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Vol. 112 No. 39 • Thursday, September 19, 2013 • Silver Lake, MN 55381
Utilities blamed for delaying completion of Grove Avenue
By Alyssa Schauer Staff Writer The construction on Grove Avenue was set to be finished Sept. 13, but due to a rainy spring, a week of working days was added, and the completion date was reset at Sept. 20. Now the completion date has moved once again. The Silver Lake City Council heard that news at its meeting Monday evening. Al Hahn, resident representative for the project, said the utility companies are holding up progress. “R&R is doing the best they can to work around the utility companies, but we’re still waiting for utility companies to come move poles,” Hahn said. He said Xcel Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Mediacom, and CenturyLink have slowed down the project. “It’s a little bit frustrating for everyone, and we’re not going to be done by Sept. 20,” Hahn added. “I know the gas company has been the biggest delay,” Councilor Eric Nelson said. Hahn said there are seven working days left on the contract for R&R Excavating. “They (R&R) have done a good job. It’s not necessarily their fault for the delay,” Hahn said. “Don’t we have to start fining?” Mayor Bruce Bebo asked. “I think we should sit down with the county, the contractors, and the city before making any final decisions on fines,” said Justin Black, project engineer from Short Elliott Hendrikson, Inc. (SEH). “Why do you say that?” Bebo asked. “Because of the utility companies. I think they (R&R) have a case to say there have been poles in the way of construction,” Black said. “The way it’s situated today, if we have the next two weeks of sunny days and no rain, what’s the plan? What’s this project look like?” Bebo asked. ”It depends on if the poles get moved,” Hahn said. The fine per day after the construction contract expires is $1,500 a day. The Council asked how much the contractors “pushed” to get the utility companies out on the project. Hahn said R&R pulled out of the project “for an entire week to let the companies come in, but no one showed up.” He said there is no leverage with Xcel Energy and no “recourse” with the gas company. Black said engineers met with the utility companies before R&R was ever involved. “Xcel even sent notices back in May about moving poles, but that never happened,” Black said. Bebo suggested maybe the companies had “reasons” for not showing and suggested “looking at all sides.” “There’s a lot of fingerpointing going on. That’s why I want to sit down with the county, the city and the contractors before leveraging any fines,” Black said.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
Utility work
Last Thursday afternoon, Xcel Energy was on scene at Grove Avenue working on poles. Construction on the project has been delayed at least two weeks due to some utility companies “not showing up” to move poles and cables, such as CenterPoint Energy, Mediacom, CenturyLink and Xcel, according to resident representative for the project, Al Hahn of Short Elliott & Hendrickson (SEH). Hahn said there are seven working days left for R&R Excavating to finish before discussions about daily fines ensue.
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Councilors defend Roquette, her attendance at meetings
By Alyssa Schauer Staff Writer During the regular Silver Lake City Council meeting Monday, Councilor Carol Roquette addressed her absences at meetings and questioned councilors on their “feelings” about her missing meetings. Roquette said this questioning stems from Roquette an editorial published in the June 20 issue of the Silver Lake Leader written by Rich Glennie, editor. Glennie addressed the backand-forth support from the Council on the paving of the Luce Line Trail, and the fact that it was due to councilors being absent at meetings, particularly Roquette. He asked, “Is the community being well served by a City Council that is habitually short at least one member at most of its meetings?” He said Roquette was “at the center of the issue” because her job with the airlines has kept her from attending many of the city meetings, and he questioned if she can be effective as a “part-time councilor.” “If I’m an embarassment to you all, then I’m wondering if I should resign,” Roquette said to councilors. “I’ve tried my hardest to be here for meetings,” she said. She added that finances have been difficult for her, but she “cashed in sick time” and “used up vacation” just to make it to some of the meetings. “I’m struggling here, but I’m trying,” she stated with emotion. Councilor Nolan Johnson told Roquette she’s “an asset” to the council. “Your livelihood comes first. That pays the bills,” he said. He added that being a councilor is “extra” and that Roquette shouldn’t worry about what an editor is suggesting. Councilor Eric Nelson added comments about the integrity of the writing in the paper, and said he agrees with Johnson. “You already know how I feel about you being here, Carol. We’ve talked about it. We support you. I think you know that,” Nelson said. Mayor Bruce Bebo asked Councilor Pat Fogarty what he felt, and Fogarty said he was “between a rock and a hard place” in having connections to the paper and being a council member. “I do think you’re an asset, Carol, but there was a time when you missed a bunch of meetings in a row. I know you are trying to be here, though,” he said. Mayor Bruce Bebo said he had spoken with Glennie about the editorial and “gave his opinion,” but he asked Roquette if it was “worth” giving up sick time and vacation to be on the Council. “I do enjoy doing this,” she said. “But let me ask you something, and don’t take this the wrong way. If you’re not at the meetings, and you’re not meeting with Gary (Kosek, Roquette’s liaison), then you’re not doing anything,” Bebo said. He added, “I’d just like you to find time to meet with Gary about the pool and summer rec. These meetings are tough, I know, but I’d just like to see a little more effort in meeting with your liaison.” “As long as you all have my back, I’ll fight the fight to keep getting here,” Roquette said.
