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The McLeod County
Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 116, No. 36
a continuation of
The Glencoe Enterprise
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
Council supports Miller’s expansion
By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe City Council, meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3, due to the Labor Day holiday, approved two motions in support of Miller Manufacturing’s planned expansion. The first is seeking approval from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to remove three acres of Miller Manufacturing property from a JOBZ program. If approved, that property will be included in a new pay-as-you-go tax increment financing (TIF) program to help the company fund expensive soil corrections on the expansion site. Both motions were unanimously approved. The latter motion, setting up a new TIF district, set a public hearing for 7:15 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, the next regular City Council meeting. City Administrator Mark Larson said the pay-as-you-go TIF program requires Miller Manufacturing to upfront the cost of the soils correction work with the city rebating 95 percent of the new taxes generated by the project to Miller Manufacturing. The TIF district would be for 10 years, with the tax rebates planned for nine years, Larson said. The full taxes would begin to be rebated until the second year of the program, Larson said. He added the life expectancy of the JOBZ program is another two years. ***** Dan Ferrise, Miller Manufacturing’s chief executive officer, described the project to
Miller’s expansion
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Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Welcome back
The first day of school is a mix of emotions for the students, parents and instructors alike, and Wednesday morning’s new school year start at Helen Baker Elementary was no different. Above, Dylan Lofgren and Rita Tkachenko looked a bit apprehensive walking up the sidewalk and held hands for a bit of reassurance. At right, Lisa Eischens, a paraprofessional, welcomed one of the young students who just hopped off the bus. Also at the door ready to welcome the students were Principal Bill Butler and the Helen Baker staff.
SWAC members again debate role in solid waste planning
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Just what is the role of McLeod County’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC)? Members of that committee struggled with precisely that issue Monday in discussions that ranged from adoption of the new solid waste plan to whether SWAC should have a voice on the potential retrofitting of the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to accommodate a potential shift to a one-sort recycling collection program from the current five-sort program. Robert Anderson, a member of the committee who represents the McLeod County Township Association, raised the question of whether SWAC recommended approval to the County Board of the new 10-year solid waste plan, which adopted it recently. Ed Homan, Solid Waste director, said the plan was brought before SWAC for comment, and Gary Schreifels, the committee’s chair, was the only member of the committee who volunteered to be on a review committee for the plan. While the SWAC may not have had a formal vote on the plan, Homan said, its committee members were encouraged to provide comments, and only one or two members did. Committee members also questioned Monday the county’s progress on a feasibility study for the potential one-sort recycling program which, if adopted, would require a major retrofitting of MRF. Homan said the MRF committee is currently reviewing the request for proposal (RFP) documents, and it was hoped that vendors would have RFPs returned by mid-Oc-
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‘Raise the Rouf’ benefit for Glencoe baby girl
Reprinted with permission from The Gaylord Hub’s Sept. 5 issue. rom concerns in pregnancy, to weeks in intensive care, to a family camping trip Labor Day weekend, the last four months have been a “whirlwind” of emotions for the Jessica (Dietz) and Cory Neid family of Glencoe. The Neids welcomed their daughter, Jada, into the world on April 22. Since that time, Jada has spent a total of nearly three months in the intensive care units in Waconia and at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. She was born with multiple conditions that affect her heart and lungs. It all began earlier this year when Jessica, a 1999 graduate of Sibley East, learned at a 20-week ultrasound that her baby was small and the heart could not be located. It was eventually determined that Jada’s heart was offset to the right. After more ultrasounds, an Abbott Northwestern pediatric cardiologist diagnosed Jada with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). It refers to the poor growth of the baby while in the mother’s womb. The cardiologist also recognized other heart issues with the baby and ordered regular ultrasounds and echocardiograms. Jada was eventually diagnosed with Atrial Septic Defect (ASD) and Ventrical Septic Defect (VSD), both of which refer to holes in her heart. Because Jessica’s blood pressure spiked, Jada was taken by C-Section a few weeks before her due date of May 10.
She was tiny at 3 pounds, 11 ounces and 16-1/4 inches tall at birth. Jessica recalled that Jada was “doing fine” after being born, and there was no need for any type of breathing assistance. But because Jada was so small, she was sent to the neonatal intensive care unit in Waconia. This was for extra monitoring and an effort to get Jada to gain weight, Jessica explained. It was then a special Mother’s Day weekend as Jada, who gained one pound since birth, was allowed to come home. She would do well until June 22, the height of the “whirlwind” for the Neids. When checking on Jada, Cory noticed she was struggling for breath and turning blue and gray. Jessica said she quickly suctioned Jada’s mouth and throat with a ball syringe. “What was probably five seconds, felt like an eternity,” Jessica remembers. Jada recovered from the episode, but the Neids still thought she should be checked out that same day. That decision may have been a lifesaver. X-rays at Waconia showed signs of pneumonia and more testing on the baby led to another breathing episode. Jada was quickly sent by ambulance to Children’s Hospital as her oxygen level was 77 percent to 82 percent (normal is 95 percent to 100 percent). Jessica said the doctors at Children’s Hospital were amazing as they never took their hands off her
Jada Neid
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Submitted photo
The Neid family expanded with the birth of Jada. Parents are Cory and
Jessica, with older brothers, Caden, 8, and Connor, 5.
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Salad luncheon set Sept. 20
The third annual salad luncheon of the Concordia Ladies Aid of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton will be Friday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. An assortment of salads, rolls, desserts and coffee will be served. Everyone is welcome.
City tax levy to decrease by 1.25% in 2014 budget
Preliminary budget approved; final approval set for December
By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 3, approved its preliminary levy for its 2014 budget that will show a 1.25 percent decrease in the local levy, according to City Administrator Mark Larson. The ad valorem tax for the general fund — that revenue generated through local property taxes — will be $1.4 million next year, down from $1.47 million in the 2013 budget. The debt service portion of the local levy is $847,587, up from $805,942 in the 2013 final budget. Combined, local property taxes will total $2.247 million compared to $2.275 million in 2013, or a decrease of 1.25 percent. The total city budget revenues will be $7.5 million, of which $3.2 million is the city’s general fund. Three debt service payments will end in 2013, Larson added. They include nearly $45,500 from the 1997 NorthCountry 3rd Addition and Morningside bond; $75,500 from the 2001 NorthCountry 5th Addition/Popelka-Panther Heights Addition; and $27,500 from the 2002 Willow Ridge Estates II bond. In all, about $180,000 in debt service ends in 2013, with another $80,000 coming off in 2014 (1999 County Road 33 and 2003 Willow Ridge Pond III bonds). A major revenue bond also is coming to an end in 2014. The $240,000-a year-bond payment for the wastewater treatment plant will be paid off next year, Larson said. After years of cuts in local government aid (LGA), Larson said there is a small increase for 2014. LGA will increase to $1.29 million from $1.06 million in 2013. But the city also has put off capital equipment purchases for the past decade because of LGA cuts, Larson said, so City Council needs to discuss those capital equipment needs before the final 2014 budget is approved in December. Also, Larson said because bids came in higher than expected on the first phase of the comprehensive public improvement plan scheduled for this year, that has been postponed until 2014, and the levy portion of that project would be included in the 2015 budget. He said of the wastewater treatment plant bonds ending and the delay of the street improvement projects this year, City Council may want to look at a larger project next year, perhaps getting both phases of the street work into one. That first phase was the project includes partial reconstruction, milling and overlay as well as sealcoating work on streets in the western third of Glencoe. The second phase involves more extensive underground utility work and replacements. What also could be substituted in the 2014 budget is the airport reconstruction project, estimated at $1.7 million, Larson recommended. The city’s share is 10 percent. Asked about the liquor store expansion project, Larson said that will be paid through revenue bonds, with funds generated at the liquor store. In other matters, City Council: • Heard that the city’s computer system crashed, and “the server died” in late August. Staff has been working to retrieve all its data since the crash. “It’s frustrating,” Larson said. “Everything was backed up. Nothing was lost,” but he said it takes time to retrieve the information. He estimated the repairs could total $10,000 “to get it up and running.” That money is in the 2013 budget, he added. • Heard a request by Jon Mackenthun, who lives in the 200 block of Hennepin Avenue, to slow down traffic coming into town on County Road 2 (Brewery Road). Mackenthun said with the number of children in the area, traveling to and from the swimming pool and Oak Leaf park, something is bound to happen. “I’m scared some kid might get killed,” Mackenthun added, and “we did not do anything.” He suggested slowing traffic earlier coming north into Glencoe, perhaps another quarter mile farther south. Mayor Randy Wilson agreed it is scary at times in that area. “They (motorists) are going too fast.” Glencoe Police Chief Jim Raiter also agreed there was too much speeding in and out of town in that area. However, he said it is a county road. “But it’s something we should look at.” Raiter agreed to talk to the county about the speed limit in that area. As to another speed limit issue, Larson said a study of reducing the speed farther out on Highway 22 on the west end of Glencoe will be studied in September. The results will go to the Willmar district office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), who then sends it on to the state office in St. Paul for a final decision.
