silver Lake at Lakeside Elementary. It began the service after Holy Family closed its Catholic school two years ago. Now the bus will continue to Glencoe to pick up Catholic school students at the high school for transportation to the Winsted school. Angie Hertel is the recruiter/marketing person for Holy Trinity and said the main obstacles she has heard from parents are transportation and tuition costs. Holy Trinity contracts the bus service with Ron Posusta of Silver Lake, and the school pays for the service. She said scholarships also are available for families to help with the tuition costs. There are four or five Glencoe area families looking at the Holy Trinity option for their children next year, Hertel added. Cathy Millerbernd, elementary principal at both Catholic schools, added: “I have seen much growth in the collaboration between the parishes of St. Pius X, Holy Trinity and Holy Family over the last five years. “What began as an opportunity to share my time as principal between Holy Family Catholic School and Holy Trinity Elementary has grown each year. The three parishes have created bonds to allow our Catholic schools to share resources and develop professional connections that could never be possible before. “It is wonderful to see that connection grow to include a transportation option for students to attend Winsted, Holy Trinity High School after they have graduated from St. Pius X Catholic School,” Millerbernd said. The Rev. Tony Stubeda, area faith community pastor, added, “Our area faith community has two great Catholic schools. We believe in the Catholic education we are able to offer, and this busing option is another step in making it available to even more people. We want every-
Legion Auxiliary meets June 17
The Glencoe American Legion Auxiliary Unit 95 will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, June 17, at the Glencoe Fire Hall. Lunch will be served.
Plato Lions host Dairy Day
The Plato Lions will host burger night and dairy day, with free ice cream, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 14. Engelmann Dairy is providing the ice cream, toppings and cheese. The McLeod County Dairy Association is providing door prizes, and all the proceeds will go to local Lions projects.
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Four Glencoe students who graduated from St. Pius X Catholic School, have shown an interest in attending Holy Trinity Catholic School for the seventh grade. They include, from left to right, Zackary Nelson, Michael Dietz, Elijah Essen and Collin Gray. one possible to take advantage of what we have to offer.” Hertel said Holy Trinity attracts students from a 40-mile radius of Winsted and students come from 22 different communities. Asked if Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria impacts enrollment at Holy Trinity, Hertel said there has not been any impact on the Winsted School. Hertel said the contracted bus service next fall is not tied into the Glencoe-Silver Lake Public School schedule, when it comes to late starts and snow days. Parents and students will be responsible for getting students to the pick up areas at Lakeside in Silver Lake and and the high school in Glencoe. St. Pius X works as a feeder school to the Catholic high school, Hertel said, and Holy Trinity is committed to making that education available to families by offering scholarships and tuition reductions. That is possible because of fund-raising efforts like hosting the Winstock music festival each year as well as the annual spring fling auction and school marathons, Hertel said. “Increasing enrollment is something we are always trying to do,” Hertel said. If interested, call her at 320-4852182, extension 2777, or go to www.winstedholytrinity. org.
Thrivent picnic set June 18
All Thrivent members are invited to attend the McLeod County Thrivent Chapter summer picnic at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. Chicken, beverages and dinnerware are provided; please bring a dish to pass. Maizey the Clown will entertain, so bring your family and invite your friends. RSVP to 320-238-2148 or cindye@hutchtel.net.
Glencoe seniors to meet
The Glencoe Senior Citizens group will meet at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 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, June 18, for card playing.
4th of July
Due to the July 4th Holiday, our deadlines for the following papers will be: Sibley Shopper, Galaxy, Glencoe Advertiser Silver Lake Leader Arlington Enterprise
NOON, Tues., July 2 5 p.m., Mon., July 1
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School Board Continued from page 1
Add in “soft costs” for items like architectural/engineering fees, permits, printing and contingencies, and the total project cost is nearly $24 million under the new option, up from $18.3 million with the 2011 referendums. Sander said administration met with architect Paul Youngquist to look at some new options for the building project. One was to eliminate the two-story connection on the south side of the building that was originally set to house elementary (second and third grade) students on the second floor and junior high (seventh and eighth grade) students on the first floor. That sparked some negative comments from some parents concerned about mixing the students together with such age disparities. So the grade levels will be separated under the option presented Monday night. The second- and thirdgrade students would be located in a two-story addition on the north end of current Lincoln Junior High’s east wing. The seventh- and eighthgrade students would be located in an addition onto the east end of the high school. The newest plan also would enclose the north end of the high school/Panther Field House complex and join the high school with Lincoln Jr. High with a common cafeteria and gymnasium on the south end of the facility about where the tennis courts are now located. While the total dollars are a “substantial increase,” Sander said she was surprised when the tax impacts were calculated for $20 million and $25 million bond options. Some property tax impacts actually decreased for a 30year bond, while others, like bare agricultural land, increased slightly. The 2011 referendums sought a 15-year bond. “It was not as big a tax impact as one would think,” Sander said after changes were made to the homestead credit at the Legislature. ***** Sander said if a November election is planned, then the School Board needs to make a decision between now and July in order to meet timelines with the state. GSL Superintendent Chris Sonju said no decision was planned Monday night, but said the newest plan is “an idea, a tweak to the original plan.” But acting board chairman Jamie Alsleben stressed that this latest diagram of a building project has not been agreed to, and he had concerns about the changes. “If we change to a different diagram, we need to do a lot of educating with the public,” Alsleben said. He said the original plans had a lot of efficiencies built into it. “This diagram takes away from some of those efficiencies.” Alsleben said one concern is that the new plan “is adding a whole lot more roof” than the original plan. Another concern, Alsleben said, is the new plan will involve three areas of new construction and will involve “the entire campus” instead of just two areas. Board member Donna VonBerge asked where the square footage savings come from in the new plan. From the front (south side) of the original plan, Sander said, with the elimination of the two-story addition. She said the new plan also gains a classroom near the proposed new field house entry, and the current kitchen area would be remodeled into a lab to tie into the ag and industrial technology areas. VonBerge said critics often tell her to just remodel the Helen Baker Elementary building rather than close it. “It’s been talked about many times,” Sander said and pointed to a study done in 2005 that indicated it would take $4 million back then to remodel it with new windows, roof and to update the electrical wiring. After $4 million, Sander said, it still would not gain any more classroom space and not address the space issue there that is driving the need for a building project at the Lincoln-high school campus. VonBerge said another concern is what would happen to the Helen Baker building if it was closed? Sonju said if there is an opportunity to sell it for other uses, that is an option. “We want to make sure the facility is viable for the community. We do not want it vacant and sitting there.” But Sonju said talk of selling it is hard to answer. “We can’t put it up for sale until we are ready.” Sander also said the Helen Baker facility is “landlocked” for future expansion, and so is the Lakeside Elementary. But to expand at Helen Baker would require giving up the playground area that is used extensively. Board member Jason Lindeman, who sat on the former McLeod West School Board, said the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) also may not allow any expansion of the Helen Baker facility or remodeling of the old facility due to regulations that reject projects that cost more than the building is worth. That was experienced at McLeod West before the district dissolved. Sander agreed. She said older facilities are tougher to get through the state permitting process.
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County: solid waste programs grew
By Lori Copler Staff Writer All of McLeod County’s solid waste programs are either growing or staying stable, the McLeod County Board heard at its June 4 meeting. Sarah Young, solid waste coordinator, presented the 2012 annual report to the County Board, recapping statistics from each program, starting with residential recycling. McLeod County collected 2,132.6 tons of material in its residential recyling program in 2012, which includes curbside, township sheds, drop boxes, paper drives and materials dropped at the Solid Waste Facility in Hutchinson. “It has stayed pretty stable over the past five years,” Young said, noting that 2,151 tons were collected in 2011, a tad over 2,000 tons in 2010, 2,035 in 2009 and 1,963.6 in 2008. The report also included tonnage collected per community, but Young pointed out those figures are not entirely accurate because some collection routes involve more than one community. There was an estimated breakdown of pounds collected per household in each of the communities in the county, which was topped by Hutchinson, which averaged 212 pounds per household, which included an estimated three tons per day of compostable items collected through the city’s organic curbside collection program. Plato averaged 198.6 pounds per household per year as the next highest community, with Brownton bringing up the rear with 87.9 pounds per household. of $680,923, which was for about 840 less tons of material. “We’re at the mercy of the market,” said Young. Not all of the material that goes through MRF is sold, because some is contaminated, Young said. About 59 tons were rejected, which is about a 1.21 percent contamination rate. into the hands of those who would use them improperly. There are collection sites at the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, as well as at the Winsted and Hutchinson police departments. In 2012, a total of 1,360 pounds was collected and properly destroyed. Since the program started in April 2011, a total of 2,045 pounds of drugs has been collected.
