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Town baseball
Bruins, Brewers, Blue Jays in action
— Sports pages
The McLeod County
Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 117, No. 24
New traffic
safety signal
for Hwy. 212,
— Page 2
a continuation of
The Glencoe Enterprise
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
2 beloved ECFE
teachers to retire
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
he Early Childhood Family Education
(ECFE) program at Glencoe-Silver
Lake schools is losing two beloved
teachers to retirement this summer: Director Jan
Mackenthun and Mary Jo Schimelpfenig, parent
Mackenthun began at GSL in the winter of
1985, when ECFE was part of Community Education at GSL.
“Karen Thell and I were the first employees at
ECFE in GSL, and we actually started in the
basement of Christ Lutheran Church,” Mackenthun said.
She said the ECFE moved into Helen Baker
Elementary the next fall and shared rooms with
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE).
From there, ECFE moved to the old middle
school at Henry Hill for five years, and then into
the old kindergarten room at Lincoln Junior
“At that time, I wrote a grant to build an addition onto Helen Baker, and then ECFE was there
for about 19 or 20 years before moving into this
addition at Lincoln,” Mackenthun said.
She said the philosophy of ECFE being a
“parent first” program at GSL has stayed the
same in her 26 years as an educator.
“ECFE is primarily a parent education program. Parents always have to be in attendance
with their children. We can’t serve children
without serving the parents,” she said.
Mackenthun earned her bachelor’s degree in
family social science and early childhood from
the University of Minnesota.
She first taught in New Brighton at a private
preschool and then spent a year teaching in
Mackenthun went back to school at the University of Minnesota for three years to earn her
master’s degree in home economics education.
There, she also earned her parent education license.
Mackenthun is originally from St. Paul, and
after meeting her husband, Merlin, at college,
moved out to the McLeod County area where
they raised two children, Amanda and Scott.
After earning her master’s degree, Mackenthun stayed home to “raise the kiddos” before
starting at GSL in 1985.
Continued on page 3
Chronicle photo by Alyssa Schauer
Mary Jo Schimelpfenig, left, and Jan Mackenthun are both retiring from the Glencoe-Silver Lake Early Childhood Family Education program. Schimelpfenig is a
parent educator, and Mackenthun is the program’s long-time director.
Planning commission
OKs industrial park TIF
Chronicle photo by Josh Randt
3rd place at Class AA tourney
The Glencoe-Silver Lake Panther baseball team
brought home the third-place trophy from the
Class AA state tournament this past weekend.
GSL went 2-1 at state, losing only to St. Cloud
Cathedral en route to a 19-5 overall record. With
the Class AA third place trophy are, front row,
from left: Assistant Coach Dave Wendlandt,
Nolan Lepel, Chris Ross, Carter Pinske*, Levi
Vorlicek*, Cole Petersen*, Colton Lueders, Josh
VonBerge and Head Coach Dean Schwirtz. Back
row, from left: Assistant Coach Dave Sell, Alex
Romano, Mason Goettl, Teddy Petersen, Mitch
Pinske, Tristan Weber, Zach Jungclaus, Tyler
Chap, Aaron Boraas, Reed Wawrzyniak, Tanner
Grack, Bennett Bielke, Cole Mathews, Jacob
Popelka and Assistant Coach Chris Odegaard.
*Denotes captains. For more details, go to
today’s sports section.
By Rich Glennie
The Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission, meeting Thursday
in the west conference room of the
Glencoe City Center, recommended
approval of Tax Increment Financing
(TIP) District No. 18 that will establish a small business industrial park
in the Creekside subdivision near
Miller Manufacturing.
Glencoe City Council asked for a
recommendation from the planning
commission to establish the new industrial park and to rezone the property from residential (R-1) to business and commercial (B-1).
City Administrator Mark Larson
said the city has purchase agreements on the 39 acres of property for
$207,000 and for the lone house in
the subdivision for $182,500.
Closing on the purchases is expected next month, Larson added.
In establishing TIF District 18, the
Glencoe City Council approved two resolutions and two
motions at its Monday meeting
concerning the Creekside westend industrial park project.
After closing a public hearing in which no comments surfaced, City Council established
TIF District 18 with one resolution and an interfund loan to
“up front” the money needed to
buy the former Creekside property and lone home on the
property with the other resolution.
Total cost is estimated at
about $400,000. The city will
reimburse itself with the bonds
sold for the project.
One motion authorized the
Council actions
Continued on page 12
Flurry of actions
by City Council
Turn to page 12
Beep Baseball returns to Glencoe Days events
By Rich Glennie
Anyone who watched Beep Baseball last
year will recall the helpless feeling of batters,
base runners and outfielders trying to find a
beeping baseball while blindfolded.
Beep Baseball will be back at Vollmer Field
on Saturday when Minnesota Millers traveling
Beep baseball team takes on a group of locals
in a six-inning game. Game time is 6 p.m.,
The event is sponsored by the Glencoe
Lions and pits the visually-impaired Millers
against the blindfolded locals. The game will
see some veterans of last year combined with
some new faces, according to Gary Koch of
the Glencoe Lions.
The local team will have the likes of Glencoe Police Chief Jim Raiter, McLeod County
Sheriff Scott Rehmann, firefighter Corey
Scheidt and businesspeople Bruce Bergmann,
Jake Busse, Scott Conklin, Matt Evers, Ellen
Bruns and Keith Ortloff. Glenn Koch, father of
Gary, fills in where needed.
Gary Koch said several more players are
being recruited, and he is still looking for umpires. Matt Harwell, last year’s umpire, will be
this year’s announcer, Koch said.
Proceeds from the game will go to the
Millers, who will play in the Beep Baseball
World Series set for Rochester later this year.
Last year, the event raised about $1,500 for
the Millers to travel the Beep Baseball World
The aim of Beep Baseball is to hit the ball
while blind or blindfolded. The pitcher, who is
sighted, calls “ready, set pitch” from 10 feet
away and the batter has to time the swing accordingly.
Once hit, either third base or first base is activated with a beeper and the runner must
reach the base before the ball is fielded.
Wed., 6-18
H: 87º, L: 70º
Thur., 6-19
H: 82º, L: 69º
Fri., 6-20
H: 86º, L: 68º
Sat., 6-21
H: 85º, L: 66º
Sun., 6-22
H: 80º, L: 63º
Blind or blindfolded players in the outfield
are aided by two sighted players to help find
the beeping ball.
The Millers are a nationally sanction Beep
Baseball team and travel around the country
playing games.
Koch said fans should bring their own chairs
and sit in the infield. The game is actually
played in the outfield at Vollmer Field.
After the game, those wanting to try Beep
baseball can do so for a $5 donation. Koch
said the lineup was long last year after the
“It was a great time. There were a lot of positive comments,” Koch said of last year’s inaugural game.
There also will be plenty of activities before
and after Beep Baseball.
New this year is a Glencoe Days Horseshoe
Tournament scheduled for Saturday, June 21,
Looking back: Another 2.49
inches of rain fell, combined
with three inches the week before to make for a soggy
June 10 79 ......53 ..........0.00
June 11 82 ......59 ..........0.39
June 12
June 13
June 14
June 15
June 16
......54 .........0.00
......56 ..........0.00
......58 ..........0.70
......59 ..........1.02
......58 ..........0.48
Temperatures and precipitation
compiled by Robert Thurn, Chronicle
weather observer.
at Oak Leaf Park. There will be round-robin
play, and there is a fee per individual. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. that day and pitching of the horseshoes begins at 10 a.m. Pick up
early registration forms at the chamber office
in the Glencoe City Center or call 864-5231
for information.
Also new is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament
being coordinated by Cole Schlauderaff. That
is set to begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, at Oak Leaf
The fifth annual Glencoe Days Sheephead
Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June
21, at the Glencoe Country Club. The first session is at 9 a.m., and the second session starts
at 12:30 p.m. Entry fee is $5 and there is a 100
percent payback. Call Scott at 320-864-5529
for more information.
Glencoe Days
Continued on page 3
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that deadline will be published as space allows.
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, page 2
Dairy Day is scheduled for
Thursday, June 19, in Glencoe, with many downtown
businesses participating in
the annual dairy promotions
throughout the afternoon.
McLeod County 4-H Dairy
Princesses also will be dishing out free dairy treats at
various downtown locations.
Later, at Oak Leaf Park, the
Glencoe Lions will be sponsoring a picnic from 5 p.m. to
8 p.m. in Shelter No. 2.
The Lions will be serving
shredded beef sandwiches
and hot dogs, while free root
beer floats, courtesy of the
Glencoe Area Chamber of
Commerce, will be served.
Also, at Oak Leaf Park, 4H animal displays as well as
displays of farm machinery
and a city fire truck are available for viewing.
Dairy Day also is a chance
to meet the area Dairy
Princesses and learn about
McLeod County dairy producers.
GHS class of 1959 to reunite
The Glencoe High School class of 1959 will hold its
55-year reunion at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 13, at Neisen’s
Bar & Grill in Biscay.
Class of 1947 reunion June 26
The Glencoe High School graduating class of 1947
will hold its 67-year reunion on Thursday, June 26. All
classmates, spouses and friends are invited to attend the
noon luncheon at Unhinged! Pizza in Glencoe.
Music by the Pond begins
Grand Meadows Senior Living, 1420 Prairie Ave.,
Glencoe, will be hosting Music by the Pond on Thursday,
June 26, at 6:30 p.m. Featured entertainment is by the
Froemming Family from Grove City. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and to enter
through the front doors of the building. Refreshments
will be served. Come rain or shine! Call 320-864-5577
with questions.
Museum fundraiser June 23
Ian and Dick Kimmel Bluegrass Band will perform at
the McLeod County Historical Museum pork chop dinner
fundraiser, which will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
Monday, June 23. The museum is located at 380 School
Road, NW, Hutchinson. The Kimbels will perform from
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit www.mcleod
history.org or call 320-587-2109.
New traffic warning signal installed
The Minnesota Department of Transportation
(MnDOT) is deploying Rural
Intersection Conflict Warning
Systems (RICWS) at rural intersections across the state,
including on Highway 212 at
Highway 22 (Chandler Avenue) in Glencoe.
RICWS uses technology on
signs to give motorists realtime warning about oncoming
traffic, also referred to as collision avoidance systems.
These signs warn motorists
with sensors and flashing
lights that are expected to reduce fatal and injury crashes
at higher risk intersections.
Throughout MnDOT District 8, motorists will see
these systems have been
placed at the following intersections: Highway 23 and
Lyon County Road 30 in
Marshall, and at Highways
212 and 22 near Glencoe.
Rural intersections can be
higher risk for a number of
reasons, including: at grade,
higher speeds, driver complacency with lower volumes of
traffic, and longer distances
that emergency medical and
trauma teams travel to transport victims.
According to Minnesota
Crash Facts, fatal crashes
tend to occur on roads in
rural areas with higher speeds
and with non-interstate designs (separation between opposing lanes and grade separated intersections, etc.)
In 2011, 225 crashes, or 67
percent, of all fatal crashes
occurred in rural areas with
populations of less than 5,000
“To help combat rural intersection crashes, RICWS
The Glencoe caregiver support group will meet at 5:45
p.m., Tuesday, June 24, at Grand Meadows Senior Living
in Glencoe. Joyce Hochsprung, a master gardener, will
speak about “Easy Gardening and Lawn Care.” Nathan
Unseth is the volunteer program facilitator. Call Jan
Novotny with questions at 320-894-0479 or 1-800-4884146. The program is sponsored by Lutheran Financial
Blood drive set for June 25
An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled for
Wednesday, June 25, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lester
Prairie City Hall. To donate blood, call 1-800-RED
CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to
make an appointment or for more information. All blood
types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms
of identification are required at check-in. Individuals
who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in
some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High
school students and other donors 18 years of age and
younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Sandbox fill set for June 21
Glencoe Boy Scout Troop 352 will be doing a sandbox
filling service from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 21,
within the city limits of Glencoe. A $5 donation per
wheelbarrow full of sand is suggested. Those interested
in the sandbox fill service can contact Celine Swift at
320-864-6188 by Friday evening, June 20, with your
name, address and phone number. Thanks to Knife River
for supplying the sand for this event.
Plato Dairy Day set June 19
The Plato Lions will be hosting burger night and Dairy
Dairy from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 19, at the
Plato Park. Free ice cream and cheese will be provided
by Engelmann Dairy, and door prizes will be provided by
the Minnesota Dairy Association. There also will be free
walking tours of the Engelmann Dairy operation and
Tangletown Gardens. Proceeds will be used by the Plato
Lions for local projects. Also, future events include the
White Squirrel Festival in Plato on July 13, the annual
golf outing on Aug. 11 and another burger night featuring
the Community Strings on Aug. 14.
Seniors club meets June 19
The Glencoe Senior Citizens Club will meet at 12:30
p.m., Thursday, June 19, in the Glencoe City Center Senior Room for socializing and games. The group also will
meet on Tuesday, June 24, at 12:30 p.m. All senior citizens are invited to attend. More information can be obtained by calling at 320-864-3799 or 320-510-1551.
Plane rides reset for Saturday
Glencoe’s EEA Chapter 92 is sponsoring free airplane
rides for youths, ages 8-17, as part of EAA’s Young Eagles program. The airplane rides, postponed from last
Saturday, will take place at the Glencoe Municipal Airport from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 21.
Sign up and registration will begin at 8 a.m. and youngsters need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more information, call 320-238-2376 or 320-8645257.
Motorists coming off Chandler Avenue tersection has been the site of several
(Highway 22) onto Highway 212 now
fatal accidents over the years. MnDOT
have an extra warning signal notifying recently activated the Rural Intersecthe driver of oncoming traffic. The in- tion Conflict Warning System.
systems will provide motorist the message “Traffic Ap- grates the use of education,
with better information, or proaching When Flashing.”
engineering, enforcement,
warning, so motorists can
The RICWS systems will
and emergency medical and
change driving behavior be- be installed at 20 rural intertrauma services in communifore a crashes occurs,” notes
sections statewide with an- ties to reduce traffic fatalities
Ryan Barney, District 8 traf- other 30 planned over the and injuries on Minnesota
fic engineer.
next two summers, for a total roads.
The proposed dynamic of 50 systems with this initial
“It is the hope that these
warning signs with flashing deployment.
systems will continue us on
beacons will advise drivers
MnDOT is a partner with
our path towards that goal of
on major roads with a mes- the Minnesota Department of Towards Zero Deaths,” Barsage “Entering Traffic When Public Safety and the Min- ney said.
nesota Department of Health
Motorists on minor roads in the Toward Zero Death iniwill see flashing beacons and tiative (TZD), which inte-
Police Report
Caregiver group to meet
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
A gas drive-off was reported at
7:14 a.m., Tuesday, at Super
America. The driver left without
paying for $18.08 in gasoline.
Police assisted at a medical
emergency at 10:45 a.m. on 10th
Street near the courthouse law
enforcement center. An ambulance was called, but the person
signed off, not wanting to be
transported to the hospital.
During a traffic stop on DeSoto
Avenue at 5:59 p.m., Tuesday,
the driver was cited for not having
a driver’s license, while a passenger was given a verbal warning
for not wearing a seatbelt.
After a traffic stop at 3:17 a.m.,
Wednesday, in the 2200 block of
11th Street, a driver was charged
with third-degree driving while intoxicated.
Police responded to a medical
emergency call at 11:14 p.m.,
Wednesday, at a 14th Street address. A man was having difficulty
A traffic stop at Hennepin Avenue and First Street at 1:24
a.m., Thursday, resulted in a citation for driving after suspension
and no proof of insurance.
A shoplifter was apprehended
at Coborn’s and charged with
theft at 4:52 p.m., Thursday.