Shimanski: County government much different than state
By Alyssa Schauer Staff Writer orking as a county commissioner has been a “whole different ballgame” for former state legislator Ron Shimanski. “In the Legislature, you’ve got a two-party system, with majority and minority parties. And the majority kind of runs the operation. But at the county level, there is no bipartisanship. Everybody is on the same team and, consequently, you make decisions for the whole county. There is no executive branch. I guess we are the executive branch, making the final decisions,” Shimanski said. He added that as a commissioner, he has been working on committees that are “nothing like” the committees he was a part of as a state legislator. “The committees I’m most familiar with at the state level are not what I’m serving on at the county level. That includes ag, transportation, public safety and judiciary,” he said.
Jerabek’s under new management
Kuhl leases retail market
By Alyssa Schauer Staff Writer The familiar retail market will open once again at the Jerabek’s Market location in Silver Lake this Thursday, but under new management. Richard Kuhl of Howard Lake signed a lease agreement last week with Dale and Doris Jerabek to open the retail market. He will be working alongside the Jerabeks in the processing department; the Jerabeks will still offer venison processing services and wild game processing, while Kuhl will offer butchering and livestock custom processing. The business will be known as “Richard’s Butchering and Custom Processing.” Kuhl gained experience in the meat market at other jobs since 2010, and decided to open his own shop after seeing the “for sale” sign on the building. “I’ve always wanted to open my own shop. We’ll be processing cows, pigs, sheep
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
Ron Shimanski As a county commissioner, he is chairman of the social services committee. “A lot of my communication assignments deal with public health and social services,” he said. Shimanski said he also serves on several joint powers boards, including Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, PrimeWest Health
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Richard Kuhl, of Howard Lake, is leas- ket. The market is set to open today, ing the retail market of Jerabek’s Mar- Thursday, Sept. 19. and goats. And we offer on- will offer milk, eggs, bread, to having the retail portion the-farm butchering serv- buns, fresh meats, smoked open. I know Silver Lake ices,” Kuhl said. meats, deli meats and needs it,” he said. Kuhl also owns a custom- cheeses. The store will be open built truck that is key in of“And the sausage recipes Monday through Friday, fering clean, sterile delivery will stay the same. They will from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on of meat. be Dale’s recipes,” Kuhl Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 “I’m leasing the building said. p.m., begining today, Thursfrom Dale and Doris with inKuhl said he got his interday, Sept. 19. tentions of buying the busiest in meat processing after Kuhl lives in Howard ness,” Kuhl said. experiencing the business on Lake with his wife, Amanda, He will be training along- his father-in-law’s dairy and their 7-month-old side the Jerabeks while at the farm. daughter, Abigail Rose. market, and the retail store “I’m also looking forward
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4th-annual Wings Music Fest set for Saturday
On Saturday, Sept. 21, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the fourth annual and final Wings Music Fest will bring top-notch live music to the Silver Lake Auditorium for a vital cause: celebrating life and offering hope to those struggling with depression. Opening the show at 6 p.m. will be members of the MidMinnesota Concert Band. At 7 p.m., acoustic duo Electric Guage (Ross Auger and Trevor Klopp) takes the stage. The Jason Schooler Band will share its soulful sound at 8 p.m. and Battlefish, this year's headlining act, will unleash its whirlwind of arena rock and progressive jams at 9 p.m. There will be a $5 admission charged to help cover the cost of the event. Concessions, pop and water will be available at this family friendly event. An additional $1 donation makes you eligible for the door prizes, and you need not be present to win. The Wings Music Fest is presented in memory of Joe M. Chmielewski. Joe was a talented musician who loved creating music and building guitars. On Nov. 8, 2009, Joe lost a years-long battle with depression to suicide. This concert is a way to honor Joe's memory through what he loved most: great music and sharing good times with family and friends. For further information please call 320-282-9871, or visit our Facebook page, Wings Music Fest.
