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First victories
Panther volleyball team improving
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Expansion plans still moving ahead
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The McLeod County
Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 116, No. 37
North entrance closing main issue of courthouse plans
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The handful of people who spoke at McLeod County’s public hearing Tuesday morning on a proposed $7 million jail expansion/courthouse security project seemed to have at least one common cause — they do not want the north entrances of the courthouse closed. And after hearing those concerns, the County Board approved a not-toexceed cost of $5,000 to have its architects review its plans and see if it could accommodate keeping at least one of the two north entrances open, and set an Oct. 22 date for making a decision on whether it will proceed with the project or not. The scope of the proposed project includes closing the north entrances to public access (they could still be used as emergency exits), and building a new, secured entrance and lobby area where the current southeast entrance exists at the juncture of the courthouse and the law enforcement center near the Ives Avenue-10th Street intersection. John McNamara of Wold Architects said the proposed project — which he called “very, very conceptual at this point” — actually addresses three issues: security, handicapped accessibility and a need for additional space in the law enforcement center. An addition with a new entrance and lobby would help address security and handicapped accessibility, since the new space — if the north entrances were closed — would provide one controlled access point to the courthouse, provide a secured hallway for transporting prisoners to an upstairs courtroom, and provide an elevator to the second floor. The addition also would increase space in the law enforcement center for at least 15 additional beds and additional space for inmates to meet with attorneys, public health officials and counselors, booking inmates and sallyport space for squad cars that are transporting prisoners. The county is hoping to use about $3.8 million to $4 million from the estate of Annamarie Tudhope to fund a good portion of the project, particularly the jail needs. County Attorney Mike Junge said Tudhope’s will stipulates that the money must be used for the construction of a new jail in Glencoe, but that the county could ask a judge for a ruling on whether the proposed improvements meet the intent of the will. Junge also said the project, if the County Board proceeds with it, would “correct a number of issues cited by the Department of Corrections” in regards to the jail, including insufficient conference areas. It also would set up a video visiting area, so that visitors would have contact over a video system with inmates, rather than through a glass panel. “The prisoners would never leave the perimeter of the jail,” said Junge. Under the current system, prisoners are escorted through public areas to the visiting area. The location of the current elevator also creates accessibility issues after hours and on weekends, when the lobby area is closed, said Junge. The addition of another 15 beds to the jail can be done without increasing staff, said Junge. It is expected that the increase in beds will save the county about $100,000 a year over the costs of boarding inmates in other facilities. Scott Nokes, an attorney and courtappointed public defender, said he appreciates the proposed improvements to the jail. “It’s a struggle having to see clients in the jail,” said Nokes. Even more of a struggle, he said, is making arrangements to see clients who are boarded in the Renville County Jail. But Nokes does have a problem with restricting access to the courthouse, he said.
a continuation of
The Glencoe Enterprise
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
RAP (Reaching All Panthers)
Glencoe-Silver Lake Superintendent Chris Sonju surprised the seventh-grade students participating in the annual RAP (Reach All Panthers) field day Friday morning by dressing as the Panther mascot. The teambuilding and re-enforcing of the idea of hard work, responsibility and respect was played out in a variety of games at Oak Leaf Park. At left, Wyatt Koenen concentrated on serving the volleyball. The classes were colorcoded and rallied around their flag as they progressed from event to event throughout the day.
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Gruenhagen: ‘There’s no shortage funds’
By Rich Glennie Editor In a special session last week, state legislators approved, on a bipartisan vote, a disaster relief package for storm-ravaged Minnesota, but state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, said that bipartisanship failed to repeal new business-to-business sales taxes that hurt Minnesota businesses. Speaking at the annual McLeod County Farm Bureau meeting in Glencoe on Sept. 10, Gruenhagen said the new sales taxes, on farm machinery repairs in particular, along with state warehousing businesses, have had a negative impact, especially for the farming community. The new taxes were part of the 2012 legislative session dominated by DFLers and signed into law by DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. ***** Gruenhagen said the disaster relief bill addressed in the special session approved about $18 million in assistance to counties in the state hard hit by the June heavy rains and flash floods. McLeod County will receive about $166,000, while Sibley County will receive about $70,000, he said. The aid is to help counties pay for damaged infrastructure. He said 75 percent of the funding will be from the federal level through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with 25 percent coming from the state. The counties hardest hit from the storms were Houston and Fillmore in southeastern Minnesota. “We wanted to repeal the farm machinery repair tax and other businessto-business taxes,” Gruenhagen said, “but it didn’t get that far.” He said there was bipartisan support to repeal some of these taxes from rural Republicans and Democrats, but there was no consensus among DFL leadership. Gruenhagen said the odd thing about the farm machinery repair tax is that it applies only to business use, and not personal use. He suggested farmers report the repairs to their combines as personal use “in mowing their lawns.” That brought a roar of laughter from the audience. The main stumbling block for DFL leaders, Gruenhagen said, is lost revenues and how to replace them if the sales taxes are repealed. “There is plenty of money in the (state) system!” Gruenhagen said as he warmed up to the topic. He pointed to the annual audit of Minnesota food stamps as an example. Minnesota has been highly successful in signing up more than 51,000 additional food stamp recipients in 2012, Gruenhagen said. And, he added, “the Feds gave Minnesota a bonus for signing more up!” And when the audit was completed, it reported Minnesota “did not do a good job” in certifying people’s eligibility, Gruenhagen added. The audit reported that Minnesota wasted about $38 million with its food stamp program in 2012. “There is plenty of money in the system!” Gruenhagen reiterated about DFLers demand to replace lost revenue with the repeal of the sales taxes. Gruenhagen stressed the need of Farm Bureau members to pressure legislators over these new state sales taxes. He said legislators need to hear from constitutents. Another example: Gruenhagen said he voted against the new transportation bill because of the “prevailing wage” requirement that has added millions of dollars to projects statewide. “There is no shortage of funds in Minnesota!,” Gruenhagen stressed. “We need to make (state) government more effiicent!” He said he will continue to work to repeal the machinery repair sales tax. Gruenhagen also wrangled over state agency heads, who he said continue to make rules and decisions that are better left to the Legislature. “This needs to change.” These unelected agency heads “have a tremendous amount of power,” Gruenhagen said. “This is supposed to be a representative republic form of government,” Gruenhagen added. But these agency heads “issue regulations not based on scientific fact, that impact businesses in the state.” Driving home his point, Gruenhagen said, “There’s not shortage of tax dollars; we need to reform the system. We can’t keep piling money on the system,” which artificially inflates the cost of government.
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Pork chop dinner Sept. 29
The Plato Lions will host a pork chop dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, at Plato Hall. Proceeds from the dinner will go toward diabetes programs. Besides pork chops, the menu includes cheesy hash browns, green beans, applesauce, cookie, milk and coffee.
Socialism versus Freedom topic Oct. 7 in Hutch
Kitty Werthmann, a survivor of Nazi-controlled Austria during World War II, will be speaking at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, at the McLeod County Fairgrounds, 840 Century Ave. SW, Hutchinson. Her topic is “Socialism vs. Freedom.” Werthmann will be answering the following questions: • What happened to Austrians when Hitler promised “security?” • Why did the Nazis centralize the governments of Germany and Austria? • What happened when the Nazis took over the health care system? • What resulted when Hitler expanded “equal rights” for women? “Werthmann will illustrate the parallels between the step-by-step loss of freedom in Austria and developments that have been in motion in the United States for years,” said Jim Bobier, deputy chairman of the McLeod County Republican Party. For more information, contact Bobier at deputychair@mcleodgop.com or call 320-961-4674. Werthmann also will speak at the Hutchinson VFW at noon on Oct. 8 and at 7 p.m. at the Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted middle school with a free dinner preceding the event.
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.
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.
Chronicle photos by Josh Randt
Progress on ECFE addition
Progress on the new Early Childhood Family Education addition onto the Lincoln Junior High School can be seen both outside and inside. The nearly $2 million project, which is expected to be ready for occupation by the end of 2013, is on schedule, according to Michelle Sander, school district business manager. At last week’s Board meeting, Sander said the exterior brick work is about to begin, and it will closely match the brick work on the junior high. At right, workers are pouring the floor for the new addition that is attached to the northwest corner of the Lincoln facility. General contractor is Black & Drew of North St. Paul. The project also includes other interior renovations to the Lincoln facility.
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.
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.
LWML salad luncheon set
The LWML of First Evangelical Lutheran Church will host its annual salad luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, at the church fellowship hall. The public is invited to attend.
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.
