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as a freshman legislator, Gruenhagen and his fellow freshmen were determined last session to accomplish some of those reform goals. The problem, Gruenhagen admitted, was DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, who vetoed many of the reform bills offered by the Republicans, who held the majority in both houses of the Legislature for the first time in 40 years. But Republicans did not possess a veto-proof majority. Now, in November, all the legislators are on the ballot, but not Gov. Dayton. The likelihood of a veto-proof majority is unlikely. So what was accomplished last session? Gruenhagen said, despite the governor, the growth of the Health and Human Services (HHS) budget, for example, “was reduced to a more reasonable level.” Gruenhagen said the projected growth of the HHS budget, which makes up about 25 percent of the state budget, was at 23 percent to 29 percent rate for the next biennium. That would be an additional $5 billion over the next two years, even though the population did not grow that fast, and the economy
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Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen
By Rich Glennie Editor If one knows nothing else about State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, he is passionate — about Republican politics and its agenda. “The DFL, in general, believes growth in government can solve problems. Republicans believe government needs to be reformed and reduced,” and there needs to be reasonable laws and regulations on the private sector that allow “it to grow and prosper.” That is the fundamental difference in the two major parties in Minnesota, and
Gruenhagen: Passion for reform
has been slow to recover, he said. “It was unsustainable,” Gruenhagen stressed. He said DFLers and the governor wanted to raise taxes to address the budget shortfalls. “No rate of taxes could keep up.” But Republicans, Gruenhagen said, trimmed that projected HHS growth to 4.4 percent for the next two years, more in line with revenue growth projections of 4 percent. “We are now at a level
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By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe City Council on Monday night gave first reading to an amendment to its always controversial “snowbird” winter parking ordinance. The major change will prohibit all on-street parking during the winter season, or from Nov. 1 to April 1, between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. “It’s been an ugly mess,” Police Chief Jim Raiter said of attempts to make the “snowbird” ordinance workable. He said there were 836 tickets issued since the current ordinance was enacted in 2006, “and it was such a headache. It was time to change it.” Raiter told City Council, “Due to the high volume of these citations and the obvious confusion with the ordinance, I propose changing the existing ordinance to read there will be no parking on any of Glencoe’s streets from Nov. 1 to April 1.
Snowbirds: No street parking
“I believe this new snowbird ordinance will clear up any confusion relating to our current ordinance and enable city street crews to plow more effectively and efficiently,” Raiter stated. Raiter added that the police department will work to get the word out on these changes. “We want to work with the public so they know what this is all about; know how this works.” If vehicles are parked on city streets after Nov. 1, they will be tagged and towed and stored at the owner’s expense, Raiter stressed. Mayor Randy Wilson agreed the current ordinance is confusing. He added the proposed change “is a step that might seem drastic, but it’s simple.” But Wilson asked if there are people who “literally have no place to park?” City Administrator Mark Lar-
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
White Squirrel Day
What would White Squirrel Day in Plato be without the traditional “running of the ducks” in the city’s street gutters on Sunday? The ducks raced, with the help fo fire hoses, to the finish line several blocks away. Above, spectators watch their favorite ducks round the corner with the assistance of some wellplaced Plato Fire Department hoses. Many spectators also dipped their toes into the cool water as temperatures hit the 90s with high humidity. At the right, Josie Kamps, 4year-old daughter of Sonia and Jeff Kamps of Hamburg, got her face painted by Bubbles, a clown from the Hutchinson Clown Club. The Plato Lions Club served omelets and, later, hamburgers in Plato City Park with the proceeds going to help fund projects in the community. Another event was the performances and testimonies of the Teen Challenge Choir at the ecumenical church service at the Plato Community Hall.
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‘Heat in the Street’ festival set July 28
The Glencoe Fire Department is sponsoring the “Heat in the Street” music festival fund-raising event for Saturday, July 28, in the Glencoe City Center west parking lot. The entertainment for the evening will be Prairie Rose performing from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the Killer Hayseeds from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Also planned for the day is a waterball tournament beginning at 2 p.m. The festival is open to all ages, and the proceeds from the event go to the Glencoe Fire Department Relief Association to address future equipment needs, according to Glencoe Fire Chief Ron Grack.
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Area residents had the opportunity to learn about proposed improvements to Highway 15 — including a three-inch mill and overlay from Highway 212 to Hutchinson and a proposed roundabout at the Highway 15-County Road 115 intersection near Menard’s — at an open house Wednesday, July 11. Don Sterna of WSB & Associates, who is working with McLeod County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) on the proposed plans, said that Highway 15’s last mill and overlay was in 1987, a quarter of a century ago. With the Highway 15 work slated for 2013 —
Residents hear roundabout, Hwy. 15 plans at open house
and which also includes a bypass lane near the new United Farmers Cooperative grain facility on Highway 15 just northwest of Brownton, another bypass near the airport in Hutchinson and pedestrian safety improvements at Highway 15 and Denver and Edmonton avenues in Hutchinson — McLeod County applied for, and received, federal dollars to put a roundabout intersection at Highway 15 and McLeod County Road 115. The intersection has been the site of numerous serious accidents, Sterna said, and the goal of the roundabout is to improve safety. A roundabout will not eliminate accidents, Sterna added, but accidents in roundabouts “are usually property damage to vehicles, not serious bodily injuries.” Andrew Plowman of WSB, who designs roundabouts, also asserted that they are safer than traditional, four-corner intersections, which are prone to “T-bone” or head-on accidents resulting in serious injuries if someone blows through a red light or stop sign. In roundabouts, any accidents are typically “sideswipes” as vehicles merge in the circle. Although drivers need to be educated on how to best navigate roundabouts, safety is usually improved almost immediately after they are installed, Plowman said, and threw out some statistics to support that assertion — when roundabout replaces a traditional intersection, all crashes are reduced by 39 percent, seriousJuly 13 July 14 July 15 July 16 92 92 90 97 ......70 .............Tr. ......66 ..........0.00 ......68 ..........0.00 ......72 ..........0.00 injury crashes are reduced by 76 percent, and fatal or life-threatening crashes are reduced by 89 percent. Plowman said that roundabouts force drivers to drop their speeds to 20 to 25 miles per hour to navigate the circle, which reduces the risk of accidents, as does the fact that all traffic is moving in the same, counter-clockwise direction. “You only need to be concerned about yielding vehicles on your left,” said Plowman. “You don’t have to check and see what everyone else at the intersection is going to do.”
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Weather
Wed., 7-18 H: 86º, L: 72º Thur., 7-19 H: 85º, L: 73º Fri., 7-20 H: 89º, L: 74º Sat., 7-21 H: 91º, L: 75º Sun., 7-22 H: 92º, L: 73º
Looking back: The heat and humidity continues unabated this summer. Little relief is in sight. Date Hi Lo Rain July 10 89 ......61 ..........0.00 July 11 90 ......60 ..........0.00 July 12 84 ......62 ..........0.00
Temperatures and precipitation compiled by Robert Thurn, Chronicle weather observer.
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Happenings
The New Auburn Lions will host a presentation on the history of New Auburn at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 19, at New Auburn City Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public. Kathy Ringo will be the presenter. Refreshments will be provided.
New Auburn’s history is topic
The Glencoe High School graduating class of 1967 is planning a 45-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 11. The group also is looking for “lost classmates,” and volunteers to help with the reunion details. Call 612-501-0228 for more information.
GHS class of 1967 to reunite
The McLeod County Republican Women will host a potluck picnic at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, at Northwoods Park, 855 Elm St., Hutchinson. Bring a dish to pass along with plates, cups and utensils. Tentative guest speakers are Lee Byberg, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, state Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, state Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, and state Rep. Ron Shimanski, R-Silver Lake, who is a candidate for the McLeod County Board of Commissioners.
GOP Women picnic July 24
Glencoe class of 1947 reunites
The Glencoe High School graduating class of 1947 gathered for its 65-year reunion on June 27 at the old high school, the current Glencoe City Center. Classmates attending included, front row, left to right, Janelyn (Patten) Stanton, Delores (Klobe) Donnay, Elaine (Stuedemann) Reynolds, Jim Tanner, Lorraine (Gaulke) Rudloff, Muriel (Oelfke) Panning and LaJune (Huser) Dibb. Second row, Elaine (Bandemer) Griesmann, Ramona (Huepenbecker) Pieper, Margaret (Classen) Gray, Carleen (Mayer) Tester, Ivan Herd, Etheline (Ahlbrecht) Clasen, Gloria (Krueger) Ruzicka and Howard Dittmer. In the back row are Earl Dammann, William Harjes Jr., Robert Hatz, Dorothy (Aul) Graunke and Patricia (Just) Pomery. Missing was Dale Hoiseth. “The Eagles and blue and white prevailed proudly,” said Elaine Reynolds. “Many of this class went to this same building for all of their school days — kindergarten through the 12th grade.” The group of 21 classmates and 11 guests met for a luncheon and then enjoyed remembering the past school days, she added. Some also
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The Glencoe High School graduating class of 1946 will meet for its annual get-together at 3 p.m., Friday, July 20, at Dubbs Bar & Grill.
GHS class of 1946 to meet Caregiver group to meet
The Glencoe caregive discussion group will meet at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, at Grand Meadow Senior Living, 1420 Prairie Ave. For more information, contact Jan Novotny, caregiver coordinator at 320-894-0479 or 1-800488-4146 or Nathan Unseth, volunteer program facilitator, at 320-395-9808. The Glencoe Lions Club’s Music in the Park series continues at Oak Leaf Park on Wednesday, July 18. George’s Concertina Band will perform. The Glencoe Lions Club will serve food and refreshments. Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. The final Music in the Park will be on July 25, with Chuck and Jason Thiel providing the entertainment. Bring a chair. Proceeds from the events go toward community projects.
Music in Park series continues
toured the old school, “marveling how wonderful the building looks now,” Reynolds said. There were 69 in the class of 1947, and 31 have passed away. They were remembered with a short candle ceremony. Classmates came as far away as Powell, Tenn., Brainerd, Rochester, Park Rapids and St. Cloud, as well as the metro area and locally. The class flower was “forget-me-not” and the class motto was “We will find a path or make one.” Reynolds said the class of 1947 contributed much to Glencoe High Schol through music, the arts, academics an athletics. The class started the school newpaper “The Glenconian” and published the first yearbook “The Argyle,” which had not been printed since 1925, she said. “Under the great coaching staff of Joe Kostelic and Jack Roach, they brought home a state baseball trophy and had an undefeated football team when they retained the “Little Brown Jug” by defeating Hutchinson 18-0,” Reynolds said. She added that in their senior year, the lights appeared on Allen Field and night football games were possible.