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and Trailblazer Transit. And Shimanski is not only experiencing working in different committees, but also the shift in responsibility as a commissioner versus a state legislator. “There is more responsibility in terms of decisions. What we decide at the county level is more or less final. There is no veto or overriding or an executive branch to make the final decisions. “In the Legislature, I was one of 201, and now I’m a member on a committee of five. Each one of our opinions and decisions carries a lot more weight,” Shimanski said. On the county level, he shared his opinions regarding the recently implemented wheelage tax, investments in roads and bridges, thoughts on the new courthouse/jail proposals, the county’s involvement with the Luce Line Trail, and being a voice for rural Minnesota. valid argument anymore,” Shimanski said.
“I’m undecided about the proposals for the propsosed expansion of the courthouse,” Shimanski said. He said it looks like a “fantastic plan” and agrees that some aspects are needed, such as the new beds for the jail. Shimanski said he recieves weekly reports about the numbers of inmates at the jail, “and they’re going up. But whether we need to go to a lockdown system or not is debatable,” he said. Shimanski said he visited the Hennepin County Courthouse recently, and “it was worse than going through an airport.” He said he didn’t think those same security measures necessarily need to be implemented in McLeod County. “And then, of course, there’s the question about funding, and whether or not
these improvements fall under the stipulations from Annamarie’s (Tudhope) estate,” Shimanski said.
Luce Line Trail
Shimanski said his concerns with paving the Luce Line Trail revolve around the funding source and the fact not everybody is in support of the project. “I don’t think it was appropriate for the county and surrounding cities to commit money for the trail. It’s a state trail. And then here we are, turning around to approve a wheelage tax,” Shimanski said. He said he understands the argument of bringing business to the area, “but honestly, I’d be hard-pressed to see millions of dollars in economic development if we pave the trail,” he said. Shimanski added that he had been in discussion with property and business owners along the Dakota Rail Trail, who have not seen “millions”
Upcoming Events
Museum program Sept. 22
The McLeod County Historical Museum is hosting “The Dakota After the War” program on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the educational media center at the museum located at 380 School Road NW in Hutchinson. The program is presented by John Isch, local historian and author from New Ulm.
Wheelage tax
“My personal philosophy is that we shouldn’t raise taxes unless there is a strong argument to do so,” Shimanski said. “What concerned me about the wheelage tax was that there was no discussion about cutting the property tax levy to correspond with adding a wheelage tax,” he added. Shimanski said the state and federal governments are intent on raising taxes, “but I don’t feel we need to get on board with them. The taxpayers need somebody on their side to say ‘enough is enough,’” he said.
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in development, and others along the Luce Line Trail in Carver and Hennepin counties. “Carver and Hennepin already voted paving down. They will not pave it,” he said. ***** “All in all, being a commissioner is very interesting work. It’s been interesting to see all the different functions, operations, and industries around the county. “Typically, one might not view McLeod County as a vibrant business community, but it is. There’s a lot going on here,” he said. Shimanski said what the state decides has “great impact” on the county. “We need to safeguard the integrity of rural Minnesota. We are losing influence in the state Legislature, who focus on the concerns and interests of the metro area,” Shimanski said. He added: “We’ve got to be proactive and tell our story.”
WFLA to meet on Tuesday
The Western Fraternal Life Lodge Lumir will have its business meeting Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Komensky School at 19981 Major Ave., Hutchinson. The evening will begin with a pizza supper at 6:30 p.m. with meeting to follow at 7:30 p.m. Agent Greg Konerza will be present to answer questions.
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Sportsmen’s Club to meet
The Silver Lake Sportsmen’s Club will meet Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., at the sanctuary.
