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Post 641 caps a 20-6 season
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‘Veterans taking care of veterans’
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The McLeod County
Gridlock has claimed 2012 Farm Bill
By Rich Glennie Editor With the 2012 Farm Bill stalled in the Republican-controlled U.S. House, despite bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate and the House ag committee, the gridlock that permeates Washington, D.C., is glaring as a Sept. 30 deadline looms. Seventh District U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., stopped in Glencoe to explain what has happened to the Farm Bill that includes $36 billion in cuts over the next decade. “If all the (federal) departments did the same percentage of cuts, we’d reduce the budget deficit by $3 trillion,” Peterson said. “We’ve done our part,” Peterson said of the 35-11 biparison support of the Farm Bill in the House Ag. Committee. The U.S. Senate passed it 65-34, he added. But the House leadership refuses to bring it to the House floor, Peterson said, despite the bill’s bipartisan support. “It’s now stuck, and it (the 2008 Farm Bill) expires Sept. 30,” he added. Peterson said part of the reason is legislators like Sen. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., newly named as Mitt Romney’s running mate on the Republican presidential ticket. He said Ryan fought him on the 2008 Farm Bill that was passed by Congress. After President George Bush vetoed the 2008 Farm Bill, Congress overrode the veto. Peterson said Ryan’s joining the Romney ticket has complicated passage of the 2012 Farm Bill. And when President Barack Obama came out in Iowa in favor of the Farm Bill, “Republicans will surely be against it,” Peterson predicted. Obama’s support for the bill “will lose us a lot of Republican votes. “It is so frustrating,” Peterson said of the gridlock in Washington, D.C. “And people let them (politicians) get by doing nothing.” Peterson encourages voters to not send anyone to Washington, D.C., “who votes the party line. Let’s take the best ideas from both parties.” But that is not likely to happen anytime soon, Peterson predicted, with ideologies becoming even more entrenched. He predicted 100 moderates will not return to Congress next year. America cannot continue spending 40 percent of its budget using borrowed money, Peterson said. The best bet for gaining control of the
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Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 • Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 115 No. 33
Photo courtsesy Kurt Menk/Arlington Enterprise
U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., left, talked with Scott Krueger, center, and others in Krueger’s barn Tuesday morning.
The 100-cow dairy farm, Sunshine Dairy, is located northwest of Arlington.
Rep. Peterson
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County plans to phase out funding of city brush sites
By Lori Copler Staff Writer McLeod County will end funding for municipal brush sites after 2013, the county’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) heard Monday morning. McLeod County Commissioner Sheldon Nies said that when the county began the program some 10 years ago, it never intended to keep funding it forever. Nies said a state law was enacted about that time banning the dumping of yard waste into landfills. In order to accommodate yard waste, the solid waste department began subsidizing the collection of yard waste in the county’s cities, paying for the cost of a monitor, the chipping of branches, and hauling the material to CreekSide Soils in Hutchinson, where the material is processed for mulch and other products. The department’s attitude then, said Nies, was “let’s help them (the cities) get started.” And the county continued to subsidize the program “because it worked, and we could afford it,” Nies added. Now 10 years later, Nies indicated, it was time to get the cities to support the program themselves. SWAC Chairman Gary Schreifels of Glencoe asked if the potential loss of revenues in tipping fees from Spruce Ridge Landfill had an impact on the decision to phase out the program. The Minnesota Pollution
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Municipal, school races shaping up
Two challengers have surfaced in the Glencoe municipal election after Lloyd Thurn filed to run for mayor and Kevin Dietz filed for the Precinct 4 council seat. Earlier, all three incumbents filed for re-election to Glencoe City Council. Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson and City Council members Dan Perschau, Precinct 1, and Greg Copas, Precinct 4, filed papers at city hall for new four-year terms. In the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board election, all three incumbents filed early for new four-year terms on the board. They include Jamie Alsleben, Kevin Kuester and Gary Schreifels. Late Monday afternoon, Donna VonBerge of rural Plato filed to run for the School Board. Filings closed on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The elections will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
History relived
Lori Pickell-Stangel, director of the McLeod County Historical Museum, played the character of Nancy M. Faribault, a half-Dakota, half-Anglo who understood both sides of the “Understanding the U.S. Dakota Conlict of 1862, 150 Years Later.” Pickell, in period costume, presented Faribault’s impressions of the conflict from both sides of the war that marks its sesquecentennial this year in Minnesota. Pickell-Stangel was at the Glencoe Library last week as part of the “Bring Books to Life” series.
Soil borings indicate water problems under facilities
By Rich Glennie Editor Soil borings at the high school tennis courts indicated that tiling, thought to have been installed when the courts were built, had not. In addition to that, a hole dug around the foundation on the north side of the Panther Field House found water had seeped into the building’s foundation and caused some damage. Those were two of the projects still needing to be addressed after a busy summer of school projects, according to Michelle Sander, district business manager. Speaking at the Monday meeting of the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board, Sander said the drainage issues need to be addressed at the tennis court and field house. The tennis courts will need a major, long-term solution, while a temporary fix will be done on the field house. Sander said the soil borings at the tennis courts, which have developed cracks over the years, determined the tiling was not where the original contractor said they were. She said it was decided “not to do anything else until we can do it the right way.” That would mean tearing up the tennis courts, tiling the area and rebuilding the courts, Sander added. “Eventually, we’ll have to do something, or they cannot be used as competitive courts,” Sander said. As to the Panther Field House, Sander said the concrete was removed from near the north loading area of the facility and a hole was dug. “We found water had seeped into the foundation,” Sander said. That water seepage is thought to have caused the cracks in the gymnasium floors in the field house. The district installed new wooden floors over the old floors in two of the three gyms this summer. Sander said a sump pump is being installed on the north side of the building. The clay soil in the area will need to be dug out and replaced with sand as well, Sander said. “Eventually, we’ll have to tile the whole building,” Sander added. “There already is a loss of some of the foundation of the building.” Sander said the tiling and sump pump on the north side of the field house “is a Band Aid, but a very good Band Aid.” She said the sump pump will likely run all year because of the high water table in the area. With the summer break coming to an end, Sander also updated the School Board on the numerous projects that have been completed or nearly completed before school resumes in September. Work on the north entrance to the high school is nearly completed. Among other things, the project included new doors and windows. Sander said the high school physical education storage room was gutted, painted and had ceiling fans installed. Doors also were installed for the
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New Miss Sibley County picked
ARLINGTON — Meghan Kammerlander of Winthrop was named the 2012 Miss Sibley County during coronation ceremonies at the Sibley County Fair in Arlington, the Arlington Enterprise reported. Heidie Sloot of Winhtrop was first princess, Makinsey Scharping of Arlington was second princess and Tina Kunkel of Glencoe was Miss Congeniality.
140th McLeod County Fair
The 140th-annual McLeod County Fair opens today (Wednesday) at the fairgrounds in Hutchinson. All the exhibit buildings will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day of the fair. There is free admission to all veterans. Adult general admission to the fairgrounds is $5, which includes a ticket for the grand prize drawing. There will be up to $13,000 given away in the nightly drawings. Wednesday, Aug. 15 Celebrating Senior Citizens 9 a.m. — Livestock entry. 11 a.m. — 4-H poultry show. 1 p.m. — Gates and Midway open. 1 p.m. — Kingery Family entertaining at corporate pavillion. 2 p.m. — Wally Pikal at the pavillion. 4 p.m. — Allis Chalmers tractor parade. 4:30 p.m. — 4-H beef show. 4:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m. — Prairie Rose at the south corporate tent. 7 p.m. — Auto Cross grandstand show. 8 p.m. — Them Pesky Kids at the corporate pavillion. 10 p.m. — Nightly drawing. Thursday, Aug. 16 Celebrating agriculture 9 a.m. — Gates and Midway open. 9 a.m. — 4-H dairy show. 9 a.m. — 4-H open class goat show. 9 a.m. — Fun & Games horse show. 9:30 a.m. — Open class poultry. 9:30 p.m. — Greta Grosch, on Promise stage; repeat at 11:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. — Dolly Parton’s Imaginary Library, Promise stage; repeat at 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. — Leon Olson Band at pavillion. 1:30 p.m. — Scottish dancers, Promise stage; repeat at 2:45 p.m. 4 p.m. — Battle of the Bands, Promise stage. 4:30 p.m. — 4-H lamb lead. 5 p.m. — 4-H sheep show. 6 p.m. — 4-H swine show. 6 p.m. — Open class horse and pony halter show. 6:30 p.m. — Blurred Vision at south corporate tent. 7 p.m. — Moto Cross grandstand show. 7:30 p.m. — Pro AWF Wrestling, north corporate tent. 10 p.m. — Nightly drawing. Friday, Aug. 17 Celebrating community 9 a.m. — Gates and Midway open. 9 a.m. — 4-H rabbit show. 9 a.m. — 4-H horse qualifying. 9:30 a.m. — The Oakee Dokee Brothers, Promise stage; repeat at 11:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. — Star Michaelina, magician, Promise stage; repeat at 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. — Chuck Thiel and the Jolly Ramblers, pavillion. 1:30 p.m. — Oaks & Pines Bell Choir, Promise stage. 3 p.m. — Theater of Fools, Promise stage; repeat at 5 p.m. 4:30 p.m. — Pedal Pull at pavillion. 5:30 p.m. — 4-H livestock auction. 4 p.m. — Stony Point, Promise stage; repeat at 6 p.m. 7 p.m. — Moto Cross grandstand show. 8 p.m. — Hairball with Ladies of the 80s, pavillion. 10 p.m. — Nightly drawing. Saturday, Aug. 18 Celebrating kids and honoring veterans 9 a.m. — Gates open 9 a.m. — Open class sheep. 9:30 a.m. — Open class dairy. 10 a.m. — Sky Hawk Air Show. 10 a.m. — Entries for chocolate lovers contest. 10 a.m. — Cogley Sisters at C&L stage. 10:30 a.m. — Lego building. 11 a.m. — Midway opens. Noon — Clown Town. Noon — Wendinger Band, pavillion. Noon — The Raptor Center, Promise stage; repeat at 2 p.m. 1 p.m. — Chocolate lovers judging. 1 p.m. — Dave Malmberg, Promise stage; repeat at 5 p.m. 2 p.m. — Draft horse hitch show. 2 p.m. — Pinewood derby. 2:30 p.m. — Phoenix Drumline. 3 p.m. — Veggie races, Promise stage. 3:30 p.m. — Bike drawing. 4 p.m. — Round robin, indoor arena. 4 p.m. — Veterans program. 4 p.m. — Dazzling Dave and his yo-yo show, Promise stage; repeat at 6 p.m. 5 p.m. — Rockie Lynne, pavillion. 7 p.m. — Auto Cross grandstand show. 7:30 p.m. — DiamondBack, pavillion. 10 p.m. — Nightly drawing. Sunday, Aug. 19 Celebrating family 9 a.m. — Gates open. 11 a.m. — Car show begins. 11 a.m. — Crow River Winery, north corporate tent. 11 a.m. — Patchouli Singers, Promise stage; repeat at noon. 12:30 p.m. — Antique tractor pulling. 1 p.m. — Midway opens. 1 p.m. — Talent contest. 1 p.m. — 4-H Fashion Revue, Promise stage. 3 p.m. — Rib Fest judging. 3 p.m. — Draft horse halter judging. 3 p.m. — Presentation of herdsmanship awards. 3 p.m. — Classic car winners. 3 p.m. — Veggie races, Promise stage. 4 p.m. — Mona Hjerpe, Promise stage. 5 p.m. — Cogley Sisters, Promise stage. 5:30 p.m. — Rib Fest awards. 5:30 p.m. — White Sidewalls, pavillion. 6 p.m. — Maizy the Clown, Promise Stage. 8:30 p.m. — Final nightly drawing.