Deceased priest named in 3 lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct
NEW ULM — The Catholic Diocese of New Ulm has been named in three lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct by David Roney, a deceased priest of the diocese. The lawsuits, filed Sept. 13 in the Fifth Judicial District Court of Minnesota, allege Roney sexually abused one female minor while serving at the Church of St. Francis in Benson and two female minors while serving at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. According to a statement by the diocese, Roney was ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in August 1945. His assignments in the archdiocese included assistant pastor at the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, 1945-52; pastor at the Church of St. Francis in St. Croix Beach, 1952-55; and pastor at St. John-Assumption in Faxon Township, 1955-57. The Diocese of New Ulm was formed in 1957. At that time, when a new diocese is created, all priests serving within the boundaries of that diocese became part of it, according to the statement. Roney served at five parishes in the Diocese of New Ulm — the Church of St. John-Assumption in Faxon Township, 1957-58; the Church of St. Paul, Walnut Grove, 1958-63; Church of St. Francis, Benson, 196367; Church of St. Mary, Willmar, 1967-80; and the Church of St. Gregory, Lafayette, 1980-93. He also served as director of the diocesan San Lucas Mission Office and as director of the Propagation of the Faith. Roney retired from active ministry in 1993 and resided at San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala, starting in 1994. Roney died Jan. 27, 2003, at the age of 82. The diocese will be investigating the claims in the new lawsuit, but have no facts to report about those claims at this time, according to its statement. Also in the statement from the Diocese of New Ulm: “The Diocese of New Ulm deeply regrets the long-lasting and devastating effects of sexual misconduct on the part of clergy. Such conduct requires positive action on our part, and we have been strengthening our systems and procedures in order to address this grave issue by following the U.S. Bishops’ ‘Charter for the Protection of Children and Young people’ established in June 2002.” It continued: “The Diocese of New Ulm has been diligent in its efforts to establish a safe environment program that educates clergy, teachers, parents and students, and that helps them identify and prevent sexual misconduct. We are committed to offering help and healing to anyone who has been a victim of sexual misconduct and to preventing this crime from occurring in the diocese. “Anyone who has suffered sexual abuse, exploitation, or harassment by a priest, deacon, pastor or pastoral administrator of the Diocese of New Ulm is asked to report such misconduct to the Victim Assistance coordinator or the Bishop’s Delegate in Matters Pertaining to Sexual Misconduct, 1400 6th St. North, New Ulm MN 56073 or call 507-359-2966.”
GSL ’13 Hall inductees to be honored Oct. 11
The GSL Panther Association Hall of Fame 2013 inductees will be Nancy (Roach) Kopperud for fine arts, and Greg Jerve, Scott Phifer, James Schmidt and Keith Stifter, all student athletes. Special recognition will also be given to the 1977 Glencoe boys’ basketball team and cheerleaders. Recognition of inductees, team and cheerleaders will be done during the halftime of the GSL homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 11, at the GSL Stevens Seminary Stadium. New this year will be a reception, including appetizers and a cash bar, following the football game at the Glencoe Country Club. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Panther Field House or Gert & Erma’s. Tickets also will be available at the door. For more information, contact Michele Mackenthun 320-864-6232 or Kathy Olson 320-8645759.
Emanuel LWML fall barbecue
The Emanuel Lutheran Church LWML of Hamburg will host a fall barbecue from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6. The menu includes barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, desserts and beverages.
Farmers market now open
Glencoe’s Farmers Market is open weekly on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is offering a variety of fresh garden produce, honey, jams, pickles and an assortment of other homemade goods. The market is located on 11th Street in downtown Glencoe across from the Glencoe City Center.
Glencoe seniors to meet
The Glencoe Senior Citizens group will meet Thursday, Sept. 19, 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. 24.
‘Dakota After the War’ Sunday
The McLeod County Historical Museum will present a program “The Dakota After the War” at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22. John Isch, an author and historian from New Ulm, will be the presenter. The program will be held in the museum educational center, 380 School Road, Hutchinson. Call 320-587-2109 for more details.
Band shell needs repair
GHS class of 1978 reunion
The Glencoe High School graduating class of 1978 will have a reunion on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Major Avenue Hunt Club beginning at 5 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, call Lynn at 320-510-2020; Lori at 320-510-0408; or Scotty at 320-510-1766.
HUTCHINSON — Sixteen years after a major reconstruction, the historic band shell in Library Square in Hutchinson again needs repairs, according to the Hutchinson Leader. The band shell’s bricks and grout are deteriorating, likely because of moisture trapped under a coat of paint applied during the 1997 renovation. An early estimate places the cost of repairs at $20,000.
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GOP Women meet Sept. 28
The McLeod County Republican Women will have its fall kick off meeting, Sept. 28, at the Dunn Brothers coffee shop, 9 a.m. An invitation is extended to women within District 18. Rep. Marion O'Neil will share her experiences as a state legislator. “We need to get our ‘House’ in order by electing more conservative representatives in our surrounding area,” said RoxAnn Lauer of the county group. “We hope other women will become as excited in the political arena as she has been.” 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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2 injured in crash Monday near Plato
Two people were injured, one seriously, in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 212 near Plato at 3:42 p.m., Monday. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, involved were a 1992 GMC Sierra driven by Jeremy D. Widmer, 29, of Norwood Young America, and a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Janice M. Schmidtbauer, 60, of Fort Collins, Colo. Both vehicles were eastbound on Highway 212 in a construction zone when Widmer’s truck struck the back of the Schmidtbauer vehicle. Widmer was not injured, and Schmidtbauer had nonlife-threatening injuries. But a passenger in Schmidtbauer’s vehicle, Florence A. Becker, 91, of Hutchinson suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Glencoe Regional Health Services. Also assisting at the scene were the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, Glencoe Police Department, Plato Fire Rescue and First Responders and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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New surface
Workers from Midwest Tennis and Track of Iowa were busy removing the outdoor track surface last week. They will be replacing the all-weather surface that separated in spots from its base last winter. The project will take about a week. In the meantime, no activities can take place at Stevens Seminary Stadium. The project costs $124,660. The track is 13 or 14 years old, and the life expectancy in Minnesota is about 10 years.
Miller Manufacturing moving ahead with plans
By Rich Glennie Editor In a flurry of meetings in September, the proposed $2.5 million, 60,000-square-foot expansion of the Miller Manufacturing building on the west side of Glencoe is on the fast track. The Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission ruled Thursday night, Sept. 12, that Miller Manufacturing’s planned expansion of its facility was properly zoned. It recommended that Glencoe City Council approve the establishment of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District 17 to make the expansion happen. Then on Monday night, City Council did just that. But it delayed a development agreement with Miller Manufacturing until the company’s legal department completes needed paperwork. Prior to that, at its Sept. 3 meeting, City Council approved two motions: one extracts a three-acre parcel out of a current JOBZ program, and the other establishes TIF District 17 with those three acres for the expansion project. It also set a Sept. 16 public hearing. At Monday’s public hearing, City Council received no public comments. ***** The Sept. 3 TIF motion also included a pay-as-you-go financing program that allows Miller Manufacturing to recapture 95 percent of the new tax increments created by the expansion over the next nine years. That is estimated at $71,000 to $73,000 a year. At that Sept. 3 meeting, Dan Ferrise, Miller Manufacturing’s CEO, said the soil corrections for the 60,000square-foot warehouse and distribution expansion, amount to over $600,000. Ferrise said the plan is to do the soil correction work this fall and begin construction next spring. ***** At the planning commission meeting, David Nelson, chamber president and city economic development consultant, described the project to the commissioners. He said the project will generate another 30 jobs at Miller Manufacturing. Nelson said the company owns the property for the expansion and has purchased another parcel across the ditch in the Creekside subdivision for future expansion. But that latter parcel is not part of this project, he stressed. City Council member Gary Ziemer, liaison to the planning commission, said the property involved in the expansion includes a nine-foot drop in elevation. Also, soils from a previous expansion were dumped on that property. He said another three or four feet of black peat needs to be removed as well, and together those soil corrections have driven up the cost. It was estimated that 600 truck loads of fill will be needed, “and that is the reason the (soil correction) costs are so outrageous,” Ziemer said. Nelson said the project also needs to work with the Buffalo Creek Watershed District to meet drainage guidelines. The project includes construction of a holding pond. The building construction includes 28-foot high tip-up walls, and the addition will only be used for warehousing and distribution, not for manufacturing, Nelson said. “It’s win-win,” said Dewey Klaustermeier, planning commission chairman. He said without the project, there would be no new tax increments. After 10 years, the property would return to the tax rolls and the taxes would be divided among the city, school district and county. Nelson said the only thing the planning commission needed to rule on is whether the plans conform with the city’s zoning and comprehensive plan. The commissioners ruled it did. ***** In another matter, the planning commission heard that a planned housing study for the city has been postponed at least another year. Nelson said the study was brought before the chamber’s Economic Development Committee (EDC), where it received a cold reception. The concensus of the EDC members was to postpone the housing study and have city staff look at whether an external or internal study should be done and how to finance it. Nelson said it was felt the community was not far enough past the recession to warrant a study. “Maybe wait another year.” Ziemer said the EDC was clear about not wanting a housing study at this time.
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POW remembered
Elvin “Speed” Homan, a member of the Glencoe VFW and a former World War II prisoner of war (1944-45), was honored on Wednesday, Sept. 11, with a POW T-shirt and a POW-MIA 2013 poster. Presenting the T-shirt were Virginia Adams and Barb Scharpe, members of the Glencoe VFW Auxiliary. On July 18, 1979, the first commemoration honoring America’s POW/MIAs was held, and the first national recognition day ceremony at the White House was held in 1984. Now, the third Friday in September is set aside as National POW/MIA remembrance day.