A brown wallet was found between the diesel pumps and the
store by a clerk at Super America
on Wednesday. It was reported to
police Friday morning.
A Belle Lake Road resident reported the theft of license plate
tabs that occurred in the county.
Glencoe Police officers worked
Winstock at Winsted over the
weekend and were involved in
assisting the sheriff’s office with a
domestic assault, two incidents of
underage consumption, three intoxicated people needing to be
taken to detox and numerous
other minor disputes.
At 1:37 a.m., Saturday, police
stopped a vehicle at Chandler Avenue and Sixth Street and cited
the driver for failing to stop at a
stop sign.
Another driver was cited for
failing to stop at a stop sign at
10th Street and Morningside Avenue at 3:07 a.m., Saturday.
Police were called Saturday
morning about tree branches
being down around the community, including one on a power line
on 14th Street at 9:54 a.m. Another was reported at 15th Street
West and Glen Knoll, in which a
power line was stuck by a fallen
A tree was reported having fallen over the fence at the animal
sanctuary at noon, Saturday. The
elk also had gotten out of the
Police responded to a medical
emergency at 12:15 p.m., Saturday, at a Judd Avenue residence.
A person was reported to be
throwing up blood, and was
transported by ambulance to the
hospital emergency room.
Police assisted corrections
deputies with a “combative, intoxicated female” in the jail at 7:08
p.m., Saturday. They returned to
the jail at 8:54 p.m. for additional
assistance for the corrections
staff in dealing with the combative
A traffic stop at 1:27 a.m., Sunday, at Highway 212 and Morningside Drive resulted in the driver being cited for having no valid
driver’s license.
At 12:28 p.m., Sunday, a medical emergency was reported at a
10th Street address after a
woman fainted and hit her head
on a shopping cart, causing a
deep laceration. She was transported by ambulance to the hospital emergency room.
A traffic stop at 6:32 p.m., Sunday, resulted in citations for possession of marijuana in a motor
vehicle and possession of drug
paraphernalia. The stop occurred
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The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, page 3
Retirements Continued from page 1
Out with the old ...
It did not take long for Peterson Companies of Chisago City to rip out the old tennis courts behind Glencoe-Silver Lake High School and begin preparation
for replacement courts. The nearly $700,000 project
will replace the eight courts and add another four
courts to the complex. The courts, due to underground water issues, were in bad shape. In addition
to the demolition work, the base bid of $498,500 in-
cluded redoing the courts, fixing the underground
drainage issues, new fencing, sod and painting of the
courts. The additional four courts will cost another
$195,000. Initial bids for the work came in at over $1
million, and the GSL School Board rejected those
bids and redesigned the project before rebidding the
work. The project is expected to be completed by
Aug. 1.
GSL to get $111,118 more
in aid due to ‘unsession’
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
Michelle Sander informed the
Glencoe-Silver Lake School
Board Monday, June 9, that
the district will receive about
$111,118 more in state aid
Sander constructed a summary of the 2014 legislative
“unsession” and its effects on
the GSL school district.
She said the “unsession”
means that there is “not a
whole lot of activity,” but
noted that the supplemental
budget bill, tax bill No. 1, education policy bill and bonding bills contribute to the increase in state aid.
The budget bill showed a
$25 increase to formula allowance for districts in the
fiscal year 2015. Sander said
this increases funding for
other revenues linked to the
formula allowance, including
compensatory, sparsity, nonpublic transportation and
early childhood family education (ECFE).
Sander said eligibility has
been extended for English
learners (EL) students, formally English language learners (ELL), which means one
year of additional funding for
staffing that program.
She said additional funding
also is coming in for teacher
development evaluation, but
“there is no clarification yet
as to how this money is
Sander noted that there
were changes in state school
lunch aid, which increased
from 12.5 cents to 52.5 cents
per lunch for reduced-price
lunch students.
Increases in state aid for
school breakfasts for kindergarten students also were
noted, moving from 55 cents
to $1.30.
In community service funding, Sander said there were
increases in ECFE allowance
which links to the general education formula.
She said the additional
funding adds new program
requirements, including a
community needs assessment
that identifies new and underserved populations, identifies
risk factors of those populations, and tailors programs
based on the needs assessment.
The additional funding also
requires schools to submit
data to the Minnesota Department of Education annually
to demonstrate the programs
response to the community
needs assessment.
Overall, Sander calculated
that GSL will receive $49,003
from the formula increase,
which is ongoing state aid;
$2,632 for EL students; $8 in
general funding for the other
categories linked to the formula increase; $35,757 to use
toward teacher evaluation,
which is a one-time money
for fiscal year 2015; $54 per
average daily membership of
pupils and $23,218 in ECFE
funding for a total of
$111,118 in extra aid going to
“That’s not too bad for an
unsession year,” Sander said.
In other matters, the Board
also heard an update from
Bernie Getzlaff of Chartwells
about the breakfast programs
at GSL.
Getzlaff said since the
Breakfast in the Classroom
(BIC) program started in
April, there has been an increase in participation.
Before BIC, breakfast participation averaged 119 students, or about 33 percent of
students at Helen Baker and
203 students at Lakeside Elementary, about 40 percent.
“After BIC, we served 253
breakfasts at Helen Baker and
324 at Lakeside,” Getzlaff
said. “Breakfast participation
has increased because of BIC.
Overall, we are very happy
how BIC is going.”
At the high school, Getzlaff
said there is no BIC program,
but “we did notice an increase in breakfast there.”
She said Chartwells is developing incentives to increase breakfast at the high
school by giving $200 back
to the school every trimester
the school can increase breakfast participation by 5 percent.
She reported lunch participation at Helen Baker and
Lakeside schools is 77 percent and 70 percent at the
high school.
She noted there will be
“dramatic” changes in ala
carte due to regulation
“A lot of stuff we sell there
no longer meets the requirements. Vendors and manufacturers are working really hard
to come up with new products to fit the standards,” Getzlaff said.
She also updated the board
about the start of the free
summer breakfast program.
“Day one of the summer
feeding program began today
(June 9) and we served 22
breakfasts and 74 lunches.
It’s a start. There weren’t a lot
of activities going on, but
we’re hopeful these numbers
increase as more activities are
scheduled,” Getzlaff said.
past years. Free T-shirts are
given to all participants.
Food stands open at 9 a.m.
with the craft and vendor fair
running from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Also at 9 a.m. is the continuation of the softball tournament and start of a 3-on-3
men’s basketball tournament.
At 10 a.m., the Midway
Amusement rides open,
Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle and
Jam! sponsored by GSL Early
Childhood Family Readiness
will perform and a horseshoe
tournament begin.
At 11 a.m. is the kiddie
tractor pull, with registration
at 10:30 a.m. Lions Bingo begins in Shelter No. 1 at 11
a.m. as well.
The annual Glencoe Days
Parade begins at 3 p.m. with
its route along 14th Street
from Pryor Avenue east to
Ives Avenue, then it turns
north to 16th Street and then
heads west on 16th Street
back to Pryor Avenue.
Back at Oak Leaf Park, Pie
in the Park hosted by the
Glencoe Historic Preservation Society starts after the
At 5 p.m., Spar-Kee and
Mar-Kee from the Hutchinson Clown Club will be at the
The Emmanuel Lutheran
rib feed begins at 5:30 p.m.,
and the Lions Bingo resumes
at 5:30 p.m. as well.
The Kiddie costume parade, sponsored by the Glencoe 4-H, also begins at 5:30
The Minnesota Millers
Beep baseball game is scheduled for Vollmer Field at 6
p.m. The event is sponsored
by the Glencoe Lions.
At Sterner Park on Ninth
Street, the BMX Race For
Life begins at 7 p.m.
Free music by “Stearns
County 17,” runs from 8 p.m.
to midnight. The event, sponsored by K102, is a free preHeat in the Street ticket giveaway event, too.
Beer Pong begins at 8:30
p.m., and the evening is
capped with the annual Glencoe Days fireworks, sponsored by the Glencoe Days
On Sunday, at 1 p.m., the
BMX state qualifying races
will be held at Sterner Park
on Ninth Street.
Glencoe Days Continued from page 1
Keith Ortloff, longtime parade coordinator, said about
50 units had signed up as of
late last week, and a number
generally show up at the end
of the registration period.
There were about 60 units
last year, he said.
The parade route will remain the same, starting at
Pryor Avenue and 14th Street
heading east on 14th Street to
Ives Avenue and then go
north to 16th Street and back
east on 16th Street to Pryor
The parade begins at 3 p.m.
Activities actually get
under way on Thursday, June
19, when the Glencoe Lions
Club hosts a Dairy Day picnic at Oak Leaf Park from 5
p.m. to 8 p.m. The Midway
Amusement rides also open
at 5 p.m., Thursday.
The following is the schedule of Glencoe Days events:
Friday events
The actual Glencoe Days
activities kick off with the annual free corn feed sponsored
by Seneca Foods beginning at
5 p.m.
Also at 5 p.m. will be the
start of the Midway Amusement rides, and free music by
Crazy Airwaves from 5 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m., Lions Bingo
will start in Shelter No. 1.
At 6 p.m., The annual
Glencoe Brewer vs. Plato
Blue Jays baseball game will
be played at Vollmer Field.
Minute to Win It, sponsored by Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church, also begins
at 6 p.m. along with the classic car cruise that meets at
Fleet Supply and ends at Oak
Leaf Park.
Beer Pong begins at 7 p.m.
Also at 7 p.m., BMX
Olympians will begin at
Sterner Park on Ninth Street.
The men’s/co-ed softball
tournament gets under way at
7 p.m.
Capping off the evening
will be free music by
“Blurred Vision,” from 8:30
p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Saturday events
Activities kick off at 8:30
a.m. Saturday with a co-ed
mud volleyball tournament.
The Glencoe Days twomile Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by Glencoe Regional
Health Services, starts with
the run at 9 a.m. and the walk
following at 9:30 a.m. New
this year is the site of registration. It will be at Shelter
No. 4, not Shelter No. 1 as in
Corrections & Clarifications
In last week’s Chronicle, it
was reported that state Rep.
Glenn Gruenhagen said there
is an estimated $2 billion of
minerals in northern Minnesota that remains untapped.
It should have read $2 trillion.
Thank you for the
many cards and well
wishes for our 73rd
Wedding Anniversary. We are truly
blessed. God Bless.
Carl & Elsa Selchow
Food Shelf Sale Is On!
Bring in 5 non-perishable food or household
items or a $5 donation and we’ll give you 50%
off your total purchase of plants and supplies.
Collected items will be donated to the Renville County Food Shelf.
Join us for a great sale and a great cause.
Sale excludes custom potting and gift certificates.
Hours: M-F 9 am-7 pm; Sat 9 am-5 pm; Sun Noon-5 pm
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Gift Certificates
Available Year-Round.
7 mi. No. of Hector or 7 mi.
So. of Cosmos on St. Hwy. 4
Pla-Mor Lanes in Glencoe has been sold.
Owners Joel and Katie Ide would
like to thank all the bowlers for
“45 Years” of patronage.
Pla-Mor Lanes
New chief
ARLINGTON — The Arlington Enterprise reported
that Cory Danner has begun
his duties as the new Arlington police chief. Danner, an
Estherville, Iowa, native, had
been employed by the Estherville Police Department
for the past 14 years. He and
his wife, Missy, have four
She recalled one memorable moment where one of
the students referred to her as
“choo choo.”
“We played this ‘choo
choo’ game in class, and one
little guy, whenever he would
see me, I was ‘choo choo.’
Then a couple years later, I
was Mary Jo again, but it was
pretty special to be ‘choo
choo,’” she laughed.
Schimelpfenig said she
also enjoys working with the
elderly population, and plans
on continuing volunteering in
“My mom just died, and
she was almost 100! But I
used to go there every month
to do art projects with her and
the residents. I plan on doing
a lot of that in retirement,
too,” she said.
Schimelpfenig said she
also is looking into volunteering at an orphanage in
Guatemala besides volunteering all around Glencoe and in
the schools.
In retirement, she also
plans on keeping her gardens
up with her husband, Jerry.
“He’s more of the gardener,
but I like to arrange flowers,”
Schimelpfenig said.
She also creates and builds
the scarecrow each year for
the McLeod County Fair, “so
I’ll be working on that, too.”
Schimelpfenig also plans to
travel with her husband to
their lake place. “And we like
to go south, like to Arizona or
to Isla Mujeres in Mexico.”
She is also a new grandmother to grandson Mason
Schimelpfenig. “I’ll help out
whenever I can with him,
too,” she said excitedly.
The Schimelpfenigs have
two sons, Nathan and Mike.
“I had 15 wonderful years
working with so many different families in Glencoe at
ECFE. Jan and I both had a
heart for encouraging the kids
to be in nature. We took them
to different parks, had scavenger hunts and made playdough out of sand. You build
strong relationships with the
parents and kids; I’m going
to miss that,” she said.
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
“I have really enjoyed getting to know the families,
both the parents and the kids.
The kids are really fun, and
the parents are awesome,
too,” she said.
She said as an educator in
the ECFE program, she really
focused on the children’s perspectives of learning. “We
did a lot of ‘hands on’ stuff.”
“I’ll really miss the families a lot,” Mackenthun said
as she recalled memorable
moments in teaching.
“There was a child who
came to ECFE since he was
an infant until he went to
kindergarten. When he was in
the second grade, there was a
kid acting out in his class and
he came home to tell his
mother that child needed to
go to ECFE to learn how to
behave,” Mackenthun
In retirement, Mackenthun
said she is ready to “stay
home a little.”
“I still want to be active in
the community and do volunteer work and sub at the
school as needed,” she said.
She and her husband, Merlin, also have plans to travel
to China on their bucket lists.
“That is such a booming
country, population wise, and
they have a lot of farming
needs. Since Merlin is a
farmer himself, he’s interested in touring the country and
seeing their techniques,”
Mackenthun said.
“I have worked with some
terrific people. I’ve had support to try new things and be
creative, and I’ve done a fair
amount of successful grant
writing. It’s been an enjoyable career. I couldn’t have
landed in a better situation,”
Mackenthun said.
Schimelpfenig started at
GSL as a parent educator 15
years ago after working several jobs around the area, including working part time in
the ECFE program at Arlington and working part time in
the GSL school district.
She and her husband, Jerry,
also owned and operated the
Glencoe Garden Center for
14 years and built, owned and
operated the Subway restaurant for two years.
Schimelpfenig earned her
bachelor’s degree in elementary education and early
childhood degree from Minnesota State University,
Mankato. At the University
of Minnesota, she also earned
her certificate of aging students.
“I’ll definitely miss the
families and the kids (at
ECFE),” Schimelpfenig said.
The McLeod County
Chronicle strives for accuracy in its reports. If you
find an error, bring it to our
attention. Call 320-8645518 and ask for Rich Glennie, editor.
The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, page 4
Despite disruptions,
2015 street work
will be well worth it
Our view: Keep eyes focused on streets, utilities
and less on street widths, trails and trees
utside of some major reconstruction work in the
downtown area in the
1990s, there have been few projects
that will be as disruptive as the proposed 2015 street improvements.
The project will tear up numerous
city blocks around Lincoln Park by
upgrading and replacing underground utilities as well as the street
Also involved in the work will be
the total reconstruction of Armstrong Avenue from 13th Street
south to Seventh Street as well as
parts of the Seventh and Eighth
streets. That will have to be done
while Seneca Foods is running its
annual pea and corn packs during
the summer months.
There are many details that have
complicated matters. First and foremost is how to keep product coming
in and going out of Seneca Foods
during the construction. Access to
the plant is vital, but so is redoing
the street that has been damaged
after many years of heavy truck traffic.
