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The McLeod County
Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 116, No. 30
a continuation of
The Glencoe Enterprise
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
County wheelage, sales taxes debated at Board workshop
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The McLeod County Board of Commissioners hashed over the possibility of imposing a wheelage tax at a workshop session Thursday morning. The state of Minnesota is extending the potential of wheelage taxes to counties outside the metro area as a means of raising revenues for county road projects. Metro-area counties have had the option of wheelage taxes for several years. Also extended to counties is the possibility of a one-half of 1 percent sales tax, but most of the McLeod County board members seemed loathe to even talk about that option Thursday morning, instead focusing their discussion on the wheelage tax. The County Board held the workshop because a decision on imposing the wheelage tax must be made before Aug. 1 in order to give the Minnesota Department of Revenue time to set up collections of the tax, which would begin Jan. 1 if the board adopts it. The County Board was slated to vote on the matter at its Tuesday, July 30, meeting. According to information provided by the Association of Minnesota Counties, a wheelage tax of $10 per licensed vehicle — excluding motorcycles, mopeds, trailers and semi trailers — could raise a potential $360,000 annually for the county. Highway Department Engineer John Brunkhorst said the collected fee must be dedicated to some aspect of the highway department budget, with projects in the department’s five-year plan the most logical choices. Commissioner Ron Shimanski expressed the most reservations about adopting the tax. A former state legislator, Shimanski said the county could receive more state aid for its
Wheelage tax OK’d on 3-2 vote
On a 3-2 vote at its meeting Tuesday, the McLeod County Board voted to impose a wheelage tax on licensed vehicles in McLeod County. Discussion revolved around looking for other sources of funding and concerns of the money staying in the county. Commissioners reiterated that the money would stay in the county, and that it was indicated that state and federal funds for roads and highways will not be available. Commissioner Ron Shimanski asked that the County Board look at trimming costs in other departments instead of imposing a tax, and Commissioner Jon Christensen agreed. On a 3-2 vote, however, the County Board voted to impose the wheelage tax, with Shimanski and Christensen the dissenting votes. Commissioners Sheldon Nies, Kermit Terlinden and Paul Wright voted in favor. roads if the state would stop diverting its transportation dollars. “Too much of the state’s road and bridge funds is getting diverted to (light-rail) trains and transit systems,” said Shimanski. The only way he would like to see the wheelage tax imposed, Shimanski said, is “if it is offset by a tax break on property taxes. The last
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Heat in the Street
The second annual Heat in the Street celebration, sponsored by the Glencoe Fire Department Relief Association, featured three bands Saturday night under the big tent on 11th Street. Hitchville, above, was led by vocalist Heidi Owens, with Kris Stauffer on bass and Marv Gohman on guitar. At right, Ray Dawson and the Bootleggers was the middle act with Dawson in the lead vocals and John “JR” Robeck on lead guitar. The opening act was Prairie Rose Band, below, featuring lead vocals by Mary Lou Melius with John Mons in the background on guitar.
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No referendum planned for fall
But GSL building project still in play
By Rich Glennie Editor Any talk of a November school building bond referendum is over, but discussion of the space needs at Glencoe-Silver Lake is not. The conversation about facility needs will continue, according to GSL Superintendent Chris Sonju. At Monday night’s second community informational meeting in the high school auditorium, Sonju said deadlines for a November referendum have passed, and no public vote on a school addition building bond will take place this fall. But Sonju said the conversation about the facility needs for the district must continue, including talk of a building bond now in the range of $23 million to $25 million in the future. Before a handful of district residents, Sonju again went over the proposed options and why the building bond is needed. ***** The driving force for the building project, Sonju said, is space needs at Helen Baker Elementary School. But he said even if the Helen Baker space needs are addressed, there are space needs at the high school as well — including a need for more gymnasium space, more classrooms and more locker rooms. The proposed building project would meet those needs as well as the elementary needs in a one-campus approach, he stressed. The latest plan option would move the grades 7-8 classes to the east side of the high school to be closer to the specialty classes for those grades — art, music, industrial
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Wed., 7-31 H: 78º, L: 58º Thur., 8-1 H: 80º, L: 60º Fri., 8-2 H: 81º, L: 57º Sat., 8-3 H: 79º, L: 58º Sun., 8-4 H: 78º, L: 60º
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Glencoe Sportsmen to meet
The Glencoe Sportsmen Club will meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 5, at the VFW Club meeting room.
Lions golf tourney Aug. 12
The Plato Lions are sponsoring a golf tournament Monday, Aug. 12, at the Glencoe Country Club. Registration for the four-person scramble will be at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Entry fee includes a cart, dinner and prizes. To register, call Ken Franke at 320-238-2370 or e-mail kmfranke@embarqmail.com. If not interested in golfing, consider being a hole sponsor or donating a door prize. All proceeds support the Plato Lions and local projects.
Chronicle photo by Lori Copler
Ground broken for new highway facility
McLeod County had a groundbreaking ceremony for its new highway maintenance facility, to be located at the intersection of State Highway 7 and Falcon Avenue (County State Aid Highway 15), east of Silver Lake, on Wednesday morning, July 24. From left to right are Elvis Voigt, county maintenance superintendent, Commissioner Ron Shimanski, County Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst, commissioners Kermit Terlinden, Paul Wright and Jon Christensen; Jerry Hagen of Hagen, Christensen & McIlwain, architects for the facility; and Jody Schultz, Rollie Radtke, Nate Miller and Gregg Machemehl, all of RAM Construction.
Music in Park series ends
The final summer Music in the Park program at Silver Lake on Thursday, Aug. 1, features the Silver Nickel Band, sponsored by the Church of the Holy Family CCW. The concert will be in the Silver Lake City Park. The menu includes seasoned pork patties, chips, dessert and beverage. Serving begins at 6 p.m., and the music is at 7 p.m. Bring your own chairs.
Stewart National Night Out
Stewart will host its annual National Night Out activities Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Stewart City Park. The Stewart Fire Department and First Responders will serve an appreciation dinner of hamburgers, hot dogs and chips, and will have their equipment on display and water fun for kids (they should bring swimsuits). Also on hand will be the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department, LifeLink Helicopter and the Buffalo Lake Ambulance Service.
County part of disaster declaration
By Rich Glennie Editor McLeod County has been included in the list of counties declared eligible for disaster relief following strong storms and flooding in late June. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for 18 Minnesota counties, including McLeod and Sibley counties. Kevin Mathews, McLeod County Emergency Services director, said McLeod County officials did a preliminary damage assessment and it totalled about $166,000. To be eligible, the county needed at least $120,000 in damages to public infrastructure and equipment. He said the damage was scattered throughout McLeod County, but Glencoe was particularly hard hit when 4.3 inches of rain fell in a 90minute period overnight on June 23. Glencoe City Administrator Mark Larson said much of the damage in Glencoe was associated with “a lot of blowouts” of catch basins due to the water pressures built up in the storm sewer lines. Also, there were sink holes reported throughout the community due to the undermining of the street base from the rapid-rising flood waters. Larson said no damage amount has been determined, yet, but costs have been incurred by the city for overtime work and repairs made to the damaged infrastructure. Mathews said the disaster declaration “allows money and resources to come into the county.” A county damage assessment will now begin on sewer systems, roadways and culverts. He said the damage “was scattered throughout the county,” but Glencoe and the surrounding townships had “heavy impacts” from the rains and flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will pay about 75 percent of the cost with the other 25 precent split between the state and local jurisdictions, Mathews said. The local share is generally 15 percent state and 10 percent local, he added. Mathews said the declaration is “a real good thing” for the local agencies, but he added it could take up to 12 to 18 months before federal reimbursements arrive. FEMA officials will meet with applicants shortly to get the paperwork under way, Mathews said. Local units of government will “upfront” the costs of repair in the meantime. Disaster resolutions by local government units also are required, Mathews added. In Sibley County, the city of New Auburn was especially hard hit with major flooding reported from the heavy rains from June 20 to June 23. ***** On the state level, damage assessments determined the storms caused $17.8 million in damage to public infrastructure across the state. Communities in the affected counties are now eligible for federal assistance. Gov. Mark Dayton thus asked for federal assistance. The Minnesota congressional delegation of Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken along with Congressmen Collin Peterson, Michelle Bachman, Keith Ellison, Tim Walz, Eric Paulsen and Dick Nolan pushed the Obama administration for the declaration. The major disaster declaration is for public assistance, which covers uninsured eligible projects submitted by counties, cities, townships and certain private, not-forprofit organizations. Preliminary damage estimates compiled by the FEMA and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management division (HSEM) showed the following eligible amounts: Emergency work • Debris removal - $5 million. • Emergency protective measures - $1.8 million. Permanent work to repair • Roads and bridges - $9 million. • Water control facilities $1 million. • Buildings and equipment - $243,474. • Utilities - $585,615. • Parks, recreational facilities and other items $73,780. This disaster declaration also includes funding for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This is assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards. All counties in the state are eligible to apply for assistance under this program, according to a statement from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. According to a statement from HSEM, the storm system began with 5.6 inches of rain in Stevens County on June 20 and ended with 8.25 inches of rain in Wilkin County on June 26. On June 23, the Glencoe area received 4.3 inches of rain in a 90-minute period, causing extensive street flooding and flooding to basements throughout the community. It also caused extensive flood damage in area farm fields. Parts of the state saw record 48-hour rainfall amounts. One to two inchper-hour rainfall caused flash flooding and mudslides in many locations. Thousands of trees were uprooted and fell on public buildings and roads. At the peak, 600,000 buildings were without electricity, making it the largest power outage in Minnesota history, the HSEM press release stated.
Legion Post 95 meeting set
The regular monthly meeting of Glencoe American Legion Post 95 will be held on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m., in the basement of Glencoe VFW Post 5102. All members of Post 95 are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served.
Abundant Table meal Aug. 7
The free Abundant Table community meal, open to everyone — families and children, elderly and all seeking fellowship or in need of a helping hand — will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7, (first Wednesday of every month) at the Christ Lutheran Church basement fellowship hall, 1820 Knight Ave., Glencoe. The meal is “Italian Summer Night” with spaghetti, caesar salad, fruit and dessert. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for fellowship; the meal will be served at 5 p.m. Call 320-864-4549 so the volunteers can prepare a meal for you. Remember there is a place for you at the Abundant Table.