The Solid Waste Department also takes in household hazardous waste (HHW), such as paint, and unused cleansers, herbicides, insecticides and other chemicals. Nearly 4,800 households brought material to the HHW facility in 2012, up considerably from 3,468 households in 2011. Young said the number of participating households continues to grow each year. About 108 tons of HHW was collected in 2012, up slightly from 105.4 tons in 2011. “What we’re seeing is people recycling products right away, instead of letting them pile up,” said Young. Residents also are taking advantage of the free use center at the HHW, in which they can pick up unused paint, cleaners and other products. Over 5,200 households took advantage of the free use center in 2012, while 4,353 took part in 2011.
The county also takes in used electronics and appliances, with collection sites at Brownton, Glencoe, Hutchinson and Winsted, plus the Solid Waste Facility and at a countywide collection day held in May. At the collection day May 19, 101 vehicles came through the facility and dropped off 59 appliances, 78 electronics, 15 mattresses, 19 hard goods (such as furniture), 1,128 tires, 20 rims and eight child or infant car seats.
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Members of EAA Chapter 92 of Glencoe hosted a special Young Eagles Day for special needs youngsters and their families on June 1 at Vernon Perschau Memorial Airport in Glencoe. Pilots like Stuart Selchow, above, and Mike Gavin, right, flew the families in the inaugural “I Can Fly” event. The local EAA chapter coordinated the event with the PACER organization and the Autism Society of Minnesota. By all accounts, it was a huge success.
Other programs include: • Empty farm pesticide containers. The county collected 3.95 tons in 2012, as compared to 3.51 tons in 2011. • Mattress recycling. The county launched a mattress recycling program in July 2012, which Young said “took off with a nice bang.” During the six months of the program, 382 mattresses/box springs were collected. They are sent to Duluth, where they are dismantled and the materials recycled. • Tires. The county started a year-round tire recycling program in September 2012, collecting 172 tires before year’s end.
Special plane rides for special people a big hit
On June 1, EAA Chapter 92 of Glencoe hosted some very special guests for some flying and fun. With the help of the PACER organization and the Autism Society of Minnesota, chapter members got the word out to a large number of families with kids with special needs and invited them to join the chapter for the inaugural “I Can Fly” Young Eagles event, said Greg Regnier of the local chapter. “By setting aside this special day for them, we were able to take more time with them and also allow parents and siblings to ride along,” Regnier said. “On the EAA worldwide Young Eagles day, held on the second Saturday in June, we simply have too many kids to fly to take that kind of time we need, and can’t afford to give up seats to parents,” Regnier said. “This concerned us because we felt that some kids with special needs were missing out on an opportunity that other kids enjoyed.” Regnier added, “At first the response was a little slow, but then the e-mails and phone calls started rolling in. “From the excitement expressed by the respondents it started to dawn on us that this might be something a little different. “We made sure that all the families were well versed on what to expect on that day. All the prep work really paid off as things ran very smoothly, and our guests felt very comfortable as soon as they arrived. “The iffy weather held off just long enough for us to complete the event,” Regnier said. “The flying was great and our riders were even better. The appreciation expressed by the families was extremely gratifying,” Regnier said. “It was a good reminder that what we may sometimes take for granted can be a cherished experience for someone else.” Regnier said most of the guests stayed for nearly the whole duration just watching airplanes and having fun. “The volunteers helping on the ground did a great job of engaging the families in conversation and making sure that all their needs were attended to,” Regnier said. “Jonathon Yuhas of KSTP 5 News plugged us on both his Saturday and Sunday weather broadcasts. All in all it was a wonderful day that we believe was enjoyed by all involved,” Regnier said. Regnier said the e-mail “thank-you” messages started coming from the families and “that was the icing on the cake. “The impact that some consideration and simple kindness could have on so many people was truly amazing,” Regnier said. “Kind of makes us want to do it again next year.” Here are some samples: “Thank you both so much for putting this wonderful event together! Henry and Tommy had a great time (even if Henry wasn’t so happy for a few minutes up high). He recovered and had a great time overall, and Stu gave us a wonderful ride. Please thank him again for us! “We certainly appreciate the wonderful people in our lives (like you) that help us give Henry and his brother some extra-special experiences! Even the parents get a lot out of wonderful things like this. “Enjoy the week, and we hope to run into you again some time.” The Talarico family ***** From Eric Schnell to Greg and Ceal Regnier: “What an absolutely wonderful morning we had! Thank you so much for your hospitality, your generosity, and the inspiration. As my wife said, we feel literally and figuratively ‘lifted up’ by your kindness this morning. “And, you really gave a boost to my son’s dreams of becoming a pilot. “Thanks once again!” ***** “Thank you so much for organizing the airplane rides! Jordan Wurdeman and his brother and I had a great time. The food was also great and you make a mean Special K bar, Ceal. “Thanks also goes to our Pilot Carl. What a great ride and such a smoooooothe landing! “Again, Thank you.” Sincerely, Joan Wurdeman ***** “I just want to say thank you for having an event for special need kids. We had a special need child, but we lost him in January of this year. “It was hard and sometimes frustrating to find events for special need kids. When we did find an event we went to them, and we enjoyed them and so did our son. “I don’t know if our son would of liked the flying part, but I do know he would of loved to just sit in the plane. “My other son and daughter and their friend had fun flying, the food, etc. “My son really thought it was cool that he got to fly the plane! “I wish there were more people like you that would make an effort to recognize/treat special need kids like any other kids. “Thanks again for a fun day for our special kids.” Becky Batchelder ***** “That you so much for an incredible opportunity for Patrick to fly on Saturday. Stuart was a kind pilot (and a good one), and it was awesome. “Patrick is non-verbal and very cognitively delayed. I’m hoping that now that he has touched a plane, smelled a plane and ridden in a plane, he’ll understand what it is. Maybe, even in time, he’ll learn to look up to watch a plane. “In the meantime, please say thank you for us to all your members that participated.” Sherry Duggan
Take it to the Box
McLeod County launched a “Take it to the Box” program in 2011 as a means for residents to dispose of unused prescription and over-thecounter drugs, in a desire to keep them from being flushed down toilets (potentially contaminating water) or falling
The Solid Waste Department’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), which collects items such as aluminum, plastic, paper and cardboard, which can be sold as commodities, collected 4,880 tons in 2012, a significant growth over 2011’s 4,141 tons. The 2012 collection was the highest in a five-year history. However, Young noted, the revenue in 2012 was signficantly lower because of lower commodity prices. The county sold its products for a total of $501,276, down signficantly from the 2011 revenue
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When is it OK to spy on us in the name of national security?
Our view: Recent revelations reveal government knows a lot more about you than you think
here is the balance that protects our national security, yet also protects our individual rights as Americans? Just where should that balance be in our nation’s continuing battle to fight global and domestic terrorism? When does government overstep its authority and get into spying on its citizens? And is that OK? A line may have been crossed recently when National Security Agency (NSA) and Justice Department officials opted to tap into Associated Press journalists’ phones and subpoenaed phone information from Verizon Communications and other national telecommunications providers in order to see who is calling whom and when. National security concerns were the official reasons cited. Images of Watergate and President Richard Nixon’s bumbling burglars flashed past for a moment. But this current attempt at clandestine domestic surveillance is more insidious, because there was not the general outrage that surfaced during the 1970s Watergate scandal. Why? Perhaps Americans are getting accustomed to scandals, and, sadly, accustomed to giving up their individual rights without a fight. A recent New York Times article, printed on page 3 of the June 6 Star Tribune, points out the Obama Administration has expanded the Bush Administration’s U.S. Patriot Act activities to include domestic surveillance by collecting business commu-
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nication records under a secretive section of the U.S. Patriot Act, using highly classified court orders. Just the idea of secret courts in this country should send shivers up any American’s spine; to know your cell phone records are now fair game adds to that chill. Toss in the use of domestic drones and access to social networking accounts, and the government has a pretty good look at who you are, what you are doing and with whom. That is scary if one cherishes the traditional ideals of American society, embodied in the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution. Those documents champion individual’s rights and at the same time place limits on government. But 9/11 changed the game ... forever. We will never be the same country we were prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The terrorists made us change in ways that have not all been positive. The U.S. Patriot Act, and its clandestine, secretive activities, is one example. The other has been a complacency that we are somehow better off now that we have given up some of our individual rights for the good of the country. Are we better off? What may be even scarier is what the government has not told us. What other clandestine domestic spying is going on that we do not know about yet? — R.G.
