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Blue Jays split
Snap Fitness
opens at its
new location
Fall to Green Isle, rout Norwood
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— Sports page 1B
The McLeod County
Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 117, No. 25
a continuation of
The Glencoe Enterprise
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Skies open up again!
GSL Board
OKs staffing
changes for
next year
park were trapped by the rising waters.
Not since the floods of 1991 after which major
sewer improvements were made downtown had the
10th Street and Hennepin Avenue flooded. It was
flooded Thursday. Waist-deep flood water soaked
parked vehicles along Ninth Street and Greeley Avenue, while the Johnson-McBride Funeral Home
again sustained water damage as did the rest of that
downtown area.
First Lutheran School again sustained water
damage when water got into the door on the east
By Rich Glennie
The Glencoe-Silver Lake
School Board met in special session Monday morning to approve a number of staffing contracts prior to the start of its new
fiscal year on July 1.
GSL Superintendent Chris
Sonju said the goal was to have
the hiring done before July 1,
and thus the need for the special
The School Board’s actions
include the following:
• A two-year contract for
Michelle Woods as a licensed
practical nurse (LPN) at Lakeside Elementary, beginning
Sept. 1.
• A one-year re-hire contract
for Jim Waters to teach high
school science next school year.
The Board had accepted Waters’
retirement at its June 9 meeting.
• The addition of two additional migrant summer school
staffers in Lori Moore as lead
teacher and Patty Fleischaker as
transitional consultant.
• A contract for Lauren Greeley as general music/band
and/or choir teacher at Lakeside
and the high school. It is a new
• Afton Pender was hired as
the new junior high counselor,
replacing Joe Morcomb, who resigned.
• Jill Sundblad was hired as
DCD special education teacher
at Lakeside Elementary, replacing Doreen Metts, who resigned.
• Approved Alissa Carlson’s
transfer from a sixth-grade
teacher to Lincoln Junior High
social studies teacher, replacing
Lois Teply, who retired.
• Hired Terry Shogren as a
computer technician, a new position.
• Hired Annette Thomas as a
Skies open up
GSL Board
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Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
While rain totals on Thursday ranged up 11 inches in about a 12-hour
span, it made little difference to these vehicle owners. It was too much!
The vehicles were parked along Ninth Street, (looking west) behind the
Glencoe Police station, when the skies opened up early Thursday
morning and the torrential rains did not relent until late in the morning.
The latest deluge flooded intersections, yards, fields and filled base-
ments around the community. It also made travel difficult around Glencoe and the southern half of McLeod County as motorists were often
impeded by road blocks warning of closed roads. County roads and
even portions of U.S. Highway 212 were closed to traffic due to the
widespread flooding. For more flood photos, look inside today’s
Only a year after devastating ’13 floods, torrential rains return
By Rich Glennie
To some, the 100-year rain events have become
an annual calamity as the Glencoe area, along with
the southern half of McLeod County and most of
Sibley County, were hammered with 10- to 11-inch
rains Thursday morning.
By 7 a.m., over five inches of rain had fallen in
Glencoe. The north central holding ponds in the
Willow Ridge addition had been closed at 4 a.m.
when drainage from the north overpowered the
pond system. Another four plus inches of rain were
recorded after 7 a.m.
The result was more widespread flooding, more
anger and more frustration from homeowners who
had just recovered from a nearly identical flooding
event almost a year earlier.
City streets, county roads and even portions of
Highway 212 were under water and closed to motorists, who were forced to find alternative routes
for several days.
The massive rains forced the cancellation of
Glencoe Days events for the first time in recent
memory. Oak Leaf Park, where most of the events
were scheduled, was under water as was the BMX
track on Ninth Street, where other events were
Some residents in the Glen Knoll mobile home
Seifert: Sees self as alternative
in Aug. 12 GOP primary vote
By Rich Glennie
Marty Seifert, the lone outstate candidate in the
Republican primary election, is no stranger to the
Glencoe area.
He passes through Glencoe on Highway 212
from his home in Marshall and has done it for
years on his way to the Twin Cities for business or
as a longtime state legislator. Seifert knows the
need to improve the Highway 212 corridor not
only for travelers, but for commercial reasons as
Seifert stopped in Glencoe and Hutchinson last
week to get his message out before the Aug. 12
primary. He is running against three fellow Republicans for the right to be on the Nov. 4 general
election ballot.
He sees himself as an alternative to the caucusendorsement system, even though he is not opposed to the caucus system.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton will be the opposition
for the general election.
Seifert, who was not endorsed by the state Republican Party, opted for the primary to give more
Minnesotans a chance to pick their candidates for
the general election.
“Republicans believe in the free market and
choices,” Seifert said. That applies to politics as
well, he added. Why not have a primary with multiple candidates and “give every Republican a
Others on the Republican primary ballot are endorsee Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County Commissioner; former House Speaker Kurt Zellers and
Scott Honour, a venture capitalist.
But Seifert said he is the only one from outstate
Minnesota and the only one making an effort, so
far, to get around the state to get acquainted with
voters and the issues.
“The others are not,” Seifert said, and added
they continue to stay in the metro area. In meeting
with other rural media, Seifert said he is finding
out no one else has stopped in to talk to these
newspaper and radio people.
“Minnesota has a populist streak,” Seifert said.
“People expect you (as an elected official) to
work hard and listen.
“I’ll work the hardest of all the candidates,”
said Seifert, a former seven-term legislator and
former House minority leader.
Seifert also has been a high school and higher
Seifert campaign
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Wed., 6-25
H: 75º, L: 59º
Thur., 6-26
H: 79º, L: 65º
Fri., 6-27
H: 83º, L: 69º
Sat., 6-28
H: 85º, L: 71º
Sun., 6-29
H: 86º, L: 63º
Looking back: Add another
7.52 inches of rain to an already impressive June total.
Maybe July will be drier.
June 17 80 ......59 .........0.00
June 18 83 ......65 .........0.52
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
Marty Seifert, a Republican primary
gubernatorial candidate, visited the
area last week with two of his aides,
June 19
June 20
June 21
June 22
June 23
......64 .........7.06
......64 ..........0.00
......66 ..........0.00
......67 ..........0.00
......65 ..........0.00
Temperatures and precipitation compiled by Robert Thurn, Chronicle
weather observer.
Bo Erickson, left, and Joe Koktan,
right of Marshall. Koktan is a Glencoe
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that deadline will be published as space allows.
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, page 2
Lions ‘Music
in the Park’
schedule to
begin July 9
Glencoe Dairy Day
rescheduled to June 26
Last Thursday’s torrential
rains not only washed out all
Glencoe Days activities, it
also postponed Dairy Day in
While Glencoe Days activities were not rescheduled,
Dairy Day was and it will be
held Thursday, June 26, in the
Glencoe City Center west
parking lot. Times are from
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Glencoe Farmers Market will be held from 3 p.m.
to 6 p.m. in the field across
from the City Center parking
lot on 11th Street.
The Glencoe Lions picnic
is set from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30
p.m., along with the root beer
floats, sponsored by the
Glencoe Area Chamber of
Commerce (ice cream) and
Glencoe Wine and Spirits
(root beer).
The Glencoe Fire Department also will have some
equipment on display.
Special donations also are
provided by the McLeod
County Dairy Association
and Coborn’s.
Chronicle photos by Lori Copler
Bloodmobiles set in July
Two area American Red Cross bloodmobiles will be
held in July at Biscay and Hutchinson. On Wednesday,
July 2, Neisen’s Bar & Grill in Biscay will be the site of
a blood drive from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Tuesday, July 8,
another blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at
Peace Lutheran Church, 400 Franklin St. SW, Hutchinson.
Legion changes meeting date
The Glencoe American Legion Post 95 regular monthly July meeting will take place on Thursday, June 26, in
the basement of VFW Post 5102. The meeting change is
for July only. Future meetings will take place on the first
Thursday of each month as usual. All members are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served upstairs at VFW
Post 5102.
Picnic in park set June 30
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Helen Township, invites
all to a picnic in the park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday,
June 30, and to become a friend with a person with a disability. Entertainment is by recording artist Chris Driesbach. The picnic meal begins at 5:30 p.m. Call the church
office at 320-864-3093 or Judy Schwartz at 507-3263621 to RSVP or to get more information.
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.
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.
Seniors club meets June 26
The Glencoe Senior Citizens Club will meet at 12:30
p.m., Thursday, June 26, in the Glencoe City Center Senior Room for socializing and games. The group also will
meet on Tuesday, July 1, 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.
Plato Dairy Day now June 26
The Plato Lions have rescheduled its burger night and
Dairy Dairy for 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26, at
the Plato Park. The event was postponed due to last
Thursday’s rains. Free ice cream and cheese will be provided by Engelmann Dairy, and door prizes will be provided by the Minnesota Dairy Association.
To be included in this column, items for Happenings
must be received in the Chronicle office no later than
5 p.m. on Monday of the week they are to be published.
Glencoe’s Snap Fitness franchise recently moved to its new quarters in the
former Duebers building on 11th
Street. From left to right are its staff,
Jason Reed, trainer; Jordynn Wiegert,
manager; and Alyssa Bergmann, general manager. The fitness center is
owned by Christina and Jason Clark.
Snap Fitness move to former
Duebers building doubles space
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
nap Fitness’ move to
the former Duebers
building on 11th
Street has provided some
much-needed additional
space for its 215 clients.
The 24-hour-per-day fitness center, owned by
Christina and Jason Clark,
made the move to its new
quarters over Memorial Day
“We were just outgrowing
our space,” said Alyssa
Bergmann, general manager,
of the decision to move from
its 12th Street location to its
new site.
The Clarks bought the former Duebers building earlier
this year, and spent several
months remodeling it.
The new building provides
4,000 square feet of space, as
compared to 1,700 square
feet at the previous location.
Bergmann said the additional
space allowed Snap Fitness to
create a group fitness room,
add additional free weights
and a couple of machines,
and add showers and additional bathrooms. Coming
soon will be a “fitness-on-demand” area, in which clients
can use video training tapes.
A tanning service also will be
available soon.
Bergmann said the Clarks
own eight Snap Fitness franchises, including the one in
Glencoe and one in Hutchinson.
The Glencoe site was one
of the first Snap Fitness franchises in the nation, said
Bergmann, and was established in the early 2000s.
Along with Bergmann, the
Glencoe staff includes site
The Glencoe Lions announced the entertainment
schedule for this year’s July
series of “Music in the Park”
The schedule begins with
Chuck and Jason Thiel performing on Wednesday, July
9; George’s Concertina Band
will be on Wednesday, July
16; and Jim and Mike Wendolek are set for Wednesday,
July 23. The final event on
Wednesday, July 30, will feature Jack Noenning and The
Community Strings.
All events will take place
at Oak Leaf Park, Shelter No.
2, with music beginning at
6:30 p.m. At each event, the
Glencoe Lions will be serving a hot sandwich meal
from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Music in the Park
Committee is asking area
businesses and individuals
for donations of prizes to be
given away at each event, or
for donations of cash or
checks to help defray the cost
of the park shelter rental and
the musical entertainment.
Acknowledgement of
every donation will be made
at each event.
Contact Jean or Ron
Dahlke at 320-864-5237 no
later than July 2, so your gift
can be acknowledged and entered on a listing.
Noon recital
series June 25
Glencoe’s Snap Fitness is now in its new quarters in
the former Duebers building on 11th Street.
manager Jordynn Wiegert and
personal trainer Jason Reed.
Clients have 24-hour access through card keys.
Staffed hours are Monday
through Thursday, 3 p.m.-7
p.m., and by appointment on
other days or times.
The club is located at 712
11th St. E., and its phone
number is 320-864-5565.
On June 25, the free
Wednesday Noon Recital series at Peace Lutheran
Church will begin with
“Alpensterne,” featuring old
time music and German
music by Jim Strehlke and
Bruce Bradley.
The half-hour recital is in
the sanctuary at 400 Franklin
St. SW in Hutchinson.
Strehlke sings and plays
the baritone horn and the
Alphorn. Bradley is one of
the finest accordion players
anywhere with an unlimited
Tickets are needed for the
salad and sandwich buffet.
GHS class
of 1969 sets
reunion date
The last graduating class of
the former high school (now
the Glencoe City Center) will
be reuniting on Friday, Aug.
8, at the Glencoe City Center.
According to Shar Koch,
the gathering also will feature a performance by Robby
Vee, son of Bobby Vee, with
the proceeds raised going to
thge American Cancer Society.
Former faculty members
also are invited to attend.
Five years ago, Bobby Vee
performed for the class reunion and dance.
Mowing begins Monday
along county road ditches
GSL Board
County road ditch mowing
is scheduled to begin Monday, June 30.
“We will be making a top
cut adjacent to the shoulder
and also mowing any thistle
patches or other noxious
weeds encountered,” said
Elvis Voigt, county maintenance supervisor.
The mowing usually takes
two weeks, weather permitting and is accomplished with
four mower tractors.
