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The McLeod County
Nelsons named 2012 farm family of the year
By Lori Copler Staff Writer aggett Brook Farm, located south of Brownton and just north of the Sibley County line, is home to this year’s McLeod County Farm Family of the Year, Duane and Mary Nelson. The Nelsons have run their dairy farm since 1988 — nearly 25 years — but people still refer to it “as the Delfert Bussler farm,” laughs Mary Nelson. The farm may seem small by today’s standards — 40 tillable acres and an average herd size of 50 cows — but it is more than enough to keep both Nelsons busy, as well as some area youths whom they hire to help out. Duane Nelson, Mary will contend, works “full-time and a half,” while she also works full time while also teaching two English classes a day at GFW High School in Winthrop. ***** The Nelsons are not native to the area. Mary Nelson grew up near Randolph, between Cannon Falls and Northfield, while Duane Nelson grew up near Brainerd. They met as students at the University of Minnesota at a dorm mixer. “I think he liked the way I skated,” Mary Nelson jokes. Duane Nelson will contend their mutual love of cows drew them together. Mary Nel-
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son, back in the day, was once a contender in the Princess Kay of the Milky Way pageant (as was her daughter, Brenda, some 20 years later). Duane Nelson was once an “FFA King.” The both graduated with bachelor degrees in agriculture with an emphasis in dairy operations. After they were married, the Nelsons went looking for a place to start their own dairy herd, and rented a farm near Owatonna. “We started with 27 cows,” said Duane Nelson. The couple soon realized that the herd would not support them both, so Mary Nelson agreed to stay home with the cows while Duane Nelson got off-the-farm work as a hoof trimmer and a job with 21st Century Genetics. All three of their children, Tracy, Brenda and Erik, were born in Owatonna, Duane Nelson said. But the farm’s owner decided to move back to the farm, and the Nelsons were again on the lookout for a place to call home. Which is how they ended up at Dagget Brooke, where they built their herd to about 50 cows, mostly registered Holsteins and a few registered Ayrshires. They buy most of their feed, but also grow corn for silage, also used for feed.
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The Duane and Mary Nelson family, McLeod County Farm Family of the Year, were among families honored at Farmfest in early August. The Nelsons’ farm is located on the McLeod-Sibley
border, south of Brownton. From left to right are, Tracy Nelson, Brenda Nelson Miller, Erik Nelson, Duane Nelson and Mary Nelson.
Newman comments on Supreme Court rulings
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday upheld the authority of the Legislature to choose the wording for the two constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot. The Supreme C o u r t voted 4-2 on both amendment issues. T h e Sen. Newman “marriage amendment” will be titled: “Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman.” The “voter ID” amendment will be titled: “Photo identification required for voting.” Both were proposed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, and the titles were later revised by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a DFLer. Ritchie claimed his new titles better reflected the intent of the amendments. State Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, the author of the voter identification amendment legislation in the Minnesota State Senate, offered the following remarks regarding the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling on the constitutional amendment and its title: “Today’s ruling ensures that the voter identification amendment will appear on the ballot with the title the Legislature
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Newest GSL teachers
Glencoe-Silver Lake welcomed its newest teachers to the district on Tuesday morning. They include, front, from left to right, Mike Sundblad, high school industrial technology; Julie Grams, first grade at Helen Baker; Samantha Vollbrecht, high school special education; and Amanda Redman, sixth grade at Lakeside Elementary. In the back are Brittany Johnson, fifth grade at Lakeside; Rebekah Haddad, high school ag instructor and FFA adviser; Joe Morcomb, school counselor at Lincoln Jr. High; Debra Butler, school nurse; and Sara Johnson, part-time teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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Light & Power opposes enforcement of statute
By Rich Glennie Editor A ruling on whether to enforce a dormant 27year-old state statute that could negatively impact Glencoe’s methane-to-electricity supply at Spruce Ridge Landfill is expected in October, said David Meyer, Glencoe Light Plant manager. Meyer told the Light & Power Commission Monday night that he is working on a response to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) desire to invoke a municipal solid waste statute that has been on the books for decades, but never enforced. By enforcing the statute, garbage coming to the Spruce Ridge Landfill near Biscay from the west metro area, would be diverted to an Elk River incinerator instead. The statute requires the metro waste be hauled to metro sites. That loss of waste at Spruce Ridge would impact tipping fees collected by the county as well as the methane generators that supply power to about one-third of households in Glencoe. Meyer said an Aug. 8 meeting with the MPCA in the Twin Cities discussed the preliminary draft ruling on the solid waste statute. “The MPCA made it clear it wants to enforce this statute, badly,” he said. That is despite the fact that the MPCA also permitted the Spruce Ridge project. “Why didn’t they do it 27 years ago?” asked Light & Power commissioner Roger Hilgers. Meyer said the county and Light & Power solicited the help of state Sen. Scott Newman, RHutchinson, to author a bill last session to “study the impact of enforcing the statute,” not only for Spruce Ridge and McLeod County, but anywhere in the state. But what came out of all the legislative committees was worded more toward “how to implement the statute,” not to study the impacts of enforcement, Meyers said. Meyer said another meeting was set up Monday with Newman, state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, Ed Homan, county solid waste manager, County Commissioner Kermit Terlinden and representative of Waste Management, owners of Spruce Ridge, solid waste haulers and the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA). “We discussed where to go with this thing,” Meyer told the commissioners. The group has until Aug. 31 to comment on the MPCA’s draft plans and a final report will be made in October. Commissioner Kirk Miller suggested changes be made by the state Legislature so the MPCA cannot enforce the statute that has been called “archaic.” “I’m not against incinerators,” Meyer said, “but get their own garbage, not ours.” Hilgers said he often sees garbage trucks from Elk River going through Glencoe, because the tipping fees are much lower at Spruce Ridge than at the Elk River incinerator. Meyer agreed. He said the highest tipping fee at Spruce Ridge is $53 a ton. At the Elk River incinerator, the tip fee is $83 a ton, but taxpayers of that county subsidize the waste haulers $26 to $28 per ton to haul to the incinerator. “But it still costs $5 a ton more there than it does here!” Miller said if the statute is enforced, the county could lose about $500,000 a year in tip fees. Those dollars also are used to operate the county’s recycling program. But how that will impact the methane-to-energy plant at Spruce Ridge as well as the supply of power to Glencoe is uncertain. Hilgers asked that if the west metro garbage no longer comes to Spruce Ridge, “how long does the methane last (at the landfill)?” “No one knows,” Meyer said. “That’s the reason for the impact study.”
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Wed., 8-29 H: 93º, L: 68º Thur., 8-30 H: 96º, L: 69º Fri., 8-31 H: 89º, L: 68º Sat., 9-1 H: 92º, L: 69º Sun., 9-2 H: 84º, L: 68º
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NHS fund raiser set Aug. 31
On Friday, Aug. 31, the Glencoe-Silver Lake National Honor Society will be putting on a fund raiser for its local society chapter. It will take place from 5:30 p.m. to kick off of the opening varsity football game. There will be games and activities going on by the walkway to the entrance of the stadium. The games will include a bean bag toss, Polish golf and a football throw. Also, there will be some Panther football trivia and face painting as well as a drawing for a signed football at half time.
Proposed preliminary city budget eyes no tax increase
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The Glencoe City Council, in a Thursday workshop session, reviewed a proposed 2013 budget that contains about .35 percent more in general fund expenditures than the 2012 budget. But City Administrator Mark Larson said the goal is to keep the general ad valorem levy the same as 2012 — $1.47 million — and “back our budget into it.” By the time the budget is finalized in December, it will be adjusted enough to meet that goal, said Larson. Larson said the 2013 proposed budget currently includes a 2.5 percent wage increase for city employees. The unknown factor right now, Larson added, is what the health insurance premiums will be in 2013. “Health insurance is still a question,” said Larson. “But we should know what that will be by the first or second week of October.” Larson pointed out that the city had instituted a high-deductible health insurance plan, which includes the city making contributions to employees’ health savings accounts (HSAs). The plan is to continue the same level of contribution in 2013, Larson added. Larson also reviewed the city’s general fund budget back to its high of $3.765 million in revenues and expenditures in 2007, to the 2012 budgeted expenditures of $3.2 million. In response to reduced local government aid, the city has “in the last three years cut considerably” from its expenditures, Larson said, including one public works employee and two full-time police officers. It also put on hold infrastructure maintenance and improvements. Larson said the city will retire a bond in 2013, which will free up about $150,000 annually. “The intent is to replace the old debt with new debt,” Larson said, with the resumption of the city’s seal coating and overlay street work, as well as other capital projects. “We’ve had a hard time with capital projects,” said Larson. “Our overlay and seal coating bit the dust a long time ago,” because of cuts of local government aid at the state level. As the city begins to consider capital improvement projects, it also will need to review its assessment policy, fees and utility rates, Larson added. The City Council also heard presentations from each city department regarding upcoming needs as far as programs, equipment and vehicles. used or refurbished truck with a 100- to 110-foot capacity (the current truck’s capacity is about 60 feet). Grack said the department could get a truck from the mid- to late-1990s for about $350,000 that “would do everything you need to in town.” The aerial truck also could be used for rural incidents involving grain bins or silos, he said. Grack also would like to spend about $2,500 to stud out and sheetrock an existing interior brick wall in the fire station so it could be used for hanging pictures. trimming and removal projects, Drew said. Drew said there are also up to 30 stumps at the airport that need to be removed. The grinder also would mean that city crews could clear stumps right away, instead of waiting for a contractor to come in. Larson said the golf cart could be transferred to and utilized at the wastewater treatment plant for travel between facilities. year period to replace equipment that is seven to eight years old. Larson said the department needs more reliable equipment partly because the city utilizes voice-over-internet protocol (VOIP) for its phone service. “When the computers are down, our phones are down,” said Larson. Larson said he also would like to see more furniture for patrons around the City Center.
FFA chapter kick off Aug. 29
The school year is just around the corner and with that comes the Glencoe-Silver Lake FFA alumni kickoff event at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Pizza Ranch, as the club works to get its GSL-Agri Booster group off the ground, according to Rebekah Haddad, new FFA adviser. “You do not have to be a former FFA member or GSL graduate to be involved,” Haddad said. “We’re looking forward to a big year with FFA and are hopeful to be an engaged community chapter.”
Aquatics center
Drew said the tower slide at the aquatics center needs to be painted, and that project is slated for this fall. The estimated cost for repainting the tower, which is aluminum, is about $25,000 to $30,000. Drew said the parks board had approved the expenditure from the park improvement fund.
Because people are buying more energy-efficient appliances, they are using less water which, in turn, means less revenue for the city’s water fund since rates are based on volume. “Right now, our expenditures far exceed our revenues,” said Larson, so the City Council will need to “look hard at requests and how to fund them.” Among those 2013 requests is a three-quarter-ton pickup at an estimated cost of $45,000 to replace a mechanically unreliable, late 1990s truck. The truck also would be equipped with utility boxes to house tools. Steve Schmidt, superintendent, also suggested buying a hydraulic valve “exercise” wrench to use in a valve maintenance program. The valve, estimated to cost $10,000, would be used to open and close valves (or “exercise” them) on a regular basis so the moving parts don’t freeze into place. Another major project will be abandoning Well No. 3, located near Eighth Street and Armstrong Avenue, according to Gary Schreifels, public works director.