Schmalz seeks commissioner seat
By Alyssa Schauer Staff Writer Nathan Schmalz, one of four candidates for District 1 McLeod County commissioner position. He joins state Rep. Ron Shimanski of Silver Lake, who lost his House seat to redistricting; Eugene Feltman of rural Lester Prairie; and Owen Tonak of rural Winsted. They are seeking to replace long-time commissioner Ray Bayerl, who decided not to seek another term. As to why Schmalz was running for commissioner, “Ray Bayerl, current commissioner for district 1, stopped and asked me to think about running for commissioner. I told him I already have been,” Schmalz said. Schmalz has been a resident of Winsted Township for over 57 years. “I know the area well and would like the job to represent it for the county,” he said. He has been a dairy farmer for over 30 years. “The cows left in 2004, and we switched to crops,” he said. “Currently, I am teaching my son about operating the farm, and he will be the fifth generation to work it,” Schmalz said. He and his wife, Jackie, have three children and three grandchildren. Schmalz earned an associate’s degree in farm operation and management. He also has experience working as a civil engineer and has experience working in residential construction, state aid highways and in industrial parks. Schmalz said he is in-
The American Red Cross will hold two area blood drives in July. The first is at Cactus Jack’s II in Stewart Tuesday, July 24, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the other is a Plato-area blood drive from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 26, at Crossroads West (formerly Oakview Community Church) near Plato. For an appointment or more information on the Plato blood drive, contact Ken or Myra Franke at 320-2382370.
Area blood drives planned
Silver Lake’s Music in the Park series continues Thursday, July 19, in Silver Lake City Park with Jim’s Brewers performing. Food will be served at 6 p.m., and the music begins at 7 p.m. The sponsoring organization is the Silver Lake Legion Auxiliary Unit 141. Bring a lawn chair. Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. In case of bad weather, the event will move to the Silver Lake Auditorium. Music in the Park will be held each Thursday through Aug. 2.
Music in Park continues
Crossroads West Church on Highway 212 near Plato will host a family movie night at 7 p.m., Friday, July 27. The movie will be “The Perfect Game.” There is an admission charge, and concessions will be for sale.
Family movie night July 27
volved in his church choir, as well as a number of other activities in town. “I am a problem-solver, and I desire the job of commissioner to help solve issues in the county,” Schmalz said. Nathan Schmalz
NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA — The Norwood Young America Times reported that about 75 firefighters from seven departments battled a blaze June 27 at the Waste Management transfer station on Railroad Street. Heat and humidity of the late-night fire complicated firefighting efforts that lasted throughout the night. Holes were cut into the building and a payloader was used to dig garbage out of the building during the fire, where it was put out. It was thought a hot load of garbage may have ignited the fire. No one was injured.
Firefighters battle blaze at NYA
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The Glencoe Senior Citizens Club will meet Tuesday, July 24, at 12:30 p.m., and Thursday, July 26, at 12:30 p.m., in the senior room at the Glencoe City Center. Sheephead and 500 will be played at both meetings. All area seniors are welcome to attend. The seniors also are looking for canasta and pinochle players, and are open to suggestions for other board and card games.
Glencoe Seniors meetings set
‘Minnesota’s Civil War’ topic of coming tours
“Minnesota’s Civil War: U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862,” will be the theme of the McLeod County museum in 2012. Lowell Ueland, a retired Glencoe-Silver Lake High School history teacher, has spent many years researching and compiling history of the 1862 conflict, and put together two booklets to help readers with a historical and geographic depiction of the war. Ueland also will be the guide of the upcoming northern and southern site tours of the conflict. The northern tour will be held Saturday, July 28, and the southern site tour is set for Saturday, Aug. 25. Both tours run from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The deadline to sign up for
both tours is July 15. The cost also includes box lunches and bottled water. Other presentations are planned throughout the county and include: • Glencoe Library, Tuesday, July 31, 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., for children; and Thursday, Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m., for adults. • Brownton Library, Tuesday, July 24, for children at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Monday, July 23, for adults, 6:30 p.m. • Hutchinson Library, Thursday, July 26, for children at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Monday, Aug. 27, for adults, at 6:30 p.m. • Winsted Library, Tuesday, Aug. 7, for adults, 6 p.m., at the Schlagel building. A presentation for children will be in the fall.
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Council rejects 3% hike for Pioneerland
By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe City Council rejected a 3 percent increase in its contribution to the Pioneerland Regional Library System. At its Monday night meeting, City Council was told that the request was made despite the fact that the regional system had more than its required minimum reserve funds available. City Administrator Mark Larson, who also sits on the Pioneerland board, said he was one of about six members who voted against the 3 percent increase. He also recommended Glencoe City Council reject it. Larson said the Pioneerland gets quarterly contributions from cities and counties involved in the regional library system. He said the city has built up $61,621 in reserves for its contribution. The 3 percent increase would raise that to over $64,000. The regional library system joint powers agreement requires the system to have three months of reserves on hand, or about $800,000, since the contributing members pay on a quarterly basis. Larson contended that members like Glencoe are subsidizing other members who have not built up reserves or cannot, or will not, pay their share of the “working capital fund” for the regional system. He said he questioned that at the June 19 meeting of the regional board. Larson also was upset that Glencoe requested additional hours for its new library at the City Center, but was turned down by the Pioneerland director, who said there were no funds available. He noted Glencoe funded its own additional hours for its library. Two other area board members who voted against the increase were McLeod County Commissioner Bev Wangerin and Julie Guggemos of Winsted. Larson said Pioneerland has overall reserves of $1.768 million, but it is required by contract to only have $800,000 in reserves to cash flow. He said his vote against the proposed 3 percent increase is “to force Pioneerland to get down to the $800,000 minimum.” Larson accused some libraries and communities in the regional system “of not meeting their financial obligations.” He asked the board to force them to meet those obligations. “I said if the libraries in the system were not living up to their obligations of the joint powers agreement, they should no longer be in the system, and that the city of Glencoe should not have to carry them,” Larson said. “What happens if some pay and some don’t?” asked Council member Lori Adamietz. “Are our funds used to fund their library systems?” added Council member Gary Ziemer. Larson “Probably,” replied. “The other question is where’s the interest on those reserves go?” Larson asked. He said he has not received an answer. He pointed out that Glencoe’s contribution to the regional library system “is Glencoe’s money.” Mayor Randy Wilson said the Pioneerland Library System “has served us well,” but he also questioned the need for more than the minimum required in the system’s reserve funds. Glencoe Librarian Jackee Fountain said City Council needs to look at the big picture, too, and asked what message it is sending to Pioneerland. In the big picture, she said, the library does not want to limit services to Glencoe library patrons. “That’s the bottom line.” Larson said services should not be affected, but Pioneerland should spend some of its reserves before coming to contributors for more. Wilson said the city was frustrated when it spent the money to improve its
library at the City Center, but was told by Pioneerland it would not add hours. He told Fountain that City Council’s rejection of the 3 percent increase “is no reflection on the (Glencoe Library) staff, just a disagreement with Pioneerland.” He said the aim is to continue the dialogue.
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Police assisted a girl who had stepped on glass while walking barefoot on Hennepin Avenue at 5th Street on Friday. Her mother came and drove her to the emergency room. At 3:33 a.m., Saturday, police arrested Joshua Stuewe, 28, after an accident in the 1100 block of Hennepin Avenue. Stuewe’s vehicle struck a light pole, and he was cited for driving while intoxicated. Police responded to a report on Saturday evening of a domestic incident in which one roommate accused the other of stealing checks and using her ATM card. The accused roommate was issued a no trespass notice. Eduardo Gutierrez, 24, was arrested and jailed over a domestic violence call in the 700 block of DeSoto Avenue at 9:06 p.m. Saturday. Two persons were cited for disorderly conduct after a fight was reported at about 3 a.m., Sunday, in the 1500 block of 13th Street. Also responding were several sheriff’s deputies.
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Music in Park
The Glencoe Lions Club held the first of three Music in the Park concerts July 11 with music by Jerome Kadlec and Jim Wendolek. The concert attracted fans of oldtime music, including Glencoe Lion Mo Mahon and his wife, Gloria, at right. Wednesday night’s second concert features George’s Concertina Band, beginning at 6 p.m. at Oak Leaf Park.
Building Permits
The following building permits were approved by Glencoe City Council on Monday night: Ryan Voss, 1016 E. 1st St., deck. Jerry Strobel, 2019 E. 15th St., reroof. Mitch Schultz, 1215 Abbott Ave., fence. Security Bank & Trust, 735 E. 11th St., mechanical permit. Kenny Grimm, 1120 E. 16th St., plumbing permit. Nicole Howell, 2015 E. 15th St., reside. Tyler Rosenlund, 1608 Chandler Ave., miscellaneous permit/stone veneer. Dale Dobrava, 1821 E. 15th St., reroof. Seneca Foods, 101 W. 8th St., reroof. Dennis Davis, 929 Ford Ave., detached garage. Mary Hayes, 2326 Hennepin Ave., deck. Matt Brennan, 1901 E. 14th St., reroof. Marion Ische, 915 Sumac Lane, plumbing permit. William Freberg, 2608 E. 9th St., window replacement.
Council eyes irrigation system for City Center
By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe City Council is looking at the possibility of installing an irrigation system around the City Center, although no action was taken at the Monday night meeting. City Administrator Mark Larson said the hot weather this summer has required a lot of staff time to keep the new sod from being destroyed. He said city staff also over seeded the lawn last fall. The cost of the irrigation system was estimated at about $15,000, and it was not originally included in the work on the City Center project. In other matters, City Council: • Held a public hearing on its MS4 ordinance amendment. The ordinance controls what can and cannot be dumped into the city’s storm sewers. A hearing is required on the ordinance each year, along with a report. The amendment adds the definition of a storm sewer to the ordinance. Street Superintendent Terry Buska said the report is similar to last year in that inspections were done on all the city’s holding ponds, storm sewers, catch basins and manholes. City Administrator Mark Larson said the systems were inventoried over the last few years. “We do clean the entire system each year,” he added. The streets also are swept at least four times a year. The ordinance basically says: “Don’t dump this down the storm sewer,” Larson said. Any ordinance change requires three readings. Council gave the ordinance amendment its first reading.
