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County to
assist in
flood water
Brewers 1-2
Fall twice to Winsted, beat Norwood
— Sports page 1B
The McLeod County
Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 117, No. 26
— Page 3
a continuation of
The Glencoe Enterprise
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
July matching grants vital for food shelf
By Rich Glennie
woman comes up to the glass partition at the McLeod Emergency Food
Shelf hallway one morning last week
and fills out a form selecting food items she
After years of working and getting paid
twice a month, she said she now has a once-amonth check from Social Security in her retirement.
At the bottom of the application form for
food donations, she is asked the reasons for
coming to the food shelf. “Ran out of money,”
she wrote.
She chats with another former food shelf
user, who stopped by to make a contribution
this time. The help she received in the past
was enough to get her back on her feet and she
wanted to give back.
As the two women chatted, they agreed they
have had to learn to budget differently. They
both determined they could do without the
“little stuff,” like cable TV or other luxuries.
Minutes later, a migrant worker just arrived
from Texas, fills out an application to get food
assistance before his first Seneca Foods check
is earned.
Because the migrant worker is living in
Seneca Food’s housing units, with limited
space, he gets a different mix of food from the
food shelf.
All three encounters occurred all in a matter
of a half hour at the Glencoe office on 12th
Street, and Marietta Neumann, long-time executive director of the county food shelf, has
seen it happen many times before.
She said the trend continues to indicate
more people are in need of help, especially
senior citizens, who often have to decide “between medicine and food,” Neumann said.
The McLeod Emergency Food Shelf is in
constant need of donations because of the increasing demands for help.
Neumann is hoping the public will rally
again in support of the food shelf in July because there are two matching grants available
through Open Your Heart to the Hungry and
Homeless program and from Grand Casino.
The Open Your Heart to the Hungry pro-
gram will match up to $5,000 in local donations in July. Not to be outdone, Neumann said
Grand Casino will match up to $10,000 of
what is raised locally.
Neumann called July a very important
month at the food shelf.
“This is very important with the increasing
number of individuals needing the food shelf,”
she said. “Since the first of the year, we have
provided over 200,000 meals to over 3,500 individuals. According to the numbers from the
March Food Drive, we are serving 14 percent
of the county residents.”
Also, the July grocery bill for the food shelf
usually ranges from $18,000 to $20,000, com-
Food shelf
Turn to page 3
More MnDOT funding,
expanded service helps
Trailblazer’s finances
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
McLeod and Sibley counties
“local share” contributions to
Trailblazer Transit will be considerably less in 2014 than was anticipated in 2013.
Gary Ludwig, Trailblazer’s executive director, updated the Joint
Powers Board on the transit system’s financial situation Thursday morning.
According to Ludwig, increased funding by the Minnesota
Department of Transportation
(MnDOT) and an expansion of
service into Wright County has
resulted in more income to Trailblazer Transit.
The “local share” contributed
by the two counties covers the
gap between MnDOT-funded
service and fare revenue and actual costs of providing public
MnDOT typically funds 85
percent of approved financial
services. But Trailblazer also offers service beyond the scope of
MnDOT’s funding, including
volunteer drivers and service outside of normal operating hours.
Ludwig said that Trailblazer
had asked MnDOT for funding
for $2.4 million; MnDOT ap-
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
Froemming family returns
The popular Froemming Family of Eden Valley
made a return to Grand Meadows Senior Living
last Thursday to kick off another summer of the
Music by the Pond series. The problem was the
rainy weather forced the performance indoors. The
Froemming Family, which consisted of, from left,
Ruth, 18, on guitar, Carl, 12, Faith, 17, on the fiddle,
and Elsie, 14, on the banjo, did not disappoint. The
youngsters, with mother Anna in the background
on the bass, performed their toe-tapping bluegrass-gospel music before a large group in Grand
Meadows dining area.
proved $1.9 million, of which it
pays 85 percent.
Beverly Herfindahl of MnDOT
pointed out that the $1.9 million
funding was $300,000 greater
than the $1.6 million that had
been approved for Trailblazer in
Although MnDOT also has approved additional, transitional
funding for expanding service
into Wright County, it had approved more funding for Trailblazer before Wright County entered the picture, Herfindahl said.
“A lot of MnDOT’s extra funding was for McLeod and Sibley
counties, even before we started
talking about Wright County,”
said Herfindahl. “I don’t want to
put it out there that you’re being
handsomely rewarded for moving
into Wright County, because
you’re not.”
But having service in Wright
County will still help financially,
said Ludwig.
First, Trailblazer is providing
contracted service to Functional
Industries, an employment
agency for disabled people, to
transport its clients to and from
Turn to page 10
Street widths, trails
topics of joint meeting
By Rich Glennie
At a second joint meeting among Glencoe
City Council, park board and planning commission members Wednesday, the consensus was
for 36-foot wide streets, a bike trail established
along Elliott Avenue and the need to gather
public input on the proposed 2015 street improvement project.
The project has two components: First,
streets around the Lincoln Park area from Sixth
Street north to 10th Street and from Greeley
Avenue west to Chandler Avenue will be totally
reconstructed and underground utilities replaced.
Second, Armstrong Avenue from Seventh
Street north to 13th Street will be totally reconstructed, along with two blocks of Seventh and
Eighth streets east to Chandler Avenue (Highway 22).
An open house to gather more public input
will be scheduled for late July, according to
Justin Black of Short Elliott Hendrickson
Once the public input is gathered, then a final
feasibility study will be presented to Glencoe
City Council, possibly by the end of August.
Then the final design of the projects will be
presented to City Council for approval.
Once approved, a formal public hearing on
assessments will be held, Black said, before
plans and specifications are bid out, probably
after the first of the year. Construction is
planned to begin next spring.
After the first joint meeting, it was determined that 36-foot wide streets should be standard in the Lincoln Park area. Tearing up the
streets to replace old and inefficient water and
sewer lines is a great opportunity to standardize
the street widths in the area, Black said.
Joint meeting
Turn to page 12
Wed., 7-2
H: 72º, L: 55º
Thur., 7-3
H: 78º, L: 57º
Fri., 7-4
H: 80º, L: 64º
Sat., 7-5
H: 83º, L: 69º
Sun., 7-6
H: 88º, L: 72º
The Lincoln Park area is scheduled for major street reconstruction (yellow areas) and
underground utilities work in 2015. Also in the plans are additional trails (red lines)
on Elliott Avenue, connecting with the walk bridge, and on Eighth Street leading toward Hennepin Avenue. The green lines are sidewalks in the area.
Looking back: June rain totals were 13.67 inches. The
high was 87 on June 6; the low,
51 on June 7.
June 24 82 ......62 ..........0.00
June 25 74 ......58 ..........0.00
June 26
June 27
June 28
June 29
June 30
......58 .........0.02
......67 ..........0.07
......68 ..........0.27
......61 ..........0.00
......65 ............Tr.
Temperatures and precipitation compiled by Robert Thurn, Chronicle
weather observer.
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The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, page 2
group OKs
CUP for
boat shed
for storage
Glencoe Sportsmen to meet
The Glencoe Sportsmen Club meeting is set for 7:30
p.m., Monday, July 7, at the Glencoe VFW Club meeting
Bloodmobiles slated in July
Two area American Red Cross bloodmobiles will be
held in July at Biscay and Hutchinson. On Wednesday,
July 2, Neisen’s Bar & Grill in Biscay will be the site of
a blood drive from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Tuesday, July 8,
another blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at
Peace Lutheran Church, 400 Franklin St. SW, Hutchinson.
The Greater Minnesota Republican Women invite
everyone to the annual potluck picnic held at Northwoods Park, 885 Elm St. NE (corner of Elm and Northwoods), Hutchinson, at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 8. Special
guest speaker will be Congressional District 7 candidate
Torrey Westrom. Legislators Dean Urdahl, Glenn Gruenhagen, Scott Newman and other guests also will speak.
Bring a dish to pass, beverages will be provided. Everyone welcome! Contact Ginny at 320-587-5965.
Abundant Table set July 2
The free Abundant Table community meal is open to
everyone — families and children, elderly and all seeking fellowship or in need of a helping hand — on July 2
(and the first Wednesday of every month) at Christ
Lutheran Church’s basement fellowship hall, 1820
Knight Ave., Glencoe. The meal is summer grilling of
pork chops, potato salad, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit,
Abundant Table bread and ice cream sundaes. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. for fellowship, and the meal is served
at 5 p.m. Call Christ Lutheran Church at 320-864-4549.
Remember there is a place for you at our Abundant
VFW Auxiliary to meet July 14
The next regular meeting of the Glencoe VFW Auxiliary to Post 5102 will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, July
14, at the VFW Club. It will be the club’s annual picnic.
Music in the Park to kick off
Due to numerous requests, the Glencoe Lions Club is
reviving the “Music in the Park” series in July at Oak
Leaf Park Shelter No. 2. Each evening will feature free
live music with food and refreshments available. The
first event on Wednesday, July 9, will feature Chuck and
Jason Thiel. A meal of a shredded beef sandwich, chips,
dessert and beverage will be available from 6 p.m. to 7
p.m. with the musicians performing from 6:30 p.m. to 8
p.m. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music and the
food. Proceeds will go toward community projects. Call
320-864-5237 with any questions.
Memory loss group to meet
The next meeting of the local area support group for
adult children, spouses and friends caring for a loved one
with Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory loss will
be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 8, at First Lutheran Church,
925 E. 13th St., Glencoe. This is a place to meet others
who are affected with similar issues, gather
information/resources and to receive support throughout
the various stages of this journey. Contact Kristal Ehrke,
Alzheimer’s Association volunteer facilitator, at 320583-1551 for more information. The support group is
open to the public and free of charge.
GHS class of 1959 to reunite
The Glencoe High School class of 1959 will hold its
55-year reunion at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 13, at Neisen’s
Bar & Grill in Biscay.
Seniors club meets July 3
The Glencoe Senior Citizens Club will meet at 12:30
p.m., Thursday, July 3, in the Glencoe City Center Senior
Room for socializing and games. The group also will
meet on Tuesday, July 8, at 12:30 p.m. All senior citizens
are invited to attend. More information can be obtained
by calling at 320-864-3799 or 320-510-1551.
To be included in this column, items for Happenings
must be received in the Chronicle office no later than
5 p.m. on Monday of the week they are to be published. Items received after that will be published elsewhere in the newspaper as space permits.
Police Report
On Tuesday, June 24, police
were notified about drug paraphernalia found in the Jungclaus
Implement parking lot at 9:32
a.m. The paraphernalia was destroyed.
After a positive blood alcohol
reading of 0.51, a Newton Avenue resident was transported to
the McLeod County Jail at 9:46
a.m., Tuesday.
A staff member at Glencoe-Silver Lake School District reported
at 10 a.m., Tuesday, about a
check that was insufficent and did
“not look like the owner of the account actually signed the check.”
Police assisted the sheriff’s office at a domestic assault incident
on Imperial Avenue at 4:56 p.m.,
Tuesday. A man was transported
to the Hutchinson hospital emergency room for a mental health
A medical emergency was reported at 10:11 a.m., Wednesday,
at a Pryor Avenue residence. A
person, feeling dizzy, was transported by ambulance to the hospital emergency room.
At 8:37 p.m., firefighters were
called out to a 10th Street address for a report of a fire. There
was no fire; a breaker on the air
conditioning unit was shut off.
But at 10:52 p.m., Wednesday,
firefighters and police were called
to assist the sheriff’s office with a
fire at SIDCO on the 2800 block
of Ninth Street.
During a traffic stop at 1:44
a.m., Thursday, at 10th Street
and Morningside Avenue, the
driver was cited for failing to
move over for an emergency vehicle.
Police observed a driver eastbound on 11th Street from Morningside Avenue pull into the
Harpel’s parking at 9:02 a.m.,
Thursday. Upon further investigation, the driver was cited for driving after revocation, and the vehicle was left at the scene.
A driving after suspension citation was issued to a driver
stopped at 4:16 p.m., Thursday,
on Highway 212 at Falcon Avenue. The driver indicated he was
calling the Department of Motor
Vehicles after the citation was issued to reinstate his driving privileges.
Another driver was cited for
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Plato Dairy Day
Above, Aileene and Earl
Dammann of Glencoe
stopped in for a hamburger
and free ice cream in Plato
Park Thursday evening
thanks to the Plato Lions
Club and the McLeod County
Dairy Assocation. It was
Dairy Day in Plato. The original date was Jan. 19, but torrential rains forced the postponement for a week. At
right, dishing out free sundaes were McLeod County
Dairy Ambassadors, from
left, Grace Jeurissen, Elizabeth Krienke and Rachel
Blood drives slated
around county in July
The American Red Cross
urges eligible blood donors to
roll up a sleeve and give to
help prevent a summer blood
shortage. Blood donors with
types O negative, B negative
and A negative are especially
Several blood drives are
scheduled for McLeod County in July, including:
Tuesday, July 22, from 1
p.m. to 6 p.m. at Cactus Jacks
II, 212 Grill, Stewart.
Thursday, July 24 from 1
p.m. to 7 p.m. at Discover
Church, 10478 Bell Ave.,
Wednesday, July 30, from
1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Glencoe
City Center, 1107 11th St.,
The Red Cross is seeing
fewer appointments at its
blood donation centers and
blood drives this summer
than what is needed to ensure
blood and platelets continue
to be available for patients.
During the summer months
of June, July and August, on
average, about two fewer
donors make an appointment
to give blood at each Red
Cross blood drive than what
patients need. This can add
up to more than 100,000
fewer donations during the
Blood and platelet donations are needed every day
for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart
surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for
leukemia, cancer or sickle
cell disease may all need
To learn more and make an
appointment to donate blood,
simply call 1-800-RED
CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or
visit redcrossblood.org to
make an appointment or for
more information.
All blood types are needed
to ensure a reliable supply for
A blood donor card or driver ’s license or two other
Emergency storm relief grant
available for county veterans
The Minnesota Department
of Veterans Affairs has established a disaster relief grant
program to address unreimbursed cleanup and repair expenses that may have been incurred as a result of the
storms after June 11 in
McLeod County and several
surrounding counties.
Veterans, their families or
surviving spouses may apply
for this grant to cover their
out-of-pocket expenses resulting from flooding or wind
damage up to $1,000.
Contact the county Veteran
Service office for assistance
in completing the required
applications no later than
Sept. 30.
In McLeod County the
number is 320-864-1268.
driving after revocation at 7:16
p.m., Thursday, on Eighth Street
and Chandler Avenue.
A bicycle was found on the
sidewalk near the walk bridge on
Friday afternoon. It was taken to
the central garage.
Police issued three minor consumption, two drug paraphernalia
and several curfew violation citations at 2:39 a.m., Saturday, at an
Eighth Street location.
A two-vehicle crash occurred at
2:23 p.m., Saturday, on Highway
212 at Morninsgide Avenue.
There were no injuries, and the
Minnesota State Patrol handled
the report.
Police were called to a medical
emergency at the county jail at
8:10 a.m., Sunday, when a female inmate fell and hit her head.
There was no transport to the
A driver was arrested during a
traffic stop and cited for driving
after revocation. The stop was
made at 110th Street at 5:08
a.m., Monday.
Another citation was issued to
a driver at 5:53 a.m., Monday, for
no proof of insurance. The stop
was made at Highway 212 and
Morningside Avenue.