Police Chief Jim Raiter said the department will continue to rotate its fleet of leased squad cars, maintain its staff of eight full-time officers, which includes Raiter and a captain, and the equivalent of one fulltime office person for a total of nine full-time employees. Raiter said he isn’t asking for anything more in his 2013 budget than what he had in 2012.
Community pep fest Aug. 29
The annual Glencoe-Silver Lake community pep fest is scheduled for today (Wednesday, Aug. 29), at 6 p.m., in the west parking lot of the Glencoe City Center. It is an opportunity to meet the GSL Panthers’ fall sports teams and coaches. There also will be food, games, a kiddie parade, and “lots of Panther spirit” available at the pep fest. Also, guests can get their picture taken with the Panther mascot, courtesy of Creek View Sports.
Superintendent Terry Buska would like, at some point, to refurbish an air street sweeper, used for picking up leaves, and buy a used or refurbished mechanical street sweeper at a cost of about $35,000. Buska said mechanical sweepers are better for other street clean-up, such as collecting pea rock or crushed granite after seal coating. The department also is looking at retiring a 1993 plow truck, using a 1996 plow truck as a back-up, and buying two trucks between 2013 and 2016, with a total of $100,000 being budgeted for the purchases over a four-year period ($25,000 each year).
Octoberfest in September
Octoberfest in September is set for Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Brownton City Park. Sponsored by the Brownton Lions Club, the event features brats and kraut, German potato salad, hot dogs, pop and beer being served at 5:30 p.m., and music by George’s Concertina Band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please bring a lawn chair. In the event of rain, the celebration will be moved to the Brownton Community Center.
Larson said he actually added in more equipment requests into the parks department than that recommended by Parks Superintendent Mike Drew because much of the equipment is aging. Among proposals are to replace a golf cart and a 1992 Ford Ranger, used primarily for watering plants by streetlight posts, with another Toolcat utility vehicle at an estimated lease cost of $8,500 per year. Other equipment needs for the parks department include “grapple forks” ($3,500) for loading tree limbs and logs, a stump-grinding attachment for the Skid Steer ($8,250, or $2,750 for each of three years), the replacement of an old Dodge Dakota pickup ($7,000 per year over four years), a mower upgrade and a tractor/blade ($8,500 each year for five years). Drew said the grapple forks and stump grinder will especially be needed if the emerald ash borer threat becomes a reality. Some of the equipment also could be used by Glencoe Light & Power for its tree-
Sportsmen Club to meet
The Glencoe Sportsmen Club will meet Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the VFW meeting room.
Choir to begin rehearsals
The Buffalo Creek Community Choir will begin rehearsing Sunday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, Brownton. A December concert is being planned. Please contact Steffie Gronlund, 320-234-7889, or Rosine Hermodson-Olsen, 320-328-4365, so books can be ordered. Everyone is welcome.
The most important need for administration is new computer equipment, said Larson, who suggested budgeting a total of $20,000 over a two-
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Retired educators to meet
The Glencoe Area Retired Educators group will meet at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, for a potluck lunch at Grand Meadows, 1420 Prairie Ave., Glencoe. Members will discuss the future of the organization and its programs.
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Glencoe Seniors meetings set
The Glencoe Senior Citizens Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 30, at 12:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 4, also at 12:30 p.m., in the senior room at the Glencoe City Center. Sheephead and 500 will be played at both meetings. All area seniors are welcome to attend. The seniors also are looking for canasta and pinochle players, and are open to suggestions for other board and card games.
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5K run/walk set for Sept. 8
Grace Lutheran Church of Brownton will host a 5K fun run/walk Saturday, Sept. 8, starting at 8 a.m., at the church located at 8638 Plum Ave., north of Brownton. The cost is $20. Those who register before Aug. 26 will receive a free T-shirt; those who register after Aug. 26 will not be guaranteed a T-shirt. Race day registration starts at 7:15 a.m. There also will be a free kids’ dash after the run/walk. All proceeds will go to the church’s 125th celebration.
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Luce Line RR show Sept. 22
The Luce Line Railroad Club Train Show and Flea Market will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Agribition Building on the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. There will be operating layouts, vendors, selling and trading railroad-related items, a model contest and hourly door prices. Lunch and beverages will be available.
Fire department
Fire Chief Ron Grack had four items on his “wish list.” First on the list is to replace the current wooden lockers used to store firefighters’ turnout gear with metal mesh or open metal tubular lockers which allow for greater air flow so the gear dries out faster. The estimated cost is $9,000. Larson suggested the city budget for the request over a two-year period, 2014-15. Grack also would like to take a used, half-ton pickup being retired by the water plant and use it for a chief’s vehicle. The cost to clean up the rust on the vehicle and paint it red would be about $4,000. It also was pointed out the department will pay off a tanker truck in 2014, and will need to replace either the rescue van (bought in 1993) or the aerial truck (1982) within the next year or so. Larson said the issue of a new aerial truck was brought up at a meeting with township officials, and the proposal “was not met with a lot of enthusiasm.” But both Larson and Grack said the township officers may have been under the impression that the city intends to buy a new aerial truck, which could cost up to “$11 million, brand new,” said Grack. Instead, Grack said, the department would like to buy a
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Firearms safety class to start
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Women’s Club meets Sept. 5
The Brownton Women’s Club’s fall kick-off meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 7:45 p.m., at the Brownton Community Center. New members are needed to keep the club viable. Come and show support for the organization. Lunch will be served. Call 320-328-5715 for more information. 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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Federal grand jury indicts Hutch bank robbery suspects
Two suspects in a July 17 Hutchinson bank robbery were both indicted by a federal grand jury last week. According to court documents, Eric And r e w Ebbers, 25, whose most recent address is in Wisconsin, is facing Ebbers charges for both the Hutchinson robbery and a June 4 robbery that occurred at Alliance Bank in Lake City. Ebbers faces one felony count of bank robbery in each of those incidents. The court record states that Ebbers allegedly stole about $8,100 from the Lake City bank “by force, violence and intimidation … of a victim teller.” Erica Lea Reeves, 25, of Kirkland, Wash., faces a federal count of bank robbery in relation to the Hutchinson incident, in which she allegedly abetted Ebbers by driving him to Citizens Bank in Hutchinson and then Reeves driving him away after he allegedly robbed the bank. Ebbers waived his right to a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing on July 30, and remains in custody pending future court hearings. Reeves was released after posting a $25,000 bond. No future court dates have yet been set for either Ebbers or Reeves.
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Glencoe class of ’67 reunites
The Glencoe graduating class of 1967 gathered for its 45-year class reunion Aug. 11 for the evening at the Glencoe Country Club. those in attendance were, seated in front, from left, Linda Buska Meyer, Irene Carlson, Greg Troska, Louie Smoldt, Barb Ettel Jenneke and Jolene Kloempken Scheer; second row, Rosanne Nelson Hoodecheck, David Moehring, Larry Moehring, Judy Lehmberg Bipes, Margaret Adelmann Wiesner, Rod Pinske, Mary Adelmann Smith and Gloria Donnay Oltmann; back row, Gary Ziemer, Gary Miller, Steve Eischens, Myron Dahlke, Mark Gould, Ken Luebke, Jim Stepien, Bob Koehnen, Les Engelmann and Randy Biehoffer.
East-end transmission line work now under way
By Rich Glennie Editor The new east-end transmission line project continues to make progress, according to Glencoe Light Plant Manager David Meyer. Speaking to the Glencoe Light & Power Commission Monday night, Meyer said five of the 13 concrete bases for the transmission poles have been completed, and a substantial part of the base work for the new substation along Diamond Avenue, east of Glencoe, also has been done. The construction of the substation building that will house equipment is expected to take place in the next two to three weeks, Meyer said. The transmission line project will extend a new power line from the current Armstrong Avenue substation south to Highway 212 and then east along the Highway 212 right-of-way until Diamond Avenue, where it will go north to the new substation. The project will ensure Glencoe has two stable transmission lines into the city, one from the west and the other from the east. The $4.8 million project is expected to be completed before the end of the year, Meyer said. There will be 75 power poles going up along the route, but the 13 concrete bases are needed at places where the line changes direction, Meyer said. He said the aim is to not use guy wires, thus the need for the concrete bases to support the steel structures that handle the strain of those angles. Meyer added that the deepest hole dug for a base to date was 41 feet at the site closest to the Armstrong Avenue substation. Another is 26 to 28 feet deep near the old creamery building along 9th Street. The metal power poles come in two or three pieces and will be set in place by cranes, he added. Once started, the poles should go up quickly, Meyer said, possibly as soon as this week. Commissioner Kirk Miller asked if the project is still on schedule to be done by the end of the year. “That’s hard to say,” Meyer replied. “If the weather holds, I don’t see why not.” Asked about Xcel Energy’s part of the project that ultimately will hook up to the Diamond Avenue substation from Plato and Waconia, Meyer said Xcel has been taking soil samples outside of Plato in recent days. But Meyer said Xcel Energy is not on the same schedule as Glencoe Light & Power. He said Xcel Energy is looking to complete its portion of the line next spring. In other matters, the commission: • Heard that 29 customer accounts are in arrears for $8,492, and Meyer said Light & Power is “aggressively disconnecting” those delinquent accounts. “We’re not messing around. We don’t like to do it, but we don’t have a lot of choice. It’s not fair to everyone else” to not pursue those who do not pay their electric bills. • Purchased a new 3/4-ton Chevrolet pickup truck from Harpel Brothers for $30,282. It was the lowest bid. • Felt the expanded summer hours were a success this year. The hours were 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, since May, Meyer said. Light & Power will return to its winter hours at the end of September. Those hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each work day.
Police Report
On Monday, Aug. 20, at about 1:30 p.m., a black wallet with some paperwork inside was found in the 400 block of Chandler Avenue. At about 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, an officer informed a person in the 1500 block of Chandler Avenue of a city ordinance and instructed the individual not to shoot a bow and arrow anymore. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at about 6:30 a.m., a damage to property report was received of ketchup and mustard in an entryway, stairwell and on carpets in a building in the 1500 block of 13th Street. On Wednesday, Aug. 22, about 12:15 a.m., an officer gave a verbal warning to the driver and a passenger parked in a car in a park after park hours for open containers. They each had one beer. A possible theft was reported Wednesday at 10:42 a.m. by a resident in the 1600 block of Judd Avenue. The resident had placed a blue cooler of food and drinks while loading the car for a trip to the zoo. The resident went into the house and, when she returned, found the cooler was missing. She had observed a maroon older cargo van in the neighborhood. An officer located the van, whose driver said he thought the cooler was free and claimed he didn’t open it. The cooler was returned to the owner, who said all the food and drinks were accounted for. A resident in the 600 block of Ash Street West reported the strong smell of gas inside the home. The Glencoe Fire Department also responded to the call at 12:46 a.m., Saturday. A bag a marijuana was found in the bunker of hole No. 5 at the Glencoe Country Club on Saturday afternoon. A driver was cited for using a cell phone at 1:21 a.m., Saturday, at 10th Street and Ives Avenue. The driver also had a provisional license. About $300 in tools were reported stolen from a residence in the 1200 block of Pryor Avenue on Sunday.