Outdoor worship set Aug. 4
Faith Presbyterian Church and Grace Bible Church of Silver Lake will be hosting an outdoor community worship service in the Silver Lake City Park on Sunday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Grace Bible Church (next to the city water tower).
Lakeside service set Sunday
Berean Baptist will hold a lakeside service and potluck at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 4, at Swan Lake (McLeod County Regional Park). Go to the north end of Swan Lake) on County Road 16, just outside of Silver Lake. The worship service will followed by a baptismal service at Swan Lake. There will be a potluck lunch in the shelter nearby following the baptismal service. If one would like to see what the park looks like check out this link: http://wallflowerwonderland.com/2010/07/15/ mcleod-county-regional-park-review-swan-lake-park/.
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thing we need to do is impose any new taxes for any reason.” Commissioner Sheldon Nies said he agrees with Shimanski that state road and bridge dollars aren’t going where they should, but the county still needs to take care of its own transportation system. “We’re going to be doing this work on our roads no matter what,” said Nies, and a tax or fee for users of the transportation system “is the fairest way” to fund that work. Brunkhorst said that people will be able to see the direct result of their taxes because it goes into the road system. “It goes into bricks and mortar, and doesn’t get buried in some program,” said Brunkhorst. “I agree,” said Commissioner Paul Wright. “It makes a big difference if people can see where it (the tax) is going.” Nies said that he has received five calls about the potential wheelage tax. Four of those calls supported the wheelage tax. “They said we need it on our roads,” said Nies. The fifth, he said, was concerned that the state would somehow control the revenue generated and dictate how it should be spent. Brunkhorst said the revenue’s use will be determined by the County Board, not the state, but the County Board needs to find a purposed slot for it — either toward equipment purchases, road work or routine maintenance, such as seal coating. Nies also noted that if the County Board adopts a wheelage tax, it can always discontinue it sometime in the future if the state comes through with more funding. However, Nies said, that probably isn’t likely since most of the state’s road and bridge revenue comes from a tax on gasoline and, with vehicles becoming more and more fuel efficient, that revenue will be less for the state. The other possible revenue source, a one-half of 1 percent “local option” sales tax, could generate close to $1 million annually for the county, according to the AMC. Shimanski pointed out that the revenue generated by a sales tax could fluctuate greatly with the economy. Nies said that imposing a sales tax would be a far more drastic measure to take, and agreed with Commissioner Jon Christensen’s opinion that such a tax should probably be put on a ballot for county residents to vote upon. “I just really don’t think we need to go there (a sales tax) right now,” said Nies.
Brownton Corn Feed Aug. 9
The Brownton Lions are sponsoring the annual Brownton Corn Feed on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Brownton Community Center. Serving from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. or until corn is gone. There is a cost for the meal. The kids pedal pull is at 7 p.m. with registration starting at 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to husk corn at 1 p.m. in the city park on that day.
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Class of 1948 sets reunion
The Glencoe High School class of 1948 will have its 65-year reunion Saturday, Aug. 17, at noon, at Dubbs Grill & Bar in Glencoe. Reservations may be made by calling 320-864-3062.
Farmers market now open
Glencoe’s Farmers Market is open weekly on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is offering a variety of fresh garden produce, honey, jams, pickles and an assortment of other homemade goods. The market is located on 11th Street in downtown Glencoe across from the Glencoe City Center.
Glencoe seniors to meet
The Glencoe Senior Citizens group will meet Tuesday, Aug. 6, and Thursday, Aug. 8, at 12:30 p.m., at the senior room in the Glencoe City Center. The group will play 500 and Sheephead, and all area senior citizens are invited to attend.
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44th annual Pola-Czesky Days starts on Friday
By Alyssa Schauer Staff Writer It’s August — which means Pola-Czesky Days is here! The 44th-annual PolaCzesky Days celebration begins this Friday, Aug. 2 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 4. The celebration begins with a kickball tournament at the softball fields at 7 p.m. and of course, the infamous toilet bowl races, sponsored by the Silver Lake Civic Association, also at 7 p.m. Registration for the toilet bowl races begins at 6 p.m. Friday, between First Community Bank and the Silver Lake American Legion. During the races, the 2013-14 Pola-Czesky grand marshals will be announced. Also on Friday evening, the band “DiamondBack” returns for a street dance held in the auditorium parking lot, beginning after the toilet bowl races. Saturday of Pola-Czesky Days begins with a volleyball tournament set to begin at 8 a.m. at the sports complex and the kickball tournament continues, beginning at 9 a.m. at the softball field. The flea market and craft sales at Legion Park begins at 10 a.m. The annual kiddie parade sponsored by the GFWC Silver Lake Women’s Club starts at 10 a.m. in the front of the Silver Lake Auditorium. In the case of rain, the parade will be held under the big tent. The categories for the parade are “Movies/TV,” “Storybook,” and “Original.” First and second prizes will be awarded for each category, and each participant will receive a goodie bag. The participants who bring an item for the food shelf will receive a coupon for a free sno cone from the Faith Presbyterian food stand. Kiddie games are set to follow the parade in Legion Park, beginning at 10:20 a.m. At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the Kids’ Pedal Pull will begin on Main Street, and by the tent, a beanbag tournament will be held, beginning at 1 p.m. Also at 1 p.m., the classic car show begins on Main Street, west of Legion Park. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tony Kadlec will be hosting a “History of Silver Lake” round table discussion in the basement of Holy Family Church. At 1:30 p.m., the annual MN-Mini-E tractor pull, with stock and modified classes, will be held on Main Street in front of the Silver Lake American Legion. The annual polka Mass is set for 7 p.m. in Legion Park. Bring your lawn chairs. At 8:30 p.m., the royalty ball and street dance will begin, with “The Rhythm Kings” performing. Fireworks will also be on display Saturday evening, starting at 10 p.m. There is a full schedule of events for Sunday, Aug. 3 also, beginning with an outdoor community worship service with Faith Presbyterian Church and Grace Bible Church in Legion Park at 9 a.m. Bring a lawn chair. The Silver Lake Lions are hosting their annual pork chop dinner on Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. under the big tent. A bike giveaway and music is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Legion Park. At 1 p.m., the annual Pola-Czesky Days parade begins, with over 50 units registered. Following the parade, Grace Bible Church is hosting a free ice cream social in Legion Park. The Pola-Czesky royalty coronation is set for 3 p.m. in the Silver Lake Auditorium. Six young women are vying for one of the two Silver Lake Ambassador titles, including Becca Green, Brianna Nemec, Kallyssa Klatt, Jamie Kosek, Morgan Rumrill, and Claire Wraspir. A street dance will begin in the auditorium parking lot at 3 p.m., with the “Prairie Rose Band” performing. At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Silver Lake Fire Department will hold the drawing for its raffle. First prize is $200; second, $100; and third, $100; among many other prizes to be given away. The Silver Lake Pool and Parks Organization will hold its raffle at 8 p.m. on Sunday. First prize is $3,000; second, $1,500; third, $500; and fourth through 10th: $100. And of course, what would Pola-Czesky Days be without the variety of food and beverage choices? From the Silver Lake Knights of Columbus cheese curds to the delectable Sportsmen’s Club hamburgers to the Silver Lake Lions chicken, there’s food for all. This year, the Lions are introducing a new food to Pola-Czesky Days — pizza! On Friday and Saturday, the Lions will be selling pizza by the slice under the big tent, and as usual, they will be serving pork chops on Sunday afternoon. There will be popcorn, polish sausage, donuts, cotton candy, funnel cakes, ice cream, sno cones, and more! You won’t want to miss it.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
The second annual Heat in the Street celebration on Saturday, sponsored by the Glencoe Fire Department, drew a number of bean-bag competitors from the area to the newest addition to the annual celebration. The tournament was held in the municipal parking lot next to the Happy Hour Inn in the afternoon. Above, Naomi Artmann offers her lefthanded style toss while her opponent, Travis Weber, awaits his turn. At left, Eric Rannow tossed for his team, while his opponent, Alissa Oltmann, watched the result. No official results were made available at press time.