Attention Bowlers!
Glencoe’s USBC City Association Meeting Monday, August 27, 2012 - 8:00 p.m.
Pla-Mor Lanes
All team captains and bowlers should attend following city meeting, all leagues for Tuesday and Wednesday will meet.
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Anyone interested in joining a league contact Joel Pla-Mor Lanes
320-864-6517 or 320-296-1256
Wee Friends Preschool Orientation
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 7 p.m. for New Members 7:15 p.m. for Returning Members First Congregational Church, 1400 Elliott Ave. N., Glencoe
Children who are three or four on or before September 1, 2012 (and potty trained) are welcome to enroll in our program. If you are interested in registration please call the school at 320-510-1811.
Lake Marion annual meeting
The next meeting for the Lake Marion Improvement Association is Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m., at the Brownton Rod and Gun Club located on the south bay of the lake (County Road 87). This is the annual meeting with election of officers, plus a summer potluck picnic that is open to the public. Bring a dish to share; chicken and beverages will be provided. Future meetings are the third Thursday in January, April, June and August. For more information, call 320-328-9911.
VOLLEYBALL: - August 15, 2012 FOOTBALL: - Flag Football - Grades 1-4 - September 1, 2012 - 5th & 6th Grade Tackle Football - Registration night Monday, August 20
Concussion Baseline Testing for ages 10 and up is Wed., Sept. 5
Legion Auxiliary to meet
The Glencoe American Legion Auxiliary Unit 95 will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20, at the Glencoe Fire Hall. Lunch will be served.
GYMNASTICS: Open house has been cancelled for Aug. 28. Panther Paw Team try-out is Sept. 8, 10-11 a.m. Community Ed classes start the week of Sept. 12. SOCCER: - Grades K-6 - August 25, 2012 - Pre-school Soccer - September 5, 2012
GOP’s ‘Meet and Mingle’ set
The McLeod County Republicans will host a “Meet and Mingle” event at its new campaign headquarters from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23. The headquarters are located at 101 Main St., Suite 102, Hutchinson, next to Domino’s Pizza, and the event is an opportunity to meet with GOP candidates. A small donation is asked to cover the cost of pizza, beverages and bars that will be available. The campaign headquarters will be open from Aug. 20 through Nov. 10. Campaign literature, bumper stickers, yard signs and information on how one can volunteer will be available.
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budget deficit is the BowlesSimpson budget plan that combines new revenues with spending cuts, he said. Right now, Peterson said, the federal budget operates on about 16 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), about where the country was during World War II. “But we didn’t have Social Security and Medicare then,” he added. “We can’t run the government on 16 percent, when we’re spending 24 percent. We have to get to the 19 percent to 20 percent range,” Peterson said of both revenues and spending. The Bowles-Simpson plan gets the country to about 18.5 percent GDP in revenues and 20.5 percent in spending, he said. Peterson said Sen. Ryan’s budget plan “doesn’t reduce the deficit” because it does not generate new revenues. Peterson said he joined 108 congressmen to ask the Bowles-Simpson plan be brought up for a vote in the House. But when it came to a vote, only 30 supported it. He said “many (of the 108) were afraid to vote for it.” The Bowles-Simpson plan would have reduced the federal deficit by $4 trillion, Peterson said. “No one wants to pay more taxes,” Peterson said, but the plan would also have closed tax loopholes. “We need to raise more revenue,” Peterson said bluntly, coupled with spending cuts. Peterson said a lot of the gridlock can be blamed on the “talk radio” and cable TV networks that “have divided America. I worry about the future. Not for me, but for my children and grandchildren,” Peterson said. “They’ll get stuck with this.” He also said people 45 years old and younger seem disengaged, whether it be politics or in local service clubs and organizations. “Young people don’t do this,” he said of public service. Another major problem is “if you don’t behave yourself, they can take you out,” Peterson said of the new rules on campaign donations. The rich donors can literally buy elections now. “Outside groups have no limits (on campaign spending).” Peterson predicted something will happen to wake up America. He said he is not sure what that wake-up call will be. “I have faith in Americans,” Peterson said. “They are good people.” But he added Americans have been insulated against failure, whether being senior citizens, banks or businesses. “We’ve insulated everyone from everything,” Peterson said, including the reality of waging two wars “without paying for them.” Peterson said he proposed years ago that all Americans should pay a war tax of $30 “to pay for wars.” He said that likely would have kept us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. As to the stalled Farm Bill, Peterson said the amount of money the federal government spends on agriculture “is the best money spent in this nation.” “It is a decentralized ag system that provides the cheapest food in the world,” Peterson said. While the rest of the world spends 14 percent or more of income on food, Americans spend about 7 percent, he said. “Our system is the best in the world,” Peterson said, and Americans want that system to continue to succeed.
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Free sweet corn at Plato
Free sweet corn will be available during the Plato Lions’ Burger Night from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17, in Plato Park. Music will be provided. Proceeds from the event go to local Lions’ projects.
Rib Fest set for Hamburg
The seventh-annual Hamburg Emanuel Lutheran Church’s Rib Fest will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Hamburg Bicentennial Park. Advance tickets are available at the State Bank of Hamburg, Chameleon Salon, Plato C Store and King Pin Pub in Plato. The ticket prices goes up when purchased at the door. The menu includes baby back ribs, potato salad, beans, sweet corn, bun, cookie, lemonade and coffee.
Glencoe Seniors meetings set
The Glencoe Senior Citizens Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 16, at noon for a potluck dinner, and Tuesday, Aug. 21, both in the senior room at the Glencoe City Center. Sheephead and 500 also will be played at both meetings. All area seniors are welcome to attend. The seniors also are looking for canasta and pinochle players, and are open to suggestions for other board and card games.
GHS class of 1948 reunites
The Glencoe High School graduating class of 1948 will hold its 64-year annual get together at noon, Saturday, Aug. 18, at Dubb’s Bar & Grill.
Fish dinner at First Lutheran
First Evangelical Lutheran Church Glencoe LLL Zone is hosting a fish boil dinner from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26, in the church’s fellowship hall. Besides pollock, the menu includes potatoes, coleslaw, bread, dessert and a beverage. The price is a freewill donation for the Orphan Grain Train with supplemental funds by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. To be included in this column, items for Happenings must be received in the Chronicle office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday of the week they are to be published. Items received after that will be published elsewhere in the newspaper as space permits. Happenings in Glencoe, Brownton, Stewart, Plato, New Auburn, Biscay and Silver Lake take priority over happenings elsewhere.
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County Board OKs bids for fairgrounds, park shelter work
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The McLeod County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 7 accepted the low bid of $136,352 for the paving of the east driveway (behind the exhibition buildings) and parking lot at the fairgrounds. Wm. Mueller & Sons of Hamburg was awarded the bid, the lowest of five received. The Highway Department had estimated the cost of the project at $168,210. Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst said the work will be done in the fall, after the McLeod County Fair and other major events are over. The County Board also approved new roofs for one of the park shelters at the Lake Marion county park and for both shelters at Piepenburg Park. The county received two quotes for the work, with the lower of the two from UpRight Builders Inc. of Stewart, in the amount of $9,452. Parks Director Al Koglin said the work is included in the parks department budget. Koglin said the new roofs would be tin, rather than shingles. In other business Aug. 7, the County Board: • Renewed a lease agreement with Bergen Township, which rents two stalls in the county highway shed in Lester Prairie at a rental price of $250 a month, plus one-fourth of the utilities. Brunkhorst said the terms are the same as the previous lease agreement. • Sold a 1957 pneumatic roller owned by the highway department to Randy’s Repair Service of Glencoe, which submitted a bid of $1,531, the highest of seven that were received. • Appointed commissioners Bev Wangerin and Kermit Terlinden to the election canvassing board, and set meetings for Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. for the primary election and Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. for the general election to approve election results. • Set the annual ditch assessment hearing for Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 10:30 a.m. • Appointed three commissioners — Paul Wright, Terlinden and Wangerin — to a Renville/McLeod joint ditch board. • Set a workshop for Sept. 4, after the regular County Board meeting, to discuss ditch issues. • Agreed to buy three preliminary breath testers for the sheriff’s department at total cost of $2,300, which will be paid for through a grant from the Safe & Sober campaign. They will replace three older units in the patrol division. • Agreed to buy a new radar, also for the sheriff’s department, at a cost of $2,812 to replace an outdated model. Chief Deputy Tim Langenfeld said the new radar will be paid for through a combination of Safe & Sober grant money and money from the department’s drug and alcohol contingent fund.