Suspect loose; victim dies
GRANITE FALLS — A second victim of a Sept. 2 shooting incident has died, and the supect in the double homicide, Andrew Dikken, 28, is still on the loose, according to the Renville County Register of Olivia. Dikken has been termed a “person of interest” in the deaths of Kara Ann Monson, 26, and Christopher Panitzke, 28. Both were found in Monson’s home on Sept. 2. Monson was dead at the scene, and Panitzke died of multiple gunshot wounds on Sept. 8. Opening Sept. 17, 2013
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Legislature blew golden opportunity to right a wrong
Our view: Session should have addressed bad business-to-business sales taxes, too
he Minnesota Legislature had a golden opportunity to right a wrong during its one-day special session recently, but the DFL majorities opted to not admit they overstepped their bounds during the last regular session. The DFL-controlled House and Senate passed $2 billion in new taxes to address a $600 million budget shortfall. It was overkill. It gave DFLers a rare free hand to spend more tax dollars on pet projects. But when the special session was called Sept. 9, specifically to address disaster aid to cities and counties impacted by the June floods, the Legislature also could have addressed two business-to-business sales taxes that have, or will, negatively impact many Minnesotans. They are the sales tax on machinery repairs, including farm machinery, and the new tax on warehousing facilities in the state. While the machinery repair sales tax kicked in July 1, the warehouse tax does not go on line until April 1. Both are expected to be addressed when the 2014 Legislature reconvenes in late February. Hopefully, both will be repealed. The main excuse DFLers trotted out for not addressing these bad bills
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in the special session was that Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL leadership wanted to know how those sales tax revenues would be replaced in the state budget if repealed. What? The Minnesota budget for the next biennium already has nearly $2 billion more from all these new taxes, and DFLers cannot find the money in this bloated budget to offset these ill-conceived sales taxes on machinery repairs and warehousing? Wow! It appears DFLers are not trying very hard. State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, RGlencoe, hit the nail on the head last week, speaking at the McLeod County Farm Bureau annual meeting, when he stressed, “There is no shortage of funds!” He not only favored a repeal of these business-to-business taxes, but a concerted effort to reform government and how it operates. In other words, make it more efficient instead of bloating its size and influence. We agree the state is heading in the wrong direction. Maybe in 2014, Republicans can gain control of at least one house in the Legislature to slow down this avalanche of new taxes in Minnesota. — R.G.
Letters to Editor The ‘A’ word is emotional, with really no resolution
To the Editor: Shortly after my “wake up and smell the coffee” letter, I penned this follow up letter, and have been thinking long and hard about putting my thoughts out there. Ahh! The “A” word. The “A”word is emotional – it is not logical or subject to statistical analysis – it is discussed at length by many different disciplines – religious, moral, ethical, legal, medical, political (a football, indeed, come election season). In my humble opinion, there will never be a concrete resolution of the issue, certainly not in my lifetime or the foreseeable future because it is emotional and subject to myriad of varied beliefs. To begin, I just want to say that NOBODY, absolutely NOBODY is in favor of abortions. The movement is entitled “Pro Choice,” not “Proabortion.” Nobody is forcing any woman to do anything she doesn’t want to do. No one is going to snatch a pregnant woman off the street and perform an abortion. Get serious! A little historical background would probably shed light on the subject. The year was 1962 – before Roe v. Wade, and a new drug that was distributed worldwide was used to help with the morning sickness that many pregnant women experience. That drug was Thalidomide. After a while, the medical community started seeing some severe birth defects, the deformity and absence of limbs in abnormal numbers of infants. It was a nightmare. After research and study, it was determined these anomalies could be traced to the use of the drug during pregnancy. During this turbulent time, headlines were being made down in Arizona where a young mother of four children, who was pregnant with a fifth, had taken Thalidomide. She was a beauty queen and had a children’s TV show, a romper room sort of arrangement. Her unborn fetus was deformed. She desperately wanted to abort the fetus, but it was illegal to do so at the time. Because she was affluent and had the resources to do it, she had to fly to Denmark to get an abortion there. Her name was Sherry Finkbine. Also, before Roe v. Wade, there were horror stories of the back street, coat hanger abortions that were being done. Women with more children than they could cope with were desperate, so desperate they would subject themselves to the butchering brutality. Women died. Children were orphaned. Young women were rendered infertile. It was barbaric. Even in this so-called enlightened era, still the underlying attitude that “she got herself pregnant” prevails from those pushing these restrictive laws — talk about the number of immaculate conceptions! The woman must be punished if for no other reason than being a woman. You, as judge, jury and executioner, do not walk in the woman’s shoes. You do not have a clue to her circumstances. Odds are good she is poor, either alone or with a partner who is unable to provide for a child. Frequently enough, one reads about a baby being so abused that they succumb to the attentions of the so-called caregiver. There are also circumstances where a woman is a student, who either has no access to birth control, no money or no knowledge how to use birth control, or just an oops! — unprotected sex in the heat of the moment (use for Plan B-morning after pill.) Could be a “date rape” or an abusive man who has access. The scenarios are endless. No one is forcing anybody else’s beliefs on another person. No one is interfering with any one else’s pregnancy. Go ahead, have many children, if that is your belief. But don’t force your beliefs onto someone else. You do not walk in that woman’s shoes. If I am repeating myself, it is for emphasis. You have no idea about their psychological makeup or their resources or any of the above. The clinics that specifically cater to women’s needs also provide screening to catch health problems before they become severe, even life threatening. You see, the so-called middle class who has always had all this screening as a matter of course is not the norm for the women with lesser resources. Mammograms are provided to check for breast cancer. All that goes when stricter laws make running those clinics impossible. One of the intents of these clinics is also to prevent any unwanted pregnancy by providing birth control if the patient can’t afford it. Are there statistics to back up the need for excessive requirements in these facilities? Infection rates? Adverse outcomes? Every effort is made to provide patients what they need at a minimal cost. You raise the costs, and the ones who really need the clinics can’t afford to go there. The crux of the matter here is just another method of waging war on women, especially poor women. There should be enough of us on the lower economic scale that there is plenty the upper class (like it or not, there are divisions) can feel superior to without really tramping on the least of these. Don’t you think these women have suffered enough with the wrenching decision to end a pregnancy without having to look at ultrasounds or have invasive transvaginal ultrasounds? That is down right cruel ... and you ever-loving taxpayers league ... it costs money — money most of the patients don’t have. So, my compatriot women, let us stand in support of our sisters in the states where these restrictions as being proposed. Let us stand for COMPASSIONATE CHOICE! These proposals are political, make no doubt about it, and they grossly violate women’s civil rights. There is no paranoia – they really are out to get you! Jan Conner Hutchinson
Dayton seeks more of Wilfs’ funds for stadium
t is not often we agree with Gov. Mark Dayton, but he was right on the mark Monday with his statement about the Vikings majority owners’ finances and current negotiations for a new taxpayer-subsidized stadium. While he commended the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and its report on the investigation of the Wilfs’ finances, Dayton wrote: “Other recent news stories have described the very significant financial assistance the Wilfs may receive to meet their obligations. One analysis by Minnesota Public Radio concluded that, after subtracting the National Football League’s financial participation and the expected revenues from stadium-naming rights and personal seat licenses, the Vikings’ owners would need to invest almost none of their own money
in the project.” Dayton went on to add, “I strongly urge you (Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority) to negotiate a final agreement, which requires the Vikings’ owners to provide a significant share of their financial contribution from their own resources, and not from Vikings’ fans through the sale of expensive personal seat licenses (a/k/a ‘stadium builder’s licenses’).” Dayton added that the Wilfs’ financial investigation “shows the Vikings’ owners could finance their share of the stadium’s costs with little or no revenues from the stadium builder ’s licenses. Therefore, I strongly urge you to keep those prices at an absolute minimum.” Well said. — R.G.