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arts, etc. The other major change was to put a two-story wing for grades 2-3 on the north end of the Lincoln Jr. High instead of on the south side in the original plan. The rest of the original project would remain basically the same, with the main entry into the building coming from the north parking lot about where the entrance to the Panther Field House is now located. The new option would actually reduce square footage for the project, Sonju said, but because of increases in material costs, the latest estimates are closer to $25 million, instead of the original $18.6 million in 2011. Sonju said the construction of the Early Childhood Family Education/Early Childhood Special Education and Learning Readiness wing onto the Lincoln Jr. High is expected to be completed by the end of the year. In the meantime, those early childhood programs will be housed in two rooms at Lincoln Jr. High to start next school year and then move into the new wing after the Christmas break, Sonju said. That, in turn, will open up classroom space at Helen Baker. The special education program will move into the former ECFE rooms, and that will free up a classroom for a sixth section of first grade next school year. In talking to people about a building project, Sonju said many have emphasized “keep the costs down, but do it right.” He said that is the aim of the proposed project. The goal is to enhance the learning experiences for students, Sonju said, while being more efficient with one campus instead of two in Glencoe. The Helen Baker building would be closed under the proposed building plan. Another part of the building costs is improvements at the Lakeside building in Silver Lake with new windows and the remodeling of the special ed classroom there. “That building is not going anywhere,” Sonju stressed. “That building is in the (bonding) plan.” That work needs to be done at Lakeside building regardless, he added. “The needs haven’t changed,” Sonju said of the two referendum defeats in 2011. “We do a very good job of making things work,” he added about solving space problems at Helen Baker. “Maybe that’s our problem.” Sonju stressed the proposed project would address the district’s space needs well into the future by building in an extra section for each grade in order to “plan for future growth.” ***** But in order to get a project accomplished, Sonju said, “The public needs to get on board. Ultimately, it (the push for the project) needs to come from the community.” He said it took three attempts before the high school building bond was approved in the late 1960s. Now the high school is approaching its 44th year, and that is longer than the former Henry Hill building was used as a high school (36 years). “This is not a Cadillac of a building,” Sonju said of the building addition, but it meets the basic needs of the district. “We were told to go after what you need (for facilities), not any more.” Michelle Sander, district business manager, said people driving by the school buildings often say the buildings “look just fine. “But this building (high school) is 43 years old,” Sander said, and requires maintenance on an on-going basis with plumbing, electrical, roofs and boilers. Helen Baker was opened in 1953, Lincoln was opened in 1963 and the high school in 1970. Lakeside was renovated in the 1980s after a fire destroyed part of the school building. ***** Asked about the “stop gap” project for ECFE/SE, Sonju said the $1.9 million project was done with a lease levy that required no referendum. Of that total, about $600,000 in district funds were used. He said the lease levy is used for obtaining additional space for educational purposes. In essence, using the lease levy, “is leasing from ourselves in building new space.” GSL Board member Anne Twiss said she did not consider the ECFE/SE addition a “stop gap” project. “We will have a fantastic facility. It is really a part of the overall plan. It’s not a stop gap, it’s the beginning of a bigger project.” Sonju said the ECFE/SE addition gives the district’s youngest learners “a great start” with enough space to expand the program in a way it cannot now. Asked about interest rates, Sander said the interest rate of about 3.3 percent remains low, even though the cost of the project has risen. She said the original plan was for a 15-year bond. The new, more expensive plan would seek a longer bond of up to 30 years. She said while the actual tax impact on district properties will drop under a 30-year bond, the bond interest, over the longer time, will be more. When asked why the district does not expand and remodel the Helen Baker first and then “build what you need” at the junior-senior high, Sonju said the state may not allow the district to pour that kind of money into the Helen Baker facility. Twiss said even if the Helen Baker is fixed, “we still do not have enough classroom space.” She said the proposed addition, “adds enough classroom space and efficiencies, too.” Asked about the resale value of Helen Baker, Sonju said it is probably about the same as the old middle school (Henry Hill) — $1. He said the last thing the district wants is for the Helen Baker building to be boarded up and left to deteriorate. “But we can’t market it until we get a positive referendum,” Sonju said. He stressed the need to keep that building as an asset to the community, “not a liability.” Sander said the land is probably more valuable than the Helen Baker building. People need to keep in mind, Sander said, that the Helen Baker building was opened in 1953, and education has changed considerably since then. She pointed to the space needs for special education that now take up classrooms; the need for handicapped bathrooms that are not now available; the expansion of technology and the Helen Baker building still has electrical fuses. As to expanding Helen Baker to gain more classroom space, Sander said, like Lakeside in Silver Lake, it is landlocked. While there is some space at Helen Baker, it would require the loss of the school’s playground and its parking. “There is not a lot of free room.” Sonju said the conversation will continue about facility needs. “No one wants taxes raised, but I think this is a great investment with lots of benefits,” Sonju said.
2-year-old seriously hurt in crash
A 2-year-old was seriously injured in a two-vehicle, broadside crash at 1 p.m., Saturday, on Highway 7 at the County Road 2 intersection in Silver Lake. Injured was Brynlee M. Wilhelm of North Mankato, who was a passenger in a 2007 Ford Fusion that collided with a 2007 Ford Freestyle. Both were travelling westbound on Highway 7, approaching County Road 2, when the accident occurred, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Drivers were Amber L. Bianchi, 27, of North Mankato, in the Fusion, and Harold W. Hanson, 81, of Hutchinson, in the Freestyle. Both were reported to have nonlife-threatening injuries. Beverly J. Hanson, 74, of Hutchinson, a passenger in the Fusion, sustained nonlifethreatening injuries as did Addison Wilhelm, 4, of North Mankato, a passenger in the Freestyle. Assisting at the scene were deputies from the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.
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Water issues need special attention before it is too late
Our view: Despite recent rains, flash flooding, our underground aquifers are being depleted
nyone who has had a flooded basement, witnessed flooding in the streets and in farm fields knows the frustration of dealing with these fartoo-frequent 100-year rain events. Call them what they are — flash floods. But it might come as a surprise that these “gully-washers” do little good in restoring the underground aquifers that were badly depleted in 2012 with the severe drought conditions. The flash flooding — over four inches in 90 minutes in Glencoe — simply ran off the asphalt streets and parking lots, into concrete storm sewers and into Buffalo Creek. What once was common — rain landing in farm fields, wetland areas and open areas and allowed to leach into the ground and recharge the underground aquifers that we rely so heavily on for our drinking water — now are impaired. With current high prices for corn and beans, farmers often plow up to fence lines, tile more fields to remove water more quickly and, as one commentor mentioned, some farmers “would have corn stocks growing on the sides of trees if they could.” But city folks are of the same mind. Get the water to run off and away as fast as possible so as not to have flooded basements and yards. Tile to the max, blacktop parking lots, build bigger sewers. Get the water moving away faster. But to where? To the creek that is already full after such major rain events. In the process, nature’s ability to recharge underground water supplies is being damaged by demands for a rapid runoff. Despite the city’s best efforts to invest milions of dollars into upgraded sewer systems and retention ponds, these efforts do nothing to
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address the aquifer issues. They simply get the water to drain off, minimizing property damage in the meantime. While that is the immediate issue — localized flooding — the longrange issue of restoring the underground water levels are being sidetracked by more farm tiles, more paved streets and parking lots and different priorities by different parties. That came out plainly at the recent open hearing held by the Buffalo Creek Watershed District. Each end of the four-county watershed area has different needs. Renville County farmers want water removed from their lands as fast as possible and seek larger tiles to do it. On this end, downstream, farmers are being inundated from upstream, losing crops in the process. They want smaller tiles and more water retention upstream to allow Buffalo Creek time to flow on before the upper water gets into the system. With the rapid disappearance of natural wetlands to maximize current high farm prices, Mother Nature may get the last laugh. It may decide this is not sustainable and stop recharging our underground water supplies altogether. This is serious business for which there is no simple solution. But what is abundantly clear is if the differing stakeholders in this unfolding crisis do not cooperate on a plan of action, a disaster could be the final result, and we all lose if our water supplies drain down to a point of no return. In this great state where water appears in abundance, the last thing most of us think about is a lack of drinking water. But we need to concentrate more on what lies under our feet than what we are doing on the surface. We need to relook at our priorities and act accordingly. — R.G.
Letters to the Editor Thank you to firefighters for all that they do for us
To the Editor: I would like to thank the Glencoe Fire Department for organizing the second annual Heat in the Street. It was a huge success! This is just another thing that the fire department does to raise funds to help our community. If you were there, thank you for coming; if not, you missed a great time. I am proud of each and every one of the 40 plus individuals who make up Glencoe’s department. This is truly a volunteer organization. Although their main duty is fighting fires, they also take on the responsibility of educating in our schools, training, mentoring other fire departments, responding to accidents, issuing weather alerts and supporting other local communities. This is not a complete list by any means, but an example of the things that so often go unnoticed. Allow me to take time to say “thank you.” All of these things are done without payment or benefit to themselves. Our military members will be the only ones recognized and praised for their services. Although I do thank the military members in our community and agree that they are heroes, I would just like us to remember that they are not the only heroes. I know first hand how the mother of a fireman feels when that pager goes off wondering what, when, or if they will return safely. I have attended their annual banquet in October and witnessed their pagers go off and see them all quickly leave the one and only occasion that was to honor their service to help someone else in need. In my book this defines a hero, too. I also thank the wives and families of these brave men and women for making this possible. For all the suppers, birthdays and bedtime prayers missed so that they could unselfishly help someone in need. I know the life of a fireman is busy and the amount of dedication it takes. Let me also point out that being a fireman is in addition to their normal employment. In fact, many of them use their “vacation days” at their job to benefit our community, which was proven this weekend. Now I know these individuals do get a small pension after their 15 plus years of service, but I also know that does not even amount to 5 cents per hour if you add all the time that these men have given of themselves. I am proud to have you in my “family.” I am proud of each and every one of the 40 plus individuals who currently serve Glencoe, and the previous men who have given of themselves so freely. If you see one of these “heroes” in our community, please acknowledge them for their time and efforts. Thank you to all firemen out there past and present. Jane Brinkmann Glencoe
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New legislation is attack on farmers
By State Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa With the annual FarmFest event just days away, many Minnesota farmers might be wondering how their lives may change thanks to the decisions made by Gov. Dayton and our new DFL-led legislature. No one can deny the importance of Minnesota’s farmers. Not only are they the backbone of Minnesota’s economy, they are also responsible for producing the food that helps feed our nation and our world. Clearly these are people we should be encouraging to expand their operations, not punishing them for any success they may have achieved. Apparently Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature believe differently. Not only did they do little to improve the agriculture industry during this past legislative session, they spent a great deal of their time finding ways to make farmers pay more. For example, have you heard about the maintenance and repair sales tax? Every time your tractor, combine or any other piece of farm equipment needs fixing, farmers will now pay a sales tax on the service, including labor charges. Or how about the warehousing and storage services sales tax? While farm products are exempt from this tax – corn and soybean commodity grain, etc. – the inputs used to produce these products are not. This means the warehousing fee farmers pay to store tractors, fertilizer, fuel and other inputs will now be taxed. The statewide general school levy will create a new tax on farm property. Under this tax, the education commissioner will set a uniform property tax rate to be applied to all property in Minnesota. This means that every Minnesota farmer will now be forced to pay an additional state-imposed property tax on every acre of land and building that they own. The Legislature and the governor also changed how assessors may value land containing most conservation easements. Previously, a county assessor was allowed under state law to reduce the value of property with an easement due to the limited use of the property. This reduced the property taxes paid by the landowner and incentivized easement purchases in Greater Minnesota. However, this process has now been changed to say that assessors CANNOT reduce the value of land holding an easement. This means if a county had previously reduced the value of a property with an easement, that property will now be valued at its highest and best use. This includes productive ag land, and will result in property owners with current easement agreements to experience a significant property tax increase. In all, there are more than a dozen new laws passed by the DFL-led Legislature this session that will force farmers to increase their cost of doing business. As a strong supporter of Minnesota agriculture, I’m unsure why Democrats made 2013 the year to attack our farmers. But there’s little doubt those who make their living off their land will now pay more so legislative Democrats can wastefully spend their hard earned money. To learn more about other new laws that negatively impact farmers, visit www.house.mn/21B and click on the “Attack on Farmers” link under “News Items.” State Rep. Steve Drazkowski is a former ag educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
Question of the week
The McLeod County Board of Commissioners just approved, on a 3-2 vote, a new wheelage tax on vehicles licensed in the county. The proceeds will go toward county road projects. Do you agree with the County Board’s vote? 1) Yes 2) No Results for most recent question: The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board is contemplating a third attempt at passing a building bond referendum, possibly this fall. Should the School Board make another attempt at it? Yes — 40% No — 60%
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Workshop set tonight at Hutchinson
Southwest Minnesota Arts & Humanities Council will be hosting a grant workshop from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts, 15 Franklin Street SW, Hutchinson. Greta Murray, executive director of the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, will present a workshop at the Hutchinson Center For the Arts to discuss the grant programs offered this fiscal year. There have been significant changes to the grant programs this year. These changes will be covered at this workshop. If your organization is planning to apply for a Legacy grant (over $5,000) this workshop is required. This workshop will specifically cover grants for organizations. The individual artist workshop will be held in two to three weeks. Individual artists are welcome to attend this workshop, but there will be different and specific information for individual artists at the later workshop. In addition, Greta will cover the online application process, deadlines, answer questions and provide insightful grant writing tips.