“We urge motorists to always drive with caution when
encountering the mowers as
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6.5-hours-per-day paraprofessional in the Lakeside ICU
The School Board also accepted the resignation of
Taylor Melius as an English
teacher at Lincoln Junior
It also approved a student
teaching agreement with the
University of St. Thomas in
St. Paul beginning Sept. 1
and running through Aug. 31,
The special meeting lasted
11 minutes.
well as any other highway
maintenance equipment and
slow down and watch for
workers in the work zone,”
Voigt said.
Any questions regarding
this should be directed to
Voigt at 320-484-4321 or email at elvis.voigt@co.
“The McLeod County
Highway Department appreciates your cooperation in
helping us maintain our highway system,” said John
Brunkhorst, McLeod County
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Seifert campaign Continued from page 1
Dairy Day
Despite the torrential rains
last Thursday, some of the
planned Glencoe Dairy
Day events went on as
scheduled. Above, Sharon
Farrand and grandchildren, Charlie Trebix and
Brianna Duffy, enjoyed
some cheese offered by
McLeod County Dairy
Princess Sarah Eggert at
Security Bank & Trust. At
right, Karen Covington of
Glencoe and granddaughter, Elyse Kube of Norwood Young America, enjoyed ice cream sundaes
at First Minnesota Bank.
Area students
on UM spring
dean’s list
low Ridge north central holding ponds to a storm sewer
catch basin east near the high
school entrance.
Three pumps were placed
north of Pryor Avenue and
were pumping 4,500 gallons
of water a minute in order to
pull down the water levels in
the north central ponds, Larson said.
That water also was eventually sent to Buffalo Creek
that was out of its banks all
along Highway 212, even
closing a portion of the U.S.
highway for a time Thursday
and Friday.
Larson said by late Friday,
the city had borrowed two
pumps from Wm. Mueller &
Sons construction company,
two pumps from Seneca
Foods, one from the city of
Silver Lake, two from
Hutchinson and nine others to
pump water over the bridge
and bypass the city sanitary
sewers. Glencoe firefighters
manned the pumps.
Larson said Buffalo Creek
crested at 20 feet, 3 inches.
By Monday the creek had
dropped about a foot, he
The city received about 30
calls of backup issues in
homes, Larson said, but there
were a lot of reports of seepage and sump pump failures
because “they could not keep
Larson said when the 1991
floods hit Glencoe, there
were 800 sanitary sewer
backups reported. This year
only 30 calls.
So far, Larson said there
were no major “blowups” of
broken sewer pipes or major
sink holes caused by all the
flood water.
But the city’s central
garage on Ninth Street was
swamped with water. The city
shares the garage with Buffalo Creek BMX group, which
also stored equipment in the
Remarkably, the Glencoe
Aquatics Center outdoor pool
was not flooded by nearby
Buffalo Creek.
By the weekend, water still
lapped at the highway in the
Boone Road area near Plato.
Many farm fields, already
damaged by earlier rains,
looked like lakes in some
areas from the aerial photographs.
Larson said Gov. Mark
Dayton has declared a state of
emergency in 35 of Minnesota’s 87 counties as of last Fri-
day. That included McLeod
If the state can get federal
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds
to help pay for infrastructure
repairs, he said the city will
file an application for assistance.
Michelle Sander, business
manager for the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District, said
there was some flooding at
the high school. The main
damage was to floors in the
wood shop/industrial technology area on the east side of
the high school.
But no equipment was
damaged, she said Monday
“Nothing hit the gym
floors,” Sander said, including the Panther Field House
While the rains slowed
down the reconstruction of
the tennis court complex behind the high school, Sander
said the contractor still plans
to begin laying asphalt by the
end of the week.
As of Monday morning,
McLeod County Highway
Engineer John Brunkhorst reported that road closures continued on:
• County Road 15 (Morningside Avenue bridge) south
of Highway 212 in Glencoe.
• County Road 23 (185th
Street) between County Road
9 and Carver County.
• County Road 32 (Division Street) west of Brownton
to Highway 15.
• County Road 68 (70th
Street) west of County Road
1 (Dairy Avenue).
• County Road 71 (Lace
Avenue) south to Highway
• County Road 74 (135th
Street) between County Road
9 and Zebra Avenue.
Restricted passage was
designated for County Road 1
(Dairy Avenue) at the Sibley
County line and County Road
16 (Jet Avenue) north to
Highway 7. Both are passable, but have water on the
shoulders of the roads.
The county’s North Complex again was hit by high
waters, and sandbagging was
done to prevent the rising waters from getting in the doors.
The flood waters eventually sent county North Complex employees home for the
day before access was shut
off by the rising water.
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side after the intersection of
Judd Avenue and 14th Street
flooded and then backed up
into the school and basements
of homes in that area. Flooding was reported all around
the community.
But by Thursday afternoon,
most of the street and backyard flooding in Glencoe had
subsided as the city’s sewer
systems finally caught up, but
by then the damage had been
In the aftermath, dumpsters
lined many city streets as residents cleaned out their basements, again.
“We’re continuing to push
the issue of the east ditch,”
said City Administrator Mark
Larson Monday morning
after a city staff meeting. He
said aerial photos indicate
where the major problem lies
— runoff water coming from
north of Glencoe.
The aerial photos also
showed that the east ditch
was only half full on Thursday, he added.
The project involved diverting some of the runoff
water coming from the north
to the east behind the high
school and eastward to an existing ditch system.
“We need to get this (east
ditch) project in place,” Larson said. But it requires the
county get on board with the
project, too, he added, “because it (the ditch extension)
would not be in the city limits.”
Also needed to be involved
is the Buffalo Creek Watershed District (BCWD), Larson added.
The wastewater treatment
plant was overwhelmed
again, and it was estimated
3.5 million gallons were
going through the plant that
was designed to handle 1.3
million gallons a day.
Larson said only primary
treatment was given the water
before it went into Buffalo
Pumps were everywhere as
city crews began pumping
water over the Hennepin Avenue bridge to the already
swollen Buffalo Creek. The
goal was to relieve pressure
in the city’s sanitary sewer
Even on Monday morning,
massive hoses were still
strung across school property
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Several area students were
named to the spring semester
dean’s list at the University
of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Glencoe students with academic honors are Kaylee Kruschke, a sophomore, in the
College of Liberal Arts; and
Taylor Mohr, a sophomore at
the Carlson School of Management.
“I would negotiate and use
the veto pen,” Seifert said. He
said his job as a minority
leader involved a lot of negotiating. He said despite having divided government when
he was in the Legislature,
“somehow we found a way.”
His running mate is Pam
Myhra, a two-term state representative from Burnsville.
“It’s a balanced ticket,”
Seifert added.
Seifert also emphasized
that the absentee ballot rules
for the Aug. 12 primary have
changed, and people can now
cast ballots beginning Friday,
much earlier than in the past.
The new law also allows
voters to request absentee
ballots regardless of whether
they can get to their polling
places or not.
The aim is to make it easier
for voters, and to encourage
more voters to cast primary
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
cans an opportunity to have
their voices heard, not just
those attending the caucuses.
As to his appeal in the
metro area, Seifert said many
Minneapolis residents grew
up in rural Minnesota and
later found success in the
metro area. “They need to
search their consciences to
remember where their roots
If elected, Seifert said his
first priority is the budget,
which usually reflects one’s
values. He said he also will
have a pro-growth, pro-jobs
agenda as governor.
“The more people who are
working, that’s good,” Seifert
He pointed to the need for
companies, like Poly Met, to
get permits a lot sooner and
there is a need to also streamline the state’s permitting
process in general.
If he loses the primary?
“I’ll support whoever wins
the (Republican) primary,”
Seifert said. “Dayton needs to
be replaced.”
If elected, but the Legislature remains in DFL hands?
education teacher for 13
years, a small business owner
for 12, grew up on a farm and
has been the executive director of a hospital foundation.
He called Highway 212
and other rural corridors a
high priority with him, and he
is not a light rail transit fan.
He pointed out that 1,800
miles of state highways could
be paved for what was spent
on 11 miles of light rail in the
metro area. “There is just not
enough population density (in
the Twin Cities)” to make
light rail transit sustainable.”
He said it will always be subsidized.
There is a role for government, Seifert said, and that is
to provide good roads and education, “but we need a level
playing field” on both. A fairer education funding formula
is needed that gives equal
treatment to rural students
and metro students.
Tax reform and reform of
state government regulations
also are important priorities,
Seifert said.
He said by going to the primary, it allows all Republi-
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The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, page 4
After latest floods,
make east-ditch
diversion a priority
Our view: Seek federal assistance, bond, tax or
arm twist, but get it done sooner rather than later
t is time to take “we can’t do
anything about it” off the table
when its comes to flooding issues in Glencoe and surrounding
area. It’s time to replace it with
“something needs to get done” on
our priority list.
The latest 100-year (or 500-year)
rain event hit the area last Thursday,
nearly a year to the day since the
previous one. The result, despite expensive city efforts to rectify flooding in the central part of the city,
ended the same — flooded basements, frustrated and angry homeowners and mounting personal losses.
Some areas in the central part of
the community continue to be more
adversely affected than others (although the latest flooding spread the
misery widely). Something more
substantial needs to happen to solve
the flooding problem if this is not
going to be repeated next June.
Holding ponds alone are not the answer. Larger sewer collection systems will not solve it either.
City and county officials need to
get even more serious about the eastditch diversion project and place it
on a fast track. The problem is
runoff coming into Glencoe from the
Until the water coming from the
watershed north of Glencoe is diverted away from the central part of
the community, no affordable collection system can be built to handle
the excessive loads from these torrential rains.
The city and county need to work
to address the north watershed problem first, then the city can look at
the sewer line sizes and constrictions
next, not the other way around.
The east-ditch project can and
should be done in conjunction with
the west-ditch project. Unlike efforts
on the west-ditch, which have languished for decades, the east-ditch
project cannot wait that long.
The east-ditch diversion plan enhances the current system involving
the north-central holding ponds and
sending that excess water eastward
behind the high school, past the high
school wetlands, past County Road
15 and to the east-ditch that runs
south past Shopko and to Buffalo
That diversion would better utilize
the east-ditch storage capacity and
prevent much of that excess drainage
from overpowering the central portion of Glencoe. Since much of the
project would be outside Glencoe’s
city limits, it is imperative the
McLeod County Board get involved,
But with some of the volumes of
recent years — four inches of rain in
90 minutes last year, and 10 inches
of rain in about 12 hours this year —
there may be no affordable solution
to some of these water disasters. But
we have to try a new approach, and
redirecting some of that volume
seems a logical start.
At the very least, we must slow
down, if not divert, the runoff from
coming into the city to give the current sewer collection system a
chance to work.
Another key player in all this is
the Buffalo Creek Watershed District
(BCWD), the overseer of the water
issues in the large watershed that includes the areas in north Glencoe.
BCWD has become a willing
leader in addressing the west-ditch
water problems. We would encourage them to include the east-ditch diversion project at the same time, not
wait until the west-ditch issues are
And we encourage, in as strenuous
of terms possible, that Glencoe City
Council and the McLeod County
Board get the east-ditch project
pushed to the top of their agendas
next year.
With McLeod County included in
the recent state of emergency declaration, this is a golden opportunity to
push hard for federal disaster assistance to help pay for the east- and
west-ditch work. Do not take no for
an answer.
If federal assistance is not forthcoming, then find funding to get it
done, even if it involves bonding and
higher property taxes. And with
BCWD and the county both having
the ability to assess for improvements, make those contributing to
the problem north of the city become
part of paying for a solution, because
they are major contributors to the
runoff problems.
Get something done sooner rather
than later. Another year of “rain
events” will push many homeowners
over the edge.
Just get it done.
— R.G.
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Question of the week
After the latest major rain event last week, what should the
city of Glencoe concentrate most on doing to prevent
future flooding?
1) The west-ditch project
2) The east-ditch project
3) Remove more inflow/infiltration (I&I) water from system
4) Expand wastewater treatment plant
5) Some combination of the above
Results for most recent question:
Do you support the idea of constructing a new
state Senate office building with an estimated
price tag of $90 million?
• Yes —14%
• No — 86%
119 votes. New question runs June 25-July 1
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Variety the spice of life; I have heartburn
If variety is truly the spice of life,
I should have a pretty good case of
heartburn right now.
One thing you have to say about
this job, is that you get to see pretty
much everything: the good, the bad
and the ugly.
Tuesday night, I covered a County
Board meeting; Wednesday night I
got to meet with the folks at Snap
Fitness to hear about their move to
their new facility.
Early Thursday morning, I woke
to the sound of a pump running —
not a good omen. A peek into my
backyard showed a small pond behind my garden, and a peek outside
the front window showed city of
Brownton personnel pumping storm
water out of the sanitary sewer manhole.
I braced myself, opened my basement door and peeked down the
stairs at ankle-deep water.
Not too much later, the fire department was paged out to assist with
pumping until the city could get
more pumps. I spent most of Thursday doing that, except for a brief trip
into the basement to unclog my floor
Lori Copler
drain. Imagine my relief when I
heard a big “schlurp” and the water
began draining away.
My basement is unfinished, and I
don’t store a lot of stuff down there,
for which I’m grateful. All day long,
I heard about people who were hauling up carpets and furniture.