• Approved the city’s contribution to the Glencoe Fire Relief Association at $68,795, the same as last year. • Briefly discussed the city’s ATV ordinance that bans their use within the city limits. It has been proposed to allow the ATV users to drive into town to get gas and food, but still would prohibit ATV use on “city trails or to go houseto-house,” according to Police Chief Jim Raiter. The city will continue to talk with the local group, Crow River Wheelers, on changes to the ATV ordinance. • Heard that work is expected to begin on the Gruenhagen Drive extension project in the new industrial park.The work, by Wm. Mueller & Sons, is expected to be completed by the end of August.
son said there are some tenants in downtown apartments facing that problem. He said the city will talk to landlords to set up “contract parking” in the city lots downtown for a monthly fee. Council member Greg Copas said there was always confusion over no parking until the streets were plowed curb-to-curb. He said there were some complaints under the current ordinance rules that the city never came back to replow to the curb so people
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could legally park on the streets. Terry Buska, street superintendent, said the city streets can be plowed in about eight hours, but added it cannot be done by 6 a.m. under the proposed ordinance ban. Buska said his plow crews can get about 80 percent of the plowing done by 6 a.m. The city cannot have two parking zones in town — downtown and the rest of the community — like under the current ordinance, Buska
added. Raiter said by 1 a.m. the next morning after plowing, the city crews can get the replowing done. “It should not be an issue.” “For most people it (offstreet parking) is not an issue,” said Wilson. “In the beginning it might be difficult,” Raiter said. “It’s change. We’ll work with the community.” The ordinance change needs three readings before enacted.
Hutchinson Theatre Company’s summer musical is “Singin’ in the Rain.” Thrivent members can get a discount on tickets and can select from either the Wednesday, Aug 8, at 7 p.m., or the Saturday, Aug 11, at 2 p.m., performance at the Hutchinson High School auditorium. A discount is available to the first 100 tickets that are reserved by Thrivent members. You must reserve the tickets by Aug. 1 by calling Jerry Haag at 320-587-5837, then pick up your tickets at the box office.
Area Thrivent members can get tickets for musical
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here will be a very distinct choice on the Nov. 6 ballot when the entire state Legislature is up for election. The next legislative session also will be dealing with the next biennium budget, which was projected to have another shortfall in revenues over expenses. The distinct choice is: Do we continue the reforms, or attempted reforms, of the 2012 session pushed by the state Republicans, or do we fall back to the “raise more taxes” approach favored by the DFLers? Ask our current legislators and the answer is simple: Keep reforming and shrinking government. Of course, they are all Republicans, who believe less government is best government. Current District 25A state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, is attempting to win the new District 18A House seat that includes most of McLeod County and all of Sibley County. He summed up the Republicans’ approach well in a recent interview and aimed directly at shrinking government departments, government regulations, promoting property tax relief and, perhaps most importantly, addressing the growing public pension problem that, left unchecked, could result in bankrupticies like those recently seen in California. The public employee pension crisis has been long ignored because of the power of public employee unions. But even they should be able to see that the current level of payments to retired workers is not sustainable. Gruenhagen used the example of “define benefits,” where a public employee, through labor negotiations, is guaranteed a rate of return (8 percent for example), but the stock market is performing at a lesser growth rate. The employee gets 8 percent regardless. Even an elementary math student can figure out that there will be a shortfall somewhere down the road.
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That “down the road” has arrived, and has been well documented over the years, especially with teacher pensions and those of big city police and fire departments. Not enough money is now there to fund the “guaranteed” pension obligations under this scenario, and the pension fund managers are turning to the state, and the state’s taxpayers, for help to make up the difference. That should not happen, but it is. Gruenhagen’s approach is to force all new public employees to join “defined contribution plans,” like a 401k program that many private section employees use to pay for their own retirements. Nothing is “guaranteed” with a defined contribution plan. He also favored a freeze on the automatic cost of living adjustments (COLAs) to public employees to help stop the budget bleeding and bring the state expenses more in line with state revenues. Gruenhagen pointed to last session’s work on the huge Health and Human Services budget. He said projections were that HHS’ needs would grow by 23 percent to 29 percent in the next biennium. That was shaved down to just over 4 percent, without raising taxes, Gruenhagen said, and are now more in line with projected state revenue growth. That makes more sense. HHS will not receive less funding, rather that rate of growth was made more affordable. It made no sense to grow by over 23 percent when revenues grew by only 4 percent. That is the definition of unsustainable. And tossing more tax revenues at the problem, as DFLers often propose, does not slow down the rate of growth in agencies like HHS. Gruenhagen is displaying the practical, common-sense approach to addressing the state’s budget woes that we expect from our elected officials. — R.G.
First off, let me say I love and admire old people. I’ve interviewed enough of them over the years to realize they possess an incredible amount of wisdom, information and common sense. I guess if you live long enough, some of that comes with the territory. That’s my hope, anyway. But I’m beginning to have some doubts. I just turned 64, but I still haven’t accepted the concept of getting older. Of course, I’m not looking at it from the perspective of those I meet daily. In my mind, I’m still “20 something” or “30 something.” But I can almost hear those “youngsters” rolling their eyes. But don’t be so smug, young people, you’ll be 64 some day, too! While I feel fine, I’m seeing cracks in my self-image that may indicate I’m dillusional. Last week, I tried to pre-condition a stain on my shirt with that “green stick thingy.” After a few runs over the soiled spots, I realized I had been using my wife’s deodorant. It smelled nice. That comes on the heels of using my wife’s toothbrush a while back
Don’t laugh, you’ll be old some day, too
Rich Glennie
after I forgot which color toothbrush was mine. She’s keeping a closer eye on me now. But not close enough. I was lighting the outside grill recently, and the automatic ignition failed. I stuck one of those long butaine lighters into a hole on the side of the grill hole and “poooof!” I saw crinkly hairs on the arms, and my face felt like it just got on instant sun tan. Not sure if I even had eyebrows at that point. Apparently they survived, because my wife said a week or so later that my eyebrows were starting to look like the late Andy Rooney’s, and it
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If an additional 20 million Americans are to be given health insurance, somebody has to pay the freight. Neither Congress nor President Obama, nor even the United States Supreme Court is able to come up with that kind of cash without taxing somebody to provide the money. There is no means from heaven to pay Obamacare, and Mr. Obama is not Noah. It should be observed that govenment can give to people only that which has been taken from people, or that which it is in the process of taking from people, or that which it will eventually take from people. If you can’t see that, then you’re in “la-la-land,” have illusions of grandeur, or are dealing from a little less than a full deck! Regardless of what some may believe, it is possible to spend ourselves into the poor house. Just as families have to balance their budgets, so must the federal government. If you want to dance, you have to pay the fiddler. If you go on a pay-day drunk, you’ll wake up the next morning with a headache. And if one continues to spend, spend, spend with no thought as to how you’ll pay, all hell will break loose when one has to pay the bills. Acknowledging this nation’s financial house must eventually be brought to order, President Obama appointed the Bowles-Simpson task force to look into the issue and come up with
American taxpayers in for gigantic hits
was time for a haircut. With my hairline, the only way I can tell I need a haircut is if I can braid the hair in my ears. Apparently eyebrows are another good indicator. While I’m at it, there’s a saying around The Chronicle office about “pulling a Gail.” It was named after former reporter Gail Lipe, who rarely left the office without returning for something she forgot. I’ve been “pulling a Gail” a lot lately. Recently, I went out the back door to my car, only to realize I left the car home. I trapsed through the office to the front door wishing everyone a “good morning” in hopes of throwing them off. It did not. I have even, on occasion, walked home at the end of the day, only to realize I left my car at work. It works both ways. So you see, with age does not always come incredible wisdom and common sense. Sometimes it brings with it confusion and chaos. As an octogenarian once told me, “Don’t laugh, sonny, you’ll be 80 some day, too!” I can hardly wait.
Chuck Warner
suggestions as to how to address the problem. After a good deal of study, the bipartisan group issued its recommendations. While the suggestions dictated some pain, on the whole the committee’s approach offered an even-handed approach which appeared to be an excellent starting point. Only trouble: The president never proposed any action. The Congress didn’t take action. The president didn’t ask Congress to act. The commission’s findings are still sitting in some place waiting to be acted upon. Which brings us to another gigantic hit on the American taxpayer. (I know, only just over half of us pay federal income taxes, but we’re in line for a huge hit on this one.) A recent report by Bloomberg News notes the president’s health care law will impose an estimated $813
billion in new taxes on job creators and middle-class families, based on data from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. A United States Chamber of Commerce survey showed 74 percent of small businesses contend that this law will make job creation at their companies even more difficult. Even though Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts said: “The federal government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance,” he acknowledged it clearly had the power to tax — in this case, the power to imperiously “impose a tax on those without health insurance,” one in 20 new and onerous taxes in the Obamacare law. Obama and the Democrats reject the notion that this is a tax. But a tax it is, the chief justice ruled. Not only is it a tax, but it’s one that will be levied on people who can afford neither to buy health insurance nor to pay the annual tax to the government. Certain Americans will be exempt from the tax, such as those who would have to shell out more than 8 percent of their income for a health care policy, those who fall below the tax threshold, those who are exempt for their religious reasons, members of Indian tribes and those in prisons. But the rest of us without insurance
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By Dr. Harold Pease With respect to the Supreme Court’s ruling on National Health Care, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said that the court majority “regards its statutory interpretation as modest. It is not.” Then, noticeably disturbed by the ruling, added, “It amounts to a vast judicial overreaching. It creates a debilitated, inoperable version of health care regulation that Congress did not enact and the public does not expect.” He called it “judicial legislation” and accused Chief Justice John Roberts of trying to “force on the nation a new act.” Judicial activism is when a law of Congress is interpreted by the Supreme Court in such a way as to give it new meaning. George Washington warned us in his farwell address of the inclination of government to do so. “Let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.” Usurpation, in his day meant twisting things around to extract meaning that was initially not there. So what did Justice Roberts twist or legislate that changed the National Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) as passed by Congress? At the top of the list, his rewrite called it a tax when Congress never passed it as a tax and the political party passing it, and President, Barack their Obama, emphatically resisted any description of it as such. Rich Lowry, a political commentator, said it best. “Obamacare as passed by Congress had a mandate to buy health insurance and a penalty for failing to comply.