A theft was reported at Casey’s
General Store on 13th Street. A
driver left without paying for $80
in gas. The driver hung up the
hose on the other hose to make it
look like it was still in use, police
reported. The incident occurred at
10:32 a.m., Monday.
Two thefts were investigated
Monday at a Hennepin Avenue
location at 11:23 a.m. and at an
11th Street location at 12:07 p.m.
Police were called to the library
at 12:58 p.m., Monday, concerning a suspicious man. The man
admitted to using the drug “spice”
and had some on him. He was to
go to detox, but the hospital officials were concerned and signed
an overnight hold on the man in
order to watch him.
A wallet was found in a yard on
Birch Avenue at 5:29 p.m., Monday.
Copper wires were reported
cut and stolen from two trailer
dollies parked in the Taylor Avenue area. The theft was reported at 8:26 p.m., Monday.
After receiving a driving complaint, police stopped a vehicle at
10:44 p.m., Monday, on Elliott Avenue and cited the driver for driving after revocation.
forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age
(16 with parental consent in
some states), weigh at least
110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
High school students and
other donors 18 years of age
and younger also have to
meet certain height and
weight requirements.
The American Red Cross
shelters, feeds and provides
emotional support to victims
of disasters; supplies about
40 percent of the nation’s
blood; teaches skills that save
lives; provides international
humanitarian aid; and supports military members and
their families.
The Red Cross is a not-forprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the
generosity of the American
public to perform its mission.
For more information, please
visit redcross.org or visit us
on Twitter at @RedCross.
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GOP potluck picnic July 8
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission
approved a conditional use
permit (CUP) for Eugene
Feltmann of Bergen Township to store boats in a shed
on his farmstead.
The permit was the only
item on the Commission’s
agenda Wednesday, June 25.
Feltmann, who lives on
Babcock Avenue near Lester
Prairie, already had a homeoccupation conditional permit to allow the storage of
boats in a 5,040-square-foot
structure. The new permit
will allow him to also store
boats in another existing
shed, which is 3,960 square
feet in size.
Feltmann stores boats for
Inboard Minnesota Water
Sports, which is based in
New Germany.
County Zoning Administrator Larry Gasow said the
Bergen Town Board recommended approval of the permit, and had no concerns
about the proposal. Nor did
county staff, Gasow added.
Gasow said one neighbor
had asked about operating
hours, and the Commission
agreed to keep the operation
hours the same as those attached to the original 2011
permit: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Because there were no
concerns raised at the Commission meeting, the permit
was placed on the County
Board’s July 1 consent agenda for final approval.
Gasow reported that two
agenda items have been established so far for the Commission’s July meeting: a
cell-phone tower to be located in Acoma Township near
Hutchinson, and a gravel
mining permit.
The next meeting will be
Wednesday, July 30, at 9:30
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Trailblazer slowly adding service in Wright County
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
Trailblazer Transit currently
has two buses on the road in
Wright County, primarily
through a contract with Functional Industries, and the two
buses are full.
Trailblazer Transit Executive Director Gary Ludwig
updated the Joint Powers
Board Thursday morning on
progress on expanding service
into Wright County.
The Minnesota Department
of Transportation (MnDOT)
is relying on Trailblazer to
help fill the gap when the current transit provider in Wright
County, River Rider, folds on
July 1.
Ludwig said that Trailblazer is providing morning and
evening commuter service to
Functional Industries, an employment service for disabled
adults, to get its clients to and
from work.
Ludwig said that although
Functional Industries has priority, the buses will be open
to the general public on a
space-available basis, and between the morning and
evening shifts used by Functional Industries.
“These buses are full,” said
Ludwig. “We’re projecting
33,000 rides a year just on
these two buses.”
And those 33,000 rides are
just for serving Functional Industries clients, and don’t include other rides.
“That’s phenomenal,” said
Ludwig added that a third
bus was expected to go into
service Monday, June 30.
Other buses will gradually be
phased in with the hope of
having seven buses on the
road by Oct. 1, Ludwig said.
Six of those seven will serve
Functional Industries.
In addition to its contract
with Functional Industries, a
coalition of cities is forming
to create Wright County Area
Transportation (WCAT)
which will partner with Trailblazer to provide additional
service to the general public,
and be a member of Trailblazer’s joint powers agreement
with McLeod and Sibley
counties, which will allow
Trailblazer to expand its service even more in Wright
Merton Auger, city administrator in Buffalo, told the
Joint Powers Board that all of
Wright County’s cities, with
the possible exception of
Monticello and Otsego, are
willing to participate in
WCAT. “Monticello and Otsego, I don’t know about,”
said Auger.
Ludwig said that despite the
negative experience of trying
to work with the Wright
County Board of Commissioners, Trailblazer staff have
been working diligently on
finding ways to provide serv-
ice in Wright County.
“We focused on what we
needed to do, and we’ve been
doing it — somewhat quietly,” said Ludwig. “MnDOT
has paved the way to make
this happen.”
Auger said that people in
Wright County have been
looking forward to Trailblazer
coming into its borders.
“You’ve done a lot of outreach,” said Auger. “People
are excited.”
Auger also said people have
high expectations of Trailblazer, “but they’ve been tempered by Gary (Ludwig). We
understand this is going to be
a slow process.”
McLeod County Commissioner Sheldon Nies said public perception is one of his
concerns, since Trailblazer
isn’t in a position to provide
full service as of July 1, River
Rider will cease to exist.
“We need to be prepared for
the downside of this, of peo-
ple not understanding what is
happening,” said Nies.
Although there’s a plan to
gradually place more buses on
the road, Ludwig said implementation will be impacted by
a couple of issues: the hiring
of drivers and another dispatcher, and the need for a facility in Wright County.
Although Trailblazer has
had about 100 applications for
drivers, most don’t want to
drive to Glencoe to pick up
their buses, said Ludwig.
“The concern is we don’t
have a base of operations in
Wright County,” said Ludwig.
That issue is being resolved
temporarily and, hopefully,
Auger said the city of Buffalo will provide temporary
space at its public works
building with an office and a
fenced-in area to park buses,
at no cost to Trailblazer.
“We’re very committed to
this (bringing Trailblazer
service to Wright County),”
said Auger.
In addition, the Buffalo
Housing and Redevelopment
Authority has agreed to make
an offer on a former Dodge
dealership building in Buffalo
and remodel it for Trailblazer
on a lease-to-own basis.
Now that Trailblazer has
potential facilities in Wright
County, it has hired five of the
14 drivers it will need, Ludwig said.
Ludwig also complimented
his staff for their dedication
and work in getting service on
the road in Wright County.
“They’ve done everything
they can to make this happen,” said Ludwig, whose appreciation was echoed by
members of the Joint Powers
Board and Auger, as well as
Bev Herfindahl of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
County Board authorizes
pumping of flood waters
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
After extensive discussion
on recent flooding issues
throughout the county and the
appropriate measures to take
when helping private parties,
the McLeod County Board,
Tuesday, authorized pumping
water out of 86th Court and
Baldwin Court, at a total cost
not to exceed $50,000. The
hope is of getting those costs
reimbursed by the Federal
Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA).
Earlier in the meeting, the
Board approved a request by
Kevin Mathews, director of
emergency management in
McLeod County, for a presidential declaration of a major
disaster as a result of the
heavy rains and storms that
impacted the county beginning June 11.
Mathews said this is the
first step in applying for federal disaster assistance, and
he estimated costs of damages at nearly $400,000 to
public infrastructure.
He said the disaster was
“eye-opening,” and noted
several calls were received
from private parties struggling to keep flooding at bay.
Mathews said residents
were asking for sandbags, but
the county did not have
enough to distribute.
He said he found the county can purchase additional
sandbags at 15 cents a piece,
and proposed purchasing
10,000 sandbags at a cost of
$1,500 for the public to use.
“I propose we offer the
sandbags free of charge,”
Mathews said. “The $1,500
seems pretty cheap to me,
and it’d be good to have sand
bags on hand for public use.”
“I’d be wary about doing
anything with public dollars
going toward private purposes,” said County Attorney
Mike Junge.
Commissioner Ron Shimanski asked if the county
could offer the sandbags at a
cost, and Junge said that
would be fine.
Junge also recommended
that a “process” be in place
for people to get the sandbags
so that there is no discrimination between rural residents
and city residents.
Shimanski asked if cities
have their own sandbags to
distribute to residents. Junge
said that is something good to
figure out “for sharing.”
Concerns about “who” is in
charge of authorizing sand
bag use and distributing the
sandbags were also noted.
Commissioner Paul Wright
made a motion to go ahead
with purchasing additional
sandbags for the county to
“have on hand” and asked
Mathews to work with Sheriff Scott Rehmann and others
in the public safety department to develop a policy on
distributing them.
“Then they (the bags) are at
least here,” Wright said, in
the case of more rain.
Related to the recent flooding issues, residents from
86th Court approached the
Board for help with flooding
issues in that area.
Mathews said 86th Court is
a dead-end road, and is currently under water.
“There is a lot of water sitting there today, and I
checked with the state homeland security and emergency
department, and found we
can pump it (the water) out as
a county and get reimbursed,”
Mathews said.
“We have to make sure we
get reimbursed,” Commissioner Kermit Terlinden said.
“This is a public safety
issue. It is a dead-end road
,and you couldn’t get an ambulance or fire trucks back
there ... we have to do something at least at 86th Court,”
Mathews said.
One of the residents on
86th Court said her home currently is no LP, no sewer
service and no well. “It’s not
functional,” she said.
Mathews said with the
presidential declaration of the
major disaster, the county can
get reimbursed for pumping
A motion was made to authorize pumping on 86th
Court with intention to be reimbursed by FEMA for
pumping costs.
“But in this motion, we’d
be reimbursed. If we’re not
going to be reimbursed, we’re
not going to do it,” said Commissioner Sheldon Nies.
Commissioner Jon Christensen voiced concern about
issues at Baldwin Court that
were brought to the Board a
few weeks ago.
“Two weeks ago, (residents) from Baldwin Court
asked for help, and we couldn’t do it,” Christensen said.
He questioned the difference
in helping those on 86th
“That’s why we’re saying
‘reimbursed,’” Nies said
about the motion.
Junge said the Board can
consider helping because of
the presidential declaration.
“It’s a different situation,” he
Wright said the motion has
to include costs for pumping
water. “We gotta have a dollar amount,” he said.
“If we get reimbursed, why
does it matter what it costs,”
Terlinden said.
“We have to have a number. We can’t approve an
open check,” Nies said.
Questions about reimbursements were raised, and Mathews clarified that 75 percent
of costs are covered by
FEMA and 25 percent by the
“You have to understand
that you aren’t guaranteed to
get that 100 percent back,”
Junge said.
Currently, the state of Minnesota was only authorized
$3 million, Junge said.
“That’s going to be gone so
quick with what’s happening
all around,” Junge said in alluding to major flooding issues in Delano.
Shimanski questioned
billing residents if pumping
costs cannot be reimbursed.
“You can’t do that. You
can’t bill individuals with
costs if they are not getting
reimbursed,” Junge said.
Shimanski commented on
Baldwin Court residents in
Lester Prairie hearing about
the motion and asked to
amend it to include pumping
water from the holding ponds
near the Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club.
Nies was concerned about
additional costs to add that
into the motion, and said he
the county is “on the hook”
for costs if there are no reimbursements. “That makes me
uncomfortable,” he said.
Mathews said he is about
99 percent sure the county
will receive federal funding
from the presidential declaration of a major disaster. He
said the county met the
threshold of costs in damages
required to be considered a
“major disaster.”
“My question is if we don’t
get reimbursed, who pays?
How much are we talking
about committing?” Nies
Terlinden asked if funds
were available for people to
apply themselves for assistance.
“I don’t know, yet. FEMA
is coming out next week to
look at everything,” Mathews
“I’m struggling with this
whole thing. I feel for you
people,” Christensen said to
the residents on 86th Court.
“But could be opening this up
for bigger problems.”
He commented on his individual problems with farming
because of the rain, and said
there is no help available.
“Of course, the issue here
is safety,” Terlinden said.
“What’s the back up plan if
we don’t get reimbursed?”
Wright said.
“We’re on the hook for
that. That’s why we have to
set a dollar amount,” Nies
On a 4-1 vote, the Board
approved to authorize pumping out 86th Court and water
at the Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club at a cost not to
exceed $50,000, categorized
as emergency protective
measures to lower the water
to safe levels. Pumping will
begin immediately.
Christensen cast the dissenting vote.
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
Marietta Neumann, right, executive director of the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf,
and helper Lennie Albers in the back-
ground, sort and put away items collected from Coborn’s last week as part of the
ongoing Feeding America program.
Food shelf Continued from page 1
bined with the increasing
price of meat, Neumann said,
that money does not go as far
as it once did.
Local gocery stores, like
Coborn’s, Cash Wise, WalMart and Kwik Trip often fill
in the needs.
July also is the time when
children are out of school and
many do not have access to
the school lunch programs for
that one good meal of the
Neumann said there is no
specific goal set for July
other than to meet the matching grants.
“More and more seniors on
fixed incomes, who have
medications, are coming in,”
Neumann said.
Data off her application
sheets indicate 130 people 65
years and older came into the
food shelf for help in 2012.
That rose to 153 in 2013. And
numbers in 2014 indicate that
age group continues to grow.
By far the largest group is
between the ages of 18 and
45. They accounted for 2,018
visits in 2012 and that went
to 2,126 in 2013.
“They’re the ones with little kids, the families,” Neumann said.
Why the young people?
Neumann said many of the
families coming in are employed, “but still trying to
catch up on the bills.”
She also noted that while
employed, many are working
less than 40 hours a week and
at less pay.
And Neumann said she has
heard the criticism about
what these young people
drive when they pull up to the
food shelf.
Neumann said when these
young people are working,
they often own vehicles
bought when they had a
steady paycheck.
But when they get cut “or
walked out the door on the
job,” the paychecks stop.
First-time users grew from
304 in 2012 to 357 in 2013.
And many of them are senior
citizens. “More are swallowing their pride and coming in
to get help,” Neumann said.
Others include “Baby
Boomers who can’t find jobs
and are not getting hired
back,” Neumann said. Even
at that, many of these older
workers who get jobs find
they do not “pay the same.”
As to criticism over the migrants over-using the food
shelf, Neumann disagrees and
points to her statistics.
Migrants accounted for 363
applications in 2012 and that
went to 430 in 2013. But with
4,707 families helped in 2012
and 4,834 in 2013, the migrants make up a small percentage of users, Neumann
Neumann said there have
been great success stories,
like the woman who returned
to make a contribution after
having been helped.
“This is not a permanent
thing,” Neumann said of the
food shelf assistance.
She said the majority of the
food shelf clients are firsttime users, or have used it
only once or twice.
The main reasons for
clients needing the food
shelf? According to the comments from users, they are:
No money for food, unemployed or too many bills.
As Neumann often says,
many people are just one paycheck away from needing the
food shelf themselves.
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Plan only for the
necessities with 2015
street improvements
Our view: Cut project costs by eliminating street
width ideas, trail, walk bridge accessibility plans
hile we can see the necessity of planning for
the future, we also can
see problems with biting off more
than you can chew. That seems to be
the case with the planned 2015 street
improvement project.
City staff, consultants and committee members have spent more time
talking about trees, bike trails and
street widths than replacing the underground utilities — the main objective of the project.