The access problems around Lincoln Park are no less daunting as the
entire southwest quadrant of Glencoe will be torn up for most of the
Being one of the oldest parts of
the community, many of the old underground water and sewer lines
have deteriorated or are undersized.
That area also is considered a main
source of troubling inflow and infiltration (I&I) storm water problems
in the past.
The project simply has to be done.
But city officials are complicating
the matter even more with additional
plans to look at widening or reducing the widths of streets in that area.
Also, trying to wedge the city’s
walking-biking trail system into the
plans has added to the nagging details. Then toss in the magnitude of
tree loss in that area of the community, and the decision making gets
even more difficult.
But city officials are looking at
this as a golden opportunity to solve
several problems with one project.
Not only does it solve the underground utility issue as well as street
construction, but it provides an opportunity for more uniform street
widths that could save taxpayers
money down the road.
Also, it is an opportunity to do a
tree survey to determine which mature trees will likely come down in
the near future anyway, and what
different varieties of trees should be
While they are at it, city officials
also are looking at how to incorporate its walking-biking system into
the reconstruction work, in particular how to make a safer walking
route from that part of town north to
Helen Baker Elementary School on
16th Street.
And whether sidewalks should be
replaced, repaired or built on certain
blocks also has been discussed.
Sometimes, making things more
complicated causes a loss in focus.
What are the most important issues
with the 2015 street improvement
project? They should be streets and
underground utilities.
The width of streets is an aesthetic
issue, not a vital one. The same with
sidewalks and hiking-biking paths.
It is great if they can all be done at
the same time, but with all the struggles city planners are having with
the many details, it might be wise to
take out all but the essential parts of
the project.
That also could save on the overall cost of the reconstruction work.
Since assessments are part of the
payment plan, that might appease
some homeowners as well.
While life will be uncomfortable
for those residents and businesses
involved in the 2015 street improvement project, anyone who survived
the downtown reconstruction as well
as the reconstructions on 10th Street
and 13th Street in the past know in
the end it is well worth it.
— R.G.
Lack of volunteers
may jeopardize
future Glencoe Days
he Glencoe Days committee
is experiencing what many
of the local service groups
already know about — a lack of volunteers to accomplish community
It seems the long-time volunteers
in organizations like the Glencoe
Lions, Glencoe Rotary and other
service groups are getting older and
fewer young people are stepping up
to take their places.
First of all, hats off to all the volunteers who selflessly step forward
to pitch in; hopefully, they will continue as long as possible.
Second, young people out there —
get involved. This is your community, too.
The main reason the Glencoe
Days committee went to two days
from three days several years ago
was the stresses and strains on the
volunteers who organize the events,
The McLeod County
man the food booths and beverage
areas, set up and take down as well
as clean up during and after the annual city celebration.
But it seems to be the same volunteers, year after year. When newer
volunteers did not step forward to
help, the cuts were made in the
Glencoe Days schedule.
This year is no exception. The
Glencoe Days Committee is still
looking for more volunteers even at
the last minute to take shifts in the
food and beverages booths. Only
about half the shifts had been filled
as of late last week with only a few
days to go.
The lack of community volunteers
may jeopardize the Glencoe Days
celebration. So get involved; volunteer some of your time to make this
a truly community event.
— R.G.
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Geriatric dog can still pull off a stunt or two
Owning a geriatric dog is, for the
most part, a pleasant experience.
One no longer has to exercise
them for an hour every morning to
make sure they are too tired to eat
the furniture while one is at work,
they sleep most of the time, and they
have lost most of their desire to
chase cats, rabbits and other dogs all
over the neighborhood, eluding capture until they are good and ready to
come home.
On the other hand, it often saddens
me to see my Lab-German Shepherd
mix, Moses, slow down in his senior
Gone are the days when his German Shepherd agility allowed him to
snatch frisbees in mid-air, or his
Labrador Retriever work ethic
caused him to climb the evergreen
shrubs in my yard to get an errant
frisbee or tennis ball.
Some days, he struggles to get to
his feet after one of his many naps,
and he often needs a bit of a boost to
get him started upstairs at night as
we head for bed.
I worried that arthritis was slowing him down, so I invested in some
supplements that are supposed to
help him rebuild cartilage and ease
some of his other symptoms.
After several weeks, I came to the
conclusion that while they may be
slowing down his degeneration, they
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really weren’t helping much.
That was until Friday, when I
came home to find the butter dish,
which was on the kitchen counter
next to the toaster, shattered on the
kitchen floor, and a full stick of butter gone missing.
I found Moses lying in his favorite
spot at the top of the stairs.
Sometimes he has the good grace
to look a little ashamed of his misdeeds, but on Friday, his expression
was as inscrutable as that of a statue
of Buddha.
“Moses, what did you do?” I
asked as I waved a shard of the butter dish at him. He just stared
blankly back.
“I thought you couldn’t get up on
your back legs anymore,” I continued. “I thought you couldn’t climb
the stairs without help.”
He just continued with his expressionless stare.
Saturday at 2 a.m., I was awakened by hot doggy breath being
panted upon my face as I slept.
Moses’ serene Buddha look was
gone; in its place was one of sheer
I think he had come to regret stealing — and eating — the butter.
He scuttled down the stairs ahead
of me and skidded to a stop at the
back door. I unlocked it and let him
out into the yard.
Several minutes later, he came
back, finally looking chagrined for
his bad behavior.
As we headed back to bed, he
stopped at the bottom of the stairs
and gave me a woeful look.
“Oh, knock it off. I know you can
climb the stairs,” I told him. He
grudgingly plodded back upstairs all
on his own.
The next morning, I started coffee
and held his supplements in my
hand, debating whether I really
wanted to give them to him.
Finally, I handed them over.
“Would you like a little butter with
these?” I asked.
He turned his head and averted his
eyes in shame.
I think he got the message.
Guest column:
Will Social Security benefits be there?
By Allen W. Smith, Ph.D.
Social Security has serious problems, but it can still be saved, in its
present form, if the correct actions
are taken.
The government must make provisions for repaying the $2.7 trillion
debt that it owes to the trust fund.
Since 2010, Social Security has
been unable to pay full benefits
without borrowing a substantial
amount of money from China or one
of our other creditors. It cannot continue to do that indefinitely.
The Social Security trust fund is
empty. The money that is alleged to
be in the trust fund has already been
spent by the government for nonSocial Security purposes. This basic
truth has been stated repeatedly by
public officials who are in a position
to know.
On March 16, 2011, Sen. Tom
Coburn, R-Okla., said during a Senate speech, “Congresses under both
Republican and Democrat control,
both Republican and Democrat presidents, have stolen money from Social Security and spent it. The
money’s gone. It’s been used for another purpose.”
House Speaker John Boehner un-
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intentionally let the cat out of the
bag on Oct. 6, 2013 when he said on
ABC’S This Week, “It’s not like
there’s money in Social Security or
Medicare. The government, over the
past 30 years, has spent it all.”
The government doesn’t have
$2.7 trillion stashed away for paying
Social Security benefits to the baby
boomers. It doesn’t even have
enough money to pay full benefits
for 2014, without borrowing from
China or one of our other creditors.
Even President George W. Bush acknowledged the awful truth about
the trust fund on April 5, 2005 during a speech at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
“There is no trust fund, just IOUs
that I saw firsthand that future generations will pay — will pay for either in higher taxes, or reduced benefits, or cuts to other critical government programs,” President Bush
The IOUs in the trust fund are an
accounting record of how much Social Security money has been spent
for other things. They are not marketable bonds, like those held by
China and our other creditors. They
cannot be used to pay benefits, and
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they cannot be converted into cash.
The fact that the government spent
all of the surplus Social Security
revenue on non-Social Security programs is a shocking, almost unbelievable, fact. But still, it is a fact,
proven by the federal budget numbers.
None of the surplus Social Security revenue was saved. Let me show
you how to verify this fact for yourself. Go to the statistical tables in
Appendix B of the 2013 Economic
Report of the President. Table B-78
displays data for total government
receipts and outlays for each year
from 1946 through 2013. The third
column of the table presents the actual surplus or deficit for each year.
If the government had saved $2.7
trillion of its revenue for Social Security during this period, it would be
clearly visible in the budget numbers. We would see $2.7 trillion
more in government receipts than
what the government spent for the
period. But, when we add up all the
receipts and outlays for the period,
1984-2009, we find that the total
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Letters to the Editor
Super Bowl revenge: Our weather
To the Editor:
I read your recent article,
“Legislators Warn of Big
Spending” (June 4) and the
accompanying editorial “Remember What Legislators
Did in 2013 ...” with disbelief.
Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen
claimed at his town meeting,
and the editorial repeated
without any basic fact-checking, that there is a $2.5 billion
budget deficit facing the state
of Minnesota.
On the other hand, perhaps
I should not be surprised that
a legislator like Rep. Gruenhagen, who in 2011 (after
shutting down state government) voted to borrow over
$2 billion from our schools
and issue $700 million in
bonds to cover one-time expenses in order to “balance”
the budget should not be
trusted to do budget math
The facts are these: The
2013-14 Legislature for the
first time in over a decade
balanced the budget in a
structurally sound way without budget gimmicks. Where
Rep. Gruenhagen gets his
wild $2.5 billion number is
beyond me.
Rather, there is a $600 million budget surplus next year.
In addition, the Legislature
added $150 million to the
budget reserve.
On taxes: Yes. The Legislature raised taxes in 2013. But
those taxes were raised in
three ways: on people making
over $250,000 a year (less
than 1 percent of the population in McLeod County)
who’d been paying a lower
portion of their income in
state and local taxes than
middle class families; by
closing tax loopholes that
benefitted big corporations
but not Main Street businesses; and by increasing the cigarette tax.
On the other hand, in 2013
and 2014, the Legislature cut
income and property taxes for
middle class families. The
property tax burden statewide
is going down this year for
the first time in over a
The bottom line is that substantially more Minnesotans
will see lower taxes than
those who will see higher
taxes as a result of the last
two years. I understand it
doesn’t fit Rep. Gruenhagen’s
ideological narrative, but
facts are facts.
Finally, no mention is
made of how the money was
spent aside from a swipe at
certain bonding projects.
After settling the $625 million budget deficit Republicans like Rep. Gruenhagen
left us in 2013, over three
quarters of the new money
went to education, Greater
Minnesota job creation and
property tax relief — priorities Minnesotans share. In
particular, the disparity between the school money rural
Minnesota districts get from
the state and richer suburban
districts shrunk by about 30
Economic and job growth
is on the upswing with Minnesota leading its neighbors
and the country.
I absolutely hope that voters remember 2013 and 2014
— but also 2011 and 2012
when Rep. Gruenhagen ran
the show — when they go to
the polls in November. It’s a
choice between shutdown
and Washington, D.C.-style
gridlock and favoring big
corporate and other monied
special interests (2011-12
session) and progress, bipartisanship (95 percent of all
bills passing with bipartisan
support) and a focus on
growing the middle class
(2013-14 session).
And I hope voters, Rep.
Gruenhagen and this paper
pay attention to the actual
Speaker of the House
Paul Thissen,
We need common sense, not more taxes
To the Editor:
I’d like to thank The
Chronicle for the excellent reporting on my town hall
meeting in Stewart. I would
like to add a couple clarifications. The value of minerals
in northern Minnesota was
reported as $2 billion, but it is
actually closer to $2 TRILLION, according to U of M
Minnesota is one of the
richest natural resource states
in the nation, and we have the
technology to tap those resources in an environmentally
safe way. Unfortunately, we
have agencies like the MPCA
and DNR, along with radical
environmentalist groups, who
have major influence in the
DFL party and would like
parts of our state to become a
“pristine wilderness,” untouched by human hands.
You would not know it,
based on news reports, but
there is a war going on in the
DFL party between radical
environmentalist groups and
unions who want to mine
those resources. I am in support of these unions and their
desire to create thousands of
high-paying jobs. With billions in new tax revenue for
our state, we could not only
reduce property and business
taxes, but we could help
those less fortunate.
I would also like to further
explain my comments about
the $2 billion spending
deficit. The state of Minnesota operates on a two-year (biennium) budget cycle. Under
DFL control, government
spending is growing by at
least 12 percent for the current biennium (2014-15)
while the private sector is
only growing at approximately 4 percent. This is an unsustainable growth in govern-
ment spending.
In 2014-15, the DFL
passed historic tax increases
and grew government at historically high rates. The most
recent report for this biennium by the office of Minnesota Management and Budget
(MMB) indicates the DFL
controlled Legislature overspent by $1.2 billion out of
the general fund. This overspending left a fund balance
of $32 million out of a $39
billion budget.
Also worth noting is that
tax revenues in the last four
months have been short of
what was estimated by the
MMB by $95 million.
In the upcoming biennium,
MMB’s most recent estimate
is that we will experience a
decrease in revenues of approximately $2 billion with
an increase in expenditures of
over $41.7 billion. The MMB
estimates that by 2016-17
there will be a structural
deficit of over $2 billion due
to this overspending.
Any business or family
who managed their budget
like this would soon be bankrupt unless, of course, you
could pass laws to force taxpayers to bail you out.
This may be confusing to
the average lay person, but
my point is that whether you
are an Independent, Democrat
or Republican, the state of
Minnesota is spending at an
unsustainable rate, even with
a growing economy. If we
have a downturn in the stock
market or a recession, there
will be serious red ink to deal
with in the state.
A major contributing factor
to these fiscal problems is
that the DFL is influenced by
special interest groups whose
desire is to continue to add
billions more tax dollars onto
the existing government
structure rather then to promote fiscally responsible efficiencies and reforms within
For example, the Minneapolis public school system’s total spending has
reached $21,000 per pupil
(see Better-ED.org), yet most
rural public school districts
get less than half that amount
per-pupil. Add to this that the
Minneapolis school graduation rate is at about 50 percent, with reading proficiency
at about 42 percent.
This system is in desperate
need of reform and traps
many minority children in
failing schools. Yet the DFL
and Education Minnesota’s
only solution is to spend millions more dollars into this
failing system rather than to
promote educational choice
and true academic reforms.
There are dozens more
government programs that
need major reforms and
would create efficiency and
effectiveness yet the DFL and
special-interest groups continue to promote primarily
only one solution: spend billions more in tax dollars and
when deficits occur, raise
Keep in mind that Minnesota has now become one
of the top five taxed states in
the nation under DFL control.
We need to bring common
sense solutions to government and a more prosperous
future for our children and
grandchildren. Thank you for
the opportunity to serve you.
Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen,
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What were you thinking? It was not yours!
To the Editor:
This letter is to the person
who thought the nicely cut
and piled wood at 1515 Hennepin Ave. on Father’s Day
was theirs for the taking!
On Father’s Day, my husband spent his time cleaning
up the yard from the storm.
We had a section of a tree that
came down and he was cutting it up for our fire wood.
He pulled this branch into the
side of the street to cut it up
with the chain saw (if you
know where we live you understand why he would not
cut it up in the yard).
Anyway, he got done cutting it into burnable pieces
and stacked it to move to it
into our garage as we have
two fireplaces and we camp a
He brought the chain saw
into the garage and went into
the house for a minute and
came back out to move the
wood into the garage and
someone had stopped and
stole the pile of wood in those
couple of minutes!
Whoever you were, it did
not have a free sign on it and
had you even thought about
coming up to the house to
ask? We do have a good-size
fireplace sticking out of the
front of our house, the cars
were home and the garage
was open.
I could not believe someone could really think it was
there for the taking?
You could return the pile of
wood and next time, really,
think just a bit before you
stop and steal stuff — it just
isn’t (wasn’t) yours!