Friday, I drove around taking pictures of the water, just in case people
were unaware of what had happened.
One thing that struck me, besides
the large number of new lakes that
had popped up, was the number of
acres of farmland that had never
been planted this wettest of springs.
Later, I headed down to my basement with a squeegee, trying to push
water toward my floor drain. After
several trips around the perimeter, it
dawned on me that the water was
still seeping in; all I was doing was
making more room for it.
Friday night, I headed off to Silver
Lake for its annual Dairy Day celebration which, despite the now
sunny weather, had to be moved to
the auditorium because of standing
water in the park. There was still a
good turnout of folks to enjoy the
food, dairy products and a little oldtime music.
Saturday, a few dry spots appeared
on the basement floor, so I pushed
some more water around in between
taking pictures at Stewartfest, where
the weather was clear, the beer was
cold and the food was delicious.
Sunday was much of the same.
What a contrast: my dank, damp
basement, water-covered roads and
fields, and sun-filled community celebrations.
Variety truly is the spice of life.
Letters to the Editor
This is fourth time dealing with 100-year rain event
To the Editor:
I’ve been a homeowner in Glencoe since 1985, and this is the fourth
time that I had to take my belongings out of the basement to the
garage or dumpster because of water
and sanitary sewer damage.
The first time was in 1991 when I
lived at 1320 E. 14th Street, and the
last three at my current address of
1605 Louden Ave. (in 2002, 2013
and 2014).
I think it is time to have the mayor
and the city engineer take a real look
at Louden Avenue between 16th and
18th streets to address the issues.
I couldn’t go either direction on
Friday, June 20, so I called a friend
on Judd Avenue for a ride to work. I
had to walk through the alley in 10
inches of water about 12 feet to get
across my eight-foot alley.
The four times since 1991 with
water and sewer damage in Glencoe
adds up to more than the so-called
insurance or engineers’ book of a
100-year rain event.
I bought my townhouse in 1994
for less maintenance and more free
time for recreation, like golfing. The
Glencoe golf course is closed as of
Thursday, June 19, for at least four
days — more water issues on the
south side of Glencoe.
I will be seeing my insurance
agents Larry Anderson and Terry
Jones again to file claims for Willow
Ridge Townhomes.
Lars Ide
Willow Ridge Townhomes
Has city gone into the ag test plot business?
To the Editor:
Did you know our city is in the ag
During the past year and now
2014, as you are leaving Glencoe,
traveling west along Highway 22
(13th Street West) and looking to
your right between Highway 22 and
the service road, or for our visiting
neighbors coming from the west entering into our city looking to your
left, you might have notice a plot of
ground approximately 500 feet long
(between Highway 22 and the service road).
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A few days ago, you would have
noticed the most beautiful yellow
crop of dandelions and now various
varieties of weeds and over 18 inches in grass.
Having a discussion with my
neighborhood about the weeds and
dandelions, we came to a conclusion: Our city has the time and
money to blow snow and cut threeplus miles of grass on our walking
trail (up to County Road 1), but
doesn’t have the time or money to
cut the grass in the city where we all
live and pay taxes?
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We have not checked with our city
planning commission about rezoning this plot. Our hope is that this
plot of ground will not become a
dedicated test plot for growing genetic-altered seeds. We need to have
another study to see if there is a
market for the seed.
I am hoping that this article will
answer the many questions and calls
that I and my neighbor have received. We live in this area of 201
West 13th Street.
Earl Dammann
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offend nobody there would be very
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014, page 5
Tag-team lawnmowing, it works
I stared at the pull rope for
a moment before I realized it
had snapped off in my hands.
The lawnmower was running. I had just emptied the
bagger, and the lawn was half
mowed. But I could not let go
of the handle, or the lawnmower would stop and not
restart. A half-mowed lawn
was just not acceptable even
by my meager standards. So
once the bagger was full
again, I was stuck.
So I did what any redblooded American guy would
do — I hollered for my wife
... to help!
That was futile, however.
She was in the house. Hollering over a loud lawnmower
was useless.
I couldn’t change the bagger when it filled again, so I
took it off, with one hand
firmly on the mower handle.
Using the other hand and a
foot, I began working at the
bagger. I would not recommend this method. It requires
some dexterity, and the vivid
image of missing fingers and
toes should be disincentive
And trying to get the bagger on, one-handed, was sim-
Rich Glennie
ply impossible without taking
my hand off the power grip.
So my only hope was that
my wife will hear that the
mower was running continuously and not stopping to
change the bagger. I was hoping her acute hearing would
rescue me.
It did. But not before most
of the backyard had been
mowed, sans bagger, and
without grass clippings for
the garden, which was the
real goal of mowing the lawn
in the first place.
That and the squirrels
romping in the backyard were
disappearing in the tall grass
at times.
When my wife finally
came outside, it was not to
see how I was doing, but to
spread the glass clippings in
the garden. She finally inquired: “Is that all there is?”
Then I explained my
For the next half hour we
exchanged positions. I’d
mow until the bagger was
full. She would crawl over
the garden fence, cross the
yard, hold the mower handle
to keep it running while I
hauled the full bagger and
dumped its contents into the
What a finely-tuned tag
team! It went like clockwork
until the distance between the
mower and the garden grew
as we hit the front yard.
But the make-shift effort
worked. The next day the
mower was in the shop for a
new pull cord, put in by
someone who knew what he
was doing.
The whole episode was
something out of a “Laurel &
Hardy” comedy routine. As
Oliver Hardy often said to
Stan Laurel: “It’s another fine
mess you’ve gotten us into!”
Tell me about it. What else
can happen?
Letters to the Editor
Guest opinion:
Medtronic, canary in a coal mine
By Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen,
R-Glencoe, District 18B
Medtronic is a Minnesota
success story. Started in a
garage in Minneapolis in
1949, Medtronic has now
grown to be one of the largest
medical device companies in
the world, and a Fortune 500
company. For decades, their
global headquarters has been
located right here in Minnesota.
Recently, we learned that
Medtronic is moving its global headquarters to Ireland.
While Medtronic has vowed
to keep its operational headquarters here in Minnesota,
and will continue to be a
presence in the great state in
which they were founded,
there are many reasons to be
Medtronic move, Minnesota’s
business climate, and the potential for other large companies and their jobs to do the
same thing.
I believe Medtronic is Minnesota’s figurative canary in a
coal mine, and it’s time to
start paying attention before
we see more businesses
Medtronic’s move means
Minnesota is missing out on a
tremendous opportunity; potentially billions in future investments, thousands of jobs,
and a new headquarters that
is located overseas rather
than staying put. How did we
get to this point?
During two years of singleparty Democrat control, Gov.
Dayton and the DFL Legislature have made Minnesota’s
business climate more unfriendly. They’ve made it
harder for businesses, large
and small, to get off the
ground, or expand and hire
new workers.
Raising taxes on small
businesses is the wrong thing
to do if you want to continue
encouraging Minnesota entrepreneurs to start the next
Medtronic in their own
There are also lessons to be
learned at the federal level.
The medical device tax is yet
another disastrous aspect of
ObamaCare that’s hurting
jobs and businesses in Minnesota and across the country.
The medical device tax—
on top of one of the world’s
highest corporate tax rates—
to be part of
the 2014-2015
RS Fiber Board refutes Santelman’s claims
After only three months,
the latest pledge card drive
has already generated responses from over 18 percent
of potential customers; 1,189
pledge cards have been returned and 1,185 people want
at least one service … and
over 1,000 people want two
or more services. We consider this to be good public support for RS Fiber.
Santelman also makes a
misleading and malicious
claim that the RS Fiber Cooperative’s Board of Directors was happy that four out
of 21 townships did not vote
to join this project. Wrong
The Board worked closely
with every elected official,
every single taxpayer, and in
every single township to answer their questions, provide
information, and invite them
to become a member of this
Even though the project
construction costs will decline modestly because of the
absence of four townships,
the Board sincerely regrets
their absence. In fact, these
four township decisions occurred on a split vote, which
means that many people
within the township supported the project.
Even in the city of Arlington, the RS Fiber project actually passed the City Council on a 3-2 vote, only to be
vetoed by the mayor.
RS Fiber’s Board continues
to hope that the four townships and the cities of Arlington and Henderson will eventually join the project, so
their citizens can also have
access to affordable, highspeed, quality Internet service.
He also makes several uninformed claims about the
community bond support,
business model, funding
sources, and formation of RS
Fiber Cooperative.
Seventy-five percent of the
proposed funding will come
from private lenders. One
hundred percent of the funding will be repaid from the
revenues and profits of RS
Fiber cooperative.
Is there some chance that
the public funding could become an obligation of the
taxpayers? Maybe. But only
if people do not use the fiber
broadband service.
Since the monthly cost of
the fiber service will be lower
than what people currently
pay for inferior services from
existing providers, it is highly
unlikely that the RS Fiber
project will generate higher
Let’s summarize. Higher
quality. Faster speeds. Lower
monthly costs. And the worst
case impact for the taxpayer
is that they might have a
slight increase in property
taxes, which is lower than
what they save from fiber
broadband services.
Mr. Santelman, this is not a
“lousy business model”
where … “Government is
going into private business
against honorable taxpaying
RS Fiber is putting together a very well-developed,
closely analyzed profitable
business model that will be
reviewed by more than 20
banks, several accounting
firms, numerous lawyers, and
multiple government agencies. And RS Fiber Cooperative is also an honorable private business that will pay
taxes, while making an investment in Renville and Sibley County the large existing
providers refuse to make.
The RS Fiber Cooperative’s Board of Directors is
making informed and
thoughtful decisions, based
on extensive financial analysis by very experienced firms
who are knowledgeable about
fiber broadband and the best
way to finance such projects.
The time it has taken to complete this analysis speaks to
the Board’s desire to do the
right thing in the right way.
This is not only responsible
decision-making, it is highly
respectful of our areas taxpayers and the customers
who we want to serve.
Finally, the RS Fiber Cooperative Board members applaud the recent comments of
Mr. Dean Conklin about the
value of the RS Fiber project
in his letter to the editor for
the Winthrop News. “What I
do want is more opportunity
for our community and
grandkids. I believe it’s our
duty to leave this world a better place than we found it.”
We agree. Let’s say goodbye
to Santelman’s false claims.
Let’s say goodbye to existing
providers who refuse to provide our citizens with access
to fiber to the home technology. And let’s say hello to
fiber broadband for the 21st
century in Renville and Sibley counties. Fiber that is
provided by a private business cooperative for the benefit of all citizens with minimal risk to all taxpayers.
Mark Brandt, RS Fiber
Cooperative Board chair
Cindy Gerholz,
Board vice chair
Ruth Bauer,
Board treasurer
Julie Pederson,
Board secretary
Al Cole, Tim Dolan, Dave
Trebelhorn, Delayne Pagel,
Mark Hodapp, Karl
Schauer, Jake Rieke, Bob
Nielsen, Denny Schultz,
and Calvin Quast,
all board members
July 17
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To the Editor:
The board of directors for
RS Fiber Cooperative strongly believes that recent letters
from Mark Santelman (“Santelman running for Sibley
County Board seat” June 11)
contain false, misleading, and
malicious claims about fiber
RS Fiber’s goal is to bring
affordable, high speed, high
quality internet service to
every business, farmer and
home in Renville and Sibley
counties whose elected officials voted to participate in
this private-public partnership.
Santelman opposes the RS
Fiber project. He makes
claims that appear to be facts,
but they are simply his uninformed opinion.
For example, he claims that
the RS Fiber project is not
good for our community.
Wrong. Connecting homes,
farms and businesses together
by using fiber broadband is
just as important today as
connecting people together
with electricity and telephone
service was in the 1930s.
In the 1930s, the large
providers of electricity and
telephones said it was too expensive to provide these services to rural Americans. In response, rural cooperatives
were formed so we could
have access to affordable
electricity and telephone
service for the 20th century.
RS Fiber Cooperative has
been formed so we can have
access to affordable Internet
service in the 21st century.
That’s a fact.
RS Fiber will NOT compete with the local providers
of high-speed, affordable internet service. Why? Because
there is not a single provider
of Internet service in Renville
and Sibley counties that provides this service to every
single business, farm and
home today. And these existing providers have even stated that they have no plans to
bring fiber broadband services to our communities.
He also makes a false
claim that RS Fiber has not
gathered good public support.
Wrong. More than 100 community meetings have been
held throughout Renville and
Sibley counties to answer
questions from taxpayers
about fiber broadband.
During an 18-month period
in 2011-12, over 55 percent
of residential households returned a pledge card indicating support and an interest in
receiving fiber broadband
services. In 2014, after a
number of meetings and presentations, elected officials
from 10 communities and 17
townships made informed,
thoughtful decisions to join
the RS Fiber project.
likely played a role in
Medtronic’s decision to move
its operation overseas. It’s unfortunate that Democrats at
the federal level have blocked
bipartisan efforts to repeal the
medical device tax.