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Wind turbine truths blow in wind
Dear Sibley County friends and neighbors: The Sibley County GOP board members thank the honorable people expressing concern about the proposed Cornish Township wind farm southwest of Winthrop near the golf course. Here are a few things no one ever gets told about the following destructive consequences that may go with a wind farm: 1) Road damage; 2) pipeline damage; 3) water contamination; 4) wildlife preservation; 5) stray voltage; 6) return on investment. Road damage: Did you know that massive oversized trucks, sometimes carrying weight up to 235,000 pounds, and approximately 211 feet long (70 yards), will drive through Sibley County hauling blades and equipment? Did you know that during set-up and construction over 3,000 semi loads of various weights will drive through Sibley County to get to areas closest to the tower sites? Did you know taxpayers could pay for road damage, if the wind developers are not held to a higher standard? No one told us either. Pipeline damage: Did you know there are three natural gas pipelines near the proposed Cornish Township construction site that these over weight loads will be going over? Did you know one of the pipelines is many, many years old? Did you know that these truck loads could cause leaks where the pipes are deteriorated? Did you know there is no mention of pipelines in the application and permitting process? No one told us either. Groundwater contamination: Did you know pipeline leaks elsewhere have created extensive ground water contamination? Did you know those families now cannot drink their well water and must bring in bottled water? Did you know that natural gas contaminated ground water may be unusable for years? No one told us either. Wildlife preservation: Did you know any contaminated runoff from the proposed Cornish tower sites will go directly into tributaries going into the Rush River, which goes through the Alfsborg Wildlife Area, right next to the golf course, which finally drains into the Minnesota River? Did you know any contaminated water along that stretch may be drunk by wildlife? Did you know that industrial wind farms kill so many bald eagles they cannot get an accurate count and no one so far has been prosecuted? No one told us either. Stray voltage: Did you know stray-voltage, also known as induced voltage, is proven to increase near wind turbines? Did you know stray voltage can drive deep into the ground? Did you know stray voltage striking a natural gas pipeline may have consequences of death, injury and property damage, even for people miles away, which could include Winthrop residents? No one told us either. Return on investment: Did you know that industrial wind is so ineffective that it leads to higher rates? According to the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA), industrial wind caused rural ratepayers to lose $70 million in 2011 just on the portion of wind electricity generated at times when the utilities could not use it. Wind promoters try to convince us that the rural counties, townships and residents who have turbines located get an economic benefit, and in 2011 that indeed was $13 million. So what if rural industrial wind generates $13 million only to saddle ratepayers with a $70 million tab? This kind of math gets us nothing but higher and higher utilities rates. That’s right, no one told us either. To our many good friends, family and neighbors in Sibley County, we apologize for being late to you with information, and we thank the others striving to educate us. Most people do not oppose renewable energy, nor do we. We are, however, opposed to allowing you and us to be put in situations of grave health risk. In the last 10 years enough evidence has poured in about the dangers with wind farms that you would think by now someone would say, “Whoa! We need to reconsider the merits of these projects. People might get hurt.” Without even factoring in the anecdotal evidence that industrial wind may interfere with hearing aids or pacemakers, GPS systems on tractors and combines, medical helicopter radio and guidance systems, television, computer and phone interruptions, the volume of documented evidence – which is increasing – should be enough for the government to put a stop to any more wind farms. Yet, there is good to come out of this episode . . . all of us are being reminded, again, of the inherent danger of accepting what government agencies and officials or politicians tell us as being fact or “good for us.” We all know liberals never admit when they are wrong on the facts because if they did once they would be at the confessional early and often and on many issues. Conservatives concluded a long time ago that liberal bureaucrats, both GOP and DFL, never quite get it right when it comes to our economic well being and public health or the greater good. Yours in liberty and prosperity, Mark Santelman, GOP Chair, Winthrop Emily Gruenhagen, Deputy Chair, rural Glencoe Brandon Ronning, Deputy Chair, Arlington Nathan Kranz, Treasurer, rural Gaylord Barb Bumgardner, Secretary, rural Winthrop Larry Bumgardner, Vice Chair, rural Winthrop Rae Anderson, Vice-Chair, Arlington Don Mader, Vice-Chair, Arlington Jessica Wiborg, Vice-Chair, Winthrop Morris Lieske, Vice-Chair, Henderson
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Street work
Crews have been busy in recent weeks digging up streets and replacing broken and leaking manholes, catch basins and sewer lines as part of the city’s inflow and infiltration (I&I) program. Above is at the intersection of 16th Street and Judd Avenue. Another major project was done at the intersection of Ives Avenue and 14th Street as well as on Judd Avenue east of the First Lutheran Church. The I&I program’s goal is to eliminate the inflow of rain water and infiltration of ground water into the city’s sanitary sewer system. Bituminous work on the affected streets is expected to take place soon.
Police Report
A traffic stop at 7:38 a.m., Monday, Sept. 9, at 14th Street and Stevens Avenue resulted in a driver being cited for an instructional permit violation for a loud muffler and having “ear buds.” Also Monday, at 11:33 a.m., a headset was found on Greeley Avenue that was identified as stolen property from a nearby chiropractor’s office. A car rear-ended a Trailblazer Transit bus near the tracks on Hennepin Avenue at about noon, Sept. 9. A bicycle was reported stolen from the Lincoln Jr. High School at 3:32 p.m., Sept. 9. It was a black Hyper Bike Co. bike. Also, police received a report at 4:24 p.m., Sept. 9, of a broken window at a home on McLeod Avenue. The window in a child’s bedroom was broken while the children were in school and the mother was at work. Glencoe Police stopped a driver at DeSoto Avenue and 15th Street and cited him for driving after suspension at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10. The vehicle was left at that location. A gas drive-off was reported at 10:06 a.m., Tuesday, at Little Duke’s. The vehicle was found, and the driver went back and paid for the gas. The driver also was cited for a child restraint violation. Two bicycles were found Tuesday afternoon. The first, a gray painted bike, was found in the kick field near First Lutheran School on 14th Street, and the other was a purple Mongoose/Schimano bicycle with no grips and a broken cable, also found on 14th Street. Police were called to a home on Ives Avenue at 6:16 p.m., Wednesday, and when they arrived found a man unconscious on the floor. CPR was performed, but not successful. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by an ER doctor. A two-vehicle accident occurred at 7:42 a.m., Friday, Sept. 13, on 16th Street and McLeod Avenue. There were injuries. Also on Friday, at 10:41 p.m., a woman reported she had been assaulted at work by a co-worker. Police followed a report of a man hitchhiking on Highway 212 at 11:40 p.m., Friday. The adult was found two miles east of Glencoe and claimed to be on his way to Minneapolis from South Dakota. The officer reported the man “was obviously intoxicated” and was transported to the detox center. His blood alcohol reading was .312. Police assisted a man after he fell in his bathroom on 15th Street. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital at 4:51 p.m., Saturday.
Building Permits
The following building permits were approved by the Glencoe City Council on Monday, Sept. 16: Miller Manufacturing, 1400 W. 13th St., plumbing permit. Shandon Mathews, 2011 E. 12th St., egress window. Vernon Droeger, 1223 E. 12th St., reroof. James Draeger, 1528 Ranger Drive, remodel. Daniel Perschau, 325 Scout Hill Drive, foundation repair. David Klobe, 1606 Baxter Ave., solar panel. Albin Klobe, 1311 Louden Ave., reroof. ADM, 1011 Elliott Ave., grain leg. Deb Walford, 1612 E. 11th St., reroof. Melissa Cadena, 805 Greeley Ave., reside. Kenneth Lenzen, 1201 E. 14th St., reside, window replacement. Ken Polifka, 2248 Hennepin Ave., fence. Miller 2 Realty, 1604 E. 10th St., reroof. Linda Senst, 710 E. 1st St., reroof. Richard Carver, 1406 Cedar Ave., reroof. Paul Friberg, 1606 Greeley Ave., fence.
Guest opinion:
Undo all B2B taxes in Unsession
By David C. Olson Gov. Mark Dayton has coined the 2014 Legislature as the Unsession, saying he’ll concentrate on ideas to make state government better, faster and simpler. He’s asking Minnesotans to submit ideas to eliminate unnecessary or redundant laws, rules and regulations, and getting rid of anything else that makes state government nearly impossible for people to understand. We respectfully ask that repeal of the sales tax on business-to-business (B2B) services leads the agenda. Businesses should contact the governor and their lawmakers, and ask them to commit now to eliminating all three B2B taxes in the first week of the Legislature, which will convene Feb. 25. In May, the Legislature extended the sales tax to three B2B services: repairs of business equipment and machines, including farm machinery; purchases of telecommunications equipment by telecommunications providers; warehouse and storage services. The first two taxes went into effect July 1; the warehouse tax is scheduled to take effect April 1, 2014. At minimum, B2B taxes create an administrative nightmare and expense for many businesses. At worst, the additional tax burden places Minnesota businesses at a competitive disadvantage with their peers across the nation and world. That’s especially true in the warehouse and storage industry, which already operates at slim margins and is very mobile by its nature. The additional cost is prompting many warehouse managers to talk about moving elsewhere. Together, these taxes take a toll on jobs and the state’s economy. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and our statewide network of local chamber partners pressed hard for all three B2B taxes to be repealed during the special session in September. Though the governor expressed support for repealing the sales tax on farm equipment repairs, in the end the decision was made to only consider disaster relief. The decision is especially disappointing because DFL leaders acknowledged the taxes were a bad idea. Dayton says repeal of the new B2B taxes should be considered when the Legislature convenes next year. Businesses cannot make decisions based on a promise of what might be done. We’re asking that legislators pledge now to repeal all three B2B taxes. Eliminating the tax on farm repairs is a good start, but it doesn’t go far enough. The repeal should also occur for the thousands of other businesses negatively impacted by these new fixed costs. Dayton demands that the business community show how the state treasury will make up for the lost revenue, if these taxes are scrapped. We put the challenge back in his lap. Policy-makers have options. There is a current budget surplus plus there’s plenty of opportunity to find $310 million of spending efficiencies in a $38 billion budget. Early in the 2013 Legislature, we identified more than $1 billion in spending reductions and forwarded those to the Dayton Administration and legislative leadership. Let’s revisit those suggestions. The new budget increased spending by $1.6 billion, a sizable portion that has not yet taken effect. There’s similar opportunity to scrutinize and pare these expenses. We’re confident that Minnesotans can step to the plate and help state agencies find ways to streamline operations and still deliver necessary services. We’re ready to answer the governor’s call; it’s an excellent starting point to lay out an agenda for the Unsession. David Olson is president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce – www.mn chamber.com.