Peggy Kinzler
New Auburn VFW makes 3 donations
New Auburn VFW Post
7266 met June 11, and the
meeting was called to order
by Commander Daniel
The club donated $100 to
Sibley East Community Education, $50 to Jesus Rodriguez for football camp,
and $50 to the Sam Abraham
for football camp.
The next meeting will be
Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m.
I told Chronicle readers last
fall that I was done complaining about the new Vikings
stadium and the National
Football League (NFL), but I
can’t help myself. The situation gets more outrageous as
more information becomes
How the Minnesota delegation, seeking the 2018 Super
Bowl, prostrated themselves
before the NFL gods is truly
pitiful, and should be downright embarrassing for all
Minnesotans are independent types, both in actions and
To toss ourselves, and our
money, at these arrogant, already-too-rich NFL owners
for the rights to host a single
sporting event in a new billion dollar stadium (partially
extorted from taxpayers) for
the enjoyment of mostly
other rich people is sad indeed.
This pitiful display is not
the same Minnesota I remember growing up. That Minnesota prided itself on self reliance, independence, enjoying the outdoors and the uncanny ability to remain mod-
Rich Glennie
est, even self-deprecating at
times. We are humble people.
Yet, we have our corporate
leaders throwing themselves
at this ungodly monopoly
called the NFL and its
money-hungry owners who
think this is the only game in
I, for one, do not plan on
watching NFL football in the
future after all the revelations
have come to light on how
high-handed these arrogant
people have become.
I have better things to do in
the fall, like grass to mow
and leaves to rake.
The NFL owners are no
more special than the rest of
us. If we did not cater to their
blackmailing ways, they
would go elsewhere.
If all NFL communities refused to buckle under to the
league’s outrageous demands,
then what would the league
owners do? I doubt they
would cancel the Super
Bowl. But they might tone
down their pompous, selfish
That, however, is highly
It is sad that some of Minnesota’s leaders are playing
this “game” in the first place.
Our only revenge may be
Mother Nature. A February
Super Bowl in Minnesota has
opportunities for payback. A
stiff north wind with an old
fashioned snowstorm and
temperatures well below zero
might be what the doctor ordered.
While these “out-of-towners” may be chilled to the
bone struggling to get into
their luxury boxes at the new
Vikings stadium, real Minnesotans will be out ice fishing, cross country skiing or
enjoying some refreshments
in front of the fire ... with the
TV off.
Welcome to Minnesota!
Social Security Continued from page 4
revenue of the government
for the period was $39.7 trillion. The total expenditures
for the period were $45.3 trillion.
The inescapable fact is that
the government spent $5.6
trillion more than it took in
for the years 1984-2009. The
government clearly did not
save any money during the
period, for Social Security, or
for anything else. The government spent all of its own
revenue, plus the $2.7 trillion
in surplus Social Security
revenue, plus $2.9 trillion of
additional money borrowed
from the public.
If the government would
repay the $2.7 trillion of debt
that it owes to the trust fund,
Social Security would no
longer have urgent, short-run
problems. It would be able to
pay full benefits for another
20 years without any other
action. But members of Congress have shown little evidence that they plan to repay
the looted money, now or
ever. Instead, they are advocating cutting Social Security
benefits so the looted money
will not have to be repaid.
Despite the fact that Congress, the president and other
government officials know
the trust fund money has
been spent, most members of
the public do not have a clue.
Most people continue to believe that the trust fund holds
$2.7 trillion in real marketable bonds. But, the trust
fund holds no real assets, because the money has already
been spent for non-Social Security purposes.
Allen W. Smith, author of
It Be There For You?”
taught economics for 30
years before retiring from
Eastern Illinois University
in 1998 to become a fulltime writer.
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Stewartfest set for June 21-22
Stewartfest will be celebrated Saturday, June 21,
and Sunday, June 22, in
Events have been rearranged to make the former three-day celebration
fit into two days.
Activities get under way
early Saturday, with an 8
a.m. start for both the annual softball tournament (call
320-848-2857 to register a
team), and citywide garage
The first clue for the
medallion hunt, with a
$250 prize sponsored by
First Minnesota Bank, will
be posted in the city park at
10 a.m.
The antique tractor pull
starts at noon. The Stewart
Fire Department is sponsoring its annual waterball
tournament starting at
12:30 p.m., with registration at noon. Fire departments who wish to compete
should call 320-583-1540.
There will be kids’ inflatable rides in the city park
from noon to 8 p.m., and
music by Redneck Crazy
Entertainment with DJ
Cory Carr from noon to 9
Clowns, balloons and
more will be available from
2 to 5 p.m. A beer pong
tournament starts at 4 p.m.,
with registration at 3:30
The Stewart Lions will
host their annual sweet
corn feed starting at 4 p.m.
The Stewart Fire Department will host a street
dance with Shirts & Skins
from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The annual fireworks
display, sponsored by the
Stewart Lions, city of
Stewart and other community members, will start
about 10 p.m.
The softball tournament
will resume Sunday at 8
Other Sunday events in-
clude a community worship
at the community center at
9 a.m.; a pancake breakfast
from 9 a.m. to noon at the
fire hall, with proceeds
going to the “Hunt For a
Cure” Susan G. Komen
Three-Day Breast Cancer
Walk team; a pedal pull
sponsored by the Stewart
Lions, 10:30 a.m.; the
grande day parade, with the
Phoenix Drumline and
more (call 320-562-2115 or
320-223-8524 to enter a
unit), 1 p.m.; Minn-E-Rod
pull, sponsored by the
Stewart Lions Club, 2:30
p.m; and kids games at the
community center, 2 p.m.-5
Also available all weekend will be a variety of
food vendors and a tattoo
For more information
about the celebration, visit
Stewart City Council approves
Girl Scout butterfly garden request
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
The Stewart City Council
gave permission to the Stewart-Brownton Girl Scouts to
start a butterfly garden on
city-owned property at its
June 9 meeting.
The garden will be located
on Powers Street, just east of
the former Red Owl grocery
The troop presented the
City Council with a schematic drawing of its plans, and
the Council voted unanimously to allow the project.
In other business, the City
• Agreed to begin advertising for a 20-hour-per-week
deputy city clerk.
• Approved two special
event outdoor liquor licenses
for Cactus Jack’s II for a bean
bag tournament Saturday,
June 21, and Sunday, June
• Approved its roster of
election judges, which includes City Clerk Ronda
Huls; Joe Maiers and Lucy
Sadergaski, head judges; and
Virgene Roepke, Maria
Rubio, Louise Jaeger, Marlene Streich, Carol Maiers,
Norma Syverson, Linda
Werner, Shirley Kirchoff and
Guadalupe Rubio.
• Approved the purchase of
a new floor and carpet cleaner for the community center.
• Passed a resolution accepting the withdrawal of
Boon Lake Township,
Renville County, from the
Stewart fire district. Boon
Lake Township will receive
fire protection from Buffalo
• Accepted the donation of
a thermal imaging camera to
the Stewart Fire Deaprtment
from the New Prague Fire
• Adopted a sign retroreflectivity policy.
• Approved several zoning
and building permits, which
included a fence in the 500
block of Prior Street, a kennel
at a Powers Street home, a
clubhouse in the 500 block of
Bowman Street, and two
decks and a storage shed in
the 800 block of Main Street.
• Heard that the first responder unit had taken on a
new person.
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
June 19, 1914
O.C. Conrad, Editor
Grandpa Schimmelpfennig has
been quite ill for the past week,
being confined to his bed most of
the time. At this writing his condition is somewhat improved, but
his recovery will be decidedly
slow due to his advanced age, 85.
75 Years Ago
June 15, 1939
Percy L. Hakes, Editor
Again, God Almighty has
taken from our midst another pioneer settler and old homesteader
of this area in the person of Herman Gaulke, who passed away at
the home of his son, Frank
Gaulke, Thursday evening, June
8, at the advanced age of 93
years. A native of Pomerania,
Germany, he came to America at
the age of 5 with his parents, five
brothers and two sisters. In 1872,
he and his wife (Sophie Knick)
homesteaded on the farm which
is now occupied by the Fred
Rickert family in Penn Township.
They lived there until 1905,
when they moved to the farm
now occupied by their son.
Last Sunday 21 young people
were received into the membership of Immanuel Lutheran
Church through the rite of confirmation. They include: Jerome
Wilhelm, Helen Kohls, Dolores
Albrecht, Marvin Duenow,
Daniel Winterfeldt, Raymond
Winseman, Gail Schatz, Melvin
Hess, Reginald Hesse, Gordon
Lemke, August Streich, Wilbur
Braun, Lawrence LaValley, Bernice Roepke, Edith Hochsprung,
Raymond Lindeman, Marvin
Spaude, Carl Hardel, Esther
Gaulke, Thusnelda Lindeman
and Anna Mae Schleeter.
A very pretty June wedding
was solemnized Thursday afternoon when Miss Cerina
Schwarzrock, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Erich Schwarzrock, became the bride of Mr. Elmer
Krecklau, son of Mr. and Mrs.
William Kreckau of near Glencoe. The couple will make their
home on the farm of the groom’s
parents south of Glencoe.
50 Years Ago
June 18, 1964
Charles H. Warner, Editor
Mr. and Mrs. Donovan Fischer
(Karen Steinhaus) were married
May 15 at the Zion Lutheran
Church of Buffalo Lake. Donovan is employed at Lindy Lundstrom’s Gambles store and the
couple lives in one of the apartments above the Lehmann Grocery Store.
20 Years Ago
June 15, 1994
Lori Copler, Editor
Amanda Mackenthun, daughter of Merlin and Jan Mackenthun of rural Brownton, was the
winner of the Jenny Resch Memorial Scholarship at Glencoe
Middle School.
Chuck Warner of Brownton
was elected chairman of the
board of directors for the MidMinnesota Development Commission at its annual meeting.
10 Years Ago
June 16, 2004
Lori Copler, Editor
The New Auburn VFW Auxiliary named Eddie Winterfeldt, a
bus driver for McLeod West
Schools, as its bus driver of the
year. Winterfeldt has been a bus
driver for 39 years.
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
June 19, 1914
Koeppen Brothers, Editors
Tuesday morning at 8:30 occurred the marriage of Miss
Annie Klinkhammer and Mr.
Anthony Ewert at the St. Boniface Church, the Rev. J.J. Mies
officiating. The bride is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter
Klinkhammer of Olivia and the
groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Ewert of Collins Township. The newlyweds will take
up housekeeping at once on the
groom’s farm a few miles north
of Stewart, on which he built a
new house this spring.
Friends and relatives were
shocked Monday morning when
a message arrived from Minneapolis that George Forcier had
succumbed while undergoing an
operation for intestinal trouble.
He was the youngest son of Mr.
and Mrs. V.E. Forcier of Grafton
Township and was born May 18,
1891, making him 23 years of
age at the time of his death. The
body was shipped out Monday
evening and the funeral service
was held at St. Boniface Church
Wednesday morning.
75 Years Ago
June 16, 1939
Harry Koeppen, Editor
John Fahse, 76, and a resident
of Stewart for some years, died
at his home in this village Tuesday just before noon. His death
was the result of a stroke he suffered the previous Friday.
Henry Fitzloff, respected resident of this village, passed away
last week Tuesday morning at
the age of 73. The Fitzloffs
farmed north of Buffalo Lake
and moved to Stewart in 1919
where the family has since made
their home. For the past seven
years he had served as a janitor
for the Lutheran church.
50 Years Ago
June 18, 1964
Kermit T. Hubin, Editor
Joan Klammer, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Klammer is a
queen candidate for the Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival which
will take place this weekend,
June 19-21. Joan is sponsored by
radio station KDUZ.
Mr. and Mrs. David Remus
(Naomi LaPlante) are the proud
parents of a baby boy, Anthony
LaPlante, born at the Glencoe
hospital June 10.
35 Years Ago
June 21, 1979
Anthony G. Blum, Editor
Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested two suspects in connection with the armed robbery of
First State Bank of Stewart on
June 11. The two, a man and a
woman, were arrested June 13 in
Alexandria and charged with
robbery. The FBI identified the
two suspects as James Stanley
Snedecker, 40, a prison escapee
from the Sandstone federal correctional facility, and Denise
Shelley, 22, of Crystal.
Chronicle photo by Lori Copler
The Brownton Co-op Ag Center in
March bought the New Auburn C-Store,
which had been closed, and spent the
past couple of months remodeling in
anticipation of reopening it. New
pumps with card readers were recently
installed and became operational as of
Friday, providing 24-hour-a-day, pay-atthe-pump service. Grocery goods are
currently arriving, and the Ag Center
hopes to have the convenience store
open within the next two weeks. Above
are Roger J. Trebbensee, assistant
manager of the Brownton Co-op Ag
Center; Del Gallup, manager of the CStore; and Bruce Loeschen, general
manager of the Brownton Co-op Ag
New Auburn convenience store
to re-open in very near future
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
ithin the next two
weeks, New
Auburn will
again have a full-service convenience store.
The Brownton Co-op Ag
Center bought the C-store in
March, and currently has the
pumps open for pay-at-thepump service.
Brownton Co-op Ag Center
General Manager Bruce
Loeschen said the cooperative’s board began talking
about possibly buying the
closed store in January, and
completed the purchase in
Assistant Manager Roger J.
Trebbensee said the cooperative’s “agronomy and grain
business stretches that way”
into Sibley County, and the
purchase of the C-store
“helps capture something for
that community.”
Loeschen said “there is a
definite void there” regarding
a place to buy gas and some
groceries that the Ag Center
felt it could help fill.
“We want to provide some
good service for our patrons
in that area,” said
Trebbensee. “And it also
gives them a chance to buy
Since buying the store, the
Ag Center did some renovation of the building, including
new flooring and a new ceiling. It also ordered all new
pumps, which were recently
installed and went into operation this past Friday.
The store offers both gasoline and diesel, with 24-hour
access through pay-at-thepump debit and credit card
Trebbensee said groceries
for the C-store are currently
arriving and being stocked on
shelves. The co-op is hoping
to open the C-store within the
next two weeks, but also is
busy with its agronomy business because of the wet and
late spring.
After the groceries are
New Auburn VFW Auxiliary
makes donations, to meet July 9
The New Auburn VFW
Post 7266 Auxiliary was
called to order by President
Phyllis Schwanke.
A $300 scholarship was
awarded to Steph Klockmann, a senior at GlencoeSilver Lake High School.
Donations also were given
to the Sibley County Food
Shelf, $40; and Armed Forces
Services, $25.
The Auxiliary members
were pleased to have placed
third in the community service record book contest at the
VFW Convention in St.
25 Brownton
seniors met
on Monday
Twenty-five Brownton
senior citizens met Monday,
June 16, at the community
Cards were played with the
following winners: 500,
Gladys Rickert, first, and
Carol Brelje, second;
pinochle, Ruby Streich, first,
and Bernetta Alsleben, second; and sheephead, Norma
Albrecht, first, and Elmer
Maass, second.
Harriet Bergs won the door
prize. Deloris Rennecke
served refreshments.
The next meeting will be
Monday, June 23, at 1 p.m.
All area seniors are welcome.
The POW/MIA candle was
lit and a moment of silence
The next Auxiliary meeting
will be Wednesday, July 9, at
7 p.m.
stocked, the store will focus
on developing a deli-style
service for subs, pizza, chicken drummies, etc.
“We’re looking at quick
lunch and breakfast-type
items,” said Trebbensee.
A manager, Del Gallup, has
been hired. Trebbensee said
she has previous experience
managing convenience stores.
A few employees also have
been hired. Trebbensee said
that once a full staff has been
hired and trained, the cooperative will set regular hours
for the convenience store, but
expects to be open early
mornings through early
evenings or later.