Lastly, we need to consider
the impact of the United
States’ dramatically high corporate tax rate, as well as our
complicated and expensive
tax code. Companies like
Medtronic move their operations overseas because it
makes financial sense to do
so. Unless we reform our tax
code, it’s likely we’ll continue to see Fortune 500 companies and other large businesses leave for greener pastures.
When companies move
their headquarters out of our
state or to another country altogether, it’s bad news no
matter how you spin it. When
global headquarters move,
priorities move. We need to
have policies at the state and
federal level that ensure that
companies like Medtronic
want to expand and move
their global headquarters here
— to our great state — rather
than elsewhere.
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Yurek buys Recovery Resources
with SWIF microenterprise loan
WINSTED — David Yurek
recently received loan assistance from the Southwest Initiative Foundation’s (SWIF)
Microenterprise Loan Program for the purchase of Recovery Resources in Winsted,
a chemical dependency treatment center located at 471
2nd St. North.
Yurek is a licensed alcohol
and drug counselor with a
bachelor of arts in psychology and has been employed as
a counselor at Recovery Resources since 2000. He will
be starting up his business as
Lone Wolf Recovery.
Lone Wolf Recovery is an
outpatient-based service, with
a good reputation for serving
the McLeod, Carver, Meeker
and Wright counties areas for
over 20 years. Services will
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and recovery coaching.
Business hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Yurek may be contacted at
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From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
June 26, 1914
O.C. Conrad, Editor
Brownton native Charles
“Charley” Buechler Jr., 23, died
of appendicitis at his home in
Hettinger, N.D.
A big celebration has been
planned and will be held at Lake
Marion Grove on July 4.
After an illness lasting several
months, Mrs. Carolina Gehrke
passed away Monday morning at
the home of her son, Emil, in
Penn Township at the age of 92
Mr. Frederick Rickert and
Miss Emma Gehrke were united
in marriage last Thursday
forenoon in the large Penn
75 Years Ago
June 22, 1939
Percy L. Hakes, Editor
A daughter was born to Dr.
and Mrs. A.M. Jenson Sunday,
June 18, the new arrival is their
second child, the first also being
a daughter. “Doc” had a big
smile on his face Monday morning while passing out the
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Wagner are
the happy parents of a baby
daughter who arrived on
Wednesday morning of this
50 Years Ago
June 25, 1964
Charles H. Warner, Editor
Services were held Saturday,
June 20 for Werner Weerts, 53,
Brownton motel owner, who
died very suddenly Thursday
morning of coronary thrombosis.
The Brownton Bulletin will be
closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week as ye olde editor joins the vast horde of migrants to the northland in quest
of the finny denizens of the inky
20 Years Ago
June 22, 1994
Lori Copler, Editor
A lightning bolt struck a barn
on the Delmer Meier farm in
rural Brownton Sunday night.
The Brownton Fire Department
arrived to find the barn fully engulfed in flames. It burned to the
ground. The old barn only contained a few bales of hay and
some timber.
McLeod County Sheriff
Duane Kopesky announced that
he will seek a fifth term as sheriff in the November general election.
Members of the Brownton
Community Center building
committee held a mortgageburning ceremony Monday
night. After donations, the committee needed $20,000 to pay off
the building and took out a mortgage. The Brownton Lions Club
paid off the debt.
United Telephone Co. installed new switching equipment
in Stewart, and Mayor Marge
Scholla had the honor of placing
the first phone call with the new
Wade Klabunde of Brownton
won first place in the men’s division of the Minnesota State
Bowling Proprietors Association
$10,000 tournament held in
Maple Lake. The first prize was
100 Years Ago
June 26, 1914
Koeppen Brothers, Editors
At 9 o’clock last Thursday
morning at the residence of the
Rev. J.J. Mies occurred the marriage of two of Stewart’s most
popular young people. The Rev.
Mies performed the ceremony in
which Miss Grace Klinkhammer
became the bride of Mr. H.D.
Snavely. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nick
Klinkhammer, and the groom is
the popular young manager of
the Stewart Feed Mill. As soon
as they get matters straightened
around, they will go to housekeeping in the rooms above the
meat market.
One of the very prettiest June
weddings took place Tuesday
evening, June 16, at Zion
Lutheran Church in Buffalo
Lake when Miss Phoebe E. Walter became the bride of Mr.
Henry H. Klammer. The young
couple will be at their home near
Stewart after June 25.
75 Years Ago
June 23, 1939
Harry Koeppen, Editor
Miss Myrtle Kosek, daughter
50 Years Ago
June 25, 1964
Kermit T. Hubin, Editor
Marriage vows were spoken
by Miss June Loretta Holtz,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Holtz of Stewart, and Ger-
Well over five inches of rain fell in the Brownton and
Stewart areas early Thursday morning, causing road
closures (at the top is County Road 32 between
Brownton and Highway 15), the pumping of storm
water from sanitary sewers (below left), and the dock
at the Brownton Rod & Gun Club to become submerged (right). Many homes in both towns had water
in their basements, and residents spent Thursday and
Friday pulling up carpets, moving furniture and generally trying to dry out and clean up.
10 Years Ago
June 23, 2004
Lori Copler, Editor
Stewart Community Theatre
will present “Magnolia,” the
same play as its premiere 10
years ago, on Thursday, Friday
and Saturday, June 24-26. “Magnolia” is a comedic spoof of the
book “Gone With the Wind.”
Cast members include Alison
Benson, Ben Carlson, Steve
Paul, Chris Kalenberg, Jonathan
Bleck, Kortney Wiechman, Mike
Kuvass, Anna Halloff, Marlene
Krippner, Kevin Halloff, Alex
Bleck, Linda Dettman, Ruth
Wagner, Jim Pessek, Laura
Maiers, Leah Kirchoff, Ashley
Paul, Lori Bleck, Diane Benson,
Samoane Wagner, Teresa
Rosenow, Cody Wiechman, Lauren Kirchoff and April Massmann. Directors are Nancy
Massmann and Pam Wiechman.
Brandon and Carla Chatfield
of Stewart announce the birth of
their daughter, Emily Mae, on
Sunday, June 13.
A large crowd attended the rededication of the renovated band
shelter in the Brownton City
Park on June 16, Music was
provided by Charlie Warner of
Canton, son of Chuck and Eunice Warner of Brownton.
Jerry Schuft, 67, of Brownton,
a prominent concertina musician
and a 2004 inductee of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, died
June 15.
From the Stewart Tribune archives
of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Kosek, became the bride of Elmer Dressel
of Hutchinson last Wednesday
morning at St. Boniface Church.
After a week’s honeymoon in
northern Minnesota, the couple
will make their home on a farm
south of Hutchinson.
The First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hutchinson was the
scene of the wedding at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon of
Miss Lucille Baumgarten of
Hutchinson and Ralph O. Wagner of Collins Township. The
young people will make their
home on a farm north of Stewart.
William Quandt of this community, Paul and Herman
Quandt of New Ulm, and C.W.
Quandt of Winthrop returned
home Friday afternoon after a
flying trip to Canada. The four
brothers had flown to Churchbridge, Saskatchewan, to visit a
fifth brother, Albert. The trip was
830 miles one way.
Chronicle photos by Lori Copler
ald Paehlke, son of Mrs. Martha
Paehlke of rural Stewart, on Friday, June 5, at St. Matthew’s
Lutheran Church in Fernando.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Penk
(Judy Nelson) are the proud parents of a baby boy, Danny, born
Saturday, June 20.
Hahn Brothers of Stewart
have opened a Farmers Market
and Supply Store at their place
of business on Highway 212.
35 Years Ago
June 28, 1979
Anthony G. Blum, Editor
The Stewart Lions’ annual
harvest festival kicks off Friday
with a 7:30 p.m. band concert in
the city park, followed by square
dancing and an old-time dance.
Saturday’s events include a kiddie parade and mini-tractor pull,
and Sunday’s activities include a
pancake breakfast, a parade, cash
drawing, fireworks and a dance.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hahn are
proud to announce the arrival of
a son, Michael Blaine, born June
12. He joins a brother, Bradley.
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Chronicle photo by Karin Ramige Cornwell
Food shelf refrigerators
The Rotary clubs of Glencoe and
Hutchinson partnered with Rotary District 5950 and Hunger Free Minnesota to
donate three refrigerators to the McLeod
Emergency Food Shelf in Glencoe and
one to the Hutchinson location. From left
18 Brownton
seniors met
on Monday
Eighteen Brownton senior
citizens met Monday, June
23, at the community center.
Cards were played with the
following winners: 500, Theola Fors, first, and Norma
Albrecht, second; pinochle,
Ruby Streich, first, and Betty
Katzenmeyer, second; and
sheephead, Lil Lindeman,
first, and Pearl Streu, second.
Elva Wendlandt won the
door prize. Bernetta Asleben
served refreshments.
The next meeting will be
Monday, June 30, at 1 p.m.
All area seniors are welcome.
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.
to right are Hutchinson Rotary President
Keith Heikes, Glencoe Rotary President
Joel Ebert, Glencoe Site Manager Lennie
Albers and Food Shelf Executive Director
Marietta Neumann.
Notice of Public Hearing
The City of Brownton will hold a Public
Hearing at the July 1, 2014, Council Meeting
at 7:00 P.M., in the Brownton Civic Center
Council Chamber to adopt an amendment to
Ordinance No. 67 – Establishing Flood Plain
Management Regulations for the City of
Thurs., June 26 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.
Mon., June 30 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.;
Brownton Senior Citizens Club, Brownton Community
Center, 1 p.m.
Tues., July 1 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton
Community Center, 7 p.m.; Brownton City Council, 7
Thurs., July 3 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office
in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.
Wed., June 25 at Lester Prairie City Hall, 1-7 p.m.
Wed., July 2 at Neisen’s Bar & Grill, Biscay, 1-7 p.m.
Tues., July 8 at Peace Lutheran Church, 400 Franklin
St. SW, Hutchinson, Noon-6 p.m.
737 Hall St.,
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, page 7
Silver Lake Area News
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Upcoming Events
Music in the Park to begin
The Silver Lake Music in the Park series will begin
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 also will
be hosting a kolache bake sale. Next Thursday, July 3,
music will be provided by Alice and the Ol’ Boys with
lunch served by Grace Bible Church.
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.
Chronicle photo by Lori Copler
Dairy Day in Silver Lake
Shimanski. In the back are Dairy
Princesses Katie Eggert, Genevieve
Jeurissen and Cheyenne Schmidt. The
event also consisted of several contests, including an ice cream-eating
contest and milk-drinking contest and
music by Jim’s Brewers.
Two vehicles stolen in Silver Lake;
SLPD responds to several thefts
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
Last Wednesday, June 18,
the Silver Lake Police Department responded to several
theft calls, including vehicle
Two vehicles were stolen
from residences in Silver
Lake and items were taken
from a third vehicle.
The two stolen vehicles
were recovered, but several
items were missing from the
The Silver Lake Police Department is asking individuals
to report any other thefts or
tampering of vehicles.
Silver Lake Police Chief
Forrest Henriksen also
strongly urges individuals to
remove valuables from their
vehicles, to not leave keys inside their vehicles and to always lock vehicles, sheds,
garages, and residences.
For any questions, concerns or information relating
to recent thefts, contact the
SLPD at 320-327-0108 or the
McLeod County Sheriff’s Office at 320-864-3134.
Tracing Roots
By Ron Pulkrabek
Frank Moravec was quite a character!
Editor’s note: This is a
continuation of last week’s
Big Grandpa, Little Grandma Moravec column.
Frank Moravec, another
brother, also stayed near
Bagley. I knew his son Louie.
What a character! He was a
bachelor. Was drafted into
World War II at age 40.
We visited his run-down
farm many times when he
was older. He had a great
sense of humor. At age 90 he
went into the hospital for
prostate surgery, hernia surgery, and two other major
surgeries. He replied laughingly, “I like to get everything done at one time!”
Even at age 92, he still had
many things on his “to do
list:” plans to restore several
old cars sitting in the tall
weeds, painting his paint-bare
house, putting the five-foot
high front steps onto his
house, fixing the front tire on
his rusty tractor, which is
held onto the rim with chains
to keep it from blowing out;
and putting wall board on the
open studs in the bathroom.
He said it is easier to fix
plumbing problems the way it
is! He bought a new chain
saw at age 94. He died on his
farm at age 98. He was always optimistic and never
lost his sense of humor!
Big Grandpa and Little
Grandma retired to Glencoe
at ages 55 and 54. They lived
southeast of the Glencoe hospital where they had a big
garden, a few chickens and
many vines of grapes.
As a kid I once helped
shingle his granary/chicken
house/garage/outhouse combination. We used black
rolled tar paper and nailed the
seams down with wooden
Great-grandpa made the
best grape wine! People were
always thinking of some excuse to come over, hoping he
would serve some of his delicious 3-year-old wine. I can
still see him at age 85 shuffling into the pantry, down
into the cellar, and returning
with shot glasses filled to the
brim for his thirsty guests.
(He had the Tim Conway
They celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary. Big
Grandpa died at age 87. Little
Grandma died at age 90.
In 1928, at age 38, daughter Mayme (Moravec) Nemec
died two weeks after giving
birth to baby Arlene (Mrs.