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Schreifels said the well has been capped for 20 years, and most of the $15,000 cost for abandoning it would be to tear down the existing building to create a saleable residential lot. The project may qualify for a 50-50 cost-share from the state of Minnesota, Schreifels said. Another large expenditure will be to develop a federally and state-mandated well head protection plan, which could cost the city up to $70,000, Schreifels said. The plan covers how to protect wells from both potential contamination and acts of terrorism, said Schreifels. In that vein, the Chamber of Commerce has provided an online survey for customers to provide input on what products should be offered at the liquor store. Larson said he and Finance Director Todd Trippel have visited other liquor stores to get some ideas, and hope to bring some recommendations to the City Council in the future. There has been some discussion about moving the liquor store to a different site, but Larson indicated that improving the current site would probably be the most economically feasible idea. the City Center currently generate about $47,000 in revenue each year, which doesn’t cover the $75,000 the city levies for debt service and to cover outstanding pledges. “But we knew this facility would not cover the debt,” Larson said. He is continuing to work on a potential lease agreement with the U.S.D.A. for housing local agricultural services, which could significantly “raise our revenue stream.” Larson hopes to have more information on the potential lease at a September Council meeting. Larson said the proposed budget will continue to be revised before it is finalized in December.
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Like the water fund, the wastewater treatment program is running in the red, said Larson. One of the city’s wastewater treatment plant bonds comes off in 2015, which will free up about $250,000, but the city still needs to address its deficit — estimated at $156,262 for 2013. Mayor Randy Wilson asked when the city last raised water and sewer rates, and was told it has been at least six years. The department is looking to buy a three-quarter-ton pickup at a cost of $40,000, and various other electronic and other equipment estimated at a total of $47,500, for 2013.
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DASSEL — Dassel will have a three-way race for mayor on the Nov. 6 ballot, according to the Dassel-Cokato Enterprise-Dispatch. Filing for mayor were incumbent Mike Scanlon and challengers Larry Oberg and Jeffrey Putnam. Four have filed for two open city council seats, including incumbent Jack Adams and newcomers Sharon Asplin, Jonathan Haapala and Sara Bollman Nelson. Incumbent Bob Lalone did not file for re-election.
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Currently, the liquor store is transferring about $150,000 to $160,000 of its profits each year to subsidize the City Center. Larson said the liquor store will need to generate more than that to pay for needed improvements, such as new or newer coolers. “Our biggest issue is cooler space,” said Larson.
Man charged in fatal accident
NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA — Paul Wickenhauser, 21, of Cokato and formerly of Norwood Young America (NYA), has been charged with vehicular homicide in the deaths of three family members in a crash that occurred Aug. 17 on Highway 12 in Kandiyohi County. Wickenhauser’s pickup allegedly crossed the center line and struck a mini-van, killing driver Marta Stoffers, 68, of Atwater, her daughter-in-law, Michelle Hoffman, 40, of Eden Prairie, and her granddaughter, Julia Hoffman, 8. Another passenger, Jason Hoffman, 5, was critically injured. Wickenhauser graduated from Central High School in NYA in 2010, according to the NYA Times.
The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, August 29, 2012, page 4
Vexing ‘snowbird’ ordinance has no simple solution
Our view: City Council did right thing in tabling second reading on total on-street parking ban
lencoe City Council did the right thing last week when it tabled the second reading of the proposed “snowbird” ordinance. There were just too many issues with this one-size-fits-all approach. As proposed, the new ordinance would ban all on-street parking from Nov. 1 to April 1 whether there is snow on the ground or not. The proposed ordinance is very simple and straight forward. It simplifies life for the police, who have to ticket or tow the violating vehicles, and it makes life simpler and safer for city plow truck drivers, who have to work around snowbirds parked on city streets. It also limits the city’s liability in case of an accident, and it allows the city to more efficiently remove snow from city streets, which in theory, will save the city money in not having to replow streets as often during a normal winter. There are a lot of benefits of the new ordinance — all to the advantage of the city employees. But the other side of the equation is the inconvenience to many taxpayers, who have no place to park, especially downtown, and to homeowners who would be banned from parking in front of their homes when there is no snow to be plowed. The ordinance is all about convenience: Is it better to be more convenient for the city workers or for the people they serve? While we do not support some of
the citizens’ complaints, ie., odd-even parking, or other suggestions about the snowbird ordinance, other comments have merit. The one that stuck out was to leave the current “snowbird” ordinance in place and continue to tag and tow those who do not comply. The real important issue is responsibility. Currently, it is the owners’ responsibility to remove their vehicles whenever it snows. The consequences include a stiff fine and towing charge to get the vehicle out of the city’s impound lot. Usually it takes just one such ticket to get people’s attention. But that does not seem to happen with the number of tickets issued throughout the year, according to Police Chief Jim Raiter. Chief Raiter is the one who proposed the all-out ban of on-street parking throughout the winter months. We understand his frustration, as well as the frustration of plow drivers and city staff, elected and appointed, who field the complaints after every snow plowing event. But more conversation with the public is always a good thing. The public showed up at the last City Council meeting and expressed their views. Continue the conversation in an effort to come up with a more equitable solution. There is no easy solution to snowbirds. That is why it has been so vexing over the years to City Council as well as taxpayers. — R.G.
Congratulations to Petersens for honor
From Thursday’s Star Tribune: “Five inductees will be honored when Canterbury Park holds its Hall of Fame induction ceremony Sept. 1. “They are breeder Camelia Casby of Shakopee; owners Robert and Julie Petersen of Cokato; multiple stakes-winning mare Glitter Start; and outstanding contributor Sheila Williams of Roseville.” Bob and Julie have been ownersoperators of the Brownton Bar & Grill for the past 10 years. Their Brownton area friends extend a very warm “well done!” to the Petersens. In the decade they have been a fixture on Brownton’s main street, they have made many friends. And they are running a first-class operation. I’d like to acknowledge our appreciation and congratulations for achieving this signal honor. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving couple! ***** “It’s the economy, stupid!” You bet it is. While quite a few politicians have been attempting to drag the red herring across the trail, so to speak, bringing up all kinds of stuff to get the public’s mind off the economy, nonetheless, when all the dust settles, one comes back to the most important issue — what’s the state of the economy? Is America better after more than three years of Obama in office than it was before? Seems as if the national debt has risen by over $3 trillion. Unemployment is very high, and the federal budget is a long, long way from being balanced. Use of food stamps has exploded. Obama has brought us Solyndra, Fast and Furious, Eric Holder, and the president has stood by while the United States Senate has refused to offer any budget to vote on the whole barrage of bills passed by the United States House of Representatives. And the president refused to endorse the Keystone XL Pipeline. It is interesting to note the House has voted a Contempt of Congress citation against Holder — on June 28 by a 255-67 margin — for his refusal to turn over subpoenaed documents in the Fast and Furious matter. Obama has given us a slow, sluggish, subpar economic growth, higher than historical average postrecession unemployment across the country, increased poverty and a line of record-breaking deficits and debt as far as the eye can see. Obama is running an empty reelection campaign that does not offer a new agenda to boost our economy. He is not proposing any new initiatives to spur faster growth or higher Just what has Obama’s stewardship of the economy given us? • Forty-two consecutive months of unemployment of more than 8 percent, and it’s climbing again; • More than six in 10 Americans said the country is moving in the wrong direction, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll; • The same poll in July said that 54 percent of Americans surveyed disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy — and 41 percent strong disapprove; • A Gallup Poll reported that 60 percent of Americans now say the economy is getting worse; • Younger Americans, including college graduates, are finding it increasingly difficult to find full-time work and one-fourth of 18- to 34year-olds have returned home to live with their parents; • The unemployment rate among 18- to 29-year-olds was nearly 13 percent last month. If you count those who have stopped looking for a job, their jobless rate is nearly 17 percent, according to the youth advocacy organization Generation Opportunity; • An Associated Press survey of economists, think tanks and academics last month projected that the official poverty rate will climb from 15.1 percent to 15.7 percent this fall. • Gallups’ tracking poll said 42 percent of Americans say they are struggling. Had enough yet? Chuck Warner, former owner/publisher of the Brownton Bulletin from 1953 to 1986, is a current member of the Brownton City Council.
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levels of private-sector job creation. The nearly $1 trillion stimulus he enacted in 2009 has been spent, most of it ending up in the hands of federal, state, county and local bureaucrats with little, if any, long-term impact on the economy, which is slowing down, not speeding up. The Federal Reserve Board forecasts slow growth this year, next year and possibly into 2014, if not beyond. That’s why it has said it will maintain interest rates of nearly zero percent for the foreseeable future. With no leadership coming from the White House or the Senate, it appears Obama is hoping the economy will improve on its own. The New York Times recently wrote: “It is increasingly apparent what the economy will look like when Obama faces voters in November: pretty much what it looks like today.” Most economists do not expect long-range improvement, either, without sweeping change in policy. “This economy has no forward momentum and little help from monetary or fiscal policy,” said Kathy Bostjancic, director of macroeconomic analysis at the Conference Board.
Letters to Editor We should never stop improving
To the Editor: The new school year is right around the corner and all of us at GSL are very excited to get started. The 2012-13 school year is sure to bring many wonderful experiences and learning opportunities. We have a lot to be excited about at GSL, but we also know that we should never stop improving what we are doing. It should never be “good enough” for our kids! In terms of test scores, we are starting to see the results we were expecting. In many grade levels our proficiency scores are at or above the state average. This is encouraging news as we wait for the MMR scores from the state later this fall. While test scores don’t tell the entire story of all what goes on at GSL, we take them very seriously and have a goal for improvement each and every year. I can honestly say what we are doing is working! Our elementary grades will once again be working with our literacy consultant to continue to develop quality and meaningful lessons in literacy to reach all students. Our third and fourth grade will be working with iPads on a daily basis. In our junior high we are implementing “The Power of the ICU,” where we have resources in place for all students to turn in all assignments and develop more summative types of assessments. This will continue to show what kids have learned rather than how many points they have gathered. Our high school is once again offering a wide range of classes with many of them having college credit attached to them and our staff will be involved in learning cohorts and professional learning committees once again this year. All of this and more is in place to increase the quality of instruction, thus increasing student achievement. This past summer also has seen some positive changes to our facilities. New windows in the Lincoln building have very much helped with the physical appearance and also will result in energy savings. You may have noticed that windows on the southeast corner were not replaced because it is our hope that our building plan will eventually be passed in our school district. We have also put in new doors and windows in the north entrance to the Panther Field House. We have made other significant improvements there as well. These projects, along with countless other smaller projects, are all part of our efforts to provide a better learning place for our students As you can see, there has been a lot going on and a lot that is going to happen during the upcoming school year. For all the families sending their kids to GSL, we thank you for your commitment to GSL and please know that our quality of education is at a very high level. Please take the time to visit our classrooms and you will see firsthand what is happening on a daily basis in our schools. We welcome you in our buildings and encourage your attendance. With that said, here’s to a great school year! Christopher D. Sonju Superintendent of Schools
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Letters to Editor Newman explains no vote to disaster relief
To the Editor: On Aug. 24, the Minnesota Legislature convened in special session for the purpose of taking up a disaster relief bill for flood damage that occurred to the city of Duluth in June. This bill, proposed by Gov. Dayton and various state agencies, was presented to the Legislature in such a manner that left us with no opportunity to amend, debate or change the bill in any way. Our only option was to either vote yes or no. In checking with the Office of the Legislative Auditor, I found that over the last 15 years, Minnesota has had 32 severe natural disasters and appropriated approximately $488 million for recovery efforts, including the enormous Red River Valley flood. Gov. Dayton’s bill cost taxpayers $167.5 million, or about 34 percent of what we spent over the last 15 years. In running for office, I promised to do my best to reduce the size of government, reduce government spending and encourage personal responsibility. A vote in support of the Duluth disaster relief bill would have violated all three of those campaign promises and, consequently, I decided to vote no. This was not an easy decision because the residents of Duluth did in fact sustain large amounts of damage as a result of the storm. However, on balance, I believe the amount of money appropriated and the new policy provisions adopted were significantly out of proportion to the relief needed and paid by the taxpayers of the state of Minnesota. To read the specific reasons why I did not support the bill, click on the following link. http://www.senate.mn/members/member_se condary_bio.php?ls=&mem_ id=1173. State Sen Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson District 18 Email: snewman@ hutchtel.net.