Trebbensee said more information will be released as
the opening date is determined.
Please join us as
we celebrate
Gerald & Diane
50th Wedding Anniversary
Open House
Friday, June 27
5-9 pm
Community Center
Write down your favorite
memory of the couple to
share for album following.
Stewartfest Activities
Fri., June 20th:
Beer Pong Tournament - 6pm
Whiskey Tango Band - 9pm–1am
Sat., June 21st:
Duo Band - Noon
Hello He Lied Band - 8pm
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Mon., June 23 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 55:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club,
Brownton Community Center, 1 p.m.;
Brownton Rod & Gun Club, 7 p.m.
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Thurs., June 19 — AA Group mtg. next
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Silver Lake Area News
Upcoming Events
Music in the Park to begin
The Silver Lake Music in the Park series will begin
next Thursday, June 26, at Legion Park. Food is served at
6 p.m. with music by Jerry Kahle and Blake Klaustermeier combo to follow at 7 p.m. Lunch will be served by
the Pola-Czesky royalty and includes barbecue sandwiches, chips, pickle, dessert and beverage. The royalty
will also be hosting a kolache bake sale. The following
Thursday, music will be provided by Alice and the Ol’
Boys with lunch served by Grace Bible Church.
Pola-Czesky meeting June 30
On Monday, June 30, at 7 p.m., there will be a PolaCzesky committee meeting at the Silver Lake Auditorium. Members from each organization are encouraged to
Dairy Day set Friday, June 20
The Silver Lake Business Association is sponsoring the
annual Silver Lake Dairy Day on Friday, June 20, from
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Legion Park. The event includes
kids’ activities sponsored by the Silver Lake American
Legion Auxiliary, music by Jim’s Brewers, ice cream eating and milk drinking contests, and much more. A meal
of pulled-pork sandwiches, chips, pickles, milk and ice
cream will be served. There is a cost for the meal. In case
of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Silver
Lake Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. See future issues of The McLeod County Chronicle for more
Chronicle photos by
Alyssa Schauer
Pool fun
Last Friday, June 13, the
Bruce Maresh Aquatic
Center in Silver Lake was
swimming with kids and
parents as they enjoyed a
day in the sun at the pool.
The pool opened Sunday,
June 8, but rainy weather
has kept many from enjoying it. Above is Madison Watts preparing for a
dunk as she vaulted out
from the water slide. To
the left is Lucas Chrast,
enjoying water football
before performing his
one-of-a-kind move, the
cannonball. The pool is
open Mondays through
Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 4
p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8
p.m., and Fridays through
Sundays, noon to 8 p.m.
For more information,
contact the city of Silver
Lake at 320-327-2412.
Council amends Sunday
liquor sales ordinance
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
Despite an initial appeal to
“carefully consider” a request
to amend the ordinance regarding liquor sales on Sundays to reflect the Minnesota
state ordinance, the Silver
Lake City Council passed the
changes without much discussion.
City Clerk Kerry Venier
said the request came from
business owner Frank Koelfgen, who owns and operates
Molly’s Cafe in Silver Lake.
A few years ago, Koelfgen
requested an ordinance
change so that he may offer
on-sale liquor, and the Council approved the amendment.
This recent request from
Koelfgen would allow his
business and any entities considered restaurants and clubs,
such as the Silver Lake
American Legion, to serve
beer and wine on Sundays, in
accordance with Minnesota
state statute.
“On a side note, I think if
we have an individual that
comes in and wants to change
the ordincance for their benefit, we should carefully consider it,” Venier said.
He said Koelfgen asked for
the ordinance to be changed
so he can sell liquor, but
never followed through with
getting a liquor license;
Koelfgen only applied for the
strong beer and wine license.
“We changed the last one at
his request and he didn’t follow through (with getting a
liquor license). It costs us
quite a bit of money to
change ordinances,” Venier
said, adding costs include
legals fees and publication
Councilor Eric Nelson
agreed with Venier about
“As other businesses come
and move into the area and
see we’re giving preference
to one, they might start asking too (for ordinance
changes). This is why we
should caerfully consider
changing it,” Nelson emphasized.
Councilor Carol Roquette
commented, “We should support the businesses we do
“I agree, we do need to
support business,” Venier
said, “but in the case of
Molly’s...we need to gauge
reality and ask ‘Is this really
going to happen?’”
He referred to lack of follow-through on the previous
ordinance change.
Mayor Bruce Bebo asked
about the ordinance contradicting the state statutes, and
Venier said it did.
Councilor Pat Fogarty
made a motion to approve the
amendments to allow the sale
of intoxicating liquor on Sundays for restaurants and clubs
and Councilor Nolan Johnson
seconded the motion.
“So we’re going to go
ahead?” Nelson asked, appearing shocked at the lack of
discussion about the issue.
Bebo said the amendments
bring the ordinance in compliance with the state and on
a 5-0 vote, the Council approved.
In other matters, the Council:
• Approved a one-day onsale liquor license for the
American Legion Post 141 on
June 22, 2014.
• Approved the dance and
3.2 beer on-sale license application for the Pola-Czesky
Days commitee for August 13.
• Reviewed the Municipal
Liquor Store May report to
find a net profit of 6.46 percent, up from -4.13 percent in
May 2013.
Operating revenues totaled
$23,135 and expenses were
MLS Manager Jon Jerabek
said the net profit includes a
$1,000 donation from the Silver Lake Lions to use towards replacing mats.
The year-to-date MLS report showed operating revenues were $107,882, up
from $106,428 in 2013 and
expenese were $80,612,
down from $87,388 in 2013.
The year-to-date net profit
was 12.5 percent, up from
9.01 percent last year.
Jerabek also made a recommmendation to increase auditorium rental costs to reflect
the recent improvements and
to stay competitive with surrounding event centers.
• Reviewed the public
works report to find there has
been contact with R&R Excavating regarding the remaining punch list items on the
Public Works Supervisor
Dale Kosek said four sumps
still have to be located; two
catch basins need to be grouted; and some of the sanitary
and storm sewer covers need
to be replaced as they were
placed incorrectly.
The incorrects will be paid
by Short Elliott Hendrickson,
Inc. (SEH).
• Heard there was no planning commission last month
and that Jason Horrmann,
who has been a commissioner
for 10 years, is resigning his
position. Venier said the city
has been running ads to find
two members.
• Hired Ryan Kuester and
Riley Oliver as lifeguards and
Bernie Kaczmarek as an election judge.
• Received two donations
towards auditorium improvments: $500 from Sam Shimanski and $10,000 from
Harry and Rita Bebo of Monticello. The Bebos donated
the money in memory of Matt
and Elinore Gehlen.
Degree of Honor meeting set
Degree of Honor No. 182 will hold a social meeting
Tuesday, June 24, at 1 p.m., at the Silver Lake Auditorium.
Clark benefit set June 22
The Gregory Clark benefit is scheduled Sunday, June
22, from noon to 4 p.m., at Dassel-Cokato High School.
The benefit includes a pork chop meal, silent auction and
bouncy houses. Thrivent Financial of Cokato will be supporting the fundraiser with a $4,000 matching donation.
What started with flu-like symptoms turned into pneumonia and mono for the 10-year-old of Dassel. But when he
woke up the day after Easter, he could not walk and was
taken to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, further testing was done at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and rehabilitation began at Gillette’s Hospital in St. Paul. He has
regained some upper body functions and full function of
his legs. Rehab could take another two years. Monetary
donations can be sent to First National Bank, 365 Broadway Ave. S., Cokato 55321, payable to First Baptist
Church with Gregory Clark Family Fund in the memo.
Candidates GFWC met; charter
sought for
members awarded pins
Pola-Czesky GFWC Silver Lake Following the talk, the
Women’s Club held its meet- meeting was opened with the
ing Tuesday, May 27, at the Pledge of Allegiance.
Legion Club rooms. Prior to
The club will be serving
The Pola-Czesky committee is seeking young, bright
women to represent Silver
Lake as an ambassador. The
committee is looking for females ages 16 to 21 to compete for the Silver Lake royalty titles.
The committee will do its
best to work with candidates
and their families to accomodate their summer schedules.
Any interested candidates
should contact Joan Paulson
at 320-327-2800 for more information.
the opening of the meeting,
Dorothy Merrill, club member and program chair, gave a
talk on how the women’s
club was started in the United
Merrill also told the group
about the original Silver Lake
Women’s Club and said when
it was disbanded, the present
club was reorganized 25
years ago.
Twenty-five year pins were
presented to charter members, including Martha
Urban, Dodie Chalupsky,
Margaret Benz and Dorothy
the lunch at Music in the Park
on Thursday, July 17, and
will be organizing the PolaCzesky kiddie parade. Six $5
cash prizes will be donated
for the drawings at Music in
the Park.
Ann Boyer will be the representative on the PolaCzesky committee. The club
will purchase and plant flowers in the pots by the auditorium.
A donation of $25 was
given to the Silver Lake
Dairy Day event to be held
on Friday, June 20.
Silver Lake Business Association hosts
Silver Lake’s
Friday, June 20
Rain Location at Silver
Lake Auditorium
5:30-8:00 p.m. • Silver Lake City Park
Prizes will be awarded. Receive a ticket with each sandwich purchased.
FREE * Crackers * FREE * Cheese * FREE
5:30-8:00 pm
5:30-7:00 pm
6:00-8:00 pm
7:00-8:00 pm
7:00 pm
7:15 pm
Kids Activities by Silver Lake Legion Auxiliary
Music by Jim’s Brewers
Guess the Age and Weight of the Calf
Meet the McLeo
Ice Cream Eating Contest
County Dairy la
Princesses & Po !
Milk Drinking Contest
ky Royalty
HIT 106.9 FM
LIVE during
the events!
5 Pulled Pork Sandwiches
includes chips, pickles, milk & ice cream
– FIVE - $10 Gift Certificates –
for Dairy Products redeemable from the McLeod Co. ADA
– Milk donated by JB Dairy & Schroeder Milk Co. –
Dairy Day made possible by the following contributors and sponsors:
American Auxiliary Unit #141
American Legion Post #141
Ray Bandas
Cedar Crest, Silver Lake
City of Silver Lake
Electronic Servicing
First Community Bank, Silver Lake
First District Assn., Litchfield
GFWC, Silver Lake
Grandma’s Closet
Harlan’s Auto Repair
Jean’s Floral & Crafts
K&K Storage
Kaczmarek Landscaping & Design
Kaz’s Auto & Truck Repair
Dennis Konerza
Larry Doerr Insurance Agency
Lite Electric
Molly’s Gallery Cafe
Pioneer Seeds, Gerald Kucera
TLB Construction
Shimanski Orchard
Silver Lake Business Association
Silver Lake Lions
Silver Lake Liquors
Sumter Mutual Ins.
Swartzer Sewer Service
WFLA Lumir Lodge #34
Waggin’ Tails Dog Grooming
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, page 8
Brothers: friends until the end
As much as we used to
pick fights and pound the
crap out of each other, I’d
still consider my brother,
Nick, one of my very best
I’m the oldest of four children — it’s me and three
younger brothers, Nick, Alex,
and Mitchell.
Since childhood, Nick’s
been my partner in crime in
everything.... and I mean
It started with the ingenious idea of dumping baby
powder over the laminate
kitchen floor in our old farmhouse for a makeshift slip ‘n’
slide that Nick and Alex skidded through before Dad came
in from farm chores. Dad was
the image of stress: wideeyed with his hands atop his
head, pulling his blond curly
A little older and more responsible, we had fun jumping off our beds onto our blue
and red bean bags with punctured holes to see it “snow”
as thousands of mini styrofoam beads gushed from the
bean bags and floated
through the air.
Our room was a winter
wonderland and Dad lost
more hair.
When we moved to Wisconsin in 1997, we broke in
our new house by shattering
glass touch lamps, picture
frames, Mom’s precious
knick knacks and other fragile items, making up wild
dances to Chumbawumba’s
popular song, “Tubthumping,” playing ball in the
house and calfing around
with our other two brothers.
But we have now outgrown
(sort of) that nonsense and resort to beating each other up
Nick and I have also seen
our share of fishing mishaps,
Tracing Roots
By Ron Pulkrabek
The Travel Section
By Alyssa Schauer
from snapping lines catching
oak trees, dropping car keys
in a 20-foot black hole on
Lake Altoona in the dead of
winter during an ice fishing
outing, and pushing his
stalled Chevy Blazer through
the busy intersection of Highways 15 and 7 in Hutchinson
one hot summer day on our
way to Lake Jennie, wearing
only swimwear and flip flops.
We’re bound to make more
fishing memories soon as our
annual Schauer family vacation on Pelican Lake in Glenwood approaches.
For the last 15 years, we’ve
been taking family vacations
at places like Three Lakes,
and Winter, Wis., Ruff’s Resort in Brainerd and more recently, Pelican Lake Resort in
All of us kids and Mom
and Dad really look forward
to a little rest and relaxation
together, until about day two
when the incessant sibling
bickering begins followed by
a little “rough-housing” in the
already too small two-bedroom cabin and Mom and
Dad wonder why they bring
the kids at all.
I can hear Mom yelling at
us now, “Get outside!”
And so we move the bickering to the swimming beach
as we take out our frustrations pushing each other off
the diving platform.
Nick and I used to team up
to dunk Alex and Mitchell
into the lake, but as we’ve
gotten older, anybody is fair
game and I’ve been the target
more than once.
I’ve realized it doesn’t matter being the oldest anymore
when you are the smallest of
the bunch.
Though I’ve left vacation
with several bruises and a
congested face from all the
water going up my nose, I’ve
still managed to feel rested
and relaxed.
And believe it or not, but
my brothers and I always
seem to be chums once again
as we head back into the
cabin at nightfall to watch a
movie, play Mario Kart or
Unfortunately, as we get
older, we kids take vacations
in shifts based on our work
schedules, baseball schedules
and Air Force itineraries, and
it’s been a few years since
we’ve all been together.
This year, I’m able to join
the family for a full week and
Alex will be around, too. He
was in Kuwait last year, so I
missed him when it came to
swimming and tubing during
But he’s the one always up
for bickering as well, so I
have a feeling it’s going to be
a loud, painful, memorable
And I wouldn’t have it any
other way.
Big Grandpa, Little Grandma Moravec
Velky (big) Grandpa,
Joseph, and malo (little)
Moravec, were my greatgrandparents. Big Grandpa
was a well-built, 6 foot, 1
inch, 240-pound man, while
Little Grandma was only
about 5 feet tall and 110
pounds. All the relation
called them Big Grandpa and
Little Grandma.
What Christena lacked in
height she made up in spunk
and needed it to control
Grandpa’s crazy get-rich
schemes. Their neighbors
were the Bednars, Zajiceks,
Nemecs and Chasteks.
Joseph Jr. came to Glencoe
at age 9 from the Czech lands
in November 1873 with his
parents, Joseph Sr. and Anna.
They existed by making
wood for farmers, eating wild
rabbits, helping with butchering hogs on German farms,
receiving the hogs head in
payment and using all of the
parts, (ears, nose, tongue,
cheeks) into making delicious
“jitrnice” sausage (ether—
In the spring they bought a
farm two miles north of
Glencoe. They had a total of
nine children, two of whom
died very young. They
farmed and eventually Joseph
Sr. died at age of 87 from an
infected cut from a scythe.
He had tried to heal the
wound himself.
Anna was bedridden for 10
years and ended up at her
daughter’s, Anna (Joseph)
Svoboda, north of Silver
Lake. Two of Anna’s children
were Josephine Bandas and
Agnes Matousek, who eventually lived in Silver Lake.
Joseph Jr., 20, married
Christena Kriz, 19, in 1885.