Death of another of town’s ‘characters’
Glencoe lost one of its characters last week with the death of Curt Rutske, former Glencoe City Council member, former mayor, a DFL activistist, and someone who had an opinion of most things and was not bashful in sharing them. I had chatted with Curt in recent months, and it was obvious he was not feeling well. He was not himself, physically. But his razor-sharp wit and wry sense of humor had not diminished one iota. But I was still shocked with the news of his death on May 31 at the age of 78. Curt was one of those people you remember, even years Curt Rutske later. I recall first meeting Curt during his tenure as a Glencoe City Council member. He was feisty, abrupt at times and usually combative. That did not change when he traded a City Council seat for the mayor’s gavel. At the time, his main antagonist was Gary Ballard, who also was a member of City Council. To say tensions were high at times was an understatement when those two volatile personalities clashed. One memorable moment came when these two retirees went noseto-nose in the hallway of old city hall after a meeting. Both threatening to punch the other in the nose. At their ages, words were mightier the routine at Glencoe City Council meetings today. Curt also was one of the few familiar faces of the McLeod County DFL Party, teaming with Marv Rothfusz, Dr. Don Rudy and Al Huff as the mainstays from the Glencoe area. It was an uphill battle in this largely Republican county, but they stayed true to their cause. Curt and I had numerous discussions about politics over the years; often we disagreed, but were never disagreeable. But Curt had a way of getting a jab in without leaving a mark; often times I didn’t understand I had been jabbed until he had walked away. But I didn’t mind. It was Curt’s style. Having been at the helm of The Chronicle for nearly 22 years, I have seen some “characters” in covering news in this area. Curt was one of those characters. He will be missed, especially by me. He was quotable, and an effective leader, instigator and agitator in his time on City Council and in other political frays. But his obituary may say it best: “In retirement, Curt decided to become a woodworker. Over the years, he purchased many tools and machines. He became very skilled at making sawdust. At least he did retain all his fingers!” Wry humor to the end. In this often staid world of local politics where “let’s not rock the boat” is preferred, Curt was different. He was a character, who spoke his mind, like it or not. I appreciated his candor, whether I was being jabbed or not.
Rich Glennie
than the fist, and the physical fight never happened. The verbal sparring continued, however. Both had passions for their positions, and backing down was not in either’s vocabulary. Another memorable showdown came between Curt, as mayor, and the City Council’s resident gadfly at the time, the late Melvin “Sarge” Hammerstrom. Sarge was persistent to put it mildly. He insisted Glencoe City Council meetings begin not only with the Pledge of Allegiance, but with a prayer, too. Sarge, a self-proclaimed pharisee, was a World War II veteran who felt the nation needed to return to its roots, and prayer was the way to thank the good Lord for all this nation possessed. Curt, a state employee with Minnesota Jobs Service, was equally adamant that prayer had no place at a public meeting. The row went on for quite some time, before City Council finally compromised and approved a moment of silence to be held after the Pledge to placate Sarge. It remains
Letters to Editor City Council setting precedence for street repair assessments
To the Editor: Further comments regarding Glencoe City Council’s inept lack of reasoning reflecting street repair costs to city residents. I watched from home the City Council’s attempt to pacify those people present at the public hearing regarding assessments of their properties for street repairs. In disgust, I went down to the council chambers recalling nearly 50 years of never, ever assessing property owners for street repairs! Think about it: the property owners, in most cases, use the street past their property probably less than 2 percent, while 98 percent of the street’s use is by others, so why should you be responsible for any part of the street repairs? Is this new assessment program resulting from lack of setting aside monies in a street fund? We would have plenty of available funds if the city wasn’t spending over $183,000 each year to pay for City Center costs and losses. And, if the city would recognize the savings of $400,000 a year that could be set aside if we hired the county for our (police) patrol. Now they have another large expense, expanding the liquor store which, no doubt, will suck over $40,000 per year from its 10-year profits (payments less the increase in revenues). Those who propose and supported the City Center should step forward and pay for this huge burden, not us taxpayers who opposed it, but are obligated to pay. Remember, it was undemocratic how this project was railroaded through, not respecting a petition for a vote and using taxpayers’ DEED (state) monies to make a preset donation goal. Luckily, some other expensive projects like the $4 million community center and $22 million jail were stopped regardless of the Council’s approval. We have another one to stop, and that’s the $2 million, three-block Morningside extension. The city’s $500,000 share could be spent more wisely — like on street repairs! The city also violated the county solid waste ordinance! How can we trust their judgment? Gary Ballard Glencoe
Letters to Editor Disappointed at Gruenhagen’s vote on bonding bill
To the Editor: With the 2013 legislative session over, Minnesota took a major hit when Republican House representatives voted against a bonding bill that would have been a major step towards growth and rejuvenation in Minnesota. The bill would have provided jobs across the state through construction projects, most notably the restoring of our treasured state landmark: the Capitol. Along with creating jobs for Minnesotans, the bill would have invested in education and the future of our youth by providing necessary funding to the University of Minnesota and Minnesota state colleges and universities. Investing in education is crucial in growing our economy with the future workers of Minnesota. I am disappointed with Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen in his vote against this bill. Besides voting to not create jobs for Minnesotans, Rep. Gruenhagen has also voted against increasing funding for the safety of our railroad tracks. We cannot afford the lack of solutions Rep. Gruenhagen is providing to create jobs, invest in education, and build a better Minnesota. Pat Tanchin Stewart
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Safe disposal of needles, meds
We receive numerous calls relative to safe disposal for needles and syringes. It’s important to manage and dispose of needles and syringes (sharps) safety to prevent injury and disease transmission from needlesticks. Proper disposal of used syringes (sharps) is a critical issue and they should not be put in the recycle bin; they are not recyclable. The storage or destruction of sharps begins at home. There are several recommended methods available to homeowners. • Check with your local pharmacy, clinic or hospital. • Home needle-destructive devices that either incinerate needles or clip needles. • Mail-back programs. In Minnesota, it is currently legal to put used sharps in a laundry detergent bottle with a lid into the garbage. Do not fill the bottle no more than half to three-quarters full, to avoid the bottle from bursting in the waste compactor. Do not throw loose sharps into the trash or recycle bin! For more information, check the following sources: • FDA website at: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/For PatientAdvocates/ucm279273 .htm.
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Solid Waste Notes
By Ed Homan • “Needles and Other Sharps” (safe disposal of outside of health care settings). • “Improper Disregard Sharps Can Be Dangerous.” • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) http://www. health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/ dtopics/stds/mnpharmacy.htm l#disposal. • McLeod County Public Health: http://www.co. mcleod.mn.us/department_fil es/PubilcHealth/Sharps%20fa ct%20sheet.pdf. • Local garbage hauler. ***** We also receive calls relative to “how or where can I dispose of medications? McLeod County has a Medication Safety Program that provides for safe disposal of unneeded medications. The “Take It To The Box” program is available for all residents at the following locations: • McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, 801 E. 10th St., Glencoe. • Hutchinson Police Department, 10 Franklin St. S., Hutchinson. • Winsted Police Department, 201 First St. N. Acceptable items: • Any prescription and over-the-counter medications with no questions asked. Non-acceptable items: • No syringes, needles or sharps. • Other household chemicals, glues, or paints are not acceptable but can be disposed of at the McLeod County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 1056 Fifth Ave. SE, Hutchinson. For more information search or contact: mcleod meda@yahoo.com 320-8641390 or MEADA on Facebook or mcleod.solid waste@co.mcleod.mn.us; 320-484-4300; or McLeod County Solid Waste on Facebook.