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Help for homeless veterans
By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. Minnesota native Leroy Namen joined the U.S. Navy in 1979 and was stationed in the Philippines. When Leroy returned home he started to d r i n k heavily a n d ended up homeless for the next 15 years. Leroy eventually got the help h e n e e d e d Sen. Klobuchar with treatment for alcoholism, housing, job training and support from the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV). Leroy’s story of struggle is not a rare one. Nearly one in seven homeless adults in America is a veteran, a rate much higher than their share of the total adult population. On any given night, it’s estimated that some 67,000 veterans are homeless in America. Although this number has actually declined significantly in recent years, it’s still 67,000 too many. There are many reasons why a veteran ends up homeless. It might be alcoholism or drug abuse. It might be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or mental illness. It might be unemployment or the lack of job skills. It might be a family break-up or the absence of a supportive family to fall back on. No matter what the reason is, it’s not right that tens of thousands of men and women who’ve served our country are homeless. New federal legislation signed into law this summer will help make a difference. Passed with strong bipartisan support, the Honoring American Veterans Act provides a wide-ranging package of benefits to veterans. The legislation includes a provision I introduced that will cut government red tape so homeless veterans, especially in rural areas, have access to the help they need. It’s not about more money. It’s about more effectiveness. This bipartisan legislation will strengthen an existing federal program that provides chronically homeless veterans with housing vouchers and case management services such as counseling and job training. It’s called the “Housing and Urban Development and Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing” program (known as HUD-VASH). It’s a good program. But it can be even better. The problem is that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has had difficulty reaching many homeless veterans who don’t live near a VA Medical Center like those in Minneapolis, St. Cloud and Fargo. Veterans groups told me that it would be more effective if the VA could form partnerships with community-based groups to provide these case management services so they would reach underserved veterans around the state. Specifically, the legislation cuts red tape by authorizing and encouraging the VA to join with state and local governments, tribes and community-based service providers to administer case-management services, ensuring that homeless veterans have access to the housing care they need right in the communities where they live. Community-based providers are often in a better position than the VA to effectively deliver these services to homeless veterans. This help will be here not just for the veterans of today, but also for the veterans of tomorrow. During the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. has created a whole new generation of war veterans. Already, there are 2.4 million post-9/11 veterans. Most of these service men and women will make the transition to civilian life with few problems. But we also know that some will run into difficulties that could lead to homelessness. In many instances, it can take years before the problems become overwhelming. One study found that after the Vietnam War, 76 percent of Vietnam-era combat troops and 50 percent of non-combat troops who eventually became homeless reported that at least 10 years passed between the time they left military service and when they became homeless. That means there is still time to take action before a veteran ends up homeless. When we ask our men and women to fight and sacrifice for us in defense of our nation, we make a promise that we will give them the support they need when they come home. This legislation offers one way to fulfill that promise for our most vulnerable veterans, those who are homeless.
Shimanski votes yes on disaster relief bill
To the Editor: The Minnesota Legislature Friday (Aug. 24) held a special session to pass disaster relief funding for northeast Minnesota. Supporting the bill is the right thing to help the affected areas recover and start to rebuild. I think it’s in our state’s culture to help other Minnesotans in a time of need. The people of Duluth and the surrounding areas experienced devastation because of the flooding; this bill will help fix roads, clean up debris and repair the damage caused by Mother Nature. The disaster relief bill spends about $167 million, some of which will be reimbursed by the federal government. The bill also leverages $200 million in federal funding for the affected areas. The money will go toward rebuilding roads, repairing bridges, fixing damaged trails and covering other losses due to the floods. The Duluth area received 10 inches of rain during a rainstorm in late June. The rain overwhelmed the city’s infrastructure, destroying an estimated 50 miles of pavement in the city. In addition to the funding, the bill includes new reform measures that are designed to make sure the funding gets used properly. We learned from the legislative auditor that there are ways we can improve on these disaster relief bills. One of the new things we’re doing is setting up a dedicated disaster relief fund. When people repay the loans we give them, the money will go into that fund and be used to aid in future disasters. That money used to just go back to government to spend again. Other changes include stricter requirements to receive money from the Minnesota Investment Fund and stipulations that money from the fund only be used for recovery, not additional development projects. State Rep. Ron Shimanski, R-Silver Lake District 18A
Mission of Mercy humbling, but not solution
To the Editor: The Minnesota Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Foundation recently hosted its first Mission of Mercy event in Mankato, resulting in over 2,000 patient visits. I was proud to be one of 1,367 volunteers who helped provide $1.3 million in free dental treatment on Aug. 17-18. The Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato was transformed into a massive temporary dental clinic where dental professionals from across the state, along with lay community and corporate volunteers, worked tirelessly for two days to deliver free dental care to patients who face insurmountable barriers to dental care. The clinic focused on providing immediate care to patients with dental pain and infection, resulting in 1,489 fillings, 1,307 extractions, and 111 partial dentures, along with hundreds of cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments. The weekend was filled with remarkable examples of patients who have difficulty obtaining dental care on a daily basis, so who stood in line for hours to receive the free treatment. Those receiving dental care willingly expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to have their dental health needs addressed, and to obtain information on how to reduce the incidents of future dental problems. My son Paul and I found the Mission of Mercy event both satisfying and humbling. While I am pleased to have been part of this extraordinary effort by so many generous volunteers, charity care is not a long-term solution to the access to care problem in our state. I urge lawmakers to work on bipartisan solutions that will reduce the barriers to dental care faced by this underserved population. Thomas Schoeneberger, DDS Glencoe
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To the Editor: With winter soon approaching, volunteer drivers who have donated time to deliver Meals on Wheels here in the city of Glencoe will be leaving to go south for the winter, and some who volunteered delivering meals for many years are now retiring, so we are recruiting for volunteers to take their places. The volunteers are only required to deliver meals here in Glencoe; the ones in the rural areas are delivered by the nutrition site manager. Meals on Wheels are delivered five days a week, with the exception of the holidays. If Glencoe schools are closed because of bad weather, we are also closed. The meals are packaged for our clients at Millie Beneke Manor on Greeley Avenue around 10:45 a.m. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to deliver. You would pick up meals at the Manor and return to the Manor after delivery. For the safety of the drivers, the clients are required to have their sidewalks shoveled so their meals can be delivered to their homes. We are in need of volunteer drivers to fill in where there are available spots. If anyone is interested in delivering Meals on Wheels to clients, please get in touch with me, Sandy Lemke, at the senior nutrition site. My phone number is 864-5728. I am at the site from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sandy Lemke Nutrition site manager
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Hunters who have yet to apply for an either-sex deer permit or wolf hunting and trapping licenses are encouraged to do so well before the deadline on Thursday, Sept. 6, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Nearly half of the state’s deer permit areas now are lottery areas, which means hunters must apply for and be selected to receive a permit that allows them to shoot antlerless deer in lottery areas. Because many of these areas – focused in the northwestern, north-central and a portion of northeastern Minnesota – have not been lottery areas for years, the DNR strongly recommends that hunters check to ensure the area where they hunt has not become a lottery area. Hunters already have applied for more than half of the licenses available in each of the three wolf hunting seasons to be conducted this fall and winter. Applying early allows time for hunters to gather information needed for applications. Early application also helps reduce long lines and bottlenecks that can occur when hunters apply at the last minute. Current and up-to-date information is available online at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer and www.mndnr.gov/hunting/wolf.
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The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, August 29, 2012, page 6
Birchwood to reopen to treat patients with movement disorders
As joint owners of ConnectCare, a non-profit organization that provides home care and hospice services, Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS) and Hutchinson Area Health Care (HAHC), announce the sale of Birchwood House to Prairie River Home Care, Inc. Birchwood House was built in 2005, funded by donations from many community members and groups. The home was donated to ConnectCare, which operated it as a center for hospice care until July 2011, when it closed the house, but continued to deliver end-of-life care in other settings, including assisted living facilities, nursing homes, group homes, hospitals and private homes. Prairie River Home Care will convert Birchwood House into a board-and-care home for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological movement disorders, such as Huntington’s disease, muscular dystrophy (MD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis (MS). Patients with these conditions have special needs for physical, occupational and speech therapy, diet, mobility, medication management, and safety issues such as prevention of injuries due to falls. In addition, these patients often have special needs with respect to socialization and physical and cognitive stimulation. “We are excited for the opportunity to reopen the Birchwood House to patients who have Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. We expect to partner with other centers specializing in Parkinson’s treatment, and to work closely with the Glencoe Regional Health Services and Hutchinson Area Health Care to make the home a success,” said Judy Figge, registered nurse and chief executive officer of Prairie River Home Care. Birchwood House is located at 710 Park Island Drive, Hutchinson. Prairie River Home Care expects to remodel the Birchwood House building and reopen it by the end of 2012. It will continue to be called Birchwood House. The home will accept patients who require 24-hour supervision and will be staffed for eight to 10 residents. Parkinson’s disease is the most prevalent movement disorder disease, affecting 1.5 million people nationwide. Glencoe Regional Health Services was founded in 1941. It includes a primary-care clinic, 25-bed critical access hospital, a 110-bed nursing home and a 40-unit independent senior housing complex in Glencoe, and outpatient clinics in Lester Prairie and Stewart. For more information, visit www.grhsonline.org. Hutchinson Area Health Care serves the community with a 66-bed hospital, Behavioral Health Clinic, Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic, Hutchinson Cancer Center, and Dassel Medical Center. HAHC also partners with Presbyterian Homes and Services to provide 120 beds of skilled nursing care to longterm residents at Harmony River Living Center. For more information, visit www.hutchinsonhealthcare. com. ConnectCare is a non-profit agency providing homecare and hospice services to residents in the service areas of GRHS and HAHC. For more information, visit www.con nectcaremn.org. Prairie River Home Care is a Medicare-certified homecare agency offering a broad range of services to individuals of all ages. Prairie River Home Care provides services within 60 Minnesota counties, through a network of eight offices located in Fairmont, Hutchinson, Blaine, Mankato, Marshall, Rochester, Buffalo and St Cloud. The corporate office is located in Buffalo. Prairie River Home Care has been owned and operated for 14 years by Ken and Judy Figge, who together have more than 60 years of experience offering home-care services. For more information, visit www.prhc.com.