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
Members of the Glencoe American Legion Post 95 presented a $1,000 donation to Jim Lauer, county veterans service officer, to go into the McLeod County Veterans Assistance Fund. Making the presentation last week were,
from left to right, Roger Hilgers, James Peters, Lauer, LeAnn Pick, veterans office administrative assistant, and Legion Post 95 Commander Al Gruenhagen.
‘Veterans taking care of veterans’
By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe American Legion Post 95 presented a $1,000 donation to the McLeod County Veterans Association Assistance Fund last week, using the proceeds from its annual golf tournament held May 19. Jim Lauer, county veterans officer, said the local Legion post has been “very benevolent” with helping fund a veterans van and in helping the veterans assistance program over the past five years. Lauer said the assistance fund helps augment needs of local veterans, active-duty service members, drilling members of the reserves and their families. It helps cover needs that might not be covered by existing federal, state or local assistance programs, like emergency vehicle repairs, rent payments, utility payments, emergency heating system repairs or travel expenses. The McLeod County Veterans Association is a 501(c)3 charitable organization made up of eight Legion posts in McLeod County along with the local Disabled American Veterans chapter and three county Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, Lauer said. Lauer said the assistance funds act as a “safety net” for local veterans, and can be used “on very short notice.” Once specific needs are identified, then referrals and applications are made to federal, state and local assistance programs. “If no program matches are found,” Lauer said, Veterans Services then goes to the Veterans Association for help that does not exceed $1,000. A group of seven to 10 commanders or post representatives then approve the disbursals directly to the provider or vendor, but not to the applicant, Lauer said. The Veterans Association’s initial purpose was to raise funds for a county veterans van transportation program that assisted local veterans in getting to and from their appointments with the Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers in Minneapolis, St. Cloud and the VA’s regional office at Fort Snelling. “It is the best example of veterans taking care of veterans,” Lauer said of the county assistance fund. “A lot of what we do is not necessarily with tax dollars,” Lauer said. He said the gifts from local veterans groups, like the Glencoe American Legion, “are really appreciated. It allows us to do as much as we can.” Lauer said these veterans groups do a lot of hard work to raise these funds.
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Control Agency (MPCA) is planning to enforce a decadesold law that requires garbage generated in the Twin Cities metro area to be taken to metro-area waste-to-energy facilities, which could cost the county about $450,000 in tipping fees annually if the garbage is diverted from Spruce Ridge, near Biscay, to the metro-area facilities. Nies said that the department was looking at streamlining its budget “even before we knew about this thing at Spruce Ridge.” Solid Waste Director Ed Homan agreed with Nies, saying the department’s goal is to introduce new programs each year, and that savings from the brush program will be diverted to other programs. But Commissioner Paul Wright pointed out that if the county does lose revenue from Spruce Ridge tip fees, it will need to make further cuts. Cutting the brush program funding will save about $80,000, Wright said, far short of the expected $460,000 loss in revenue. “We’ll have to do a lot more to make that up,” said Wright. The recommendation is to fully fund the program during 2012, cut funding by half in 2013, and completely eliminate the funding for 2014. The current amount each city is receiving for brush sites and removal include: Biscay, $241; Brownton, $5,746; Glencoe, $20,591; Hutchinson, $29,466; Lester Prairie, $7,162; Plato, $1,569; Silver Lake, $1,928; Stewart, $4,483; and Winsted, $8,670. Nies said phasing out the funding over two years will give the cities time to adjust their own budgets accordingly. Homan said that CreekSide plans to meet with each community with a brush site to work out agreements on how to continue the program at a municipal level.
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dustry newspaper for newspapers, recently published an article about Americans’ knowledge of what is in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. A survey involved 1,006 adults and was conducted by the First Amendment Center. The survey asked what five freedoms are expressed in the opening 45 words (First Amendment) of our Bill of Rights? The results were shocking. But it should be no real surprise since many younger Americans appear to have had fewer civics classes than a generation or two ago. A civics class teaches about the functions and duties of our form of government, including the U.S. Constitution and the amendments in the Bill of Rights. Civics is not a glamorous class, but it is vitally important to our future. But recalling what is in the First Amendment is akin to reciting the 10 Commandments. We may be able to remember some, but not necessarily all of them, or in order. Before you wrack your brain too much. The five freedoms outlined in the First Amendment are religion, speech, press, right to peaceably assemble and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. The 2012 survey found that only 4 percent of the respondents could name all five freedoms; only speech was named by more than half of those surveyed. The other staggering findings included: most surveyed support “videotaping of police; think it’s OK to use copyrighted material just for fun; and oppose giving the government too much power over the Internet, even in a national emergency.” Other findings: • Only 4 percent surveyed could
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First Amendment and just 13 percent could name either the “press” or “assembly.” • Twenty-eight percent identified “religion” and 65 percent knew “speech” was a protected freedom in the First Amendment. But the article, written by Gene Policinski, senior vice president of First Amendment Center, said that once respondents got past the opening question and were reminded of the five freedoms, “a majority took a protective stance when it comes to ‘their’ freedoms.” Thirteen percent of the respondents, however, said the First Amendment “goes too far in the rights it guarantees.” That compares to 49 percent who said the amendment went too far when polled eight months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Policinski wrote. In this day and age of the U.S. Patriot Act, surveillance drones flying over U.S. soil and electronics being used to spy on motorists and their whereabouts, author George Orwell’s fictional “1984” is closer to reality than many want to believe. We continue to give up our individual rights for the sake of “national security,” even while our brave military personnel continue to fight and die to protect our individual rights. What is wrong with this picture? It seems that many Americans are content to give up some of their rights to remain fat, comfortable and happy knowing they do not have to do much to maintain their lifestyle. But our republican form of government is not a spectator sport, it is a participation-required activity. The more you get involved with your government, local or otherwise, the more you understand how government works.
Letters to Editor Writing in response to financial help for HRA
To the Editor: I was reading the article about the McLeod County Housing and Redevelopment (HRA) asking for a levy (bail out). I particularly loved his arrogance — give me money and hurry up about it, I need the work done before winter. HRA wants a special levy, the GSL school levy didn’t pass, the people said no, why would one pass for HRA (let’s vote)? There are so many foreclosures in the paper; did those people get special levies? You need a levy to fix houses that you collect rent on, and for two private roads. You don’t want to raise the rent on your houses, but feel it’s fine to raise my taxes. Maybe we should be doing a financial investigation on how HRA money is handled. I’m sorry, Mr. Mills, that you didn’t plan on houses aging and needing repair. I’m surprised a person can hold a job of that level of responsibility and not know this would happen. Poor planning or not, it is just common sense, houses need upkeep. Next you will be saying it would be safer and cheaper to just knock down the old houses and put up new. Sue Ernst Glencoe
Vote no on proposed marriage amendment
To the Editor: Why is the state trying to put a ban on gay marriage? I believe that if two people love each other, they should have the right to get married. If you believe marriage should be with one man and one woman, what’s wrong with you? God loves us even if we’re straight, gay, bi, lesbian and transgender. People definitely should not get discriminated against based on their sexual orientation. I have a family member who is gay. Some people might not even be willing to tell their own family members if they are gay or lesbian. So when we go vote on the amendment, please vote no. Ashly Kyte Glencoe
Guest column
Beware of the state ‘property tax flap’
By Phil Krinkie As the State Fair opens and cooler nights return, Minnesotans know it’s election season. And as sure as the school bus wheels turn, there will be another round of the “property tax flap” this fall. State legislative candidates will square off at doors and debates across the state with competing chants of “did so” and “did not.” There will be radio and cable television spots as well as mail boxes full of accusations about who raised property taxes and who didn’t, accompanied by facts and figures trying to explain why this happened and by how much. The issue of property taxes in Minnesota is as much of an election tradition as lawn signs and fundraisers. My caution to homeowners is to be prepared for the inevitable 2012 edition of the “property tax flap” coming to their neighborhood this fall. It will start with one of the legislative candidates pointing a finger at their opponent saying that they raised property taxes. Next, one of the candidates, if not both of them, will start to explain what and how they will try to reform and fix the property tax mess if elected. If voters want to save themselves a lot of time and frustration over this year’s version of the “property tax flap,” my advice is to FORGET ABOUT IT! First and foremost, Minnesota’s property tax system is confounding and confusing. Many elected officials, particularly those from local units of government, like it that way because it obscures who is responsible for paying for local government services. So, before blaming any of your state elected officials, know this: Your property taxes are most likely to go up in 2013, even if your home value is going down. The simple reason is because it will cost more to operate city government, county government and school districts next year. Even if one of these entities is able to hold the line on their spending, the odds are the other two, three or four taxing jurisdictions will spend more. Spending increases, when combined for each of these units of local governments, means more in taxes for you – the homeowner. According to the latest House Research Simulation Report on Property Taxes, there is at least some good news coming for homeowners with regard to their property taxes. Property taxes shouldn’t be on the rise for homeowners in 2013. The report projects that property taxes will increase by $153 million, or 1.8 percent next year. Of the $153 million, $56 million is estimated to come from new construction, leaving only $97 million of the increase on existing properties. For residential homeowners, the news is even better as homesteaded property is projected to see a slight decline. The largest increases are likely to be borne by agricultural property; this is due to the rise in land values. But these are only estimates and many things can change between now and next December when cities, counties and schools set their 2013 property tax levies. So, as you listen to the “property tax flap” this fall from legislative candidates, there are two things to remember. First, your state legislator’s vote has little impact on the amount you pay in local property taxes. Certainly, state aid and K-12 appropriations will make a difference in some communities, but statewide there is less impact than most people believe. Currently state aids and credits amount to less than 10 percent of the total property tax levy. Second, and most important in determining the amount you pay in property taxes is your selection for local government offices; such as county commissioner, city council and school board. Today the total property tax levy brings in more revenue than the state individual income tax. In 2013, property tax collections are estimated to top $8.5 billion. As local government officials continue to increase spending, there will be commensurate increases in property taxes even in the face of shrinking home values. Only more scrutiny