Harry Wendolek). From 2
weeks of age, Arlene was
raised by her uncle and aunt,
Charlie and Clara (Moravec)
Pulkrabek. She always called
them Ma and Pa and treated
them with great kindness and
was always there when they
needed help.
Clara eventually retired in
Silver Lake in 1973 (house
just south of the bank) and
passed away at age 98.
Other children were Agnes
Peters of Glencoe, Josie Ford
of Minneapolis and Ted
Moravec of Taylors Falls.
The Shamlas of Glencoe
were cousins.
(Moravec) Ryan became a
country teacher two miles
north of Glencoe, in the Picha
farms area. Somehow
Elenore met and married
Elmer Ryan, a lawyer. In
1932, at 27, Elmer was the
youngest Minnesotan to be
elected to the U.S. House of
Representatives. They moved
to Washington, D.C. (Elmer’s
law partner had been Harold
Stassen, who ran for the president of the United States
four times or more).
Elenore had tea with Mrs.
Franklin Roosevelt at the
White House and was vice
president of the Women’s
Congressional Club (wives of
the 436 congressmen).
Elmer and Elenore traveled
to various foreign countries.
This was quite an accomplishment for a farm girl born
in a farmhouse in 1905, three
miles north of Glencoe.
In 1938, Elenore died giving birth to her second child
at age 33. Her popularity was
well known as it took several
trucks just to carry the flowers and 335 automobiles were
in the procession from the St.
Paul church to the cemetery.
Elenore’s husband, Elmer,
was killed in a car accident in
1952 at age 50.
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
SL Council adopts social
host ordinance on 4-1 vote
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
On a 4-1 vote, the Silver
Lake City Council adopted
the social host ordinance proposed by the McLeod County
Zero Adult Providers (ZAP)
committee. The ordinance
was adopted at the Council’s
June 16 meeting.
Jason Thiemann, a representative from ZAP, gave a
presentation about the social
host ordinance and its goals
to reduce underage drinking.
The social host ordinance
was established through the
MEADA (Meth Education
and Drug Awareness) coalition and is working to curtail
underage drinking and its affect on society, Thiemann
“The purpose of the ordinance is to make it a misdemeanor for social hosts who
knowingly allow underage
persons to obtain, possess or
consume alcoholic beverages
at private residences,” he
Thiemann added that the
ordinance gives communities
tools for holding people criminally accountable if they
allow underage drinking on
their properties.
“Are the current laws not
getting that done?” Councilor
Carol Roquette asked.
“They’re not,” Thiemann
said. He said the laws are not
targeting providers, as this
proposed ordinance does.
Thiemann said the courts
have ruled that “individuals
who allow a party to take
place in a home where they
know minors will consume
alcohol and do not take away
alcoholic beverages from minors, or who fail to stop the
party, cannot be prosecuted
because these actions do not
fall within the meaning of
‘providing’ alcohol to minors.”
Thiemann said loopholes
like these are the basis for the
need of a social host ordinance.
He also provided facts
about social host ordinances
and said in 2006, there was
not a single social host ordinance in Minnesota.
“But as of Nov. 1, 2012, in
Minnesota, 91 cities and 22
counties, including McLeod
County, have adopted a social
host ordinances and several
more are actively considering
it,” Thiemann said.
He said Glencoe has had a
social host ordinance for two
to three years and Lester
Prairie and Winsted also have
just adopted social host ordinances.
Mayor Bruce Bebo questioned that if the counties
have ordinances, why should
the cities located within those
counties also adopt the ordinance?
“The cities have exclusive
jurisdiction from county ordinances. They don’t apply to
the cities,” Thiemann said.
“Really? I didn’t know
that,” Bebo said.
“For clarification, state
laws apply everywhere,”
Thiemann said.
Thiemann said the counties
and cities which have adopted the ordinance have found
success in reducing the number of underage drinking parties, which have been predominantly hosted by 22- and
He also shared statistics
about underage drinking and
said that surveys of youth
show that the most common
sources of alcohol include the
person’s own home or from
peers over the age of 21.
“Some adults believe underage drinking is just part of
growing up and, therefore,
think it is acceptable to give
alcohol to underage people.
The social host laws send a
clear message to adults who
provide a place for underage
youth to drink that it is not
acceptable,” Thiemann said.
He added that there is a
“huge correlation between
use of alcohol and drugs and
high criminal activity.”
Thiemann also shared data
about underage youth who
drank in the past 30 days. “Of
Minnesota college students,
63.9 percent have had alcohol; 40 percent of 11th-grade
students; 18 percent of ninthgrade students and 23 percent
of eighth graders,” Thiemann
Councilor Eric Nelson
voiced concern on the accuracy of the statistics asking if
kids drank in the last 30 days.
“The report still doesn’t include if it was an 11th-grader
at a party or an 11th-grader
who was having wine during
dinner with family at home,”
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Section 2: The ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its
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The City Council of the City of Silver Lake, Minnesota does hereby ordain: Section 1: Section 9 of Chapter 11 of the Silver Lake Code is hereby
amended to allow the sale of intoxicating liquor on Sundays and shall read as
Subdivision 9, Hours of Operation
(A) Intoxication Liquor; On Sale. No sale of intoxicating liquor for consumption on the licensed premises may be made
a. Between 12:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday.
b. Between 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Nelson said.
He felt they were skewed
Thiemann said he felt that
not everyone was reporting
honestly, either.
“Some kids are in athletics
and maybe think this survey
is a trick, so they circle ‘no,’”
Thiemann said. “It goes both
City Clerk Kerry Venier
said one concern he heard
about the ordinance was the
possibility of homeowners
being charged even though
they had no knowledge of the
“What if kids have a party
at my house and I’m out of
town, and one kid has a beef
with me and said I let them
drink there. What would happen?” Venier asked.
Thiemann said that’s a
“gray area” and the ordinance
is more focused on parents
“knowingly” allowing underage youth to drink alcohol.
“Does the ZAP committee
have any policing in this?”
Nelson asked.
“No, this just offers tools
for law enforcement,” Thiemann said.
“Why doesn’t the state
adopt this?” Bebo asked.
“A lot of policing is left at
the local level. The state sets
broad perimeters and leaves it
up to us how we want to enforce the law,” Thiemann
“The only drawback I see,”
Bebo said, “is does this give
law enforcement any reason
to walk in to somebody’s
house if there were a lot of
cars on the block near the
house or loud noise?”
Thiemann said what would
probably happen is that the
law enforcement would set
up a perimeter and obtain a
“Do they need a warrant
with this (ordinance)?” Bebo
“Yeah, they probably do. I
can’t say one way or another,” Thiemann said.
“I think it’s a good idea.
It’s really sad it has to come
to the point where we need
something like this to protect
our children,” Councilor
Carol Roquette said.
On a 4-1 vote, the Council
approved to adopt the ordinance, with Nelson casting
the dissenting vote.
The Silver Lake Business Association
sponsored the annual Dairy Day celebration in Silver Lake last Friday. The
event was held in the auditorium due to
standing water in the park. Above, from
left to right, serving a pulled pork meal
to Maddie Monahan are Mayor Bruce
Bebo and County Commissioner Ron
Pola-Czesky meeting June 30
Paul Pokornowski
Cokato, MN
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, page 8
A summer vacation to remember
I adore summer and every
year, I always seem to make
these fabulous plans to celebrate the season to go skydiving, visit old colleagues in
Wyoming, try cave spelunking with friends in Tennessee,
and spend as much free time
in the sun as I can.
You’re probably wondering, “Does she work?”
Yes, yes I do, and would
you believe I’ve already
burned up my week of vacation?
It’s not even July, yet.
And I haven’t tried skydiving or headed west to
Wyoming or made my way to
explore the caves in Tennessee.
Instead, I spent two days of
vacation at the state baseball
tournament in Wisconsin and
the three other days with
family at Pelican Lake in
The original plan was to
spend nine days at the cabin,
weekend to weekend, but my
littlest brother, Mitchell, was
headed to state with his baseball team for the first time
ever and I couldn’t miss it.
So I rearranged my vacation schedule and last
Wednesday morning, headed
to Appleton, Wis., to cheer on
the Mondovi Buffaloes.
This was an exciting year
for Mitchell’s senior year in
sports — his football team
was conference champ, his
basketball team was regional
champ and his baseball team
was conference champ, regional champ, section champ,
and state bound for the first
time in Mondovi baseball history.
Definitely a bragging sister
moment, but I am extremely
proud of Mitchell and his accomplishments, and I was so
excited for his baseball team
to head to state, as that is
Mitch’s favorite sport to play.
I was lucky enough to see
him play center fielder in the
conference and regional
championship games —
edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting
kind of games — and there
are no words to describe the
sincere happiness and excite-
The Travel Section
By Alyssa Schauer
ment of those boys after a
Mom and I were in tears as
the blue and white uniformed
players crowded around the
pitcher’s mound, excitedly
shouting and proudly holding
the plaques high in the air.
I wasn’t able to make the
section tournament despite
Mitchell thinking I could
magically take off work to
see him play, but Mom sent
me text messages with game
updates hourly, and her final
message with six smiley
faces and a billion exclamation points told me the boys
were headed to state.
As I said, it was the first
time in school history the
baseball team won any kind
of championship, let alone
earn a trip to state, and because it is my youngest
brother’s last year in high
school sports, I knew I had to
go cheer him on, even if that
meant sitting and watching
and sitting and watching
baseball for several hours.
As we all know, it rained
just a bit last week, and after
clearing out water in the
basement from those heavy
rains last Wednesday morning, Mom, Dad, my brother,
Nick, and I were off to the
single elimination tournament
at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton.
Because of the rain, games
were delayed and Mitchell’s
3:30 afternoon game became
an evening 9:30 p.m. match.
So there we were, from
about 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.,
our butts molded into the aluminum bleacher seats watching baseball.
But truthfully, I didn’t
I’ve said this before, but I
Weather Corner
By Jake Yurek
I wish I had better news for everyone, but there’s still
some rain chances lingering this week as we continue
adding to our record rainfall.
The week started out on the dry side of things, so it
was good for things to dry out a bit. A low-pressure area
will move slowly by the area, keeping most of the rain to
our north.
Our rain chances increase as we progress through the
week as moisture builds in association with the storm.
Rain chances will stay mostly scattered Wednesday
through Friday, typically with daytime heating. The main
focus may be to our south, but I can’t rule out rain any of
the days of the forecast.
Unfortunately, another storm system is aimed our way
with poor timing as it enters the picture late Friday into
Saturday. At this point, Saturday looks wet with rain and
thunderstorm chances, but there’s some disagreement as
to exact location, so maybe things can change and we’ll
escape mostly OK (that’s the optimist in me).
If everything goes as it looks now, Sunday should dry
out and heat up as a warm front moves north.
The extended forecast shows more normal June weather early next week with more rain chances lingering.
Ma dobry weekendem
Mit dobry vikend
Wednesday night — Lows 55-61; scattered thunder.
Thursday — Highs 74-80; lows 61-67; clouds/scattered thunder storms.
Friday — Highs 77-83; lows 60-66; partly cloudy/scattered thunder storms.
Saturday — Highs 78-84; lows 65-71; clouds/rain and
thunder storms.
Sunday — Highs 84-90; partly cloudy/night thunder
Weather Quiz: Why have we seen all this rain, but still
haven’t seen much in the way of severe weather?
Answer to last week’s question: How does hail get to
be so many different sizes and shapes? Hail grows by
moving up and down the vertical column of a given thunderstorm dependent on updraft. The more violent the
thunderstorm, the more violent and strong the updraft
will be. The hail starts as a tiny speck, and as it remains
suspended it continues to get coated and grows larger
until it’s too big for the updraft and it falls out. The different shapes come from the chaotic environment in
which it forms. Hailstones get bounced all around in different directions, so sometimes they come out looking
perfectly round (typically smaller) and sometimes all different shapes (typically larger). As the hail falls through
the rain, it melts and helps smooth it out.
Remember: I make the forecast, not the weather!
love baseball — the glowing
white uniforms under the stadium lights, the bright,
crushed red rock outlining a
diamond on the lush, green
field, the salty smell of hotdogs and popcorn wafting
through stands, and the crack
of a wooden bat out to center
To top it all off, it was a
beautiful afternoon after the
rain ceased — 70s, blue skies
with not a cloud above.
Unfortunately, our beautiful day ended in sadness. The
Buffaloes lost 2-3 against
Wisconsin Heights, even
after a valiant effort from the
boys to get out of the 0-3
slump and score two runs in
the top of the fifth.
The crowd stood up and
started chanting, “Now we
go! Now we go!” (the Buffaloes motto for the season)
and our spirits were high in
the hopes of a two-out rally.
I so wanted my brother to
hit that home run he’s been
waiting for all season, but the
bats just weren’t connecting
and that Wisconsin Heights
pitcher was something else.
In the top of the seventh,
our last chance to score, we
struck out and the season was
Despite the loss, Mitchell
said it was “pretty amazing”
playing on that field and I’d
have to say it was “pretty
amazing” seeing him get to
that point after spending several summers watching his
little league and Babe Ruth
league games.