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
Aug. 30, 1912 O.C. Conrad, Editor John Tessmer tells us he attended a gun club shoot at New Auburn Sunday and won the honors of the day by breaking 44 birds out of a possible 45. The little 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Dressel, living north of Brownton, died Thursday of last week of a lingering illness of several months. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon. The manager of the branch will be J.T. Maitland. Last Friday afternoon, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m., a very simple home wedding took place when Miss Mildred Duehn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Duehn, became the bride of Mr. Werner Weerts, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Henry Weerts of Wentworth, S.D. Emil Albrecht has sold his half-interest in the local liquor store to Wilmar Bartels and has bought an up-to-date liquor store at Lamberton. for the new Brownton Community Center was held Wednesday, Aug. 19. Participating in the ceremony were Mel Dahlke of the Lions Club; Larry Herrmann, Security Bank & Trust Co.; Ted Rickert, Rickert Excavating; Charles Warner, representing the senior nutrition program and the business community; Leroy Polzin, Brownton American Legion; Carl Wachter, mayor; and Glen Klopfleisch, Sumter Township. Two Brownton-area farms received designations as Century Farms and were honored at the Minnesota State Fair. They were the farm owned by Richard, Charles and Randall Peik, established in 1884; and the Adrian Petersen farm, established in 1887.
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75 Years Ago
Sept. 2, 1937 Percy L. Hakes, Editor Installation services will be conducted at Immanuel Lutheran Church Sunday, Sept. 5, at 2:30 p.m., when the Rev. Gerhard Schmidt is installed as the pastor. The Rev. Alf Streufert of Glencoe will deliver the German sermon while the Rev. O.H. Lottes of Minneapolis will preach the English sermon. Effective Sept. 15, the post office at Sumter, which has been run in connection with the office here, will be discontinued due to the lack of business. The patrons of that office will now have the address of Glencoe and will be served by a rural route out of that city. The Litchfield Produce Co. opened a branch here on Wednesday of last week in the old Brownton Garage building and will buy all kinds of farm produce and sell seed. It intends to butcher turkeys in the fall for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 30, 1962 Charles H. Warner, Editor Saturday morning, Mrs. Rufus Klitzke was out at her father’s farm, assisting with the cleaning, when she glanced out a bedroom window to see where her children were, and noticed smoke coming from the barn. After calling the fire department, she rushed to the yard to find her father, Reinhold Kelm. Unable to find her father and seeing that hay in the manger was on fire, she grabbed a bucket, filled it with water from a hose, and went into the barn to battle the fire. She kept carrying water into the smoke-filled barn until the department arrived and extinguished the fire. As a result of her actions, just some hay burned and there was a slight charring of some of the wood in the building.
Rally Day Sunday
Members and friends of Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake will host The Froemming Family on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 9:30 a.m., as part of their Rally Day Service. The Froemmings are dedicated to serving the Lord as a family through gospel, bluegrass, and original music. To learn more about them and their recent CD recording, visit www.froemmingfami ly.com. This year’s Rally Day Sunday will have a special “Hillbilly” theme. Those who attend are encouraged to wear their own special “hillbilly” clothes. The public is invited. Grace Bible Church is located in Silver Lake at 300 Cleveland St., next to the city water tower.
10 Years Ago
Aug. 28, 2002 Lori Copler, Editor Cactus Jack’s in Stewart was host to a three-day Civil War reenactment which included a replica civil war camp, living history lessons and a “skirmish” between Union and Confederate loyals in the bar. The Stewart Fire Department received a $22,500 Assistance to Firefighters grant to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs, or air packs). The department will buy 10 new air packs with the grant. Although it’s almost a year away, plans are being made to celebrate Stewart’s 125th anniversary during Stewartfest in June 2003.
22 Brownton seniors met on Monday
20 Years Ago
Aug. 26, 1992 Lori Copler, Editor A ground-breaking ceremony
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
Aug. 30, 1912 A.F. Avery, Editor Emil Selle of Round Grove is hauling lumber for a new granary and machine shed. The opening of the local schools has been postponed to Sept. 9. It has been impossible to get the building in readiness for opening Sept. 2. The carpenter work and plastering are finished and the painting and calsomining will be nearly done, but the building needs to be cleaned up and the furniture arranged before occupancy. Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mueller, a baby boy, Tuesday, Aug. 27. St. Boniface Parochial School is scheduled to open its door for the new term Tuesday, Sept. 4, with a total enrollment of 130 students, according to Sister M. Helene, the principal. Fifteen boys have been given certificates indicating they have completed the Minnesota Hunting Safety Training Course. They are: Richard Bents, James Berger, Randall Buboltz, Vernon Forcier, Carey Goodman, David Husfeldt, Wayne Krienke, Ricky Larson, Richard Liestico, Gregory Rosenow, Warren Schuft, James Stockman, Byron Wacker, LeRoy Winterfeldt and Fredric Wongstrom. (Marlene Klages) announce the birth of a girl, Beth Ann, Aug. 18. She has one sister and seven brothers. Lesley and Jeffrey Bulau announce the arrival of a baby sister, Heather Louise, born Aug. 19. Parents of the children are Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Bulau (Mary Larson).
Twenty-two Brownton senior citizens met Monday at the community center. Cards were played after the meeting with the following winners: 500, Della Schultz, first, and Audrey Tongen, second; pinochle, Ordell Klucas, first, and Elaine Dahlke, second; and sheephead, Lil Lindeman, first, and Harriet Bergs, second. Elva Wendlandt won the door prize. Harris Rennecke served refreshments. There will not be a meeting Monday, Sept. 3, because of the Labor Day holiday. The next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 30 — AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info. Mon., Sept. 3 — LABOR DAY; Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, 1 p.m., Brownton Community Center. Tues., Sept. 4 — SCHOOL STARTS; Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m.; Brownton City Council, 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 5 — Brownton Women’s Club fall kick-off mtg., 7:45 p.m. Brownton Community Center, call 320-328-5715 for more info. Thurs., Sept. 6 — AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info. Sat., Sept. 8 — Grace Lutheran Church 5K fun run/walk, 8 a,m., 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton. Wed., Sept. 12 — Oktoberfest in September, Brownton City Park, food served @ 5:30 p.m., bring a lawn chair, music by George’s Concertina Band, 6-8 p.m.
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30 Years Ago
Sept. 2, 1982 John Lipke, Editor The Stewart High School Choir has been selected to participate in the Guinness Book of Records record-breaking choir Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The world’s largest choir, with over 7,500 musicians, will perform an American salute to visiting Scandinavian dignitaries that day. The community was saddened this past week by the death of Ruth Ahlers and the serious injury of Eunice Decker. The two were on their way to Minneapolis and were involved in a car accident at Norwood about 9 a.m. Ruth Ahlers was instantly killed and Eunice Decker suffered serious injuries. Funeral services for Ruth (Mrs. Allyn) Ahlers were held Monday, Aug. 30. Eunice Decker is still hospitalized in Waconia, being treated for a fractured jaw, broken ribs and damage to her lungs.
Foster parents orientation planned
McLeod County Social Services is hosting a foster parent orientation for families who may be interested in becoming foster parents. The orientation meetings are set for Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the McLeod County Office Building (North Complex), 2391 Hennepin Ave. N., Glencoe. Attendance at all three meetings is mandatory for licensure as foster parents. The meetings are an opportunity to learn about McLeod County’s foster-care program, to ask questions, and decide if becoming a foster parent is right for you. If you are a two-parent family, both parents must attend. Please do not bring children with you as there is no child care available at the site and topics may not be appropriate for children. Please call 320-864-3144 or 1-800-247-1756 for more information or to register for the classes.
Fun Spots
35 Years Ago
Sept. 1, 1977 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor A new business joined the Stewart community last Friday when Agri-Fleet opened its doors in the former Larson Hardware building. The owners are two young men from Gaylord, Steve Henriksen and Reid Van Brunt. The new store is a branch of the Agri-Fleet store in Gaylord, which has been operating for two years. Announcement was made this week that the Buffalo Lake Farmers Co-op Elevator has taken over operation of the Stewart Elevator, effective Sept. 1. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Krippner
75 Years Ago
Aug. 27, 1937 L.A. Hakes, Editor A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Macejeski Monday, Aug. 23.
Close to Home
This great page will remind everyone of the great places to shop close-by. Your business will have a full-color 2x3 (3.575” x 3”) ad on the page in the Glencoe Advertiser on Sept. 16, online on our Web site, and on promotional posters.
You will also be given the opportunity to have your customers register within your business for Chanhassen Dinner Theatres tickets, provided at no additional cost to you. We will also be running ads in The Galaxy, The Sibley Shopper, The Arlington Enterprise and The McLeod County Chronicle promoting this section. Call today to reserve advertising space for the Glencoe Advertiser’s September 16 promotion!
50 Years Ago
Aug. 30, 1962 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Kloempken celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, Aug. 26, with an open house at St. Paul’s American Lutheran Church. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Kloempken were the hosts of the event.
Historical group plans social at winery
The McLeod County Historical Society will host a basket social fund raiser at Crow River Winery, 14848 Hwy. 7 E., Hutchinson, Monday, Sept. 17, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mike McBrady, owner of the winery, will present the history of the winery and the historic images that grace each of its fruit wines. Each image has a family connection and adds another layer of history to this homegrown product. There also will be tours of the winemaking facility, the grand ballrooms and the meeting rooms. The McLeod County Historical Society and Museum will hold a basket social fund raiser, with baskets that feature five fruit wines, gift certificates, food goodies, gift items and more. For questions or more information, call 320-5872109, e-mail asa@hutch tel.net, or visit www.mc leodhistory.org.
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Early Childhood Family Education
ECFE registration day set for Sept. 5
Got infants, toddlers, or preschoolers? GET ECFE! Glencoe-Silver Lake Early Childhood Family Education is flying into fall with a “drop-inand-play” registration day Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. All families with birthkindergarten-entry-aged children are invited to stop in to explore the ECFE room, meet staff and other families with young children, and register for fall classes. There are both morning and evening classes, special one-time events, and a resource library of parenting materials. ECFE is a great place to make new friends, whether you are new to town or have been here all your life; your child also will enjoy having age mates for learning and play. Ongoing ECFE classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 13, through Wednesday, Sept. 19. All program information is available in the ECFE/Community Education catalog that was sent to homes Aug. 4-5, and is available online at www.gsl.k12.mn.us; click on Quick Links, then ECFE News. For print copies, stop at the Chronicle/Advertiser, Community Education/Panther Field House, or ECFE addition at Helen Baker School in Glencoe.