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Guest column:
Campaigns need to inform
By Lee H. Hamilton Presidential candidates and their aides know a lot these days about how to run a campaign. They just seem to have forgotten what campaigns are for. They’re immensely sophisticated about targeting and messaging. They know how to drive the news cycle — or at least, try to — and they know where to focus their resources. They control the candidate, shape his every public foray to make him look good, and try their best to make sure he’s not subject to inconvenient questions or cross examination. When “gaffes” happen, as they are bound to do, they move quickly to minimize the fallout. Yet what is good for a presidential campaign is not always good for the voter, as this year’s contest so far proves. An immense gulf has opened between what the country needs from the candidates and the disappointing crumbs the candidates have offered. For the most part, the election thus far has been about the past — Barack Obama’s failure to put the economy on surer footing, Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital. It has not focused much on the future, which is what matters to voters. And let’s be clear: There’s plenty to talk about. Income, especially for the middle class, continues to stagnate, while jobs and the national debt are on every policy maker’s front burner. The middle class is in trouble and looking for prescriptions that will set its families on a more secure course. We have an education system that worries many parents and causes economists to fret about our future competitiveness. Our health-care system remains bewilderingly complex and, for many Americans, at times dysfunctional. Questions about immigration and our openness to foreign talent remain unsettled. Yet it’s hard to know from the campaign thus far what either candidate plans to do over the next four years on these and other issues. By contrast, I’m reminded of the year I first ran for Congress, 1964. Lyndon Johnson ran that year on a very specific platform, so that when he came into office he had a mandate; the result was the Great Society. Can you tell me right now what positive mandate Obama or Romney will have come inauguration day next year? I didn’t think so. But there’s an even more troubling aspect to this campaign. We live in a politically divided country, with a Congress that is riven by ideological disagreements. To make progress on virtually any issue we confront, someone will have to find a way to overcome those divisions. As the centrist think tank Third Way has pointed out, to balance the budget, Democrats will have to accept meaningful reduction in the cost of entitlements, while Republicans will have to accept some tax increases. To address K-12 education, Republicans will need to agree to inject more money into school systems, while Democrats must accept the need for education reform. We will not resolve our immigration challenges without Democrats recognizing the need for high-skilled newcomers and Republicans bending on their willingness to accept higher levels of immigration. All of these issues have room for each side to accommodate the other. But it will take political leadership of the highest order to make progress — and a president who’s willing to exert it. Yet the candidates consistently underestimate the intelligence and the knowledge of the ordinary voter. Voters want a forthright, give-it-to-mestraight campaign that doesn’t sugarcoat hard truths but that also generates new thinking about how to solve our problems. Americans are worried about the country’s future and the well-being of their children and grandchildren. Not surprisingly, they’re looking for a candidate who will give them honest explanations of complex problems, lay out a path for us all to tackle them, and demonstrate that he has the fortitude and political skill to lead the nation at a troubled time. So far, they haven’t gotten this from either candidate. It is time for voters to wrest control of the election campaign from the political pros who are giving us a largely depressing and irrelevant campaign, and insist that the serious business of our presidential campaigns be conducted in a manner befitting a great nation. Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University.
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Can’t get there from here
More road construction work got under way last week when County Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst announced the start of milling and resurfacing work on County Road 33 from Morningside Avenue east to County Road 1 (above), and on County Road 3 north of Glencoe, from Highway 22 east to Diamond Avenue (County Road 72). Both projects are being done by crews from Duininck, Inc., of Prinsburg. The project involves milling the road surface, reclaiming the blacktop by grinding it up and using it as a base for the new bituminous resurfacing. Both projects are expected to be completed by midOctober. In the meantime, the roadways will be closed, and Brunkhurst suggested motorists use Highway 212 as a detour. Combined, the projects will cost $2.1 million and are funded through county and state aid highway funds.
Businesses invest in community
Owning a business takes a great deal of hard work and dedication with significant risk going into building a successful business. Without any guarantees, local business owners invest in the community, providing essential employment opportunities and vitality to the economy. These are reminders on the significance of the recent anniversaries for Gauer Chiropractic Clinic and Bump’s Family Restaurant. Both companies recently celebrated 25 years of businesses. Congratulations to these locally owned companies! Speaking of milestones, there have been several new businesses that have opened operations in Glencoe. This past week was the grand opening of the new Shopko Hometown store. The store, located at 3225 10th St., features national brands and high-value labels of apparel for home furnishings, toys, consumer electronics, seaing for those wanting to enjoy a slice of pie or a caramel roll. The Cake House is located at 917 E. 12th St. and can be reached by calling 320-8641978. Lastly, I would like to recognize LMI Home Medical for opening its new store location at 710 E. 11th St. in downtown Glencoe. LMI’s expanded location features CPAP/BiPAP machines and supplies, nebulizer compressors and supplies, lift chairs, wheelchairs, walkers, and many aids for daily living. The store is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached by calling 320-864-6630. Those wanting more details about these and other Glencoe businesses can visit Glencoemn.org. The website features an online business directory and a listing of Hot Deals featuring various special discounts from area businesses.
Chamber Update
By Dan Ehrke sonal items, and lawn and garden products. The Cake House also opening for business this past week. The company specializes in custom-designed cakes for all occasions, offering 65 different flavors of cakes with strawberry daiquiri being the most popular. They even have their own brand of frosting. Besides cakes, they also make their own candies, cookies, muffins, pies and more. They also offer sit-down din-
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tinue to increase spending, there will be commensurate increases in property taxes even in the face of shrinking home values. Only more scrutiny on city and county budgets will impede the growth in local spending and in turn help reduce property taxes. Lastly, beware of any candidate who promises transparency, let alone simplicity, in the property tax process. It is my observation after 30 years of studying and seeking solutions to simplifying property taxes, that it is nearly impossible. Too many local officials and interested parties like the current system of complexity and obliqueness. So when you hear this year’s version of the “property tax flap” from state legislative candidates, my suggestion is to tune it out, ask them other questions of interest to you, and focus your concern about property taxes on your candidates for local government office and their spending decisions. Phil Krinkie is president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.
Police Report
Two BB holes were found in a window at a residence in the 400 block of 16th Street East on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Also on Tuesday, a dark green 10-speed mountain bike was found in the 400 block of Ninth Street. It was brought to the police station. On Wednesday, Aug. 8, police received a report of a burglary at an apartment in the 1100 block of McLeod Avenue. It was in an unoccupied lower unit. It was a forced-entry incident. A Maglite flashlight was missing, along with RCA cables and a computer joy stick. The total value was about $90. A resident in the 400 block of Eighth Street called at 2:27 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, to seek assistance in getting a bat from her house. The bat was removed. Police took photos of three “nuisance/blight” properties on Thursday. Two were in the 1100 block of Hennepin Avenue and the other in the 900 block of 14th Street. A two-vehicle accident was reported at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10, in the 1100 block of Armstrong Avenue. A Nissan Xterra driven by Jesse Pool, 19, of Glencoe was backing out of a driveway when it hit a parked 2005 Dodge Magnum owned by Yesenia Tobias of Glencoe. A gas drive-off was reported at 2:54 p.m., Friday, at Super America. A red Caravan left without paying for $28.29 in gas. A gray and pink Huffy girls’ bicycle was found in the 1400 block of Cedar Avenue on Friday. Police issued an under-21 consumption citation at 11:30 p.m., Saturday, after being called to a residence in the 1100 block of 11th Street. A resident in the 1000 block of Russell Avenue reported at 11:44 p.m., Saturday, that someone had thrown tomatoes from a white sedan that struck his house. There was no damage to the house. Another gas drive-off was reported at 3:03 p.m., Sunday, from Super America when someone left without paying for $83.19 in gas.
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High and dry
In the middle of the night, recently, the old Paul Gaines house was on the move again as it was transported, albeit slowly, from property in the 800 block of 13th Street to a lot in the 900 block of 13th Street. The house, owned by Wes and Sue Olson and used as an apartment building, was moved to make way for the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel parking lot expansion. Hantge Funeral Home, owner of the JohnsonMcBride Funeral Chapel, purchased two lots east of the funeral chapel from the Olsons. The other lot, housing the Hair Hut, also was part of the purchase. The Hair Hut building will be razed, and Sue Olson’s hair salon will move across the street to “the Castle” that the Olsons recently purchased. In the meantime, the apartment building, up on blocks, awaits a foundation at its new location.
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Stewart City Council looks into potential street repairs
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The Stewart City Council set a special meeting for Aug. 28 to discuss potential street repairs and its 2013 budget. At Monday night’s regular meeting, Maintenance Supervisor Matt Maiers outlined some street repairs that are needed outside the scope of this summer’s street and utility improvement project. Among those are the repair of Bowman Street near North Street, damage to which was caused by a water main break; and Croyden Street near East Street and the softball park. Maiers had some quotes for the repairs — over $10,000 for Bowman Street and about $1,200 for Croyden — but said those costs could be reduced if the city maintenance crew did some of the preparation work. The City Council asked Maiers to get more information and bring it back to the special meeting Aug. 28. It also was pointed out that the maintenance department has only spent about $500 of the $30,000 budgeted for street repairs, so the work will be well within the department’s budget. In other business Monday, the City Council: • Discussed the possibility of establishing a city website, and instructed the city clerk to look into the matter. • Rescheduled its October and November meetings because of conflicts with Columbus Day and Veterans Day. The meetings for each of those months were moved to the second Tuesday rather than the second Monday; Oct. 9 and Nov. 13. • Heard that the floor tile in the women’s bathroom in the community center was lifting up, and instructed Maiers to look into getting it repaired. • Agreed to buy a digital camera, cost not to exceed $250, for the fire, emergency services and maintenance departments. • Approved installing an air conditioner in the fire hall at a cost of about $1,700. • Discussed fire damage at the former hardware store, in which the upper-floor apartment was damaged, with the building inspector. The City Council agreed to send a letter to the building’s owner in an effort to expedite the repair process and get the building properly boarded up.