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Creekside Jazz performs
Creekside Jazz, a local trio of Lon Roach, on piano and saxophone, Dan Biederwolf on drums and Dave Sonsalla on bass, performed last Thursday for the residents and visitors at Grand Meadows Senior Living. Creekside Jazz was performaing as part of the Music by the Pond series this summer that has attracted large audiences. Like the previous concert, however, the performance was driven indoors due to the weather. But it did not seem to bother the concert goers, who were treated to water and ice cream treats during the evening.
Where’s the beef, or turkey?
I am dating myself a bit with the headline, but I remember those burger joint commercials with the little old lady asking, “Where’s the beef?” We have been on the hunt for a great burger recipe. I am one to dump a bunch of stuff in, then not remember what I put in them. My husband talked about picking up some pre-made patties from the meat counter and my natural reaction is always to say, I can find a recipe and make something. After the midnight dog cake incident, I do need to learn to be careful with that statement. At any rate, I did a bit of looking online and found this recipe that didn’t have a ton of crazy ingredients. Homemade Hamburgers 1 pound ground beef 2 egg yolks 1/4 cup minced onion 1 tablespoon ketchup 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 2 shakes Worcestershire sauce 1/4 - 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs Salt & Pepper Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Mix it as gently as possible and only enough to incorporate all your ingredients, but do not over mix. Form into patties. Recipe will make anywhere from 4 huge to 6 small hamburgers. Fry in pan or on the grill. The recipe says these hamburgers freeze perfectly (http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/). We made four nice sized burgers. No ques-
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My Turn Now
By Karin Ramige Cornwell tions about the location of the beef. My husband is the grill master at our house, so I can’t tell you exactly how long they were cooked. All I can say is they tasted really good and we will make them again. I also really like turkey burgers and have used this recipe for many years. I don’t know who Amy is, but she does have a good recipe for turkey burgers. Amy's Delicious Turkey Burgers 1 pound ground turkey 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes (optional) 1 teaspoon dried minced onion (optional) 1 egg 1/2 cup crushed cheese-flavored crackers Preheat a grill or fry pan to high heat. In a large bowl, mix together the ground turkey, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, minced onion, egg and crackers using your hands. Form into four patties. Place patties on the grill or in the pan and cook for about 5 minutes per side, until well done (http://allrecipes.com/recipe). These are both keepers in my book, but will continue to look for different burger recipes. Nothing wrong with a little variety!
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Plato Woodwork’s 120th year
Plato Woodwork hosted over 90 dealers from across the United States to celebrate 120 years in business. A three-day event, dealers toured the Plato factory, attended an Art+Science educational seminar, a Twins baseball game and a dealer council meeting. Dealers also saw displays showcasing the latest in Plato Woodwork’s new finishes, door styles and cabinet designs. Established in 1893, Plato Woodwork Inc. is a fifth-generation, family-owned manufacturer of fine custom cabinetry with more than 200 dealers nationwide. More information is available at www.platowoodwork.com. The Plato Woodwork production team includes, front row, left to right, Marlys Pinske and Lori Schade. Second row, Corey Pagenkopf, Jon Boesche, Mark Krueger, Melissa Pinske and Rod Mackenthun. Third row, Harlan Fisher, Paul Hahn, Nathan Bussler, Rick Pichotta, Karl Pinske and Tim Pinske.
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Engagements Templin — Marshall
Curtis Templin and Sandra Templin of Glencoe announce the engagement of their daughter, Angela Kay Templin, to Tony Marshall, son of Larry and Diane Marshall of Panama City, Fla. A Saturday, Oct. 19, wedding is planned at Shores of Panama in Panama City Beach, Fla. Grandparents of the couple are Marilyn Templin and the late Ernie Templin and Lorna Shanahan and the late Harold Pollmann. Templin is a 1991 graduate of Glencoe High School and a graduate of Galen College of Nursing in St. Petersburg, Fla. She is employed as an LPN at High Point Medical Group in Panama City Beach,
Team Jenkins to host Orth benefit Aug. 3
Team Jenkins of Remax Homes, a Glencoe Realtor, is sponsoring a benefit for the Tim Orth Foundation on Saturday, Aug. 3. Michaelee Jenkins, who with her husband, Tim, is “Team Jenkins,” said she she will bring a variety of health and wellness experiences to participants, as well as support a deserving local charity. Michaelee Jenkins said she suffered for years from muscle inflammation, stenosis and food intolerances and allergies, and finally found some relief through natural remedies. The spa day, “The Sanctuary Health & Wellness,” will expose participants to a variety of natural health and wellness techniques, from yoga to Tai Chi to alternative medicine to yoga and African drum healing. The day starts at Remax Homes at 1930 E. 10th St., with registration from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. At 8 a.m., Jenkins, a yoga instructor who, with her husband, owns My Time Yoga, will lead yoga stretches, followed by a 3K walk on the walking path, starting at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., followed by a general session led by Steven D. Fjerstad, a trained and certified naturopathic doctor and owner of the Back to Wellness Center in Litchfield. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with entertainment by Nadia, a professional belly dancer for over 15 years, who also teaches classes in Glencoe and Hutchinson. She will offer a mini lesson for anyone who would like one. There will be several breakout sessions throughout the afternoon. Choices from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. include: • “How to Grow and Use a Healing Garden with Herbs,” by Connie Karstens, a herbalist and holistic nutrition educator and owner of the Lamb Shoppe and Wellness Center. • “You Are What You Eat … Eats,” with Dean Engelmann, a co-owner of Tangletown Gardens of Plato, and the Wise Acre Eatery of Minneapolis. Tangletown promotes a “farm-to-table” concept of restaurant fare, utilizing grass-fed beef and other meats, as well as organically grown vegetables. • “Alternative Medicine 102” with Dr. Fjerstad. From 1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m., participants will have a choice of: • “What’s Keeping You Up at Night” with Dr. Fjerstad. • “Benefits of Performance Enhancement Therapy” by Tania Krueger, a naturopath who owns Tania’s Wellness Corner in Hutchinson. • “Gotta Go Right Now” with Kelsey Bills, who is trained in urogynecologic physical therapy. She is employed by Glencoe Regional Health Services. • “You Are What You Eat … Eats” with Engelmann. There will be a break from 2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m., with a Tai Chi performance with Marie Mathay, a teacher of Sun Style Tai Chi and Qigong, and an African drum healing demonstration with Timothy Berry, a percussionist and director of Praise Groove, a gospel group based in the Twin Cities. Breakout sessions will resume after the afternoon break, and from 3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. will be “calming down” sessions that include: • “Tai Chi Beginners Class” with Mathey. • “African Drum Healing Interaction” with Berry. • “How to Live Your Extraordinary Life,” a meditation yoga class by Jenkins. • “Benefits of Lympatic Enhance Therapy,” with Krueger. The day will end with tethered hot-air balloon rides from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. Rides will be open to participants for a charitable donation to the Tim Orth Foundation. The Tim Orth Foundation has been helping children with medical needs and bills for many years. Tim Orth was a BOLD High School student who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 1996 and who died in 1997. medical conditions. More detailed information about the spa day can be found at the Jenkins’ website, www.teamjenkins.net.
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Area students on UM list
Several area students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. They included Brownton: Kaycie Lindeman and Megan Sikkila; Glencoe: Kristine Kirchhoff and Kaylee Kruschke; Lester Prairie: Shane Cory; and Silver Lake: Kelli Garbers.
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Twins born to Hartmanns
Jason and Angie Hartmann of Lafayette announce the birth of twin daughters, Madayln Ruby and Karli Ruby, on July 22, 2013, at Hutchinson Health. Madalyn weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and Karli weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces. Older brother is Owen. Grandparents are Lorie Gieseke of rural New Ulm, Mike Haas of rural New Ulm and Michael and Diane Hartmann of rural Gibbon. Great-grandparents are Elroy Bargmann of Glencoe and Otto and Mary Hartmann of Gibbon.
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Area students on dean’s list
Several area students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at Alexandria Technical College. They included: Glencoe — Shannon Cline is in the liberal arts and sciences program and Travis Jacques is in the machine tool technology program; New Auburn — Brandon Becker is enrolled in the diesel mechanics program; Norwood Young America — Jordan Voigt is enrolled in the law enforcement program.
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History Club visits bank
On Friday, July 12, several students from the Glencoe-Silver Lake History Club toured the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Some of the things the students found to be interesting included the very tight security, the amount of money handled daily, robotic transporters carrying huge amounts of money, historical facts of the Federal Reserve, and the local art that decorates the building. The Federal Reserve building was built in 1997 at a cost of $100 million and currently employs 1,000 people. The Minneapolis site is one of 12 Federal Reserve Banks in the United States. More information can be found by visiting: www.minneapolisfed.org. From left to right are Oakley Clark, Shannon Twiss, Sloan Becker, Danielle Mathews, Mariah Guldemann Chiariello and Derek Ortloff.
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100 Years Ago
Aug. 1, 1913 O.C. Conrad, Editor Issue not available. Mr. and Mrs. Emil Draeger are the parents of a baby girl born here last Friday. Mr. and Mrs. John Wegner are proud parents of a baby girl who was born last Friday.
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From the Brownton Bulletin archives
20 Years Ago
July 28, 1993 Lori Copler, Editor Stewart residents and organizations have recently completed several improvements to the city softball field, including buying additional land to make the field large enough to be sanctioned by the American Softball Association (ASA). The McLeod County Senior Citizens group crowned its annual king and queen Wednesday at a picnic in Brownton. Emma Rickert, 98, of Brownton, was crowned queen, while Ed Ranzau, 87, of Glencoe, was crowned the king.