In 1886, they moved to Tacoma, Wash., joining other relation to work on building a
railroad in that area for $1.50
a day. They took 1-year-old
Clara (my grandmother)
along and had two more children in Washington.
Clara said one time her dad
gave her (age 6) a nickel to
go to the saloon to get him a
gallon pail of beer (the type
of pail with a lid and wire
handle). Another time Grandpa was working with a Swede
when the rail car they were
standing on suddenly unhitched and started going
backwards downhill picking
up speed. The Swede
hollered, “Yesus, Yoe,
yump”! They yumped and
didn’t get hurt.
On the way back from
Tacoma during a train stop in
Fargo, little 3-year-old Josie
was kidnapped, but they got
her back. They came back because Little Grandma didn’t
like it out there and missed
the relatives.
On returning to Minnesota
in 1892, they started farming
and added three more children to the family.
Supper time was quiet
time! Joseph Jr. ruled with an
iron hand. One time a couple
of orphaned pigs were
brought into the house in a
box and set behind the stove
to warm up. All of a sudden
the pigs started “oinking” and
the kids started laughing. A
big fist banged on the table
and the laughing stopped immediately.
Joseph Jr. was a wedding
announcer. Dressed in a suit,
a top hat and stiff collar he
would drive around the
neighborhood in a fancy
horse buggy with the best
man, inviting families to the
wedding. He read a prepared
wedding invitation speech at
each farm.
Of course, each family
would invite them in for a little drink, so by the time they
visited 10 or 15 families they
were feeling pretty good and
it got late. In the meantime,
Little Grandma and the girls
had to do chores and milk the
cows. This did not make
Grandma happy.
At 49, Big Grandpa decided to start another farm in
Bagley, about 150 miles
away. He had heard great
success stories from other
Moravecs already up there.
He loaded horses, some
cows and machinery on a
train flatbed and took his 18year-old daughter, Josie,
along as a cook. Little Grandma put her foot down and
would absolutely not leave
the farm at Glencoe.
At Bagley they lived on
rabbits and the skillful cook,
Josie, could fix them 20 different ways to taste delicious.
One time Joseph Sr. came for
a visit via train and marveled
at how good the rabbits tasted. They packed him a suitcase full of frozen rabbits
which soon thawed out in the
train luggage rack, dripping
blood on the passengers.
The land was not cleared
and the work was hard for an
older man. After 1½ years he
gave up and went back to Little Grandma at Glencoe. His
brother, John, stayed, but at
age 48, was killed by a tree
he was sawing down.
John’s wife and four kids
moved back to Wisconsin
after his death; she never did
like the Bagley area.
To be continued.
Silver Lake History
75 Years Ago
June 24, 1939
Delbert Merrill, Publisher
Jacob Bachinski, 73-year-old
Hale Township resident and one
of this community’s older residents, died Friday following an
illness caused by respiratory
trouble for three months, the last
three weeks having been spent in
the hospital.
Funeral services were held
Thursday, June 15, at Sobieski,
for Wallace Kruzel, 55, former
resident of this community. Mr.
Kruzel died suddenly while cultivating corn on his farm June
12, the body being discovered by
neighbors who brought him
Oscar Smith came back to his
beloved Lester Prairie the other
day, back home, this time to
stay, in a pretty plot in Lester
Prairie’s very pretty cemetery.
He was laid to rest Sunday afternoon, not far from the scene of
his activities for 20 years — a
country newspaper office.
The 30th annual commencement exercises of the rural
schools of McLeod County
scheduled June 9 will graduate
116 pupils. The class of 1939
has selected the motto: “Climb
though the rocks be rugged,” and
took the rose as its class flower.
In the presence of a large
gathering of relatives and
friends, Miss Mabel Blazinski,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
Blazinski of Silver Lake, was
married to John W. Anderson,
son of Edward Anderson of Superior, Wis.
Miss Helen Ardolph, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ardolph
of Silver Lake, was married June
9 at St. Stephens parish at Minneapolis to Merrill R. Annis, son
of Mrs. Beatrice Annis of Westtown, Iowa City, Iowa.
50 Years Ago
June 18, 1964
Wilbert Merrill, Publisher
Fourteen communicants received their first communion
Sunday at the Presbyterian
Church in Silver Lake, with Dr.
E. Joseph Rose conducting the
services. Communicants included Jacquelyn Hlavka, Lois Hlavka, Stanford Hlavka, Betty Konerza, Lois Merrill, Emmy
Mikkelsen, Bruce Penaz, Dale
Penaz, Carmen Reed, Bruce
Smutka, Gary Stritesky, Gene
Stritesky, Bonnie Svanda and
Joann Trnka.
Two new teachers have signed
contracts for positions at the Silver Lake Public School according to Superintendent Smith.
They are Ronald Elmquist to
teach senior high English and
Mrs. Daisy Erkkila to teach junior high English, speech and
class plays.
A safe tractor driving contest
will take place at the local high
school parking lot June 26. All
boys who are members of the
Silver Lake FFA or will be attending Silver Lake High School
as freshmen next year will be eligible to participate in this contest.
Marian Picha received a $100
nursing scholarship for practical
nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital
in Mankato. She is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Picha,
Warren Sopkowiak entered St.
Mary’s Hospital at Winsted, Sat-
urday, ill with pneumonia. He
returned home Wednesday.
Mrs. Steve Grzeskowiak is a
patient at St. Mary’s Hospital in
25 Years Ago
June 22, 1989
Ken and Dorothy Merrill,
Clarence Ruzicka, 69, of Silver Lake, passed away on Saturday, June 17, in Rochester. Funeral services were held on
Tuesday, June 20, at St. Adalbert’s Church.
Jeremy and Jennifer Plamann,
infant twins of Steve and Deb
(Klima) Plamann of rural
Hutchinson, passed away Tuesday, June 13, at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. They were
born Monday, June 12. Funeral
services were held on Sunday,
June 18, at Immanuel Lutheran
Church in Acoma Township.
Memorial services for Lester
Pixler, 40, of Columbia Heights,
will be held at the Thurston-Lidberg Funeral Home in Anoka.
He is the husband of Judith
(Dostal) Pixler and son-in-law of
Mr. and Mrs. Henry O. Dostal of
Silver Lake.
The Silver Lake Lions donated $1,000 to Camp Courage at
Dairy Day as part of the
$100,000 fundraising efforts of
the Camp Courage Wagon Train.
Steve and Jane Dennison of
Silver Lake participated in the
MS 150 Bike Tour on June 1011. There were 3,800 people in
the tour, and Steve and Jane finished in the first 400 bikers.
They also pulled their daughter,
Jenny, in a cart behind their
Seniors met with 38 members present;
quarterly meeting set July 16 in Brownton
The Silver Lake Senior Citizens Club met Monday, June
9, at 1 p.m., at the Silver
Lake Auditorium.
President Margaret Benz
called the meeting to order
followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. There were 38
members present.
A June birthday was for
Helen Lhotka. June anniversaries were Ron and Luane
Mickolichek, 52 years, and
Tony and Joanne Victorian,
59 years.
The club received a donation from the Degree of
Honor Protective Assocation
for $100. The group also received a donation of cards
from Hubert and Margaret
Schermann and a cash donation from Margie Chap.
The next county quarterly
meeting will be at Brownton
on July 16, starting at noon.
This will be a potluck meeting and members should
bring a dish to serve.
Cards were sent to Roger
and Genny Lhotka and Sam
and Dolores Shimanski.
Lunch committee for the
July 14 meeting are Mercedes
Nowak, Marcella Pokornowski and Gerry Mickolichek.
The next cards event at
Cedar Crest is Wednesday,
June 18, at 1:30 p.m.
31 winners: Yvonne Urban
and Mercedes Nowak.
500 winners: Clarence
Juncewski, Margaret Benz,
Helen Lhotka, Delores
Goede, Bernie Kaczmarek,
Gary Kaczmarek, Hubert
Schermann, Genny Lhotka,
Dodie Chalupsky and Tony
‘No wake zone’ declared
Effective immediately,
McLeod County Sheriff
Scott Rehmann has put a
“no wake zone” on Swan
Lake, which will run
through Friday, June 20.
The “no wake zone”
was necessary due to
Rehmann said.
Travel on the lake
should be at no more than
5 miles per hour.
Contact Rehmann with
any questions at 320-8643134.
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Help Wanted
Election Judges
Summer Rec Schedules
Girls 5th/6th Grade
Monday, June 23: 6:30
p.m., vs. Belle Plaine at Silver Lake field.
Wednesday, June 25: 6:30
p.m., vs. Waconia Wildcats at
Silver Lake field.
Monday, June 30: 6:30
p.m., vs. Waconia Wildcats at
Waconia-Brook Peterson
Park field.
Wednesday, July 2: 6:30
p.m., vs. Norwood Young
America No. 1 at Silver Lake
Monday, July 7: 6:30 p.m.,
vs. NYA at Hamburg Park
Wednesday, July 9: 6:30
p.m., vs. Jordan at Jordan
Athletic Complex No. 1.
Boys 3rd/4th Grade
Pee Wee Baseball
Thursday, June 19: 6:30
p.m., vs. Pirates at Silver
Lake field.
Tuesday, June 24: 6:30
p.m., vs. Glencoe at Silver
Lake field.
Thursday, June 26: 6:30
p.m., vs. Winsted at
Southview field.
Tuesday, July 1: 6:30 p.m.,
vs. Glencoe at Glencoe Utility Field West.
Tuesday, July 8: 6:30 p.m.,
vs. NYA Cardinals at Silver
Lake field.
Thursday, July 10: 6:30
p.m., vs. Waconia Blue Jays
at Silver Lake field.
K-2 Baseball
Monday, June 23: 6:30
p.m., vs. Lester No. 1 at Silver Lake Rumrill/Tschimperle Field.
Monday, June 30: 6:30
p.m., vs. Lester No. 2 at
Rumrill/Tschimperle Field.
Wednesday, July 2: 6:30
p.m., vs. Winsted Royal Blue
at Westgate.
Monday, July 7: 6:30 p.m.,
vs. Winsted Red at
Rumrill/Tschimperle Field.
Wednesday, July 9: 6:30
p.m., vs. Winsted Navy Blue
at Westgate.
Monday, July 14: 6:30
p.m., vs. Lester No. 3 at Veterans Field.
To submit information for publication
in The Chronicle,
there is a drop box
located at the Silver
Lake city office.
Now you can also
purchase copies of
The Chronicle at the
city office also!
The City of Silver Lake is
looking for Election Judges
for the upcoming Elections.
Responsibilities include: registering voters, handing out
ballots, and tabulating results.
This position will attend paid
one half day training and serve
a four to twelve hour shift on
the Primary (8/12/14) and
General (11/4/14) Election
days. Pay is $8.66 per hour.
If interested, please contact
Silver Lake City Hall at 320327-2412 or www.cityof
The City of Silver Lake is
looking for community minded individuals interested in
serving on the Silver Lake
Planning Commission.
Responsibilities include: reviewing and updating the
City’s Comprehensive plan;
reviewing and making recommendations to the City Council for zoning decisions; and
helping to develop a positive
future for the growth and development of the City of Silver Lake.
Regular meetings are held
the 2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Interested individuals may
contact City Hall at 320-3272412 or go to www.cityof
Thank You
The family of Frank Hlavka would like to take this opportunity to say
Thank You to everyone who showed us such overwhelming support during
our difficult time through Frank’s illness and after his death. It was so humbling to have such outpouring of love through this journey we were on.
We would especially like to thank Frank’s team of Sanford caregivers,
from the doctors, nurses and the care he received from Sanford Hospice.
You will always be a part of our family.
A huge thank you to everyone who sent cards, called, brought food, visited both at home and the hospital, the meal served after the funeral mass
and especially for your memorials in Frank’s memory. We would like to
thank the Osterberg Funeral Home for their kind words and help in making
the hardest days a little bit easier. Fathers Sutton and Quinn for the excellent service. Frank would have loved how you included all the things and
people he loved in your tribute to him.
As a son, brother, husband, dad, papa and friend, he will be missed by all
who knew him and we are so blessed to have had him in our lives.
Therese Hlavka, Tracy (Jed) Hesebeck, Justin (Danielle) Hlavka,
Andrew, Erik and Isaac Hesebeck, Olivia and Noah Hlavka
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, page 9
Sundblad named 2014 Outstanding Educator
Submitted photo
Confirmation services were held May 4 at First Congregational Church in Glencoe with the only confirmand
being Kyle Geisler. Officiating was the Rev. Linzy Collins
80th Birthday
@ the Glencoe
Country Club
Saturday, June 21
1-5 p.m.
Sat., June 21
Hillcrest Cafe
1 Session 9 a.m.
2nd Session 12:30 p.m.
5 Entry Fee
100% Payback
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12:25, 2:40, 4:50, 6:55 & 8:55
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12:30, 2:45, 5:05, 7:20 & 9:35
The Fault in Our Stars PG-13
11:50, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05 & 9:30
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Kevin and Kristen Schauer of Glencoe announce the
birth of their daughter, Elsie Joy, on June 6, 2014, at St.
Francis Hospital. Elsie weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and
was 21-1/4 inches long. Grandparents are Gary and
Sharon Schauer of Glencoe and Robert and Connie
Havard of Albany.
Jersey Boys R
Area students on UMD list
Ryan and Nicole Brugman
A number of area students were named to the spring
semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. They included, from Brownton: Katelin Goebel,
sophomore, biology major; Michael Hahn, senior, accounting; Glencoe: Kaitlyn Boesche, freshman, biology;
Adam Broderius, senior, industrial engineering and mechanical engineering; Dylan Jenkins, sophomore, exercise science; Trevor Lueders, senior, environmental science; and Jesse Senst, senior, marketing; Silver Lake:
Michael Coughlin, freshman, computer science; Stewart: Chris Dahlman, junior, geographic information science; and Winsted: Jared Gailey, sophomore, chemistry,
and Abby Schlueter, junior, chemistry.
Area player wins $25,000
Jerry Parent of Silver Lake won $25,000 playing Lottery’s Feelin’ Lucky scratch game. Parent claimed his
prize June 9 and bought the winning ticket at Big Don’s
Carthedral, Inc., in Lester Prairie.
Cornell on president’s list
Kathleen Cornell of Glencoe was named to the spring
semester president’s list at Minnesota State CollegeSoutheast Technical at Winona.
Local students on GA list
Maleficent PG
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Edge of Tomorrow PG-13
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Special Advance Screening of
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tended Bethany Lutheran
College in Mankato and graduated in 2008 with a bachelor
of arts degree in psychology.
She is employed as a quality
assurance manager and translator at BI Worldwide in
Eden Prairie.
The groom is a 2003 graduate of McLeod West High
School and furthered his education at Ridgewater College
in insurance adjusting with a
completion certificate in
2006. He is employed by
C&H Truck Repair as a
diesel mechanic.
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Daughter born to Schauers
Ruehling —
702 10th St. E. • Glencoe, MN 55336
Several area students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College at St. Peter.
They included Morgan Sanken of Brownton, Beatrice
Winter of Glencoe, and James Brooks of Stewart.
SCSU’s spring dean’s list
St. Cloud State University announced its spring semester dean’s list, and it included the following area students: from Brownton: Mark Zaske, undecided major;
Glencoe: Taylor Breidenbach, early childhood education;
Courtney Schroepfer, elementary education; Daniel
Witte, political science; and Kevin Witte, psychology;
Lester Prairie: Bethany Briggs, biomedical sciences;
and Silver Lake: Erik Stensvad, accounting.
ception will follow at Crow
River Winery.
ther of these two items and
are willing to donate, please
contact the Sibley County 4H Federation.