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From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
Aug. 16, 1912 O.C. Conrad, Editor Miss Anna Lickfelt of Bismarck Township attempted suicide last week by drinking carbolic acid. She hovered between life and death for a period of 24 hours. ’Tis said she will recover. Farmers were in town the fore part of the week begging for harvest help at $3.50 per day, but without success. Great inroads were made on grain fields this week during the fine weather, and stacks are looming up in every direction. by the end of the week, with favorable weather, the majority of stacking will be finished. Quite a number from here are contemplating driving over to New Ulm next week to witness the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the defense of that city and Fort Ridgely against the uprising of the Sioux Indians in 1862. The celebration, which is to partake largely of the character of a “homecoming” of defenders and pioneers, will continue throughout all of next week, and it is needless to say that no pains have been spared to make the event a big success. alted king of the Sauerkraut Eaters at the Sauerkraut Festival which was held at Henderson last Sunday. The king is none other than Elmer C. Schatz, son of F.J. Schatz, who is employed in the feed mill. He devoured more kraut than any of the other contestants and therefore was crowned king of the festival. He is to be congratulated for bringing the honor to our village and we hope that he suffered no after-effects from the contest. Miss Ruth Berry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Berry, and Mr. Ray Torrey, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Torrey, of Lake Marion, were united in marriage Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Methodist church parsonage. Otto Ortloff, 53, former game warden of this district, passed away at his home north of Brownton Monday morning. He was overcome by a stroke last Saturday morning and never recovered consciousness. fire. Harvey first attempted to extinguish the flame with dirt, then drove the unit over to a waterfilled ditch. The fire was out when the department arrived.
National ‘Day Out’ in Stewart
The Stewart Fire Department hosted a “day out” rather than a National Night Out this year, with a cookout Saturday afternoon. Also on hand was the Hutchinson Fire Department’s aerial unit, above, and LifeLink Helicopter, at the right. Heading up into the air, above, are Alton Lean, Hutchinson firefighter Lyle Nybakke, Ione Lean and Buffalo Lake Ambulance EMT Karen Jakobitz. Other area agencies also had units on display.
20 Years Ago
Aug. 12, 1992 Lori Copler, Editor Kelly Smith, full-time business manager at Gibbon-FairfaxWinthrop (GFW) schools, has begun a part-time position as superintendent at Stewart Public Schools. GFW had been looking to reduce some of its administrative costs, and agreed to share Smith with Stewart. A full slate of events has been lined up for the annual Brownton Day/Corn Feed celebration Thursday, including an inflatable “moon walk” for kids, root beer floats, food stand, a bake sale, cotton candy stand, face painting, 40&8 train rides, kiddie parade, dunk tank, beer stand, and a concert by Lyndon Peterson.
Hutchinson school district changes Brownton bus stops
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Students in the Brownton area who attend school in Hutchinson will have a new bus pick-up point when school resumes in September. Brownton Police Chief Ron Kelm Jr. told the City Council Aug. 7 that the Hutchinson School District will pick up all of its students at the Brownton Area Civic Center, formerly the Brownton school building, where Glencoe-Silver Lake and GFW also pick up students. At the City Council’s July meeting, Kelm and McLeod County Deputy Sheriff Pat Geiken said they were requesting the Hutchinson district change its pick-up and dropoff points for safety reasons. Prior to the change, elementary students were picked up at the former Brownton city offices site at the intersection of Second Street and Fifth Avenue North, while high school students were picked up at the Brownton Rod & Gun Club. Both officers had concerns about students being picked up and dropped off at unsupervised locations with no shelter for students during inclement weather. Kelm indicated that the Hutchinson School District was already considering the change before being approached by the officers. “They were already making plans to do that before we approached them,” Kelm reported. In other business, the City Council: • Heard from City Clerk Cindy Lindeman that the city had finished its grant application to the state for flood mitigation funding. Once it is formally approved, the city will need to begin negotiations with property owners to potentially buy out homes in the flood-prone area. • Agreed to look into a new flag pole for the Civic Center, as well as an entry-way bench and the replacement of a tree. • Agreed to send deputy clerk Ella Kruse to the McLeod For Tomorrow Leadership training program.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 16, 1962 Charles H. Warner, Editor Carol Ann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Johnson of Brownton, was united in holy wedlock with Gary Bipes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bipes, also of Brownton, on Saturday, July 28. Last Wednesday around 5 p.m., the Brownton Fire Department was called to the Harvey Henke farm, where a combine caught
10 Years Ago
Aug. 14, 2002 Lori Copler, Editor Carmen Ostlie Mulder is retiring this month after serving as the McLeod County recorder for 17 years, and in the recorder’s office for a total of 36 years. Lester Grams, 84, of Stewart, died Sunday, Aug. 11, at Glencoe Regional Health Services.
75 Years Ago
Aug. 19, 1937 Percy L. Hakes, Editor We have a king in Brownton who was crowned grand and ex-
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
Aug. 16, 1912 A.F. Avery, Editor Stewart now has but one meat market, M.B. Yuly having purchased the stock, business and goodwill of his competitor, August Lehman, this week. Mr. Yuly has moved from his building south of the tracks to the C.H. Richards building, which Mr. Lehman occupied, and will conduct his business from the new stand. Mr. Lehman has conducted a first-class establishment and was enjoying a nice patronage, but found that his health would not permit him to be so closely confined indoors. The Stewart Board of Education held a meeting recently at which officers for the coming year were elected: T.C. Mahoney, president; E.N. Schmitz, secretary; and E.M. Hanson, treasurer. A tax levy of $3,000 for the maintenance of the school during the coming year was voted upon. A party of young ladies, including the misses Nellie, Verne, Frankie and Emma Cayott, Madeleine Mahoney, Mabel Bliss, Hulda Lewin, Gladys Hoyt and Marie Rehse of this village, and Gertie Mallay of Hutchinson, are camping for a couple of weeks at Lake Marion. Mrs. Fred Rehse is the chaperone. William Kuehl residence between 2 and 3 o’clock Friday morning and in a few minutes the firemen were on the job and succeeded in putting the fire out, but not before considerable damage had been caused to the building and some of the contents. The house is occupied by Mr. Kuehl and the Louis Miller family. A deal was completed Monday whereby R.S. Peterson of Westbrook became the owner of the Stewart Theatre, having purchased the same from Jensen and Green. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson and their two daughters have rented an apartment behind the barber shop in Mrs. Popp’s building. They were formerly the owners and publishers of the Westbrook Sentinel for 25 years. Since retiring from that business, Mr. Peterson has been looking around for a good town and a new business. Methodist Church has taken on a new look the past few weeks as workmen have put on wood paneling on the sides and repainted the ceiling. New carpeting is expected to be laid this week, and a new pulpit is being built. Church members also have spent time varnishing the woodwork and resurfacing the floor.
35 Years Ago
Aug. 18, 1977 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Announcement was made this week of the sale of the Stewart Elevator’s anhydrous ammonia and dry fertilizer plant and associated equipment to Hillside Chemical, Inc., of Lakeside.
19 Brownton seniors met on Monday
30 Years Ago
Aug. 19, 1982 John Lipke, Editor Mayor Orvel Tessmer announced that Police Chief Adrian has resigned effective Aug. 18 to take a position with the Minnesota State Patrol. Wednesday, at 1:45 p.m., the Stewart Fire Department was called to the Maynard Boelter farm, 41⁄2 miles north of Stewart, for a combine fire. The combine belongs to Art Otto of Stewart. The fire was confined to the motor, belts, wiring and the grain in the tank.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 16, 1962 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wieweck (Marian Rewerts) announce the birth of a baby boy, James Jay, on Saturday, Aug. 11. Fredrich T. Fuchs, better known to the Stewart community as “Fred Fox,” passed away at the Glenhaven Rest Home in Glencoe Friday, Aug. 10, at the age of 78. Mr. Fuchs moved to the Stewart area 34 years ago. He never married and was employed on the Bud Kalenberg farm and at various other occupations. The interior of the Stewart
Nineteen Brownton senior citizens met Monday at the community center. Cards were played after the meeting with the following winners: 500, Eleanora Lamp, first, and Gladys Rickert, second; pinochle, Leone Kujas, first, and Ordella Schmidt, second; and sheephead, Lil Lindeman, first, and Pearl Streu, second. Norma Albrecht won the door prize. Leone Kujas served refreshments. The next meeting is Monday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 16 — AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; Stewart Lions; Lake Marion Improvement Assoc. mtg., Brownton Rod & Gun Club, 6:30 p.m. Mon., Aug. 20 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, 1 p.m., Brownton Community Center; Brownton Lions; Stewart American Legion Post 125 & Auxiliary, 7 p.m. Tues., Aug. 21 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m.; Brownton Legion. Thurs., Aug. 23 — AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; McLeod County Republicans host “Meet & Mingle” event, 101 Main St., Suite 102, Hutchinson, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
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Aug. 13, 1937 L.A. Hakes, Editor Flames were discovered in the
Brownton pedal pull winners announced
Sixty-six children competed in the pedal-tractor pull sponsored by the Brownton Lions Club Friday night in conjunction with the corn feed. Winners, by age category, are: 4-year-olds: Kassie Binnebose, first; Raedyn Roling, second; and Wyatt Hamilton, third. 5-year-olds: Brenna Gregory, first; Braden Wigern, second; and Dylan Marketon, third. 6-year-olds: Omar Martinez, first; Taryn Zellmann, second; and Nicole Sievert, third. 7-year-olds: Ross Jerabek, first; Kasen Roling, second; and Tristan Ronngren, third. 8-year-olds: Cody Sievert, first; Saxton Melberg, second; and Makayla Wigern, third. 9-year-olds: Jaden Uecker, first; Keely Wendlandt, second; and Allie Gronlund, third. 10-year-olds: Kaleb Templin, first; Arayah St. John, second; and Sutton Melberg, third. 11 - y e a r- o l d s : B r a y d e n Goebel, first; Rhyan Herrmann, second; and Kasidy Cacka, third.