Road and bridges
When it comes to investing in road and bridge improvements in the county, Shimanski said “it’s a matter of setting priorities” regarding more equipment, construction and personnel. “The big questions is ‘with limited resources, how do we fund improvements?’” Shimanski said. “An awful lot of money has been invested into roads and bridges, and there’s been a lot of discussion about our ‘crumbling infrastructure,’” he said. “I don’t think that our infrastructure crumbling is a
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Senior dining birthday party
The Silver Lake senior dining site September birthday party date has changed. The celebration will now be held Thursday, Sept. 19, and the menu includes meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, beets, bread with margarine and fruit crisp. There will be music and bingo. Call manager Pearl Branden at 320-327-2621 or 320-327-2536 to order a meal.
Degree of Honor to meet
The Degree of Honor No. 182 will meet Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m., in the Silver Lake Auditorium.
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Plato Lions pork chop meal
The Plato Lions are hosting a pork chop dinner on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Plato Hall in Plato. The menu includes pork chops, cheesy hashbrowns, green beans, bread, milk, coffee, applesauce and cookies. Proceeds go to diabetes funds.
Continued from page 1 “I could care less about fining people. Let’s just get this thing done!” Bebo said. ***** The Council also asked about the intersections and why those aren’t finished. “We have to wait for the curb to get in. Once that’s cured, they can saw blacktop and once it’s rolled, you can drive on it,” Hahn said. He said the blacktop paving should take a day. Hahn said the curb and gutter operations are about “twothirds complete. We just have to wait seven days for the concrete to cure before we can start sidewalks, driveways and backfilling,” he said.
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Fall sale at Cedar Crest set
The fall sale at Cedar Crest in Silver Lake is set for Friday, Sept. 27, beginning at 9 a.m. There will be free coffee, apple cider and cookies while you shop. A barbequed beef lunch will be available for a cost from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take-outs are available. Garden and/or baked goods can be donated prior to the event.
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The McLeod County Republican Women will have their “Fall Kickoff” meeting Monday, Sept. 28, at 9 a.m., at the Dunn Brothers coffee shop in Hutchinson. An invitation is extended to women within all of District 18. State Rep. Marion O’Neil will share her experiences as a state legislator.
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St. Peter’s ‘Evening’ event
St. Peter Lutheran Church in Watertown is hosting “An Evening of Fine Wine, Food and Fellowship” event on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 5:30 p.m., at the church located at 3030 Navajo Ave. in Watertown. Tickets are needed and the menu includes a five-course dinner with great wines. Tickets are limited to the first 80 people. To order, mail a check to St. Peter Lutheran Church, PO Box 508, Watertown, MN 55388.
Black presented the City Council with an amended assessment roll and explained that some assessments changed due to location of service lines, “especially on the corner lots,” Black said. “Al (Hahn) had conversations with these property owners, so they are all well aware of the changes,” City Clerk Kerry Venier said. The Council approved the amended assessment roll, and property owners have the opportunity to pay assessments in full before mid-November to avoid accruing interest.
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The Holy Trinity Council of Catholic Women will host a fall bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Holy Trinity High School in Winsted. The sale includes crafts and gifts, area crafters and small businesses, produce, baked goods, plants, a silent auction, raffle and grab bags. Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m., and lunch is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
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The job: new faces, politics, apples
I know I’ve said this about a million times, but I love living in the Midwest and I love my job. I can’t get over how delightful it is to experience four very different seasons of weather — I don’t even mind the bitter cold of January because I know it is accompanied by the beautiful, soft, fluffy white snow that blankets the landscape and seems to make everything glitter in the sunlight. Though I’m sure I’ll be cursing the cold and that glimmering snow when the Jeep breaks down in the middle of nowhere on an icy road. But for now, the upcoming autumn season has me in good spirits — I’ve got the windows open, apple cinnamon candles burning, and my moccasins on. With school back in session, it’s been a couple of busy weeks for news lately, and Monday was no different as I was running all around town, interviewing the new face at Jerabek’s Market, taking pictures of Grove Avenue construction, and talking with Ron Shimanski about the differences between being a state legislator and a county commissioner. Now, I’ll admit it — politics really aren’t something that ever grabbed my interest because I feel there’s always a lot of finger-pointing happening between the parties. And in my recent job as a copy editor, I’ve read a lot of columns screaming “The Democrats are raising taxes again!” Or “The Republicans are not supporting the middle