Letters to Editor Fly the flag during National Flag Week
To the Editor: Thirteen red and white stripes waving freely in the wind, proudly guarding that field of blue with its 50 familiar white stars. Those bright stars and bold stripes have stood for more than 200 years as symbols of the deeply held beliefs that have made and kept our country strong and free. Displaying the flag is the priviledge of every citizen of this country. The week of June 14 is designated National Flag Week. During National Flag Week, the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. The flag also should be displayed on all government buildings. Virginia Adams Americanism chairperson Glencoe VFW Ladies Auxiliary to Post 5102
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By Rich Glennie Editor It took two votes Monday night before the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board, minus two members, approved most of the recommendations for staff changes the 2013-14 school year. Those changes include an addition of a sixth section of first grade; integrated use of iPads for the fifth and sixth graders at Lakeside; reduction of ,10 full-time equivalent in social studies, .14 science and .05 in family and consumer science positions at the high school; an expanded intensive care unit (ICU) in the ninth grade to help struggling students; and a reduction of five kindergarten paraprofessional positions at Helen Baker. What was not approved was a second Response to Intervention (RiT) specialist to be shared with the high school. Board member Kevin Kuester led the opposition to adding another RiT position. He said after listening to a presentation in May, “I’m not convinced it is making a difference in test scores.” Kuester said the person does not interact directly with students, and it was like adding “another numbers cruncher. We need people who actually interact with students.” But Michelle Wang, assistant elementary principal, said because the person’s duties are split between buildings, it is difficult to interact with students. Rather the RiT person works with teachers on how to do interventions inside and outside the classrooms. Superintendent Chris Sonju said the aim is to expand that ability to the secondary level, where there is no person in place to work with teachers. But Kuester said that will only create a second RiT person who does not have time to interact with students. Board member Donna VonBerge agreed. “We’ll now have two people who have no time with kids.” But Sonju said a need has been identified, “and we can afford it. That’s my recommendation.” Paul Sparby, high school principal, said while the person may be “a numbers cruncher,” there is a need for a person to take time to work with all the data being gathered. He said the aim is to help those students who “are in no-man’s land,” and who may be in need of special education services. But to get those services requires “interventions” that this RiT position can accomplish. “There is a hole right now we don’t have filled at the (grades) 7-12 level,” Sparby said. But acting board chairman Jamie Alsleben said the RiT position has not been clearly defined enough, and a second position should not be approved until it “is figured out how best to utilize the one we have.” Asked if there was a need to decide at the meeting, Sonju said it could be pushed off a month, but that pushes off the hiring process, too. A motion to accept all of Sonju’s recommendations was defeated 3-1. Alsleben, Kuester and VonBerge voted no. Board member Jason Lindeman voted yes. A second motion to accept all the recommendations, except the RiT specialist position, passed 4-0. In other matters, the School Board: • Approved a new two-year contract with Local 284 (instructional, clerical, health paraprofessionals and office secretaries), effective July 1. The first year total package increase is 2.43 percent, the second is 2.85 percent and the total is 5.28 percent. • Approved a March 2014 band/choir trip to St. Louis, Mo., and Memphis, Tenn., for up to 80 students, eight adult chaperones and music instructors Peter Gepson and Randi Erlandson. The trip will be financed by the students through student fundraising efforts, and it is estimated the cost will be about $500 per student. The trip will coincide with spring break in 2014. • Approved unrequested leave for the .10 full-time equivalent portion of Brea Wilblemo’s social studies position. • Approved an increase in meal prices for the school lunch program for 2013-14. The increase is 10 cents for K-6 to $2.20; for grades 7-12, $2.40; and $3.40 for adults. The free breakfast program will continue, while milk prices remain the same at 40 cents; kindergarten milk remains at $11 a year; and grades 1-6 milk costs remain at $25 a half year and $50 for a full year. The only other change is for the snack cart, which increases $2 to $29 a half year and $58 a whole year at the grades 1-6 level. • Approved a revised 201213 budget with general fund revenues at $15.5 million and expenditures at nearly $16.2 million. The changes from earlier in the year reflect an enrollment decline. The board also approved a preliminary budget for 201314 of $15.5 million in general fund revenues and nearly $16.5 million in expenses. Food service revenues are estimated at $963,006 with expenses at $962,325. Community service revenues are estimated at $706,418 with expenses at $755,235. Debt service is at $540,750. That debt is for the former McLeod West School District bonds. 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Brownton Council approves bid, bond rate for natural gas work
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Bids and bond interest rates on Brownton’s proposed municipal natural gas utility came in higher than expected, but the City Council is pressing on with the project, which has an expected start date of Monday, June 17. The City Council approved several agreements, the bid and the general revenue bond at its June 4 meeting. John Rodeberg of Short, Elliott, Hendrickson, Inc., (SEH), presented a tabulation of the bids received for the citywide municipal natural gas system at the meeting. Two bids were received, with the lower of the two from Michels Corporation of Brownsville, Wis., in the amount of $1.057 million. The engineer’s estimate for the installation of the equipment and line was $919,300. Rodeberg noted that the bids are for installation only, as the city is buying the materials — in the amount of $227,000 — directly through Hutchinson Utilities, which will help manage the system and billing. The other bid for the installation work was from InfraSource Construction of Ypsilanti, Mich., in the amount of $1.260 million. Mayor Jay Werner asked if the city could still afford the project with the higher-thanexpected bid results. “As you recall, we built in a contingency just in case the bids were higher than we thought,” said Rodeberg. City voters passed a $1.9 million general obligation bond for the project in March, about $200,000 higher than the anticipated $1.7 million total cost of the project, including materials, installation, engineering and other fees. Rodeberg said the project remains well within the $1.9 million approved by voters. David Drown of David Drown and Associates, the city’s financial consultant, also was at the meeting to present the results of the bond sale. Drown noted that the city’s bond rating had dropped from “A-Plus” to “A,” primarily because it had spent down its reserves. But that had little effect on the interest rates proposed on the bond, said Drown. “That maybe cost you a tenth of 1 percent in interest,” said Drown. However, Drown said, interest rates are ticking upward, and the bond’s interest will be 3.4 percent. The lowest of four bids received was from United Bankers Bank. “Six weeks ago, we would have expected interest to come in at about 2.8 percent,” said Drown. “But interest rates are going up, and we don’t expect them to come down any time soon.” The 3.4 percent interest rate will cost the city about another $7,000 to $8,000 a year in interest, “but you still have a very feasible project,” said Drown. Rodeberg said construction will start on June 17 with a “border station,” which is expected to be completed by Aug. 1. Connections to residences will begin in mid-August, and should be completed by mid-November. Rodeberg said the work will be done in such a way that certain areas of the city can be “energized” as work is being done in other parts of the city.
Deb’s Hair & Tanning gains new owner: Bjur takes over
By Lori Copler Staff Writer t almost seems like fate that Nancy Bjur became the new owner of Deb’s Hair & Tanning Emporium in Brownton. Bjur said she never really pictured herself as a business owner, but “the timing just worked out” for buying the hair and tanning salon located on Brownton’s main business street, on the corner of Division Street and Fourth Avenue North. Bjur, a native and resident of Litchfield, worked part time for former owner Deb Rosenau, whom she met in Litchfield. Besides working part time for Rosenau, Bjur filled in when Rosenau was out for several weeks after surgery. “I got to know the town and the clients,” said Bjur. When Rosenau announced that she was putting the business up for sale, Bjur still didn’t think of buying it herself. But a day or two after Rosenau made the announcement, an inheritance came through for Bjur, and she decided to make the leap. Another omen or sign of fate — Bjur took over the business on May 14, her birthday. ***** Bjur earned a four-year degree after high school, and worked awhile in camp ministry. She then attended Regency Beauty Institute, getting trained in the business. This is her third year as a stylist, Bjur said. Always interested in arts and crafts, Bjur said that being a hair stylist gives her an “opportunity to cut, color and sculpt.” And, Bjur added, there is always variety. “Every day is different.” In her few short weeks at the beauty shop, Bjur has been kept busy with customers, organizing and cleaning. Eventually, she said, she will change the name of the business and add more retail products, but she is keeping the same phone number (320328-4437), offering the same services, and will honor any existing packages. The shop will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and she hopes to expand hours as the business grows and she becomes less reliant on other employment. Bjur said she enjoys sewing and crocheting in her spare time.
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Bike-a-thon raises $2,660
Thirteen children participated in the Brownton Fire Department bike-a-thon in May, raising a net profit of $2,660, which will be used to purchase positive-pressure ventilation fans. After pledges were collected, prizes for those who raised the most money in each category were awarded. From left to right are Ethan Berge, second place, kindergarten and first grade; Max Hansch, first place, kindergarten and first grade; Michael Headlee, first place, second and third grade; Cadance Knick, second place, second and third grade; Jessica Headlee, first place, fourth through sixth grade; and Jasmine Knick, second place, fourth through sixth grade. The first-place winners received new bicycles; the second-place winners earned gift cards. Prizes were donated by the Brownton Lions Club.