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Amanda Stifter and Nicholas Johnson were united in marriage May 26, 2012, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. The Rev. Anthony Stubeda and the Rev. Patrick Okonkwo officiated. Parents of the couple are Keith and Nina Stifter of Silver Lake and Mark and Joan Johnson of Plato. The maid of honor was Megan Hughes, friend of the bride, and bridesmaids were Jackie Stifter, sister of the bride, Michelle Engen, friend of the bride, and Kelsey Nowak, sister-in-law of the bride. The best man was Matt Johnson, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Clinton Dammann, Brady Brink and Alex Neisen, all friends of the groom. Ushers were Andy Nowak and Kyle Stifter, brothers of the bride. Ring bearer was Brenden Johnson, nephew of the groom. A dinner and reception were held at the Glencoe City Center. After a wedding trip to Negril, Jamaica, the couple resides in Waconia.
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Lacey LuAnn Huls and Timothy James Schuette, both of Plato, were united in marriage June 21, 2012, at Lake Shore Lodge & Spa. South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The Rev. J.B. McIntyre officiated. Parents of the couple are Curtis and NaLea Huls of Hutchinson and the late LuAnn Huls and Ronnie and Mary Bruch and Merle and Sharon Schuette, all of Glencoe. Matron of honor was Michelle Carrigan, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Ashley Bruch, sister of the groom; Vana Bruch, sister-inlaw of the groom; and Nichole Howell, friend of the couple. Jessica Neid, friend of the couple, was the bride’s personal attendant. Nathan Bruch, brother of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Michel Bargmann, Sean Nelson, friends of the couple, and Kyle Carrigan, brother-in-law of the bride. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Mur-
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UWMC to kick off new campaign during fair
United Way of McLeod County Board President Russ Trettin announced that the regional non-profit will have an exhibit booth at the McLeod County Fair, which takes place Aug. 15-19, in Hutchinson. The five-day run of the fair will serve as the kick-off period to the UWMC’s 2012-13 campaign. “It’s important to us that people from throughout the region have a chance to stop by our booth and see the agencies and programs we are partnering with and to hear about the services they provide,” said Trettin. “The county fair is one of the most exciting times of the year for our organization in that we get a unique opportunity to let people know who we are and where we are going as a United Way,” Trettin said. “We are excited to be a small part of the fair again this year,” said UWMC Executive Director Paul Thompson. “Each summer we have tried to do something a little bit different at our booth. This year will be no exception, as we invite preschoolers to visit our Dolly Parton Imagination Library Reading Nook in the Exhibition Building. Additionally, on Thursday, Aug. 16, we will hold Imagination Library readings on the Promise Stage from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.” Trettin announced that the organization will conduct its 2012-13 campaign in a similar manner to the last few years. The residential, small business, public employees and major firm campaigns will be staggered in monthly increments beginning the week of Aug. 20. Donations to the 2012-13 campaign can be made through March 31, 2013. Donations to help fund partner agencies and programs supporting area residents can be sent to the United Way of McLeod County located at 218 Main St. S., Suite 124, P.O. Box 504, Hutchinson, MN 55350. To make an online donation, please visit w w w. u n i t e d w a y m c l e o d county.org.
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Son born to Bentz family
Tristan and Lacey Bentz of Lester Prairie announce the birth of their son, Easton Oxley, on Aug. 1, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Easton weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19-1/2 inches in length. His older siblings are Owen and Avery Bentz. Grandparents are Mark and Ronda Brade of Mayer, Steve and Wanda Bentz of Watertown and James Jorgensen of Zimmermann.
Burr, Schafer at St. John’s
Jacob Burr, son of Bryan and Stacie Burr of Glencoe, and Tanner Schafer, son of Yancy and Holli Schafer of Glencoe, have enrolled at St. John’s University for the 2012-13 academic year. New student orientation is Aug. 26, and fall semester classes begin on Aug. 29.
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Arlington couple notes birth
Valerie Villarreal and Roberto Rodriguez Silventes of Arlington announce the birth of their daughter, Amberly Nicole Rodriguez, on Aug. 2, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Amberly weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her grandmother is Maria M. Torres of Arlington.
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Kaczmarek earns award
Kari Kaczmarek of Rochester completed her advanced practice nursing degree in neonatal health from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., in May 2012. While attending Stony Brook, she received the Academic Excellence Advanced Practice Nursing in Neonatal Health award. In addition, she successfully completed the Mayo Clinic Nurse Practitioner Residency program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She graduated from Glencoe-Silver Lake High School in 2001, and is a 2005 BSN/RN graduate from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. She has been employed at the Mayo Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital, in Rochester, since June 2005 as a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. She has been promoted to continue her work in the neonatology department as a neonatal nurse practitioner. She is the daughter of Ron and Karen Kaczmarek of Silver Lake.
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Son born to Stiles family
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Samantha Exsted of Glencoe was one of 13 recipients of an Evelyn Lenander Scholarship. The $3,500 scholarship is awarded to college students pursuing degrees in elementary education. The Lenander scholarship fund was established in 1989 for third- and fourth-year elementary education students. Lenander was a teacher in the Buffalo Lake schools for 29 years and was a substitute teacher for an additional 13 years.
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Marjorie R. Felt, 83, of Waconia
A memorial service for Marjorie R. Felt, 83, of Waconia, will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m., at Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia. The Rev. Travis Gerjets will officiate. Mrs. Felt died peacefully at her home Sunday Aug. 12, 2012. A gather- Marjorie Felt ing of family and friends will be today (Wednesday, Aug. 15), from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment will be at West Union Lutheran Cemetery, Carver. Marjorie Willis was born on Dec. 21, 1928, in Minneapolis, to Edward and Ruth (Strom) Willis. On Aug. 21, 1948, she was united in marriage to Howard W. Felt at West Union Lutheran Church in Carver by the Rev. Burman. Mrs. Felt was a lover of life, always had a smile on her face with some kind words to say. Visiting with anyone was something she never tired of. She truly loved Lake Waconia for its beauty and grandeur. Mrs. Felt enjoyed going to concerts, listening to different kinds of music, such as polka and gospel, and watching Lawrence Welk. She liked to go swimming and exercise at Safari Island. She would meet with the “coffee boys” at McDonald’s every day, catching up with the daily news. Mrs. Felt was an active person traveling to different rivers and lakes for a picnic. Attending church on a regular basis was important in her life. She will be missed. Survivors include her loving family, children and spouses, Brian Felt of Mound, Bruce and Cynthia Felt of Hopkins, Wendi Moen of Waconia, Barry and Michele Felt of Norwood Young America, and Kerri and Gene Specht of Waconia; grandchildren, Joseph and Amber Moen, Aaron and Rebecca Felt, Emily and Justin Rocheleau, Carolyn and Joseph Xiong, Melissa Felt, Maria Felt, Cameron Felt, Lauren Specht, and Carter Perez; great-grandchildren, Taylor Felt, Carson Felt, Lucie Felt, Ava Rocheleau, Marshall Rocheleau, Micah Xiong, and Quinn Moen; brother, Paul Stepp of California; nieces, Miaja Rocciola and Shelley Davis and their children, Lexi, Chiara, Tyler and Dylan; brothers-in-law and sisters-inlaw, Raymond and Edna Felt of Bloomington, Lorraine Maio of California, Gordon and Joan Felt of Waconia, Gladys Felt of Cologne, Joan Felt of Chaska, and Beverly Felt of Chaska; nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends. Preceding her in death were her husband, Howard; and parents, Edward and Ruth. Funeral arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, www. johnsonfh.com.
Obituaries AnnaMae Albrecht, 87, of Hutchinson
Memorial services for AnnaMae (Schleeter) Albrecht, 87, of Hutchinson, formerly of Glencoe, were held Monday, Aug. 13, at the Church of Peace in Glencoe. The Rev. Joseph Clay officiated. Mrs. Albrecht died S a t u r d a y, Aug. 4, 2012, at her home in AnnaMae Hutchinson. Albrecht The organist was Marie Eischens. Special music was by Amanda Palubeskie, “The Lord is My Shepherd.” Soloist JoAnn Dammann sang “Amazing Grace.” Honorary urn bearers were her grandchildren. Urn bearer was Matthew Albrecht. Interment was at the Zion Methodist Cemetery in Sumter Township, McLeod County. AnnaMae Schleeter was born Dec. 9, 1924, at her home in Penn Township, McLeod County, to Edward and Helena (Bauermeister) Schleeter. She was baptized as an infant Jan. 11, 1925, by the Rev. Henry Weerts, and confirmed in her faith as a youth June 11, 1939, by the Rev. Gerhard Schmidt, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. She attended country school, graduating from Stevens Seminary in 1942. On Aug. 29, 1945, AnnaMae Schleeter was united in marriage to Howard Albrecht by the Rev. Gerhard Schmidt at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. The Albrechts made their home on farms near Brownton and Glencoe until 1958, when they moved to Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with five children, Sharon, Colleen, Alan, Lyle and Loren. The Albrechts shared over 53 years of marriage before Mr. Albrecht died on May 24, 1999. After Mrs. Albrecht retired and her husband passed away, she sold her home in Glencoe and moved to Prince of Peace in Hutchinson. In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Mrs. Albrecht was employed as a clerk in several different stores in Glencoe, but most of the time at G. L. Priess. Then, she was employed at the Minnesota Gas Company for 161/2 years; when the gas company relocated, she retired. Mrs. Albrecht then volunteered for McLeod County doing transportation for social services and friends, Meals on Wheels, voting clerk and as a receptionist at the Glencoe hospital. She was an active member of the congregation at Church of Peace in Glencoe until she started experiencing some health issues. Mrs. Albrecht was an energetic woman who enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking and playing cards, but most importantly, bringing up her family. She cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Survivors include her daughters, Sharon Schwarze of Hutchinson and Colleen (Gary) Alvig of Watertown; sons, Alan (Maureen) Albrecht of Hamburg, Lyle (Patty) Albrecht of Sumter, and Loren (Karen) Albrecht of Apple Valley; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one on the way; sisters-in-law, Arlene “Dotsie” Kottke of Glencoe and Carol (Leland) Kottke of Eden Prairie; brother-inlaw, Kenneth (Jan) Albrecht of North Mankato; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Edward and Helena Schleeter; husband, Howard Albrecht; son-in-law, Thomas Schwarze; greatgrandson, Benjamin Dammann; sisters, Della Kottke, Elda Magnusen, Helen Duehn, Hazelle Vieum and Donna Edwards; brother, Donald Schleeter; sister-in-law, Hazel Tull; and brother-in-law, Louis Kottke. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries/ guest book.