If you are participating in
Demonstration Day, please
sign up on your fair registration form by Monday, July 7.
Demonstrations will be given
Thursday morning of the
county fair.
There are many camps and
project days coming up so
make sure to keep your calendars open and be prepared
for a fun 4-H summer.
GA graduates announced
Several local students were among the June 1 graduates of Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter. They included, from Glencoe: Marley Clark, bachelor of arts
(BA) degree in management; Alexis Quale, BA in health
fitness, cum laude; and Collin Zajicek, BA, physics; and
Stewart: James Brooks, BA, chemistry, summa cum
Holy Trinity’s honor rolls
The following area students were named to the fourthquarter A honor roll at Holy Trinity Catholic School: Elijah Essen, seventh grade, son of Bridget and George
Essen of Glencoe, and Katlyn Pokornowski, seventh
grade, daughter of Tammy and David Pokornowski of
Silver Lake. On the B honor roll are Michael Dietz, seventh grade, son of Linda and Kevin Dietz of Glencoe;
Steph Hoffmann, ninth grade, daughter of Bev and Tom
Hoffmann of Silver Lake; and Evelyn Penas, ninth grade,
daughter of Peni and Bob Penas of Silver Lake.
Pokornowski earns award
Katlyn Pokornowski, a seventh-grade student at Holy
Trinity Catholic School, received the Ace scholarship, a
$250 award in memory of Amos Chalupsky.
Melody Ruehling
Mitch Hardel
4-H Federation gearing
up for summer events
By David Pioske
The May meeting of the
Sibley County 4-H Federation was called to order by
President Zach Klaers on
May 27. Flag pledges were
said and roll call was taken.
With so many events occurring during this summer,
the federation was excited to
discuss all the upcoming
camps and project days.
It was discussed that the 4H Food Stand is looking for a
10-cup Bunn coffee maker
and a warmer. If you have ei-
Glencoe Days 5 Annual
by students, parents, colleagues or community members. Those who accept the
nomination provide additional information for consideration by Synergy & Leadership Exchange and a blue ribbon selection panel, which reviews and ranks the nominees.
Six educators received
statewide honors, and seven
educators were named as regional honorees for the 2014
WEM Foundation Outstanding Educator Awards.
Paul and Amy Ruehling are
proud to announce the engagement of their daughter,
Melody, to Mitch Hardel, son
of Jeff and Julie Hardel.
Ruehling took classes at
Ridgewater College and Hennepin Technical College. She
works at Locher Brothers in
Green Isle as a graphic designer.
Hardel graduated from
Ridgewater College with a
multimedia degree and works
for Sign Source in Chanhassen as a laser engraver technician.
The couple plans an October wedding at Peace Lutheran Church in Arlington. A re-
with the Academic Challenge
Coach Award (classroom
teachers who are exemplary
coaches of student teams that
participate and compete in academic challenges endorsed
by the Minnesota Academic
League Council).
In the past, two other GSL
teachers have received the regional honors — Vicky Harris, Lincoln Junior High science teacher, and Patrick
Hiltner, high school English
Educators are first nominated for the WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Program
Nicole Elaine Strackbein
and Ryan Ray Brugman, both
of Litchfield, were united in
marriage Feb. 22, 2014, at
Cove Point Lodge, Beaver
Bay, Minn., on the shores of
Lake Superior.
Parents of the couple are
Phillip and Kathryn Strackbein of Bolivia, South America, and Vern and Cheryl
Brugman of Stewart.
Maid of honor was Tonya
Brugman, sister of the groom.
Bridesmaids were Brittany
Brugman, sister of the groom,
and Kelly Bartyzal, friend of
the bride.
Best man was Jon Maiers,
friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Mitch Simmons,
friend of the couple, and Ben
Lundquist, friend of the
A reception dinner was
held at the Trestle Inn, Finland, Minn., and a family and
friends reception was held
June 7 at the home of the
groom’s parents in Stewart.
The couple, planning a December 2014 honeymoon,
will reside at Lake Minnie
Belle near Litchfield.
The bride was home
schooled and attended high
school in Mexico, where she
graduated in 2004. She at-
tion in science and technology.
“Mr. Sundblad’s ability to
focus and challenge his students and allowing them to
excel is admirable,” shared a
parent. “Where many educators may grow frustrated, his
positive attitude shines
through and remains even
when tired.”
Sundblad’s newest leadership experience outside the
classroom is his involvement
with the training of future educators. He was hired by St.
Cloud State University to instruct courses for prospective
industrial technology and engineering instructors.
“During his tenure, Mr.
Sundblad has made a lot of
changes and improvements,”
said Principal Paul Sparby.
“He has implemented Project
Lead curriculum; is using
iPads in the classroom for
student work, video productions, and as a scan tool for
automotive repair class, has
implemented the use of a 3D
In addition to the Teacher
Achievement Award, honorees are recognized with the
Ethics in Education Award
(exemplary educators who
embody ethical behavior and
promote ethical development
for students through classroom or school activities,
policies or curriculum) and
Strackbein — Brugman
Michael Sundblad, a
teacher from Glencoe-Silver
Lake High School, was
named a regional honoree in
the WEM Foundation’s 2014
Outstanding Educator Awards
Sundblad was honored in
the Teacher
Achievement categ o r y ,
which recognizes exemplary
who support, inspire and
assist students to at- Michael
tain greater
learning, as Sundblad
evidenced by student
Sundblad has been teaching
for 22 years, and currently
teaches engineering and industrial technology to students ninth through 12th
grade at GSL High School.
In addition to teaching,
Sundblad runs the Supermileage team. It is a project
based program where students design, build and test a
single person car to achieve
high mileage.
Sundblad also introduced
FIRST Robotics at GSL High
School to inspire young people’s interest and participa-
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, page 10
Francis ‘Frank’ Hlavka, 56, Sherburn
A Mass of Christian Burial
for Francis “Frank” Hlavka,
56, of Sherburn, was held
Saturday, May 24, at the
Church of Good Shepherd in
Mr. Hlavka
Tu e s d a y,
Born on
21, Frank Hlavka
William and Adeline (Hoffman) Hlavka at home in Hale
Township, Mr. Hlavka was
baptized and confirmed in his
faith at St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church in Silver Lake.
He attended Catholic
school in Silver Lake through
sixth grade and graduated
from Silver Lake High
School in 1976. He furthered
his education at Willmar Vocational School, attaining a
degree in agricultural business.
While attending college,
Mr. Hlavka worked summers
at the Farmers Elevator in
After graduating, he continued to work in the agronomy department until becoming the agronomy manager at
Farmers Co-op in Jackson in
March 1985. He held that
positon until 1995.
In September 1995, Mr.
Hlavka started his own business, Jackson Crop Services,
Inc., with his wife, Therese.
He called his business “the
little popcorn stand.” He
looked forward to going to
work every day and considered his customers his
Mr. Hlavka married
Therese Shimanski on July
14, 1979, at St. Adalbert’s
Catholic Church in Silver
Lake. Their marriage was
blessed with two children,
Tracy and Justin, and five
Mr. Hlavka was diagnosed
with cancer in December
Mr. Hlavka loved to hunt,
fish, camp, refinish furniture,
sprint car races and spend
time with family and friends.
He enjoyed attending his
grandsons’ sporting events as
a proud “Papa.” He fulfilled
his dream of making his
home near Fox Lake. Every
day was like being on vacation.
Survivors include his loving wife, Therese; daughter,
Tracy (Jed) Hesebeck; son,
Justin (Danielle) Hlavka;
grandchildren, Andrew, Eric
and Isaac Hesebeck and
Olivia and Noah Hlavka;
mother, Adeline Hlavka;
brother Bill (Diane) Hlavka;
sisters, Kathy Nowak and
Sue (Chuck) Smykalski;
mother-in-law and father-inlaw, Delores and Simon Shimanski, all of Silver Lake;
and many nieces, nephews
and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Preceding him in death
were his father, William
Hlavka; brother, Michael
Hlavka; grandparents; and an
infant grandson.
Melvin B. Hoeschen, 74, of Glencoe
Mewmorial services for
Melvin Bernard Hoeschen,
74, of Glencoe, will be held
Sunday, June 22, at 5 p.m., at
the Glencoe City Center. The
Rev. Anthony Stubeda
will offiiciate.
M r .
died Monday, June 9,
M a r i e
H o s p i c e Hoeschen
Home in Chaska.
Musicians will be Doug
Stuedeman and Todd Bentz.
Songs will be “Amazing
Grace” and “On Eagle’s
Mr. Hoeschen was born
May 31, 1940, in Freeport, to
Anton and Theresa (Ballman)
Hoeschen. He was baptized
as an infant and confirmed in
his faith as a youth, both at
Church of the Sacred Heart in
Freeport. He received his education in Freeport and Melrose, graduating with the
Melrose Public High School
class of 1958.
On June 15, 1963, Mr.
Hoeschen was united in marriage to Sandra Frauendienst
at Church of St. Pius X in
Glencoe, and then divorced
on Sept. 15, 1977. On June
30, 1978, Melvin and Sandra
were remarried and then divorced on Oct. 4, 1983.
Mr. Hoeschen made his
home in Freeport until the
early 1960s, when he moved
to Glencoe. In 1982, he
moved back to Freeport and
then in 2010 to Glencoe.
His life was blessed with
three daughters, Susan,
Shelly Ann and Stacy.
Mr. Hoeschen worked as a
welder at Farmhand in Green
Isle and as a turkey processor
at Jennie-O in Melrose.
He enjoyed reading history
books and autobiographies,
going to the casino, having
coffee with friends, riding his
little Honda motorcycle and
creating model ships. He
loved to attend his grandchildren’s sporting events. And
he valued his family and
friends and the time he
shared with them.
Survivors include his
daughters, Susan (Lee) Terlinden of Glencoe, Shelly
Ann of Indian Land, S.C.,
and Stacy (Rick) Stockman
of Glencoe; grandchildren,
Jeremy Terlinden and his special friend, Mollie Schuetz,
and her daughter, Shareese
Schuetz, Ryan Terlinden and
his special friend, Shelley
Stockman, and her daughters,
Corissa and Sasha Ruble,
Amber Terlinden and her fiancé, Josh Grimm, Cale
(Traci) Schwarzrock, Cassondra Schwarzrock, Eric Augeson, Adam Augeson, Natalie
Stockman and Zachary
Stockman; sisters, Rita
Heinen of Sartell, Joyce (Art)
Benoit of Sauk Rapids, Janet
Lepinski of Becker and Mary
(Jerry) Mayers of Freeport;
brother, Mark (Mary Kay)
Hoeschen of St. Joseph;
nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Preceding him in death
were his parents, Anton and
Theresa Hoeschen; and
brothers-in-law, Harvey
Heinen and Robert Lipinski.
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.
Submitted photo
Mission and ministry partners from
Vryheid, South Africa, were recent
guests of the Southwestern Minnesota
Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America, which includes
Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe.
Above, Amon (Sipho) Thela, right, visits with the Rev. Katherine Rood and
Nathan Stoltenberg, sitting, of Christ
Lutheran Church.
South African partners visit
Glencoe, southwest Minnesota
Mission and ministry partners from Vryheid, South
Africa, were recent guests of
the Minnesota Valley Conference of the Southwestern
Minnesota Synod of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church
of America.
Christ Lutheran Church in
Glencoe is in the Minnesota
Valley Conference.
Dean of the Vryheid Circuit, the Rev. Victor
Ntombela, and Amon Thela,
deputy chair of the Circuit
Partnership Committee and
chief inspector of schools,
traveled around the Minnesota Valley Conference experiencing life in rural Minnesota.
Ntombela and Thela participated in a Pentecost celebration at Christ Lutheran
They also met with Helen
Baker Elementary Principal
Bill Butler for a tour of the
Glencoe-Silver Lake High
School and Helen Baker,
where they learned about
public schools in Minnesota.
They also had the opportunity
to have a school lunch at
Helen Baker as part of the
summer food program at
During their 13 days in
Minnesota, Ntombela and
Thela also visited many of
the congregations in the Minnesota Valley Conference,
and the tour included a clas-
sic car night, ice cream social
and street party in Lafayette
and vacation Bible school at
Scandia Grove Lutheran
Church. They also met with
Bishop Jon Anderson and the
staff at the Redwood Falls
Synod office, visited the
Food for Kidz warehouse in
Stewart and attended the
Sanders Family Singers rehearsal in Hutchinson.
They also joined the Synod
Assembly at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter,
where they led a partnership
workshop, visited Luther
Seminary in St. Paul and
many other businesses and
farms around the area.
Ntombela and Thela were
hosted by Chris and Dennis
Davis, Glen and Lisa Lee,
Wilbert Hahn, Sally Webster
and the Rev. Linda and Dave
Pedersen during their stay.
A farewell event was held
at Unhinged! Pizza in Glencoe, hosted by the Minnesota
Valley Conference Partnership Committee, on Monday,
June 16.
Ntombela and Thela also
received several items to further their ministry in Vryheid,
South Africa, including two
suitcases of pillow case
dresses and shorts for the
children in their area.
The Southeastern Diocese
of South Africa is divided
into 10 circuits, an equivalent
of the 10 conferences of
Southwestern Minnesota
Synod. Since 2006, the circuits in South Africa and conferences in Minnesota have
been officially paired for mission work.
The mission partnership for
the Vryheid Circuit and Minnesota Valley Conference has
been especially fruitful and
continues to grow as relationships expand and deepen,
said the Rev. Katherine Rood
of Christ Lutheran Church.
“There have been several
delegates sent from each
hemisphere who have purposed to learn about the life,
mission work, and ways to
best accompany one another
as we live out the Gospel
mandate,” Rood said.
A group from the Minnesota Valley Conference visited
the Vryheid Circuit in October 2013.
As dean of the Minnesota
Valley Conference, Rood led
the group that included the
Davises and Susan Christensen, also from Christ
Lutheran, along with the
Lees, Tammy Sather and Jana
Vryheid, South Africa, is
located in the Kwa-zulu Natal
provence, located 260 miles
southeast of Johannesburg.
The Minnesota Valley Conference consists of 25 congregations in McLeod, Sibley,
Renville and Nicollet counties.
Lincoln’s 3rd-trimester honor rolls
The Glencoe-Silver Lake
Lincoln Junior High School
announced its third-trimester
honor rolls, which included
the following students:
A Honor Roll
Seventh grade — Gage
Alsleben, Madilynn Anderson, Savannah Ardolf,
Chelsea Bandas, Austin Barrett, Brett Baumgarten, Leah
Bettcher, Hayley Bolland,
Madelynn Brown, Kasidy
Cacka, Katherina Cohrs,
Bethany Cross, Hattie
Schultz-Dreier, Malcolm
Everhart, Annamaria Falcon,
Megan Fehrenbach, Jordan
Forar, Madison Franck,
Molly Green, Rhyan Herrmann, John Ingeman, Haley
Kirchoff, Wyatt Konen,
Grace Kosek, Joshua Kuehn,
Madalyn Lemke, Olivia
Lemke, Nathan Litzau, Jared
Lokensgard, Haley Lukes,
Kristine Major, Carlee Oberlin, Jaelynn Pinske, Cody
Rae, Jacob Reichow, Gabe
Roepke, Kaleigh Rumrill,
Samantha Sanchez, Justine
Stoehr, Olivia Streich, Emily
Thalmann, Adrian Trevino,
Charles Urban, Ryver Victorian, Jordan Wildey, Sacha
Willhite, Andrew Wraspir
and Brianna Wraspir.