Legion Auxiliary meets Sept. 16
The Glencoe American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 95 will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, at the Glencoe Fire Hall. Lunch will be served. The annual Legion Auxiliary dues should be paid in September for the 2014 season.
Caregiver group to meet
The Glencoe caregiver discussion group will meet at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Grand Meadows, 1420 Prairie Ave. More information can be obtained by calling Jan Novotny, caregiver coordinator, at 320-894-0479 or 1-800-488-4146. Nathan Unseth, volunteer program facilitator, can be reached at 320-395-9808.
Pillow cleaning set Sept. 13
The Glencoe VFW Auxiliary is sponsoring its fall pillow cleaning event from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at the Glencoe VFW Club. Pillows will be cleaned, deodorized, sanitized and fluffed.
Oktoberfest in September
The Brownton Lions Club will be hosting Oktoberfest in September at Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m., at the Brownton City Park. The menu includes brats and kraut, German potato salad, hot dogs and refreshments. Music will be by George’s Concertina Band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your own lawn chair. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Brownton Community Center.
‘Evening of Prayer’ slated
“Evening of Prayer” is set at Berean Baptist Church of Wednesday, Sept. 11, with a prayer event at 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Soup and sandwiches will be served from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and then prayer and worship will be between 6:50 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Join in prayer and worship for the community, families and loved ones. Nationally, many other churches will be joining us on this special day.
Scrapbooking marathon set
Crossroads Church, Highway 212, Plato, will be hosting a scrapbooking marathon from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. Gather up summer photos and come ready to win prizes, share meals, ideas, tools and fellowship for a common cause. The cause is to bring rescue and hope for children and families, who are trapped in slavery, sex trafficking and violent oppression. So far, the church has raised $2,500 for the International Justice Mission.
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tober. “We’re hoping to make a retrofit or no retrofit decision by the first of the year,” said Homan. Schreifels asked if SWAC should have a role in that process. County Commissioner Paul Wright, who sits on the MRF committee, said he feels it is the role of the MRF committee to gather the information needed for the decision-making process. “I’m assuming that most of these responsibilities should be handled in the MRF,” said Wright, noting the MRF committee meets two to three times a month, as opposed to SWAC’s quarterly meetings. Kerry Venier, Silver Lake city administrator and a SWAC member, said he would like SWAC to have “some input into whether we go one-sort, two-sort or stay with five-sort.” Wright said he had “no problem” with the RFPs being brought before SWAC, but stressed that the County Board wants to make a decision before the end of the current year. The group decided to change its next quarterly meeting from December to Nov. 18 to review the RFPs before the County Board makes a final decision. As a more general discussion grew about SWAC’s role, Schreifels said he feels the committee lacks direction. Schreifels said the solid waste department has adopted some programs, such as mattress and car seat recycling, that weren’t necessarily approved by SWAC, although information about them was presented to the committee. Homan said SWAC doesn’t meet often enough to give input on a lot of programs. “A lot can happen between meetings,” Homan said, and a 2009 survey of the SWAC membership suggested that members didn’t want to meet more often. Venier said that he feels the committee’s bylaws are very different than the committee’s actual function. “I view you as using us more as an informational source to take resources back to our communities,” said Venier. “But our bylaws are saying we should be doing a lot more than that.” Venier also said that while committee members “don’t need to know every thing that goes on every day, our only source of information is our quarterly meetings here.” It was suggested that committee members review the bylaws and come up with suggested changes or comments for the November meeting.
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Berean Baptist Church with host its inaugural “One Nation United Under God” event on Saturday, Sept. 14. There will be featured speakers from three different church congregations, who will share messages of the Gospel and hope. There also will be games, crafts, face painting and prizes for all ages. Both baked goods and other great food will be available for purchase. There will also be the sharing of personal testimonies and a live music outreach.
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After Prom committee to meet
The 2014 After Prom Committee will be having a meeting on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m., at the McLeod County North Complex.
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Retired educators to meet
The Glencoe Area Retired Educators will be meeting at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, for lunch at Carlson’s Apple Orchard near Winsted. Meet at the Glencoe City Center’s west parking lot at 10:30 a.m. if you wish to carpool.
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Study Club to meet Sept. 16
The Glencoe Study Club will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, at the west parking lot of the Glencoe City Center to carpool to the home of Roxanne Stensvad for a garden tour. If unable to attend, call Linda Duenow at 8645219.
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GHPS annual meeting slated
The Glencoe Historic Preservation Society (GHPS) will hold its annual membership meeting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Glencoe Historic Room in the Glencoe City Center. Anyone interested in learning more about the society is welcome to attend. Coffee and goodies will be served. Call Gloria Hilgers at 864-4174 for more information.
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Gospel bluegrass at Grace
Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake will host “The Jorgensen Family” on Sunday, Sept. 15, as part of its Rally Day service. The Jorgensens have been playing gospel bluegrass as a family since 2008. Their ministry tagline is “Loving God and others through music.” The public is invited to attend. Grace Bible is located next to the Silver Lake water tower.
Rehearsals set for Sept. 17
The Singing Friends Chorus, a Central Minnesota singing ensemble, starts rehearsals for the fall concert season on Sept. 17. No auditions are required to sing with the chorus. This season, tenors and basses are especially sought. If you are interested in singing, come to an open rehearsal on Sept. 17 or Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in All Saints Lutheran Church, Norwood Young America. For more information, call Diane Hoffman at 952-467-3379.
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Glencoe seniors to meet
The Glencoe Senior Citizens group will meet Thursday, Sept. 12, at 12:30 p.m., at the senior room in the Glencoe City Center. The group will play 500 and Sheephead, and all area senior citizens are invited to attend. The group also will meet at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17.
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GSL Board debate over filling vacancy, procedure continues
By Rich Glennie Editor The sparring over hiring procedures continued Monday night at the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board meeting. The issue was first raised at a special meeting on Aug. 27. At the center of the debate is whether to fill the vacant assistant principal position at Lakeside Elementary, or restructure the administrative staff by not filling that position. Also at play are the roles of the School Board and the superintendent in the process. Can the administration post the position to fill before the School Board makes a decision? To the majority of the School Board, the answer is yes. But to board member Jamie Alsleben, the issue is not so clear cut. That disagreement caused frustration for Board Chairman Clark Christianson, who accused Alsleben of not communicating his intentions clearly. “Where’s the Board’s role in hiring?” Christianson asked. He said a survey of 12 other districts indicated GSL is not usual in allowing the administration to post a position as soon as a written letter of resignation is received from an employee. Christianson said his concern is about delaying the hiring process by waiting until the School Board takes official action at its monthly meetings, or have to call special meetings. He said he wants a School Board concensus supporting the administration and policy that is now in place. But Alsleben said he was not sure the survey of other districts proves GSL’s current policy is correct. He said he is not accusing anyone of doing anything “wrongly,” and added he was not sure there is a right or wrong way. Alsleben said, as a School Board it is an “opportunity to weigh in and give direction to the superintendent. We want to make sure the School Board has an opportunity to discuss matters” as prescribed in Policy 203. Board member Donna VonBerge added the resignation of Michelle Wang as Lakeside assistant principal right before the start of the school year is “a special circumstance.” She said she did not question the action, but wanted to know if the district could do without that position if future plans are to consolidate onto two campuses instead of three. She said she was always told there is never dumb question. “If you have a question, ask it.” But Christianson said the School Board needs to allow administrators to do their jobs. “I’m struggling a little bit,” he added. “I don’t want the superintendent looking over his shoulder with each resignation.” He also said he did not want a special board meeting every time an employee resigns. “I want to be clear, we need to abide by Policy 203,” Alsleben said about School Board input into the process. “When do you want the School Board to approve resignations?” Christianson shot back. He feared micro-managing matters that are better left to administrators. Alsleben said the School Board should accept the resignation first, discuss it as a board second and give direction to the administration. “We are creating more ambiguity,” a more frustrated Christianson said. “Where do you want to go? Where does the superintendent go? I don’t understand. It’s all about communications, and you’re not communicating very well now,” he told Alsleben. Christianson added the School Board trusts the superintendent and administration. VonBerge said it is not often a “high position” is vacant, and she and Alsleben were not “questioning what the superintendent does. We don’t want to micro-manage. We’re just voicing an opinion and asking a question.” But she said communications goes both ways. Alsleben said the discussions are good in that they are opportunities for all the board members to hear the questions and answers “together and not as six separate entities.” In his report to the School Board, Superintendent Chris Sonju said the Lakeside assistant principal position has been posted and interviews are being set up. “Hopefully, someone can start in a week or so,” Sonju said.