Anita A. Dierfeldt of Renton, Wash.
A memorial service for Anita A. (Brinkmeier) Dierfeldt, 89, of Renton, Wash., is planned for S a t u r d a y, Aug. 25, at 2:30 p.m., at St. Peter Lutheran Church in L e s t e r Prairie. Interment will Anita A. be at the St. Dierfeldt P e t e r Lutheran cemetery following the service. Mrs. Dierfeldt died April 11, 2012, at Regency at Renton care facility. Anita Brinkmeier was born Sept. 13, 1922, in Lester Prairie, to Emil and Alma Brinkmeier. She was baptized, and confirmed on April 4, 1936, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. She married Alvin H. Dierfeldt on July 2, 1946, and lived on their farm in rural Lester Prairie until 1972, then moved to town. When her daughter and son-in-law moved to Renton, Wash., after his military retirement in 1980, they moved there, also. After Mr. Dierfeldt’s passing in 1996, she moved to an assisted-living facility and finally to the Regency at Renton care facility, where she resided until her passing. She is survived by her daughter, Verlaine (Josie) Lehman of Branson, Mo; step-grandchildren, Bradley Lehman of Saint Cloud, Cheryll Swartout of Spring Lake Park and Geoffrey Lehman of Houston, Texas; her brother, Victor Brinkmeier of Hutchinson; and nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; her parents, Emil and Alma Brinkmeier; and sister, Marlene Brinkmeier. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Peter Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie.
Frances M. Dvorak, 70, of Litchfield
A memorial service for Frances “Fran” M. Dvorak, 70, of Litchfield, will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, at 10:30 a.m., at the Church of St. Philip in Litchfield Mrs. Dvorak died at her home in Litchfield on Aug. 12, 2012. Visitation will be today (Wednesday) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home. Interment will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Frances “Fran” Marie Dvorak, the daughter of Sylvester and Barbara (Chmielewski) Mallak, was born May 27, 1942, at her home in rural Silver Lake. She graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1960. She was united in marriage to Myron Dvorak on Aug. 23, 1960. Following their marriage, Mr. Dvorak was drafted into the Army, and she felt that she also served during this time. They had four children — David, Anna, Paul and Mary. Mrs. Dvorak worked as a nursing assistant at Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glencoe and at Green Giant in Glencoe. In 1980, they moved to Madison as a half owner and operator, with her husband, of Madison Ford and Mercury. She worked as a nursing assistant in Madison Lutheran Home and attended Southwest State University from 198690, where she graduated with honors with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and management. She moved to Litchfield in June 1988, where she worked at Meeker County Hospital for Dr. Prasad and Allina Clinic in Litchfield until retiring in 2006. Mrs. Dvorak was a Girl Scout leader in Glencoe and Service Unit chairperson of Girl Scout Council in Glencoe in the 1970s. She was a charter member of the National Emergency Medical Technicians in 1976 and a Minnesota EMT. She was a volunteer ambulance attendant from 1976-80 in Glencoe. Mrs. Dvorak was a member of the Church of St. Philip. As a child she enjoyed playing in the woods on the farm and making friends with the animals. She enjoyed family get-togethers and reunions, gardening, cross country skiing, knitting, photography, camping and spending time with her family. She will be remembered for her kind and thoughtful personality. Survivors include her husband, Myron, of Litchfield; children, David Dvorak of Montevideo, Paul (Rachel) Dvorak of Burnsville, Anna Marie Dvorak Rose Haymond of Eagan, and Mary Elizabeth Dvorak Erickson of Oakdale; grandchildren, Crystal Rose, Joshua Rose, Adam Dvorak, Alexandra Dvorak, Kayla Rose and Samantha Judovsky; great-grandchildren, Victoria Mae Schmitz and Logan Dvorak; brothers and sisters, Sylvester (Rose) Mallak Jr. of New Ulm, Margaret (Hubert) Schermann of Silver Lake, Paul (Annette) Mallak of Oakdale, Agnes (Keith) Grogan of Tucson, Ariz., and John (Jane) Mallak of Hutchinson; inlaws, Delores (Edward) Goede of Silver Lake, Harvey (Kathy) Dvorak of Emily, Kathy Dvorak of Rice, Sharon (Steve) Chandler of Olivia; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jo-seph and Agnes; brother, James Mallak; and brother-in-law, Milan Dvorak. Memorials are preferred to Ecumen Hospice of Litchfield, Flowers of Mercy and St. Philip’s Church and School. Please sign the online guestbook at www.johnson hagglund.com.
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Kenneth W. Place Sr., 91, of Glencoe
Memorial services for Kenneth Wayne Place Sr., 91, of Glencoe, formerly of Fort Wayne, Ind., will be held at a later date in Fort Wayne. Mr. Place died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Glencoe Reg i o n a l Health Services longterm care facility. Mr. Place Kenneth was born Place Feb. 10, 1921, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Alvy and I. Ruth (Hay) Place. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at West Creighton Christian Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. He received his education in Fort Wayne, and furthered his education by attending General Electric Apprentice School for three years. On April 2, 1944, Mr. Place was united in marriage to Elinor Marie Favourite at West Creighton Christian Church in Fort Wayne. They made their home in Fort Wayne until they moved to Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Kenneth Jr., Bradford and Deborah. The Places shared over 68 years of marriage. Mr. Place held employment at General Electric in Fort Wayne for 47 years and then Sears & Roebuck Company in Fort Wayne for 27 years until he retired in 2002. He was a member of First Christian Church in Fort Wayne. He also was a member of the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Place enjoyed working, gardening, woodworking and building. He also loved to take care of his home, going to the Knights lodge and helping with Boy Scouts. He especially cherished the time spent with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Elinor Place of Glencoe; children, Kenneth (Norma) Place Jr. of Midwest City, Okla., Bradford (Diana) Place of Glencoe, and Deborah Rinker of Albuquerque, N.M.; six grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Alvy and I. Ruth Place; and siblings, Sally Eichhorn and Donald Place. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. An online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries/ guest book.
Rev. Linzy Collins, Jr., First Congregational United Church of Christ, Glencoe This should not be confused with a Pastor’s Sports Corner article. Have you been excited watching the drama, glory, and antics at the London Olympics? I am amazed at the drama we see in these contests. The dedication and hard work comes to fruition every four years in these events. I cannot imagine the depth of devotion these great athletes give of themselves. The always to be remembered phrase from Jim McKay of ABC Sports resounds in the Olympics: “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” The glory heaped on the winners is astounding. Michael Phelps’ accomplishments, the USA women’s beach volleyball team, and the victories in some of the less publicized events must give a great sense of accomplishment. The antics, shenanigans, and tomfoolery, can be interesting to observe. I especially enjoyed the hijinks displayed by the winner of the men’s discus event. He tore off his shirt and went on a rampage similar to The Incredible Hulk comic hero. No matter how much glory we heap on these great athletes, Christ deserves much more. Real drama was seen in Christ’s victory over Satan and whatever forces of evil exist in the Universe when Jesus overcame death on the Cross. Too often serious antics are found in our feeble efforts to find truth and purpose in life without God. Lastly, we should not forget the dedication of the British security forces providing security for all the attendees. Lasting security is actually found in the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Dear God, we thank you for our athletes, and as a nation help us to put You first in the thoughts of our Country.
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Obituaries William L. Harens, 92, of Gaylord
Mass of Christian Burial for William “Bill” Leander Harens, 92, of Gaylord, was held Saturday, Aug. 11, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Gaylord. The Rev. Keith Salisbury officiated. M r . Harens died M o n d a y, Aug. 6, 2012, at the William St. Cloud V e t e r a n s Harens Administration (VA) Health Care Center in St. Cloud. The keyboardist was Sherri Kaufmann. Special music was by the St. Michael’s Choir. Congregational hymns were “I Have Not Seen,” “Shepherd Me, O God,” “One Bread, One Body,” “This Bread That We Share,” “Beautiful Savior” and “For All the Saints.” Pallbearers were his sons and daughter, Mike Harens, Larry Harens, Terrance Harens, Victor Harens, Bill Harens, Tom Harens and Deborah Harens. Interment was in the Glencoe Catholic Cemetery. Military Honors were by the Glencoe VFW Post 5102. Mr. Harens was born Feb. 28, 1920, in Granville, Iowa, to John and Elizabeth (Huberty) Harens. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed in his faith. He received his education in Hosper, Iowa. He moved with his parents from Hosper to Madelia, New Auburn, Brownton and Glencoe. In his younger years, Mr. Harens worked at the Green Lantern Bowling Alley setting pins and at the Gaylord movie theatre running and repairing the projectors. Mr. Harens entered active military service on July 8, 1942, and served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He received the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 6, 1945. On Nov. 27, 1946, Mr. Harens was united in marriage to Betty Donnay at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Glencoe. After their marriage, the couple lived in Glencoe and Arlington before moving to Gaylord in 1952. He was employed at Harpel Brothers garage in Glencoe and also had his own auto body shop. After they moved to Gaylord, Mr. Harens was employed at Poquette Chevrolet garage for more than 34 years. After his retirement, he worked part time for Eastside Ford in Gaylord and later at Hands, Inc., in Winthrop. The Harens shared 64 years of marriage before Mrs. Harens died Oct. 16, 2011. They were blessed with seven children. Mr. Harens was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Gaylord and the Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of the Manthey-Asmus American Legion Post 433 and a former member of the Glencoe VFW Post 5102. Mr. Harens enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, gardening and he loved to repair friends and family cars. He especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Survivors include his children, Harlan “Mike” (Lynette) Harens of Austin, Texas, Terrance (Janie) Harens of Hanover, Mass., Lawrence Harens of Vacaville, Calif., Victor Harens of Gaylord, Deborah Harens of Fairmont, William R. (Cheryl) Harens of Cokato, and Thomas (Ann) Harens of Edina; grandchildren, Cindy, Kelly, Michelle, Katherine, Kristy, Ashley and Margaret; eight great-grandchildren with one on the way; siblings, Helen Slanga of Hutchinson and Charles (Darleen) Harens of Lakeville; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, John and Elizabeth Harens; wife, Betty Harens; son-in-law, Mike Senne; granddaughter; and siblings, Margaret Haggenmiller, John Harens, Anna Mary Stuedemann, Leo Harens, Regina Cochrane, Mary Tickner, Celestine Buska, Matthew Harens, Joseph Harens, Francis Harens, Mildred “Dolly” Dwinnel and Theresa Budahn. Arrangements were by Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord, Minnesota. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries and guest book.