It was no skydiving, cave
exploring vacation, but it was
memorable nonetheless.
And probably safer, though
you can never trust those foul
Silver Lake
summer rec
Girls Fifth/Sixth Grade
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 Third-Fourth
Pee Wee Baseball
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 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.
Submitted photo
Yurek promoted to Sgt. First Class
Christopher Yurek (right), of the Minnesota Army National Guard, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, was recently promoted to Sergeant First
Class (E-7). His father, Ron Yurek (left),
had the honor of pinning on the new
stripes. After basic training, Chris went
for training as crew chief on the UH-60
Blackhawk helicopter. He was then assigned to the St. Paul airport, Holman
Field. Chris received further training on
the Army’s unmanned air vehicle (UAV
drone), “The Shadow.” He served one
year in Iraq as crew chief on that aircraft and after completing his tour in
Iraq, he transferred to the recruiting
program. Chris is formerly of Silver
Lake and now resides in Glencoe and
works out of the Hutchinson Armory.
Silver Lake History
Compiled by Alyssa Schauer
75 Years Ago
July 1, 1939
Delbert Merrill, Publisher
Rained out for two consecutive concert nights, Silver Lake’s
band finally “got a break” and
Silver Lake folks heard a good
concert last Wednesday evening.
The schedule for next Wednesday evening is as follows: Project March, Home on the Range,
Man on the Flying Trapeze,
Playground Waltz, Clarinet
Polka, Old McDonald, Musiky,
Musiky, Airport March, There’s
a Gold Mine in the Sky, The
Band Played On and She May
Have Seen Better Days, Helena
Polka, Gibraltar Overture, Beer
Barrel Polka, Starter March and
Star Spangled Banner.
A family gathering was held
at the Joseph Chmielewski home
Sunday afternoon in honor of
Sister M. Pauline, who will be
Chmielewski. She is here on her
first visit home in 10 years.
A sextet of Silver Lake
women in Czech costume and
Makovsky, were guests of a hospitable Glencoe American Legion Post Wednesday evening,
as a part of the Glencoe “Onto
Lexington” baseball program.
Celebrating an event of 60
years ago, when John Mrkvicka
chose Miss Fannie Sotona to be
his bride in the little church at
Winsted, friends and relatives of
the couple gathered at the Edward Kucera home last Sunday,
June 25.
Albert Asplin, 32, of Dassel,
was killed Monday night when
the car which he was driving
smashed into a truck on Highway 12 near Cokato. Ray Anderson of Litchfield, driver of the
truck, was accompanied by two
girls and all were unhurt save for
ship Camp for four days last
week. Along with making many
new friends, there was a better
knowledge gained of what the
Farmers Union is trying to accomplish for farmers throughout
The Silver Lake High School
concert band, under the direction
of Marshall Johnson, will present the fourth summer band concert on Wednesday, July 1, with
songs including Black Jack
March, Ja-Da, China Boy, Wake,
Awake, Julida Polka, Grand Festival Overture, March Gloria,
When You’re Smiling, Toot,
Toot, Tootsie, Beautiful Youth
Waltz, Mighty Land, Wondrous
Land, I’m Nobody’s Baby, Scandia Schottishe, The Liberty Bell
March and The National Anthem.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Krcil will
hold an open house on Sunday,
June 28, to observe their silver
wedding anniversary at their
home near Lake Marion.
A potluck dinner was held at
the home of Mrs. Mary Pesina,
in honor of Grandpa Plihal’s
95th birthday, Sunday, June 21.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ridgeway, of Cedar Mills, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 28,
with an open house held at the
Cedar Mills school.
Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Hlavka, of Hutchinson, attended funeral services for Joseph Hlavka
of Berwyn, Ill. on June 18.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vorlicek
Sr., Mrs. John Zaruba and Mrs.
John Svanda attended the funeral
50 Years Ago
June 25, 1964
Wilbert Merrill, Publisher
Susan Vorlicek, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Vorlicek, attended a Farmers Union Scholar-
of their cousin, Louis Chermak
of Minneapolis.
A boy, Jeffrey Charles, was
born to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lindstrom of Minneapolis on June
25 Years Ago
June 29, 1989
Ken and Dorothy Merrill,
The Silver Lake Legion Post
141 award winners at graduation
exercises at Silver Lake High
Chmielewski and Karen Hlavaka, athletic award; Joel Wosmek
and Tricia Lhotka, $500 scholarships; Gordie Chmielewski and
Alicia Cafferty, alternates; Ross
Jurek and Janette Mallak, $250
scholarships; Darin Harff and
Lisa Nowak, alternates; Troy
Drahos and Michele Stifter, outstanding citizenship awards.
Neil Wagner was hired as the
Municipal Liquor Store manager
and will begin his duties July 1.
He is currently employed at
Hutchinson Technology and
served as manager of the
Hutchinson Legion Club and
Jane (Bobolink) Trutna will
be celebrating her 85th birthday
on Friday, July 7.
A son, Aaron Joseph, was
born to Clyde and Susan (Smoley) Ahlquist of Shoreview, on
June 21.
A son, Nicholas Dean, was
born to Dean and Carol (Lhotka)
Schauer on June 16.
For any Silver Lake news, story ideas
and photo submissions, please email
information to Alyssa Schauer at
call the Chronicle office at 320-864-5518;
or mail to
PO Box 188, Glencoe, MN 55336
or 716 E 10th St., Glencoe, MN 55336.
Silver Lake Music in the Park 2014
Food Served at 6 p.m. - Music Starts at 7 p.m. BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR.
June 26
Jerry Kahle &
Blake Klaustermeier
Pola-Czesky Royalty
& Bake Sale
BBQs, chips,
pickle, dessert &
July 3
Alice & the
Ol’ Boys
Grace Bible Church
Mr. Rib Sandwich,
chips, pickle,
dessert & beverage.
July 10
George Palma
American Legion
Auxiliary Unit #141
Hot Turkey sandwich
chips, pickle, dessert
& beverage.
July 17
BBQs, chips, pickle,
dessert & beverage.
July 24
S.L. Women’s Club
Brewers Welcome All Red Hat Members
Cindy’s Concertina
Mariner’s Club Faith
Presbyterian Church
July 31
Silver Nickel
Seasoned Pork Patty,
chips, pickle, dessert,
& beverage
Church of Holy
Family CCW
Hot Turkey sandwich
chips, pickle, dessert
& beverage.
327-2278; RAY & SHARON BANDAS 327-3115
Prizes awarded throughout the evening.
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, page 9
Julie Kohls, Fred (dog)
and Ryan Ide
Lutheran Church of Glencoe,
and the reception will be at
the Ide farm.
766 Century Avenue • Hutchinson
Sanchez announces birth
Victoria Sanchez of Brownton announces the birth of
her daughter, Rochelle Lee, on June 2, 2014, at Glencoe
Regional Health Services. Rochelle weighed 6 pounds, 7
ounces, and was 19-1/2 inches in length. Her older sibling is Bentley, and her grandfather is Tracy Sanchez of
Local students on BSU list
Son born to Tieben family
John and Danielle Tieben of Glencoe announce the
birth of their son, James Edward, on June 11, 2014, at
Glencoe Regional Health Services. James weighed 8
pounds, 11 ounces, and was 21 inches long. His older sister is Samantha Marie. Grandparents are John and Barb
Tieben of Jordan and Kevin and Idelle Slack of Belle
Area students SCTC grads
Area students were among the spring graduates of St.
Cloud Technical & Community College. The local graduates included Lee Forcier of Glencoe, associate of applied science degree in medium/heavy truck technician,
and Jonathan Gueningsman of Lester Prairie, diploma in
land surveying/civil engineering technology.
Submitted photo
St. John’s confirmation
St. John’s Lutheran Church of Plato held
its confirmation ceremony May 4. Participating in the ceremony were, from left,
Chase Engelke, the Rev. James Gomez,
Hunter Lemke and Steven Dammann.
Numerous area students among
recent graduates of Ridgewater
Ridgewater College announced the 2014 graduating
class after commencement
ceremonies took place May
15 (Hutchinson campus) and
May 17 (Willmar campus).
The following local students were among the graduates:
Brownton: Jan Amborn,
Miranda Berry, Luz Duvall,
Mae Fors, David Frick, Dario
Garcia, Jean Golde, Tiffany
Hedin, Elizabeth HermodsonOlsen, Riana Klaustermeier,
Nikolas Neubarth, Lynae
Plendl, Alex Schons and
Courtney Vinkemeier.
Glencoe: Matthew Bonderman, Jennifer Dahlke, Kaleb
Donnay, Sara Eiden, Hailey
Farrell, Brent Fox, Teri Friauf, Courtney Frick, Juan
Kahlbaugh, Cortney Kressin,
Ashley Kuphal, Sarah Mathews, Michelle Nelson, Alyssa
Neubarth, Tashia Nicholson,
LaRissa Oelfke, Matthew
Pieschke, Ciara Roberts,
Christian Schultz, Larissa
Strey, Timothy Tobeck, Jessica Underdahl, Genise Werth,
Douglas Wosmek and Wendy
New Auburn: Linda
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Silver Lake: Breanna Baumann, Wade Dolezal, Colin
Fogarty, Michele Fogarty,
Brianna Hall, Katie Hanson,
Kimberly Hanson, Cheryl
Konerza, Andrew Penas,
Zachary Peterson, Nathan
Schermann, Laura Ulrich and
Cole Wendolek.
Stewart: Deborah Albrecht, Nancy Bening, Daniel
Broucek, Nathaniel Burge,
Lorraine Doerr, Douglas Erickson, Geraldine Fitzloff,
George Mobley, James
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 PG
12:25, 2:40, 4:50, 6:55 & 8:55
The Fault in Our Stars PG-13
Jersey Boys R
11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10 & 9:40
12:30, 2:45, 5:05, 7:20 & 9:35 July 1
Made ISU spring dean’s list
Molly Range of Lester Prairie was named to the spring
semester dean’s list at Iowa State University, Ames,
Iowa. Range is majoring in kinesiology and health. Two
Hutchinson students also were named to the ISU list.
Nicholas Clobes is a construction engineering major and
Dillon Wirth is a mechanical engineering major.
Lucht on Augustana list
Jolene Lucht of Glencoe has been named to the spring
semester dean’s list at Augustana College, Sioux Falls,
Locals among SCSU grads
A number of area students were among the recent graduates of St. Cloud State University. They include students
from Glencoe: Jonathan Boesche, bachelor of arts (BA)
in international relations, summa cum laude, and BA in
political science, summa cum laude; Daniel Witte, BA in
international relations, summa cum laude, and BA in political science, summa cum laude; and Kevin Witte, BA,
psychology, magna cum laude; Lester Prairie: Bethany
Briggs, bachelor of science (BS), biomedical sciences,
magna cum laude; and Kaleb Buesing, BS, hydrology;
Silver Lake: Erik Stensvad, BS, accounting, magna cum
laude; and Stewart: Christopher Pudwill, BS, accounting, cum laude, and BS, finance, cum laude.
Kuphal accepted at SMSU
Ashley Kuphal, daughter of Glenn Kuphal of Mankato
and Deb Houghton of Glencoe, has been accepted for the
2014 fall semester at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Her planned major field of study is business management.
Students on SCTC spring list
Jonathan Gueningsman and Miranda Posusta, both of
Glencoe, were named to the spring semester president’s
list at St. Cloud Technical & Community College.
On UW-Eau Claire dean’s list
Joshua Borst Bergfeldt of Lester Prairie and Kristin
Garbers of Silver Lake were named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Bergfeldt is in the college of arts and sciences, and Garbers is in the school’s college of business.
ENDS Tues., July 1
Transformers: Age of Extinction PG-13
12:30, 6:45 & 9:45
Special Showing of
Donley joins Gavin, Winters,
Tiemann & Long law firm
Amber (Ramige) Donley
joined the law firm of Gavin,
Winters, Thiemann & Long
on June 9, 2014.
Donley’s contributions to
the firm include experience in
criminal law, family law, corporate law and general regulatory matters. These areas
compliment the Gavin firm’s
practice of personal injury,
wrongful death, family law,
mediation, real estate, wills
and trusts, bankruptcy, Social
Security claims, probate and
utility law.
Donley is a 2001 graduate
of Glencoe-Silver Lake High
School, 2005 graduate of
Concordia College, Moorhead, and a 2008 graduate of
the William Mitchell School
of Law, St. Paul.
Donley, her husband Ryan
and their 21-month-old son,
Will, live in Victoria.
The other attorneys in the
office include partners Mike
Gavin, who joined the firm in
1969; Jody Winters, who
joined the firm in 1998; Jason
Thiemann, who joined the
firm in 2006; associate Mike
June 30-July 4
Millie Beneke Manor, Glencoe,
and Brownton, Silver Lake
and Stewart
Senior Nutrition Sites
Monday — Beef tips with
gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli,
bread, margarine, peaches, lowfat milk.
Tuesday — Barbecued pork,
potato salad, cauliflower, bun,
margarine, fruit crisp, low-fat milk.