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GREEN ISLE — The Arlington Enterprise reported that the city of Green Isle has regained ownership of 43 lots originally developed by Rosemount Development Corporation. The deeds have been recorded at the Sibley County Courthouse, and Mayor Dale ZumBerge said the next step is the city’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) lay out a plan to market the lots. A year earlier, the lots were forfeited back to the state of Minnesota.
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Engagements Fehlandt — Dressel
Mindy Fehlandt and Michael Dressel, both of Hutchinson, announce their engagement and plans to marry on Oct. 5 at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. Parents of the couple are Myron and Julie Fehlandt of Glencoe and Dale and Betty Sturges of Brownton and the late Tom Dressel. Fehlandt is a 2002 graduate of Glencoe-Silver Lake High School. She earned an associate of applied science degree from Normandale College/Fairview School of Radiologic Technology, Bloomington. She is a radiologic technologist at Hutchinson Health.
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Oktoberfest in September
The Brownton Lions Club hosted its annual Oktoberfest in September celebration Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Brownton City Park. A small crowd enjoyed a meal of German favorites, such as brats, kraut and German potato salad, then settled in lawn chairs (above) to listen to George’s Concertina Band, right, play old-time music in the park’s band shell.
Michael Dressel Mindy Fehlandt Dressel is a 1998 McLeod West High School in Brownton graduate. He is a mill operator for Reiner Contracting in Hutchinson.
Scouts plan paper drive for Oct. 12-13 in Stewart
The Stewart-Brownton Girl Scouts will have a paper drive Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Cactus Jack’s II parking lot, Highway 212, Stewart. All types of paper are accepted — please sort cardboard from paper. Acceptable items include phone books, magazines, hardcover books (remove the covers), junk mail, corrugated cardboard, egg cartons, clean food boxes (cereal, crackers, pizza, etc.) For pickup or questions, please call Mike or Gerri Fitzloff at 320-562-2369. Proceeds will benefit field trips and community service projects.
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
Sept. 19, 1913 O.C. Conrad, Editor A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Knick on Monday of this week. Sell’s new store is being rushed to completion, the carpenters having finished their work and the building is now in the hands of painters. Mr. Sell hopes to begin business shortly. night marshal, but before he could, the man got away. Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m., Miss Ethel Kohls, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Kohls, became the bride of Lloyd Hawes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Hawes of Hector, in a double-ring ceremony at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The happy couple left for Minneapolis Sunday where they will make their future home as the groom has secured a position in a bakery. Mrs. Herman Klitzke (nee´ Braun) of Round Grove died Sept. 4 at the age of 62. She is survived by her husband, Herman, and five sons, Paul of Burlington, N.D., and Arthur, Walter, Herbert and Harold, all of Round Grove. Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Noennig are the proud parents of a baby girl born Tuesday, Sept. 13. a heroic effort to save two elderly anglers whose boat had tipped near Glenwood. She saved one man and recovered the body of the other. The overturned boat was seen by Mrs. Schramm’s neighbor while she was out on the lake in her own boat. She and Mrs. Schramm took the boat to the overturned vessel, and Mrs. Schramm dived in the water and pulled one elderly man out from under the boat and held him for about 15 minutes until help arrived, and also helped bolster the other angler, who was clinging to the side of the overturned boat. Unfortunately, the man who was pulled from under the boat perished. tal, and one, Amy Huebert, 15, was taken by air ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center. Also injured were Caroline Rettmann, 15, and Stacie Stoller, 16. Robert and Lori Lindeman of Brownton announce the birth of a son, Bryce James, who was born Sept. 10. He is welcomed home by a sister, Mariele, 2.
Deaths Thea Kepler, 45, of Hutchinson
Thea Kepler, 45, of Hutchinson, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran
Church in Brownton. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson and one hour prior to the service at the church in Brownton on Thursday. An online guest book is available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries/ death notices.
10 Years Ago
Sept. 17, 2003 Lori Copler, Editor Candidates for the 2003 McLeod West High School homecoming candidates have been announced: Ashley Glaeser, Laura Zaske, Samantha Dressel and Amanda Peterson are queen candidates, and Reggie Vacek, Lance Bussler, Chad Doering and Robert Schmidt are king candidates. Coronation will be held Monday night. Orville Trettin of Stewart recently returned from eastern Europe, where he spent a month on a mission trip, volunteering in orphanages.
75 Years Ago
Sept. 15, 1938 Percy L. Hakes, Editor A night prowler entered the Henry Ewald home early Monday and when asked what he wanted, he said he was looking for the shack. The man is one of the Mexicans employed by the Milwaukee Railway gang. He made his entrance through a window after removing a screen. He also attempted to enter the Fred Albrecht house, but after removing a screen, found that the window was locked from the inside. Henry attempted to locate the
20 Years Ago
Sept. 15, 1993 Lori Copler, Editor Three Brownton teen-agers were injured Tuesday afternoon at about 3:20 in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highways 212 and 15. All three were taken by ambulance to the Hutchinson Community Hospi-
50 Years Ago
Sept. 19, 1963 Charles H. Warner, Editor A former Brownton resident, Shirley (Mann) Schramm, made
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
Sept. 19, 1913 A.F. Avery, Editor A pretty wedding occurred Tuesday, Sept. 16, when Miss Maria, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Proehl of Round Grove, became the life companion of Mr. John Lipke, also of Round Grove. They will go to housekeeping at once on the groom’s farm in Round Grove. On Tuesday of this week at the German Lutheran church occurred the marriage of Miss Minnie Gentz to Mr. John Gehrke, the Rev. C.H. Kowalske officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gentz of Collins and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Gehrke of Penn. Miss Martha Marie Hess of Waupun, Wis., and Mr. Arthur Koons of Stewart were united in marriage at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Stewart was grieved last Saturday to learn of the death at 6 o’clock that morning of Mathias Buhr, 82, in Minneapolis. A native of Germany, Mr. Buhr bought a farm near Stewart in 1900. He was associated in the mercantile business with William Sommerdorf until 1907, then purchased the Stewart feed mill, which he operated until 1913. During his residence in Stewart he had served several terms as mayor and councilman, was a member of the school board, and active with the businessmen’s clubs in town.
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50 Years Ago
Sept. 19, 1963 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Mr. and Mrs. John Gehrke of Stewart will be honored on their golden wedding anniversary with an open house on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at St. Paul’s American Lutheran Church. Mr. and Mrs. Danny Dols (Roselyn Schmidt) are the proud parents of a baby boy, Scott Vincent, born Monday, Sept. 16. Kathleen Chisholm, daughter of Mrs. Ross J. Chisholm, and Ronald Ebbers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Ebbers of Hector, were married Saturday, Sept. 14, in a pretty fall wedding.
75 Years Ago
Sept. 16, 1938 Harry Koeppen, Editor
35 Years Ago
Sept. 21, 1978 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Candidates have been announced for the 1978 homecoming candidates, with coronation to be held Thursday evening. Queen candidates are Paula Pagenkopf, Janet Goodman, Kathy Burns and Nancy Kirchoff, and king candidates are Brian Roepke, Terry Maiers, Phil Forcier and Joe Kalenberg. Voters in Collins Township last Tuesday approved Sunday liquor for the Lake Marion Supper Club. The vote passed by 14 votes, 56-42. A baby boy, Joseph John, was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Spray (Kathy Carrier) on Sept. 15. He has two sisters, Jonette and Becky, and a brother, Harley. Sandra R. Lipke resigned her seat on the Stewart School Board, which she has held the past five years, effective Aug. 25, at which time she will begin employment at Stewart High School as a German and English teacher.
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Natural gas work continues
Crews from Michels Corporation are digging in individual service lines as construction of the city of Brownton’s new natural gas utility continues. Service lines have been completed to about half of the 270 homes that signed up for service, and work is expected to be substantially completed by the end of September. Once the individual service is dug in, residents are asked to contact the city clerk to obtain a plumbing permit to convert their appliances to natural gas, so that inspections can be arranged.