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Summer reading
The Glencoe Public Library celebrated the 2012 Summer Reading Program, “Dream Big: Read!” with children ages 5-12. The young readers attended Wednesday activity days at the library and City Center community room throughout the summer. Activities included stories, crafts, games and programs on night animals, tall tales, an Owlfest, glow-in-the-dark fun, the night sky with moon and stars, dreaming, the Olympics, campfire fun and “Where the Wild Things Are” monster day. The teen summer reading program, “Own the Night,” led sessions involving a red-carpet affair, a spa and yoga day, creating dream journals, surviving a zombie apocalypse and the “Hunger Games” Olympics. The teens also helped with some of the younger summer reading programs. “The Summer Reading Program encourages children and teens to read during the summer vacation months,” said Jackee Fountain, head librarian. Local Glencoe businesses supported the summer reading program and teen summer reading program with donations and gifts. “The Glencoe Library wants to thank these business who so generously donated to the Summer Reading Programs this year: Bump’s Family Restaurant, Anderson Insurance and Financial Services, Inc., Burger King, Gavin, Winters, Twiss, Thiemann, and Long, Coborn’s, Contemporary Dental, Cutting Edge, Schad, Lindstrand and Schuth, Ameriprise Financial and the Friends of the Glencoe Library,” Fountain said.
Ron & Muriel Bauer’s 40th Wedding Anniversary
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Orville & Dorothy Busse’s 60th Wedding Anniversary
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Homeward Bound to offer performing arts classes
Homeward Bound Theatre Company will offer performing arts classes at the Panther Field House in Glencoe in September. “Dr. Seuss and Me” will be offered Tuesdays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kindergarten through third graders will act out their favorite Dr. Seuss stories, such as “The Cat in the Hat” or “Green Eggs and Ham” for family and friends. The participants’ experience will include warm-up games, theatre exercises and movement. “Improv Express” will take place Thursdays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The class will have fourth through sixth graders thinking on their feet. Stage and voice skills are practiced while using the imagination to approach different real and fantastic situations. For more information and/or cost of registration, call the Glencoe-Silver Lake School at 320-864-2690.
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Kugler — Kubesh
Sarah Kugler and Joseph Kubesh, both of Glencoe, announce their engagement and plans to marry Oct. 6 in Glencoe. Parents of the bride are Thomas Bleichner of Glencoe and Mike and Katie Lex of Coon Rapids. Parents of the groom are Randy and Becky Kubesh of Bird Island and Denny and Patti Asher of Yucca, Ariz. Sarah Kugler is a graduate of Central High School, Norwood Young America, and Joseph Kubesh is a graduate of BOLD Senior High School, Olivia.
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Hlavka accepted at Mankato
Allyson F. Hlavka, daughter of Bill and Diane Hlavka of Silver Lake, has been accepted at Minnesota State University-Mankato, for the 2012-13 school year. She plans to major in nursing. Hlavka is a graduate of GlencoeSilver Lake High School, where she was involved in fine arts activities, including drama, chorus and band.
Cactus Cash
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Templin — Heldt
Kristen Templin and Jared Heldt, both of Glencoe, announce their engagement and plans to marry Sept. 15. Parents of the couple are Gary and Karen Templin of Glencoe and Earl and Deb Heldt of Lester Prairie. Kristen Templin is a 2007 graduate of Glencoe-Silver Lake High School and a 2011 graduate of Rasmussen College. She is currently employed as a certified medical assistant at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Jared Heldt is a 2006 graduate of Lester Prairie High School and a 2011 graduate of
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Daughter born to Buskas
Nathan and Kelly M. Buska of Glencoe announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Morgan, who arrived Aug. 9, 2012, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Amelia weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 18 inches in length. Her grandparents are Rick and Deb Favero of Eagle River, Wis., and Terry and Barb Buska of Glencoe.
Jared Heldt Kristen Templin South Central College. He is self-employed at Heldt Painting and Contracting, LCC.
Archery ministry at Grace Bible Church set to begin Sept. 9
Members and friends of Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake will be starting their fourth session of an archery ministry called Centershot. Centershot is a Bible-based archery ministry that consists of a 45-minute Bible study and 45 minutes of archery instruction one day a week for eight weeks (ages 7 and up). Individuals need not be a member of the church to participate in the program. The church provides the bows and arrows which are used during the training sessions in the church basement shooting range. The next session of Centershot will begin Sunday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. Those interested in finding out more are encouraged to contact the church office at 320-327-2352. Grace Bible Church is located in Silver Lake at 300 Cleveland St., next to the city water tower. For more information, visit www.centershotministries. org.
Robertson — Lehmann
Jessica Robertson and Jake Lehmann, both of Brownton, announce their engagment and plans to marry Sept. 29 at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Parents of the couple are Mark and Cindy Robertson of Glencoe and Dirk and Vicky Lehmann of Silver Lake. The couple plans to live in Brownton.
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Continue scouting for soybean pests
Soybean pests have been hard to figure out in 2012. Some pressure was seen toward the end of July into August. Soybean pests, including soybean aphids and two-spotted spider mites, are not at consistent levels in all fields this year. Some fields have been sprayed and other fields are not seeing pressure at high enough levels to warrant treatment. Farmers are questioning whether or not treatment is necessary at this point. The best answer we can give is that you need to scout your soybean fields to determine the population and pressure of soybean pests. Scouting is the best way to understand where that particular field is at. A neighboring field treated for pests does not necessarily warrant treatment on your field. Soybean aphids have become a perennial pest for Minnesota soybean growers since 2002. Aphids are small (1/16inch or less) and they are typically light green check for aphids in the soybean canopy. Signs of aphids include white skin casts of molting aphids, honeydew (sap excreted by aphids), or sooty mold (a black mold that grows on honeydew). One method of quickly estimating soybean aphid populations is to employ “speed scouting.” This is a method of estimating aphid numbers using the presence or absence of aphids on a plant. Details on speed ccouting are available at http://www. extension.umn.edu/go/1070. Bruce Potter, integrated pest management specialist based at the University of Minnesota, Lamberton Research and Outreach Center, recently reports that this year is not shaping up to be a high pressure year for soybean aphids from a soybean crop perspective. Winged aphids have been leaving southwest Minnesota fields since the end of July. Winged aphids may be leaving soybean fields, but there are few aphids around to replace those aphids. Aphid populations might or might not build to economic threshold levels in newly colonized fields. It may be that economic threshold populations could occur later than normal. Look for aphids low in the canopy to get a reliable estimation of infestation level. Use the 250 aphids per plant, with 80 percent or more of the
Obituaries Dorothy L. A. Becker, 89, of Glencoe
Funeral services for Dorothy Lydia Alice (Wendlandt) Becker, 89, of Glencoe, were held Saturday, Aug. 25, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in N e w Auburn. The R e v . Bradley Danielson officiated. M r s . Becker died T u e s d a y , Dorothy Aug. 21, Becker 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility. The organist was Kara Scholla and soloist Justin Rierson sang “On Eagle’s Wings” and “How Great Thou Art.” Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “Abide With Me.” Honorary pallbearers were her great-grandchildren, Crystal Kanduth, Chelsea Kanduth, Courtney Kanduth, Jordan Gildea, Ashley Becker, Rebecca Becker, Brandon Becker, Abby Becker, Stephanie Klockmann and Mitchel Klockmann. Active pallbearers were Holly Kanduth, Heidi Klockmann, Penny Gildea, Paul Becker, Pam Becker, Jeff Becker, Joey Becker and Leslie Karl. Interment was in High Island Cemetery in New Auburn. Dorothy Lydia Alice Wendlandt was born July 22, 1923, in Transit Township, to Theophil and Viola (Henke) Wendlandt. She was baptized as an infant on Aug. 12, 1923, by the Rev. George Diemer and confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 10, 1938, by the Rev. Walter Diemer, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Penn Township, Brownton. She received her education at a country school. On Sept. 21, 1941, Dorothy Wendlandt was united in marriage to Edwin Becker by the Rev. Walter Diemer at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Penn Township, Brownton. They made their home on the Becker family farm from 1941 to 1989, when they moved to Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Karen, Errol and Eldon. The Beckers were blessed to celebrate 70 years of marriage. In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Mrs. Becker helped on the family farm. She was a faithful member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Auburn, where she was a member of the ladies aid. She also was a member of the New Auburn Senior Citizens. Mrs. Becker enjoyed fishing, gardening, baking, quilting, crocheting and sewing, especially for her grandchildren. She also loved to play sheephead. She cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Edwin Becker of Glencoe; children, Karen (Will-ard) Karl of Stewart, Errol (Pat) Becker of Glencoe, and Eldon (Bev) Becker of Glencoe; grandchildren, Holly (Steven) Kanduth, Heidi (Marty) Klockmann, Penny (Scott) Gildea, Paul (Wanda) Becker, Pam Becker, Jeff (Kim) Becker and Joey Becker; great-grandchildren, Crystal, Chelsea and Courtney Kanduth, Stephanie and Mitchel Klockmann, Jordan Gildea, Ashley Becker, Rebecca and Brandon Becker, and Abby Becker; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, Tim, Kathy, Bryce and Kendra Karl, Leslie, Linda, Larrissa, Lee and Lane Karl, and Kevin, Jody, Trey, Trent and Tia Weispfennig; sister, LaVerna (Art) Just; sister-in-law, Kathryn Wendlandt; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Theophil and Viola Wendlandt; brothers, Willard Wendlandt, Orlin Wendlandt and Ervin Wendlandt; and son-in-law, Gerald Kujas. 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.
Farm Notes
By Nathan Winter plants in the field harboring aphids until R6 stage soybeans. This stage is known as the “green bean” stage or beginning full seed stage. According to Ken Ostlie, Extension entomologist at the University of Minnesota and Potter, prolonged drought raised the threat of the twospotted spider mite outbreaks in soybeans and corn. Spider mite outbreaks are rare, but have occurred more frequently in recent years (1988, 2007, 2009, and 2010). Two-spotted spider mites are minute (0.002 inch), greenish, yellowish to orange arachnids with two dark spots on their abdomen. Note that two-spotted spider mites have eight legs, not six as in insects. Spider mite adults are half the size, or less, of the smallest soybean aphid nymph. They attack a variety of plants, including soybeans, dry beans, alfalfa, corn, vegetables, ornamentals and trees. Mites overwinter as eggs and move into crops from permanent vegetation. Hatching mites colonize on the undersides of leaves. Spider mites injure leaves by piercing cells and sucking out cell contents. The injury produces white or yellow spots or “stippling” that is the heaviest on the underside of leaves. Infestations typically will be first observed near field edges where soybeans are stressed. If lower-leaf loss, yellowed or browning spots are noted at the field edge, it is time for detective work. Examine near roadsides, ditches or alfalfa. Pull plants and examine the leaves from the bottom upwards. Look for stippling or webbing. Tap leaves over a white sheet of paper or utilize a hand lens. Determine how far mite symptoms have progressed up the plant. If observed, move at least 100 feet into the field to determine presence. Ostlie and Potter developed a scale in 1988 to help determine mite infestation. The spray threshold is when there is heavy stippling on lower leaves with some stippling progressing into the middle canopy. Mites will be present in middle canopy with scattered colonies in upper canopy. Lower leaf yellowing is common and some lower leaf loss when at the spray threshold. Full pod (R4) and beginning seed (R5) soybean growth stages are critical in determining soybean yield. It is important to note that most pyrethroid insecticides, except bifenthrin, are not terribly effective against twospotted spider mites in Minnesota. Be sure to scout your fields for these pests. Earlier treatment of these pests does not mean that there will not be recolonization. Continue scouting your fields and be sure to contact the McLeod and Meeker County Extension offices if you are looking for additional information.