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By Rich Glennie Editor A progress report on the summer projects within the Glencoe-Silver Lake District was given to the GSL School Board Monday night by Michelle Sander, district business manager. Sander said the west stadium project, a new activities field west of Stevens Seminary Stadium, is complete. Seeding and irrigation have been done, and “the grass is coming up,” she said. The outdoor track resurfacing work is expected to begin soon and take about a week to complete, weather permitting, Sander said. That work includes replacing the asphalt surface that separated last winter and prevented the track from being used last spring. Sander said the garage project started by the industrial tech students last year is being completed with a concrete pad being installed. She said the garage, located on the east side of the high school, will be used for additional storage. One group, the After Prom Party committee, has already moved its materials into one section of the garage, she added. The outside security cameras at Lakeside Elementary in Silver Lake have been installed, Sander said. Work on security cameras inside the building will be done next year. Also at Lakeside, the fifth and sixth graders now have their iPads for the school year, Sander said. As to the Early Childhood Family Education/Lincoln Jr. High addition and remodeling project, Sander said the interior remodeling at Lincoln “is a little behind schedule.” But the bathroom tile is in, and the former kitchen area will get a new coat of paint, new tile and carpeting in the next week or two. The outside addition work for the ECFE program, “is ahead of schedule,” Sander said. She said they are beginning to lay the brick, that will closely match the existing brickwork at Lincoln.
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City Council. When Miller Manufacturing came to Glencoe in 2005, Ferrise also joined the company as its CEO. He said the former NordicTrack facility “was in desperate need of repair when we moved in. It had leaking roofs, and dead pigeons were prevalent.” Since 2005, Miller Manufacturing has done extensive renovations, including a multi-phased roof replacement, Ferrise said. The building has served the company’s needs well, he added. But Ferrise said the company has “maximized every square foot of the facility. It’s full.” The company’s busy season is February through April, and Ferrise added the problem the company has “is we have too much business. We couldn’t meet delivery requirements.” Without an expansion, Ferrise said the company would have a difficult time meeting its growth plans. He said a three-acre site on the northwest side of the facility is planned for a 60,000square-foot expansion for its distribution center. It would have a matching 28-foot ceiling and overhead doors. But to make the expansion happen, Ferrise said the soils need to be corrected this fall in order to begin construction next spring. There needs to be a lot of backfill — about 500 truck loads — brought in to the site, he said, and it is estimated to cost $640,000, “just to prepare the site for construction. We’re asking for assistance in order to expand the site.” Miller Manufacturing’s business has grown about 60 percent since consolidating at the Glencoe facility In 2005, and the new expansion will add another 30 full-time equivalent jobs, Ferrise said. He estimated an additional expansion may be needed in another six years. Larson said the estimated market value of the expansion would generate an additional $73,000 in new taxes. Most of that would be rebated back to the company for nine years. The total expansion project was estimated at about $2.5 million, Larson added. Dave Nelson, Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce president and city economic development consultant, said the chamber’s Economic Development Committee (EDC) gave its unanimous support to Ferrise’s plans in late August. Larson said bids to do the soil corrections are expected in mid-September, and City Council approval is needed at its Sept. 16 meeting in order to get the soils work done this fall.
Preparing for Life’s Adventures
Tuesday, Sept. 24 Hutchinson Event Center
8 ticket includes morning coffee, workshops, speakers, vendor booths and lunch. 8:00 a.m., Doors Open 9:30 a.m., Keynote Speaker: Scott Thoma Out of the Blue: 1968 Tracy Tornado
Advanced ticket sales only by Sept. 17
Workshop Topics:
What Do They Do at McLeod Alliance? Pre-Diabetes: What is it? Real Money Talk for Women Getting More from Social Security McLeod County Emergency Planning Panel
Tickets available at McLeod County Senior Nutrition Sites
Hutchinson: Hutchinson Event Center, Peace Lutheran Church, Faith Lutheran Church Glencoe: Glencoe Regional Health Services, First Lutheran Church or call 320-864-7798.
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Despite all our foibles we remain a resilient nation, people
Our view: Take time to remember the 9/11 tragedy, and what has happened since
he sting remains on the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the day terrorists attacked the United States and caused thousands of deaths of innocent Americans. Most Americans can recall where they were when the terrorists highjacked four commercial airliners and crashed them into buildings — the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. — and into a Pennsylvania farm field. Over 3,000 people died in those attacks, and time has not healed all the wounds. The tragedy that unfolded that beautiful fall morning has spawned 12 long years of war, and thousands of more American deaths and casualties, against an elusive, fanatical and resilient enemy. The war has seen victories, disappointments and billions of dollars being spent in the process. We are not the same America we were prior to 9/11. We have changed dramatically, and we continue to evolve. America was blasted out of its complacency and back onto the world stage as the “policeman of the world.” We are the main pursuers of the Al-Qaeda-spawned web of terrorists that has its tentacles all over the globe. As former President George W. Bush warned: It will be a long war. Since 9/11, American has invaded Iraq and overthrew its tyrannical leader, but has since left with that country in shambles and on the verge of civil war. We have invaded Afghanistan and continued to be mired in a guerrilla war with no end. We are learning what the British and Soviet Union learned before. There is no victory in Afghanistan. We have suffered through the Great Recession, when our ever-expanding debt as individuals and a nation came home to roost; the financial greed by banks “too big to
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fail” and unscrupulous financial managers nearly brought this country to its knees. We have become a nation of security-conscious people who gave up their individual rights for a better sense of security. The Constitution took a beating with the quick passage of the U.S. Patriot Act, and individual rights continue to take second fiddle as secret surveillance revelations have emerged. What once brought this country close together — 9/11 — has now faded into the most protracted partisan political mess that this country has seen in generations. We have become paralyzed ideologically to even make the simplest of decisions without major rancor among our elected representatives. We are a nation divided, politically. But one day each year, we seem to come together again. That is on Sept. 11, when we mark another anniversary of that tragic attack. That day galvanized all Americans. Television marks the occasion with documentaries of all the heroes, alive and dead, from that momentous day. And the airing of footage that day is a reminder to the generations following that evil does indeed exist in this world. It is too bad that it takes a tragedy for most of us to stop for a moment and think about the nation as a whole rather than contemplate about what is only good for ourselves or political party. Perhaps we are going through a shake down period after a tragedy. Hopefully, we will come out of this period of prolonged mourning and anger as a stronger, more prosperous nation. That is the wonder of the United States of America — we are a resilient nation and remain a shining example for the rest of the world despite all our foibles. — R.G.
Guest column:
McLeod, Sibley counties get some relief
By Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson On Monday, Sept. 9, the Legislature met in St. Paul for a special session to address disaster relief for 18 counties that were hit by severe storms, high winds and flooding between June 20 and June 26. They include Benton, Big Stone, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, McLeod, Morrison, Pope, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Travers and Wilkin. The total damage estimate for Minnesota from the storm is over $17 million. President Barack Obama signed a federal disaster declaration which paved the way for federal aid. Minnesota’s share for the recovery and rebuilding efforts is $4.5 million. The state’s contribution requires legislative authorization hence the special session. These funds will be available to local governments for emergency work, including debris removal and repair or replacement of public infrastructure damaged in the storms, like roads, bridges and water control faculties. The state’s share that McLeod County will receive is $166,021, with Sibley County receiving $70,329. I am pleased to have stood with my colleagues to ensure we supported our counties when they needed help. There is one part of our community which was denied funds. For the third year in a row, the Meeker Electrical Cooperative sustained significant storm-related damage, but was denied funds on the basis it was ineligible even though municipal power companies are eligible. The only difference, I see, is that one entity provides power to folks who live in a municipality while the other provides power to those residing in the country. I requested that disaster funds be reconsidered for the Co-op, but that effort ultimately was blocked by DFL leadership in the Senate. Therefore, I am having a bill drafted for the 2014 session and will be working with the Co-op to correct this inequity. Finally, the special session gave the Legislature the opportunity to repeal the business-to-business taxes (warehouse, heavy equipment/farm machinery repairs and telecommunications) that were unfortunately passed in the last session. I was the chief and coauthor of several bills to do so. Not surprisingly, the DFL-led Legislature and Gov. Dayton blocked all efforts to repeal those harmful taxes that have been levied on all hard working Minnesota taxpayers. We will revisit this issue also in 2014. I enjoy receiving input and feedback from you, the constituent. Please continue to provide me with your insight and do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance. State Senator Scott Newman 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Room 141 St. Paul, MN 55155-1606 651-296-4131, or sen.scott.newman@senate.mn.
Letters to Editor Feedback sought on proposed veterans memorial
To the Editor: Over the last couple of years, both Glencoe American Legion Post 95 and Glencoe VFW Post 5102 have received suggestions related to creating a veterans memorial in Glencoe. As a result of requests from the community, we have formed a volunteer committee to gather more ideas, understand the costs involved and donations required to fund the project. Before we come up with proposals to present to the city of Glencoe, we would like to get some feedback from the community to see if there is support for this project. Over the next two weeks we would like to hear your ideas, questions and concerns related to creating a Glencoe Area Veterans Memorial. Our intention would be to honor veterans from the area, whether they served in peace time or during a conflict. For a donation yet to be determined, any veteran, friend or family member of a veteran would be able to request a name to be added to a monument that would be part of the Veterans Memorial. Please call any of the committee members below and give us your feedback. Based on your response, we will determine whether this project has enough support to move forward. Thank you in advance for your assistance. Dale Peters, 864-3282 Jerry Scharpe, 864-5380 Larry Gutknecht, 864-5392 Jim Entinger, 920-328-7512 James Peters, 507-479-0389
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The McLeod County commissioners are considering an expansion of the jail (20 beds) and added security measures for the courthouse. The cost is estimated at $7 million. Do you agree with the commissioners’ plans? 1) Yes 2) No 3) Not sure Results for most recent question: Should the United States get involved militarily in the civil war in Syria now that chemical weapons have been used against civilians? Yes — 14% No — 79% Not sure — 6%
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What a wonderful county we live in for its support!