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Obituaries Esther M. Polzin, 92, of Gaylord
Funeral services for Esther Martha Minna Polzin, 92, of Gaylord, formerly of Winthrop, will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in N e w Auburn. The Rev. B r a d Danielson will officiate. M s . Esther Polzin Polzin died on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. The organist will be Rebecca Berg, and the duet of Mary Kavan and Rebecca Berg will sing “Amazing Grace.” Special music by Kara Scholla is “God Be With You ’Til We Meet Again.” Congregational hymns will be “Borning Cry” and “How Great Thou Art.” Pallbearers will be Jon Polzin, Larry Kirschbaum, Larry Gutknecht, Hillard Grack, Ron Henke and DuWayne Tessmer. Interment will be in the High Island Cemetery in New Auburn. Ms. Polzin was born on March, 4, 1921, in Penn Township, McLeod County, to Wilhelm and Maria (Lindeman) Polzin. She was baptized as an infant on March 28, 1921, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn by the Rev. H.G. Diemer. She was confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 4, 1935, also at Immanuel Lutheran Church, by the Rev. Hans Werner. She attended country school through the eighth grade. Ms. Polzin did housework for families in New Auburn and Winthrop. She also worked at Green Giant during the summers. She lived much of the time with her brother, Vernon, and his family outside of New Auburn, becoming like a second mother to his children. She also stayed with her nephew, Otto Gutknecht, and his family, where she helped out during tax season. Ms. Polzin later moved to Winthrop, where she worked for Hands for 25 years. Ms. Polzin enjoyed playing cards, Sunday visits from Almira’s family, and working on word find puzzles. She also enjoyed listening to Daniel O’Donnell on PBS and watching the Bandwagon television show. She especially cherished the time she spent with her family and friends. When Ms. Polzin needed help with her daily care, she moved to Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord in January 2010. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Almira Polzin of Glencoe; Almira Polzin’s children, Kayla Polzin of Waukesha, Wis., Kara (Brian) Scholla of Gaylord, Janna (Craig) Tessmer of Gaylord, and Jon (Carol) Polzin of Gaylord; their children, Beth and Sarah Tessmer, Jordyn Polzin, Dakota and Mattea Jacobson; many other nieces, nephews and friends. Ms. Polzin is preceded in death by her parents, Wilhelm and Maria Polzin; brothers, Edwin Polzin, Albert Polzin and his wife, Delma, Herbert Polzin and his wife, Hilda, Vernon Polzin, and Wilbert Polzin (in infancy); sisters, Hertha Gutknecht and her husband, Arthur, Elsie Grack and her husband, Ervin, Clara Henke and her husband, Edmund, and Marie Tessmer and her husband, Milton; nephews, Wilmer Polzin, Darrell Polzin, Gerald Tessmer; and niece, Clara Becker. Arrangements are by the Dalin-Hantge Chapel in Winthrop. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
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St. Pius X Fall Festival
The Church of St. Pius X held its annual Fall Festival on Sunday that featured a variety of outdoor and indoor activities at the school and in the school parking lot. Above, Catherine Miller of Glencoe looked through the wide variety of garden produce, baked goods and handmade crafts on display in the Country Store. At left, Austin Simons of Glencoe uses an unorthodox approach to “bowling” with a tire at one of the many games of chance. The highlight of the festival each year is the traditional sit-down meal in the school gymnasium and Sarto Room. The Fall Festival is one of the biggest fundraising events of the year for St. Pius X School.
Marvin Eggersgluess, 73, of Glencoe
A celebration of life for Marvin William Eggersgluess, 73, of Glencoe, was held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Glencoe City Center. Mr. Eggersgluess died on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Mr. Eggersgluess was born on Feb. 26, 1940, in Glencoe, to Edwin and Anna (Vollmer) Eggersgluess. He was baptized as an infant on March 10, 1940, by the Rev. Streufert and confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 11, 1954, by the Rev. A. H. Fellwock, both at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Mr. Eggersgluess received his education in Glencoe and was a graduate of the Glencoe High School, class of 1958. He entered active military service in the United States Navy in 1959, and received an honorable discharge in 1961. On June 22, 1963, Mr. Eggersgluess was united in marriage to June Boeder by the Rev. Kesting at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gibbon. They made their home in Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with two children, ReNae and Brad. The couple shared over 47 years of marriage before Mrs. Eggersgluess died on Nov. 15, 2010. Mr. Eggersgluess worked as an electrician in the Glencoe area. He was a lifelong member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Also, he was a member of the Glencoe American Legion Post 95, Glencoe VFW Post 5102, served 20 years on the Glencoe Fire Department and participated in many other area activities. Mr. Eggersgluess enjoyed spending time at the cabin, fishing, cleaning chickens, football, country music, bird watching, volunteering and socializing. He cherished the time spent with his family and friends. Survivors include his special friend, Kay Schumacher of Arlington; children, ReNae (Jeff) Jenson of Glencoe, Brad (Carol) Eggersgluess of Glencoe; grandchildren, Joshua Jenson, Alex Jenson, Jacob Jenson, Braxton Eggersgluess, Isabel Eggersgluess, Addysen Eggersgluess; step-grandchildren, Tashia (Devin) Nicholson, Kayleigh Smid; great-grandchild, Norah Nickolson; sister-in-law, Fava Boeder; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Edwin and Anna Eggersgluess, and wife, June Eggersgluess. 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.
Cancer Society receives August memorials
In August, the McLeod County chapter of the American Cancer Society received memorials from family and friends of Eleanor Adele Litzau. According to county memorial chairperson Jeanne Ray, memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society are in memory of the deceased and honor gifts are tributes to the living. To make a memorial gift, Ray said the donor need only to contact her with their name and address, the name of the person remembered and the name and address of the person to whom the notice of the gift should be sent. Requests should be sent to Ray at 809 Lindy Lane NE, Hutchinson, MN 55350-1911. Call for American Cancer Society at its toll-free number of 800-227-2345 or Ray at 320-587-2838 for more information.
Sept. 23-27 Millie Beneke Manor Senior Nutrition Site Monday — Hamburger, ovenbaked potatoes, corn, bun, margarine, rhubarb sauce, low-fat milk. Tuesday — Tacos, meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fresh fruit, tortilla, sour cream, pudding, low-fat milk. Wednesday — Paprika chicken, brown rice, mixed vegetables, peaches, cream puff dessert, lowfat milk. Thursday — Pork loin, whole parslied potatoes, carrots, dinner roll, margarine, poke cake, low-fat milk. Friday — Italian meat sauce, spaghetti noodles, lettuce with dressing, green beans, garlic bread, margarine, ice cream, lowfat 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 — Mini chicken corn dogs, deli combo sub, ovenbaked beans, baby carrots, apple wedges, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday — Barbecued riblet, whole-grain bun, turkey and cheese on whole-grain bread, seasoned carrots, broccoli florets with dressing, banana, chilled applesauce. Wednesday — Helen Baker: Pancakes with syrup, scrambled eggs, chef salad with cheese, egg and croutons, bread stick, ovenbaked tator tots, celery sticks with dressing, grapes, chilled peaches Lakeside: Herb-roasted chicken, dinner roll, yogurt, cheese and crackers fun meal, mashed potatoes with gravy, celery sticks with dressing, kiwi wedges, chilled peaches. Thursday — Helen Baker: Herb-roasted chicken, dinner roll, yogurt, cheese and crackers fun meal, mashed potatoes with gravy, baby carrots with dressing, orange wedges, chilled pears. Lakeside: Pancakes with syrup, scrambled eggs, chef salad with cheese, egg and croutons, bread stick, oven-baked tator tots, baby carrots with dressing, orange wedges, chilled pears. Friday — Macaroni and cheese, bread stick, ham and cheese on whole-grain bun, seasoned green beans, caesar romaine salad with dressing, apple wedges, mandarin oranges. 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 — Sloppy joe on whole-grain bun, oven-baked French fries, seasoned corn, cucumber citrus salad, baby carrots with dressing, apple, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday — Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, seasoned peas, whole-grain dinner roll, carrot, raisin and pineapple salad, broccoli florets with dressing, banana, chilled applesauce. Wednesday — Meatball sub, oven-baked beans, potato wedges, confetti coleslaw, cherry tomatoes with dressing, watermelon chunks, chilled peaches. Thursday — Pizza casserole, bread stick, seasoned green beans, caesar romaine salad, jicama sticks with dressing, orange wedges, chilled pears. Friday — Mexican bar with chicken fajitas or beefy nachos, brown rice, refried beans, corn, black bean and salsa salad, baby carrots with dressing, apple, chilled mixed fruit. First Lutheran School Lunch Monday — Lasagna, broccoli, pears, bread, milk. Tuesday — Grilled chicken patty, whole-grain bun, sweet potato fries, applesauce, milk. Wednesday — Beef taco, refried beans, pineapple, milk. Thursday — Mr. Rib on wholegrain bun, tator tots, mandarin oranges, milk. Friday — Hot ham and cheese sandwich, sugar snap peas, peaches, milk. St. Pius X School Lunch Monday — Ham sub, lettuce, pickles, cheese, vegetables with dip, green beans, peaches, milk. Tuesday — Tator tot hotdish, peas, vegetables with dip, pears, milk. Wednesday — Chicken nuggets, peaches, curly fries, raw vegetables with dip, yummy bar, milk. Thursday — Spaghetti, garlic bread, romaine lettuce, vegetables with dip, mandarin oranges, milk. Friday — French toast sticks, hard-boiled egg, corn, vegetables with dip, applesauce, milk.