We agree the city has a golden opportunity to standardize its street
widths in Glencoe, beginning with
the Lincoln Park area. The street
widths vary from 32 feet wide in
some north-south avenues to 50 feet
wide on some east-west streets. The
aim is to make them all 36-feet wide.
While that is commendable, all
new streets coming into the city have
been 40 feet wide in recent years.
Why 36 feet now?
Why not leave them all alone. The
streets, narrow or wide, have worked
well for decades, and they will likely
work well for many more years once
the underground utilities are replaced
and upgraded.
Traffic is relatively light in the
Lincoln Park neighborhoods. If the
aim is to save money on future street
maintenance and snow plowing, then
simply make Seventh and Eighth
streets narrower (they are the 50footers).
The proposed street width changes
will directly impact the trees in the
Lincoln Park area. Right now, they
look beautiful. Under the latest data
released last week, probably a third
will have to be removed. That is a
One of the main reasons for the removal is the desire to install a 10-
foot wide, bituminous trail (hikingbiking path) along Elliott Avenue
that would allow for a safe route to
Helen Baker Elementary School in
the future.
But who says Helen Baker will remain a school in the future? And do
not these children get picked up by
school buses already?
So what is the burning desire for a
trail system within residential areas
anyway? Are not the streets and sidewalks good enough?
And what about the idea of tying
the walk bridge into this proposed
trail system by making it handicap
While making anything more
handicapped accessible is laudable,
this one makes no sense.
The bridge steps are steep, and it
would require an immense amount of
fill to build it to an acceptable grade
to handle wheelchairs.
Even more important: It would go
nowhere unless the Minnesota Department of Transportation
(MnDOT) gets involved. After all, it
is the state’s bridge.
If Glencoe includes the approach
to the north end of the walking
bridge in its 2015 plans, and the state
does nothing about the south end, it
could be the bridge to nowhere for
the handicapped.
Sometimes, city planners bite off
more than they can chew. Instead of
adding amenities to the reconstruction costs, here is an opportunity to
save costs by eliminating the trail,
keeping the same street widths and
saving some trees in the process.
We are sure the homeowners being
assessed for some of the work would
appreciate a smaller tax bill as well.
— R.G.
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Question of the week
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that family-owned companies
do not have to pay for contraceptive coverage for its employees
under the Affordable Care Act if it violates the business owners’
religious beliefs. Do you agree with that decision?
1) Yes
2) No
3) Not sure
Results for most recent question:
After the latest major rain event last week, what should the
city of Glencoe concentrate most on doing to prevent
future flooding?
• The west-ditch project — 17%
• The east-ditch project — 12%
• Remove more inflow/infiltration (I&I) water from system — 5%
• Expand wastewater treatment plant — 7%
• Some combination of the above — 59%
41 votes. New question runs July 2-8
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Technology: not always a time saver
I enjoy trying out new technology
— just not in public.
Like most people, I don’t care to
make a fool of myself in front of
other people, even if they are
I can still remember being in line
at an automatic car wash when an
elderly gentleman drove his car in
and, for some reason, thought he
was supposed to get out and leave it
there. He opened the car door just in
time to get himself, and the interior
of his vehicle, soaking wet.
For a long time, I eyed the self
check-out lanes at various stores
with some suspicion, especially
when I realized the terminals
“talked” to you. “Unexpected item
in the bagging area,” I heard one
say. They could just as well have
programmed it to say, “You’re trying
to steal something,” because that
seems to be the implication.
It seems that most people are as
leery as I am, which equated into
much shorter lines at the self checkouts. In the interest of saving time, I
finally started using them.
Most of the time, it works fine.
But other times, not so much.
Lori Copler
Case in point: I bought a new
laundry basket the other day to replace my 1980s Rubbermaid®,
which was finally starting to fall
After scanning a few other items,
I tried to scan the sticker on the basket. Unfortunately, it was on the inside of the basket on the bottom, and
there was no way I could get it to
scan. So I tried entering the code in
manually, but that didn’t work, either.
I finally summoned store help.
“What’s her problem?” asked a
clerk. Startled, I at first thought she
was referring to me, but apparently
she was talking about the check-out
I explained my dilemma, and she
tried to enter in the code, too. The
terminal didn’t like her efforts, either, and told her to try again.
“Why are you being such a pain?”
the clerk asked the terminal.
Finally, the clerk said she would
try peeling the sticker off the basket
and scanning it in.
“You were going to take it off,
anyway,” the clerk said to me.
“No, I wasn’t,” I said. “I never
take stickers off my stuff.”
She turned and looked at me.
“Why are you being such a pain?”
she asked me. I couldn’t help but
laugh. Although what I said is true:
my old Rubbermaid laundry basket
still has the original sticker. But it
doesn’t have a bar code, so I obviously bought it in times of old when
cashiers manually entered prices
into their registers.
We finally got the price scanned
in and I was on my way.
So much for saving time. On the
other hand, I’m still chuckling.
Letters to the Editor
Repealing ACA is not really fixing what is broken
To the Editor:
It has been a very trying year
since the rollout of the Affordable
Health Care Act (ACA) began its
open enrollment in the fall of 2013.
The national system was plagued
with problems, along with the Minnesota plan (MNSURE) that caused
delays in enrolling, lost enrollments,
and long wait times on the phone to
speak with MNSURE.
Individuals and employers have
seen rate increases on grandfathered
plans of 20 percent to 40 percent.
Those that did not have grandfathered plans have seen plans change
from what they had and the same, if
not higher, rate increases.
Employers had a hard choice to
discontinue the health care plans
(employers below 50 employees),
change the plan to a more affordable
premium by choosing a higher deductible, a plan that was more restrictive on where to obtain services
and might have shifted more cost to
the employee.
The move before the ACA was to
remove more persons from Minnesota Care and Medical Assistance
as the state of Minnesota could not
fund it and it was asset-based to remain qualified, now it is not assetbased and more than two-thirds of
enrollees in MNSURE have qualified into these plans. The other onethird may have qualified for the tax
credit toward their premium.
New Health Care 2015 rates were
to be released by Nov. 1. The President and our Gov. Dayton have delayed the release of this information
until after Nov. 15, after the Nov. 4
Is this transparent and open government?
When we go to town hall meetings around the state, we should be
asking them how they plan to be
more open and honest. How they
plan to fix the system to make health
care more affordable.
Saying they want to repeal ACA is
not fixing what is broken.
Terry Jones
Thanks for reinforcing need for bicycle helmets
To the Editor:
On Friday, my girls came up to
me all excited saying they had been
pulled over by a cop while on their
bikes and had been given a ticket! A
ticket for a free ice cream cone that
is — all because they were spotted
wearing their safety helmets while
riding their bikes.
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Rich Glennie, Managing Editor; Karin Ramige Cornwell,
Advertising Manager; June
Bussler, Business Manager;
Sue Keenan, Sales Representative; Brenda Fogarty, Sales
Representative; Lori Copler,
Staff Writer; Josh Randt,
Sports Writer; Jessica Bolland
and Alissa Hanson, Creative
Department; and Trisha
Karels, Office Assistant.
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I want to thank Officer J. Retzer
for taking the time to acknowledge
and reward my girls for being safe.
My kids have struggled at times
with wearing their helmets because
it’s not always seen as the “cool”
thing to do amongst their peers. I remind them that it only takes one
smack of their head on the hard con-
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crete below to change their life forever.
Thank you for reinforcing the importance of wearing a helmet, Officer J. Retzer!
Amy Metcalf
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were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would
offend nobody there would be very
little printed.”
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The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, page 5
I have been averse to stopping in at coffee groups over
my newspaper career. I rarely
stopped to have coffee, chatted about the latest rumors or
tried to solve the day’s political messes created by our
If I wanted to do that, I’d
have a cup of office coffee,
alone at my computer, and
write up my latest editorial.
Ummm, that’s about what
I’ve been doing ... for years!
There is an old adage: “The
only way to guarantee a good
conversation is to talk to
yourself.” I often follow that
adage, but “good” conversation might be an exaggeration.
I have been asked if, in my
impending retirement, I plan
to stop in for coffee at one of
the many gatherings in the
community. Probably not, at
least not for coffee.
I had this brilliant idea (as I
was talking to myself) that a
“beer gathering” may be
more to my liking. Like in
having a beer after work with
the boys.
Not sure there is much of a
difference in the approaches
other than the beverage of
But the brillance of the
plan is to not have the beer
Rich Glennie
gathering at a bar, but at the
Glencoe Wine & Spirits. In
particular the “beer cave.”
What better place to linger
than in the walk-in beer cooler at the municipal liquor
store on a hot July or August
Dress code is casual, and
loitering is optional depending on the heat and humidity
outside. The only requirement is that you buy something before you leave the
beer cave after having a beer.
(Preferrably, you buy the case
you just opened.)
But modesty also is a must
with the dress code. No bare
hairy chests and backs or
shirt-less beer guts hanging
out while cooling off in the
beer cave. After all, the
whole idea is to sell beer not
chase customers away.
Imagine, arranging the beer
displays for convenient seating. The least popular beer
could be turned into a
“throne” for the leader of the
beer cave gathering. The less
popular beer for casual seating, and the most popular
beer, which would disappear
quicker, could be used for
foot rests until all gone.
The key is being able to sit
on the beer cases without
turning them warm. Again,
warm beer defeats the purpose.
If it catches on, this also
could be used for scientific
experiments on global warming. You know, how many fat
guys does it take to warm up
a “beer cave” one degree in
an hour.
Hot political debate does
not count in the scientific
heat data, nor does purely
“spewing hot air” or “blowing smoke.”
Hey, this might even settle
the global warming debate.
Can’t be any worse than
blaming global warming on
cow methane!
Brilliant, eh?
Oh, ya. We’ll worry about
December and January
weather in the beer cave later.
Parkas, anyone?
Letters to the Editor
It’s time mayor, Council fix these problems
To the Editor:
Not so fast!
Just because the city only
received 30 calls doesn’t
mean that was it. I would bet
there were a lot more backups.
I am one who didn’t call in.
Also, several of my neighbors had backup issues and
didn’t call in either.
There are still issues in the
Dogwood and Elm avenue
areas that also need attention.
I’m pretty sure the street department and the wastewater
department are aware of
these problem areas.
This also makes two years
in a row of going through
water backup. Has anyone
called us or went around to
ask? No!
Council member John
Schrupp, do you even know
or care what problems you
have in your ward?
You all may not be aware
of some new issues with
stormwater, so let me enlighten you.
I believe the new policy of
hooking your sump pumps
directly into the city storm
drains may not be the right
way to go. My sump pump is
and has been hooked into a
line that also is buried underground and connected directly into the storm drains.
But what happens when the
city streets are under water
and the storm drains are full?
You have water coming out
of your buried line as fast as
your sump pump is pumping
it in.
I believe this to be the
main reason why I had backup problems the last two
I sat on the City Council,
serving several terms in two
different wards. During the
1990 and 1991 floods, I did
walk through my ward talking with constituents who
had backups. I also rode
around town with the late
Tom Vogt, who was the
wastewater department head.
We went to gas pumps and
checked water levels in the
sanitary sewers. So I do still
know where some of the
problem areas are.
Some of those same areas
haven’t been corrected yet.
Let’s quit spending time and
money on engineers looking
at studies that have been done
before. Many of these plans
have been in place since the
1991 flood. Isn’t it time the
mayor and Council fix these
Arnold Brinkmann
Bipartisan momentum building
By U.S. Sen. Amy
Klobuchar, D-Minn.
This month (June), major
bipartisan legislation was
signed into law that will give
Minnesota’s waterways,
ports, flood protection and
economy a big boost. The
Water Resources Reform and
Development Act (WRRDA)
will deliver much-needed
funding to water resource
projects across Minnesota
that will help strengthen our
communities, our economy,
and our environment.
This law is not only a
major victory for our state –
it’s also a reminder of what’s
possible when both parties
put partisanship aside and
focus on doing the right
thing. My hope is that we can
keep the momentum going
and usher in a new era of bipartisan cooperation to tackle
another looming infrastructure challenge: our roads,
bridges, and rail.
Passing WRRDA was an
important down payment on
that effort. The legislation includes my provision to help
prevent the spread of invasive
carp by closing the Upper St.
Anthony Falls Lock, as well
as a provision supported by
Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Rick
Nolan, and myself that helps
ensure dredging and maintenance at the Port of Duluth
and addresses the dredging
backlog on the Great Lakes.
Working with Senators
Heidi Heitkamp and John
Hoeven of North Dakota, the
bill also advances the FargoMoorhead flood diversion
project that will give the region the permanent flood protection it needs. And with the
work of Rep. Collin Peterson,
the bill also helps move forward flood protection for
Roseau, which has endured
What we need from the press
country’s health. It is, or
ought to be, a steady, dispassionate, truth-seeking, skeptical and tough-minded force
for public understanding.
In an ideal world, our
media would focus on the serious side of the news. It
would explore and highlight
the substance of issues, not
simply the politics of issues.
It would detail the facts underlying a story, rather than
dwelling on the personalities
at play in the story.
There is a place for entertainment that plays off the
news — as people like Jon
Stewart and Stephen Colbert
have amply demonstrated —
but in their search for an audience, news executives
shouldn’t let it become a substitute for dogged reporting
and the traditional values of
accuracy, truth and fairness.
These are not easy times
for journalists, however. I
don’t pretend to understand
all the forces that are reshaping what we see, hear and
read in the news media, and I
know that news executives
are struggling with a host of
formidable economic and social challenges.
Yet if the line between
news and entertainment gets
blurred, if loud opinion replaces accurate reporting, and
if journalists take the easy
road of covering politics and
the horse race rather than the
core of policy-making —
substance, consensus-building, and the painstaking
search for remedy — then
representative democracy is
in trouble.
New organizations and
websites are trying to make
up some of the ground that’s
been lost in the years of
news-industry turmoil: investigative outfits like ProPublica and the new wave of “explanatory” and data-driven
sites like Vox and 538.com.
But their very presence suggests that they see a void to
be filled.
These days, only a handful
of news organizations in the
country have the resources —
both human and financial —
to spend weeks or months
chasing an investigation.
Given the cuts that have
stripped newsrooms of the
expertise they once contained, I sometimes wonder
whether the kind of reporting
that brought us Watergate and
uncovered the Enron scandal
could still occur.
Because make no mistake:
we need maximum oversight.
You and I need it if we’re to
be certain that misdeeds cannot hide in the darker corners
of government. And Congress
needs it if it’s to carry out one
of its core responsibilities:
overseeing the operations of
All of us rely on the press
to check abuses of power, see
that laws are properly implemented, hold officials accountable, and tell those officials when their policies and
operations are failing or
going astray.
Without a strong independent press, those in power
could simply tell us what
they want us to know and
we’d be none the wiser. And
that is no state of affairs for a
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.
devastating floods in years
These provisions are critical to our state’s water infrastructure, but our work is far
from finished.
From our roads to rail to
bridges, we still face enormous challenges in building
the 21st century infrastructure we need to export our
goods and keep our transportation safe.
The cracks in our broken
transportation system were
tragically exposed on Aug. 1,
2007, when the I-35W bridge
collapsed into the Mississippi
River, killing 13 people and
injuring many more. As I said
that day, a bridge should not
just fall down in the middle
of America.