To the Editor: What a wonderful county we live in! When the call for help for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf went out, the residents of the county answered the call! The July food drive was a success with over $22,000 collected to cover the summer grocery bills. Then came the need for volunteers to help move the Hutchinson site to the needed new and larger location. Once again, a great number of youths and adults, plus some businesses, responded to the call for help. Without all the willing hands, the job could not have been completed as quickly and easily as it was. Without so many people responding to the need of the food shelf, we would not be able to help other people in their time of need. Now it is my turn to say a very big thank you to everyone who helped the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf in any way possible. Every donation, however large or small, is very important to our success in meeting our goal. Without everyone’s support, we could not succeed in serving others. Thank you again to all the wonderful people, young and old alike, who have supported the food shelf. Marietta Neumann Executive director McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
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Crow River clean-up set Sept. 21
This year, Crow River Organization of Water (CROW) will be celebrating and planning its 10th anniversary of the Crow River Clean Up Day. This event ties in with the 50th year anniversary of the Minnesota State Water Trails System by connecting people with their local waters. Many people can recall special memories about canoeing or camping. CROW has volunteers that have participated each year and can recall the water level/weather or “special” items found during the event. CROW staff has watched families and kids grow each year from pictures that were taken during the event. The Crow River Clean-Up Day is a one-day event. Clean-up activities start at 8 a.m. and run until noon in each community. Following the clean up, volunteers enjoy a sponsor provided lunch while they admire their piles of trash. Each volunteer receives a T-shirt commemorating the event as a thank you for all their hard work. “It’s a great activity for Boy Scout troops, Cub Scout packs, Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs, church or school groups, and businesses to participate in,” said Dan Nadeau, CROW watershed resource specialist. If you are interested, contact Nadeau at 763-682-1933 Extension 3 or by e-mail at daniel.nadeau@mn.nacdnet. net or your local contact below. Local contacts for cleanups included: Biscay - Patty Dahlke, 320864-5537. Brownton/Stewart - Gerri and Mike Fitzloff, 320-5622369. Hutchinson - Roger Hartsuiker, 320-234-1240. Lake Allie - Cathy Fluck, 320-833-5844. Lester Prairie - Bill Bull, 952-594-2374.
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Plato first and second graders
Luella Ristow, 89, of rural Norwood Young America, brought this photo in to share of the Plato first- and second-grade class of 1929. “There comes a time when you have to go through the old boxes and pictures,” Ristow said. “And I found this picture of Plato Public School District No. 18, grades one and two. Miss Gladys Klucas from Buffalo Lake was our teacher.” The class members included, front, from left, Luella Jannusch (now Ristow), Robert Pinske and Clifford Wolff, who was killed in action during World War II. Second row, Ruth Meisner, Clarice ZumBerge, Arlene Dittmer, Alton Lepel, Raymond Luebke, Clarence Huepenbecker and Edna Kueseman. Back row, Eileen Meier, Ruben Moehring, Elmer Dittmer, Hilda Debner, Winefred Graupmann, Raymond Kueseman, Randolph Gruenhagen and Ellen Kuhlman.
Girl Scout registration Leadership set tonight in Glencoe classes set
Girls in grades kindergarten and up are invited to join Girl Scouts in the Glencoe area. There are troops that meet in Glencoe for all age levels. Troops will begin meeting within the next month. Registration night is Wednesday, Sept. 11, (tonight) from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Unhinged! Pizza meeting room in Glencoe. This will be a short, informal time in which participants will receive information about Girl Scouts and fill out registration forms. Call Gerri Fitzloff at 320562-2369 to get further information., or visit www.girl scoutsrv.org and register on the council website.
Conklins announce son’s birth
Matthew and Krystal Conklin of Glencoe announce the birth of their son, Charlie Matthew, on Aug. 21, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Charlie weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19-1/2 inches long. His older siblings are James and Owen.
Class of ’49 holds reunion
The Glencoe High School graduating class of 1949 held its 64-year reunion Sept. 5 at Unhinged! Pizza. The afternoon was spent visiting. The class members also discussed meeting for the 65-year reunion in 2014. The following classmates were present: Betty Bruckschen, Ronald Bruckschen, Francis Chapman, Kenneth Donnay, Betty Ann (Dreier) Schrupp, Marion (Ehrenberg) Schrupp, John Griep, Wilbert Hahn, Clara (Hanson) Witthus, Donald Jungclaus, Gladys (Kostecka) Donnay, Jerry Litzke, Myron Michaletz, Marcella (Molva) Fiecke, George O’Donnell, Harold Oelfke, Edward Pinske, Wayne Schlauderaff, Jack Schuster and Sylvia (Stoeckman) Hasse.
The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a new four-part series of classes, “Learn to Lead Team Building,” under Ridgewater College. The classes will be held at the Glencoe City Center from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 6, and Dec. 4. There is a fee for the series. Register by calling 800-722-1151, extension 8692.
Wolff to attend MSU this fall
Courtney Wolff of Glencoe was accepted for admission to Minnesota State University, Mankato, for the 2013-14 academic year. Wolff, daughter of David and Dawn Wolff, is a graduate of Glencoe-Silver Lake High School. She is undecided about a major area of study at MSU. In high school, Wolff was a member of the National Honor Society and the basketball team. MSU started school on Aug. 26.
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Maiers among ISU grads
Wilson Maiers of Stewart was among the summer graduates of Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Maiers received her bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Identity theft workshop set for Sept. 26
A free identity theft workshop will be hosted by Thrivent Financial For Lutherans on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m., at the Glencoe City Center. The speaker will be McLeod County Sheriff Deputy Patrick Geiken. Learn how ID theft can occur, steps to prevent it, and what to do if your ID is stolen. A light meal will be served. All community members are invited. Call 320-587-6440 or email diane.knorr@thrivent. com by Sept 16 to reserve a spot.
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Daughter born to Voigts
Jason and Miranda Voigt of Green Isle announce the birth of their daughter, Willow Jo, on Aug. 15, 2013, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Willow weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19-1/2 inches in length. Grandparents are Carol Voigt and Cindy and Jim Ford, all of Glencoe, and Wayne Schultz of New Auburn. Greatgrandparents are Roger and Marge Neubarth of Glencoe.
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Jayden Tschimperle leads a cheer during the Panthers’ volleyball game against Norwood Young America. The student section performed a number of different cheers throughout the match, showing their Panther pride.
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ECFE classes begin, screening dates noted
It feels like summer, but the calendar tells us it’s fall. This week is a great time to register for fall parent-child classes at Glencoe-Silver Lake Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE). The ECFE program is now located in the Lincoln School until the new facility is ready for occupancy in January. GSL ECFE classes begin the week of Sept. 16-20. There are openings in many classes. You can call or email for more information at 320-864-2681 or jmacken thun@gsl.k12.mn.us. The 2013-14 Early Childhood screening is coming up in a few weeks. The dates for screening are Sept. 13 (reserved for kindergarteners who have not been screened), Oct. 9, Nov. 8, Jan. 24, Feb. 21 and March 28. Screening is most helpful to your child and family when it occurs between 3 and 4 years old. When done early, there is plenty of time to follow up on any health or learning needs. All children need to complete early childhood screening before enrolling in kindergarten. If you have recently moved to the GSL School District, your child will need to be screened unless s/he was screened in another Minnesota school district and you have a screening record. If your child is between 3 and 4 and you do not receive a screening letter from GSL schools, please call Becky at the district office, 320-8642494 to get on the school census and receive timely notifications of screening, Early childhood Family Education program information and Kindergarten Round Up invitations. GSL ECFE held its vehicle fair in the bus lane by Lincoln School and GSL High School last week. Thanks go to the Glencoe Police Department, Glencoe Regional Health Services Ambulance crew, Glencoe Fire Department, 4.0 Transportation Services, Coborn’s, Trailblazer Transit, Jungclaus Implement, Midwest Machinery, Knife River, Jeremy Templin, and all the families who participated. The favorite vehicles were school bus/Trailblazer bus and tied for second were the gator (Jungclaus Implement), cement mixer (Knife River) and semi (Jeremy Templin).
‘Angels’ tour set tonight in Hutchinson
The Hutchinson chapter of The Compassionate Friends will host the “Angels Across America” tour tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 11), at 7 p.m., at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. “It is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who has suffered the loss of a child, grandchild, sibling or anyone else close to them,” said Jo Reck of the funeral chapel. This event features renowned speakers/musician Mitch Carmody and Allan Pederson, who most recently presented programs for survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Conn. “It is an evening of original music, group discussion, interpreting signs from our lost loved ones and a question-answer time,” Reck said. Further information can be obtained by calling Reck at 320-833-2300 or 320-5836036. This event will take the place of the regular monthly meeting.