75 Years Ago
July 28, 1938 Percy L. Hakes, Editor Investigating a complaint last Friday that slot machines were again creeping into public places in the county, Sheriff A.T. Beihoffer and his deputies investigated and confiscated several of the machines according to law. Machines were found at the Merchant restaurant and Knott beer parlor in Winsted, the Log Cabin and the Clarence Vorlicek and Charles Pobrasky beer parlors in Silver Lake, the Penk service station and beer parlor near Stewart, and the Wegmen service station near Plato. Bruno C. Sell died Tuesday, July 19, at the age of 49 years. The deceased was active in civic affairs and always took a leading role in the Edward Ewald Post 143 of the American Legion. He was a member of the Brownton Volunteer Fire Department and the Brownton Civic and Commerce Association, having worked for Brownton Produce Co. for 28 years and most recently for Pietrus Produce Co. here in Brownton.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 1, 1963 Charles H. Warner, Editor Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Zimmerman celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, July 28, at Immanuel Lutheran Church with their children as hosts. Seven members of the Brownton High School class of 1940 held a reunion at the Warren West home Monday evening. Those attending were Mrs. Mildred (Dwinnell) Hagstrom of Tucson, Ariz., Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Rath (Shirley Paehlke), Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Lundgren (Erna Doerr) of Darwin, Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Bartels (Delores Rennecke), Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Meyer (Myrtle Lang) and Mr. and Mrs. Warren West (Wilma Ewald). Ann Wachter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wachter of Brownton, graduated from the Meeker County School of Practical Nursing July 24 at the Litchfield High School auditorium.
10 Years Ago
July 30, 2003 Lori Copler, Editor Karen Maiers and her daughter, Amanda, organized a fundraising benefit for the victims of the June 24 Buffalo Lake tornado, and raised $11,000. The fundraiser included a Dad’s Belgian Waffles breakfast and a silent auction, with 780 people attending. Ken and Bridget Petersen of Stewart announce the birth of their son, Nathan Jacob, born July 22, 2003, at Glencoe Regional Health Services.
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Natural gas utility construction
Work continues on the construction of a municipal natural gas utility in the city of Brownton. Michels Construction is continuing to install the gas mains; the final quadrant of the city to be done is the northwest sector. Once the mains are finished, individual services to homes and businesses will be installed. The construction is expected to be completed by the start of the winter heating season.
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
Aug. 1, 1913 A.F. Avery, Editor One of the saddest accidents which it has ever been our duty to chronicle occurred in this village Tuesday afternoon about 5 o’clock. Prosper L. Schmitz had finished his work at the bank and had gone home with the intent to take an automobile ride with his wife and foster daughter, Irene Frances. While waiting for his wife and daughter, he had concluded to back the car out of the shed and turn around, and looked to see that the coast was clear before doing so. The little one must have run behind the car just as he turned his head and was struck by the 2,300-pound machine, the rear wheel evidently passing over her head and shoulder. The baby had for a moment eluded the watchful vigilance of her foster mother, who arrived just in time to pick up the limp little body. Nearly frenzied with grief and fear, Mr. and Mrs. Schmitz rushed the little victim downtown to Dr. Tinker’s office, where a moment’s examination concluded that the baby’s skull was crushed. She only gasped once or twice after being rushed to the doctor’s office and then the little life was gone, having reached the age of 14 months and 2 days. A more heart-rending accident can hardly be imagined; the little one’s mother passed away in January, and the girl was lovingly cared for by her uncle and aunt ever since, her father being engaged in the buying of grain in North Dakota.
75 Years Ago
July 29, 1938 Harry Koeppen, Editor Stewart was saddened last Saturday morning by the death of Mrs. Emil Schiro (Annie Dascher) at her home here, the cause being a stroke. She was 51 years, 9 months and 19 days of age at the time of her death. She is survived by her husband and five children, Elmer Schiro of St. Peter, Raymond Schiro of Round Grove, Mrs. Alvin (Edna) Rickheim of Round Grove, Mrs. Marin (Della) Klitzke of Bismarck and Lucille Schiro of Stewart. She was preceded in death by one son, Alvin, in 1936. A baby boy was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Bussler. Edgar Kloempken, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kloempken, had the misfortune of getting into the sickle of a tractor-drawn binder and his leg was quite seriously cut. He was rushed to the hospital in Hutchinson where he is recuperating quite nicely as of this writing.
Shetland pony. It will be given away on Aug. 20. The residence and household goods of the Fred Lewin estate will be offered at auction on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3, starting at 1 p.m. The house has five rooms and bath, and is modern. It is located one-half block west of the St. Boniface School.
BARK kickball, beanbag tourneys set for Aug. 10
Brownton Area Resources for Kids (BARK) will host its fifth annual kickball and beanbag tournament Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Brownton softball field. The day starts at 8 a.m. with a 5K fun run/walk, with a kids’ dash immediately following. The cost for the fun run is $20, and entries can be made by contacting Stef Gronlund at gronlund@ hutchtel.net. There is no charge for the kids’ dash. The kickball tournament starts at 9 a.m., and will pay out $300 to the first-place team, with prizes going to the top three teams (based on an eight-team tournament). Team members must be at least 16 years old, and there is an entry fee of $130 per team. Registration deadline is Aug. 8. To register and to get the official rules, contact Shannon Jerabek at 320-3284239. The beanbag tournament will have a 90 percent payback, with $350 slated for the first-place team. Payouts will be to the top six teams, based on a 32-team tournament. There is an entry fee of $30 per team. The tournament starts at 10 a.m. at the softball team (it will be moved indoors to the Brownton Area Civic Center in the event of rain). Registration deadline is Aug. 7. To register and to get the official rules, call Todd Kalenberg at 320-582-1605. Other activities include a kids scavenger hunt for food shelf items from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; pony rides, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; an exhibition kickball game for kids, noon; and “Clown Town,” 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The day will conclude with a street dance, for those 21 and older, in front of the Brownton Bar & Grill from 8 p.m. to midnight, featuring Papa Shaw. All proceeds from the day help fund activities for Brownton-area youth.
35 Years Ago
Aug. 3, 1978 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Leo “Buzz” Nelson of Stewart was named to the board of directors of the Northwest Agri-Dealers Association at its annual meeting in Cable, Wis., on July 15. Northwest Agri-Dealers is composed of country elevators, feed mills and fertilizer plants, with principal membership in Minnesota. A number of new display counters and racks arrived recently at Frogg’s in Stewart, and the new merchandise has been displayed in an attractive manner. Frogg’s has a complete line of Hallmark cards, crafts and gifts, as well as ice cream. Thieves attempted to gain entrance to the Municipal Liquor Store here sometime Friday evening or Saturday morning, but did not succeed. Manager Don Beich said that the front door of the off-sale door was pried with a bar, causing some damage. The McLeod County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
Breastfeeding support theme of local efforts
Minnesota Breastfeeding Awareness Month (August) is celebrated in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated worldwide Aug. 1-7. The 2013 World Breastfeeding W e e k theme, “Breastfeeding S u p port: Close to Mothers,” highlights the importance of providing support to breastfeeding families. Breastfeeding is important for both mother and baby. Human milk is tailored to the needs of the human infant. Research shows that infants who are not exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life are more likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases, including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, obesity and respiratory illnesses. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers. In Minnesota, the majority of m o t h e r s breastfeed; h o w e v e r, many stop breastfeeding earlier t h a n planned, or do not breastfeed at all. Many women face multiple and complex barriers that keep them from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals. Support and encouragement from family, friends, employers, communities, health care and child care providers reduces barriers and helps mothers who wish to breastfeed overcome the barriers they do encounter. Sources of breastfeeding support in a community include WIC, public health, hospital IBCLCs/lactation counselors, La Leche League, and local breastfeeding coalition. In celebration of Minnesota Breastfeeding Awareness Month, Crow River Area Breastfeeding Coalition, McLeod County Public Health, Glencoe Regional Health Services, Hutchinson Health and B&B Sports have teamed together to support a breastfeeding and family quiet zone at this year ’s McLeod County Fair. Breastfeeding mothers will find an RV located on the outdoor mall. This space will provide privacy, if this is desired, and respite from the heat. In Minnesota, it is a mother’s right to breastfeed where and when the baby is hungry including public locations. Interested in learning more? Please contact Jessica Schmidt, McLeod County Public Health/WIC Breastfeeding coordinator at 320864-1737 or Jessica. schmidt@co.mcleod.mn.us.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 1, 1963 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Boys and girls attending the McLeod County Fair will have the chance to win a real, live
From The Chronicle archives
30 Years Ago
Aug. 3, 1983 Bill Ramige, Editor Two new doctors will begin work in Glencoe and Lester Prairie on Aug. 15. Both will be associated with the Glencoe Medical Clinic. Family practitioner Douglas L. Wagoner, M.D., will practice in Glencoe in the areas of family practice, obstetrics and pediatrics. Delores Kotschwar, M.D., will become the only full-time Lester Prairie physician. The thermometer on the Security Bank & Trust Co. sign hit over 100 degrees on Friday, the first 100-degree mark seen in Glencoe this summer. The reading was 102 when the Chronicle photographer first spotted it at about 6 p.m. Glencoe, led by Gregg Schmidt’s two homers for five RBIs, defeated Brownton on Friday night to win the Third District League A championship in Legion baseball.
20 Years Ago
Aug. 4, 1993 Rich Glennie, Editor The downtown improvement project got under way last week when a crew from Duininck Brothers began work on replacing a storm sewer in the alley behind the Chronicle office between Hennepin Avenue and Greeley Avenue. As of Aug. 3, the crew had completed the alley work and had gone on to Greeley Avenue, where work continued from the intersection of Ninth Street north towards 10th Street. McLeod County Landfill was lined last week. It took 15 men to carry the rubber-like liner down the slopes of the landfill. Four acres were lined during the two-day project. The Lester Prairie First Responders were the recipients of a Resusci Annie training mannequin from the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association and National Auto Dealers Charitable Foundation. Jim Harpel and Duayne Heimerl of Harpel Brothers, Inc., made the contribution possible by sponsoring the application.