And yet, according to the
American Society of Civil
Engineers 2013 Report Card,
the United States scores a “D
plus” on the overall condition
of our infrastructure. These
deficiencies are expected to
increase the cost of doing
business by roughly $430 billion over the next decade, and
they pose a threat to public
safety. On Highway 14 in
southern Minnesota alone,
more than 125 people died in
the last two decades.
That’s why we need to
bring both parties together to
build a truly 21st century
transportation network.
We should start by shoring
up the Highway Trust Fund,
which finances infrastructure
projects across the country. If
Congress doesn’t act, the
fund will go bankrupt in a
matter of months, jeopardizing critical projects and construction jobs and creating
paralyzing uncertainty for
businesses and local governments in Minnesota. With our
extremely short construction
season coming off a long
winter, this is particularly important to our state. Congress
needs to ensure certainty and
address the shortfall so that
we don’t have to slam the
brakes on important transportation projects.
The transportation bill we
passed in 2012 provided
about $700 million per year
to Minnesota, which was
more than we had gotten in
past years.
As Congress works on the
next transportation bill, I’ll
push to secure the highest
level of funding for Minnesota and work to ensure communities have a say in how
funding is spent.
I’d also like to bring back
the simple idea (with reforms) that members of Congress have more of a say in
how transportation money is
spent in their states as opposed to the current system,
where everything is delegated
to the Administration and
federal bureaucracy.
I am also a cosponsor of
the bipartisan BRIDGE Act
which would establish an Infrastructure Financing Authority to leverage federal
funds with private dollars to
expand our overall infrastructure in our transportation networks and increase safety,
improve mobility, and ease
We passed WRRDA because both parties put politics
aside and focused on solutions. Now, we have a chance
to bring that same bipartisan
approach to the task of improving our infrastructure.
That’s the right thing to do –
for the safety of our families,
the strength of our economy,
and the future of our state and
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By Lee H. Hamilton
These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA
hospitals can feel like some
made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians
looking for headlines. But it
isn’t. It had its genesis in a
late-April report on CNN that
as many as 40 veterans may
have died waiting for appointments at VA hospitals in
This investigative piece
was notable for two reasons.
It’s been a while since a news
story so quickly provoked
such a storm of public indignation that a cabinet secretary
— deservedly or not — had
no choice but to resign. And
it’s a reminder of just how
important old-fashioned
shoe-leather reporting remains to our system of government, especially when it
uncovers official misdoing.
One of the basic truths
about our representative
democracy is that it does not
work without solid information. Public officials, both
elected and appointed, need
to know what’s happening in
the communities they serve,
and the people who live in
those communities need to
know what the government
they elect and fund is doing
in their name.
A lot of forces try to distort
that flow of information, or
even block it altogether —
from officials who aren’t living up to our expectations to
politicians counting on public
ignorance to lobbyists and
advocates hoping to sway
public opinion.
This is why the press —
and by this I mean print,
broadcast and online journalists — is so crucial to our
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The Sibley County Extension Home Study Program
ladies enjoyed a day of touring close to home for their
annual summer tour on June 24. The day began with a
tour of the Bonnie Mohr Studio north of Glencoe. The
group enjoyed meeting Bonnie and hearing her share
her story in becoming an artist. Tom Wirt, potter at Clay
Coyote Pottery north of Hutchinson, demonstrated forming pottery and gave a tour of their facility. The day
ended with a tour of the Crow River Winery. The Sibley
County Extension Home Study Program is an educational program for the women in Sibley County. The group
provides educational programs monthly during the
school year. Programming will resume on Sept. 25, at 6
p.m. at the Sibley County Service Center in Gaylord with
a potluck supper and surprise lesson. Making the recent
tour were, front row, from left, Mary Ann Kotasek, Emily
Doehling, Bonnie Danielson, Mary Brandt, Regi Ploeger
and Maddie Stoltz. Second row, Ruth Prahl, Pam Rogich,
Shelby Lueders, Rita Schultz, Carol Renneke and Joyce
Harder. In the back are Karen Pioske, Carol Mader,
Donna Harder, Mary Ann Harder, Sue Bentz and Gail Herschman. Missing were Jackie Alsleben, Naida Harder,
Sharon Haggenmiller, Nichole Rose and Carol Wendt.
VFW Auxiliary reports
on Poppy luncheon
Area students on UM list
Several area students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Included on the academic honors list were students from
Lester Prairie, Shane Cory, senior, in the college of design, and Rachel Heuer, freshman, college of biological
sciences, and from Stewart, Cole Myers, freshman, college of biological sciences, and Garrison Shepherd, senior, college of liberal arts.
Schuettes announce birth
Nick and Rachel Schuette of Glencoe announce the
birth of their son, Brady Ray, on June 22, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Brady weighed 8 pounds,
13 ounces and was 20-1/4 inches. Older sister is Drew.
Grandparents are Myron and Kim Schuette of Glencoe,
Randy and Renee Wawrzyniak of Glencoe, Audrey
Schuette of Brownton, Joan Schmeling of Glencoe,
Diane Hertavs of New Prague and Louis and Ag
Wawrzyniak of Belle Plaine.
Mengkhampeng earns degree
Paliya Mengkhampeng of Lester Prairie earned an associated of applied arts degree in culinary arts from the
Art Institutes International Minnesota in Minneapolis on
June 21.
Good Shepherd to show
‘Veil of Tears’ on July 9
“Veil of Tears” will be
shown at Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church at 11:30
a.m., Wednesday, July 9.
The gripping new 90minute documentary tells the
story of millions of women in
South Asia, who are abused
simply because they are
women. Hope is dawning as
people begin reaching out to
restore dignity towards
women, one day at a time.
Take a heartfelt journey
through the eyes of these
women, who unveil their per-
sonal stories of rejection,
abandonment, tragedy and
even triumph!
Get a glimpse of the hope
that has changed the lives of
millions! The film is shot onlocation in India.
A simple, culturally appropriate lunch will be served.
Everyone is welcome to attend. A freewill offering will
be accepted.
RSVP to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church office
at 320-864-6157 or by email
to office@gslcglencoe.org.
Veterans urged to apply for
state disaster relief grants Runck attends wealth
District 18B state Rep. and applications must be
Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, is encouraging veterans,
their families, and surviving
spouses to consider applying
for disaster relief grants from
the Minnesota Department of
Veterans Affairs following
the recent flooding and
storms that have impacted
Sibley and McLeod counties.
The grants, which are for
disaster-related reimbursable
expenses of up to $1,000, are
available to veterans and their
families in the counties under
the Governor's Emergency
Executive Order 14-11 after
severe storms caused severe
flooding and damage across
much of Minnesota.
The grants can be used to
cover costs associated with
the repair and recovery of
their homes and property. Receipt documentation for costs
between June 11 and Aug. 31,
2014, is required in order to
receive a disaster relief grant,
postmarked by Sept. 30.
“These grants are one way
to help Minnesotans clean up
from the disaster that has
caused a great deal of damage and stress for families in
our area,” Gruenhagen said.
“I hope eligible veterans and
their families will take advantage of this opportunity as a
way to limit the financial impact of this natural disaster.”
According to a Minnesota
Department of Veterans Affairs press release, Veterans
should contact their County
Veteran Service Office
(CVSO) to apply for a disaster relief grant, or call 1-888LINKVET (546-5838) for assistance finding the location
and phone number of their
Veteran Service Office.
For more information, veterans also can visit www.mn.
gov/mdva and follow the
“Disaster Relief Available”
link on the front page.
Russ Runck, a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial, recently attended the
firm’s Wealth Management
Conference in Baltimore, Md.
The annual conference is
open by invitation-only to a
limited number of Ameriprise
Financial advisors for indepth discussions on selected
financial advisory topics.
Attendees participated in
sessions on tax planning
strategies for the affluent, alternative investments, fixed
income and retirement planning. Each session was led by
a well-known industry expert.
Continuing education is an
important part of Runck’s
commitment to practicing his
As an Ameriprise financial
advisor, he works to help
clients plan for their financial
goals for a lifetime – through
Cost is $10 per youth and
registrations are due by Friday, July 11. Registrations are
limited to the first 50 participants.
Following is a link to the
McLeod County Youth Programming Registration form:
istration. Contact the McLeod
County Extension Office at
320-484-4334 for more information.
The Nicollet/Sibley County Corn and Soybean Growers are hosting its 14th annual Cobs & Pods golf tournament on Wednesday, July 9,
at the Winthrop Golf Course.
Three rounds of nine holes
will be held at 9:30 a.m.,
noon and 3 p.m. Meals are
provided, with a pork chop
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12:25, 2:40, 4:50 & 6:55
Earth to Echo PG
12:20, 2:20, 4:45, 7:00 & 9:00
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Daily 1:05 3:10 5:15 7:20 9:25
Daily 1:25 4:25 7:25 9:50
Daily 1:00 2:00 4:15 7:30 9:15
Sorry, No Passes or Discount Tickets Accpted!
3D Surcharge Applies! Daily 5:15 8:30
JERSEY BOYS R Daily thru Weds 12:50
3:50 6:50 9:35; Thurs 12:50 3:50 6:50
Daily 1:30 4:30 7:00
22 JUMP STREET R No Passes!
Daily 1:15 4:15 7:15 9:45
Daily 1:00 4:00 7:00 9:40
Free Saturday Morning Kids Show!!
Saturday July 5th
Doors Open at 9:30, Show begins at 10am!
Sponsored by Hutchinson Family Dentistry &
New Era Financial - Shad Ketcher
Special Early Showing!
22 Jump Street R
Jersey Boys R
11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10 & 9:40
Transformers: Age of Extinction PG-13
12:00, 3:15, 6:45 & 9:45
Deliver Us From Evil R
12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15 & 9:30
Tammy R
12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:20 & 9:35
Special Showing of
Thurs., July 3 at
11:59pm —
which will start at 12:10
am on Fri., July 4
How to Train Your Dragon 2
will not play.
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Thurs. July 10th at 10pm
Adult Seats Before 6pm $6.50(Except 3D)
Child/Senior All Seats$6.00(Except 3D)
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Have a Safe & Happy
4th of July Holiday!
CLOSED July 4–7
management conference
Due to high water, the New Auburn Fire
Department Relief Association will
have its pork chop feed on
Thursday, July 3 at the Fire/City Hall

Russ Runck
a personal long-term financial
planning relationship.
Runck owns Russ Runck &
Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise
Financial Services, Inc.
Master Gardener-Junior 14th annual Cobs & Pods
Gardener Day set July 16 golf tournament set July 9
The 15th annual McLeod
County Master Gardener –
Junior Master Gardener Day
Camp will be held on
Wednesday, July 16, from 9
a.m. to noon, in Hutchinson.
This year the day camp is focused on “Backyard Bugs.”
The day camp will be held
in the Commercial Building
at the McLeod County Fairgrounds for youth ages 6 to
10 years old.
Happy 50 Dave!
Several Glencoe area students were among the spring
graduates at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. They
include Blake Litzau, bachelor of arts (BA) degree in
English; Jorrin Pautz, bachelor of accounting degree,
cum laude; Rebecca Peterson, bachelor of applied science degree in teaching mathematics; Jesse Senst, bachelor of business administration degree, marketing; and
Haley Templin, BA degree, criminalogy, and BA in political science.
The July meeting will be
the club’s membership picnic.
It will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, July 14, with chicken
being served with the potluck.
The audit will be held in
The membership letter to
be sent out will keep the dues
at $15.50 with the remaining
amount taken from the club’s
relief fund.
Also discussed is the possibility of getting VFW shirts
with the VFW logo put on the
The lunch committee for
July 14 will be Barb Scharpe,
Amy Rannow, Aileen
Dammann and Clara Witthus.
July 3
meal being served at 5:30
This is a “Best Ball Tournament” with various prizes
on various holes. Win a 4wheeler by getting a “holein-one” on hole No. 5.
Call Sue at 507-237-4100
for more information.




Local students among grads
The regular meeting of the
Glencoe VFW Auxiliary to
Post 5102 was called to order
June 9 by President Angela
Johnson with 20 members
After opening ceremonies,
roll call, approval of minutes,
reports and bills, the members
held a prayer and moment of
silence for the POWs/MIAs.
An update of the Poppy
luncheon was given by Margaret Koester. The luncheon,
held May 15, served a total of
294 people and 27 workers.
The club had a profit of
It was decided to give Scott
$25 for his assistance the day
of the luncheon. The sale of
poppies totaled $756.38.
Born 100 Years Ago
Extension Home Study program
Submitted photo
July 7-July 11
Millie Beneke Manor
and Silver Lake
Senior Nutrition Sites
Monday — Swedish meatballs,
paprika potatoes, spinach, bread,
margarine, ice cream, low-fat
Tuesday — Liver or pepper
steak, buttered boiled potatoes,
peas, bread, margarine, apricots,
low-fat milk.
Wednesday — Chef salad,
turkey, ham and cheese, lettuce
with salad dressing, tomato and
cucumber slices, muffin, margarine, brownie, low-fat milk.
Thursday — Roast beef,
mashed potatoes, carrots, dinner
roll, margarine, pudding dessert,
low-fat milk.
Friday — Pork chow mein, rice,
chow mein noodles, oriental vegetables, mandarin oranges, cookie, low-fat milk.
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, page 7
Sunday morning pancakes for all
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
twisted off and uprooted.
July 3, 1914
O.C. Conrad, Editor
Willie Albrecht, son of Mr.
and Mrs. F.W. Albrecht of Penn,
aged about 20, passed away at
his home Sunday afternoon. The
boy has been sick the past three
years, during which time he had
been taken to the city and treated
by specialists, but nothing could
be done to save his life. During
the past six months, he had been
confined to the house, slowly
failing until the end came last
Alfred Schatz came near to
severing his thumb on his left
hand Monday while splitting
wood. While attempting to strike
a blow, the axe became caught in
a clothes line overhead, causing
a misguided blow with the above
result. An automobile was
pressed into service and the boy
was taken to Glencoe, where the
injury was dressed.
The marriage of Mr. Walter
Zitlow and Miss Elizabeth
Church took place yesterday at
Glencoe. The bride is the
youngest daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. U.B. Church, who reside
near Hutchinson, and the groom
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F.J.
Zitlow and is one of Brownton’s
hustling and popular young men.
The happy young couple returned from Glencoe immediately and for the present will reside
on the Zitlow farm northeast of
The large majority of our citizens were awakened at an early
hour Friday morning by one of
the worst wind storms that has
visited this immediate section
this year. Shade trees about the
village were blown down and, in
a few instances, chimneys were
torn from buildings. North and
northeast of town the storm was
more severe as several small
buildings were overturned and
windmills wrecked. Landlord
Karstens of Lake Marion said a
small twister passed through his
grove, leveling to the ground a
strip of trees about four rods
wide. He says huge trees were
75 Years Ago
June 29, 1939
Percy L. Hakes, Editor
Immanuel Lutheran Church in
Brownton was the scene of a
pretty June wedding Sunday afternoon when Miss Henrietta
Hardel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Ernst Hardel, became the bride
of Gerald Litschke, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Litschke of
Lester Prairie. Miss Hardel is a
popular young lady of Brownton,
having graduated with the class
of 1938. The groom is a young
man of Lester Prairie employed
in his father’s store.