Lila E. Winter, 80, of Lester Prairie
Lila Elizabeth (Seefeldt) Winter, 80, of Lester Prairie, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services in Glencoe. Funeral services were held T h u r s d a y, Aug. 16, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in L e s t e r Lila Winter Prairie with the Rev. Eric Nelson officiating. Marsha Christenson was the organist. Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “On Eagle’s Wings” and “Amazing Grace.” Honorary pallbearers were Maddie Winter and Wyatt Winter. Active pallbearers were Richard Winter, Jon Winter, Travis Winter, Justin Winter, Tom Mallak and Ken Kriesel. Lila Elizabeth (Seefeldt) Winter was born Feb. 8, 1932, in Lester Prairie, to Herman and Lottie (Packer) Seefeldt. She was baptized as an infant Feb. 21, 1932, by the Rev. J.A. Schert at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, and confirmed in her faith as a youth April 14, 1946, by the Rev. R.A. Ritz, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. She received her education in Lester Prairie and was a graduate of the Lester Prairie High School class of 1950. She was the valedictorian of her class. On Oct. 21, 1950, she was united in marriage to Melvin Winter by the Rev. Ritz at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. The couple made their home in Lester Prairie, and were blessed with four children, Richard, Cindi, Sue and Jon. They shared 16 years of marriage until Mr. Winter died Nov. 4, 1966. In 1978, Mrs. Winter moved to North Branch, returning to Lester Prairie in 2003. In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Mrs. Winter was employed at Lester’s, Inc., Lester Prairie (Thiel) Cafe, Rutz Plumbing & Heating in Hutchinson and Anderson & Koch Ford in North Branch. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, where she was a member of the LMWL. She also volunteered for the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Winter was a kind and thoughtful woman. Her greatest love was being a mom. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, crocheting and bird watching. She especially cherished her time spent with her family and friends. She is survived by her children, Richard (Joyce) Winter of Lester Prairie, Cindy Plocher and Tom Mallak of Lester Prairie, Sue Winter of Lester Prairie and Joe Winter of Fridley; grandchildren, Travis (Jessi) Winter of Aitkin and Justin (Danitra) Winter of Prescott, Wis.; great-grandchildren, Maddie Winter and Wyatt Winter; sister, Lillian Paul of Fridley; brothers-in-law, Orville Winter of Litchfield, Tony Albers of Waconia and Ken Boerner of Champlin; sister-in-law, Germayne Winter of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Lottie Seefeldt; husband, Melvin Winter; parents-inlaw, Fred and Christine Winter; sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle and Edward Slomkoski; brother-in-law, Harold Paul; sisters-in-law, Muriel Albers and Laverna Boerner; and niece, Antonia Larson. Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. An online guest book is available at www.hantge.com.
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By Tina Hurni
Fall sports activities begin
A gymnastics open house is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, and participants can meet the new coaches, Ashleigh and Chris Moelter. Community Education classes will begin the week of Sept. 10. Panther Paw Team tryouts will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Register early for classes; some are filling quickly. ***** Due to the overwhelming response, an evening session has been added to the GSL Swim Club. Contact Community Education at 320-8642690 for specifics. Registration deadline is Sept. 7. Space is limited! ***** Flag football for grades 1-4 will begin Sept. 11. Registration deadline is Sept. 1. ***** Pre-school soccer will begin Sept. 15. Registration deadline is Sept. 5.
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Sept. 3 - 7 Millie Beneke Manor Senior Nutrition Site Monday — Labor Day; site closed. Tuesday — Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, carrots, bread with margarine, strawberry Bavarian cream, low-fat milk. Wednesday — Stuffed baked potato with diced ham and cheese, broocoli, bread with margarine, bar, low-fat milk. Thursday — Chicken breast, fresh fruit, pea-and-cheese salad, bun with margarine, cake, low-fat milk. Friday — Chicken chow mein, rice, oriental vegetables, gelatin with pineapple, bread with margarine, sugar cookie, low-fat milk. GSL Schools Elementary/Jr. High/Sr. High Breakfast Monday — Labor Day; no school. Tuesday — Pancake on a stick or Cheerios and apple-cinnamon muffin, diced peaches, low-fat milk. Wednesday — Breakfast pizza or reduced-sugar Cocoa Puff cereal and string cheese, orange wedges, low-fat milk. Thursday — Egg-and-cheese omelet or reduced-sugar Fruit Loops cereal and blueberry muffin, orange juice cup, low-fat milk. Friday — Whole-grain pancakes with syrup or reduced-sugar Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Danimal yogurt, diced pears, low-fat milk. Helen Baker/Lakeside Lunch Monday — No school; Labor Day. Tuesday — Whole-grain chicken nuggets, chicken caesar salad, mashed potatoes with gravy, cucumber slices with light dressing, grapes, apple. Wednesday — Italian dunkers with sauce, chef salad with cheese, egg and croutons, bread stick, seasoned corn, cauliflower florets with light dressing, petite banana, chilled peaches. Thursday — Whole-grain pancakes with syrup, scrambled eggs, ham and cheese on whole-grain bun, oven-baked sweet potato puffs, marinated cucumbers and tomatoes, sliced strawberries, chilled pears. Friday — Tony’s whole-grain pepperoni pizza, turkey and cheese on whole-grain bread, seasoned green beans, caesar romaine salad with light dressing, apple wedges, chilled mixed fruit. High School Lunch Monday — Labor Day; no school. Tuesday — Popcorn chicken bowl, whole-grain dinner roll, mashed potatoes and gravy, toasted cheese on whole-grain bread, oven-baked chicken patty on whole-grain bun, cheeseburger on whole-grain bun, cheese pizza, Brooklyn-style pepperoni flat bread, sandwich bar, salad bar, broccoli salad with raisins, cucumber slices with light dressing, grapes, cinnamon baked apple slices. Wednesday — Italian dunkers with meat sauce, seasoned corn, barbecued chicken on whole-grain bun, grilled chicken on whole-grain bun, hamburger on whole-grain bun, cheese pizza, aloha chicken pizza, sandwich bar, salad bar, chickpea salad, cauliflower florets with light dressing, petite banana, chilled peaches. Thursday — Whole-grain pancakes with syrup, scrambled eggs, oven-baked sweet potato puffs, hot ham and swiss on whole-grain bun, oven-baked chicken patty on whole-grain bun, cheeseburger on whole-grain bun, cheese pizza, meat lover’s pizza, sandwich bar, salad bar, marinated cucumbers and tomatoes, baby carrots with light dressing, sliced strawberries, chilled pears. Friday — Oven-baked meatballs in gravy, seasoned noodles, wholegrain dinner roll, seasoned green beans, sloppy Joe on whole-grain bun, grilled chicken on whole-grain bun, hamburger on whole-grain bun, cheese pizza, chicken bruschetta pizza, sandwich bar, salad bar, caesar romaine salad with light dressing, cherry tomatoes with light dressing, apples, chilled mixed fruit. First Lutheran School Lunch Monday — Labor Day; no school. Tuesday — Pizza, lettuce bar, peaches, bread, milk. Wednesday — Tacos, lettuce bar, pears, bread, milk. Thursday — Shredded-ham sandwich, tator tots, mandarin oranges, milk. Friday — Hot dogs, baked beans, applesauce, milk. St. Pius X Lunch Monday — Labor Day; no school. Tuesday — Chicken patty, whole-grain bun, pears, corn, baked beans. Wednesday — Ham patty, waffles, fresh fruit, hash browns, green beans. Thursday — Tator tot hotdish, bread, applesauce, Romaine salad. Friday — Grilled cheese, tomato soup, pineapple, raw vegetables.
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Work is progressing on the $1.2 million expansion and addition onto Christ Lutheran Church on Knight Avenue in Glencoe. The former front entrance on the west side of the church has been removed and the basement walls of the addition have been built in that location. This view is looking north from the parking lot and at the eventual new main entrance into the facility. The work is expected to be completed in December.
BEREAN BAPTIST Corner of 16th Street and Hennepin Avenue, Glencoe Johnathon Pixler Interim pastor Call 320-864-6113 Call Jan at 320-864-3387 for women’s Bible study Wed., Aug. 29 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m Fri., Aug. 31 — Men’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship, 9:30 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10:30 a.m. Tues., Sept. 4 — Men’s Bible study, 6 a.m. Wed., Sept. 5 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m. CHRIST LUTHERAN 1820 N. Knight Ave., Glencoe Katherine Rood, Pastor 320-864-4549 www.christluth.com E-mail: office@christluth.com Wed., Aug. 29 — Televised worship service on Channel 10, 2 p.m. Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship with communion, 9 a.m.; worship at long-term care, 1 p.m. Mon., Sept. 3 — Office closed. Tues., Sept. 4 — Ladies fellowship at Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m. Wed., Sept. 5 — Confirmation orientation for grades 7-9 students, parents, 6:30 p.m.; building committee meeting, 7:30 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship with communion, 10 a.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Sun., Sept. 2 — Communion worship service, 9:15 a.m. Wed., Sept. 5 — Communion at GRHS long-term care, 10:15 a.m.; choir practice begins, 6:30 p.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Aug. 29 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; Mass, 8:20 a.m.; teacher workshop; Holy Trinity in Winsted open house. Thurs., Aug. 30 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; Mass, 8:20 a.m.; teachers workshop; open house at St. Pius X School, 6:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 31 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; Mass, 8:20 a.m.; no Spanish Mass; Juarez/Noyola wedding rehearsal, 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 1 — No widow, widowers and senior singles breakfast; Spanish baptism session, 10 a.m.; Juarez/Noyola wedding, 2 p.m.; reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sun., Sept. 2 — Mass, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass and baptisms, 11:30 a.m.; Guadalupe committee meeting, 12:30 p.m.; Mass at Seneca, 4:30 p.m.; Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m. Mon., Sept. 3 — Labor Day; no mass; parish offices and school offices closed. Tues., Sept. 4 — First day of school for grades K-6; opening school Mass with junior choir leading music, 9 a.m. Wed., Sept. 5 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; religious education (RE) parents meeting in church, 7 p.m.; grades K-6 RE classes, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; grades 7-11 RE classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m. FIRST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 925 13th St. E., Glencoe Daniel Welch, Senior Pastor Ronald L. Mathison, Associate Pastor 320-864-5522 www.firstglencoe.org E-mail: firstev.lcms@juno.com Wed., Aug. 29 — Worship with communion, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship with communion, 8 a.m.; fellowship, 9 a.m.; KDUZ radio broadcast, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. Wed., Sept. 5 — Worship with communion, 7 p.m. GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod 1407 Cedar Ave. N., Glencoe Rev. James F. Gomez, Pastor Matthew Harwell, Director of Christian Education E-mail: office@gslcglencoe.org Wed., Aug. 29 — Worship with communion, 7 p.m.; deacons, 8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 30 — Red Cross blood drive, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship with communion, the Rev. Brady Finnern officiating, 9 a.m. Mon., Sept. 3 — Church office closed. Tues., Sept. 4 — GSL ministerial meeting, 10:30 a.m.; quilt-square cutting, 1 p.m. Wed., Sept. 5 — Board of education, 7 p.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Thurs., Aug. 30 — Bible study at Grand Meadows, 2 p.m. Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m. Mon., Sept. 3 — Elders meeting, 6 p.m.; church board, 6:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 4 — Table Talk, 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 5 — Grades 5-6 catechism, 3:45 p.m.; grades 7-8 catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 7:30 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: contact@gracebrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship with communion, 8:45 a.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., Aug. 29 — Confirmation meeting, 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 1 — Altar Guild. Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship with communion, 9 a.m.; Power Point projection screen LWML mites; Channel 8 worship video. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Interim Pastor browntoncongregational.org Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship, 9 a.m. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN Stewart Robert Lehner, Pastor Wed., Aug. 29 — Sunday school teachers’ meeting, 7 p.