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72-year class reunion
Seven members of the Glencoe High School class of 1940 gathered for their 72year reunion Saturday afternoon at Dubbs Grill and Bar. Attending were, front, left to right, Deloris (Schultz) Roufs, Milan Nemec, John Drew and Catherine (Lustmann) Templin. In the back are Frances (Schuette) Downer, Merrill Burgstahler and Delores (Litzau) Schroeder.
DFLers will man county fair booth
Democratic Farmer-Labor (DFL) candidates for the state Legislature will be at the DFL booth at the McLeod County Fair in Hutchinson this week. Logan Campa of Hutchinson is seeking the House 18B seat and will vie with state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, RGlencoe, in the new district. Campa will be at the DFL booth on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; on Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Steve Schiroo of Cokato is seeking the District 18 Senate seat currently held by state Sen. Scott Newman, RHutchinson. Schiroo will be at the DFL booth on Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Nancy Larson of Dassel is seeking the District 18A House seat held by incumbent state Rep. Dean Urdahl, RGrove City. Larson will be at the fair booth on Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m.
Harold L. Otto, age 89, of Arlington
Mass of Christian Burial for Harold Leonard Fred Otto, 89, of Arlington, will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, at 10:30 a.m., at St. M a r y ’s Catholic Church in Arlington. The Rev. Keith Salisbury will officiate. Mr. Otto died Friday, Harold Otto Aug. 10, 2012, at the Sibley Medical Center in Arlington. Visitation will be today (Wednesday, Aug. 15), from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., at the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. There will be a prayer service on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. The organist will be Mary Beth Schwirtz and the song leader will be Wendy Bigaouette. The congregational hymns will be “On Eagle‘s Wings,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Amazing Grace,” “Only in God” and “The Lord is My Shepherd.” Honorary pallbearer is Michael Wall. Pallbearers will be Verne Schlueter, Danny Woehler, Harlan Otto, Bob Otto, James Otto and Brian Quast. Interment will be in the Gaylord Municipal Cemetery. Military honors will be by the Manthey-Asmus American Legion Post 433. Mr. Otto was born May 28, 1923, in Dryden Township, Sibley County, to Robert and Gusta (Pomplun) Otto. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed in his faith as a youth. He received his education at a country school in rural Arlington. Mr. Otto entered active military service on Oct. 4, 1944, and served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He spent most of his service time in San Francisco, Calif. He received the Victory Medal, the American Theater Ribbon, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 13, 1946. On July 12, 1949, Mr. Otto was united in marriage to Eleanor Kauffmann at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arlington. After their marriage, the couple lived and farmed in Dryden Township, Sibley County. The Ottos shared 53 years of marriage before Mrs. Otto died on March 8, 2003. They were blessed with two children. Mr. Otto was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arlington. He also was a member of the MantheyAsmus American Legion Post 433 in Gaylord. He still enjoyed farming in his later years, driving tractor and combine, and traveling to Switzerland, Germany and San Francisco, Calif. He also enjoyed spending time at the Prairie House having coffee with his friends. He especially loved spending time with his family. Survivors include his daughter, Barb Otto of Gaylord; son, George Otto of Arlington; sister, Viola (Milo) Quast of Arlington; brothers, Elmer (Irmgard) Otto of Arlington, Clarence (Lilah) Otto of Arlington, Raymond Otto of Gaylord, and Ervin Otto of Cleveland; sister-in-law, Jean Kauffmann of Glencoe; eight nieces, eight nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Robert and Gusta Otto; wife, Eleanor Otto; sister-in-law, Dorothy Otto; and brother-in-law, Mike Kauffmann. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord.
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wrestling room, she said. Two more classrooms need new windows installed at Lincoln Junior High after most of the windows in the building were replaced this summer. Also, a new roof was installed on a portion of the Lincoln building. Doors still need to be installed, too. The new gym floors were installed at the Panther Field House, which also received a new coat of paint. Sander said the floor project required the use of a large dehumidifier in order for the floor to set up properly during the hot and humid conditions this summer. Another project being looked at is a design for a new cross country course around the athletic complex north of the high school. Sander said the golf course is no longer being used for home cross country meets. She said once the new cross country course is designed for the sports complex, it also would tie into the city’s trails around the school. In all, the district spent about $750,000 on this summer’s projects. “It’s been a very busy summer,” said Superintendent Chris Sonju. “There are a lot of real good things happening.”
Corrections & Clarifications
In last week’s People column, a set of grandparents was left off the press release submited to the Chronicle. The corrected birth announcement should have read: Joey and Jen Schauer of Glencoe announce the birth of their son, Lucas Joey, on July 29, 2012, at Hutchinson Community Hospital. Lucas weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long. His older brother is Jack. Grandparents are Doug and Amy Hickler of Hector, David Rischmiller of New Auburn and Steven and Patsy Schauer of Glencoe. ***** The Chronicle strives for accuracy in its reports. If you find an error, bring it to our attention. Call 864-5518 and ask for Rich Glennie, editor.
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North entry to high school
Work on the north entrance to Glencoe-Silver Lake High School was nearing completion last week. The work, which included replacing the old doors and windows, was part of the school district’s summer capital improvement projects. The projects also included a new roof and windows at Lincoln Jr. High, new gym floors and paint job at the Panther Field House, and carpeting at several buildings, among other work. The cost of the projects was over $750,000. Michelle Sander, GSL business manager, called it a “major investment” in school facilities, but added the list of future projects remains lengthy. None of this year’s work was tied to the proposed building bond plans, she added.
Test scores show GSL going in right direction
By Rich Glennie Editor As the Glencoe-Silver Lake administrative and teaching staff study the data from the latest math, reading and writing scores, there was optimism that the district is heading in the right direction in meeting the test standards. At Monday night’s GSL School Board meeting, Elementary Principal Bill Butler said the reading scores for the elementary students showed a five-point improvement over the 2011 scores. Proficiency was at 77 percent in reading in 2012. In math, the proficiency in the elementary school jumped to 69 percent in 2012 compared to 52 percent in 2011. In ninth-grade writing proficiency, the 2012 score was 93 percent compared to 88 percent in 2011. Paul Sparby, high school principal, said the change to the multiple measurement rating (MMR) system from the annual yearly progress (AYP) reports of the federal No Child Left Behind shows a more consistent trend because MMRs looks at more than one year of data. Board Chairman Clark Christianson also noted that four months earlier, the elementary proficiency scores were below the state average, but the latest test scores indicated GSL elementary students were now a point above the state average. “So we’re about average?” Christianson said. “Historically, we have not been above or at the state average since 2007.” “We tell our teachers that the first step is to make the state average, now we have to keep pushing that,” Butler said. Sparby said there has been a heavy focus on this data and programs using this data. He said the data makes it easier to identify program needs and gaps. “It looks like we’re moving in the right direction,” said board member Jason Lindeman. “We have a long ways to go,” Sparby replied. “There is still a lot to do, but we’re going in the right direction. In other matters, the School Board: • Heard a report from GSL students and adviser Teri Windschitl about the recent trip to Costa Rica. Windschitl, high school Spanish and ELL teacher, and history teacher Brea Wiblemo took the nine students on the nine-day trip this summer. • Settled a new two-year contract with Jeff Jenson, district technology director, for a total package increase of 4.31 percent. The contract runs through June 30, 2013. • Renewed the sports trainer contract with Ridgeview Sports Medicine for $18,024, a slight increase over past years. Superintendent Chris Sonju said last year’s cost was about $16,000. The GSL Booster Club donates about two-thirds of the cost of the trainer. • Approved extended contracts for additional classes to math teachers Michael Haefs and Susan Bautch, English teachers Chris Bick and Rebecca Bartholomay-Suko, sciRoxanne teachers ence Stensvad and Jim Waters, social studies teacher Paul Lemke and family and conteacher science sumer Rochelle Drahos and music teacher Randi Erlandson. • Hired Debra Butler as district school nurse, replacing Mallory Godel, who resigned, and Amanda Redman as a sixth-grade teacher at Lakeside, replacing Julie Wischnack, who resigned. • Accepted the resignations of Kaitlin McGraw as EBD special education teacher at Lincoln Jr. High; Jodi Kieser as health assistant at Lakeside; Godel as seventh-grade girls’ basketball coach; Brian Heimerl as seventh- and eighth-grade wrestling coach; Tom Lemke as JV softball coach; Anna (Prehn) Draeger as ninth-grade girls’ basketball coach; Mike Hardy as eighthgrade volleyball coach; Gary Kosek as ninth-grade football coach; and Mark Rudy as assistant gymnastics coach. • Transferred Mona Ewald from a high school special education paraprofessional to health assistant at Lincoln Jr. High/activities director secretary. Ewald and Kim Heimerl switched positions. • Accepted the retirement of Sue Rolf as a Title I paraprofessional at Lakeside Elementary. • Approved the following extracurricular assignments: Lindsey Randt as eighth-grade volleyball coach; Mike Hardy as ninth-grade football coach; Debbie Moosbrugger as junior high soccer coach; Gary Carter as JV soccer coach; Kelly Mackedanz as junior high tennis coach; and Chris Bick as seventh- and eighthgrade cross country coach. • Set the next school board meeting for 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, in Room 124 of the Lincoln Junior High, the former music room. • Accepted donations from United Way of McLeod County for $875 for the ECFE program; $43.05 from Mark Rudy as a matching contribution for the district’s “A account”; and Bobcat work to remove cement from Mathews Excavating.
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