Brownton village will have
one more business establishment
when a new bakery opens in the
very near future. Mr. A.H. Wolf,
who comes here from Sleepy
Eye, has leased the Hellmer
building which was formerly occupied by The Dinette and has
been busy the past week making
preparations for the opening of
the new business.
A large group of friends and
family gathered at the Alber
Kohls’ home Sunday and helped
Grandma Rickert celebrate her
94th birthday.
The following officers were
elected at the regular meeting of
the American Legion Auxiliary
at the home of Mrs. Martin Rasmussen last Tuesday: Mrs. Edna
Hall, president; Mrs. Minnie Petersen, vice president; Mrs. Anna
Fenscke, second vice president;
and Mrs. Imogene Peters, chaplain.
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schmidt
are the proud parents of a baby
daughter born Friday, June 23.
50 Years Ago
July 2, 1964
Charles H. Warner, Editor
Richard Peik, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Howard Peik of Brownton,
and Carol Townsend, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Townsend
of Fergus Falls, were united in
holy wedlock June 13 in Fergus
Harry Lindeman’s Standard
Service Station on the east side
of Brownton was the target of
burglars again Tuesday evening,
less than six months after a number of tires had been taken from
the station. Harry informs the
Bulletin that $1.13 in cash was
stolen this go-round. Entrance
was made by smashing the window in the front door.
Funeral services for Fred Petersen, 81, of Brownton, will be
held Thursday, July 1, at Grace
American Lutheran Church. Mr.
Petersen was born in Denmark
and came to this country as an
infant, and has lived in the
Brownton area all his life. He
and his wife, Minnie (Ewald),
farmed in Collins Township until
1942, when they moved to the
village. He is survived by his
wife and three sons and a daughter, Adrian, Roger and Russell,
all of Brownton, and Mrs. Alfred
Lohse of Superior, Wis.
Ernest Kikhafer, 58, of rural
Brownton, died June 18. A lifelong resident of the area, he
worked for his father for a time
before buying his own farm in
1957. He is survived by five sisters and a brother.
20 Years Ago
June 29, 1994
Lori Copler, Editor
Cindy Schultz, accounting supervisor in the McLeod County
Highway Department, has announced her candidacy for the
office of county auditor.
10 Years Ago
June 30, 2004
Lori Copler, Editor
A large crowd gathered Thursday night in the new Buffalo
Lake City Park to commemorate
the memory of and recovery
from an F2 tornado that devastated the community one year prior,
June 24, 2003. The new park is
located on property donated by
the Quast family of Hutchinson,
and in the center is the stump of
a tree that was totally stripped of
limbs by the tornado.
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
75 Years Ago
tinguisher he keeps in his car.
July 3, 1914
Koeppen Brothers, Editors
On Wednesday, June 24, at
high noon, a very pretty wedding
was solemnized at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. George Hinchman
of New Auburn when their
daughter, Miss Ruth Elma, and
Mr. Wayne D. Dunlap of Stewart
were made life partners. The
groom is the assistant agent of
the Milwaukee Railroad in Stewart, and the couple will make
their home here after a wedding
trip to Michigan.
A pretty wedding was solemnized at the German Lutheran
church in Fernando last Wednesday when Miss Caroline Lipke
became the bride of Mr. John
Proehl of Fernando. The couple
will go immediately to housekeeping on the groom’s farm.
Scamp, George Schmitz’ famous water spaniel, is no more.
The news spread around town
Monday morning as fast as the
news of a death of a human usually does. Scamp was in the telephone office Monday night and
was allowed out by the night operator. His remains were found
near the railroad water tank the
next morning. The old dog was
just about 15 years of age, and it
is a safe bet that no water spaniel
in this neck of the woods has retrieved more ducks than Scamp.
Peace be unto his ashes.
June 30, 1939
Harry Koeppen, Editor
The marriage of Miss Evelyn
Edna Peterson, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. A.T. Peterson, to Mr.
Edwin Lenander, son of Mrs.
Anna Lenander, took place June
20 at 8 o’clock in the evening.
Art Lehmann, for the past
couple of years employed in the
Schmitz Motor Sales Garage,
has leased the Sinclair station in
Buffalo Lake and purchased the
stock and fixtures and will enter
his new work Saturday.
35 Years Ago
50 Years Ago
July 2, 1964
Kermit T. Hubin, Editor
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Peterson
(Elna Ruschmeyer) are the
happy parents of a baby girl,
Nancy Ann, born Monday, June
The alertness of our local police officer, Oscar Blum, averted
a possible derailment of the Milwaukee Railroad last Wednesday
night. Oscar noticed that flames
were coming from one of the
freight cars as it passed through
town. He managed to catch the
attention of the men in the caboose by driving the squad along
the tracks with his red lights
flashing. The men in the caboose
notified the engineer, who
stopped the train. Blum was able
to extinguish the fire with the ex-
July 5, 1979
Anthony G. Blum, Editor
As this sleepy village was
preparing for supper Thursday
evening, as area farmers were
out in the field or doing their
chores, as the worst of the thunderstorms seemed to have passed
Stewart, and as a Christian
Mothers Society float for the upcoming harvest parade rested
comfortably in a barn on the
Emily Kasal farm, Mother Nature visited upon Stewart and the
area tornadic winds. As the
storm moved on to the east, it
left in its wake a path of destruction on that very same Emily
Kasal farm east of town. Eyewitness Dwight Kottke spotted three
tornados hovering over Stewart
at one time. On the Kasal farm, a
tornado destroyed virtually
everything but the house, although trees just three feet away
from the house were uprooted
and fell. Two steel machine
sheds and a barn were destroyed
on the farm. About 80 to 100
neighbors and friends gathered at
the farm Friday to help with the
Brandon and Lincoln Kalenberg are happy to announce they
have a new brother, Adam Russell, born July 2 to Mr. and Mrs.
Russell Kalenberg (Cindy
From the Chronicle archives
30 Years Ago
July 4, 1984
Bill Ramige, Editor
Dr. C.W. Truesdale, after nearly 40 years in the private practice
of medicine, will retire July 15.
Considerable effort has been
made by Truesdale and the Glencoe Area Health Center to recruit
a doctor to take over his practice,
according to Truesdale. These
efforts have been extremely disappointing, he said. With this in
mind, Truesdale said he has donated the equipment and records
in his office to the Glencoe Area
Health Center.
At New Auburn’s 130th-anniversary celebration, chicken
dinner workers will fry enough
chicken to feed 1,500 to 1,900
people on July 3. On July 4, a
60-unit parade will begin on the
north side of town. United American Shows will provide midway
rides. New Auburn’s VFW Post
7266 is sponsoring a locomotive
ride for the kids. At dusk on July
4, the High Island Conservation
Club members will boat out to
High Island and shoot off the Independence Day fireworks display.
Three Glencoe players were
named to the Ara Wilson League
All-Star team. Dean Exsted was
picked as the starting second
baseman, Dale Dose as an alternate outfielder and Mark Garbers
as a pitcher.
20 Years Ago
July 6, 1994
Rich Glennie, Editor
Amanda Engelsmeier, age 11,
of Brownton, is recovering at the
Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis from an accident at ValleyFair on June 28.
Amanda apparently climbed out
of a log-shaped boat on the
Flume, a water ride at the park
after becoming frightened. She
was then struck and pinned
under water by another boat.
Golf ball-sized hail pelted the
Brownton area during a thunderstorm Thursday night, making
lawns look like driving ranges at
golf courses. There were several
reports of hail damage to cars.
Several major league baseball
teams scouting for pitching talent are recruiting Dan Prehn of
Lester Prairie. Ryan Busch of
Lester Prairie is being scouted
by the Kansas City Royals and
has been invited to the Royals’
tryout camp on July 22. The
University of Northern Iowa, a
Division 1 college, and two Division 11 schools also have contacted him.
10 Years Ago
July 7, 2004
Rich Glennie, Editor
The Glencoe Lions Club donated $25,000 to the construction of a new community building to be located in Oak Leaf
Park that will replace the former
Oak Leaf Park cabin.
Although it lasted less than
two hours, the storm that occurred on June 30 left significant
crop and property damage in
various parts of the county.
Acres south of Hutchinson and
two to four miles east of Lake
Marion were the most affected.
Hail ranged from pea-size to golf
ball-sized. Six power poles were
down on State Highway 15 and
power outages were reported
around Hutchinson and Brownton.
The congregation of St. Paul
Lutheran Church of Lester
Prairie welcomed its new pastor,
the Rev. Eric Nelson. He will be
installed on Sunday, July 18.
Tim Boelts, a doctor of veterinary medicine, has been hired by
the Glencoe Veterinary Clinic.
I’ve mentioned before, that
breakfast is one of my favorite meals to make. And a
breakfast favorite is pancakes.
My Turn Now
By Karin Ramige Cornwell
Sunday Morning
Buttermilk Pancakes
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 cup warm maple syrup, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon butter
In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. Measure buttermilk into a liquid measure and add egg and melted butter and stir
with a fork until egg is well mixed.
Mix the liquid into the dry ingredients and
stir until just combined and no dry bits remain.
Scoop batter onto hot griddle and cook approximately 4 minutes on each side or until
the color you like best.
I use powdered buttermilk. It lasts a long
time in the fridge and comes in handy. You
can also mix a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon
juice to a cup of milk if you don’t have buttermilk on hand.
This recipe was one of the many I get by email from Allrecipes.com. It sounded intriguing so I had to try it.
8 ounces bacon, chopped
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1-1/3 cups milk
2 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1 injured in
2-car crash
A two-vehicle crash was
reported at 10:59 a.m., Sunday, June 29, on Highway
212 at Sixth Street in
Renville County.
Involved were a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by
Heather A. Woskie, 34, of
Stewart, and a 2007 Pontiac
Grand Prix driven by Connie
L. Johnson, 56, of Arlington.
Neither driver was injured,
but a passenger, Joel E.
Woskie, 43, of Montgomery
received nonlife-threatening
injuries, the Minnesota State
Patrol reported.
Both vehicles were westbound on Highway 212 when
the Woskie vehicle braked,
and the Johnson vehicle hit it
from the rear.
Also assisting at the scene
were the Hector Ambulance
and Renville County Sheriff’s Office.
23 Brownton
seniors met
on Monday
Twenty-three Brownton
area senior citizens attended
the June 30 meeting at the
Brownton Community Center.
Cards were played with the
following winners: 500,
Carol Brelje, first, and
Gladys Rickert, second;
pinochle, Betty Katzenmeyer,
first, and Ruby Streich, second; and sheephead: Elmer
Maass, first, and Lowell Brelje, second.
Door prize winner was Delores Rennecke. Elmer Maass
served refreshments.
The next meeting will be
Monday, July 7.
Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over
medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until
evenly browned, about 10 minutes; remove
from heat. Stir green onions into bacon and
saute in hot fat until slightly softened, 1 to 2
minutes. Transfer bacon mixture to a strainer
to drain, retaining drippings.
Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt,
black pepper, and cayenne pepper together in
a large bowl. Add drained bacon mixture,
milk, cheese, eggs, melted butter, and sugar to
flour mixture; whisk until batter is smooth.
Let batter rest for 10 minutes.
Combine maple syrup and chipotle chile
powder together in a small bowl; whisk until
chile powder is completely dissolved.
Heat 1 teaspoon bacon drippings, 1 teaspoon oil, and 1 teaspoon butter on a griddle
over medium-high heat. Drop batter by 1/4cupful onto the griddle and cook until bubbles
form and the edges are dry, 3 to 4 minutes.
Flip and cook until browned on the other side,
2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.
Transfer pancakes to plate and top with maple
I served these with regular pancake syrup,
not the maple chipotle in the recipe. They
were tasty.
Area News
Rain common theme in area
ARLINGTON — Arlington and Green Isle were hit
by torrential rains and major flooding after the June 1819 storm dumped over seven inches of rain on that area,
the Arlington Enterprise reported. Flooded basements
were common, and many streets and intersections were
barricaded to traffic. High Island Creek overflowed in
many areas, and sandbagging was needed in several locations. At Green Isle, the damage was less severe with
some sewer backups, but mostly standing water in the
streets was the major problem.
GAYLORD — The Gaylord Hub reported historic
rainfall estimated between eight to 10 inches throughout
the morning of June 19. The Hub reported that an estimated 80 percent of homes in the community had water
or sewer backup water in basements. “Too much rain,
too fast,” was how it was explained. Emergency personnel were busy for 48 straight hours sandbagging around
lift stations and other key infrastructure facilities. The
Hub reported Lake Titloe was over its banks by the
morning near a mobile home park.
RENVILLE COUNTY — The large front-page photo
in the Renville County Register was of a lake-like corn
field completely under water along Highway 212 after a
major storm drenched the area with five to 10 inches of
rain since June 10, the vast majority of it coming on
June 19. The city of Olivia held an emergency City
Council meeting to address flooding issues and sought
additional equipment to cope with the water.
WACONIA — The Waconia Patriot reported that
many areas of Carver County received more than six
inches of rain, causing widspread flooding of farm
fields and closures of roads throughout the county. In
Norwood Young America, the storm overpowered the
city’s treatment plant, resulting in citizens being asked
to limit their water usage. Citizens seeking to shower
were invited to the Safari Island Community Center by
the city of Waconia.
WATERTOWN — The Carver County News reported
that Watertown Mayor Charlotte Johnson declared a
state of emergency as the Crow River continued to rise
after the June 19 torrential rains. Numerous road closures resulted from the rising river levels.
DELANO — The same was true at Delano, where the
Crow River was rising to level not seen since 1965, according to the Wright County Journal-Press of Buffalo.
Sandbagging and dike-building efforts were done to
prevent the river from damaging utilities, homes and
businesses in the community, as well as in Rockford.
Thurs., July 3 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office
in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.
Mon., July 7 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.;
Brownton Senior Citizens Club, Brownton Community
Center, 1 p.m.
Tues., July 8 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton
Community Center, 7 p.m.; Great Minnesota Republican Women’s annual potluck picnic, Northwoods Park,
885 Elm St. NE (corner of Elm and Northwoods),
Hutchinson, 6 p.m.
Thurs., July 10 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office
in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.
Wed., July 2 at Neisen’s Bar & Grill, Biscay, 1-7 p.m.
Tues., July 8 at Peace Lutheran Church, 400 Franklin
St. SW, Hutchinson, Noon-6 p.m.
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Silver Lake Area News
Silver Lake City Council
Regular Meeting
Monday, July 7, 2014
6:30 p.m.
In accordance with Minnesota state law, a portion of
this meeting will be closed for the purpose of conducting an employee performance review.
Call to order:
Approve agenda
Consent agenda:
1. Approve minutes of the June 16 regular meeting.
2. Approve payroll No. 13.
3. Approve claims for payment.
Old business:
1. Review Ordinance 81: Creating a tree commission and
an ordinance to manage the city’s tree resources.
2. Update on auditorium remodel project.
3. Final candidate for the full-time officer position.
4. Fire Department bylaws request for approval.
New business:
1. Jeff Muenchow regarding various areas of concern.
2. Peddlers permit application for Melissa Sherman,
Farmers Insurance.
3. Annual review for Jon Jerabek, Municipal Liquor
Store manager (closed portion of the meeting).
4. Review year-to-date expenses and revenues
Department business:
1. Liquor Store.
2. Public Safety.
3. Public Works.
4. Community Development.
5. Administration.
Open Discussion:
Over 200 in
at Music in
the Park
Over 200 people attended
the first of six “Music in the
Park” events leading up to
Pola-Czesky Days in Silver
Lake despite the music and
lunch being held in the Silver
Lake Auditorium due to the
rainy weather.