‘Judicial legislation’ at its best
Obamacare as passed by the Supreme Court has an optional tax for those without health insurance. Obamacare as passed by Congress required states to participate in a massive expansion of Medicaid, or lose all their federal Medicaid funds. Obamacare as passed by the Supreme Court makes state participation in the Medicaid expansion optional.” In short, “Obamacare as passed by Congress didn’t pass constitutional muster. Obamacare as passed by the Supreme Court didn’t pass Congress” (“The Umpire Blinks,” by Rich Lowry, The Corner, National Review Online, June 29, 2012). Judicial legislation or activism is not new. The desire for the Court to “legislate” through decisions expressed itself more fully the last 60 years as it attempted to “right” perceived wrongs instead of sending the faulted legislation back to the legislative branch for correction by the peoples’ representatives. By altering legislative law it has moved into state prerogatives such as education, state residency requirements, and imposed federal standards of procedure on local police to name but a few. In broadening its power base, far beyond constitutional restraints, it has almost destroyed the idea of two coequal governments, one federal the other state, known as federalism. In the National Affordable Healthcare Act the Supreme Court has effectively retrained further encroachment (mutilation) of the Commerce Clause but opened wide the interpretive door that the federal government can control anything it taxes. So, does this mean that if the federal government wishes
to control free speech, press, assembly, religion, guns, or any other activity, it first simply levies a tax on that activity? Apparently judicial legislation creates a “need” for additional judicial legislation. God help us!! We must return to our foundation, the U.S. Constitution as written, without all the judicial or executive alterations that go beyond this document. According to Article I Section I, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” There is no authority for either of the two other branches of government to make law— any law; and law made by Congress is specifically listed in Article I, Section 8 where 18 clauses identify the powers of the federal government. So, even Congress cannot make any law it likes. The issue of health is not noted and is therefore, as per Amendment 10, entirely a state issue. The Supreme Court majority ruling ignored this long-term clarity and instead chose to violate the document they are charged with upholding. Dr. Harold Pease is an expert on the U.S. Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He has taught history and political science from this perspective for over 25 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, please visit www.LibertyUnderFire.org.
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By Lee H. Hamilton When I first went to Washington, D.C., in the 1960s as a novice congressman, the Democratic Party was clearly in control. It held the White House and enjoyed big majorities in both houses of Congress. So big, in fact, that a sizable group of Democratic politicians argued that when it came to crafting legislation, the most important value was to attain large majorities and push through an ideologically pure agenda without even consulting the minority. Compromising in order to get Republican votes would mean surrendering core principles. This might sound familiar to you. Although today, of course, the positions are reversed: it’s the Republicans in Congress and on the stump who argue that sticking to core principles ought to be their highest priority. Political campaigns are not just about who will govern, but also about the candidates’ vision and how they plan to achieve it. This is not the first time in our history that two very different approaches to wielding power were on offer. The first has characterized most of our nation’s history: a willingness to engage in robust debate over competing ideas, work across ideological divides, negotiate differences, seek consensus, and above all find a way to strike a deal and move forward. Its emphasis is on problem-solving and finding workable solutions to the great problems that confront our nation. Its motivating philosophy is that politicians’ ultimate responsibility is to make the country work — not merely to satisfy their own, partisan beliefs. It is what has made possible most of the great pieces of legislation that have shaped
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this nation — everything from rural electrification to federal highways. In recent months, the U.S. Senate has moved toward this approach, voting to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, fund transportation programs, confirm judges and in other ways try to make government work. The other approach has been on view more often than not in the House, and was prominent in the Indiana Republican primary that recently ended in the defeat of Sen. Richard Lugar. It holds that in order to achieve policy goals it’s crucial to purify the party, purge it of moderates, and work hard to reach overwhelming, possibly even permanent, political victory. It rests on a belief that the political philosophies at large in the country right now are irreconcilable, and that reaching a compromise in the interest of moving legislation is impossible without betraying core principles. In this view, Washington does not need more collegiality, it needs less. It does not need cooperation, but confrontation. It needs purists who will stick to their fundamental beliefs, do their best to keep winning elections, and ultimately control the White House, the House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. This is not an irrational or illegitimate approach to governing. There are plenty of politicians of both major parties who have, at one time or another, advocated this approach. But there’s a practical problem with it: It is very hard to make work. The kinds of majorities that make ideologically pure legislating possible don’t come along very often — and when they do, they
don’t tend to last very long. The old catchphrase that “nothing is ever really settled in Washington” is true —because the political agenda is always changing. Moreover, our system is designed to make it difficult for majorities to have their way. That’s what the separation of powers is about, and the pivotal notion of “checks and balances.” Indeed, legislation that has bipartisan support tends not just to be more durable and of a higher quality than if it does not, it is also easier to implement. As a governing tactic, ideological purity has enormous practical difficulties. Nonetheless, in the upcoming election these two approaches — negotiation and flexibility vs. unyielding dedication to an ideology — will both be part of the package of issues that voters must weigh. Which makes it crucial that candidates talk not only about policy, but also about process — not only about where they want the country to go, but also about how they expect it to get there. Which approach do they favor? If they get into office, how will they govern? Their answers will make a difference in how we as a nation tackle the challenges that confront us. So as campaign season truly gets under way and the candidates who would represent you start showing up to ask for your vote, don’t let them off the hook: Ask them not just what they want to accomplish, but how they’ll go about it. Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.
By Phil Krinkie Few historical heists captivate our imagination like the stories of the legendary outlaws of the American West that robbed trains. From Jesse James to the Wild Bunch and the likes of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, many thieves claim to have performed “The Great Train Robbery.” But according to the history books the largest train robbery in U.S. history occurred in 1924, when a gang of bandits known as The Newton Gang robbed a mail train in Roundout, Ill. The amount stolen was an estimated $3 million in cash, bonds and jewelry. To this day, not all of the money has been recovered leading to the legend that it may be buried somewhere along the rail line. The Newton Gang’s $3 million haul pales in comparison to “The Great Train Robbery of Minnesota” that began in 2009 and continues to drain taxpayers wallets to this day. No, this is not your classic gunslinger desperado story, but a story of deception and miscalculation by our elected officials. With flashy charts and outlandish performance claims the good taxpayers of Minnesota have been conned into paying for a train that cost four times the original estimates to build, costs twice as much to operate and has only 60 percent of the estimated riders. You guessed it – this train robbery is the Northstar Commuter Line. This ill conceived, poorly planned, total waste of taxpayer dollars termed the “Northstar Commuter Rail Line” runs from downtown Minneapolis 40 miles north to the metropolis of Big Lake, population 10,060. This transit line originally conceptualized and sold as a “cure-all” means to relieve traffic congestion on Highway 10 in Anoka County. The challenge now is what to do with a commuter train few people want to ride and is projected to have an operating cost of $20 million within five
‘Great Minnesota Train Robbery’
years. Like any bad investment, one solution that is always offered up is to double down and spend more money to turn the project around. This strategy has added another station at the cost of $13 million. The rational behind this plan to add a station in Ramsey (a station that was omitted in the original plan) is with the intent to increase ridership. Of course this is the same argument that was made for adding a station at Foley Boulevard in Coon Rapids during the planning stage of the line. Another recent proposal to stop the lopsided operating loses is to reduce passenger fares in an attempt to attract more riders. In other words if they make it cheaper, more people will ride the train. The problem with this theory is that the train already loses $14 million per year. Yes, the commuter rail line that cost over $300 million to build requires a $14 million taxpayer subsidy to operate. That calculates to a subsidy of over $20 per ride, just so somebody doesn’t have to pay to park in downtown Minneapolis. But wait – there is another idea that will increase ridership on the train that robs taxpayers on every run. Extend the commuter rail line another 40 miles north to St. Cloud. This was the original plan until the Federal Transit Commission nixed the idea back in 2004. Why build a whole train when half will do? Now proponents of the boondoggle complain that this has been the cause of failure all along. So the answer to the lack of riders is to spend hundreds of millions more to expand the line to St. Cloud. If half a dumb idea proves to be failure, let’s build the other
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half to prove it was really a dumb idea. The best idea would be to shut down the Northstar rail line and sell the locomotives and passenger cars. The problem is that if the line is shutdown the taxpayers will need to return half of the construction costs to the federal government. This leaves the Met Council (the operating agency) few options in order to stop the waste of taxpayer funds. Perhaps the Met Council should explore other marketing concepts. Examples would be a dinner train, since the one operated out of Stillwater has shutdown, this could be a great opportunity. Another thought would be to use the train for children’s birthday parties. Kids love trains, and since the commuter rail service only operates mornings and late afternoons, the passenger cars could be available during the idle time to host parties. Since Met Council members seem to share the same childlike infatuation with locomotives, maybe they would offer to entertain the children with jokes and balloons. The sad reality is the Northstar Commuter Line was a hoax from the start and The Great Minnesota Train Robbery will continue to loot taxpayers to pay for the operation costs year after year. Phil Krinkie, a former eight-term Republican state representative who chaired the House Tax Committee for a while, is president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota. You can contact him at: philk@taxpayersleague.org.