Chronicle photo by Lori Copler
Stewart City Council sets assessment hearing for Hall Street improvements
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The Stewart City Council set an assessment hearing for its “Part B” street and utility project for Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m. The proposed project would continue street and utility improvements on Hall Street, which was partially improved in the 2012-13 project, east toward the former school building then north to Main Street. It also includes the surfacing of Bowman Street between Powers and the railroad tracks. Andy Kehren of Bolton & Menk, the city’s engineering firm, said a low bid of $545,645.60 was received from Holtmeier Construction, which is the general contractor for the current project. Kehren said the city can approve the bid after the assessment hearing is held. The City Council voted to order a final assessment roll to be presented at the public hearing. In regard to the current project, Kehren said work has “been slowed down a little because of the rain.” The current goal is to complete back-filling behind the curbs this week, and, hopefully, pave next week. “It should be done before the summer festival,” said Kehren. Council Member Jim Eitel expressed concern about the lack of work being done on the project, noting that Stewartfest is just two weeks away. Eitel said he felt some work could have been done even with the recent rains. Eitel also asked about some “soft spots” in the road that he asserted were caused by using wet gravel before the blacktop was put on. Eitel said those areas need to be fixed. “They aren’t going to get any better,” he said. Later in the meeting, Maintenance Supervisor Matt Maiers suggested withholding $3,545 of a partial payment request, which is slated for storm water work, because there had been “some ponding” during recent rains. Maiers said that issue also needs to be addressed. The City Council approved the rest of the payment request. In other business Monday, the City Council: • Discussed several potential improvements at the softball/baseball park, including adding playground equipment, crushed red rock for the warning track on the field plus around the concession stand, new picnic tables, an additional port-a-potty for the rest of the season, a portable pitching mound for baseball and a possible batting cage. Maiers suggested moving some of the playground equipment from the city park to the softball field, but noted that the city should first check with the Steve Kuttner family, who donated the equipment. Moving the equipment, he said, would free up space for an additional sand volleyball court in the city park. Most of the proposed improvements are contingent on funding from the Stewart Lions Club. The City Council also tabled discussion on the proposed batting cage until it could get more information. • Approved replacing the sidewalk in front of the Stewart Community Center from the alley all the way to Main Street. • Passed several items pertaining to Stewartfest, including establishing a new parade route around the construction area, requesting funds from the Lions for fireworks, dram shop insurance and a temporary liquor license for the fire relief association for beer sales, and a one-day special event liquor license for Cactus Jack’s II. • Added two new First Responders; Adam Schaufler, who is already certified, and Abby Markgraf, who will be trained this fall. • Appointed Eitel to discuss the possible placement of “welcome” signs with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. • Agreed to have Maiers check into possible improvements to Martha Street between Prior Street and Herbert Street. • Agreed to allow the fire department to purchase grain bin rescue equipment with a donation it received from South Central Grain & Energy, in the amount of $1,425. • Heard that four new firefighters recently completed their training — Mike Knox, Josh Albrecht, Henry Maiers and Ben Schlueter.
Nancy Bjur of Litchfield bought Deb’s Hair & Tanning Emporium in Brownton, taking over the business on May 14, her birthday.
The bike-a-thon fundraiser, hosted by the Brownton Fire Department, was a huge success!
A sincere thank you to the Brownton Lions Club for donating the 3 bikes that were given as prizes, the Brownton Police Department for their help with traffic control, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for approving supplemental funds, the families and friends who donated pledges to the participants, and the kids who participated in the event!
Deb Rosenau, former owner of Deb’s Hair & Tanning Emporium, would like to thank you for being a valued and loyal customer of my business for the past 35 years. I have always appreciated and enjoyed your family hair care needs and also want to thank you for referring so many new customers to me. As you can imagine, I simply could not do what I do or be as successful as I have been were it not for customers like you. The small town atmosphere in Brownton was a great place to raise our family. I look forward to seeing you in the future. I am practicing hair and nail care at
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20 Brownton seniors met on Monday
Big Hitter Golf Classic set July 12
The 10th annual Big Hitter Golf Classic will be held Friday, July 12, at the Glencoe Country Club. The event is sponsored by the Glencoe Chamber of Commerce and benefits the chamber’s Glencoe-Silver Lake scholarship fund. For more information, contact Myranda VanDamme at the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce at 320-864-3650 or www.glencoemn.org.
Twenty Brownton senior citizens met Monday, June 10, at the community center. Cards were played after the meeting with the following winners: 500, Carol Brelje, first, and Eleanora Lamp, second; pinochle, Della Schultz, first, and Betty Katzenmeyer, second; and sheephead, Lil Lindeman, first, and Pearl Streu, second. Lil Lindeman served refreshments. Jerome Ewert won the door prize. The next meeting will be Monday, June 17, at 1 p.m. All area senior citizens are welcome.
Thurs., June 13 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info. Mon., June 17 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, Brownton Community Center, 1 p.m.; Brownton Lions; Stewart American Legion Post 125 & Auxililary, 7 p.m. Tues., June 18— Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m.; Brownton Legion; McLeod County Thrivent Chapter summer picnic, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Hutchinson, 6 p.m., R.S.V.P. to 320-238-2148. Thurs., June 20 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; Stewart Lions.
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Attorney seeks more for homeowners in flood-prone area
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Glencoe attorney Scott Nokes pleaded for more money for Brownton residents affected by a flood mitigation plan at the Brownton City Council’s June 4 meeting. The city has received matching grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that is to be used for buying and removing up to eight homes in the flood-prone northwest quadrant of the city. One of the eight homeowners accepted the city’s offer of 75 percent of the 2012 assessed value of the home, as determined by the county assessor’s office. Nokes said he is representing some, but not all, of the remaining seven home owners. Nokes argued that it isn’t feasible for home owners to accept the 75 percent of assessed value offer, because they owe more than that on their homes. Nokes said that the county’s assessed value isn’t necessarily a fair market value. He said the national “economy is starting to improve a bit, and property values are ticking up.” Nokes argued that the fairest way to determine a fair market value is through independent appraisals of each property. Mayor Jay Werner asked who would pay for the appraisals. “It could be shared by the city and the property owners,” responded Nokes. “That may be the fairest way to go.” Werner said that the offer was based on the amount of the grant offered by the DNR. If the city exceeds that amount, it will need to come up with the money from somewhere else, Werner indicated. “We’re offering what we can afford, and what we can get reimbursed for,” said Werner. “We would love to give 100 percent (of the home value), but we don’t have the money,” agreed Council Member Chuck Warner. “If you could show us where that pot of gold is…we have to draw the line in the sand somewhere.” John Rodeberg of SEH, Inc., the city’s engineering firm, said that the flood mitigation program is a “shared risk” program, in which the city would finance about $140,000 and the home owners about $115,000. Rodeberg also said the program is voluntary, not “forced.” But Nokes argued that the city has indicated that while it will provide homeowners with sand bags to protect their homes, it will not provide help for filling the bags or building temporary levees, as it has in the past. That has been perceived as a threat, said Nokes. But Rodeberg said that most cities — including Glencoe and Hutchinson — do the same, and Fargo is proposing such a flood response. The problem, Rodeberg said, is that there is no guarantee that communities will get reimbursement from federal and state agencies for flood protection efforts. Building temporary levees is an up-front, unplanned for cost that may or may not be reimbursed. Lori Oelfke, who owns a rental home in the north part of town, said she has made significant improvements to the home. “If we had known you were going to do this, we never would have invested that much,” said Oelfke. Council Member Brian Dressel said that the city hasn’t been working on flood mitigation “for four to five years.” The City Council began looking for a permanent flood solution after the spring of 2011, during which it spent well over $100,000 to construct a temporary levee to protect property in the flood-prone area, Dressel said. Council Member Norman Schwarze agreed, saying that the flood threat has been getting worse each year as more farmland is tiled, and more property is developed. Nokes then suggested reducing the scale of the flood area, taking out the homes least likely to flood, and “focus on the homes at the lower elevations.” Rodeberg said that is a possibility, but one that would need to be explored with the DNR, which approved the grant. In other business June 4, the City Council: • Approved a variance for Darrel Gens, who is building a new garage to replace an existing garage, and was seeking a reduction in the required setback. • Agreed to have a dedication program for the new Brownton Area Civic Center during the all-school reunion on Aug. 11 at 1 p.m.

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The annual three-day Stewartfest celebration will get under way Friday, June 21, at the Stewart City Park. Kids games will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the Stewart Lions Club will serve hamburgers and free sweet corn from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The first clue of the annual medallion hunt will be posted at 5 p.m. A $250 prize for the medallion’s finder has been donated by First Minnesota Bank. DJ Mark Hamm will provide music in the park starting at 6 p.m., and the Stewart Fire Department will host its annual water ball tournament. Fire departments interested in participating should contact Mike Hansen at 320583-1540. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. The annual softball tournament also will start at 6 p.m. at the city softball field. For more information or to register a team, call 320-848-2857. The Backroads Band will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There is no cover charge. Fireworks will start at 10 p.m. Citywide garage sales start Saturday at 8 a.m. The softball tournament and medallion hunt also resume at 8 a.m. The antique tractor pull is slated for Saturday at noon, with weigh-ins starting at 9 a.m. The Stewart Lions Club will host Bingo for all ages starting at 2 p.m. in the Community Center. Kids inflatable rides will be available from noon to 8 p.m., kids games will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and there will be clowns, balloons and more from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A beer pong tournament starts at 4 p.m., with registration at 3:30 p.m. Hamm will perform again from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed by street dance sponsored by the Stewart Fire Department, with music by Starscream, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday kicks off at 8 a.m. with the continuation of the softball tournament and medallion hunt. A community worship service is slated for 9 a.m. at the Stewart Community Center, and there will be a community pancake breakfast at the fire hall starting at 9 a.m. The Stewart Lions Club’s pedal-tractor pull gets under way at 10:30 a.m. The grand day parade starts at 1 p.m. Those wishing to enter units in the parade should call 320-562-2115. South Central Grain will sponsor free watermelon in the park following the parade. The Stewart Lions Club will sponsor the Minn-ERod Pull starting at 2:30 p.m. Kids games will resume at the Community Center from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of food vendors will be available all weekend. For more, visit www. stewartfest.com.