Klaustermeier and Tom
Gagnon provided music, and
the Silver Lake Pola-Czesky
royalty and candidates served
Music in the Park is held
on Thursday evenings at the
Silver Lake Legion Park on
Main Street through July 31
with lunch available starting
at 6 p.m. and music starting
at 7 p.m.
Alice and the Ol’ Boys
will provide music Thursday,
July 3, and Grace Bible
Church will be serving Mr.
Rib sandwiches, chips, pickles, dessert and beverages.
Donated prizes will be
awarded throughout the
evening. In case of inclement
weather, please listen to
KDUZ or KARP radio for an
Chronicle photos by Lori Copler
First Music in
the Park event
Last Thursday, the first of the
six-week Music in the Park
series in Silver Lake began
with Tom Gagnon, Jerry
Kahle and Blake Klaustermeier (above) performing. To
the left, Silver Lake Ambassador Becca Green (right)
serves Justine Helmbrecht a
barbeque lunch. The next
event is scheduled Thursday,
July 3, beginning at 6 p.m. at
Silver Lake Legion Park.
Silver Lake History
Compiled by Alyssa Schauer
75 Years Ago
Les Dahlheimer is this
year’s Pola-Czesky button
design contest winner. He
drew the familiar lake
scene with the Silver Lake
water tower and fireworks
in the sky. Dahlheimer enjoys creating art and is
pictured with one of his
stipple creation of a hummingbird. Above is his
entry in the button design
Chronicle photo by Alyssa Schauer
Dahlheimer wins annual
Pola-Czesky button contest
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
This year’s Pola-Czesky
button design winner, Les
Dahlheimer, 68, never expected to actually win the
contest, and earn $50.
“It was a bonding moment
with the grandchildren,”
Dahlheimer said simply.
He is the guardian of his
three great-grandchildren,
Deja Webster (11), and Mya
(9) and Shany’ah (5)
“I wanted to do something
to bond with the girls. We’re
always so busy running
around with activities, going
here and there. This (designing the Pola-Czesky button)
was something that didn’t
cost anything. I said to the
girls, ‘Let’s do it for the heck
of it.’ I didn’t enter to win,”
Dahlheimer laughed.
His button design was inspired by the scenery in Silver Lake.
“Every time I come home
from Hutch, I see the water
tower among the trees and the
lake. It’s a pretty scene,” he
His first draft included the
scene of the water tower on
Silver Lake and he added the
fireworks design on the button to include a memorable
event of Pola-Czesky Days.
Dahlheimer said his greatgranddaughter, Mya, who is a
Pola-Czesky junior princess,
pointed out that he won the
contest during Music in the
Park last Thursday.
“Mya said, ‘Grandpa, look!
That’s your button!’ and then
she said, ‘I would have won
if you didn’t enter,’”
Dahlheimer laughed.
Dahlheimer is no amateur
artist. At 45 years old, he
went back to school and
earned his degree in physical
science and ad design.
“I went back to Brown
College and got a degree in
art. My plans in retirement
were to making things and
sell them at consignment
shops all over,” he said.
He is especially talented at
stipple artwork, which consists of creating patterns, or
drawing and shading, using
SL seniors club meets July
14; quarterly meeting set
The Silver Lake Senior
Citizens Club will meet on
Monday, July 14 at 1 p.m. in
the Silver Lake Auditorium.
The quarterly meeting for
the McLeod County Senior
Citizens Club is scheduled
for Wednesday, July 16, at
the Brownton Community
The meeting will begin
with a potluck at noon and
cards to follow.
The McLeod
County Chronicle
small dots.
But instead, Dahlheimer is
spending his retirement caring for his three great-granddaughters.
He and his wife, Sharon,
moved to Silver Lake with
their great-granddaughters
seven years ago from Minneapolis.
He grew up in Minneapolis
and went to high school in
Robbinsdale, where he met
his wife in the ninth grade.
They’ve been together
since before Sharon passed
away last August.
“I miss her everyday, and
it’s tough raising these girls
alone. But they keep me
young,” he said.
Dahlheimer said he loves
Silver Lake for its small,
peaceful community, and
finds it is a good place to
raise the girls, and enjoys all
the events at Pola-Czesky
The buttons will be for sale
during Music in the Park
events held Thursday
evenings at Legion Park.
July 8, 1939
Delbert Merrill, Publisher
Palms, candelabra and baskets
of peonies and roses, which
banked the altar, formed an attractive setting last Saturday for
the marriage of Miss Ilo Mielke,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Mielke, of Brownton, to
Arthur Krcil, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Krcil Sr. of Biscay.
A number of Silver Lake
ladies took in the cooking school
at the State Theater in Hutchinson last week and several were
fortunate in winning some of the
free prizes offered. Among these
were Mrs. Henry Nuwash, an
outboard motor donated by W.C.
Wolff, and one of the major
prizes. The electric range was
won by Mrs. Ed Palmer and the
radio by Mrs. Robert L. Magdanz.
Starting early in the morning
of July 4th, a group of Silver
Lake young folks enjoyed a
motor trip through parts of
southern Minnesota and northern
Iowa. Most interesting was Niagara Cave at Harmony in Minnesota. Other places were Mason
City, Iowa, Albert Lea and
Mankato, with the total distance
covered about 497 miles. Making the trip were Ray Smutka,
Margaret Smutka, Lottie Kuras,
Earl Micka and James and Frank
Chief William Halva of the
Silver Lake Fire Department,
Mayor F.A. Chalupsky, Councilman John Svanda and a number
of Silver Lake’s firefighters
boarded Orrin Hager’s bus last
Friday evening, June 30, and
journeyed over to LeSueur to inspect that city’s new fire truck.
A public auction will be held
Saturday afternoon, July 8, to
dispose of the personal property
and belongings of the late Dr.
Daniel J. Holton, veterinarian, in
Silver Lake at the William
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Services in memory of David
Yukl, 47, who died June 25 at St.
Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis,
after a month’s illness, including
a stay at the Glencoe Hospital,
were held at the Congregational
Church in Silver Lake. The Rev.
Edwin Hakel, pastor of the Congregational Church at Sherburn,
A son, Louis Robert, was born
to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Chloupek (Frances Kalvoda) of
Hale Township on June 24.
25 Years Ago
July 6, 1989
Ken and Dorothy Merrill,
Michael Zanoth of Silver
Lake was named the winner of
the northern division District 11
young cooperator contest, sponsored by Mid-America Dairymen, Inc. Contestants are judged
on their farm operations, farmrelated activities and leadership
abilities. Zanoth, in partnership
with his brother, farms 124
acres, milking 47 Holsteins.
Ernie Kuras was out with his
team of horses side raking the
first crop of meadow hay.
“Duke” and “King” looked very
good in their work as they pulled
the side rake around. Ernie will
be driving Duke and King in the
Silver Lake centennial celebration.
Ron Shimanski, fraternal insurance counselor for the
Knights of Columbus in this
area, was recently elected secretary/treasurer of the South Metro
Association of Life Underwriters
for 1989-90.
Gary Grobe, 46, of Coon
Rapids, died on Saturday, July 1.
He is the husband of the former
Carlene Ruzicka of Silver Lake.
Lillian Smida, of Santa Cruz,
Calif., died on June 30. She was
the daughter of Vincent and Antonette (Totusek) Halva.
50 Years Ago
July 2, 1964
Wilbert Merrill, Publisher
The champion of the Sioux
Trails Dairy Day 4-H and FFA
cattle show was the senior yearling heifer shown by Claire
Metkowski, 13, of Silver Lake.
She is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Leo Metkowski.
The winners in the second annual FFA Safe Tractor Driving
contest were as follows: first
place, Ken Mallak, a senior and
son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mallak;
second place, Bruce Svanda, a
sophomore and son of Mr. and
Mrs. Ernie Svanda; third place,
Duane Yurek, a graduating senior, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Yurek; fourth place,
Ronald Urban, a sophomore, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Urban
and fifth place, Gary Piehl, a
sophomore, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph Piehl.
Everyone is invited to attend
the wedding dance honoring
Priscilla Strauss and Richard
Habisch on Saturday, July 4, at
the Archway, Sherman Station.
Music is by the Polka Dots.
Funeral services were held
Tuesday morning from the
Maresh Mortuary and at the
Church of St. Joseph for Mrs.
Amelia (Robert) Zeik, 82.
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Relatives here were notified
last week of the sudden death of
Ignatius Kasprzyk, a 58-year-old
retired St. Paul grocer, at St.
John’s hospital where he had
been recovering from an operation for a ruptured gall bladder.
A daughter was born to Mr.
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Holm hospital in Glencoe on
June 30.
A son was born to Mr. and
Mrs. Edward Pavlish in Rich
Valley Township on July 3.
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My old TV: quite the companion
The Travel Section
By Alyssa Schauer
for those juicy summer strawberries and the perfectly ripe
I can never tell when watermelon is ripe enough. On
the broken TV once, I was
watching a sitcom and saw a
woman go around knocking
on several of them in the bin
before picking out “the best,”
and so I did the same at
But I wasn’t quite sure
what I was knocking for —
should I have expected a
knock back or a hollow
After several knocks and
questionable side-glances
from other customers as I
cradled nearly every watermelon, I quickly decided on
the best-looking fruit — the
cliche of a perfectly greenstriped oval watermelon —
and threw it in my cart and
sped off to find the blueberries.
When I returned to the
Jeep, I unbuckled the TV to
make way for the groceries
and I cursed it as the Daewoo
television wouldn’t budge
when I tried pushing it over.
I finally had to crawl into
the back seat and pick it up to
move it and threatened to
take it to Best Buy. But as
soon as I jumped into the driver’s seat, all I could think
about was getting home and
Weather Corner
By Jake Yurek
I would hate to jinx us, but as I write this our holiday
weekend weather is looking pretty darn good!
The wet pattern we have been stuck in since basically
late April has finally pushed off allowing for a western
ridge of high pressure to build in. This translates into
warmer/drier weather for the upper Midwest.
Most of the large rains have shifted their focus to our
south and east, so luckily we will be able to continue drying out.
June went out with a bang recording the most rainfall
ever for the month in some areas (barely coming up short
at the official Minneapolis/Saint Paul station).
We most likely will not be completely dry during the
forecast period, but any chance of rain will be scattered
and isolated in nature.
Temperatures will range from the upper 70s to lower
80s, ramping up a bit as we move through the weekend.
The ridge looks like it will hold on into early next week,
so I am hopeful for a nice stretch of weather.
The best chance of rain will come in late Friday into
early Saturday with a little better organized system, but
even that is aiming slightly to our south.
The extended keeps us dry into early next week so,
hopefully, water levels will continue their downward
trend. Have a great week all, and Happy Fourth. Be safe!
Ma dobry weekendem
Mit dobry vikend
Wednesday night — Lows 50-56; clear.
Thursday — Highs 72-78; lows 53-59; clear.
Friday — Highs 75-82; lows 61-67; partly cloudy/scattered thunder.
Saturday — Highs 75-83; lows 61-66; partly
cloudy/early showers.
Sunday — Highs 80-86; mostly clear.
Weather Quiz: What are some of July’s weather extremes?
Answer to last week’s question: Why have we seen all
this rain, but still have not seen much in the way of severe weather? Thus far we have been on the fortunate
side of things when it comes to severe weather. In the
pattern we were stuck in, most of the severe weather
stayed to our south and the resulting non-severe soaking
rainfalls is what came our way. Had the frontal system
set up further north, we would have seen less rain and
more severe weather.
Remember: I make the forecast not the weather!
Polish, Czech heritage
roundtable discussion set
Save the date! This year’s
Pola-Czesky Days celebration includes a heritage
roundtable discussion.
On Sunday, Aug. 3, after
the parade on Pola-CzeskyDays, a Polish, Czech, Silver
Lake heritage “fun discussion” will be held in the back
room of the Silver Lake
American Legion beginning
at 3 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend the event. Bring an old
item to “show and tell” or
just come to tell things you
remember about Silver Lake,
your relation, your travels to
the homeland or the “old
The event includes two
couples dressed in ethnic costumes who will perform a
few dances.
There will be a short musical video with ethnic dancers
shown also.
Drinks can be purchased at
the Legion. For any questions, call Ron at 320-8643668.
finding out if I chose a ripe
Before I knew it, the TV
was joining me two hours
away in Glenwood for a family vacation, and proved to be
extra annoying when loading
my bike, cooler, life jacket
and backpacks.
I had to crawl into the back
seat once again to turn my
TV over just to wedge my
bike to fit in the back seat
among all my other junk.
I’ll tell you right now this
was not an easy task as for 1)
I was wearing a dress and 2)
the handlebars and pedals
kept catching on either the
ceiling or the seat or the middle console, and I scolded my
broken back hatch door at
every attempt of lifting the
bike into the small side door
of the Jeep.
The TV was no help at this
point, but yet again, I drove
past Best Buy without blinking, only thinking of Pelican
Lake, the beach, the sun,
kayaking, roasting hot dogs
and making s’mores.
At this point, I’m considering sticking Post-It notes
along my dash to remind me
to stop at Best Buy, though
the TV has become sort of a
fixture in my vehicle and a
fun conversational piece over
a couple of beers.
parade units
still sought
The Pola-Czesky committee is seeking parade participants for the Pola-Czesky
Days parade set Sunday,
Aug. 3.
The cost for a parade unit
is $15. If interested in entering, please contact Kari
Kaczmarek at 320-327-3005
or Keri Mills at 320-2234085.
kiddie parade
set Aug. 2
Save the date and plan
ahead! The GFWC Silver
Lake Women’s Club will
again be sponsoring the annual kiddie parade during
Pola-Czesky Days on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m.
Categories for the parade
remain the same as last year:
“Movie/TV,” “Original,” and
“Storybook.” First and second prizes will be awarded
for each category.
Watch for more information in upcoming issues of
The Chronicle.
Silver Lake
summer rec
Girls 5th/6th Grade
Wednesday, July 2: 6:30
p.m., vs. Norwood Young
America No. 1 at Silver Lake
Monday, July 7: 6:30 p.m.,
vs. NYA at Hamburg Park
Wednesday, July 9: 6:30
p.m., vs. Jordan at Jordan
Athletic Complex No. 1.
Boys 3rd/4th Grade
Pee Wee Baseball
Tuesday, July 8: 6:30 p.m.,
vs. NYA Cardinals at Silver
Lake field.
Thursday, July 10: 6:30
p.m., vs. Waconia Blue Jays
at Silver Lake field.
K-2 Baseball
Monday, July 7: 6:30 p.m.,
vs. Winsted Red at
Rumrill/Tschimperle Field.
Wednesday, July 9: 6:30
p.m., vs. Winsted Navy Blue
at Westgate.
Monday, July 14: 6:30
p.m., vs. Lester No. 3 at Veterans Field.
Chronicle photos by Alyssa Schauer
Kolache bake
Last Wednesday, local
women in the community
helped members of the PolaCzesky Days Silver Lake royalty bake kolaches for their
annual bake sale at Music in
the Park. Above, Jamie
Kosek (left), Silver Lake Ambassador, helped Margaret
Benz (right) roll kolache
dough. To the left, Charlotte
Vasko and Mary Jaskowiak
filled and wrapped the kolache dough in preparation
for baking. Laura Kaczmarek
and Silver Lake Junior
Princess Mya Dahlheimer
were also present to help
mix, roll and bake kolaches.