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County Board approves Zellmann CUP, with revisions
By Lori Copler Staff Writer After a great deal of discussion and input from frustrated the McLeod neighbors, County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a conditional use permit (CUP) for Joel Zellmann to add on to a shed and have an outdoor display of used vehicles at his property in Winsted Township. Zellmann already has an automotive repair shop at his rural Silver Lake home, grandfathered in as a home occupation, but wanted to expand into a small outdoor lot for the display of used vehicles. At Tuesday’s County Board meeting, Zellmann presented a revised site plan in which a proposed building addition will be built onto a shed other than the one proposed at an earlier planning and zoning advisory commission meeting. Zellmann said that changing the building plan would help him deal with potential wetland issues and provide a display area that would better fit the planning commission’s stipulation that it be located behind a line established by the front of his house. He plans to move his auto repair business from the existing shop building to the other shop building, and use his current repair-shop building for storage. County Attorney Mike Junge then said the County Board had to decide whether it would accept Zellmann’s proposed change, or send it back to the planning commission and Winsted Township Board of Supervisors. “If it’s a substantial change and it hasn’t gone through the comment process…” said Junge. On the other hand, Junge said, going back through the comment process could actually inconvenience neighbors who already had been attending meetings, including Tuesday’s board meeting. Commissioner Ray Bayerl, who sits on the planning commission, said that most of the concerned neighbors were in attendance Tuesday. While he felt that Zellmann’s proposal was a major change, “I don’t like to inconvenience the neighbors. They’ve already taken time off to go to meetings.” Scheduling more meetings, in which “nothing gets accomplished,” wouldn’t be fair to them, Bayerl added. Both Bayerl and Commissioner Paul Wright said the issue doesn’t seem to be the addition to the building, but issues of noise, the number of vehicles on the property and safety. “The comments I’ve heard are that it isn’t the location of the building, but the nature of the business… such as the number of vehicles that are on the property,” said Wright. The County Board voted to go ahead and consider Zellmann’s revised application, and asked for public input — of which it got an earful. Neighbor Ron Blazinski reiterated his assertion that the business poses a safety hazard — people stop on County Road 15, on which the property is located, to eye the vehicles in Zellmann’s yard. The road has no shoulders, customers use neighbors’ driveways to turn around, or block traffic on County Road 15 as they slow down to look. Blazinski also said he is concerned his own property values will drop because of the condition of Zellmann’s property. And, Blazinski added, the property is zoned agricultural, but recently it has “become more and more commercial.” Ron Vorlicek, also a neighbor, echoed many of Blazinski’s concerns, but also said the property has water issues and should have a holding pond, there is little or no room for customer parking, and should be fenced entirely along the east and south sides to shield it from the neighbors. And Vorlicek also asserted that even the planning commission had made comments that the business had already outgrown its premises “and should be moved to a commercial area. The new ordinance does not allow it in an agricultural area.” Larry Gasow, zoning administrator, also provided some additional information to the County Board, including: • The fact that Zellmann will have to get a new permit from the Minnesota Department of Vehicles (MDV) to sell used vehicles. Currently, he has a permit from the MDV to use his home as an office for processing paperwork on used vehicle sales, said Gasow; the new permit will be required if he also has an outdoor display for the vehicles. • That the property had been
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Teen Challenge
The Teen Challenge Choir of the Twin Cities provided the music and testimonials for the community worship service Sunday at the Plato Community Hall. Spokesman for the group, former Minnesota Viking Lance Bass, above, spoke about the trials of these young men and their ability to overcome drug and alcohol abuse problems once they turned their lives over to Jesus Christ. Teen Challenge is a faith-based treatment program for young men and women seeking to turn their lives around, Bass said. “They have hope to get back to their families during the darkest time of their lives,” Bass said.
History
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
July 19, 1912 O.C. Conrad, Editor Herman Grunewald, 64, succumbed to Bright’s Disease in this city Saturday morning. The deceased was born in Germany in 1864 and came to America with his family in 1877, settling in the Glencoe area. The family owned farms in Glencoe, Rich Valley and Sumter townships. Dr. E.L. Maurer reports the arrival of a son at the Emil Rosenow home in Penn and a son at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Winterfeldt, also of Penn, both born Friday. J.H. Onstad, dentist, of Wahpeton, N.D., arrived here Tuesday and will remain here permanently, having rented the north half of the Odd Fellows block for his office. Lumber has been hauled in and placed on the ground for the new parochial school. The building, we understand, is to be completed by Sept. 15. The first carload of brick for the new city hall arrived Saturday and placed on the ground ready for use. The city authorities have been busy filling in about the foundation walls and getting everything in readiness so work will not be hampered when the contractor arrives to begin construction.
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July 22, 1937 Percy L. Hakes, Editor At a quiet, single-ring service read by the Rev. W.J. Schulze at Friedens Lutheran parsonage on Thursday evening, July 8, Miss Agnes Heller, daughter of Mrs. William Laatsch, became the bride of Gordon Pikal, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pikal, who reside south of Brownton. The sad and shocking news was passed around here Thursday morning of the passing of Otto Schuett, 40, who died sometime during the early morning hours. He had been recuperating from a ruptured appendix. He is survived by his wife, Ella (Spaude), and two children. July 19, 1962 Charles H. Warner, Editor Leonard Pikal, a rural Brownton farmer with 260 acres in Glencoe Township, has filed for election as state legislator, now held by Walter Jungclaus. Members of the Brownton School Board learned last week that Howard E. Madsen of Huntley has agreed to serve the school district as its superintendent. Marvin Spaude, former Brownton mayor, has thrown his hat in the ring as a contender for the office of county auditor. Also Schulze are the proud parents of a little boy who arrived Thursday, July 8.
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competing for the seat will be incumbent Lida Luthens of Glencoe and Clarence E. Schultz, also of Glencoe. Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Radke announce the birth of a daughter, Sheri Lynn, on Saturday, July 14.
50 Years Ago
July 15, 1992 Lori Copler, Editor The Stewart Fire Department was called to battle a blaze at the James Mitsche residence on Cherry Street Saturday at 6:42 p.m., and was on the scene until about 9 p.m. Fire Chief Wes Nelson said the state fire marshal has ruled the fire accidental, but the exact cause is undetermined. Eloi Hamre of Stewart has filed for the office of McLeod County 3rd District Commissioner. July 17, 2002 Lori Copler, Editor Ground was broken Monday, July 8, for the new two-room science addition at McLeod West High School. A group of three area girls — Jenna Juergensen, Rachel Schweiss and Mackenzie Trettin, captured two first-place awards at a national dance competition in St. Cloud in June.
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inspected by the county’s environmental department and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The MPCA did find some “minor violations,” Gasow said, and will issue a letter of correction to Zellmann. Zellmann told the Board that he plans to work closely with County Environmentalist Roger Berggren on making sure he is complying with regulations regarding sewage and the proper disposal of hazardous waste. • And that Zellmann had put effort into cleaning up the property and was trying to meet the conditions placed on the CUP by the planning commission. After hearing input, the County Board reviewed those conditions established by the planning commission, revising some and adding others. In the end, the County Board approved the CUP with several conditions: • That Zellmann cannot add accesses from County Road 15, other than the two that he says were already permitted. • That only three used vehicles can be displayed, and no more than 20 vehicles can be in the outdoors area at any time, which includes customer vehicles and any of Zellmann’s personal vehicles. • That vehicles cannot be displayed in front of a northsouth line established by the front of the house, which faces west. Gasow was instructed to measure from the road’s centerline to that point to establish an exact footage. • That the property will be cleaned up so the home occupation fits into the neighborhood and “out of respect for the neighbors.” • The hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. • There will be no “offroading” on the property. Zellmann already has some “tin-sheet” fencing to shield the property, and the County Board debated for a time as to whether that is adequate screening. Bayerl said he would prefer not to address the fencing at this time, “but if it becomes an issue, we will address it.” In fact, Bayerl pointed out, the CUP can come back to the planning commission at any time there are complaints, and additional conditions can be added, or it can even be revoked.
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From the Stewart Tribune archives
July 19, 1912 A.F. Avery, Editor Died, at her home in Collins Township, five miles northeast of Stewart, on July 17, Mrs. Andrew Swanson, 56. A native of Sweden, she emigrated to Collins Township in 1882, following her husband, who settled there two years earlier. She is survived by her devoted husband, two sons, Charles and Gustaff, and a daughter, Esther. H.J. Hanson has taken the contract to cover three cream routes for the local creamery and was in Minneapolis Monday and Tuesday, with A.S. McCarty, looking for horses. He has engaged Mr. McCarty to take his place in the barber shop. The transfer of the general merchandise business of Leistico Bros. to Boehlke Mercantile Co. took place this week. July 16, 1937 L.A. Hakes, Editor Three members will be elected in the annual school election July 20. Filing were incumbents F.E. Thiede and A.E. Ahlers, and Dr. C.F. Traholt has filed for the seat formerly held by W.D. Dunlap, who resigned a short time ago. Mr. and Mrs. William J.
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July 19, 1962 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Mr. and Mrs. James Kirchoff (Virginia Kloempken) are happy over the arrival of a baby boy, Jeffrey James, born July 11. Sister Gracemarie, the former Madonna Maiers, pronounced her perpetual vows as a Benedictine Sister at St. Benedict’s Priory, St. Joseph, on July 11. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Maiers of Stewart and was a member of the St. Boniface Church before entering the Benedictine order in 1957. July 21, 1977 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Three athletes from Stewart competed in the 1977 Governor’s State Track Meet at Brainerd Saturday, and all three placed for a very fine showing among the 300 participants from the eight regions of the state. Jeff Bulau won both the 100- and 200-yard dashes. Julie Pagenkopf placed second in the 880-yard race and third in the 440. Shelly Klucas participated in the long jump and placed third. The eighth-annual harvest festival, sponsored by the Stewart
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Lions Club, will get under way here Friday evening, July 22, and continue Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24. Over 40 entries have indicated they will participate in the street parade on Sunday. Dennis Elmer Lipke, 62, an area farmer and trucker, died July 2 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park after several months of hospitalization. July 22, 1982 Douglas G. Seitz, Editor The publishers of the Stewart Tribune announced Tuesday the Tribune will cease publishing with the issue published this week. Manager Doug Seitz blamed a recessionary economy, an insufficient local advertising base and rapidly rising printing and postal costs. Five steers and about 500 bales of straw belonging to Arnold Koenig were destroyed in a barn fire Saturday. David John Grabow, 56, of Stewart, died Saturday at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, three sons and eight grandchildren. Grabow was the administrator of the Buffalo Lake Nursing Home from 1963 until the time of his death.
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Thurs., July 19 — AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; Stewart Lions; McLeod County Area Archeology Collectors mtg., 2 p.m., McLeod County Historical Museum mtg. rm., Hutchinson. Mon., July 23 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, 1 p.m., Brownton Community Center; Rod & Gun Club. Tues., July 24 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m.; American Red Cross Blood Drive, Cactus Jack’s II, Stewart, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.; McLeod County Republican Women hosting a potluck picnic, Northwoods Park, 855 Elm St., Hutchinson, 6 p.m. Bring a dish to pass, along with plates, cups and utensils. Thurs., July 26 — AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.