Wednesday — Chicken breast,
leaf lettuce, tomato slices, fruit
salad, bun, margarine, bar, lowfat milk.
Thursday — Country steak,
whole potatoes, carrots, bread,
margarine, pudding, low-fat milk.
Friday — Independence Day.
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Earth to Echo PG 12:30, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00 & 9:00
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PLEASE NOTE: there will be a Special Showing
of ALL SHOWS on Wed., July 2 at 12:01 a.m.:
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Boys, Earth to Echo, How To Train Your Dragon 2
Eric Schultz of Arlington and Scott Fletcher of Norwood Young America were among the spring graduates
of North Dakota State University at Fargo, N.D. Schultz
received a bachelor of science degree in soil science.
Fletcher received a bachelor of science degree in human
development and family science.
22 Jump Street R
Transformers: Age of Extinction PG-13
Maiers family notes birth
Among NDSU graduates
11:50, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05 & 9:30 July 1
11:30, 2:35, 5:45 & 8:45
Matthew and Melissa Maiers of Buffalo Lake announce the birth of their son, Blake Matthew, on June 12,
2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Blake
weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 21 inches in
length. His older bother is Mason Ray. Grandparents are
Dan and Sheryl Ray of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Tom and
LaMae Maiers of Stewart.
Several area students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at Bemidji State University. They included
Lindsey Becker and Jeana Van Dyne, both of Glencoe;
Joseph Otto and Gwendolyn Plezel, both of Lester
Prairie; and Shauntel Stahlke of Plato.
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The McLeod
County Chronicle
Kathy Ehlers’
Amber Donley
Long, who joined the firm in
2009; and associate Alan Albrecht, who joined the firm in
Each attorney’s area of
practice is displayed on the
firm’s website at www.
The firm, located at 1017
Hennepin Ave. in Glencoe,
was founded by Edward J.
Gavin in 1939.
4 of July
Due to the July 4th Holiday,
our deadlines for the following
papers will be:
NOON, Tues., July 1
Sunday, June 29
1-4 p.m.
Dubb’s Grill & Bar
702 10th St. E. • Glencoe, MN 55336
Due to high water, the New Auburn Fire
Department Relief Association will
have its pork chop feed on
Thursday, July 3 at the Fire/City Hall
The Sibley Shopper, The Galaxy,
The Glencoe Advertiser
Both of our offices will be
CLOSED on Friday, July 4.
Sibley Shopper/ Arlington Enterprise
Craig and Rosalind Kohls
of Glencoe are proud to announce the engagement of
their daughter, Julie Kohls, to
Ryan Ide of Glencoe. Ide is
the son of Edna Busch Ide
and the late Vernon Ide of
rural Glencoe.
Kohls is employed by Dungarvin of Hutchinson. Ide
farms between Glencoe and
Lester Prairie.
A July 26 wedding is
planned at First Evangelical
— Ide
McLeod County Chronicle
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, page 10
Ruben John Moehring, 91, of Plato
Funeral services for Ruben
John Moehring, 91, of Plato,
were held Wednesday, June
25, at Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe.
P a u l
M r .
died Thursday, June
19, 2014, at
Oak Terrace
Health Care Ruben
Center in Moehring
The soloist was Kerri
Specht, and the organist was
Dawn Wolter. Musical selections were “How Great Thou
Art,” “On Eagle’s Wings”
and “Here I Am, Lord.”
Honorary pallbearers were
Mr. Moehring’s grandchildren. Pallbearers were Bruce
Tucholke, Joel Tucholke,
Gregg Tucholke, Donald Peterson, Jerome Schlosser and
Matt Rosenau. Interment will
be at a later date in St. Mary’s
Catholic Cemetery in Arlington.
Mr. Moehring was born
Sept. 27, 1922, in Plato, to
John and Minnie (Dose)
Moehring. He was baptized
as an infant and confirmed on
April 5, 1936. He attended
school in Plato until he was
needed at home to tend to the
On Aug. 27, 1946, Mr.
Moehring was united in marriage to Helen Strobel at the
Church of St. Thomas in Jesseland Township, Sibley
County. The Moehrings
made their home on the family farm in rural Plato until
1991, when he retired.
After his retirement, they
moved into their house in
town, where he lived first
with Helen and then his
grandson, Matthew.
The Moehrings were
blessed with six children,
Anna, David, Daniel, Nola,
Norma and Rita. They shared
over 50 years of marriage before Mrs. Moehring died on
July 30, 1997.
Mr. Moehring took great
pride in running the family
farm. In addition to farming,
he had fond memories of
working at Shamla’s Pure Oil
Station and as a part-time
McLeod County deputy.
Many will remember him as
a cop at the Lake Marion
Ballroom, but occasionally
would be assigned to cop at
the Velvet Coach in Hutchinson, the Silver Lake Auditorium and Sherman Station in
Mr. Moehring enjoyed a
good card game, and he
taught his children and grandchildren how to play 500 and
Hearts. He enjoyed watching
the Minnesota Twins, Molly
B’s Polka Show, Beverly
Hillbillies, Green Acres and a
good “shoot ’em up” western.
However, farming remained his passion as he
loved a drive around the
countryside to check out the
crops and would often reward
the driver with a Dairy Queen
Survivors include his chil-
dren, Anna (Donald) Peterson
of Atwater, David (Karen)
Moehring of St. Paul, Nola
Rosenau of Fernando, Norma
Moehring of Waseca and Rita
(Jerome) Schlosser of Delano; grandchildren, Kristine,
Karla, Andrew, Laura, Melissa, Jackie, John, Douglas,
Matthew, John, Michael, Jennifer, Sarah, Rachel, Sonja,
Clayton and Reanna; 26
great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law,
Jane Moehring, Francis (Bernice) Strobel, Don (Betty)
Strobel, Jean (John) Leonhardt, Marion (Myron) Helget and Elaine Winter; nieces,
nephews, and many other relatives.
Preceding him in death
were his parents, John and
Minnie Moehring; mother-inlaw and father-in-law,
Charles and Irene Strobel;
wife, Helen Moehring; son,
Daniel Moehring; grandson,
Jared Schlosser; siblings,
John Moehring, Mabel Bishop and her husband, Harry,
Minna Freiberg and her husband, Ken, Rosa Grout, Lillian Tucholke and her husband, Orwin, Francis Wisch
and her husband, Art, Stella
Hill, and Lorna Meyer and
her husband, Armond; and
brother-in-law, Leonard Winter.
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.
Brigetta Wachter, 89, of Hutchinson
A Mass of Christian Burial
for Brigetta “Bea” Mary
Wachter, 89, of Hutchinson,
formerly of Brownton, was
held Monday, June 23, at St.
Church in
M r s .
Wa c h t e r
died Friday,
June 13,
2014, at Ecumen Emm a n u e l
Brigetta ‘Bea’
Home in
Interment was in Oak
Grove Cemetery in Brownton.
Brigetta Mary Weinzetl,
the daughter of Joseph and
Anna (Thueringer) Weinzetl,
was born Aug. 4, 1924, in the
family’s home in Fairfax.
She grew up and received her
education in Fairfax, graduating from Fairfax High School
in 1942.
She was united in marriage
to Carl Wachter on Aug. 26,
1942, at St. Andrew’s
Catholic Church in Fairfax.
The Wachters made their
home in Fairfax, Hector, Buffalo Lake, Stewart and
Brownton. They were blessed
with six children, Ann, Janet,
Mary, Jon, Kevin and Carol.
Mrs. Wachter enjoyed
being a homemaker and
worked several jobs, including working for Bowlby and
Company, Green Giant, Telex
and several restaurants.
They were active members
of St. Boniface Catholic
Church in Stewart, where
Mrs. Wachter was a member
of the CCW and choir.
Throughout the years, she
also was active in the Lions
Club and CB Club.
In 1993, Mrs. Wachter enjoyed a wonderful trip to
Austria accompanied by a
niece. She also enjoyed
music, gardening, woodworking, ceramics, playing cards,
crocheting, embroidery,
cooking and baking (espe-
cially her donuts), volunteering, and spending time with
family and friends. She enjoyed and took pride in being
a caregiver; she would drop
everything to help anyone in
whatever was needed.
Survivors include her children, Ann (Don) Konietzko
of Litchfield, Jan (Al) Pinkert
of Red Wing, Mary Stevens
of Hutchinson, Jon (Liz)
Wachter of Mankato, Kevin
Williamson, N.Y., and Carol
Lutgen of Otsego; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and many friends and
other family members.
Preceding her in death
were her husband, Carl; parents, Joseph and Anna; siblings, Joseph and Sylvia
Weinzetl, Anna and Clarence
Woldengen, Michael and
Eleanor Weinzetl and Mary
and Bill Carlson.
An online guestbook is
available at www.johnson
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Graduation ceremony
Graduates of MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, a kindergarten through
12th-grade online public school that students across the state attend from home,
gathered with their peers, families and
school faculty during a traditional graduation ceremony, Saturday, June 14, at
Edina’s South View Middle School. One
hundred twelve seniors walked across
the stage, a rite of passage that repre-
Strawberry (and rhubarb) fields forever
This is one of my favorite
times of the year. Yes, it is finally warm out (and really
wet.) But it is also the time of
the year when strawberries
and rhubarb are in season.
It is amazing how many
recipes there are when you
simply search strawberry and
My Turn Now
By Karin Ramige Cornwell
Rhubarb and Strawberry Cake
1/4 cup water
1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup sugar
2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb stalks (10
1 cup chopped fresh strawberries (5 ounces)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1-3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup whole milk
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and
cooled slightly
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter an 8-inch
square glass or ceramic baking dish.
Stir together water, cornstarch and 1/3 cup
sugar in a small saucepan, then stir in rhubarb.
Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, then
simmer, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in strawberries.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt,
and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl.
Whisk together egg, milk, butter and vanilla
in a large bowl, then whisk in flour mixture
until just combined.
Reserve 1/2 cup fruit mixture, then add remainder to an 8-inch buttered baking dish.
Pour batter over the fruit, spreading evenly.
Drizzle reserved 1/2 cup fruit mixture over
Bake at 400 degrees until a wooden pick in-
A service of life and resurrection for Keith Bradley
Williams, 51, of Cincinnati,
Ohio, will be held Saturday,
June 28, 2014, at 11 a.m., at
St. Paul’s
Church, 300
St., Stewart.
M r .
died Monday, June 9,
T h e r e
will be a Keith
gathering of Williams
family and
friends one hour prior to the
service at the church on Saturday.
Mr. Williams was born in
Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 8, 1962,
the son of Stewart and Nancy
(Loomis) Williams of Montgomery, Ala. He was baptized
as an infant and confirmed in
the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Williams graduated
from J.I. Case High School,
Racine, Wis., in 1980, and received a degree in aviation
management from Indiana
State University, Terre Haute,
Ind. Aviation was his passion.
Mr. Williams met Virginia
Lee “Ginny” Penk in 1991 on
an airplane — he was her
pilot — and they were united
in marriage Feb. 6, 1993, in
Melbourne, Fla.
During their marriage they
lived in Missouri, Florida,
Georgia, Illinois and finally
Cincinnati, Ohio. He always
loved Minnesota, especially
the Boundary Waters, and
considered Stewart and the
surrounding area “home.”
Mr. Williams began his career in the aviation industry
with McDonnell-Douglas in
St. Louis as a program manager on the F16 jet program.
He later achieved his dream
of becoming a commercial
airline pilot and flew as a first
officer for TWA’s commuter
carrier. He later worked as a
program manager for Rockwell-Collins Aviation.
After leaving aviation as a
profession, Mr. Williams
worked in the high-tech industry in account management roles, and was later selfemployed as a trader.
He was a kind, sweet and
gentle soul. He had many
friends — in every state and
around the globe — and was
tagged by all who knew him
as “the nicest guy you’ll ever
His interests were varied:
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he was an artist, avid tennis
and racquetball player, and
volunteered for park beautification efforts for the Cincinnati Parks Department. He
loved to read and share new
facts, knowledge and theories
with others. He loved a good
joke, and he never said no to
an ice cream cone.
Survivors include his wife,
Virginia; his parents, Stewart
and Nancy Williams; his sister-in-law, Anna (Ornano)
Williams; and numerous family and friends, all of whom
he adored.
Preceding him in death
were his brother, S. Mark
Williams of St. Louis, Mo.,
his grandparents, Haydn and
Louise (Rolfe) Williams of
Oxford, Ohio, and Willard
and Helen (Corson) Loomis
of Canton, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, memorials for the Keith Williams
Memorial Fund are preferred.
If by check, make payable to
the Family of Keith Williams
or Virginia Lee Williams, and
can be mailed to: First Minnesota Bank, P.O. Box 255,
Stewart MN 55385. Arrangements were with HughesHantge Funeral Chapel of
Stewart. Visit www.hantge.
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Leo Noga
who passed away five years
ago on June 28, 2009
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
1-1/2 cups rhubarb (about 4 stalks), cut in
1/2-inch pieces
1-1/2 cups strawberries, halved or quartered)
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 pie crusts
In a large bowl put the sliced rhubarb and
strawberries in with a little lemon juice and
mix gently.