Tracing Roots
By Ron Pulkrabek
Fiala plays the broom in Sokal Hall
One dark evening in 1993,
our group of 36 was invited
to the Sokal Hall in Blatnik,
Czech Republic, a town of
about 5,000. There is an active Sokal Hall in St. Paul,
and at one time every large
Czech city and even small
towns in Czechoslovakia and
America had a Sokal Hall.
You may have noticed the
“Molly B” Polka Show was
taped in the Sokal Hall in
Ennis, Texas, in 2013, with
40 different polka bands
playing for four days. Tune in
to RFD-TV Wednesday at
5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9
p.m. Many are Czech bands
singing Czech polkas.
Sokal is/was a huge gymnastic organization. It stresses
the physical fitness of young
people, promotes patriotism
and character development.
Their main objective is a
clean, clear, mind through exercise.
I have pictures of rows and
rows of thousands of women
Sokal members, performing
regimented exercises in a stadium in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1921.
Different clubs performed
in Chicago and other cities,
but now, unfortunately, the
once thriving clubs are mostly all closed. You can spot the
abandoned Sokal Hall buildings in different towns and
near country churches in the
Dakotas, Minnesota, Texas
and other states.
These buildings were once
a flurry of activity! Occasionally, out in the country you
can still find an abandoned
Sokal Hall with two small
buildings on each side labeled, MUZ and ZENA (men
and women).
We have a picture of my
grandfather, age 20, in his
gymnastic uniform, riding on
a Sokal float with fellow
members on the Fourth of
July, 1901 in Racine, Wis. He
had just recently arrived in
Russian/Communists suppressed this organization in
Czechoslovakia for fear that
secret meetings would be
held to organize and overthrow the Communist government. Many Sokal members were arrested.
It was once a place of
many gymnastic and athletic
tournaments, meetings and
celebrations. The Commu-
nists didn’t allow the club to
make repairs to the building
for 40 years. Since obtaining
their freedom in 1989, a few
repairs have been started.
Through the outside darkness, we entered the huge
drab, brown Sokal building in
the town of Blatnik. We
crossed a dim-lighted, deserted gymnasium, went up dim
hallways and stairs and were
squeezed into a small meeting hall.
A delicious meal was
served, including some sort
of a hamburger with a “fried
egg” on top and pivo (beer)
Soon lively music began
with an accordion and a keyboard player. More quarts of
The old Czech tradition is
that at closing time, if you are
having a good time, to show
your appreciation, you should
stand on the table and sway
back and forth, keeping “in
time” with the music while
swinging your beer bottle
Empty bottles were slid to
the side and a few hearty
souls kept up the tradition.
Eventually the local butcher, Theodore Fiala, about age
65, joined the duet. He kept
the beat going by playing on
a broom slung over his shoulder. Using a short stick, beating on the broom handle with
fast sharp, rhythmical movements, keeping in time to the
music, Mr. Fiala inspired and
exhilarated the crowd into a
Everyone was having a hilarious time, swinging,
singing, smiling, swaying and
laughing! The song lasted 10
minutes or was it 20 minutes?
Home videos are available.
I have a difficult time getting rid of things, like clothes
I no longer wear or fit into
and household appliances and
electronic devices I don’t use,
such as my broken waffle
iron and chipped glass lemon
I’m not a hoarder or anything — I’m just pre-occupied and/or lazy.
My co-worker, Lori, noticed I had a 20-inch tube TV
in the back seat of my Jeep
that’s been riding along with
me for quite awhile now.
It has been broken and unused for the last two years or
so (the tube went out), and I
had been storing it in the
back room of the old Silver
Lake Leader office below my
apartment, waiting for the
perfect time to dump it at
Best Buy.
Well, we closed the office
May 29 and everything had
to be cleaned out, so, of
course, I loaded the old TV
into the Jeep with intentions
of bringing it to Best Buy
whenever I get to Hutchinson.
It’s July 2, and I’ve been to
Hutchinson plenty of times
since, but the TV is still
hanging out in the back middle seat, waiting to be
dropped off.
That black Daewoo television has become quite the
companion over the last
month — making the trek
with me to Wisconsin a few
times for all of my brother’s
graduation festivities and
baseball games.
It was there for moral support when my fuel pump
went out early June and left
me stalled on County Road 6.
We’ve been grocery shopping several times, searching
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Trailblazer Continued from page 1
Second, Trailblazer is
working with a coalition of
Wright County cities, to be
called Wright County Area
Transportation (WCAT), to
provide more service to the
general public. That coalition
also will be a partner in local
share costs with McLeod and
Sibley counties.
Without the Wright County
income and additional financing from MnDOT, Trailblazer
had expected McLeod and
Sibley counties to kick in a
total of $476,700 to cover operational and capital expenses
not covered by MnDOT and
fare revenues. That number
will be closer to $303,000,
Ludwig said.
And once a joint powers
agreement is finalized with
WCAT, that $303,000 should
be reduced by an approximate $56,000 contribution
from WCAT, bringing it
down to about $247,000 total.
“That’s a very, very small
local share gap,” said Ludwig. “That’s the smallest it’s
been in a long time. That’s
the financial impact of being
in Wright County and additional MnDOT funding.”
it’s like those
old slippers you
just can’t
Photos courtesy Elizabeth Frahm
High Island
The aerial photo of part of
High Island Lake and the
city of New Auburn was
taken on Thursday, June
26, by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. They were looking
at major flooding surrounding High Island Lake and
tried to determine if there
were any blockage areas
preventing the out flow of
water. Due to the flooding,
New Auburn had many volunteers show up to assist
in sandbagging to protect
some of the properties within the city being affected by
the flooding. At right, Betsimay Frahm assisted her
uncle Scott Tesch to fill
sand bags which had to be
placed around her home in
New Auburn.
So comfortable. So familiar.
But without the smell.
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Considerations for flooded corn, beans
With the recent heavy
rains, many corn and soybean
fields have areas where crops
are experiencing flooded or
saturated conditions. These
conditions are making it extremely difficult for further
planting and potentially replanting any crops as well.
Young corn can survive
flooded conditions lasting for
about two days under warm
temperatures (at or above
mid-70ºF) to four days under
cooler temperatures (at or
below mid-60ºF).
Survivability also is influenced by how much of the
plant was submerged and
how quickly the water recedes. Corn plants that survived flooded conditions
should show new leaf development within three to five
days after water recedes.
Flooding and saturated conditions also restrict root development, thereby reducing the
crop's ability to take up water
and nutrients and tolerate
drought stress later in the season.
The University of Minnesota Extension corn replant
guide is available at:
In general, corn should not
be planted for grain after
mid-June in Minnesota.
According to the research
summarized in the corn replant guide, expected yield of
corn planted on June 19 is 59
percent of maximum. Further,
corn planted in mid-June or
later is at high risk of being
frozen in the fall prior to corn
physiological maturity, even
if an early-maturity hybrid is
At this time, growers in
Minnesota who wish to replant should consider planting a crop other than grain
corn. However, corn planted
for silage can generally be
planted as late as June 25 in
southern Minnesota, if hybrids are selected that are 15
or more relative maturity
units earlier than full-season
for the region.
Nitrogen loss will occur in
fields where N from fertilizer
or organic N from the soil
was present in nitrate form
before the soils became excessively wet.
In fine-textured soils, water
saturated conditions cause N
lost through denitrification.
Farm Notes
By Nathan Winter
Denitrification rates increase
after about a day under oxygen-depleted conditions that
result when soil pore space is
filled with water. Under these
conditions, soil microbes utilize nitrate for respiration,
and N is released as a
byproduct in gaseous forms
that are lost to the atmosphere.
For each day the soil remains saturated with water
under warm soil temperatures, it is possible to lose as
much as 5 percent of the nitrate-N in the soil. In coarsetextured soils or soils intensively tiled, N loss occurs
mostly by leaching below the
root zone or into tile lines.
To determine whether supplemental N should be applied in corn, consider the In
season corn N calculator:
http://z.umn.edu/msw. This
worksheet is more accurate
when corn is at the V5 or V6
stage rather than when it is
Research conducted by Dr.
Gyles Randall, retired University of Minnesota soil scientist, showed that supplemental N applied at 30 to 40
pounds N/acre is sufficient
for corn following soybean
on most soils or corn following corn on medium-textured
soils such as silt loams.
In contrast, higher rates,
possibly up to 60 to 70
pounds N/acre may be needed on heavy (finer-textured)
soils where corn follows corn
and high amounts of surface
residue are present.
Although soybean is generally sensitive to excess water,
soybeans can survive underwater for a week or more
under ideal conditions.
Generally, soybeans tolerate 48 hours under water
quite well, but flooding for
four to six days can reduce
stands, vigor, and eventually
Many factors determine
how well a soybean crop will
tolerate flooding. The most
important factors that determine the fate of flooded soybean fields are: 1) duration of
the flooding; 2) temperature
during the flood; 3) rate of
drying after the flooding
event; and 4) growth stage of
the crop during the flood.
Yield losses are seldom
noted in fields flooded for 48
hours or less. Four days or
more of flooding stresses the
crop, delays the plants'
growth, and causes the plants
be shorter with fewer nodes.
Flooding for six days or more
can depress yields significantly, while flooding for a
week or more may result in
significant (or entire) losses
of stand.
Some of the main indirect
effects of flooding on soybean yields are: 1) root diseases, 2) N deficiency, 3) and
other plant nutrient imbalances.
Caring for recuperating
soybean stands should focus
on reducing crop stresses
where possible. For example,
cultivation should be considered to increase soil aeration
and herbicide stress should be
minimized or postponed
where possible.
Source Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Agronomist, Seth
Naeve, Extension soybean
agronomist, Dean Malvick,
Extension plant pathologist,
and Fabian Fernandez, Extension nutrient management
The University of Minnesota Extension provides an
array of resources and information on their websites.
Find the University of Minnesota Extension at their
website http://www.extension.umn.edu to get started.
Those in McLeod and
Meeker counties can contact
the Extension office for any
of these resources. McLeod
County Extension Office
phone number is 320-4844334.
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McLeod County voters guide
Kathleen Klitzke, 64, of Lester Prairie
Mass of Christian Burial
for Kathleen “Kathy” Elizabeth Klitzke, 64, of Lester
Prairie, was held on Monday,
June 30, at Holy Trinity
Church in
The Rev.
Paul Schumacher officiated.
On June
24, 2014,
Mrs. Klitzke died at
St. Mary’s Kathy Klitzke
Hospital in
Rochester, surrounded by her
Organist was Carrie Knott,
and vocalists were Lucy
Newcomb and Brian Brosz.
Urn bearers were Sue and
Jerry Rolf. Honorary bearers
Heimerl, Kathy Fiecke, Sue
Rolf, Carol Klaustermeier,
Jannina Wall and Julie
Nowak. Interment was in the
St. Anastasia Catholic Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Kathleen Elizabeth Moldestad was born on March 18,
1950, in Redwood Falls to
Cliff and Kate (Clouse)
Moldestad. She was baptized
as an infant at St. Catherine’s
Church in Redwood Falls.
She attended school in Delhi,
Minn., and moved to
Hutchinson when she was 8
years old. She then attended
St. Anastasia Catholic School
in Hutchinson until seventh
She has many fond memo-
ries of those years and made
lifelong friendships.
She graduated from
Hutchinson High School in
1968 and then attended the
Minnesota School of Business. After graduation, she
was employed at the Federal
Reserve Bank in Minneapolis.
On October 23, 1970,
Kathy Moldestad was united
in marriage to David Klitzke
at St. Anastasia Catholic
Church in Hutchinson. This
marriage was blessed with
three sons, Matthew, Nathan
and Kristopher “Fir.” They
resided in Brooklyn Park
until 1976, and then moved to
Lester Prairie. They shared
over 43 years of marriage.
Mrs. Klitzke worked at the
Federal Reserve Bank until
November 1975. As soon as
she became pregnant, her
days as a “working professional” were numbered. The
only job she was ever truly
passionate about was the position of “mother.” Her children and grandchildren (aka
“Little Honeys”) were her
Mrs. Klitzke returned to
work once her baby, Kristopher, entered first grade. She
then took on the position as
paraprofessional at Lester
Prairie schools until her retirement in 2008. That role
allowed her to work with kids
and allowed her to keep a
close eye on her three boys,
who were in school in the
same building.
Mrs. Klitzke also taught
CCD at Holy Trinity for 12
years and helped with Cub
Scouts for 10 years. She was
involved in the early years of
Lester Prairie Youth Baseball.
Even though she was not a
big sports fan, she was her
boys’ No. 1 cheerleader.
In later years, her six
grandchildren were the apples of her eye. She truly
cherished her family and
friends. She left an impression on everyone she crossed
paths with.
Survivors include her husband, David of Lester Prairie;
son, Matthew and wife Amy
of Lester Prairie and their
children Sophie, Kaya and
Bennett; son, Nathan and
wife Sarah of Waconia and
their children Emmitt and
Henry; son, Kristopher and
wife Amy of Chaska and
their daughter Kilah; her
mother, Catherine “Kate”
Moldestad of Hutchinson;
sisters and brother in-laws,
Carol (Doug) Dobratz of
Hutchinson, Linda (Robert)
Wraspir of Maple Grove, Jolene Reck of Inver Grove
Heights; and many other family and friends.
Preceding her in death
were her father, Clifford
Moldestad; in-laws, Dorothy
and Wendell Klitzke; and
nephew, Mitchell Larson.
Arrangements were by the
Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in
Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.
Click on obituaries/guest
Mark Todd Rath, 48, of Lester Prairie
Funeral services for Mark
Todd Rath, 48, of Lester
Prairie, formerly of Hutchinson, were held Friday, June
27, at Christ the King Lutheran Church
in Hutchinson. The
Rev. Jon
Mr. Rath
died Saturday, June
21, 2014, at
St. Mary’s
Care Center Mark Rath
in Winsted.
The eulogy was given by
Teri Totushek. The organist
was Bev Wangerin, and
soloist Paige Nordquist sang
“On Eagle’s Wings” and
“Borning Cry.” Accordionist
Alice Nowak played “Blue
Skirt Waltz” and “Let The
Sunshine In Polka.”
Pallbearers were Shay
Guetter, Kelli Totushek, Teri
Totushek, Kyle TotushekGuetter, Quint Precht and
Steve Herrmann. Interment
was in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Rich Valley
Mr. Rath was born Aug.
14, 1965, in Hutchinson, to
Lloyd and Delores (Lade)
Rath. He was baptized as an
infant on Sept. 5, 1965, and
confirmed in his faith as a
youth on April 12, 1981, both
at Christ The King Lutheran
Church in Hutchinson.
He received his education
in Hutchinson and was a
graduate of the Hutchinson
High School class of 1984.
On Sept. 21, 1984, Mr.
Rath was united in marriage
to Tammy Rotzien at Our
Savior’s Lutheran Church in
Hutchinson. This marriage
was blessed with one son,
Joseph. The Raths resided in
Hutchinson, and shared three
years of marriage before they
divorced in 1987.
In 1991, Mr. Rath met
Christine Herrmann of Lester
Prairie; she was the love of
his life. They resided in
Lester Prairie.