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class!” The bickering gets tiring, and it seems there are hardly any solutions discussed. But ever since I started reporting in Silver Lake, local government in the city and the county have been very interesting for me. I like getting involved in the logistics of construction projects and hearing the councilors’ ideas for economic development — it shows they’re working at improving the community. And, of course, I don’t even mind a little bit of drama over issues, such as heated discussions about paving the Luce Line or emotional conversations from councilors about missing meetings. It not only makes for good copy, but it offers insight to both sides on the topics, and as a reporter, I think it’s very important for the community to know what its local government is discussing and planning. But even the most juicy of discussions couldn’t top meeting with Ron, because that political interview was accompanied by a lesson in growing apple trees and a tour of his lush orchard. The last time I had been to an orchard was probably about five years ago, when I was in college, so to stroll through the groves on a beautiful, sunny Monday for an interview, about politics no less, added to my love for journalism. My roommates and I headed to local orchards every September to pick apples for apple crisp, enjoy a bumpy hay ride, and a steaming hot cup of fresh cider. Sometimes we’d make a day of it and find a corn maze to get lost in and a bright orange pumpkin patch to locate the biggest, roundest pumpkin for carving. But one of my favorite fall experiences had to have been when I was in fifth grade, and we headed to Nelson’s Farm in Litchfield. They had corn mazes and “pick your own pumpkin,” but what I remember most fondly was swinging from a rope tied to the barn rafters and landing in a pile of hay bales. Ahh, I can still smell that sweet fragrant of fruit just thinking about the orchards and the stale, musty scent and itchy, scratchy feel of the hay. Now only if politics could be accompanied by apple orchard tours and jumps into the hay bales, I think we’d all have a lot more fun.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
Releasing the butterfly
Last Thursday afternoon, students at Faith Presbyterian Preschool in Silver Lake released their “pet” butterfly. The group learned about the nature and characteristics of butterflies, and watched a caterpillar form a cocoon, finding a Monarch butterfly in their glass jar a few days later. From left to right are Hadley Wagner, Miranda Nowak, Ella Graczyk, Garrett Mills and Ashlyn Imdieke. The five kids were excited to see it fly away, as they each waved “Good-bye” to their fluttering friend.
Down Memory Lane
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75 YEARS AGO - SEPT. 24, 1938 — The Silver Lake Fire Department is planning a big frolic at the City Hall with an all-star cast on Friday evening, Sept. 23. Jerry’s Orchestra will furnish the musical part of the program. The Kiddies’ Revue will give the youngsters a lot of fun and the “womanless wedding” will star Ralph Tatting as the blushing bride and Eddie Rivers as the bashful groom with several other businessmen taking leading roles. St. Joseph’s Church will hold its annual Fall Festival and Bazaar on Sunday, Sept. 25. The ladies of the parish will serve a chicken dinner and a big supper. Josephine Grzeskowiak has sold her residence in the northeast part of town, occupied by Leo Wozniak, to her brother, Stanley Grzeskowiak. Frank Dostal Sr., 76, died Tuesday afternoon at his home 4-1/2 miles northwest of Silver Lake. Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon, Sept. 23, from the Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake. Frank Barton, 55, died Monday at the Glen Lake Sanitarium. Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 22, at the Congregational Church in Silver Lake. Gerald Pavlish, 14-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Pavlish, died Tuesday morning at the University Hospital. Funeral services were held on Thursday morning, Sept. 22, from the Church of St. Joseph. Saturday morning, Sept. 17, Clara Lewandowski became the bride of Lawrence McMahon at the St. Adalbert’s Church. 