Bromley — Bun
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Area students on NDSU list
FARGO — Several area students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at North Dakota State University. Included on the list were Kallie Brueggemeier, Arlington, nursing major; Kelly Jahnke, Brownton, nursing major; Logan Miller, Brownton, agricultural systems biology major; and Erika Meyer, Glencoe, nursing major.
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Kohouts announce birth
Jeremy and Kristin Kohout of Glencoe announce the birth of their daughter, Brook Evelyn, on May 31, 2013, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Brook weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19-3/4 inches long. She joins a sister, Emma. Grandparents are Deb Walford, Mark and Joan Walford and Dave and Deb Kohout, all of Glencoe. Great-grandparents are Robert and Evelyn Hendrickson of Bismarck, N.D., Stanley and Kay Walford of Brooklyn, Iowa, Marlene Kohout and the late Don Kohout of Olivia, and Arnie and Velma Schweiss and the late Hilda Schweiss of New Ulm.
Lucht named to dean’s list
Area dairy producers named in state’s top 100
Tim Albrecht and Rick and Sarah Heuer, all of McLeod County, were named as two of the top 100 Minnesota dairy farms demonstrating superior dairy herd management skills as measured by their cows’ low somatic cell count (SCC) average. Both farms process their milk with First District Association. In honor of June Dairy Month, Minnesota Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Dave Frederickson released the annual Top 100 list. According to Margaret Hart, MDA communications coordinator, the MDA and the University of Minnesota have been working with the state’s dairy farmers for the past decade to reduce somatic cell counts and as a result, the average SCC level has dropped significantly. Somatic cell count is a key indicator of milk quality – a lower SCC count is better for cheese production and a longer shelf life, Hart said. Although somatic cells occur naturally and are not a food-safety concern, dairy farmers monitor them because processors will pay a premium for milk with low counts, Hart said. A farmer whose herd has a very low count can receive significantly more per hundredweight compared to a farmer whose herd average is high. When the initiative began in 2003, the SCC levels on the Top 100 list were as high as 144,000 compared to an SCC of 100,000 or below in 2012. Nineteen Minnesota dairies have been on the Top 100 list in at least eight out of the past 10 years. The farmers making the Top 100 list receive a certificate of congratulations signed by Commissioner Frederickson.
Augustana College of Sioux Falls, S.D., announced that Jolene Lucht of Glencoe has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2012-13 academic year.
Daughter born on June 3
Jacki Sommers and Joe Stroklund of Hutchinson announce the birth of their daughter, Trinity Jo-Lee Stroklund, on June 3, 2013, at Hutchinson Health. Trinity weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20-1/2 inches in length. Her older siblings are Carlina and Destiny. Grandparents are Les and Sherie Stroklund of Silver Lake, Vicki Rusch of Aurora and Dave Sommers of Lino Lakes.
St. Cloud announces honors
Saint Cloud State University named the following area students to its 2013 spring semester dean’s list: Brownton: Liana Mickolichek; Glencoe: Jonathan Boesche, Jacob Burr, Brian Dose, Daniel Witte and Courtney Woods; and Lester Prairie: Bethany Briggs.
St. Mary’s spring graduates
Jessika Lukes, daughter of Frederick and Josephine Lukes of Lester Prairie, was named to the 2013 spring graduates list at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
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Calvin ‘Kelly’ West, 85, of Brownton Obituaries Curtis Lowell Rutske, 78, of Glencoe
Funeral services for Curtis “Curt” Lowell Rutske, 78, of Glencoe, were held Thursday, June 6, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The Rev. R o n a l d Mathison officiated. M r . Rutske died Friday, May 31, 2013, at G l e n c o e Curtis Rutske Regional Health Services. The organist was Dawn Wolter. The duet of Randy and Kay Wilson sang “Come to Jesus” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” The congregational hymn was “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Honorary pallbearers were Pete Rutske, Bob Rutske, Tom Rutske and Perry Schauer. Pallbearers were Stephen Sipprell, Hannah Sipprell, Ruth Aune, Katherine Aune, Sean Byrne and Brian Lenker. Interment was in the church cemetery. Mr. Rutske was born on May 5, 1935, in Glencoe, the youngest of four children born to Harold and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Arlt) Rutske. He was baptized as an infant on June 19, 1935, and confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 10, 1949, both by the Rev. Alf Streufert at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. He was a lifetime member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Mr. Rutske received his education in Glencoe and was a graduate of the Glencoe High School class of 1953. He furthered his education by attending Mankato State University, receiving his bachelor of arts and master’s degrees in political science. Mr. Rutske taught for four years. Later, he was employed by the Minnesota Job Service at Hopkins and Hutchinson for 29 years, with most of those years serving as the supervisor in Hutchinson. After retiring from state employment in 1998, he volunteered at Helen Baker School for 10 years. He also was a volunteer instructor for AARP 55 Alive driver safety for 10 years, as well as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels for about 10 years. Mr. Rutske was involved in local government and served in several positions in Glencoe. He served four years on the Glencoe City Council and was elected mayor for six years. He also was a member of the Glencoe Charter Commission and served many years on the chamber’s Economic Development Committee. Mr. Rutske was the chairman of the McLeod DFL Party for years and was treasurer for over 30 years. He supported the DFL party and could not say “no” to them on the phone or by mail for donations for his political party or the many charities that he supported. They seemed to call and mail requests once a week! In retirement, Mr. Rutske decided to become a woodworker. Over the years he purchased many tools and machines. He became very skilled at making sawdust. At least he did retain all of his fingers! Survivors include his partner since 1966, Arlene Torgerson of Glencoe; her children, Stephanie Sipprell of Eden Prairie and Anne (Les) Aune of Rosemount; her grandchildren, Stephen and Hannah Sipprell, Sean Byrne, and Ruth and Katherine Aune; his siblings, LeRoy (Lorraine) Rutske, Delbert (Ida) Rutske, Gloria (Ervin) Schauer and John Rutske; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Harold and Wilhelmina “Minnie” Rutske. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge .com. Click on obituaries/ guest book. A memorial service for Calvin “Kelly” Deane West, 85, of Brownton, was held Thursday, June 6, at the Congregational Church in Brownton. The Rev. B a r r y Marchant officiated. Mr. West died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Abbott Northw e s t e r n Calvin West Hospital in Minneapolis. The organist was Eunice Warner, and soloist Kristen Hansch sang “Amazing Grace” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” Congregational hymns were “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Just As I Am.” Urn bearers were Todd and Leah Frauendienst. Honorary bearers were the Brownton Fire Department Honor Guard. Military honors were provided by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Brownton. Mr. West was born on Jan. 24, 1928, in Brownton, to Eugene and Elnora (Mielke) West. He was baptized as an infant on April 1, 1928, and confirmed in 1943 at the Brownton Congregational Church, where he was a lifetime member. He attended public school in Brownton, where he graduated from high school in 1946. He had the distinct honor of being a member of Brownton’s first Minnesota State High School Basketball tournament team in 1944. Mr. West entered active military service in the U.S. Army in 1950, during the Korean conflict, and was honorably discharged in 1952. Mr. West was united in marriage to Eileen Witthus on Dec. 26, 1958, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church parsonage in Glencoe. They celebrated 54 years of marriage this past year. The Wests were blessed with two children, Gregg and Brenda. Mr. West worked with his father, Eugene, in the family owned “Our Own Hardware” store in Brownton until he entered active military service in 1950. Before entering the U.S. Army, he played tuba in the Wally Pikal Band and the Garnett Schlottman Band of Arlington. He worked as a substitute rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service from Oct. 19, 1955, until July 24, 1959, when he assumed full-time status until his retirement on Aug. 3, 1991. In 1963, he was elected as president of the McLeod County Rural Mail Carriers Association. Mr. West was a member of the Brownton Fire Department for 26 years, serving as treasurer for several years. He was a member of the Brownton American Legion Post 143, where he was the commander for one year. Mr. West served as secretary of the Brownton Congregational Church for many years. He was one of the founding members of the Brownton Polar Bears Snowmobile Club. Mr. West enjoyed snowmobiling, vacationing and was a car enthusiast. He treasured and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a person with a big kind heart who regularly displayed a good sense of humor. Survivors include his wife, Eileen West of Brownton; children, Gregg West of Little Canada and Brenda (Mark) Frauendienst of Hendersonville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Todd Frauendienst of Nashville, Tenn., and Leah Frauendienst of Cookeville, Tenn.; sisters-in-law, Georgia West of New Hope, Maxine Witthus of Litchfield, Glada Witthus of Ogilvie, and Verone Witthus of Glencoe; brother-in-law, Duane Schoenfelder of St. Cloud; and many other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Eugene and Elnora West; brothers, Kenneth West and Marven (in infancy); sister-in-law, Elaine Schoenfelder; and brothersin-law, Hillard Witthus, Melvin Witthus, Lavern (Boyce) Witthus and Earl Witthus. Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