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Rudy is Perpich Arts grad
Samantha Rudy of Glencoe graduated from Perpich Arts High School, the two-year statewide program in Golden Valley. Rudy was in the music arts concentration and will be attending Central Missouri State University. Perpich is a state agency that serves all school districts in Minnesota. Created in 1985 by the state Legislature, the agency seeks to advance K-12 education throughout Minnesota by teaching in and through the arts. Per- Samantha Rudy pich staff and faculty experts provide outreach, professional development, research, curriculum and standards development, a statewide arts library and the public arts high school.
Tanica Hutchins and Scott Shoen of Cosmos announce the birth of their son, Schevy Shelby Shoen on June 25, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Schevy weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20-1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Michael Hutchins of Glencoe and Grace Shoen of Cosmos.
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The Durocher Family worship service and concert is set for 9 a.m., Sunday, July 22, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe.
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Randy Kirchhoff of Glencoe has been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The donations are available through the Monsanto Fund. Kirchhoff has designated McLeod Emergency Food Shelf, located in Glencoe, to receive the award in McLeod County. A check was presented to the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf on Tuesday. In 1,245 eligible counties in 39 states, farmers could win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit. The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3.1 million in local communities. America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of a broad
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Melanie Freeman of Glencoe announces the birth of her son, Paxton James Freeman, on June 26, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Paxton weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 17 inches long. Several area students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Included on the academic honor list were Samuel Helberg and Blake Shamla, both of Silver Lake; Lindsay Boesche and Jordan Thompson of Glencoe; and Jennifer Vasko of Lester Prairie. Julie Benson and Jeremy Butricks of New Auburn announce the birth of their daughter, Serenity Rose Butricks, on June 27, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Serenity weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 18-1/4 inches long. Her older sibling is D.J. Benson. Grandparents are Paul Benson of Shakopee, Dale and Teri Wermerskirchen of New Auburn and Bonnie Coble of Bird Island. Alethea and Elijah Morrissey, children of Wendy Morrissey of Silver Lake, have been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Bethel College in St. Paul. To make the dean’s list, a student must achieve a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher. Juan and Berangila Gonzalez of Glencoe announce the birth of their son, Izidro Ignacin Duane Gonzalez, on June 27, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Izidro weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20-1/4 inches long. His older siblings are Thomas Shotwell, Profidio Gonzalez and Angelita Gonzalez. Grandparents are Earl Shotwell of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Deborah Been of Holland, Mich. A number of area students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. They include from Brownton: Mitchel Doering in the college of food, agriculture and natural resource sciences, and Megan Sikkila, school of nursing: Glencoe: Kristine Kirchoff, college of design; Lester Prairie: Shane Cory, college of design; Cory Dammann, college of education/human development; and Abigail Martin, college of continuing education; Silver Lake: Seth Mickolichek, college of food, agriculture and natural resource sciences. Abby Geurts of Lester Prairie announces the birth of her daughter, Hadley Laine Geurts, on June 27, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Hadley weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20-1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Kimberly and Patrick Geurts of Lester Prairie. Ryan and Gretchen Lake of Arlington announce the birth of their daughter, Inga Lillian, on June 30, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Inga weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Her older sibling is Aden. Grandparents are Diane Dahl of Richfield and Robert and Kathy Lake of Fairmont.
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Bring the whole family to experience the Durocher family live at 9 a.m., Sunday, July 22, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe. One mom, one dad and 10 of their 12 children share a time of lively music and humorous stories centered on faith and family. From Maine to Mexico, the Durochers have been entertaining audiences with their spontaneous music, love and laughter. Twenty-somethings, children and seniors alike will enjoy the music and message of this talented family. The Durochers come from Grand Rapids, traveling as a family to play music around the nation, and using music to share the Gospel and instruct on important topics such as marriage and family.
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Their musical style features primarily American acoustic music with a blend of traditional hymns and spiritual songs. Some of their musical inspiration has been Alison Krauss & Union Station, Nickel Creek, Ron Block, Ricky Skaggs and several other family bands. After the service, Good Shepherd will serve a light brunch of fruit, rolls and muffins and coffee … before going back for more music in a jam-style session with the Durochers and local musicians who wish to join in the fun. “Plan for an enjoyable morning of worship, music and fellowship,” said the Rev. James Gomez, pastor at Good Shepherd. “It is bring yourfiddle-to-church day.”
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Obituaries
Funeral services for Stanley Wallace Ruschmeyer, 90, of Glencoe, were held Wednesday, July 11, at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe the with Rev. Katherine Rood officiating. M r . Ruschmeyer died Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Glencoe Reg i o n a l Stanley W. Health Serv- Ruschmeyer ices longterm care facility. The organist was Chris Starr, and congregational hymns were “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Blessed Assurance.” Military honors were by the Glencoe American Legion Post 95. Honorary pallbearers were Paytyn, Mary and Allie Busse and Kenny Hardel. Active pallbearers were Myron Ruschmeyer, Clifford LeRoy Ruschmeyer, Ruschmeyer, Francis Penas, Gary Tabbert and Brian Sell. Interment was in the Glencoe City Cemetery. Mr. Ruschmeyer was born July 26, 1921, in Round Grove Township, McLeod County, rural Stewart, to Fred J. and Agnes (Fluegel) Ruschmeyer. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed in his faith as a
Stanley Ruschmeyer, 90, of Glencoe
youth on March 25, 1934, both at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stewart. He received his education at a country school in Round Township. Mr. Grove Ruschmeyer served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II at Camp White, Ore. He received an honorable discharge on April 10, 1943. On Oct. 14, 1942, Mr. Ruschmeyer was united in marriage to Iola Klitzke at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando. They made their home in Fernando, Brownton and, lastly, near Koniska, northwest of Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed by two children, Sharon and Myron. They shared over 54 years of marriage before Mrs. Ruschmeyer died on Aug. 9, 1997. Mr. Ruschmeyer was a farmer most of his life. He was employed at Fremont Industries from 1969 until retiring on July 7, 1997. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe, where he in the past served on the church council. He was also a member of the Glencoe American Legion Post 95. Mr. Ruschmeyer enjoyed polka dancing, fishing, woodworking, playing sheephead, camping and carpentry. He also loved Allis Chalmers tractors and gardening, especially raspberries and giant onions. Mr. Ruschmeyer was a patri-
otic man. He especially cherished the time spent with his family and friends. Survivors include his children, Sharon (Robert) Haggenmiller of Henderson and Myron (Susan) Ruschmeyer of Glencoe; grandchildren, Lori (Mike) Penas of Hutchinson and Susan (Terry) Busse of LeSueur; great-grandchildren, Francis Penas and Paytyn Busse; step great-grandchildren, Mary Busse and Allie Busse; stepsisters, Florence Scharmer of Buffalo Lake and Dorothy Dirkswager; sistersin-law, Edna Harens of Arlington and Louella Sell of Aitkin; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Fred J. and Agnes Ruschmeyer; wife, Iola Ruschmeyer; siblings, Clarence Ruschmeyer and his Loretta, Norman wife, Ruschmeyer and his wife, Lorna, Mildred Hochsprung and her husband, W. Carl, and Selma Tabbert and her husband, Clarence; stepmother, Isabella Ruschmeyer; many step siblings; numerous other relatives. Arrangements were by the Funeral Johnson-McBride Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries/ guest book.
Funeral services for Esther Elisabeth (Kroells) Oelfke, 95, of Glencoe, formerly of Norwood Young America (NYA), were held Wednesday, July 11, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Refomed Church in Hamburg. The Rev. D a n i e l Schnabel offiicated. M r s . Oelfke died Sunday, July Esther Oelfke 8, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility. The organist was Sandra Kroells, and soloist Lawrence Biermann sang “Beyond the Sunset” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “Take Thou My Hand and Lead Me,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Nearer, My God, to Thee.” Pallbearers were Tim Schuth, Tom Longhenry, G. Paul Ittel, Derek Longhenry, Connor Longhenry and Dylan Schuth. Interment was in the church cemetery. Esther Elisabeth Kroells was born April 29, 1917, in Washington Lake Township, Sibley County, to Peter H. and Lena (Nellen) Kroells. She was baptized as an infant on June 3, 1917, by the Rev.
Esther E. Oelfke, 95, of Glencoe
George Schmidt and confirmed in her faith as a youth on March 29, 1931, by the Rev. Otto Vriesen, both at St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Hamburg. She received her education at District 25 in Sibley County. On April 20, 1939, Esther Kroells was united in marriage to Martin Oelfke by the Rev. Vriesen at St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Hamburg. They made their home on their farm in Washington Lake Township with her parents and, in 1957, moved into NYA. Their marriage was blessed with one daughter, Beverly. The Oelfkes shared over 55 years of marriage before Mr. Oelfke died Jan. 27, 1995. In June 2005, when she needed assistance with her daily care, Mrs. Oelfke became a resident of Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility. Mrs. Oelfke was a loving homemaker and mother. She was a faithful and lifelong member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Hamburg, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, baking, canning and playing bingo. She loved to travel, take fishing trips and Sunday drives with her husband, Martin. Mrs. Oelke cherished the time
spent with her friends and family. Survivors include her daughter, Beverly (Earl) Schuth of Plato; grandchildren, Cindy (Tom) Longhenry of Glencoe, Tim (Janet) Schuth of Plato, and Christy (G. Paul) Ittel of Plato; greatgrandchildren, Derek Longhenry, Connor Longhenry, Dylan Schuth, Riley Schuth, Caleb Schuth, and G. Gavin Ittel; sister, Delores Ische of NYA; brothers, Harlan Kroells and Wallace (Marlene) Kroells, both of Green Isle; sister-in-law, Lyla Kroells of NYA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Peter H. and Lena Kroells; husband, Martin Oelfke; brother, Milton Kroells; sisters-in-law, Betty Kroells, Sophie and Dick Mehlhop, Helen and John Mueller, Gertrude and Herman Kroells, and Minnie Oelfke; brothers-in-law, Raymond Ische, Edgar and Louise Oelfke, Arnold and Ella Oelfke and Hugo Oelfke. Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of NYA. Online obituaries and guest book are available at w w w . h a n t g e . com. Click on obituaries/ guest book.