10 Years Ago
July 30, 2003 Rich Glennie, Editor Mark Gould, formerly of Glencoe and Lake Benton, recently performed for the Como Lakeside Theater at the Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul in the musical “South Pacific.” Gould played the role of Emile, which he played at the Lake Benton Opera House in 1980. Gould and his brother, Eddie, of Glencoe, also were asked to be co-producers at Como Lakeside Theater starting with the 2004 season. The Goulds have been producing plays in the Twin Cities area for the past two years under the name of Crystal Theater Company. The Goulds are the grandsons of Jay Gould, a famous circus and entertainer entrepreneur who built the Crystal Theater in Glencoe in the early 1900s. Scott Morris, son of Jeff and Nancy Morris, received his Eagle Scout award on July 27. For his Eagle project, Morris chose to repair and paint walls at Christ Lutheran Church, which he completed with the help of fellow scouts from his troop.
Plato blood drive collects 20 Brownton seniors meet; card winners announced 38 units last Thursday
The Plato Lions’ American Red Cross blood drive of Thursday, July 25, collected 38 units of blood. The drive was in support of Plato native Becky Sprengeler, who required 22 units of blood after she was attacked by a dairy cow and seriously injured last December. On Thursday, there were four first-time donors — Kristin Farrow, Bernadine Riegel, Renee Wawrzyniak and Bonnie Pearson. Donors reaching milestones included: Six gallon: Sharon Graupmann. 13 gallons: Loren Busse. 15 gallons: Mark Schmidt. The blood drive organizers thanked all for helping Becky Sprengeler. The next drive in Plato will be on Oct. 31. Twenty senior citizens attended the weekly meeting of the Brownton Senior Citizens Club on Monday in the Brownton Community Center. The card game winners included: 500 — Norma Albrecht, first; Bernetta Alsleben, second. Pinochle — Ordella Schmidt, first; Archie Diehn, second. Sheephead — Elmer Maass, first; Lowell Brelje, second. The door prize went to Leone Kujas. Lunch was by John Huebert. The next meeting will be at 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 5.
Thurs., Aug. 1 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info. Mon., Aug. 5 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, Brownton Community Center, 1 p.m. Tues., Aug. 6 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m.; Brownton City Council, 7 p.m.; Stewart National Night Out, Stewart City Park, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 7 — Free Abundant Table community meal, Christ Lutheran Church basement fellowship hall, 1820 Knight Ave., Glencoe, 4:30 p.m., Call 320-864-4549 for reservation. Thurs., Aug. 8 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info. Fri., Aug. 9 — Brownton Lions annual Brownton Corn Feed, Brownton Community Center, 5-7 p.m., Kids Pedal Pull, 7 p.m.; Panther Association 9th annual Golf Tournament, Glencoe Country Club, 1:30 p.m.
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GRHS’ new record system aims to improve convenience
Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS) is transitioning to a more advanced electronic medical record (EMR) system called Excellian on Aug. 1. Excellian, a software product from EPIC, is widely used by health care organizations in the Twin Cities and across greater Minnesota. Current GRHS patients are being asked to arrive 20 minutes early for their next appointment in order to review and sign three consent and disclosure forms that are required to establish a patient record in Excellian. They also may stop at any GRHS clinic location – separately from a scheduled appointment – to complete the forms at their convenience. Parents may sign for minor children. Adults will need a current photo ID and insurance card. “We are asking everyone to be patient with our clinic check-in staff and the providers, nurses, lab technicians and others they encounter when receiving care here at GRHS over the next several weeks. We will be working in a new system, and while we have done a lot of pre-work and training to help things go smoothly, there is a possibility that patients may experience some delays as we get used to everything,” said Jon Braband, FACHE, president and CEO of GRHS. “The EMR transition is a major undertaking, but the benefits will be far-reaching and long-lasting.” Benefits to patients and providers of care: The Excellian EMR collects all of a patient’s health information into a centralized record and makes it available online for all the providers who are involved in a patient’s care. It includes the patient’s medical history, vital signs taken at each clinic visit, diagnoses and treatment plans, medications, allergies, lab test results and imaging results. All of this information is accessible to providers in a clinic exam room, in the emergency room or at the patient’s bedside in the hospital. Excellian reduces the potential for dangerous errors and makes care more efficient by eliminating handwritten orders. Patient safety is also enhanced because Excellian stores information about patients’ allergies and current medications, and automatically alerts providers if they order a new prescription that could cause a reaction. The system also alerts providers if their treatment plan for a patient varies significantly from national standards. “The new EMR offers the potential to make the quality of care we deliver at GRHS even better. It will enable our physicians and other health care providers to be better informed and respond more quickly and safely when making treatment decisions,” said John Bergseng, DO, FACOS, general surgeon and vice president of medical affairs at GRHS. Common medical record feature makes information portable: GRHS is buying access to Excellian from Allina Health, which has been using the software in its hospitals and clinics for several years. This arrangement offers an important benefit for GRHS patients, according to Braband. “All of our patients will have a choice for their medical records to be accessible here at GRHS only or widely across Allina Health and its affiliates. Patients who choose to establish a “common medical record” through Excellian will be granting permission for providers in all of the affiliated organizations to view and enter information about their diagnoses, treatments, medications and test results,” he explained. “This ‘portability’ is very valuable for making treatment decisions and enables greater continuity for patients as they move from one organization to another for care.” A consent form to establish a common medical record is one of the forms that patients will complete as part of their medical record paperwork. Patients will have the option to decline the common medical record feature, but Braband expects most patients will want it. “It’s a great convenience for patients as well as providers, since it eliminates the need to pre-arrange a medical record transfer or hand-carry a medical image file from one provider to another,” he said. By signing the consent to create a common medical record, patients will grant permission for their medical record to be accessed by providers at all Allina Health hospitals, clinics and specialty clinics, such as the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. A network of providers like GRHS that obtain access to the Excellian EMR system through Allina Health will also have access to a patient’s common medical record. These providers include: First Light Health System in Mora; Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids; Hutchinson Health in Hutchinson; Stillwater Medical Group in Stillwater; Regina Medical Center in Hastings; and United Family Medicine in St. Paul. MyChart enables patients to be more involved: Excellian also features an online patient portal called MyChart, so patients can directly access portions of their electronic medical records from a home computer or selected mobile device. By signing up for MyChart, patients can: receive lab test and imaging results; view and print their immunization records and list of current medications; schedule and cancel many types of clinic appointments online; email non-urgent questions to their providers; and even access health information for their child or another adult, if the other adult provides written consent. GRHS patients will be able to sign up for MyChart beginning Aug. 1. They can do so by asking their provider’s nurse or medical assistant to help them activate their account at their next clinic visit or receive an access code for setting up their account from home. Patients also can find signup instructions and downloadable sign-up forms at www.grhsonline.org/mychart. Once signed up with a personal ID and password, patients can log in to their MyChart accounts by clicking a link on the GRHS home page, www.grhsonline.org. Glencoe Regional Health Services was founded in 1941. It includes a primarycare clinic, 25-bed critical access hospital, a 110-bed nursing home and a 40-unit independent senior housing complex in Glencoe, and outpatient clinics in Lester Prairie and Stewart. For more information, visit www.grhs online.org.
Obituaries Cora Irene Hansch, 90, of Brownton
Funeral services for Cora Irene (Overson) Hansch, 90, of Brownton, were held Wednesday, July 24, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. The Rev. D a v i d Markworth officiated. M r s . Hansch died Friday, July 19, 2013, at Glencoe R e g i o n a l Cora Hansch Health Services long-term care center. The organist was Dawn Wolter and soloist Kristen Hansch sang “In the Garden.” Congregational hymns were “Softly and Tenderly” and “Jesus Loves Me.” Honorary pallbearers were Kristen Hansch, David Berge, Nathan Bruch, Alexandra “Lexi” Hansch, Teagan and Maxton Hansch, Hayden and Ethan Berge, River Hansch, Logan Bruch, and Kaylee and Kora Hansch. Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Christopher Hansch, Tina Berge, Benjamin Hansch, Thomas Hansch, Rory Hansch, Vana Bruch, Travis Hansch and Ryan Hansch. Interment was in the church cemetery. Cora Irene Overson was born Aug. 2, 1922, on the Overson homestead in Sibley Township, Sibley County, to Ole and Helen (Johnson) Overson. She grew up on the Overson homestead. She was baptized as an infant on Sept. 10, 1922, and confirmed in her faith as a youth on June 21, 1936, at the Norwegian Grove Lutheran Church in Norseland. She attended school in District 47 in Sibley Township and was a graduate of the Gaylord High School class of 1940. She furthered her education at the Franklin Vocational LPN Nursing School in Minneapolis. Following her education, she worked at the Glencoe Hospital. On Nov. 24, 1944, Cora Overson was united in marriage to Alexander “Allie” Hansch at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord. To this marriage three sons were born, James, Darrell and Joel. The Hansch family resided and farmed south of Gaylord until 1959. At that time, they purchased a farm south of Brownton and farmed until retirement in 1989. They bought and moved into a home in Brownton. They shared 58 years of marriage before Mr. Hansch died on Dec. 22, 2002. Mrs. Hansch remained in her home until 2008, when she moved to Parkview Apartments in Brownton. Mrs. Hansch was a very devoted wife and mother. She worked very hard on the farm and assisted her husband with many duties. She was always willing to help out with the grandchildren. She was always giving of herself and her time. A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton, Mrs. Hansch was active in the Women’s Mission Circle and took care of the nursery roll registrar. She enjoyed quilting, baking, canning, gardening and embroidery work. She especially enjoyed sewing and mending for her family and many others. Mrs. Hansch cherished the time she spent with her family and friends. When she needed assistance with her daily care, Mrs. Hansch became a resident of Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care center on May 26, 2013. Having lived to be 90, her faith and wisdom were shared with many. Her children and grandchildren feel very blessed to have had her in their lives here on earth for so many years. Blessed be her memory. Survivors include her children, James Hansch and Janice Hansch, Darrell (Renee) Hansch and Joel (Mary) Hansch; grandchildren, Christopher (Kristen) Hansch, Tina (David) Berge, Benjamin Hansch, Thomas Hansch and his special friend, Erin Kerr, Rory Hansch and his special friend, Mae Fors, Vana (Nathan) Bruch, Travis Hansch and his fiancé, Shelby Hilde, and Ryan Hansch and his special friend, Blair Lindeman; great-grandchildren, Alexandra “Lexi” Hansch, Teagan and Maxton Hansch, Hayden and Ethan Berge, River Hansch, Logan Bruch, Kaylee and Kora Hansch; sisters-in-law, Margaret Overson and Lucinda Hansch; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Ole and Helen Overson; husband, Allie Hansch; brothers, Oscar, Eldo, Raymond and his wife, Marie, Leland and Clayton and his wife, Caroline; sisters, Ardell Overson and Lorraine Erickson and her husband, Loren. Arrangements were by the Hantge Funeral Chapel in Brownton. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