Harriet Schmidt, 80, of Montgomery
Funeral services for Harriet Louise Schmidt, 80 of Montgomery, formerly of Hutchinson, were held Friday, June 7, at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. The Rev. Jon Lindekugel officiated. M r s . Schmidt died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Harriet C e n t r a l Schmidt Health Care in Le Center. The organist was Bev Wangerin, and soloist Lawrence Biermann sang “In the Garden” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “Just As I Am, Without One Plea.” Pallbearers were Paul Schmidt, Gary Schmidt, Roger Schmidt, David Schmidt, Bruce Schmidt and Dale Schmidt. Honorary pallbearers were Sara Wegner, Trent Wegner, Karen J. Schmidt, LuAnn Schmidt, Karen L. Schmidt, Barbara Schmidt, David Uecker and Julie Uecker. Interment was in the High Island Cemetery in New Auburn. Harriet Louise Dibb was born May 1, 1933, in Glencoe, to Harry and Louise (Wenholz) Dibb. She was baptized as an infant on June 4, 1933, in Glencoe, by the Rev. Kolbe, and confirmed in her faith as a youth on March 30, 1947, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. She received her education at District 44 in Hutchinson and was a graduate of the Hutchinson High School class of 1951. On Oct. 21, 1951, Harriet Dibb was united in marriage to LeRoy Allan Schmidt at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. This marriage was blessed with seven children, Paul, Gary, Roger, David, Bruce, Sara and Dale. The Schmidts resided in Hutchinson and wintered in Scottsdale, Ariz., before moving to Montgomery in 1994. They shared 61 years of marriage. In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Mrs. Schmidt held employment as a cook at Mayer Lutheran High School in Mayer, at Hutchinson Community Hospital and the Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson. She was a former member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, where she was a member of the Dorcas Club, a former member of Our Savior ’s Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid, and most recently was a member of Christ The King Lutheran Church. Mrs. Schmidt enjoyed writing letters and had many pen pals. She was featured in newspapers many times for her pen pal correspondence. She also enjoyed cooking and visiting with people. She especially enjoyed the time she spent with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her husband, LeRoy Schmidt of Montgomery; children, Paul Schmidt of Montgomery, Gary (Karen) Schmidt of Robbinsdale, Roger (LuAnn) Schmidt of Glencoe, David (Karen) Schmidt of New Germany, Bruce (Barbara) Schmidt of Buffalo, Sara (Trent) Wegner of Hutchinson, and Dale Schmidt of Shakopee; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Barbara (Anthony) Askew of Santa Barbara, Calif.; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Harry and Louise Dibb. Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/death notices.
John Gilbert Rusten, 73, of Glencoe
Funeral services for John Gilbert Rusten, 73, of Glencoe and formerly of Madelia, were held Saturday, June 8, at the Church of Christ in Madelia. The Rev. Brad Kuebler officiated. Mr. Rusten died June 5, 2013, at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Interment was in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Madelia. Mr. Rusten, the son of Gilbert “Gib” and Helen (Ellingsberg) Rusten, was born on June 20, 1939, in Madelia. He graduated from Madelia High School and continued his education at Dunwoody Institute. He was united in marriage
Thank You! The family of Russell Petersen would like to thank everyone that sent cards, flowers, memorials and donations. Losing both our parents in a short time has been difficult and the ongoing support of family, friends and neighbors has helped us deal with our loss. A special thank you to those we were unable to contact personally to express our gratitude. We would also like to thank First Congregational Church, Rev. Lindsay Collins and everyone who helped at the luncheon and brought food. Our sincere appreciation to McBride Funeral Chapel, expecially David, who assisted us on both occasions with compassion and efficiency. Everyone’s generosity will be fondly remembered. Andy & Sue Petersen Katie & Rick Scrimegeour Sue & Bill Brickzen John & Beth Petersen & Grandchildren *23Cj
to Karen Dorothy on July 28, 1961, in Madelia. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, William and Robert. Mr. Rusten worked as a mechanical draftsman. During his career he was employed at Beloit Corporation in Beloit, Wis., Waconia Manufacturing and Sanborn Air Compressors (now called Coleman Powermate). Mr. Rusten enjoyed car shows, antiquing, old west history, watching the Vikings, NASCAR, reading Louis L’Amour western novels and researching family history. He treasured time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He is survived by his
beloved wife, Karen, of 51 years; sons, William Rusten and Robert (Theresa) Rusten, both of Glencoe; grandchildren, Tiffany, Rachel and Jakob; sister, Ruth, of Madelia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Kathleen and Bob Row of Bedford, Ind., and Denise and Brad Kuebler of St. James; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding him in death were his parents and sister, Alice (Richard) Rader. Arrangements were with the Sturm Funeral Home, Pilgrim Chapel in Madelia. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturm fh.com.
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We would like to thank all the staff at GRHS for their quick response in Curt’s time of need. We are grateful to Dr. Fritch and all the nurses and staff at GRHS for their assistance and kindness to us. Thank you Dave and your staff at the JohnsonMcBride Funeral Home for your comfort and help. A thank you to Pastor Mathison and organist Dawn Wolter for conducting the service and to Kay and Randy Wilson who uplifted us all with their beautiful voices. We appreciate the ladies of the LWML who served so well when needed. Thank you all for your condolences with visits, food, cards, flowers, memorials and prayers. Sincerely, Curt Rutske’s family, Arlene Torgerson & family
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he Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod has their large National LCMS Youth Gathering every three years. This summer (July 1-5) will be the next one. I always kind of chuckle because they choose the hottest places EVER to host the Gathering. For instance, the last few locations have been: Orlando, Orlando, and New Orleans. This summer it will be hosted in San Antonio, TX. Another hot locale. However, 25,000 youth from around the country are set to head there in the coming weeks. The delivery of religious education services already looks much different than just a few years ago. Generally, today people attend church activities less frequently. Other ways of connecting us to study of the Bible must be found. While it will be less of a transition for some to that heat, us good ol’ Minnesotans are in for a shock. While I can only think of a couple times in the past few months that I have sweated (and usually while playing softball), San Antonio will be different. Now all this San Antonio talk was to set up what I want to focus on this week. It’s actually the theme from the Gathering, but it has been haunting me (in a good way) for months now. The theme: LiveLove(d), takes a bold look at how adding the letter “d” to the end of “LiveLove” really does make a difference. So many organizations and groups talk about how they live love or want love for all. It almost seems like something out of the Woodstock-era at times with all the “love” talk. And, love is quite dandy and all. However, there is a drastic difference between living love and living love(d). While we will dig into the entire book of 1 John, consider this text from God’s Word this week: “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” – 1 John 4:11, NIV84 We often times get caught up in two camps: living love (and neglecting what the root of that love is) or focusing too much on the love from the root (and missing the part where we are to live it out). God’s Word is good for a multitude of things, and one of those is to challenge us, or conjure up in us action. Therefore, what things come to mind when you consider that you have been loved so much by God (John 3:16 stuff) that now you get to love others with that same unconditional love (1 John 3:16 stuff)? It almost brings me to tears consider the gaping holes in my life where I have fallen victim to original sin and the devil’s sneaky ways. So, before the weather gets too warm and someone should get all hot and bothered, soak in the love God has shown to His people and then live love towards other. God’s peace, blessing and love be upon each of you this week. And, for what it’s worth, God loves me so much that I will pass it along to you in the words of a sainted friend, “Jesus loves you, baby, and so do I!”