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Brownton City Council adopts natural gas service rates, policy
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The Brownton City Council adopted a natural gas utility policy and proposed rates at its Sept. 3 meeting. John Rodeberg of Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., said the proposed rates will cover the bond payments for building the natural gas utility while still saving customers an average of 44 to 50 percent over the cost of liquid propane (LP). The rate schedule adopted by the City Council will include a $15 per month residential base rate and a $30 per month base rate for commercial properties, and $1.25 per hundred cubic feet of natural gas that is consumed. In related natural gas business, Rodeberg said the project is over budget, with an anticipated final cost of $1.8 million, while the project cost was $1.75 million. But, Rodeberg pointed out, there have been 275 applications for service, while the project had anticipated 220. “That’s 20 percent over our estimates,” said Rodeberg, and the project is over budget because more piping had to be purchased and more construction work is being done than was anticipated. Rodeberg also said work is well ahead of schedule, and the system should be substantially completed by the end of September. Currently, crews from Michels Corporation are “slitting” in individual services from the gas mains to homes and businesses. After individual services have been established, it will be up to the property owner to obtain a permit from the city before conversion to natural gas, and then coordinate with their contractor to get the work done and have it inspected by the city building inspector. Once all the services have been established and the system is operational, the crews will begin reconstruction of areas where concrete and grass were dug up. That work probably will be done in October, Rodeberg said. the City Council with information about the possible purchase of a new squad car. Bauer said he is looking at a state-bid vehicle, a Ford Interceptor SUV, similar to what is being used by the McLeod County Sheriff ’s Department. Bauer said there is about $32,000 in the squad replacement budget, which is about what the new vehicle would cost. He said he will bring more information about the possible purchase to the October meeting. Bauer also said he would like to keep the current squad car as a back-up squad, rather than trading it in. Bauer said the squad would be helpful for bigger community celebrations, such as the recent BARK activities, and would be useful when the primary squad was being serviced and not available for patrol. In the past, Bauer said, the police department has either had to borrow a squad car from the sheriff’s department, or used a city maintenance vehicle when the squad car wasn’t available because of mechanical issues. In other police business, Council Member Chuck Warner said he and police department officers met with the sheriff’s department regarding concerns the Brownton Council has in regards to providing mutual aid for calls in Stewart. Warner said the meeting cleared up a lot of issues without animosity. “It was a very good discussion, and a lot of things got explained,” said Warner.
Other business
In other business, the City Council: • Authorized the maintenance department to spend up to $21,000 to convert the various city building furnaces to natural gas. • Accepted an $8,900 quote from Rickert Excavating to tear down a now-vacant home as part of its flood mitigation program. • Approved a 2014 preliminary budget that has no proposed levy increase.
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In other business, Police Chief Ken Bauer presented
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
Sept. 12, 1913 O.C. Conrad, Editor A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. O.G. Zimmerman on Tuesday of this week. A new awning graces the front of the First State Bank building, put into place this week. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Peterson are receiving congratulations from their many friends over the arrival of a bouncing baby boy who made his appearance at their home Tuesday morning. speakers for the day will be candidate Harold E. Stassen for governor and Joseph P. O’Hara, candidate for Congress. lage council, Melvin Dahlke was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Gordon Wisdorf, who resigned when he moved to Springfield. Dahlke joins Marvin Kaufmann, a recent appointment to fill the unexpired term of Milton Joecks, Percy Hakes, Mayor Walter Radke and Clerk Ivan H. Kreie on the council.
50 Years Ago
Sept. 5, 1963 Charles H. Warner, Editor Class officers and student council officers and representatives were elected at Brownton High School recently. Glenn Klitzke was elected the president of the student council; Ronald Hahn, vice president; Shirley Wendlandt, secretary; and Charlotte Petersen, treasurer. Senior class officers are Glenn Klitzke, president; Byron Kohls, vice president; Beatrice Braun, secretary; and Charlotte Petersen, treasurer. Work is being completed this week on between 1,000 and 1,200 feet of new curb and gutter construction in the village. Harry Hanson and his group from Hutchinson are doing the work. Also, during the past week, the alley behind the City Meat Market on north to PeeWee’s Cafe and the alley from the pumphouse south to the Yellowstone Garage were surfaced with hot mix. At the last meeting of the vil-
20 Years Ago
Sept. 8, 1993 Lori Copler, Editor Quint Klopfleisch is trying a new venture on the Klopfleisch farm north of Brownton — he recently purchased two buffalo heifers, and hopes to build a herd of about 20, raising the buffalo for meat.
75 Years Ago
Sept. 8, 1938 Percy L. Hakes, Editor A crew of about 300 Mexicans employed by the Milwaukee railroad moved into town Sunday evening about 5 p.m. They are raising the tracks here and will be stationed here about a week to 10 days. The camp cars are located just beyond Lake Addie, but when the men are not at work they populate the town to a great extent. A Republican rally and picnic will be staged at Lake Marion Sunday, Sept. 11, with band music being furnished by the Brownton Concert Band. The
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Construction continues
The second phase of Stewart’s street and utility reconstruction project is well under way, with crews from Holtmeier Construction working on Hall Street between Herbert and Main streets. The old road surface has been removed, and backhoes are digging up old sewer and water mains in preparation of replacement with new ones.
10 Years Ago
Sept. 10, 2003 Lori Copler, Editor The city of Brownton’s engineering firm, SEH, Inc., is advising the city to hold off on pushing for a natural gas franchise in the city because of legal complications with Hutchinson Utilities’ proposed pipeline between Trimont and Hutchinson and soaring natural gas prices.
Stewart City Council proposes 3% levy increase for 2014
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The Stewart City Council on Monday night adopted a 2014 preliminary budget that includes a 3 percent tax hike. The 3 percent levy increase will add about $11,270 in revenue for the city. Council Member Kevin Klucas had originally proposed a 5 percent levy increase, noting that it was a preliminary figure and that the City Council could reduce the figure before final adoption in December. It was pointed out that the proposed budget has a projected $27,297 deficit, and Klucas noted that a 5 percent tax increase would produce another $18,784 in revenue, so the city would either need to cut about $10,000 from its budget or use savings. Council Member Mike Knox made a motion for a 5 percent levy increase and Klucas seconded it, but during discussion of the motion, Mayor Jason Peirce suggested a lower levy increase. Peirce said that in reviewing the budget, he found about $6,000 worth of cuts the city could make and, he added, the city did not budget for its full local government aid (LGA) payment in its revenues, in case the state again decides to cut LGA. In 2014, the state has slated $153,701 in LGA for Stewart, up about $21,740 from the 2013 LGA of $131,959. The city budgeted for $106,600 in LGA. Peirce also said that even though a proposed tax hike is preliminary, the public often sees it as being final. After a motion on the 5 percent levy increase failed, Klucas proposed a 3 percent increase, and that motion passed. The preliminary 2014 budget anticipates $914,180 in revenue and $941,476 in expenditures, for a deficit of $27,296. In other business Monday night, the City Council: • Heard that three of five residents on East Street between Croyden and Highway 212 have petitioned the city to have their block of street paved. Maintenance Supervisor Matt Maiers said utilities under the street were improved in 1991, but the street surface was never paved. Peirce noted that since more than 50 percent of the residents on the block had agreed to the petition, the city could consider the project under its assessment policy. Klucas pointed out that two blocks of Martha Street are slated for improvement in 2014. “I’d like to see this (East Street) and Martha Street put on for next year and get costs,” said Klucas. Klucas also said that Church Street, in front of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, also is being considered for paving. • Heard that the Planning and Zoning Commission had tabled a request for a permit proposed chicken coop on Bowman Street because it wants to review the required setbacks in the ordinance. • Accepted the resignation of Jason Carter as the emergency management director. • Approved a resolution that accepted donations from the Stewart Fire Relief Association and Form-A-Feed, which will be applied for Stewart’s share of the cost of a new fire safety trailer being purchased by the fire chiefs associations in McLeod and Meeker counties. The Stewart Lions Club also donated to the trailer’s cost.
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
Sept. 12, 1913 A.F. Avery, Editor Last Monday morning at 5:30 o’clock occurred the death of Albert Kuehl, a pioneer resident of Round Grove Township, death being due to a paralytic stroke. He was 62 years old. He is survived by his wife, Bertha; and three children, Theodore of this village, Mrs. Max Wick of Collins and William of Round Grove. He was preceded in death by three children in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. I.E. Holcomb are the parents of a baby boy, born Sunday, Sept. 7. Dick sure carries a gladsome smile on his face these days. A baby girl was born to Dr. and Mrs. F.G. Kohler on Tuesday of this week. “Doc” walks with a sprightlier step than ever as a result of the new addition to his family. George Cayott has been confined to the house nearly all week with a severe case of blood poisoning, caused by an insect bite on the nose. He got out yesterday for the first time and still carries a badly swollen face around with him. A number of young people who are in the teaching profession left over the weekend to take up their work for the coming school year. Among them are Ruth Senescall, who teaches at Laporte, Ind.; Esther Baliman at Odessa, Glenn Fleisch and Viola Triplett at Bellingham, Lorraine Bensler at Boyd, Dorothy Lewin at Clara City, Marguerite Lewin at Emmons, Dorothy Reimers at Northfield, Lois Olney at Sherburne, Harold Dovenmuehle at Kennedy, and Mabel Nutter at Watertown. Mrs. H.E. Klitzke of Round Grove passed away Sunday at her home east of Fernando following an illness of only a few days. Pneumonia was the cause of her death. She was nearly 62 years old at the time of her demise. Five sons and her husband survive. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Mankato on Aug. 25.