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“Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” — John 3: 6 ost of us probably remember the word “metamorphosis” from our high school biology class, where we learned that many insects have a larval or immature stage but then undergo rather extreme changes as they enter their adult stage. Caterpillars turning into butterflies are probably the best example, but tadpoles turning into frogs are equally dramatic. Human beings undergo less dramatic physical changes, but we sometimes undergo psychic or spiritual metamorphoses which can be very extreme. Conversion experiences are sometimes that way. A person living a wayward life may be so moved by a religious experience that they completely change their ways, almost overnight. Sometimes the changes are so drastic that they are hardly recognizable to their friends and family. We often describe these experiences as if we had emerged from a cocoon or the scales had fallen from our eyes. But, our blindness is sometimes of our own making. And sometimes we prefer to stay in our cocoons when what we really need is to venture forth and spread our wings in order to experience growth. Indeed, conversion experiences are scary because we don’t know what life is going to be like with our new wings, but if we are going to fly we have to take a leap of faith and emerge from our cocoons. This weekly message is contributed by the following concerned citizens and businesses who urge you to attend the church of your choice. To be added to this page, contact us at 320-864-5518.
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BEREAN BAPTIST 727 E. 16th St., Glencoe Jonathan Pixler, Pastor 320-864-6113 Call Jan at 320-864-3387 for women’s Bible study Wed., Sept. 18 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Fri., Sept. 20 — Men’s Bible study at church, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Adult Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:20 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10:30 a.m. Tues., Sept. 24 — Men’s Bible study at church, 6 a.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m. CHRIST LUTHERAN 1820 N. Knight Ave., Glencoe Katherine Rood, Pastor 320-864-4549 www.christluth.com E-mail: office@christluth.com Wed., Sept. 18 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; televised worship, 2 p.m.; bells, 5:30 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; senior choir, 6:30 p.m.; acolyte training, 7 p.m.; lay minister meeting, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 19 — Naomi Circle at Orchard Estates, 9 a.m.; long-term care worship, 9:30 a.m.; Leap of Faith, 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 20 — “Light & Life” articles due. Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship, 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:10 a.m.; adult education, 9:10 a.m. Mon., Sept. 23 — Televised worship service, 3 p.m. Tues., Sept. 24 — Ladies’ fellowship at Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; televised worship, 2 p.m.; bells, 5:30 p.m.; Christian education team, 6 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; senior choir, 6:30 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Sept. 18 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; kindergarten through sixth-grade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; sevenththrough 11th-grade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; confirmation candidate and parent session at Holy Family, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 19 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; school and staff photo day; McLeod Emergency Food Shelf meeting, 9:30 a.m.; diosecan Hispanic ministry, Hector, 1 p.m.; CCW Fall gathering at St. Mary’s, New Ulm. Fri., Sept. 20 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 5:30 p.m.. Sat., Sept. 21 — Spanish baptism session, 10 a.m.; English baptism, noon; reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Catechetical Sunday; Mass and blessing of catechists, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass and blessing of catechists, 11:30 a.m.; Spanish religious education orientation, 12:45 p.m.; Mass at Seneca, 4:30 p.m.; RCIA kickoff for all three parishes at St. Pius X, 7 p.m.; Mass at Holy Family with blessing of catechists, Silver Lake, 8 p.m. Mon., Sept. 23 — No Mass; H and S committee, 6:30 p.m.; Catholic United Financial Council meeting, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 24 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; Spanish adult catechesis orientation, 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; kindergarten through sixth-grade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; sevenththrough 11th-grade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; confirmation candidate and parent session at Holy Family, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Wed., Sept. 18 — Circles meet; confirmation, 4 p.m.; church council meeting, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.; ninth-grade confirmation, 2 p.m. Mon., Sept. 23 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Confirmation, 4 p.m.
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FIRST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 925 13th St. E., Glencoe Daniel Welch, Senior Pastor Ronald L. 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Gomez, Pastor Matthew Harwell, Director of Christian Education E-mail: office@gslcglencoe.org Wed., Sept. 18 — Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; REVEAL courses, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; LIVE, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 19 — Bible study at St. John’s, Plato, 8:30 a.m. Fri., Sept. 20 — Kunkel-Schwartz wedding at Crow River Winery. Sun., Sept. 22 — Choir, 7:45 a.m.; worship, 9 a.m.; Kingdom Quest, FUEL, adult Bible study, 10:15 a.m.; Community Strings rehearsal, 5 p.m.7 p.m.; F3, 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 24 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; GriefShare, 5:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; SYATP, 7:25 p.m.; REVEAL courses, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; REVEAL elective, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Wed., Sept. 18 — Fifth- and sixthgrade catechism, 3:45 p.m.; seventhand eighth-grade catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 19 — Small group meeting, 6:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 21 — Ladies Aid cleaning, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m. Mon., Sept. 23 — Small group meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 24 — Table Talk, 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Fifth- and sixthgrade catechism, 3:45 p.m.; seventhand eighth-grade catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: Pastor@GraceBrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Wed., Sept. 18 — Confirmation class, 4 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship with communion, 8:45 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m. Mon., Sept. 23 — Worship broadcast, 6 p.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Confirmation class, 4 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., Sept. 18 — Pastor’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; confirmation classes, 4 p.m.; chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m.; Alleluia Bell Ringers practice, 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 19 — Visitation, communion to Brownton shut-ins. Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship, 9 a.m.; register for Sept. 29 communion; pastor’s Bible class; Sunday school; Noah’s Ark Preschool open house; Channel 8 workshop video. Wed., Sept. 25 — Pastor’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; confirmation classes, 4 p.m. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Pastor browntoncongregational.org Sun., Sept. 22 — Sunday school, 8:45 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 300 Croyden St., Stewart Wed., Sept. 18 — Quilting, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Sept. 21 — Worship with communion, 5 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship with communion, installation of Sunday school and presentation of Bibles to third graders, 10 a.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Thurs., Sept. 19 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Mass, 9:15 a.m.; Fall Festival and dinner to follow. ST. MATTHEW’S LUTHERAN Fernando Aaron Albrecht, Pastor Sunday, Sept. 22 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. ST. JOHN’S CHURCH 13372 Nature Ave. (rural Biscay) Robert Taylor, Pastor 612-644-0628 (cell) 320-587-5104 (church) E-mail: rlt721@hotmail.com Sun., Sept. 22 — Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, Pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., Sept. 18 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship, 10 a.m. ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN 216 McLeod Ave. N., Plato Bruce Laabs, Pastor 320-238-2550 E-mail: stjlplato@embarqmail.com Wed., Sept. 18 — Youth choir, 5 p.m.; Midweek, 6 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 19 — Bulletin deadline; Bible study, 8:30 a.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Bible study, 10:10 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:10 a.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Newsletter deadline; youth choir, 5 p.m.; Midweek, 6 p.m.; deacons, 7:15 p.m. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato www.platochurch.com Sun., Sept. 22 — Sunday school, 8:45 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m.; fellowship and treats, 11 a.m. Tues., Sept. 24 — Christian friends meet at Hillcrest Cafe. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Sun., Sept. 22 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship 10 a.m. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave. S.W., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., Sept. 18 — Confirmation, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 21 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — “First Light” radio broadcast on KARP 106.9 FM, 7:30 a.m.; pre-service prayer time, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:35 p.m.; open shooting for Centershot graduates, 11:45 a.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Confirmation, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.m. Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-3272843. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN 108 W. Main St., Silver Lake Carol Chmielewski, Pastor 320-327-2452 / Fax 320-327-6562 E-mail: faithfriends@embarqmail.com You may be able to reach someone at the church every Tuesday through Friday. Don’t hesitate to come in (use church office door) or call, or e-mail at faithfriends@embarqmail.com. Wed., Sept. 18 — Light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 6:45 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 19 — Presbyterian Women Bible study, 2 p.m. Sat., Sept. 21 — Wings Music Fest, 6 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship, 10 a.m.; fellowship after worship. Wed., Sept. 25 — Light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 6:45 p.m. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Patrick Okonkwo, Associate Pastor Patrick Schumacher, Associate Pastor www.holyfamilysilverlake.org E-mail: office@holyfamilysilverlake.org Wed., Sept. 18 — Anointing Mass and luncheon, 10:30 a.m.; Mass, 5 p.m.; first- through sixth-grade religious education classes, 5:30 p.m.6:45 p.m.; seventh- through 11thgrade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; confirmation candidate and parent meeting at Holy Family, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 19 — Mass at Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; meet and greet at The Pines, Hutchinson, 11:30 a.m.; diocesan Hispanic ministry meeting, Hector, 1 p.m.; CCW Fall gathering at St. Mary’s, New Ulm. Fri., Sept. 20 — Mass, 8 a.m. Sat., Sept.21 — Reconcilation, 5:30 p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m.; catechist blessing at all Masses. Sun., Sept. 22 — Catechetical Sunday; Mass, 8 a.m.; RCIA kickoff at St. Pius X, 7 p.m.; Mass, 8 p.m., Mon., Sept. 23 — No Mass. Tues., Sept. 24 — Mass, 8 a.m.; eucharistic adoration, 8:30 a.m.; parish administrative council, 6:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Cokato Manor Mass, 10 a.m.; Mass, 5 p.m.; firstthrough sixth-grade religious education classes, 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m.; seventh- through 11th-grade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; confirmation candidate and parent meeting at Holy Family, 7 p.m. FRIEDEN’S COUNTY LINE 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 770 School Rd., Hutchinson Kenneth Rand, Branch President 320-587-5665 Wed., Sept. 18 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Sunday school, 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; priesthood, relief society and primary, 11:40 a.m.12:30 p.m. WATER OF LIFE CHURCH IGLESIA METODISTA LIBRE Clinica del Alma 727 16th St. E., Glencoe Spanish/bi-lingual services Nestor and Maria German, Pastors E-mail: nestor2maria@hotmail.com Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship, 2 p.m. ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner C.R. 1 and Second St. S. 77 Second Ave. S., Lester Prairie Layton Lemke, Vacancy Pastor Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship, 9 a.m.. BETHEL LUTHERAN 77 Lincoln Ave., Lester Prairie Bethany Nelson, Pastor 320-395-2125 Wed., Sept. 18 — Education, 6 p.m.; choir, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship, 9 a.m.; coffee and fellowship, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.; fall theological conference, Mankato; paper drive continues. Wed., Sept. 25 — Newsletter deadline; choir, 7 p.m. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. 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‘Pressure legislators,’ says Farm Bureau President Paap
By Rich Glennie Editor Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap, a farmer from the Garden City area, told members of the McLeod County Farm Bureau on Sept. 10 that they need to pressure their state and federal representatives over farm issues in order to get anything done. He was especially frustrated with the lack of a new federal Farm Bill. The current five-year Farm Bill expires at the end of September. Addressing the annual meeting of the McLeod County group in Glencoe, Paap said he listened to last year’s meeting minutes being read, the same issue was addressed then. Nothing has happened since. “It needs to get done,” Paap said the new Farm Bill, and not just an extension of the current program. He said a new Farm Bill will give agriculture “certainty” for the next five years. “We will turn up the heat,” Paap said of a state Farm Bureau group heading to Washington, D.C., to talk to the Minnesota congressional delegation. He said there are four main areas of concern on the federal level for the Minnesota Farm Bureau: the new Farm Bill; agricultural labor and sensible immigration reform; maintaining navigatable waters and the federal lock-anddam system; and the issue of agency heads and their growing regulatory power at the state and national levels. Paap also stressed the need of the agricultural community to get the word out about farming and agriculture. “I appreciate all you do,” he told the county Farm Bureau members. “You’re unique, because you are closer to the metro area.” He said metro people “don’t understand agriculture,” Paap said. He added that many national and state politicians “don’t get it either.” As feed gets harder to find, due to weather conditions many in Washington, D.C., think throwing money at the problem is going to help. “We don’t want cash, we want forage. Cows don’t eat cash. “Farming is like a parent,” Paap said when questioned about water issues often blamed on agricultural practices. “You do your best. And you strive to improve. In ag,
Motz loves her job, but ready to let it go after 30 years
By Lori Copler Staff Writer ven after 30 years, “I love it. I like helping people,” Diann Motz said of her job as an eligibility worker for McLeod County Social Services. So why is she choosing to retire Sept. 30? “Well, I’m 65 and it’s been 30 years,” Motz laughed. “It’s time to give someone else a chance at a career here.” Prior to the start of her career with McLeod County on July 18, 1983, Motz held a variety of jobs, starting with working for her dad, who owned a garage business in the Twin Cities area. “I started for him when I was 14, taking care of accounts of payable and receivable, ordering parts, whatever he needed,” said Motz. Motz also has been a telephone operator, bank teller, bartender … all jobs that required interaction with people, and helped hone her people skills, which have been put into good use in her job with McLeod County. When she started with the county, her job was termed “financial worker,” rather than “eligibility worker,” and there were just five such workers, four of whom handled caseloads and one for food stamps. Now, there is a total of 18 eligibility workers, split between family and adult cases. And there were no computers in use back in 1983, said Motz. “Everything was hand written and hand calculated,” said Motz. Her job as an eligibility worker is to help people in need find programs that can help them, and that can run the gamut from cash assistance and medical assistance to food and child care. And it almost seems that
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Diann Motz is retiring Sept. 30 after 30 years as an eligibility worker for McLeod County Social Services. with each legislative session, programs and eligibility standards change, added Motz, so eligibility workers are constantly seeking training. This year, the new MNsure health coverage program is being thrown into the mix, but Motz will be retired before the program goes into effect in October. The job has changed in other ways, too, Motz said. It used to be that eligibility workers were assigned caseloads, and would be assigned clients for as long as those clients needed help. Now, duties are rotated: One week, Motz may be assigned to simply processing applications for assistance; another week, she may be assessing new applications; and in another, she may be interviewing new clients. “I miss the personal contact of following a family from start to end,” said Motz, “but the new case management system has its advantages, too.” Motz said she has “no big plans” for retirement, but plenty of little ones. “I’ll have time to do all those little repairs around the house that never seem to get done,” said Motz, who lives in Brownton. She also plans to spend time visiting her husband’s relatives in Arizona, Texas and Georgia, and maybe dip a line in the lake on nice days. Plus, she has five kids, 17 grandkids and one greatgrandson to follow around. “I’ll finally have time to go to all those games,” Motz laughed.
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Kevin Paap, president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, top, makes a point during his talk to the McLeod County chapter last week. Above, left, is Dean Duesterhoeft, reelected county president, and, at right, is Laine Lewin as vice president. some things are not done right, and we are changing and trying to do them better.” Paap said people are always measured by “your poorest examples. We want to be good examples.” As to support for legislators, Paap said Farm Bureau does not support one party or the other, rather, “we support Republicans and Democrats who support agriculture.” The other matter Paap discussed was the recent special session. He said the hope was that legislators would repeal some of the state sales taxes, especially those negatively impacting farmers. That did not happen, “and it’s very frustrating.” The main new sales tax is one of farm machinery repairs. He said at this year’s Farmfest, the governor was ready to repeal the sales tax as were legislative leaders. “It is affecting us now,” Paap said of the new sales tax. “Repeal it now. But we couldn’t get all the leaders together.” ***** In other business, the McLeod County Farm Bureau members re-elected Dean Duesterhoeft of Hutchinson as its president. Laine Lewin of Plato was elected vice president, replacing Clinton Meilles. Members also heard a presentation from Gerri Fitzlaff of Stewart, who attended the “Ag in the Classroom” national conference with financial assistance from the McLeod County Farm Bureau.
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“When you look at restricting access to one point, that gets to be problematic,” Nokes said, particularly when he considers that his office is located across the street from the north entrances to the courthouse. Dan Perschau also said he objects to closing the north entrances, both for architectural reasons and because of the potential impact on 11th Street businesses. Chuck Shamla said he is concerned with the proposal to close part of Ives Avenue. He and his brother, John, own a service station at the intersection of Ives and 11th Street, northeast of the courthouse. Although there would still be some access to the business from Ives, closing a portion of the street “impacts traffic flow,” said Shamla, and asked the County Board to consider the potential impact to his business. Part of the project is to close a portion of Ives Avenue so the county could increase parking space east of the courthouse. Gary Ballard of Glencoe, who spearheaded opposition to an earlier, more expansive and more expensive jail project, asked the County Board to drop its proposal altogether, and to allow the Tudhope estate to earn interest. Ballard said he feels the proposed project is being driven by a desire to spend the Tudhope money. “I think that $4 million is burning a hole in your pocket,” said Ballard. “Let it earn interest over the next 15 years — then you’ll have something to work with.” Ballard also said that in the last proposal, an auditor showed that it was less costly to board prisoners elsewhere than to house them in the local jail. “It costs $160 a day to house them here, and you can rent jail space for $55 a day,” said Ballard. But Junge again pointed out that adding 15 beds will not require hiring additional staff. “You divide that $160 by 50 beds rather than 35, and the cost is less per inmate,” said Junge. Ballard also said that reaction to recent shootings has people overreacting when it comes to security in public venues. “This security thing has gotten way, way overblown,” said Ballard. “People are locked down in their offices and you can’t even see them anymore.” After more discussion, the County Board decided to ask Wold to look at ways to keep the north entrances open while still addressing security
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Scott Nokes, above, was one of about two dozen people who attended a hearing Tuesday morning regarding a proposed $7 million courthouse security/jail expansion project hosted by the McLeod County Board of Commissioners, defender. issues. Commissioner Sheldon Nies said that once the County Board decides on Oct. 22 whether to proceed or not, it will bring the Tudhope issue in front of a judge for a ruling. If a judge rules that the estate money cannot be used for the project, Nies said, the County Board will not likely continue with the proposal.
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