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Gomez, Pastor Matthew Harwell, Director of Christian Education E-mail: office@gslcglencoe.org Wed., June 12 — Worship with communion, 7 p.m.; council Bible study, 7:50 p.m.; council, 8:15 p.m. Thurs., June 13 — Circuit pastors at St. John’s, Cedar Mills, 8:30 a.m. Fri., June 14 — Schrader-Ehrke wedding rehearsal, 6 p.m. Sat., June 15 — Schrader-Ehrke wedding, 4 p.m. Sun., June 16 — Worship with new member welcome, 9 a.m.; GRHS chapel, 1 p.m.; Community Strings rehearsal, 6 p.m. Mon., June 17 — REVEAL; 30 Hour of Famine activities, 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Tues., June 18 — REVEAL; 30 Hour of Famine “Breaking the Fast,” Unhinged! Pizza, 7 p.m.; softball, 9 p.m. Wed., June 19 — Fireworks cash register, CC machine training, 6 p.m.; worship with communion, 7 p.m.; deacons, 7:45 p.m.; education, 7:45 p.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Sun., June 16 — Worship, 9 a.m. Wed., June 19 — Table Talk, 8 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: Pastor@GraceBrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Wed., June 12 — Church council meeting, 7 p.m. Thurs., June 13 — Youth group, 5:30 p.m. Sun., June 16 — Worship, 8:45 a.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., June 12 — Chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m.; deacons meeting, 7:30 p.m. Sun., June 16 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Channel 8 worship video. Wed., June 19 — Work day for Immanuel Mayer Lutheran summer sale, 8:30 a.m.-noon; chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Interim Pastor browntoncongregational.org Not available. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 300 Croyden St., Stewart Wed., June 12 — Church council, 7 p.m. Sat., June 15 — No worship. 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JOHN’S LUTHERAN 216 McLeod Ave. N., Plato Bruce Laabs, Pastor 320-238-2550 E-mail: stjlplato@embarqmail.com Wed., June 12 — Vacation Bible school, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thurs., June 13 — Bulletin deadline; vacation Bible school, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sun., June 16 — “Time of Grace” on TV Channel 9, 6:30 a.m.; worship, 9 a.m.; youth choir, 10:15 a.m. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato Bill Baldwin, Pastor www.platochurch.com Wed., June 12 — Vacation Bible school through Thursday, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Fri., June 14 — Flag Day; Plato Lions Burgers in the Park night. 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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., June 16 — Outdoor worship, 10 a.m.; fellowship follows worship. Mon.-Wed, June 17-19 — Vacation Bible school, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. 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PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner C.R. 1 and Second St. S. 77 Second Ave. S., Lester Prairie Layton Lemke, Vacancy Pastor Sun., June 16 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school and Bible study, 10:15 a.m. BETHEL LUTHERAN 77 Lincoln Ave., Lester Prairie Pastor Bethany Nelson 320-395-2125 Wed., June 12 — Council meeting, 7 p.m. Fri., June 14 — Wedding reheharsal. Sat., June 15 — Stark-Aagard wedding. Sun., June 16 — Worship with communion, 9 a.m.; fellowship, 10:30 a.m. Mon., June 17 — Bible study, 7 p.m. Wed., June 19 — Worship, 7 p.m. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. S.W., Hutchinson Rick Stapleton, Senior Pastor Adam Krumrie, Worship Pastor Tami Smithee, Student Ministries 320-587-2668 / Fax 320-587-4290 www.shalombaptist.org Sun., June 16 — Worship, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
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The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, page 10
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He called the health care exchanges being set up in Minnesota as a way of punishing productive Minnesotans while swelling the ranks of those dependent on government. Gruenhagen pointed to two new state Medicaid requirements of the federal health care plan — there will not be an asset test or limit for applicants seeking Medicaid, nor is there a residency requirement. “This is crazy!” Gruenhagen said none of the four surrounding states have bought into Obamacare, and Minnesota’s program will turn into a “magnet” for Medicaid applicants. “Political power guarantees dependency,” Gruenhagen said,” and control of trillions of tax dollars is at stake (with Obamacare).” So what did the Legislature accomplish? Gruenhagen said the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2011-12 turned the budget deficit around, helped create an atmosphere that created 55,000 new jobs, and 60,000 people started their own businesses. He said state revenues rose as a result and generated $3 billion more than was expected “without raising a single dollar in new taxes.” The Republicans also provided long-term stability that paved the way for potential surpluses in 2016-17. The GOP budgets also replenished state reserve funds, Gruenhagen said. But all that was wiped out by the DFLers this past session with more taxes and more wasteful spending, Gruenhagen said. “Rather than creating a more effective government by forcing it to live within its means, legislative Democrats focused on wasteful spending this session,” Gruenhagen said. House higher education committee and demanded “reform and accountability.” But when the House bill went to Senate, his “reforms and accountability” intentions were overridden by the DFLers in the Senate and by Gov. Dayton. They made the House bill even more expensive. “And there was no way to pay for this,” Gruenhagen added. He pointed out that there was a lot of in-fighting among DFLers in the House, Senate and Gov. Mark Dayton. So what is in store for the 2014 session? Gruenhagen hopes the DFLers repeal some of the damaging taxes passed this sessions, and pointed to the new warehouse taxes as an example. It could force warehouse owners to move to other states to do business, resulting in lost jobs and adding to the cost of everything. Gruenhagen also hopes a bill will be passed in the 2014 session that protects the religious freedoms of Minnesotans on the heels of the gay rights law that will make same-sex marriage lawful in Minnesota. He also does not want that gay agenda to be mandated and taught in Minnesota schools. The gay marriage law “was just the tip of the iceberg,” Gruenhagen said. “They are going after everything.” Gruenhagen said it will take six or seven more Republicans to “flip the House” next election. The Senate will be more difficult, but the governor will be up for reelection in 2014 as well. He predicted DFL legislators will be taking heat this summer for their actions of the last legislative session.
Police Report
A man with low blood sugar was reported to be having seizures at 2:03 a.m., Tuesday, at a 12th Street residence. He was taken by ambulance to Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS). At 11:31 a.m., Tuesday, police were called to an accident on 10th Street when a vehicle ran into a building after the vehicle’s brakes failed. A 15th Street resident reported the theft of a motorcycle license plate at 7:55 p.m., Tuesday. Police investigated a fight at the corner of Hennepin Avenue and 13th Street at 8:12 a.m., Wednesday. No other details were provided. Police received a report of a funnel cloud from a resident along 13th Street at 1:13 p.m., Wednesday. The funnel went back up in the clouds. Police confirmed seeing the funnel. Children reported finding a credit card in the Abbott Avenue area at 4:31 p.m., Wednesday. The credit card owner was found and given the credit card. Another blight notice was issued at a Greeley Avenue location on Thursday morning. Also on Thursday, at 1:09 p.m., police were called to a medical emergency at a residence on McLeod Avenue. A person having a slow heart beat was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Glencoe Police officers were busy assisting at the annual three-day Winstock festival at Winsted. The assistance involved dealing with a domestic dispute during the celebration, dealing with an unruly person at the food tent, dealing with an upset female, assisting with a medical with a possible broken leg, removing juvenile trespassers, dealing with underage drinkers and fights as well as assisting the county deputies during the festival. Citations and warnings were issued after a traffic stop at Chandler Avenue and Highway 212 at 9:25 p.m., Friday. A vehicle failed to move over on Highway 212 during a traffic stop, which result-
Glenn Gruenhagen “By permanently increasing spending over the next two years by $3 billion, hardworking taxpayers will now lose more of their paychecks in order to fund more inefficient programs,” Gruenhagen said. He also called the session a bailout for Minneapolis and St. Paul with millions of taxpayers’ dollars going to those cities. The other dynamics at the Legislature is the rural versus metro coalitions, Gruenhagen said. “Metro legislators are running the state,” Gruenhagen said. Banding together with rural DFLers, Gruenhagen said they managed to “block some damaging laws” concerning gun control and mining regulations. Another bill that was blocked was the $50 million unfunded mandate involving anti-bullying laws. He called the proposed bill too burdensome on local school districts. Gruenhagen said there are some DFLers he can work with and pointed to Rep. Gene Pelowski, DFLWinona, as an example. He said Pelowski chaired the
ed in a warning. The original stop resulted in the driver being cited for no insurance and no Minnesota driver’s license. That vehicle was towed. A driving complaint at 10:32 p.m., Friday, resulted in a female being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. The incident occurred on 10th Street at Union Avenue. A power pole reportedly fell on a vehicle driving on 10th Street at 2:03 p.m., Saturday. No other details were released. Police were called to a West 18th Street address at 7:31 p.m., Saturday, for a medical emergency. A female, who was unconscious, was taken by ambulance to hospital emergency room. At 11:56 p.m., Saturday, police received a report of “an intoxicated male unconscious in a hot tub” at a residence on East 20th Street. Another intoxicated male was reported at a home on 12th Street. The incident, reported at 1:06 a.m., Sunday, was termed a burglary. Police were called to Casey’s General Store on 13th Street at 6:21 p.m., Sunday. A male fell in the parking lot near the gas pumps and was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
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