Add the sugar, flour, cinnamon and vanilla
and mix.
Allow the filling to marinate for 20-30 minutes.
Roll out dough and put in the pie pan,
adding the filling on top.
Roll out the second crust and put it over the
pie, poking holes or for a lattice-topped pie,
slice the rolled pie crust into 1-inch strips.
Then lay them in the lattice pattern.
Crimp the outside of the crust with a fork to
connect the upper/bottom crusts.
Paint the top crust with milk and sprinkle
sugar over the top (you only need about a tablespoon of milk … you don’t want it to pool
on top of the crust anywhere).
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, and
then 325 degrees for another 45 minutes.
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& Monuments
His Smile
Though his smile has gone
forever and his hand cannot
We still have so many
memories of the one we love
so much.
His memory is our keepsake
with which we’ll never part
God has him in His keeping,
we have him in our hearts.
serted into center of cake portion comes out
clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack
5 minutes before serving.
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In Loving Memory of
Keith B. Williams, 51, Cincinnati, Ohio
sents years of hard work put in by students, teachers, parents and administrators. A trio of students performed
throughout the ceremony, which included, left to right, Josephine Kjenstad of
Glencoe, Genesis Feliciano of Faribault
and Logan Vermeer of Ramsey. Kjenstad
will attend Bemidji State University in the
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Area News
Ristau resigns from SWIF
HUTCHINSON — The Hutchinson Leader reported
that Sherry Ristau, longtime leader of the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF), has resigned, effective later
this summer. She has accepted a position as president and
chief executive officer (CEO) of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, serving the Quad Cities
area of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island
and Moline, Ill. Ristau has been employed by SWIF for
the past 20 years, including 17 as president and CEO.
Winds, and then rains came
GAYLORD — The Gaylord Hub reported that winds
that reached nearly 70 miles per hour on Saturday, June
14, toppled trees and knocked out power in the community. And then on Thursday, June 19, the area was hit by
heavy rains that flooded the area.
District looks at its facilities
Glencoe High School class of 1994
The Glencoe High School Class of 1994, the last graduating class as the Glencoe Eagles, celebrated its 20-year
reunion Saturday, June 21, at the Glencoe Country Club.
Class members attending included, front, from left, Nate
Gorr, Tracy (Mathews) Wacker, Kimberly (Krcil)
Lawrence, Mandy (Heldt) Sturges, Karin Ramige Cornwell, Jody (Bruckschen) Shultz, Eric Makovsky, Kristin
(Olson) Rodriquez, Vonnie (Rotzien) Brejle, Eric Papke
and Elizabeth (Tesch) Frahm. Middle row: Kim (Chastek)
Caputa, Melanie (Henning) Crawley, Stacey Schmitz,
Jenny (Shesta) Papke. Back row: Karl Schauer, Neil Winterfeldt, Becky (Weldon) Fisher, Jim Sprengeler,
Stephanie (Anderson) Eckel, Wallace “Skipper” Fritz,
Carrie (Ehrke) Schader, Eric Englemann, Jason Scharpe,
Jason Kaytor, Jim Enneking, Alissa (Oltmann) Pretzel
and Adam Hill.
Baldwin Court residents seek county’s
assistance with chronic flooding issues
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
Several residents of Baldwin Court near Lester Prairie
tried to find relief from flooding issues at the McLeod
County Board’s June 17
evening meeting.
But they were warned by
commissioners that the
process for finding a solution
could be lengthy, and possibly expensive.
Residents claim they have
spent thousands of dollars
building berms and renting
pumps to keep water out of
their homes over the past two
Resident Daryl Adickes
asked if the county will consider reimbursing residents
for their costs.
But Commissioner Sheldon
Nies said that it is unknown
whose responsibility it is that
the area is flooding.
Phil Schmalz, assistant
county highway engineer,
Glencoe Police
On Monday, June 16, at 11:42
a.m., police responded to a report
of a possible broken leg at a
Greeley Avenue residence. The
person was taken by ambulance
to the hospital emergency room.
Another medical emergency
was reported at 3:04 p.m., Monday, when a person fell and may
have broken a foot. The incident
occurred at a 16th Street location.
A possible diabetic reaction resulted in a 16th Street resident
being transported by ambulance
to the hospital at 11:21 a.m.,
Tuesday, June 17.
Police also were called to the
hospital emergency room at
12:35 p.m., Tuesday, to help handle a patient who was “combative
and disruptive.”
Another medical emergency
was called in at Sam’s Tire on
Chandler Avenue. A male was
“unresponsive,” and was taken by
ambulance to the hospital at 1:22
p.m., Tuesday.
A traffic stop at 9:25 p.m.,
Tuesday, at Elliott Avenue and
Ninth Street, resulted in the driver
being cited for driving after revocation.
Police were busy with weatherrelated calls starting early Thursday morning. People called
alarmed by the rising water,
sought help with sandbagging,
and were concerned about water
over streets not only in Glencoe,
but on county roads in the area.
Several vehicles stalled while
trying to drive through water-filled
intersections, and employees at
McLeod County’s North Complex
on Hennepin Avenue advised police their parking lot was under
water, and they were “parked all
over the place.”
At 9:36 a.m., Thursday, police
assisted in evacuating a family
from their home on Ash Street
due to flooding.
They also assisted a party at
Oak Leaf Park at 1:03 p.m.
Thursday afternoon, police
were called about children swimming in the streets at 13th Street
and Armstrong Avenue and on
19th Street and McLeod Avenue.
The children were advised to stay
out of the water.
At 5:48 p.m., Thursday, police
were called to a DeSoto Avenue
location near Buffalo Creek after
it was reported a young adult
male was swimming in deep
water in the fast current next to
said flooding issues apparently started in 2010-11, and he
is unsure why. Schmalz said
he was following up on concerns raised at the County
Board’s June 3 meeting regarding the Baldwin Court issues.
“I don’t why there was a
spike then,” said Schmalz.
But he added that a pond near
the Lester Prairie Sportsmen
Club should be be taking the
water from the Baldwin Court
“To me, it looks like a tile
or an outlet was destroyed or
blocked,” said Schmalz.
Schmalz said a hydrology
study will probably be needed
before any kind of tile or
swale can be created to take
water away from Baldwin
Court, because it first needs
to be determined if any work
will impact other properties.
Residents expressed concern that a change in a culvert
during County Road 1 work
the river. He was advised to get
out, but refused and argued he
was capable of swimming in fastmoving water. “The young male
was advised if he did not get out
of the water, he would be arrested for obstructing the legal
process.” The man got out of the
water, police reported.
A medical emergency was reported at 7:53 p.m., Thursday, at
a residence on 16th Street. The
person was transported by ambulance to the hospital.
At 12:43 a.m., Friday, an ambulance was summoned to a 16th
Street address for a medical
emergency. A man was transported by ambulance to the emergency room at the hospital.
Another medical emergency
was called in at 1:17 a.m., Friday,
with a person complaining of hip
pain. The person was transported
by ambulance.
At 9:16 a.m., Friday, police received a report of children in the
retention ponds at 10th Street
and McLeod Avenue near the
several years ago impacted
the drainage in the area, as a
48-inch culvert was replaced
by two 24-inch culverts.
In regards to reimbursing
residents for their flood-prevention costs, Nies said that
the county attorney had stated
at an earlier meeting that
county funds couldn’t be used
to help private individuals.
As a result of a discussion,
the County Board decided to
have a meeting with all the
parties involved in attendance
— from county officials to
the Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) to the watershed and township, as well
as someone from the city of
Lester Prairie.
Nies said if a hydrology
study is needed, “the question
is, who’s going to be responsible for paying for that? We
need to find out who’s responsible for what.”
Commissioner Ron Shimanski agreed to help coordi-
pumps. The children were warned
to keep away.
At 4:10 p.m., Friday, police
stopped a vehicle at Dairy Avenue and 120th Street and issued
a speeding citation.
Another speeder was apprehended at 5:41 p.m., Friday, on
Highway 212 at Dairy Avenue.
The driver also was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia
and for having about .32 grams of
marijuana in the vehicle.
Police received complaints
from residents on West 17th
Street and Fir Avenue of people
continually driving over traffic
cones and around barricades on
the road. Motorists also had been
driving over residents’ lawns.
A driver was cited for driving
after suspension at 9:10 p.m., Friday. The driver was pulled over at
10th Street and Elliott Avenue.
At 3:25 a.m., Saturday, a driver
was stopped at County Road 2
and 80th Street and cited for driving after cancellation.
A resident in the Baldwin Av-
nate the meeting, as Baldwin
Court is in his district.
Asked if the County Board
would keep the issue on the
table, Nies responded “absolutely, we will.”
He suggested that Shimanski get the meeting organized
within the next two weeks so
that the County Board could
follow up at its next meeting.
In other business, the
County Board:
• Heard an update on the 4H program from Jill Grams,
4-H Coordinator, and summer
intern Katie Eggert.
• Approved an outdoor fireworks permit for AWI Manufacturing, Inc., for a display
on July 12 from 9:45 p.m. to
10:45 p.m. near Winsted.
• Set a July 1 workshop
after its regular meeting to
“listen to concerns about
staffing and retention,” according to County Administrator Pat Melvin.
enue area reported a vehicle was
“keyed” while in the Baldwin Avenue parking lot. The incident
was reported at 5:19 p.m., Sunday.
Another driver was charged
with driving after cancellation at
8:22 p.m., Sunday, on Highway
212 and Dairy Avenue.
A gas drive-off theft was reported at Casey’s General Store on
13th Street at 11:45 p.m., Sunday.
Kids were reported to be swimming in the river on DeSoto Avenue at 2:31 p.m., Sunday. They
were advised of the dangers and
A sink hole was reported in the
1300 block of Greeley Avenue at
3:18 p.m., Sunday. The city was
contacted and cones set in place.
A laundry fire was reported at a
16th Street residence at 4:40
p.m., Sunday. Light smoke was
reported in the laundry room, and
apartment maintenance was advised to clean the dryer out.
WACONIA — The Waconia School Board is looking
at expanding its facilities with the increasing enrollment
and resulting strain on facilities, The Waconia Patriot reported. In the past 15 years, the district has doubled its
enrollment. Plans now include a new elementary school,
additions and improvements to existing buildings, new
athletic fields and land acquisition at an estimated cost of
$74 million, the Patriot reported.
City dismisses employee
ARLINGTON — The Arlington Enterprise reported
that city maintenance worker Lee Zwart was dismissed
by the Arlington City Council after a motion to terminate
his employment was unanimously approved by the City
Council June 16. The action came after a closed Council
session was held to evaluate Zwart’s job performance.
Zwart had been employed by the city for about six
Arlington ball park damaged
ARLINGTON — High winds combined with 2-1/2
inches of rain belted the Arlington area June 16, uprooting trees and damaging the Arlington Baseball Park, according to the Arlington Enterprise. The batter’s eye was
blown over and center field fence damaged at the ball
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Sandbagging city offices
In addition to pumping water from many
flooded streets, the New Auburn Fire Department assisted in sandbagging the
New Auburn City Office and Post Office
to help avoid flooding into the building
last Thursday. It was estimated that 10
inches of rain fell in parts of McLeod and
Sibley counties, causing widspread
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It happened . . . again!
No one is quite sure why, but
Glencoe and surrounding areas
were inundated with torrential
rains again last Thursday a year
after a nearly identical June storm
flooded the community, causing
extensive damage.
This year, city officials needed
to borrow numerous pumps to
help stem the tide of more water
getting into its sanitary sewer
system. But the heavy rains again
overpowered the wastewater
plant’s ability to properly treat the
enormous inflow of water runoff.
Buffalo Creek crested later
Thursday, but by then it had
forced the cancellation of Glencoe Days, closed a portion of
Highway 212 near Plato for part of
the day, and is expected to remain
high for days to come.
For the second year in a row, this home and backyard at the corner of 13th Street and Ives Avenue
was filled to the brim. The car in the foreground is
on the top of a hill, and the water in the garage
was nearly up to the rafters. There is a walkout
door on the back of the house that is underwater.
The rapidly rising Buffalo Creek lapped at the
bottom of the Morningside Avenue bridge. A bit
to the south, the water went over the roadway,
closing access to the other side of Glencoe.
The sign tells it all as water filled the streets on this dead end street north of
Highway 212. The bird in the foreground did not fare well, either.
The torrential rains forced closure on many streets
and area county roads, forcing a lot of the traffic,
semis included, onto the Hennepin Avenue (Coun-
ty Road 2) bridge. Parts of the Morningside bridge
was underwater after Buffalo Creek rose too high
and flooded the roadway.
At left, city employee Ron Donnay attempted to clear off one of the many storm sewer
drains throughout the community. Above,
Andrew O’Dell, a young bicyclist, attempt-
The result of trying to pedal through
high water, Andrew O’Dell had a
chance to walk through hip-deep
water to get to Oak Leaf Park Thursday afternoon.
ed to get through the water that closed off
the Park Road to motorized traffic leading
into Oak Leaf Park.
Chronicle photos by Josh Randt
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