Thank You
The family of Cora Hansch extends our heartfelt thanks to our relatives, friends and neighbors for your prayers, cards, calls, flowers, food, memorials and expressions of sympathy during our loss. A special thank you to Hantge Dobratz Funeral Chapels of Hutchinson for your professional services; Pastor Reed and Pastor Markworth for your visits, support and the funeral service; organist, Dawn Wolter; soloist Kristen Hansch; the Ladies of Immanuel Lutheran Church for preparing and serving lunch; and to all who assisted with the service. Thank you to GRHS for the special care given to Cora during her stay. Words cannot adequately express the value and comfort we found in your acts of kindness shown to our families during this time. God Bless. The family of Cora Hansch
Thank You
The family of Bernice Huebert wishes to thank everyone at Harmony River for the wonderful care she received while she was there. A special thanks to Pastor Reed for his kind words and visits. Thanks to the ladies Aid for serving the lunch, to the many people who brought food to the house. Thanks to everyone for their kind words at this sad time. God Bless, Donald Huebert Gerry & Carol & family David & Mary & family Kay & Mel & Family The family of Connie Knop
THANK YOU The family of Gertrude “Gert” Noga would like to thank everyone for your visits, prayers, cards, flowers, phone calls, donations of food, memorials, and expressions of sympathy during this difficult time. A special thank you to both Father Stubeda and Father Okonkwo. Also to August and Irene Makovsky and Sue Mielke for the beautiful music, to the ladies from St. Pius X CCW for preparing and serving the lunch, Gloria Oltmann for the readings, the CCW members for the Rosary, the VFW Auxiliary Ladies, and to all those who assisted with the mass. Thanks to Glencoe Regional Health Services and Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. Your kindness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered. God Bless. Leonard (Lenny) Noga Douglas & Margaret Noga & family Lori & Scott Doering & family Wayne & Mavis Noga & family Scott Noga & Mona Wehde Daniel & Rhonda Noga & family *30Ca
McLeod For Tomorrow accepting applications for leadership program
McLeod For Tomorrow is accepting applications for their 2013-14 leadership program. The program is an educational experience featuring nine one-day sessions on the dynamics of the community and the role leadership shares in building healthy communities. The program is designed for both current and emerging leaders, and is open to 24 participants who either live or work in McLeod County. Sessions are held during the months of September through May and will take place in each of the nine communities in McLeod County. Each session features a mix of leadership trainings, local information, and tours of the communities and businesses. Applications are available at www.mcleodfortomorrow. com. The deadline for applying is Aug. 22. To receive an application by mail or for further information, contact Casey Walters or Liz Marcus, program coordinators, at 320-4844335 or by email at: casey.walters@co.mcleod.mn .us or elizabeth.marcus@ co.mcleod.mn.us. McLeod For Tomorrow is an initiative of a local group of citizens from around the county who are leading an effort to develop a greater awareness of community and collaboration. The leadership program is sponsored in partnership with McLeod County and University of Minnesota Extension.
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Deaths Douglas Ball, 62, of Glencoe
Memorial services for Douglas Ball, 62, of Glencoe, wil be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, at Sychar Lutheran Church in Silver Bay. Mr. Ball died on Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, at the JohnsonMcBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. A gathering of family and friends will continue
from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, at the Silver Bay church. Interment will be at Sawtooth Mountain Cemetery in Silver Bay. An online guest book is available at www.hantge. com.
Maria G.A. Ruelas, 43, of Lester Prairie
Mass of Christian Burial for Maria Guadalupe Amaya Ruelas, 43, of Lester Prairie, will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 31, from the
Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe. Ms. Ruelas died from a car accident on Friday, July 26, 2013, near Norwood Young America. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 30, at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Rosary will be at 8 p.m. Visitation continues on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the funeral chapel. Interment will be in the Glencoe Catholic Cemetery. An online guest book is available at www.hantge. com.
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esterday I found treasure on my bookshelf in a book written about a “man of faith” named Hudson Taylor, who was a missionary in China in the 1800s. In this book “Lessons of Discipleship,” he faced many tough days, including the loss of several children and his wife, and yet he persevered. He once said, “I am so weak that I can hardly write, I cannot read my Bible, I cannot even pray, I can only lie still in God’s arms like a little child, and trust.” He also said, “God wants you to have something far better than riches and gold, and that is helpless dependence upon Him.” Maybe today you face circumstances that seem so great that you feel God the Father has abandoned you, or maybe you are so weak, you find it hard to pray. Let me assure you the Lord is waiting for you to surrender all to Him and admit your helpless dependence on Himself. God doesn’t merely comfort us in our heartaches, sicknesses and need. Rather, He comes to us saying, “Son, daughter, when are you going to take your place at My side? When will you come into My house and lay hold of all the resources that are now rightfully yours?” The Bible states, “Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ,” (Galatians 4:6-7). As David Wilkerson once wrote, “If Jesus is your Lord and Savior, then you’re a child of God. And because you are His child, you are automatically an heir and joint-heir with Christ to all the riches of the Father! Of course, our position as heirs has nothing to do with material wealth. To say that Christ died to make us rich in gold or silver is blasphemy.” The Bible states, “In him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily,” (Colossians 2:9). This means God has given Jesus all riches in glory. Therefore, He has every resource needed to bring us out of every bad day we might face. Yet, you may ask, “Isn’t God interested in our physical well-being? All my bad days have to do with my lack of finances. I constantly worry about making ends meet.” Beloved, your Father begins by meeting all your physical needs. His Word promises, “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:19). My friend, God is faithful to take care of all your bad days including employment, your health, and your family. Yet there are also the riches of His goodness—strength, wisdom and grace, as well as the riches of His full assurance of salvation. And, beyond even these, there are His unsearchable riches. Whatever you face today, you have a Heavenly Father who loves you. This weekly message is contributed by the following concerned citizens and businesses who urge you to attend the church of your choice. To be added to this page, contact us at 320-864-5518.
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BEREAN BAPTIST 727 E. 16th St., Glencoe Jonathan Pixler, Pastor 320-864-6113 Call Jan at 320-864-3387 for women’s Bible study Wed., July 31 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Fri., Aug. 2 — Men’s Bible study at church, 9 a.m. Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship, 9:30 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10:30 a.m. Tues., Aug. 6 — Men’s Bible study at church, 6 a.m. Wed., Aug. 7 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m. CHRIST LUTHERAN 1820 N. Knight Ave., Glencoe Katherine Rood, Pastor 320-864-4549 www.christluth.com E-mail: office@christluth.com Wed., July 31 — Televised worship, 2 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 1 — Grand Meadows worship, 10:30 a.m. Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship with communion, 9 a.m.; kick off vacation Bible school; Noisy Pail collection for school supplies; missionary Peter Harritts, 5 p.m.; refreshments after. Mon., Aug. 5 — Televised worship service, 3 p.m.; VBS, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tues., Aug. 6 — Ladies’ fellowship at Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m.; VBS, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Wed., Aug. 7 — Televised worship, 2 p.m.; VBS, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Aug. 4 — No church service. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., July 31 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 1 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; Mass, 8:20 a.m.; fundraiser night at Unhinged Pizza; CCW meeting, 7 p.m. Fri., Aug. 2 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; Mass, 8:20 a.m.; adoration of blessed sacrament follows Mass until noon; first Friday communion calls, 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 5 p.m. Sat., Aug. 3 — Widow/widowers and senior singles breakfast at Dubbs Grill, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish baptisms, 10 a.m.; reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sun., Aug. 4 — Mass and baptism, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish mass, 11:30 a.m.; Hispanic ministry religous education registration; Hispanic youth ministry group kickoff, 4 p.m.; Mass at Seneca, 4:30 p.m.; Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m. Mon., Aug. 5 — No Mass; KC 4th degree meeting in Stewart, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Aug. 6 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; Mass, 8:20 a.m. Wed., Aug. 7 — Principal meeting, 9:30 a.m.; St. Pius X school registrations, 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; St. Pius X school registrations, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship, 9:15 a.m. Tues., Aug. 6 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m.