Mr. Rath was employed at
Polyfoam, Inc., in Lester
Prairie. He also was a cement
and brick layer, auto mechanic, bartender and worked at a
convenience store. He helped
his dad, Lloyd, with snow removal and lawn mowing.
Mr. Rath was a member of
Bethel Lutheran Church in
Lester Prairie and a former
member of Christ The King
Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
He enjoyed racing cars,
fishing, snowmobiling and
tinkering. He enjoyed watching birds, squirrels and nature
outside his window. Mr. Rath
especially enjoyed spending
time with his family, grandson and friends.
Mr. Rath was diagnosed
with multiple sclerosis (MS)
in 1993, and later developed
brain cancer. When he needed assistance with his daily
care, he became a resident of
St. Mary’s Care Center in
Winsted on Oct. 25, 2013.
Survivors include his significant other, Christine Herrmann of Lester Prairie; son,
Joseph (Kelly) Rath of
Hutchinson; mother, Delores
Rath of Hutchinson; grandson, Aiden Rath; sisters,
Renee (Eugene) Precht of
Hector, Nita (Dean) Totushek
of Hutchinson, and Wanda
Rath-Jaster of Hutchinson
and her special friend,
Richard Holtz, of Litchfield;
brother, Brent Rath of
Hutchinson; Christine Herrmann’s parents, Lowell Herrmann and his wife, Elizabeth, of Norwood Young
America; Christine Herrmann’s sisters, Cathy (Kirk)
Campbell of McCallsburg,
Iowa, and Carrie Herrmann
and her fiancé, Ron Larson,
of Glencoe; Christine Herrmann’s brother, Steve
(Sulee) Herrmann of Annandale; nieces and nephews,
Shay Guetter, Kelli Totushek,
Teri Totushek and Quint
Precht; Christine Herrmann’s
nieces and nephews, Jaylee
Herrmann, Isaac Herrmann,
Imari Herrmann and Audrey
Campbell; grandnieces and
grandnephews, Kyle Totushek-Guetter, Korbin Guetter, Nash Guetter, Larisa
Guetter, Victoria Precht,
Riley Precht and Savanah
Precht; and many other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death
were his grandparents, August and Mabel Lade and
Carl and Martha Rath; father,
Lloyd Rath; and infant sister,
Jill Rath.
Arrangements were by the
Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in
Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.
Click on obituaries/guest
Willard ‘Willie’ Dolezal, 84 of Glencoe
A Mass of Christian Burial
for Willard “Willie” Dolezal,
84, of Glencoe, was held on
Friday, June 27, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Silver
Mr. Dolezal died at his
home on Monday, June 23,
Pallbearers were Wade
Dolezal, Randy Knoll, Kari
Carlson, Lynn Lutz, Bruce
Dolezal and Scott Dolezal.
Interment was at St. Joseph’s
Cemetery, Silver Lake.
Mr. Dolezal was born on
Aug. 24, 1929, to John
Joseph and Sophie Caroline
(Schultz) Dolezal in Hassan
Township, McLeod County.
He graduated from St.
Joseph Catholic School.
He worked on local farms
after graduation before he
was drafted. Mr. Dolezal
proudly served his country in
the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, fighting with an
artillery unit on the front line.
Following his service, Mr.
Dolezal purchased a milk
truck and route and drove his
route for 20 years.
He married Gertrude
“Gerdi” Radtke on Jan. 21,
1976, at St. Joseph Catholic
Church in Silver Lake.
Mr. Dolezal worked for the
Glencoe Creamery in Glencoe, and he retired from the
Mr. Dolezal loved to fish
and hunt, and he was an avid
sports enthusiast. During his
retirement, he enjoyed gardening. He cared for his wife
for seven years in their home
during her health concerns.
He was a hard working, generous man, and would do
without if he felt someone
else needed help.
Survivors include his sister
and brothers, Leslie (Marcy)
Dolezal, Jane (Jerry) Spechel,
Franklin (Marilyn) Dolezal
Dolezal; sisters-in-law, Tina
Dolezal, Janet Dolezal and
Grace Dolezal; and many
nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death
were his parents, John and
Sophie Dolezal; wife, Gerdi;
sister and brothers, Lucille
Knoll, Donald Dolezal,
Edwin Dolezal, John Dolezal
Jr., and infant brother, Ernest
The Maresh Funeral Home
of Silver Lake, handled funeral arrangements. Go to
When are the elections?
State Primary Election is
Tuesday, Aug. 12.
State General Election is
Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 8
Note: The primary is an
“election” that reduces the
field of candidates within a
major political party. Those
nominated at the primary represent that major political
party in the general election.
Although candidates of all
three major parties will be on
the primary ballot, you may
vote for candidates within
only one major party at the
primary. Some nonpartisan
offices (judges, county and
local offices) will also be on
the primary ballot.
Note: The general election
is the election to pick the
final winners.
What will be on the ballot?
United States Senator
United States Representative for District 7
State Legislative Offices
District 18A State Representative.
District 18B State Representative.
State Executive Offices
Lieutenant Governor
Secretary of State
State Auditor
Attorney General
Judicial Offices
Associate Justice Seat 2
(Incumbent: Wilhelmina M.
Associate Justice Seat 3
(Incumbent: David L. Lillehaug)
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals, Seat 1
(Incumbent: John R. Rodenberg)
Court of Appeals, Seat 3 2nd Congressional District
(Incumbent: Carol A.
Court of Appeals, Seat 4
(Incumbent: John P. Smith)
Court of Appeals, Seat 9 7th Congressional District
(Incumbent: Michael Kirk)
Court of Appeals, Seat 10 4th Congressional District
(Incumbent: Edward J.
Court of Appeals, Seat 12
(Incumbent: Margaret H.
Court of Appeals, Seat 15 3rd Congressional District
(Incumbent: Kevin Ross)
First Judicial District Court
First District Court Seat 1
(Incumbent: Ann M. Offerman)
First District Court Seat 3
(Incumbent: Thomas W.
First District Court Seat 5
(Incumbent: Kevin W. Eide)
First District Court Seat 12
(Incumbent: Michael D.
First District Court Seat 16
(Incumbent: Shawn M.
First District Court Seat 18
(Incumbent: Christian S.
First District Court Seat 27
(Incumbent: Michael A.
First District Court Seat 28
(Incumbent: Karen J. Asphaug)
First District Court Seat 30
If you register by mail ...
If you register by mail and
have not voted in a federal
election in Minnesota before,
you may be asked by an election judge (poll worker) to
show ID at your polling place
Where can I get a voter
registration application?
• At state, county, or city
• At public libraries.
• Where you apply for,
renew, or change your Minnesota driver’s license or ID
• From the registrar’s office
or student association at colleges, universities, and technical schools.
• At www.co.mcleod.mn.
How do I vote?
1) Register to vote.
2) Go to your polling place
on Election Day or vote by
absentee ballot. An election
judge will check to see
whether you are on the list of
registered voters and, if so,
will have you sign the list. If
not, you can register on Election Day. Then you will be
given a ballot.
3) Vote. The election
judges will show you the
process for marking and depositing your ballot in the
Precinct Optical Scanner.
They also will help you read
or mark the ballot if you need
What if I work on Election Day?
Minnesota law allows you
to take time off from work
with pay to vote during the
morning of state primary and
general elections. If you will
be away from home on Election Day, look at the “How
can I get an absentee ballot?”
section below.
How can I get an absentee ballot?
You can apply and vote either in person before Election
Day or by mail. Absentee
voting began on June 27 for
the state primary and on Sept.
19 for the state general election. There will be extended
hours for in-person absentee
voting at the McLeod County
Auditor’s Office and city offices of Glencoe, Hutchinson,
and Winsted on the following
• Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Monday, Aug. 11, from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 3, from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you are not voting in person, you should submit your
application by mail or fax at
least four days before the
election, to ensure adequate
mail transit time.
All absentee ballots must
arrive at the McLeod County
Auditor-Treasurer’s Office no
later than 3 p.m. on Election
(Incumbent: Thomas W.
First District Court Seat 31
(Incumbent: Mary J. Theisen)
First District Court Seat 32
(Incumbent: Joseph T. Carter)
County Commissioner in
Districts 2 and District 5
County Attorney
County Auditor-Treasurer
County Recorder
County Sheriff
Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor in
Districts 1 and District 2
Am I eligible to vote?
You can vote in McLeod
County if on Election Day
• Will be at least 18 years
old on election day.
• Are a citizen of the United States.
• Are a Minnesota resident
for 20 days immediately preceding election day.
• Are a resident of McLeod
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I wonder if you’re hot, comfortable
or cold, or if you have the essentials like your green hair comb.
I’m starting to forget certain things
about you, like your voice or
even the way you moved.
I also wonder if you miss us too,
and if you take one day at a time
like we do.
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slow, but there isn’t a single moment that we don’t miss you.
We love you Dad.
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The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, page 12
Incomplete tree inventory
indicates many will be lost
By Rich Glennie
Although the tree inventory
has not been completed for
the Lincoln Park area, retired
Hutchinson forester Mark
Schnobrich told the joint City
Council, park board, planning
commission meeting Wednesday that nearly a third of the
trees on the boulevards may
be lost when the city’s street
reconstruction work begins in
Schnobrich said there are
about 300 trees in the project
area, many of them mature
trees. His inventory, so far, of
114 of those trees along Ford
and Elliott avenues and between Seventh and 10th
streets, indicated up to 40 of
them may not make it once
the streets are reconstructed
and sidewalks and the walking/biking trail are installed.
“Most of the trees look
very good overall,” Schnobrich said. A lot depends on
the 10-foot hiking-biking trail
that would run along Ellliott
Avenue north to a destination
point at Helen Baker Elementary School on 16th Street.
The predominant tree inventoried so far was the Norway maple, but Schnobrich
indicated there was a wide
variety of trees in the Lincoln
Park area.
“I had nice discussions
with a lot of residents,” he
Schnobrich said the issue
with construction is whether
it will damage the trees’ root
systems. While it may not kill
the tree, it will leave the tree
more susceptable to toppling
in storms.
It might be a good time to
diversify the trees in that area
of the community with a replanting plan, Schnobrich
Asked about issues with
ash trees in the area and the
eventuality of ash borer disease, Schnobrich said the
community may not need to
do anything yet since the ash
borer disease is not a problem.
The other issue is the
changing of street widths in
the Lincoln Park area, making all the streets 36-feet
wide. Currently, the street
widths vary from 32 feet to
50 feet.
Asked if the streets are narrowed whether that would
save some trees, Schnobrich
replied, “if not in the path
(trail), yes.”
He said there are 23 trees
on Elliott Avenue and about
70 percent of them would be
lost with a 10-foot bituminous trail located on the west
side of the street.
Asked if five-foot sidewalks instead of the 10-foot
trail would save more trees,
Schnobrich said that is likely,
but it also may be time for the
city to look at the next level
of more diversified species.
“Mature trees do not go on
forever,” he added.
Gary Schriefels, public
works director for water and
wastewater, said the reconstruction is likely to make
deep cuts into the streets to
remove and replace underground utilities, and that will
likely cut tree roots as well.
If that happens, Schnobrich
said, the trees are not as stable as they used to be and
would result in a slow decline
in future years.
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
Glencoe Dairy Day activities
Glencoe Dairy Day, originally scheduled
for Oak Leaf Park on June 19, was postponed a week and moved to the Glencoe
City Center’s west parking lot on June 26.
The Glencoe Lions sponsored the event
with help from the McLeod County Dairy
Association. The Lions served pulled
beef sandwiches and hot dogs. Also on
display were several pieces of Glencoe
Fire Department equipment. Above, Dairy
Princess Sarah Eggert dished up a root
beer float for Dale Koktan of KDUZ/KARP
Radio, while Dairy Ambassador Breanna
Wright and Dairy Princess Cassie Forcier
look on. The root beer was provided by
Glencoe Wine & Spirits.
to be part of
Joint meeting Continued from page 1
A bituminous, 10-foot trail
would be constructed on the
west side of Elliott Avenue
and north to an end point at
Helen Baker Elementary
School on 16th Street.
It was first thought DeSoto
Avenue would better tie the
walk bridge into the trail system, but Elliott Avenue was
determined to be more suitable.
But on Elliott Avenue, the
trail would be placed right
next to the curb and would
eliminate a number of mature
trees along the street.
While Ninth Street is 39
feet wide, both Eighth and
Seventh streets are 50 feet
wide. All would be shortened
in width.
Also in the plans is a trail
that would connect with Hennepin Avenue to the east and
tie in with a proposed handical accessible plan for the
walk bridge. But that walk
bridge project would involve
the Minnesota Department of
Transportation (MnDOT),
which owns the bridge.
It was hoped if the city improved accessiblity on the
north side of the walk bridge,
it would force MnDOT to improve accessiblity on the
south side.
City Administrator Mark
Larson suggested portions of
streets around Jungclaus Implement and leading to the
city’s water plant also be
“beefed up” to nine-ton limits
in order to handle the heavier
truck loads. The rest of the
streets would be constructed
to seven-ton load limits.
With the heavy rains of
June 19 and the ensuing
flooding around the commu-
nity and Lincoln Park area,
Gary Schriefels, public works
director for water and wastewater, said he knew of no
homeowner “who didn’t get
flooded” on Ninth Street and
the same was true on Sixth
Street, some homes getting
“feet of water” in basements,
not just inches.
“Hopefully, this (street improvement) project will address a lot of those issues,”
Schreifels said. The sewer
systems in the Lincoln Park
area are big enough, he said,
but old. The new pipes
planned for next year are the
same size, but better sealed
“to not allow I&I (inflow and
infiltration) in.”
Schreifels added that the
new sewer lines planned for
the reconstruction also include new sump pump lines
for all the homes.
“We’re doing things to address I&I,” Black added, including tighter sewer lines
and manholes to prevent
water from getting into the
sanitary sewers.
Asked if there are still a lot
of illegal sump pump
hookups to the sanitary sewers, Schreifels was quick to
reply “Definitely!”
He said the city’s current
I&I program “is a good one.
“We work at it, and we will
for a long time.”
Schreifels admitted the
new lines will help, but with
a 10-inch rain, “I can’t say it
will stop” all water backups
in the future.
The Armstrong Avenue reconstruction poses other issues.
A trail also is planned on
the west side of Armstrong
from 12th Street south to the
Seneca Foods entrance. The
aim is to provide a safer path
for workers living in the migrant housing units to the
Seneca main entrance.
That entrance will be
moved to line up more with
Seventh Street, which will be
designated as the truck route.
Eighth and Ninth streets will
be off limits to the big trucks
going in and out of Seneca.
Armstrong will remain 40feet wide with parking on
both sides of the nine-ton
But City Council member
Kevin Dietz said three homes
will be impacted by a proposed trail on the north side
of Eighth Street. They will
lose a portion of their parking
in front of their garages under
the plan.
The street is 43 feet wide,
Black said, and will be shortened by seven feet. So the
impact will be about three
feet to the homeowners.
It was suggested the trail
be scraped on Eighth Street
and the street be designated
as part of the trail system.
Black said the concern is
the backing in and out of
Sam’s Tire on to Eighth
City Administrator Mark
Larson said a property at the
corner of Seventh Street and
Armstrong Avenue is for sale,
and the purchase of that property could improve the turning radius of trucks coming
and going into the Seneca
“It’s worth a look-see,”
Black said.
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