Funeral services for Cora Baysinger, 92, of Stewart, were held today (Wednesday morning, July 18), at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart with the Rev. Robert J. Lehner officiating. Mrs. Baysinger died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Corey Maiers was the organist and the soloist was Molly Markgraf. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Adams, Amy Whitman, Corey Maiers, Brian Heinsohn, Kim Streich, James Whitman and Rachel Maiers. Active pallbearers were Mary Adams, Jill Heinsohn, Bryan Streich, Rachelle Mathwig, Shawn Streich, Jason Mathwig, Cindy Streich and John Adams. Interment was in the Church Cemetery. Cora Lillian Laffen was born May 26, 1920, in Melville Township, Renville County, to Walter and Emma (Miller) Laffen. She was baptized July 18, 1920, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hector and confirmed there on May 20, 1934. She grew up in Melville Township, where she attended rural school. On Sept. 12, 1940, Cora Laffen was united in marriage to Alvin Baysinger at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hector. They made their home in rural Stewart, and were blessed with three children. Mrs. Baysinger worked at Green Giant for several seasons. Mr. Baysinger died June 15, 1986. In February 2002, Cora’s twin sister, Dora, moved in and lived with her until Dora’s death in February 2003. Mrs. Baysinger was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. Her hobbies included quilting, sewing and baking. She enjoyed visiting and spending time with family and friends, and loved children. Funeral services for Vernon P. Hanson, 84, of Maplewood and formerly of Stewart, will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 19, at the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Stewart. Mr. Hanson died Monday, July 16, 2012, at his home. Visitation will be held Thursday one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.
Cora Baysinger, 92, of Stewart
On July 7, Mrs. Baysinger fell and was hospitalized at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Survivors include her children, Marlene (Darroll) Streich of Stewart, Larry (Marsha) Baysinger of Prior Lake, and Carol (Greg) Maiers of Stewart; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Alvin; sisters, Dora Buehler and
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Memorial services for Bernette June Asplund, 87, of Hutchinson, were held Saturday, July 14, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake. The Rev. C a r o l Chmielewski officiated. Ms. Asplund died Friday, July 6, 2012, at the Lakeview Ranch in Dassel. The organ- Bernette ist was Barb Asplund Wawrzyniak. Soloist Mary Beth Chmielewski sang, “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment was at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Silver Lake.” Bernette June Tupa was born June 25, 1925, in Hutchinson, to Joseph and
Bernette J. Asplund, 87, of Hutchinson
Agnes (Uherka) Tupa. She was baptized as an infant on Sept. 20, 1925, by the Rev. Josepf Krenek, and later confirmed in her faith as a youth in 1941, both at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake. She received her education in Hutchinson and graduated at the age of 16 years from Hutchinson High School. Ms. Asplund resided and farmed in Hutchinson. She farmed on and off throughout her younger years. She was employed at the 3M Company in Hutchinson for 32 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake. Ms. Asplund loved the outdoors. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. When she needed assistance with her daily care, Ms. Asplund became a resident of Lakeview Ranch in Dassel on May 9, 2012. Survivors include her nieces, Nancy Reidell and her husband, Bill, of St. Paul, Susan Crowe and her husband, Gary, of Hatboro, Pa., Jane Aalderks and her husband, Ric, of Maynard, and Patty Loch and her husband, Bob, of Wyoming, Minn.; great-nieces and great-nephews, Joan Reidell, Abigail Reidell, Zach Crowe, Alex Crowe, Adam Crowe, Jonathan Crowe, Dan Aalderks, Mike Aalderks, Jake Aalderks, Joe Loch, Tim Loch, Brian Loch, David Loch and Thomas Loch; greatgreat-nephew, Jack Petranek; many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph and Agnes Tupa; and sister and brotherin-law, Mavis and Richard Hoaglund. Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
Jesus said, “I came that you may have life, and have it in abundance.” John 10:10b. What is “Abundant Life?” It is a God-centered, God-filled life overflowing with God’s goodness, love and all-providing. It is the freedom and ever-new beginning of knowing our sins are forgiven through Christ, that we can be who we were made to be and do what we were made to do. Abundant life is NOT the prosperity Gospel that says God wants you to be rich and living a life of luxury. Abundant life can be experienced by the rich, the poor and everyone in between. Abundant life affirms generously sharing all we have, and all we are, that everyone may live lives of basic sustenance and dignity before anyone has too much. Abundant life affirms that there is enough of everything for everyone, if we generously share our love, joy, talents, and resources for the good of all people, no matter how deserving or undeserving we think they are. Abundant life also means sharing our burdens and offering support to one another along the journey through life, affirming that any situation or circumstance can be changed for the better with God’s help. And Abundant Life affirms that life with God goes on forever, even beyond death. We are eternal, and death to this world means new life and adventure in the next. Abundant life shatters the fear of death with the assurance and promise of life everlasting with God. Abundant life is knowing that God is here and all is well, no matter what. In John chapter 3 Jesus tells Nicodemus that we all must be born again to experience the kingdom of God. What that means has been expressed many ways by many people. To some it is a simple formula that we recite and have an eternal promise that we belong to God from that one time profession of faith. For some, they treat it like a life insurance policy they will present to God upon death. I have a slightly different take on “born again.” To me, it is waking up to the fact that we are spiritual creatures, creations of God, living for a time in human bodies. I think that is what Jesus was always talking about. Yes, trusting Christ is part of trusting God, but being born again is really about waking up to the knowledge that the meaning of life lies totally in trusting God for everything. This is the abundant life Jesus talked about. Trusting God, trusting Jesus as God’s Son, is what life is all about. We so easily get caught up in the cares of the world. We think “having” things in this world is so important. We think houses and careers really mean something. When all is said and done, we take nothing with us but our eternal souls, and the good we did on earth. No, doing good does not buy us salvation, but a life of loving generosity is a clear sign of our heartfelt commitments. “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, that you do unto me,” Jesus said. Come on! It’s time to wake up to God’s goodness, the abundant life. Our God is an extravagant God who has provided the very best for his creation. When we let go of clinging to our own security we begin to realize that we are blessed to overflowing. This is the kingdom of God in our midst, and it is ours today.
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Funeral services for Quentin Donvin Klucas, 80, of Stewart, were held Saturday, July 14, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. The Rev. Aaron Albrecht officiated. Mr. Klucas died Tu e s d a y, July 10, 2012, at Glencoe Reg i o n a l Quentin Health ServKlucas ices longterm care facility. The organist was Julie Pederson. Soloist Jennifer Klucas sang “One Day at a Time” and “In Times Like These.” Soloist Doug Karg sang “In the Garden.” The congregational hymn was “The Lord’s Prayer.” Pallbearers were Bruce Novotny, David Wieweck, Paul DeMuth, Dan McKeon, Kathy Renner, Mike Miller, Michele Feeley and Doug Karg. Interment was in the church cemetery. Mr. Klucas was born at home in Grafton Township, Sibley County, on Jan. 10, 1932, the third of five children of Arthur and Lillian (Macheledt) Klucas. He was baptized Nov. 24, 1932, at Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church by the Rev. R.R. Werner, and confirmed by the Rev. A.E. Kottke at the EUB Church in the Evangelical faith. In 1954, he was instructed in the Lutheran religion by the Rev. M.A. Schultz. He attended country school, which was located at the end of their driveway, until sixth grade. After sixth grade, he attended Buffalo Lake High School and graduated in 1949. Following graduation, Mr. Klucas worked on the family farm with his father. On Oct. 20, 1951, Mr. Klucas was united in marriage to Ordell Miller at Peace Funeral services for Larry Dean Mathews, 57, of Glencoe, were held Saturday, July 14, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating. Mr. Mathews died T h u r s d a y, July 5, 2012, at his home. L u k e Dean Dahl was Mathews the organist and soloist Danielle Mathews sang “Amazing Grace.” Congregational hymns were “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Jesus, Priceless Treasure” and “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.” Honorary pallbearers were his nieces and nephews, Nathan, Brenda, Ricky, Kari, Shelley, Sheldon, Tammy, Tera, Brittany, Stacie, Chad, Shawn, Melissa, Jamie, Dakota, Jalissa, Kim, Grant and Dustin. Active pallbearers were Purple Hayes, Mark Schultz, Eddie Picha, Keith Ruble, Kenny Ruble and Loren Evers. Interment was in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Green Isle. Mr. Mathews was born Aug. 23, 1954, in Glencoe, to Eldor and Mertle (Pinske) Mathews. He was baptized as The regular monthly meeting of the Glencoe VFW Post 5102 Auxiliary was held June 11 with President Angela Johnson presiding over the 20 members present. After the opening ceremony, roll call, reports read and bills approved, a moment of silence was held for the POW/MIAs. Margaret Koester gave an update on the poppy luncheon held May 17. The Auxiliary served 361 meals, with 170 eating at the club, 153 takeouts and 38 workers. Discus-
Quentin Donvin Klucas, 80, of Stewart
Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. They were married 60 years and blessed with three children, Kathy, Kevin and Shelly. They began their married life on the family farm in rural Buffalo Lake. In 1953, they moved to Stewart, where Mr. Klucas operated the Standard Oil Station. While working at the station, he took classes on television repair and, in 1957, started his own business, Stewart TV. In addition to his own business, he also did service work for Isackson’s Plumbing and Heating in Gibbon. Over the years, Mr. Klucas also worked for Goodman Produce, Fischer Trucking, the U.S. Post Office as a substitute mail carrier, and at Stewart Public Schools for over 30 years as a bus driver. After graduating from high school, Mr. Klucas was a member of the National Guard, based out of Hutchinson. He was also a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart, the Stewart Fire Department and First Responders, and the Stewart Snow-Gopher Snowmobile Club. He served many years on the Stewart City Council and was a member of the Stewart Improvement Association. Mr. Klucas enjoyed the outdoors and taught his children, grandchildren, and many others to appreciate nature. He was a snowmobile and firearms safety instructor for over 40 years. He also enjoyed canoeing and fishing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and in Canada. He went on many hunting and fishing trips with family, friends and relatives. One of his favorite places was his son’s cabin in Backus, where he spent time with his family and friends. Mr. Klucas especially enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.