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FIRST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 925 13th St. E., Glencoe Daniel Welch, Senior Pastor Ronald L. Mathison, Associate Pastor 320-864-5522 www.firstglencoe.org E-mail: office@firstglencoe.org Wed., July 31 — Worship with communion, 7 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 1 — Board of deacons, 7 p.m.; board of evangelism, 7 p.m.; board of trustees, 7 p.m. Fri., Aug. 2 — Mission team, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship with communion, 8 a.m.; fellowship time, 9 a.m.; Revelation Bible study, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. Mon., Aug. 5 — NYG meeting, 6 p.m.; youth worship, 7 p.m. Tues., Aug. 6 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; board of stewardship, 6:30 p.m.; Christian education board, 7 p.m.; day school board, 7 p.m. Wed., Aug. 7 — Worship with communion, 7 p.m. GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod 1407 Cedar Ave. N., Glencoe www.gslcglencoe.org Rev. James F. Gomez, Pastor Matthew Harwell, Director of Christian Education E-mail: office@gslcglencoe.org Wed., July 31 — Worship with communion, 7 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 1 — GRHS communion, 9:30 a.m. Sat., Aug. 3 — Rowdiest Flock softball tournament. Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship with communion, 9 a.m.; Community Strings rehearsal, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tues., Aug. 6 — GSL ministerial, 10 a.m. Wed., Aug. 7 — Worship with communion, 7 p.m.; education board, 7 p.m.; deacons, 7:45 p.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship, 9 a.m. Mon., Aug. 5 — Elders meeting, 6:05 p.m.; ladies aid, 6:30 p.m.; church board, 6:35 p.m. Tues., Aug. 6 — Table Talk, 7 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: Pastor@GraceBrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship with communion, 8:45 a.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., July 31 — Vacation Bible school, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 1 — Vacation Bible school, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 2 — Concordia Ladies Aid, 1:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship with communion, L.W.M.L. mites, 9 a.m.; Channel 8 video. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Interim Pastor browntoncongregational.org Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship, 9 a.m. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 300 Croyden St., Stewart No calendar submitted. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Wed., July 31 — Mass, 9 a.m. Thurs., Aug. 1 — No Mass. Fri., Aug. 2 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., Aug. 4 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. ST. MATTHEW’S LUTHERAN Fernando Aaron Albrecht, Pastor Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship with communion, 10 a.m. Wed., Aug. 7 — Five churches women’s gathering at St. John’s Bismarck, 6 p.m. ST. JOHN’S CHURCH 13372 Nature Ave. (rural Biscay) Robert Taylor, Pastor 612-644-0628 (cell) 320-587-5104 (church) E-mail: rlt721@hotmail.com Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship with communion, 9:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, Pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., July 31 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship, 10 a.m. ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN 216 McLeod Ave. N., Plato Bruce Laabs, Pastor 320-238-2550 E-mail: stjlplato@embarqmail.com Thurs., Aug. 1 — Bulletin deadline. Sun., Aug. 4 — “Time of Grace” on TV Channel 9, 6:30 a.m.; worship with communion, 9 a.m.; youth choir, 10:15 a.m. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato www.platochurch.com Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship, 10 a.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship, 9 a.m. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave. S.W., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., July 31 — Prayer time, 7 p.m. Sat., Aug. 3 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m. Sun., Aug. 4 — “First Light” radio broadcast on KARP 106.9 FM, 7:30 a.m.; community worship service at city park, 9 a.m.; Living Water Puppets in parade, 1 p.m.; ice cream cone giveway after parade. Wed., Aug. 7 — Prayer time, 7 p.m. Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-3272843. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN 108 W. Main St., Silver Lake Mark Ford, Pastor 320-327-2452 / Fax 320-327-6562 E-mail: faithfriends@embarqmail.com You may be able to reach someone at the church every Tuesday through Friday. Don’t hesitate to come in (use church office door) or call, or e-mail at faithfriends@embarqmail.com. Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship in the park, 9 a.m. Wed., Aug. 7 — Presbyterian Women’s meeting, 7 p.m. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Patrick Okonkwo, Associate Pastor Patrick Schumacher, Associate Pastor www.holyfamilysilverlake.org E-mail: office@holyfamilysilverlake.org Wed., July 31 — Mass at Cokato Manor, 10 a.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Fri., Aug. 2 — Mass, 8 a.m.; first Friday calls; Pola-Czesky Days. Sat., Aug. 3 — Silver Lake history gathering with Tony Kadlec in church lower level, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Mass in park, 7 p.m. Sun., Aug. 4 — Mass, rosary society sit as a body, 8 a.m. and Mass, 8 p.m. Mon., Aug. 5 — No Mass; KC 4th degree meeting at Stewart, 7 p.m. Tues., Aug. 6 — Mass, 8 a.m.; eucharistic adoration 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; meet and greet at St. Mary’s, Winsted, 12:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 7 — Mass, 5 p.m. FRIEDEN’S COUNTY LINE 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Aug. 4 — No church service. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 770 School Rd., Hutchinson Kenneth Rand, Branch President 320-587-5665 Wed., July 31 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 4 — Sunday school, 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; priesthood, relief society and primary, 11:40 a.m.12:30 p.m. WATER OF LIFE CHURCH IGLESIA METODISTA LIBRE Clinica del Alma 727 16th St. E., Glencoe Spanish/bi-lingual services Nestor and Maria German, Pastors E-mail: nestor2maria@hotmail.com Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship, 2 p.m. ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner C.R. 1 and Second St. S. 77 Second Ave. S., Lester Prairie Layton Lemke, Vacancy Pastor Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship, 9 a.m. BETHEL LUTHERAN 77 Lincoln Ave., Lester Prairie Bethany Nelson, Pastor 320-395-2125 Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship with communion, 9 a.m.; coffee and fellowship, 10 a.m. Wed., Aug. 7 — Education board meeting at One Eyed Willy’s, 5:30 p.m. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. S.W., Hutchinson Rick Stapleton, Senior Pastor Adam Krumrie, Worship Pastor Tami Smithee, Student Ministries 320-587-2668 / Fax 320-587-4290 www.shalombaptist.org Thurs., Aug. 1 — Youth softball at Roberts Park, 1 p.m.; worship team practice, 6 p.m.; men’s softball at Roberts Park, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 4 — Worship, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; adult growth groups and Sunday school, 9 a.m.
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Aim of watershed plan: ‘get on same page’
By Rich Glennie Editor What is good for one part of the Buffalo Creek Watershed District (BCWD) may not be good for another part. That was the gist of a BCWD open house July 23 in the Glencoe Township meeting room at the Glencoe City Center. The aim is to get everyone involved on the same page, if possible. It was a timely meeting soon after the flash flooding events in late June that hit Glencoe and surrounding areas. Two days later, McLeod County was listed as one of 18 Minnesota counties included in a major disaster designation and eligible for federal assistance. At the watershed meeting, identifying some water issues was apparent, but getting everyone impacted by Buffalo Creek to agree on solutions may be more difficult, according to Matt Johnson of the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC). Johnson said he has been dealing with water-related issues from MMDC’s regional office in Willmar for the past 15 years. The MMDC represents a four-county area, including McLeod County, and the Buffalo Creek watershed lies within that jurisdiction. ***** The aim of the July 23 open meeting was to get public input on a new 10-year BCWD plan, which is the foundation for rules, regulations and the ability to get grant funds, Johnson told the group of about a dozen people. Johnson said the primary concern of watershed districts the club’s budget is limited. Currently, the only governing body in place for the south fork of the Crow River is the county, Phillips said. The BCWD Board has spent thousands of dollars cleaning up Buffalo Creek, Phillips said, but does not have plans to expand its watershed district to include the south fork of the Crow River. Nadeau said it would be difficult to expand BCWD into the south fork of the Crow River, “because a lot of people don’t want it.” ***** Johnson said the aim of the new 10-year water plan is to concentrate on cooperation in planning. “Everyone should be on the same page,” but Johnson admitted, “it isn’t easy. “Everyone wants clean water. We should not have to argue about how to get there. We can argue about priorities,” Johnson said. “We are trying to get all the stakeholders on the same page. To not have all the stakeholders’ cooperation is not even trying.” But Johnson added, the reality is, “there are a lot of turf battles.” It was noted that those on the upper end of the district in Renville County want to get rid of water off their farm lands as soon as possible and do not consider that the rapid runoff negatively impacts property owners down stream in McLeod County. Nadeau said the aim should be to hold water back for a longer period of time in Renville County to allow Buffalo Creek to drain on the east end. “But we don’t hold water anymore,” Nadeau added. He said the aim nowadays is to get rain from the field and into the stream as fast as possible. “It’s so screwed up now,” Nadeau added. He said if the water could be held back more and allowed to flow naturally, the BCWD might not have to spend so much money in cleaning out the creek. “We’ve got to work together,” Nadeau added. “We got to retain water somehow.” But Johnson said those on the upper end of the watershed in Renville County want to use larger tiles, not smaller tiles, to get rid of the water faster. Those downstream think a smaller pipe better controls runoff. That is the issue. Roger Schultz of Glencoe, also a member of the McLeod County Soil and Water Conservation District, said as the state continues to mandate clean up efforts of creeks and rivers that lead into the Mississippi River, everyone might as well be members of the “Lake Pepin Lake Association,” where the state gauges water quality impacts. The state has added new rules for removing phosphorus, in particular, from waters leading into the Mississippi and eventually to Lake Pepin, including Buffalo Creek. But Schultz said conservation efforts, like filter strips as buffers along rivers, have had impacts on water quality in recent years. In the past, water clarity on Buffalo Creek was about an inch deep, Schultz said, but recently that clarity is 12 to 18 inches. But another audience member pointed to the increase in farm tiling as a problem that needs to be addressed. No matter what people do to improve matters, Johnson said, “Mother Nature has her way.”
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Matt Johnson, of the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission, led an open hearing on a new 10-year plan for the Buffalo Creek Watershed District on July throughout the state is not just water quality, but water quantity, too. Thus the concern about addressing drainage management, flood mitigation, stormwater management and water retention/wetland issues. Water quality also is a primary concern of the watershed, Johnson said, including addressing impaired waters and water quality of best management practices (BMPs). “The point of this meeting is to hear what’s on your mind,” Johnson said.
23. At the right is Larry Phillips of Glencoe, a member of the watershed district board. $140,000 a year. “The majority is spent on clean up.” Johnson said BCWD is a relatively small watershed district compared to others. As to addressing the south fork of the Crow River, Johnson said in order for BCWD to expand its watershed would require a petition from property owners and a public hearing process. “If there is a petition, we’ll act on it.” Dan Nadeau, a water specialist with member the Crow River Organization of Waters (CROW), said groups like the Crow River Sno Pros help with the Crow River cleanup,
Larry Phillips of Glencoe, a member of the BCWD Board, said one issue is no watershed district is addressing issues in the adjoining south fork of the Crow River. He said there is no one addressing the log jams in that portion of the Crow River, and there is no one cleaning them out, or talking about easements, or even the tile sizes that lead into that river. One of the benefits of a watershed district is its ability to raise taxes, Phillips said. The maximum allowed BCWD is $250,000, he said, but the BCWD board only taxes for
Wilson new CGMC president
Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson was elected to serve as president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 26 at the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Bemidji. As president, Wilson will help direct efforts to inform state legislators of issues unique to Greater Minnesota, such as property tax relief, economic development and transportation. Wilson was elected by fellow mayors and city officials from across the state to lead the CGMC, long considered one of the most active, highprofile organizations that represents rural communities at the State Capitol. “Randy’s been a member of the CGMC Board of Directors for many years, and he’s made valuable contributions to our organization,” said Tim Flaherty, executive as we focus on economic development for Greater Minnesota. I look forward to working with him,” Flaherty said. Wilson, who has served as mayor of Glencoe since 2005, is eager to take on the challenge of leading the CGMC. “The CGMC has long been a powerful and effective voice for Greater Minnesota at the Capitol,” Wilson said. “I am honored to make the commitment to serve as president for 2014.” Wilson replaces Cloquet Mayor Bruce Ahlgren, who served as CGMC president for the year 2012-13. CGMC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing 85 cities outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Coalition educates legislators about issues important to Greater Minnesota.
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