35 Years Ago
Sept. 14, 1978 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor There are eight new faculty members at Stewart Public School this fall, including: Jane Kjos, physical education and volleyball coach; Carol Burg, music; Sandra Lipke, English and German; Mary Jo Kelly, guidance counselor and social studies; Lowell Haroldson, high school principal; Sandra Bredeson, special education; Karen David, art; and Lonnie Baumgardt, biology. The Milwaukee railroad depot in Stewart closed on Thursday, Aug. 31, when agent Howard Robb posted a notice to that effect on the depot door. The farm of the Amos Triplett estate was sold at public auction last Thursday, bringing $290,000 for the 157-acre farm located just east of Lakeside. The Hoverstens, who farm just next to the property, were the successful bidders. James Sullivan, 80, of rural Stewart, died Saturday evening. Survivors include his wife, Marie, of Stewart; and two sons, Daniel of Stewart and Barry of Minneapolis.
50 Years Ago
Sept. 12, 1963 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Mr. and Mrs. Donovan Mayer (Carolyn Sue Schille) are the proud parents of a baby boy born at the Glencoe hospital Sept. 8. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Kisling (Colleen Marquardt), a daughter, Linda Lee, on Sept. 3. Mary Ann Mayer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Mayer of Stewart, graduated from St.
Thank You
Thank you to all our family and friends that attended our 60th wedding anniversary party and making it special for us and our family. Also, thank you for all of the cards and gifts that were given.
75 Years Ago
Sept. 9, 1938 Harry Koeppen, Editor
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From The Chronicle archives
30 Years Ago
Sept. 14, 1983 Bill Ramige, Editor Glencoe Fire Chief Dave Rolf received a total of $11,000 in donations from the Glencoe American Legion Post 95, Glencoe VFW Post 5102 and PillsburyGreen Giant Company. The money will be used to purchase new OSHA-approved turnout gear — helmets, boots, coats and gloves. The American Dairy Association of Minnesota award for milk production was presented to Daniel Rolf of Green Isle at the 1983 Minnesota State Fair. Rolf’s registered Holstein produced 21,582 pounds of milk. Dale Sprengeler, Plato, showed the 4-H Grand Champion Female Registered Brown Swiss, and Brian Milbrandt of Glencoe was selected as the Grand Champion Intermediate Showman at the 4-H Gilt Show during the 1983 Minnesota State Fair.
20 Years Ago
Sept. 15, 1993 Rich Glennie, Editor Two McLeod County 4-Hers earned State Fair top honors. Brandon Hemmann, a member of the Helen Jrs./Glencoe Pioneers 4-H Club, was named reserve champion swine showman. He is the son of Gary and Marjorie Hemmann of Glencoe. Mary Lenz, a member of the County’s Edge 4-H Club, received a purple award of excellence on her creative arts exhibit. She is the daughter of Joe and Brenda Lenz of Glencoe. Bernice Lund of Glencoe recorded her first-ever hole-inone at the Glencoe Golf Course. Lund, who said she did not start playing golf “until later in life,” had her shot on the eighth hole.
Playing with three friends, Lund said she saw the ball fall about eight feet from the cup and roll its way in.
10 Years Ago
Sept. 10, 2003 Rich Glennie, Editor New playground equipment, which was installed this summer near the Glencoe-Silver Lake Lakeside School, was dedicated to the students of the school with a ribbon cutting. Last year, the students raised $24,000, which paid for the equipment. The Glencoe City Council authorized the construction of a 4by-8 foot granite Oak Leaf Park entrance sign that will cost about $4,800. A donation of $4,755 from the Glencoe VFW Post 5102 will cover most of the cost. The city will pay the sales tax, footing costs and lighting costs.
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Obituaries Evelyn E. Alsleben, 94, of Glencoe
Funeral services for Evelyn Emilie Emma (Albrecht) Alsleben, 94, of Glencoe, were held Saturday, Sept. 7, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in N e w Auburn. The Rev. Bradley Danielson officiated. Mrs. Alsleben died Tu e s d a y, Sept. 3, Evelyn 2013, at Alsleben Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility. The organist was Kara Scholla, and congregational hymns were “Nearer, My God, To Thee,” “Amazing Grace” and “Softly and Tenderly.” Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Stacy Haggenmiller, Nick Alsleben, Curtis Brelje, Michael Brelje, Kara Briese, Ryan Alsleben, Sonia Mueller and James Zajicek. Interment was in High Island Cemetery in New Auburn. Evelyn Emilie Emma Albrecht was born April 22, 1919, in Brownton, to Emil and Elsie (Kohls) Albrecht. She was baptized as an infant on May 4, 1919, and confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 9, 1933, both by the Rev. H. Weerts at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brownton. She attended school in Brownton through the eighth grade and then worked with her parents. On Oct. 24, 1941, Evelyn Albrecht was united in marriage to Clarence Alsleben by the Rev. W.F. Mueller at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Auburn. The Alslebens made their home on the family farm near New Auburn until 1973, when they moved to Glencoe. After Mr. Alsleben’s death, Mrs. Alsleben made her home at Millie Beneke Manor until she needed help with her daily care in January 2013, when she moved to Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care. The Alslebens were blessed with five children, Darrel, Charleen, Charles, Karen and Keith. They shared almost 57 years of marriage before Mr. Alsleben died on Oct. 22, 1998. In addition to being a loving wife, mother and homemaker, Mrs. Alsleben helped on the family farm. She also worked at Telex and Green Giant in Glencoe and had a daycare for other children. She was a faithful member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Auburn, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid. Mrs. Alsleben enjoyed playing cards, especially Sheephead, cross stitching, baking, gardening, canning, playing bingo and watching the birds. She cherished the time spent with her friends and family, especially the grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Survivors include her children, Darrel (Jackie) Alsleben of Arlington, Charleen (Edgar) Brelje of Glencoe, Charles (Yvonne) Alsleben of Glencoe, Karen (Jerry) Zajicek of Hutchinson and Keith Alsleben of Arpin, Wis.; grandchildren, Stacy (Tim) Haggenmiller of Arlington, Nick (Betsy) Alsleben of Litchfield, Curtis Brelje of Glencoe, Michael Brelje of Glencoe, Kara (Cory) Briese of Anoka, Ryan (Shannon) Alsleben of Lester Prairie, Sonia Mueller of New Ulm, and James Zajicek and his special friend, Mary, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; greatgrandchildren, Hailey and Morgan Haggenmiller, Abby and Ben Alsleben, Mya, Mason and Merrik Briese, Jayden and Joslyn Alsleben, Paige Slinden, Shelby and Shayne Brelje, Janae and Kaylee Mueller, and Elsie Zajicek; sister, Dolores Alsleben of Tampa, Fla.; sisterin-law, Gladys Alsleben of Arlington; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Emil and Elsie Albrecht; husband, Clarence Alsleben; sister, Bernetta Senske; brothers-inlaw, Alvin Senske, Herb Alsleben, Lester Alsleben and LeRoy Alsleben; and sisterin-law, Rodella Alsleben. 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.