Eighth grade — Uilleam
Armstrong, Zoe Christensen,
Mackenzie Davis, Peter Gepson, Alexandra Hansch,
Karsen Howard, Emmi Jerabek, Jamie Koski, Rebecca
Lieser, Paige Litzau, Austin
Pinske, Laura Popelka, Cody
Raduenz, Taryn Reichow,
Dylan Richter, Jakob Rusten,
Ellie Schmidt, Abigail
Schmieg, Nicole Seevers,
Carsen Streich, Ashley Teubert and Sierra Trebesch.
B Honor Roll
Seventh grade — Jayden
Ackerson, Angela Binder,
Alexis Tranby-Christianson,
Caleb Correll, Kayla DeYonge, Kaitlyn Doolittle, Di
Fleck, Adam Garoutte, Chandler Glaeser, Brayden
Goebel, Erin Jaskowiak,
Kimberly Kuenzel, Jackson
Lemke, Jonathan Liestman,
Katita Lopez, Jasmine
Lorentz, Kira Mattson, Eduardo Mejia, Austin Merrill,
Matthew Morschen, Luke
Ness, Bryanna Paul, Oscar
Pena, Peyton Proehl, Alysse
Rhode, Kenady Rosckes,
Dane Schwirtz, Jakob Siewert, Kianna Stuber, Yekaterina Tkachenko, Kaitlyn Uecker, Eric Wheeler, Allison
Wick and Grace Witte.
Eighth grade — Abisai
Sanchez Anderson, Jacob
Blahowski, Gregory Boyum,
Jessica Brelje, Aaron Castillo, Brooke Chastek, Kyle
Christensen, Grace Draeger,
Madeline Dressel, Dallas
Durbin, Alyssa Ebert, John
Eiden, Tony Fischer, Jaecub
Fondurulia, Audrey Forcier,
Mickalyn Frahm, Allie
Harpel, Alex Ide, Connor
Kantack, Madelynn Kjenstad,
Mariah Koester, Colbie
Kuras, Nicholas Lange,
Spencer Lepel, Will Mickolichek, Mckenna Monahan,
Regina Moosbrugger, Kylie
Ness, Blake Ortloff, Cassondra
Sanchez, Theresa Siers, Tyler
Siewert, Morgan Stoeckman,
Adam Thalmann, Thomas
Villarreal, Mackenzie Wendolek and Ethan Wraspir.
Ridgewater dean’s list announced
Ridgwater College announced its spring semester
dean’s list, which included
the following area students.
Arlington: Mick Thomes.
Brownton: Lisa Dittell,
Elizabeth Hermodson-Olsen,
Rianna Klaustermeier and
Lynae Plendl.
Glencoe: Victoria Burr,
Elizabeth Dvorak, Sara
Eiden, Adam Harmer, Anna
Jasken, Judy Litzau, Chad
Mathews, Cheryl Muonio,
Terri Polifka, Pamela Ruble,
Oscar Salinas, Jacob Schecher, Genevieve Teubert, Eric
Trnka, Craig Wosmek and
Douglas Wosmek.
Green Isle: Audrey Milczark and Korri Perschau.
Hamburg: Richard Smith.
Lester Prairie: Joseph
Madsen, Craig Vergin and
Max Zitzloff.
New Auburn: Lisa O’Dell
and Michelle Rischmiller.
Norwood Young America:
Deanne Gestach and Raymus
Silver Lake: Wade
Dolezal, Patricia Hemerick,
Cheryl Lueck, Andrew Penas,
Zachary Peterson, Kyle
Schultz, Amanda Teubert and
Cole Wendolek.
Stewart: Geraldine Fitzloff.
From the Chronicle archives
30 Years Ago
Plato, and Kristy Ober, daughter
of Wanda Ober of Glencoe.
June 20, 1984
Bill Ramige, Editor
The heavy rains of the past
two weeks have caused severe
erosion in McLeod County. It
seems that washouts in the form
of gullies and rills can be seen
everywhere. Sediment has buried
crops and much of the chemicals
and fertilizers have washed from
the fields.
Gary Vogt of Glencoe was
named McLeod County Pork
Cookout champion during the
annual contest held June 7. Second-place honors went to John
Schad, and Pete Malamen was
awarded third place.
Sister Tressa Piper, a Franciscan nun from Rochester, has
been chosen as the new principal
for St. Pius X School in Glencoe.
She will arrive Aug. 1.
10 Years Ago
20 Years Ago
June 22, 1994
Rich Glennie, Editor
The Glencoe City Council
withdrew its $50,000 offer to
buy a county-owned lot on 10th
Street and Ives Avenue as a site
for a new municipal liquor store.
Instead, the council decided to
“go back to square one” and expand the current city hall complex, which includes the liquor
Cherie Feltman, daughter of
Dennis and Lynette Feltman of
Norwood Young America, was
crowned Region 7 Dairy
Princess. Runners-up were Teresa Engelmann, daughter of
Roger and Peggy Engelmann of
post commander; and Les Bartels, post-installing officer.
The Glencoe Boy Scout Troop
352 recently attended a weekend
spring camporee at Camp Phipps
near Cannon Falls. The theme
for the camporee was NASCAR
racing. The scouts were able to
tour the Country Joe racing operation, tie knots, play volleyball,
people checkers, golf putt and
chip closest to the hole, rotate
race car tires and participate in a
team building ball toss exercise.
June 23, 2004
Rich Glennie, Editor
The New Auburn VFW Post
and its Ladies Auxiliary recently
installed new officers for the
2004-05 year. They include
Beata Polzin, installing Auxiliary
officer; Phyllis Schwanke, Auxiliary president; Anthony Deno,
esota Vall
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The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com,
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, page 11
Glencoe Days
Fri., June 20 & Sat., June 21
See you all out at the park!
See you at
Glencoe Days!
Come out and
enjoy the FUN
Anderson Ins and Fin Svcs Inc
Larry G. Anderson, Agent
Glencoe, MN 55336
Bus: 320-864-5515 Toll Free: 888-288-5515
2211 11th St. E., Glencoe, MN
(320) 864-6132 • www.coborns.com
Wine & Spirits
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
State Farm Indemnity Company • Bloomington, IL
630 10th St. E, Glencoe • 320‑864‑3013
Glencoe Post 5102
Prices good JUNE 16‑21, 2014
Veterans of
Foreign Wars
Bud & Bud Light
24 Pk. 12 oz. Cans
923 Chandler Ave • 320-864-5992
Open Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
and Sat. 10 a.m.-Midnight
reg. $1999
MN Charitable Gaming Lic. #000161
Wednesday, June 18
18 Pk. Sampler
Glencoe Sportsmen’s Club
Butterfly Shrimp Fry
reg. $1899
Serving 5-7 p.m. • Call for Reservations
Friday, June 20
12 Pk. Bottles
Prairie Rose Band
7-11 p.m.
Bloody Mary Bar 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Monday-Friday 4-6 p.m.
Saturday Noon-2 p.m.
White Russian & Mudslide
4 Pks.
$ 99
Glencoe Aquatics Center is NOW OPEN!
stand with
lots to offer!
Lily Pad
at Oak Leaf Park
Come check us out!
Get your
season pass
at the Pool or
Glencoe City
Rent the
pool for your
private party!
Admission and Rates:
(tax included, up to 5 Members included)
Family Resident ....$133.59
Family Non-Resident ..$160.31
Each Addt’l Member
Clean& Safe
YEAR . . .
Children (5-17) ............$6
Adults (18+) ..............$6
Observers ................$6
Small Children (0-4) ....$2
reg. $799
Individual Resident ..$64.13
Individual Non-Resident ..$85.50
Pool Rental Per Hour
up to 30 guests ......$100
Additional Lifeguard ..$15/hr
Pool passes available at City Hall & the Aquatics Center
Glencoe Aquatics Center
Oak Leaf Park • 200 Desoto Ave. S., Glencoe • 320-864-2959
• 150 ft. Flume
• 2 Drop Slides
• Kiddie Frog Slide
• Zero Entry
• Lounge Chairs
• Shade Funbrellas
• Sand Play Area
• One Meter Diving
reg. $1599
Lots of Fun!
1:00–9:00 p.m.
Cardio Vascular Training
Treadmills, arc trainers and stationary/recumbent
bikes ideal for members loking to burn fat, increase
caloric expenditure, improve health and enhance
Security Bank & Trust Co.
Banking • Investments • Mortgage • Trust
Casey’s General Store
Harpel Bros., Inc.
Locher Bros.
McLeod Publishing, Inc.
MidCountry Bank
Miller Manufacturing
North Central International
Pro Auto & Transmission
Ameriprise Financial
Anderson Ins. & Fin. Svcs.
McLeod Cooperative Power
Priority 1 - Metrowest Realty
Professional Ins. Providers
Schoeneberger Dental
The Stylists
Twin Cities & Western
The Builder’s Choice:
A Fullterton Company
Young America Mutual
Top-of-the-line resistance training machines. Also
various free weight equipment; dumbells from 5 100 lbs. cable.pulley exercises. Full body workout
Group exercise and personal
training available here!
AgStar Financial
Bump’s Family Restaurant
Dubb’s Grill & Bar
Gavin, Winters,
Thiemann & Long, LTD.
Glencoe American Legion
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city can repay the bonds
needed to complete the purchases. The 10-year development TIF District will recoup
the tax increments on future
development within the new
industrial park. That, and the
sale of the lots, will pay off
the city bonds.
Larson said the idea is to
promote that area as a small
business industrial park, and
there already has been interest
shown from a high-speed Internet provider.
Nearby Miller Manufacturing also has shown interest in
one of the large lots that abuts
its property to the north. Larson said the company is looking at the lot for future expansion.
Larson said the house will
likely have to be moved off
the site. Because it is a splitlevel home, it has accessibility problems if used for business purposes, Larson said.
He estimated it could cost
$30,000 to move the house. It
would likely be auctioned off
and taken away.
The planning commission
unanimously recommended
approval. City Council held a
public hearing at Monday
night’s regular meeting.
In a related issue, Larson
presented the planning commissioners with a preliminary
plat of the new industrial
Chronicle photos by Karin Ramige Cornwell
Kindergarten grads
The last day of kindergarten on June 5
was a combination of giddy and sad as
the Helen Baker Elementary youngsters
celebrated graduating from kindergarten
and advancing to first grade next school
year. The graduation ceremony was held
in the school gymnasium. Above, from
left, Gelena DuVall, Noah Say, Destiny
Zavala and Lillian Curtiss were all smiles
during the end-of-the-year activities, but
when it came to part for the summer,
there were tears mixed in with all the
smiles. At right, other kindergartners,
Samantha Mattson, Guillermo Avila and
Henry Helmbrecht, took part in the ceremony with a little singing and performing. The three were students in Teresa
Kuester’s kindergarten class.
park. The plat divides the 39acre site into four large outlots.
He said that allows for
more flexibility for prospective owners. The lots could be
parcels off in sizes that fit the
owners’ needs.
Planning commissioner
Greg Ettel said the idea of
turning Creekside into an industrial park is a good one.
“It’s a better use of that land.”
Larson said discussions
with the Minnesota Department of Transportation
(MnDOT) indicated the state
is willing to allow another
exit from the Creekside development onto Highway 22,
but not another entry because
the entries would be too close
together. Especially with
Miller Manufacturing’s two
entries just to the south of the
Creekside development.
Larson said the planning
commissioners also should
think about a new name for
the industrial park.
In another matter, the planning commission recommended approval of a height
variance request by Scott
Schrupp, 1416 Fir Ave. He requested a two-foot variance
on the height of a garage he is
The variance was approved
at Monday night’s Glencoe
City Council meeting.
Council actions Continued from page 1
mayor and city administrator
to complete the purchases.
The other motion authorized offering 11.29 acres of
the subdivision to Miller
Manufacturing for $100,000.
The sale, if completed,
would help pay for the nearly
a fourth of the city’s costs.
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Planners tackle tricky street
improvement project details
Street widths
The planning commissioners agreed that making some
of the street widths 32-feet
was not wide enough, at least
not without restricting parking to one side of the street.
It was felt street widths
should be 38 to 40 feet wide,
but that may require the removal of more trees in the
area, something the commissioners were hesitant to see
Commissioner Greg Ettel
said there is not much traffic
in the Lincoln Park area of
town, and the area could get
by with narrower streets.
Some, like Eighth and Ninth
By Rich Glennie
The Planning and Zoning
Commission tangled with the
details of the 2015 street improvement project Thursday
and had a difficult time coming up with any recommendations.
The commission will meet
jointly with Glencoe City
Council and the city park
board at 6 p.m., Wednesday,
June 25, to hammer out more
details on the project that will
tear up streets and underground utilities in the southwest portion of the city (Lincoln Park area) as well as reconstruct Armstrong Avenue
from 13th Street south to
Seventh Street and past
Seneca Foods.
It was the Lincoln Park
area that was the main concern at Thursday’s planning
commission meeting at the
Glencoe City Center.
Of particular concern were
street widths in the Lincoln
Park area, whether sidewalks
will be kept or taken out, how
many trees will be lost and
how to fit the city’s trail system into the project.
Another major concern was
getting as much information
as possible to residents in that
area of the city before a proposed July open house informational meeting is set.
“What a conundrum of
what to do,” said Dewey
Klaustermeier, chairman of
the planning commission.
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What to do with the trees that line streets
and avenues around Lincoln Park has become a major factor in the proposed 2015
street improvement project. A lot depends on whether the city widens or restreets are 50-feet wide, while
some of the avenues vary in
width, but are narrower.
Commissioner Wes Olson,
the former police chief, was
concerned about narrower
streets and winter plowing
“when snow banks creep out”
and the streets get even narrower.
Newer streets in town have
a standard 40-foot width it
was noted.
Commissioner Ron Knop
said he favored street widths
of at least 38 to 40 feet.
Council member Gary
Ziemer, the planning commission liaison for City
Council, said he feared setting a precedent at street
widths being 32 feet or even
36 feet.
But he said, by bumping up
the street widths by as much
as eight feet, “a lot more trees
will disappear. I like wide
streets, too, but I also like
tree-covered lanes.”
“That’s a nice neighborhood with a lot of mature
trees,” Ettel added.
“The tree thing will be a
big issue,” Klaustermeier predicted.
A tree survey in the Lincoln Park area will be available at the June 25 joint
meeting, Olson said.
duces the street widths and whether sidewalks and biking/hiking trails are included in the work. This is a view on Ford Avenue looking north.
Klaustermeier said City
Council and Short Elliott
Hendrickson (SEH) are trying
to come up with decisions by
the end of the month so they
can get the plans and specifications in order for this winter bidding process and for a
spring 2015 construction
With a public informational
meeting planned for July,
Klaustermeier said “it would
be wise to go into that meeting with some proposal” and
not leave it wide open.
“Some people already feel
left out,” said Commissioner
Lynn Exsted. “When do people get the information?”
Olson agreed residents impacted by the street improvement project need as much
information as soon as possible before the informational
meeting in July.
Council member Gary
Ziemer said all residents affected by the project will be
notified of the public information meeting.
Trail route
Another big discussion
point was the best way to
connect the walking bridge
on DeSoto Avenue with
Helen Baker Elementary
School on 16th Street in the
city’s trail plans.
Some favored making Elliott Avenue as the walking
route, others thought Ford
was more direct. All have to
cross Highway 22 at 10th
Street and at 13th Street and
cross the railroad tracks.
Olson said there needs to
be some kind of push-button
crosswalk-safety signal system on 13th Street regardless
of what trail route is selected.
There was no concensus on
a favored route.
A related issue is whether
to replace, build or remove
sidewalks in the Lincoln Park
Ziemer said recent residential developments have come
in without sidewalks, but the
streets also are wider.
Now the trend is going
back to sidewalks, Klaustermeier said.
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