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Wed., Aug. 29 — Mass, 9 a.m. Thurs., Aug. 30 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 2 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. ST. MATTHEW’S LUTHERAN Fernando Aaron Albrecht, pastor Sat., Sept. 1 — Church clean-up day, 9 a.m.; council to meet after clean-up. Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship, 10 a.m. Wed., Sept. 5 — Bible study, 6 p.m. ST. JOHN’S CHURCH 13372 Nature Ave. (rural Biscay) Robert Taylor, pastor 320-587-5104 Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship, 9:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., Aug. 29 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship, 10 a.m. Wed., Sept. 5 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN 216 McLeod Ave. N., Plato Bruce Laabs, Pastor 320-238-2550 E-mail: stjlplato@embarqmail.com www.christ-4-u.org Thurs., Aug. 30 — Bulletin deadline; deacons meeting, 7 p.m. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato Bill Baldwin, Pastor Fri., Aug. 31 — Office open, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship with communion, 10 a.m.; prayer time, 11 a.m. Tues., Sept. 4 — Council meeting, 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 5 — Office open, 9 a.m.; men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; women’s guild, 7 p.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship, 9 a.m.; fellowship after worship. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., Aug. 29 — Prayer time, 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 1 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m. Sun., Sept. 2 — “First Light” radio broadcast on KARP 106.9 FM, 7:30 a.m.; fellowship and refreshment time, 9 a.m.; pre-service prayer time, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:35 a.m. Wed., Sept. 5 — Confirmation class resumes, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.m. Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-327-2843. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN 108 W. Main St., Silver Lake 320-327-2452 / Fax 320-327-6562 E-mail: faithfriends@embarqmail.com You may be able to reach someone at the church every Tuesday through Friday. Don’t hesitate to come in (use church office door) or call, or e-mail at faithfriends@embarqmail.com. Wed., Aug. 29 — Christian education meeting, 6:15 p.m. Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship, 10 a.m.; coffee and fellowship to follow service. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. 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THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 770 School Rd., Hutchinson Kenneth Rand, Branch President 320-587-5665 Wed., Aug. 29 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 2 — Sunday school, 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; priesthood, relief society and primary, 11:40 a.m.12:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 5 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. WATER OF LIFE CHURCH IGLESIA METODISTA LIBRE Clinica del Alma 727 16th St. E., Glencoe Spanish/bi-lingual services Nestor and Maria German, Pastors E-mail: nestor2maria@hotmail.com Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship, 2 p.m. ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH 77 Second Ave. S. Corner C.R. 1 and Second St. S., Lester Prairie David R. Erbel, pastor Thurs., Aug. 30 — Office open, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 2 — Worship, 9 a.m. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. 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Dale Rach, Glencoe Light Plant operations supervisor, said it has been said that once the landfill is closed and capped, there would still be 15 to 20 years of methane gas generated. “But is it enough methane?” Meyer said. “We need a sustainable supply” to operate the methane-to-electricity program for Glencoe. “We will continue to stay on top of it,” as the MPCA reviews and responds to all comments, Meyer said. The next day, Meyer said the methane-to-energy program is part of the state’s 25/25 program to ensure that 25 percent of energy generated is through renewable resources by 2025. He said if the MPCA plans to implement the state statute on waste, it will “potentially reduce waste” coming to Spruce Ridge, “and adversely affect gas production. With one-third of the city’s energy coming from renewPhoto courtesy of Michael Mattison, Winthrop News
able resources, “we’re a decade ahead” of the 25/25 mandate. “We not only met it, we greatly exceeded it.” Meyer said he does not understand why the MPCA is now so adamant in enforcing the old waste statute. “It’s archaic.” When the statute was enacted in the early 1980s, it was a time when landfills were “just a hole in the ground” and were considered environment problems. It was thought at that time that the problem would be eliminated by burning the garbage and not burying it. Now technology has improved with landfill linings and projects like that at Spruce Ridge. “There have been no documented landfill leaks since 1994,” Meyer added. He said the best chance to stop the MPCA’s effort may be through legislative changes. “They enacted it, they can rescind it.”
The ribbon at the new USG grain-shuttle facility near Brownton was cut at about 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20. Front row, from left to right, Mike Brey, Stan Brey, Dan Jenniges, Todd Nelson, Eric Annexstad, Kevin Lauwagie, Jeff Nielsen, Rik Rudeen, Scott Nagel, Mark
Hedin and Matt Dalbec. Back row, Doug Eiden, Jason Tews, Todd Kettner, David Braun, Jeff Manderscheid, Jeff Franta, Randy Franke, Diane Franzeen, Jim Johnson and Dan Dirks.
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With all three kids grown and on their own, the Nelsons hire area teens to help with the milking, giving them an occasional night off or to go to meetings. “There aren’t a lot of jobs for kids around here,” said Mary Nelson. “It gives them some experience in farming and milking.” ***** Along with the farm, the Nelsons are active in agriculture in many other ways. They belong to both the Holstein and Ayrshire associations. Duane Nelson is on the board of directors for both Gen X and Farm Systems of Melrose. He also is the president of the Winthrop Lions Club. Mary Nelson is active with 4-H, helps coach the GFW FFA dairy judging team and is part of the Dairy Profitability Enhancement Program. In 1995, Duane and Mary Nelson were awarded the Distinguished Young Breeder award by the National Holstein Association. ***** The Nelsons’ children were all active at McLeod West Schools. Their son, Erik, and his wife, Megan, live northeast of Brownton and have two children, Charlie and Levi. Erik Nelson is an agronomist. His wife, Megan, was formerly the agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School. She recently began a new job with UFC in Winthrop. Erik Nelson was diagnosed with leukemia during his junior year at McLeod West. The Nelsons are happy to say that he has been cancer-free for nearly 13 years. Daughter Tracy teaches agriculture at Kimball Area High School, and daughter Brenda, and her husband, Alex Miller, live at Sauk Centre and are expecting their first child in November. ***** The Nelsons were honored as the McLeod County Farm Family of the Year, along with other county farm families, at Farmfest near Redwood Falls in early August, a family activity they enjoyed. ***** Duane Nelson said that after 30 years of dairying, he still likes working with cows. “I can see us doing this for at least another 10 years,” he said.
UGS showcases Brownton grain terminal at Aug. 20 open house
By Michael Mattison Winthrop News United Grain Systems, LLC, a partnership between United Farmers Cooperative and Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM) held an open house Monday, Aug. 20, for its new Brownton grain terminal. The four-hour open house was what UGS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and UFC General Manager Jeff Nielsen described as a mini UFC-UGS Fest. Equipment from all divisions of UFC were on display, including floaters, sprayers, trucks and application equipment. “Our sales and tech staff were on hand to answer any questions,” Nielsen said. There were walking tours of the facility as well as shuttle tours. A video of the facility also was shot to provide those in attendance with a visual tour if they did not want to walk through. An information booth was also set up to explain how the facility will operate and also for patrons to pick up their cards. Nielsen explained that the facility will be run on a card. Patrons will scan their card when entering the facility. There will be no need for them to get out of the truck at any time. All information —contracts, Department of Transportation (DOT) and farm — are contained on the card and the information is sent to the scale operator. The driver and operator will communicate via phone or intercom. The scale operator will weigh and take samples and a digital display will then tell the driver where to go. Depending on harvest pressure and the lines at the facility, Nielsen estimated that once a driver hits the scale, they should be dumped and re-weighed in less than 10 minutes. It will feature three receiving pits on the front side of the facility which can handle 20,000 bushels of grain an hour each, meaning 60,000 bushels an hour can be elevated. Nielsen explained that all the hoppers on a truck can be opened at once as the grain is taken away as fast as it is dumped. He also compared it to the Winthrop facility, which is considered fast. Winthrop has two pits operating at a 10,000 bushel per hour capacity. The back side of the facility also has one 20,000bushel-per-hour pit which will be used if grain needs to be transfered from another elevator. “Those can go to the back side and not interfere with our customers,” Nielsen said. He estimated that the facility can handle 500 to 600 trucks a day with minimal waiting. The construction contract calls for the facility to be completed by Sept. 15 and the targeted opening date is Sept. 17. Nielsen said that with the crop coming faster than anticipated, the facility may be accepting corn shortly after Labor Day. Construction has nearly been completed on the facility and should be completed within the next seven days. The next couple of weeks will be working on logistics and making sure all of the computer programs are communicating with each other properly. The UFC-ADM partnership made the Brownton Shuttle Terminal a reality. “The UGS partnership gives our members access to the most professional grain people in the industry,” Nielsen said. “We maintain local ownership, but this enhances our financial strength. It allows UFC to continue to meet the needs of our members in fertilizer, energy, feed and farm equipment without giving up control and patronage on the grain side. They will be the same people our customers have been dealing with for years.” The Brownton shuttle facility came about as a result of finding the most efficient way to export grain to previously untapped markets. “Over the last 10 years, we have seen a four-fold grain volume increase. You look around the area, and there is a good ability to grow corn. We have seen increases in corn production while livestock has gone flat. That didn’t add value for our patrons, and we needed to get access to the global market.” Nielsen said that UFC handles about 21 million bushels of grain a year and about 10 million is shipped, most of it by truck. “We had no access to China, the Pacific Coast or the Gulf,” he said. “This facility gives us better access to those markets.” The facility will fill unit trains which consist of 110 super-hopper cars which will be pulled by three to four locomotives depending on their destination. Each car can hold about 4,000 bushels which translates to 440,000 bushels per train. That is the equivalent of what 450 semi trucks can haul. “The shuttle is the most efficient way to move large amounts of grain,” Nielsen commented. The Brownton location was the ideal fit because of its size and location. It is located on the shortline Twin Cities and Western Railroad. UGS will be able to ship on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which serves the Pacific Northwest; Union Pacific, which serves the Gulf and Texas; and Canadian Pacific, which serves the eastern part of the United States and southern Canada. Nielsen explained that if the facility was built on one of those major lines, it would be limited to ship on that line exclusively. Of approximately 130 shippers, less than 10 are able to ship on all three like the Brownton shuttle. There is also enough land which will allow multiple stages of development if it is needed in the future. The unit train provides the best freight rate for shippers. “They never have to unhook. They loop around the track and almost never have to stop,” Nielsen said. He added that best freight rates generally are obtained when loading in 10 hours or less and this facility is capable of loading those units in eight hours. Nielsen expects the facility to begin by moving about 10 million bushels of corn, which would be about 20 trains a year. Because of increasing crop yields and local production, they anticipate 40 to 50 trains a year by year three. Nielsen has been asked why the facility was built so big. “We did not build it to just serve today,” he said. “We built it to serve for the next 25 years. Do we have excess capacity today? Yes we do. But production continues to increase every year and we will be ready for it.”
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