Sept. 16-20 Millie Beneke Manor Senior Nutrition Site Monday — Turkey casserole, peas, tropical fruit, bread, margarine, bar, low-fat milk. Tuesday — Sweet-and-sour pork, rice, broccoli, mandarin oranges, cookie, low-fat milk. Wednesday — Baked chicken, potato salad, mixed vegetables, bread, margarine, fresh melon cubes, low-fat milk. Thursday — Meatballs, gravy, mashed potatoes, beets, bread, margarine, fruit crisp, low-fat milk. Friday — Lemon pepper fish, baked potato, Prince William vegetables, bread, margarine, pie, low-fat milk. GSL Elementary Breakfast Monday — Tony’s breakfast pizza or Cinnamon Toast Crunch and string cheese and apple juice cup, low-fat milk. Tuesday — Pancake on a stick with syrup or apple cinnamon muffin and yogurt and mandarin oranges, low-fat milk. Wednesday — French toast sticks with syrup, or Golden Grahams with string cheese and diced peaches, low-fat milk. Thursday — Tony’s breakfast pizza or oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins and orange juice cup, low-fat milk. Friday — Egg and cheese muffin or blueberry muffin and yogurt and mixed fruit, low-fat milk. Helen Baker/Lakeside lunch Monday — Chicken nuggets, fun lunch (yogurt, American cheese and crackers), mashed potatoes, jicama sticks with dressing, apple wedges, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday — Italian meat sauce over whole-grain rotini pasta, bread stick, deli combo sub, seasoned green beans, caesar romaine side salad with dressing, banana, chilled applesauce. Wednesday — Cheeseburger on a whole-wheat bun, chef salad, bread stick, oven-baked beans, confetti coleslaw, kiwi wedges, chilled peaches. Thursday — Chicken and cheese quesadilla, fiesta rice, ham and cheese on a whole-grain bun, seasoned carrots, broccoli florets with dressing, orange wedges, chilled pears. Friday — Tony’s pepperoni pizza, turkey and cheese on whole-grain bread, seasoned corn, baby carrots with dressing, apple wedges, chilled mixed fruit. Junior/Senior High breakfast Monday — Breakfast pizza or Cinnamon Toast Crunch and blueberry muffin, diced pears, low-fat milk. Tuesday — Pancake on a stick with syrup or oatmeal cinnamon and raisins and mandarin oranges, low-fat milk. Wednesday — Breakfast burrito or ultimate breakfast round and yogurt, diced peaches, low-fat milk. Thursday — French toast sticks or Cinnamon Toast Crunch and apple cinnamon muffin and orange juice cup, low-fat milk. Friday — Sausage, egg and cheese biscuit or ultimate breakfast round and yogurt, mixed fruit, low-fat milk. Junior/Senior High lunch Monday — Barbecue pork riblet on a whole-grain bun, ovenbaked beans, macaroni salad, confetti coleslaw, baby carrots with dressing, apple, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday — Oven-baked meatballs in gravy, seasoned noodles, bread stick, seasoned carrots, jicama, cucumber fruit salad, red pepper strips with dressing, banana, chilled applesauce. Wednesday — Chicken patty or grilled chicken on a whole-grain bun, oven-baked tator tots, corn on the cob, broccoli salad with raisins, jicama sticks with dressing, orange wedges, chilled peaches. Thursday — Roast turkey in gravy, stuffing, dinner roll, mashed potatoes, kidney bean salad, cucumber slices with dressing, cranberry sauce, chilled pears. Friday — Pasta bar with chicken alfredo or marinara sauce, meatballs, bread stick, seasoned green beans, caesar romaine salad, baby carrots with dressing, apple, chilled mixed fruit. First Lutheran School Lunch Monday — Chicken patty on a whole-grain bun, green beans, applesauce, milk. Tuesday — Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, pineapple, milk. Wednesday — Subs with bun, spinach salad, mandarin oranges, milk. Thursday — Chili with beans, corn bread muffins, peaches, milk. Friday — Pizza, peas, mixed fruit, bread, milk. St. Pius X School Lunch Monday — Chef’s choice, milk. Tuesday — Plain or barbecued chicken with bun, cooked broccoli, corn, mixed fruit, milk. Wednesday — Turkey slices, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, pineapple, milk. Thursday — Sloppy joe on a bun, raw vegetables with dip, fries, grapes, milk. Friday — Cheese pizza, romaine salad, vegetables with dip, banana, milk.
Stewart Legion Auxiliary to meet Monday, Sept. 16
The Stewart American Legion Auxiliary will meet Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., at the Stewart Community Center. Third District representative Joanne Joachum of St. Bonifacius will install the new officers. Legionville speakers will be Karissa Korson, Nicholas Taylor and Hunter Schultz. Girls State speaker will be Kate Maiers. Hostesses will be Abby and Sylvia Markgraf.
Bloodmobile set for Sept. 19 in Brownton
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Brownton Community Center on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. All blood types are accepted, including double red cells. For appointments, call Eunce Warner at 320-3284445, or Olive Evanson at 320-328-5744.
Lyle ‘Doc’ Kelley, 85, of Waconia
A memorial service for Lyle “Doc” Kelley, 85, of Waconia and formerly of Iowa, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 1:30 p.m., at We s t v i e w Acres, 433 Fifth St. W, Waconia. Mr. Kelley died Aug. 23, Lyle Kelley 2013. Mr. Kelley was born Nov. 24, 1927, in Newton, Iowa. He married Nedra Toll on June 24, 1951. Mr. Kelley graduated from East High School in Waterloo, Iowa, and joined the Air Force, serving in the North Atlantic theater in the Air Transport Command. After his service, he graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and became a teacher at the Iowa State Juvenile Home in Toledo, Iowa. Later, he was appointed superintendent of the juvenile home. Following this, he became director of special education of Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties. Concurrently, Mr. Kelley completed his graduate degree from the University of Iowa. He started a private business in Newton and also lobbied on behalf of the state’s mentally challenged children and adults. Mr. Kelley became a clinical psychologist at North Iowa Mental Health Center in Mason City, Iowa, and was executive director there for 15 years. Mr. Kelley then went into private practice in Clear Lake, Iowa. He joined the staff at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, as a teacher and was put in charge of the counseling department. With God’s strength and guidance, he dedicated his life to loving and caring for people. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Nedra; three daughters, Lynett (Glenn) Youngblood of Plato, Christine (Duane) Blum of Mason City, Iowa, and Denise (Ken) Gray of Lester Prairie; sister, Arlene (Paul) Buckhout of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren.
23 Brownton seniors met Monday
Twenty-three Brownton senior citizens met Monday, Sept. 9, at the community center. Cards were played with the following winners: 500, Carol Brelje, first, and Gladys Rickert, second; pinochle, Betty Katzenmeyer, first, and Ruby Streich, second; and sheephead, Lowell Brelje, first, and Pearl Streu, second. Betty Katzenmeyer served refreshments. Norma Albrecht won the door prize. The next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. All area senior citizens are welcome.
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These are a few of my favorite things
These are two of my favorite recipes that include two of my favorite things, sour cream and a slow cooker. Ultimate Beef Stroganoff 2-3 pounds stew meat 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 medium onion, sliced 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1-1/2 cups beef broth or stock 1 tablespoon ketchup 1/3 cup flour 6-7 tablespoons apple juice or water 4-8 ounces sliced mushrooms (optional) 1/2 cup sour cream Place the meat, salt, pepper and onion in the slow cooker. Stir to distribute the seasonings and onion. In a small bowl, combine the garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth and ketchup. Pour over the meat. Cook for 7-9 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high. About 30 minutes before serving, combine the flour and apple juice in a small bowl, whisking vigorously to combine well. The roux should be thick but still pourable, so add a tablespoon of apple juice or water at a time to thin, if needed. Pour the flour mixture into the slow cooker, whisking quickly to mix in the roux with the meat and juices, avoiding lumps. Add the mushrooms and stir. Cook on high for 30 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup sour cream right before serving. Serve over pasta, rice or baked potatoes.
My Turn Now
By Karin Ramige Cornwell Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes 6-8 medium potatoes quartered 4-6 boneless pork chops 2 cans cream of chicken soup 2 packages dry ranch dressing mix 1/2 cup lowfat milk or chicken broth 1/2 cup to 1 cup sour cream Spray the inside of slow cooker with cooking spray (I always forget this step). Place potatoes on the bottom. Evenly lay pork chops on top of potatoes. Mix together milk or broth, cream of chicken soup, ranch mix. Evenly pour over pork chops. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7 hours. Before serving, remove pork chops and keep warm and stir in sour cream. Serve with additional sauce as gravy. I feel, as a public service, I need to warn you of the dangers of the potato peeler. I made this recently. I thought I would quickly throw it in the slow cooker on my lunch break. It was a good plan until the peeler slipped and I spent a couple of hours at the clinic having my thumb glued back together. It’s not the first time I have required medical attention while making dinner and it won’t be the last. It’s a good reminder for me. Slow down!
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County to begin accepting credit cards for payments
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Residents will soon be able to use credit cards at the counter at county offices, following action by the McLeod County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 3. County Auditor/Treasurer Cindy Schultz presented the County Board with an agreement with Point & Pay, LLC, to accept credit cards at the counter. Schultz said there will be no charge to the county for the service, although customers are assessed a convenience fee. The county previously had a contract with Official Payments of California to accept credit cards over the county website for such things as permit fees and paying property taxes. Schultz said that contract will be cancelled once the new agreement is in place. The contract with Point & Pay also will allow payments over the website, Schultz added. Asked if customers could use credit cards at the Lake Marion and Piepenburg parks to reserve campsites, Schultz said the county will need to look into providing either Internet or cellular service to the campground offices in order to use the service. “We’ll get that worked out,” Schultz said. In other business Sept. 3, the County Board: • Asked Sheriff Scott Rehmann to look into selling five department vehicles that are no longer in service through a local auction service, rather than through an out-of-state auction service. Rehmann said the sheriff’s office has used a Wisconsin service in the past because it paid the cost of removing graphics and re-keying vehicles. An issue, Rehmann said, is that most of the sheriff’s office vehicles are keyed the same, and selling cars out of state reduces the likelihood of someone getting access to a car that is currently in service in the sheriff ’s department fleet. However, Rehmann said, while the five cars under consideration are keyed the same, they are not the same as the current fleet, so that won’t be an issue this time around. Rehmann estimates that it costs about $500 for each vehicle to re-key them and remove the graphics. Commissioners indicated that they prefer to do business locally, if possible, and asked Rehmann to sell this batch of cars locally, then provide a comparison of prices received with that of the Wisconsin auction service. Commissioner Sheldon Nies also pointed out that Wisconsin will collect the sales tax on cars sold in that state. “We need to keep that money here,” said Nies. • Heard from Highway Department Engineer John Brunkhorst that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will pay $5,000 for an “angler accessible” walkway and for fishing habitat improvements on the new bridge on South Grade Road in Hutchinson. • Approved annual school health agreements (school nurse) with Lester Prairie Public Schools and the New Discoveries Montessori Academy in Hutchinson, as well as an early childhood screening agreement with the Lester Prairie schools. • Agreed to continue working with Central Applicators of Foley to mow trees and treat stumps in county ditches. • Agreed to set up a special revenue account with a beginning balance of $10,000 to build funds for maintenance and eventual replacement of the ARMER (800-megahertz) radio equipment. • Approved an agreement with Annonson’s Air Broom of Prior Lake in the amount of $12,400 to clean the ductwork throughout the Solid Waste Facility in Hutchinson.