Dean Larry Mathews, 57, of Glencoe
an infant Sept. 12, 1954, by the Rev. A.H. Fellwock, and confirmed in his faith as a youth May 17, 1970, by the Rev. Merlin S. Pohl, both at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. He received his education in the Glencoe School District. On Aug. 23, 1984, he was united in marriage to Kathryn Bayerl by the Rev. Harvey G. Kath at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. They made their home in Glencoe and, in the last few years, on the family farm. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Nicholas and Danielle. They shared over 27 years of marriage. Mr. Mathews held employment at Schwartz Manufacturing in Lester Prairie, Fitness Master in Waconia and Delta Fabricating in Glencoe as a welder. He was a lifelong member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Mr. Mathews enjoyed hunting, farming and animals, especially his pets. He loved to design and build different items and could make anything out of nothing. He was a great metal craftsman. He especially cherished the time spent with his family and friends, especially the children. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn “Kathy” Mathews of
Glencoe; children, Nicholas “Nick” Mathews and his fiancee, Amber Pregler, of Glencoe, and Danielle “Nellie” Mathews and her special friend, Troy Koecheler, of Glencoe; mother, Mertle Mathews of Glencoe; fatherin-law, Ernest Bayerl of Winsted; siblings, Darlene “Dottie” Miner of Winthrop, Larry (Janice) Mathews of Green Isle, Lynn Schmerbauch of Gaylord, Julie (Scott) Tuchtenhagen of Winthrop, Jeannie Mathews Schmidt of Owatonna, and Sherry (Butch) Henkelmann of Glencoe; brothers-in-law, Milo Muchow of Gaylord, and Steve Bayerl and his fiancee, Kathy McCann, of Maple Plain; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding him in death were his first wife, Linda (Fries) Mathews; father, Eldor Mathews; sister, Carol Muchow; mother-in-law, Janet Bayerl; brothers-in-law, Al Schmerbauch and Jim Miner; and nieces and nephew, Ricky, Stacie and Brianna. 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.
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The July 9 meeting was the membership picnic with chicken and potluck served. The lunch committee was Bonnie Templin, Renae Jenson, Alice Eggersgluess and Mary Ann Ardolf. The club audit will be held in July. Joan Wandrei made tray favors for Memorial Day for veterans in long-term care.
Funeral services for Doris Bollingmo, 89, of Buffalo Lake and formerly of Stewart, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 20, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. Ms. Bollingmo died on Monday, July 16, 2012, at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements were by the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel of Stewart. For an online guest book, go to www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
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His favorite actor was John Wayne, and he would often be found watching his movies. His favorite expression was “One Day at a Time.” In January 2012, Mr. Klucas was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He remained at home until June 22, when he entered Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care. Survivors include his wife, Ordell Klucas, of Stewart; son, Kevin (Janelle) Klucas, of Stewart; daughters: Kathy (Roland) Kirsch of Stewart, and Shelly Lange of Stewart; grandchildren, Christopher (Jennifer) Klucas of Lakeville, Stephanie (Carl) Shimer of Stewart, Drew Lange of Stewart and Tate Lange of Stewart; step-grandchildren, Timothy Kirsch of Willmar and Katherine Kirsch of Winona; great-grandchildren, Chase and Haylee Butler, Gavin Klucas, and Savannah Shimer; brother, Keith Klucas; sister: Phyllis Hoecke; brothers-in-law: Noel Phifer and Warren DeMuth; sisters-in-law: Ronna Miller and Beverly Phifer; special nieces and nephews, Paul DeMuth, Sean DeMuth, Michael Miller, Michelle Feeley, Melissa Miller, Grayson Miller, and Linda (Klucas) Brenton; special friends, Kathy Renner and Dan and Karen McKeon; many other friends and relatives. Preceding him in death were his parents, Arthur and Lillian Klucas; sister, Constance DeMuth; brother, Roger Klucas; sister-in-law, Annie Klucas; brothers-inlaw, Reuben Hoecke and Roger Miller; grandson, Brett Lange; and great-grandson, Noah Klucas. Arrangements were with the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Stewart. An online guest book is available at www.hantge.com. Click on guest book/obituaries.
Grand Meadows flag dedication
The Glencoe VFW Post 5102 donated an American flag and stand and provided a flag-dedication ceremony to the residents at Grand Meadows Senior Living on Friday afternoon. Participating were, front row, left to right, veterans and res-
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Highway 15 projects Continued from page 1
Plowman also dispelled what he called some common “myths” about roundabouts. First is that large vehicles cannot navigate them. The proposed roundabout will be 154 feet in diameter, about 14 feet larger than the one on Highway 15 just north of Hutchinson. It also will include truck “aprons,” giving long trailers extra room to maneuver. A second misconception is that roundabouts are not safe in rural areas. That also has not
Andrew Plowman of WSB & Associates explained some of the safety features of roundabouts during a presentation on proposed Highway 15/County Road 115 improvements Wednesday evening in Hutchinson.
Chronicle photo by Lori Copler
proven to be true, Plowman said. Rural roundabouts help keep traffic flowing while improving safety, especially if they have overhead lighting to improve visibility at night — which the Highway 15/County Road 115 intersection already has. Plowman said the proposed roundabout also will have pedestrian lanes. It is hoped that the design for the project will be finished by January 2013, with construction to start in June. Asked about possible closures of Highway 15 during the overlay and roundabout construction, Susann Karnowski of MnDOT said she hopes closures can be staggered so the highway is not closed all the way from Highway 212 to Hutchinson throughout the construction project. However, she said, closure dates and detour routes are yet to be decided. Karnowski said another open house will be held in August as plans become more finalized, and a third one will be held before construction begins. Another resident asked about the speed on County Road 115 from Highway 15 going east to Highway 22. John Brunkhorst, McLeod County highway engineer, said the county will be looking at reducing speed on that stretch of road, particularly since the new Harmony River senior housing complex was built in that area.
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where we can maintain.” And Gruenhagen stressed it was all done without raising taxes despite the governor’s shut down of state government in 2011 that “gained nothing.” At the end of the 2011 special session, the governor signed the same legislative budget numbers put forth before the shutdown, Gruenhagen pointed out, and he added the likelihood of another shutdown is slim in the 2013 session that includes the next biennium budget debate. “The DFL wants to tax and spend,” Gruenhagen said. “Republicans want reform and to reduce growth of state government. If (spending is) not under control, there would be no funds for things like education and transportation.” He said reforming the budget in 2012 is “a primary reason we have a budget surplus now. We’re not there yet (with reforms), but we made a lot of progress” in the last session. “We’ll know we’re there when growth is at or under private sector growth. That equals a positive fund balance,” Gruenhagen said. “We definitely took a big step in slowing growth in a critical area (HHS). “We can no longer operate as we have in the past,” he continued. Facing a $1 billion shortfall in the next biennium, Gruenhagen said the Legislature needs to look at how services are being delivered and reform the process. It happened when rural school districts consolidated in the past, and that may need to be looked at in other parts of the state budget, too. The second accomplishment by the last Legislature was the start on education reforms aimed at reducing the achievement gap between whites and students of color, Gruenhagen said. He authored a bill to repay
school districts the delayed payments, or “shift,” that helped balance the state budget in 2011. But he said Gov. Dayton vetoed that bill. As a former school board member, Gruenhagen said the inner city schools get more education funding, “but the academic results are extremely low.” Gruenhagen suggested giving these students and their families more options on where to attend school “through educational scholarships” that follow the child. He also pounded away at his long-held feelings that instituting programs intensive phonics would improve reading scores. A third issue addressed at the 2012 Legislature was property tax reform for commercial and residential properties. But Gov. Dayton vetoed those reform efforts, he said. Gruenhagen predicted there will be a strong emphasis on that again in the 2013 session. Gruenhagen said the aim of the property tax reform is to accelerate the economic growth rate by reducing excess regulations and high taxes. He said repeal of the 25/25 regulations on alternative energy, for example, is a start. He said those requirements have driven up the cost of electricity and cost of other energy. He called the “manmade global warming theory more embellishment than scientific fact.” Also, he would like to see strong reforms of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources regulations that he claims have stifled business and job growth in the state. He pointed to difficulties in getting state permits for such things as mining on the Iron Range that would create hundreds of new jobs. Pension reform is high on
the next legislative agenda, he predicted. Gruenhagen said the current defined benefits locked into public employee pensions, which have a guaranteed rate of return regardless of how the market performs, needs to be replaced by defined contribution plans like private sector 401k plans. As an example, Gruenhagen said that guaranteed rate of return may be 8 percent while the markets are performing at 4 percent. Pensioners get 8 percent regardless, and that has left pension funds short of funds. While he said unions have made some concessions, they are not nearly enough to address the growing disparity in funding public pensions. “We can no longer ignore this (pension crisis),” Gruenhagen said. “The longer we ignore it, the worse it will get.” He suggested all new public employees be required to invest in programs like a 401k, and all automatic cost of living adjustments (COLAs) be frozen. Gruenhagen said people do not generally get motivated to do things unless there is a crisis or strong criticism, then changes in government can take place. If Minnesota voters keep the Republican majorities in the Legislature after November, “we will keep reforming,” Gruenhagen said. “I’m optimistic we can work together,” Gruenhagen said of the accusation that the two parties are “polarized.” He pointed to the 250 bills passed this year of which more than 150 were passed unanimously or nearly so. “There was a lot of bipartisanship,” Gruenhagen said. “We both agree on the problem, but we disagree on the solution.”
The above schematic, provided by WSB & Associates, shows the proposed improvements on Highway 15 from Highway 212 north into the city of
Hutchinson, including a proposed roundabout at the intersection of County Road 115, just southwest of Menard’s.
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A health talk by
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Hutchinson. Following the dinner, there will be a thank you from the new homeowners, the Wolff family. The Habitat riders also will present the family with new bikes, helmets, and other biking supplies. Contact the CRHFH office at 320-587-8868, if you have any further questions.
Crow River Habitat for Humanity invites all to attend the celebration dinner hosted by Crow River Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday, July 18, in South Park in Hutchinson. It will start at 6 p.m. and will commemorate the construction of Minnesota’s 2001st Habitat for Humanity Home. The home in Hutchinson
Habitat for Humanity plans July 18 dinner
was selected to be this year’s Habitat 500 bike.home, which means that some of the Habitat 500 riders will spend the day building walls and installing roof trusses at the new home at 587 Franklin St. Work shifts will begin at 8 a.m. that day. In addition, an estimated $30,000 of funds raised through the Habitat 500 will go toward the bike.home in
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