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‘DARE to Cook’ available
McLeod County Deputy Sheriff Pat Geiken holds a copy of a new cookbook, “DARE to Cook,” that was put together by DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) students as part of a fundraiser for the area school program. Geiken said the $8 cookbooks are available through the sheriff’s office and all proceeds go to the county DARE program. DARE started as one class at the former McLeod West school eight years ago, Geiken said, and now provides 27 classes throughout the county. The recipes for the book were provided by county DARE students in the first, fifth and seventh grades. DARE is offered to county schools at no cost, and the seventh-grade program at GlencoeSilver Lake begins today (Wednesday), Geiken said. DARE will begin at First Lutheran School after Christmas. He added that DARE also presents programs to area scouts as well as adults. An upcoming adult program will be on identity theft on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Glencoe City Center.
GSL Board approves TIF waiver for development
By Rich Glennie Editor At the request of City Administrator Mark Larson, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board on Monday night waived a 30-day notice period to establish a new tax increment finance (TIF) district to assist Miller Manufacturing with its expansion plans. Larson said the aim is to take a portion of the Miller Manufacturing property out of the current JOBZ district and establish new TIF District 17. That would permit the city to establish a “pay-go” development agreement with Miller Manufacturing. The company would upfront about $600,000 in costs for soil corrections at the site, and over the next 10 years, the city would rebate that amount of new tax increments back to the company. But to do that requires a waiver from McLeod County and the GSL School District, who share the property taxes from the development. Larson said the goal is to do the ground preparation work this fall, with construction to begin next spring. The project is a 60,000-squarefoot addition to the company’s distribution facility. The total project will cost about $2.5 million, Larson added. In all, once the addition is completed, Miller Manufacturing’s facility would be 370,000 square feet in size. Larson said another expansion is planned in the future. “It’s on the fast track,” Larson said of the project. “There’s not a lot of time before winter. They want to be pad ready this year.” Larson said the pay-go TIF concept was used with the Grand Meadows Senior Living apartment project. It was a 25-year TIF district, but with the accelerated payback of tax increments, it would be completed in two years and could then be decertified. That would place the taxes back on the tax rolls that are shared by the city, county and school district. The School Board gave its unanimous approval 5-0 to the waiver request. Board member Kevin Kuester was absent. In other matters, the School Board: • Approved the maximum school levy for the 2014-15 preliminary budget, although that exact amount is not yet known, according to Michelle Sander, district business manager. The preliminary budget needs to be approved by Sept. 30. Sander said she received new budget information from the state just before Monday’s meeting and had not reviewed them, yet. So the exact levy numbers are still unknown. Sander suggested the School Board follow past practice and approve the maximum levy amount with the idea of possibly reducing that before the final budget approval at the Dec. 9 meeting. Also on Dec. 9, the board will hold its annual Truth in Taxation hearing, beginning at 6:01 p.m. in the high school media center. • Heard that opening day enrollment at GSL was 1,613, not including Early Childhood Special Education students. That compares to 1,627 in 2012. Superintendent Chris Sonju said it was “a great start” to the new school year. • Heard that the district’s 2012 reading scores were not up to the state average, but math scores made “phenomenal gains,” especially for seventh and eighth graders, according to Paul Sparby, high school principal. Sonju added that “we are very pleased, but not satisfied” with the test scores. “But we are doing things that are working.” • Set the next School Board meeting for Monday, Oct.14, Columbus Day. The Board passed a special resolution to allow it to conduct business on that national holiday. • Approved requests for four more special education paraprofessionals — three at the high school/junior high and one at Lakeside Elementary. • Accepted the following donations: New Auburn VFW Post 7266, $500 for FFA national convention. Ag Star, $2,500 grant for learning pads for ag classes and FFA. City of Glencoe, 3,739 yards of top soil for the athletic complex. Brian Jungclaus of Jungclaus Seeds, $100 for FFA national convention. Stevens Seminary, $16,159.50 for teachers’ iPads. Panther Booster Club, $3,024.65 for athletic trainer and volunteer coach background checks. “Thank you to these incredibly generous donors,” board member Anne Twiss said. • Hired Amber Alsleben as a 6.5-hour-per-day special education paraprofessional at Helen Baker, replacing Jenn Dahlke, who resigned. Julie Schroeder, Sally Davis and Elizabeth Tromborg as 6.75-hour-per-day special education paraprofessionals at Lincoln Jr. High/high school. • Accepted the resignations of Brenda Worm as high school LPN, effective Sept. 3, and Kim Ruschmeier as elementary volunteer coordinator.
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little girl. They were honest, the Neids recalled. “They told us Jada was a very sick girl, and it was unknown if she would make it through the night,” Jessica said. More tests on Jada discovered she also had pulmonary hypertension, a condition where blood vessels constrict, allowing the baby to breathe in, but not breathe out. Jessica said this is where Jada’s hole in her heart actually saved her life. “It acted like a pressure release,” she explained. After five blood transfusions, daily X-rays and bouts of intubation/sedation, Jada’s 56-day stay at Children’s Hospital came to an end. Anxious brothers, Caden, 8, and Connor, 5, got to have their baby sister home on Aug. 17. Shipped off to several babysitters throughout the ordeal, the big brothers, “never complained once,” Jessica said. “They have become protective big brothers and are glad we can all be at home. And we are all excited for school to start and return to somewhat of a routine.” Jessica also praised family and friends. “Thank God for all the support we received,” she said. “We couldn’t have done it without our family and friends.” Jessica labeled the last four months as a “whirlwind” that has taught her family a lot. “Don’t sweat the little things,” that’s the advice the Neids now give others, and they practice what they preach. On the same night Jada was struggling for her life at Children’s Hospital, the Neids had four feet of water pour into their basement following a record rainfall. The Neids’ reaction when hearing the news at 4:20 a.m. from neighbors was “who cares.” “Life is too short to worry about little things,” Jessica said. “Slow down and realize what’s really important in life. And always remember that family comes first.” It was family first Labor Day weekend for the Neids, who spent a couple of days in northern Minnesota. “Jada did awesome, and it was great to see the boys have so much fun,” Jessica said. “We promised them that we will have a regular summer next year.” As for Jada’s prognosis, she will be on oxygen 100
Fundraiser for Jada set Saturday at Green Isle
Jada Neid, 4-month-old daughter of Jessica and Cory Neid of Glencoe, will be the recipient of the Friends of Care-Hearts Share seventh annual “Raise the Rouf” benefit event set for Saturday, Sept. 14, in Green Isle. According to the Arlington Enterprise, the Rouf event has a unique bond with its namesake, Natalie Rouf. The fundraising event includes a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 5K walk at 9:15 a.m. that will begin and end at the Green Isle baseball park. Food, refreshments and entertainment will follow at the ball park. The fundraiser will continue at Club New Yorker in Green Isle. A bike run will begin at 10 a.m., and a bean bag tournament will start at 3 p.m. An open mic will be from 3 p.m., to 5 p.m. with a band to provide musical entertainment from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rum Rinners will perform inside from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. For additional information, go to Friends ShareHearts Care Inc website.
percent of the time for an estimated 12 months. Now 7 pounds, Jada is required to take 16 medications daily and has a heart and oxygen monitor. The Neids were told to expect Jada to live a normal life other than having to adjust to lung issues.
Jessica said the family has adopted the motto given to them by Jada’s nurses: “We don’t take baby steps, we take Jada steps.” Jada is the granddaughter of Ron and Kathy Dietz of rural Gaylord and Bob and Susan Neid of Glencoe.
Monroe Crossing to perform Thursday, Sept. 19
Bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing, celebrating 13 years together, will appear in concert at the Glencoe City Center at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19. Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing has an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and original music. Tickets are available until Sept. 12, after which prices go up. Go to www.glen coemn.org/landing-page/upcomingconcerts or call the Glencoe City Center at 320864-5586. Monroe Crossing includes Derek Johnson, guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Lisa Fuglie, fiddle, mandolin, lead and harmony vocals; Matt Thompson, mandolin, fiddle, baritone vocals; Mark Anderson, bass and bass vocals; and David Robinson, banjo.
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