50 YEARS AGO - SEPT. 19, 1963 — The first and fairly heavy frost occurred last Friday morning. This was followed by a lightning and thunder storm on Sunday morning. The Lester Prairie Independent District 424 Board of Education declined to approve the transfer of land as requested by Theophil Schultz to Silver Lake Independent School District 425. The land in question is the former Peter Wawrzyniak farm, which Mr. Schultz purchased. Approval by an independent district school board is necessary for transfer of land. The annual Presbyterian Church supper will be held in the church parlors on Thursday, Sept. 26. Ruzicka Super Market specials include: rib steak, 69¢ a pound; Armour Star picnics, 29¢ a pound; VistaPak soda crackers, 1 pound package, 25¢; Campbell’s tomato soup, three cans 29¢; Wilderness apple pie filling, 20 ounce can, 25¢; 12 ounce jar Maxwell House instant coffee, $1.34; half gallon Country Fair ice cream, 59¢; seedless grapes, 19¢ a pound; Kleenex facial tissues, package of 600, 39¢. An open house 25th wedding anniversary for Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Dostal will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, at their home. 25 YEARS AGO - SEPT. 22, 1988 — Rain and wind Monday night made it sound like winter would soon be on its way. Harvesting is beginning and reports are that some fields, and even areas within the field, are very good while other areas have produced nothing. Declining enrollment and continued deficit spending has prompted the Silver Lake School Board to approve a resolution calling for district voters to vote on a 10-mill levy. It would raise $89,637 if voters approve the two-year levy on Oct. 17. Forty-seven voters turned out in Silver Lake for the Primary Election. Hale Township reported 23 voters, and 22 voters turned out in Rich Valley Township. An organizational meeting of the Women’s Club will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the home of Mrs. Josephine Chalupsky. The 1988 Silver Lake High School Homecoming candidates include Eve Barton, Alicia Cafferty, Heather Mikolichek, Tricia Lhotka, Karen Hlavka, Shelly Pokornowski, Kyle Wawrzyniak, Gordy Chmielewski, Joel Wosmek, Troy Rozeske, Scott Miska and Gary Schermann. Coronation night is Monday, Sept. 26, in the school gym. Dale Lhotka, son of Floyd and Mary Ann Lhotka, graduated from St. Cloud State on Friday, Aug. 19, with a bachelor of science degree. Ralph and Helen Piehl will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Silver Lake Auditorium.
Silver Lake Lions collecting books for all ages
Books for everyone! A study has found low-income families have only one book for every 300 children. The Silver Lake Lions are joining with the Cologne Leos Club and other clubs of the Lions 5M2 District to collect books that will be distributed locally (50 percent), nationally and internationally later this year. Books for the young and all ages are being collected. If you have books to be donated, drop them off at the home of Duane Yurek at 816 Main St. in Silver Lake or at the home of Silver Lake Lion President, Roxy Yurek, at 400 Cleveland St., in Silver Lake. Books are being collected through Saturday, Oct. 6.
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Visit to state Lions eye bank set for Oct. 12
Silver Lake Lions members are inviting anyone interested to visit the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Lions Eye Bank, part of the departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, will hold tours at its location on the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus. A second tour is planned for Saturday, April 12, 2014. If interested, please call Silver Lake Lions Club President Roxy Yurek at 320-327- 2752. Call if interested in either tour. This will be a chance to visit firsthand some of the care and research that is made possible by Lions support of the Eye Bank.
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Obituaries Elizabeth Pulkrabek, 87, Hutchinson
A Mass of Christian Burial for Elizabeth Magdalena Pulkrabek, 87, of Hutchinson, was held Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Silver Lake. Ms. Pulkrabek died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Harmony River Living Center. Pallbearers were her nephews, David Pulkrabek, Al Pulkrabek, Terry Klein, Bruce Pulkrabek, Tim Pulkrabek and Robert Syvertson. Interment was in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, Silver Lake. Ms. Pulkrabek was born Aug. 16, 1926, the daughter of Wencil and Caroline (Wosmek) Pulkrabek. She is survived by her brothers, Ernest Pulkrabek, Clarence (Marie) Pulkrabek, and Leonard (Jenny) Pulkrabek; sisters, Evelyn (Louie) Lenz and Angelina Klein; sister-in-law, Betty Pulkrabek; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, James Pulkrabek, George Pulkrabek, Henry and Louise Pulkrabek, and Charles and Gladys Pulkrabek; sisters, Helen and Richard Syvertson, Edna and Tom Lenz, Lillian Pulkrabek and Georgiana Pulkrabek; brother-in-law, Ernest Klein; and sister-in-law, Violette Pulkrabek. Maresh Funeral Home, Silver Lake, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.mareshfuneralhome. com.
Kitchen Delights & Other Things
Peachy Chicken Salad Ingredients: 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast 2 medium peaches, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise 1/4 cup raisins 1 teaspoon curry powder 1 package spring mix salad greens Directions: In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Divide salad greens among four plates; top each with 1/2 cup chicken salad. Mushroom Risotto Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 small onions, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley 1 teaspoon minced celery Salt and pepper to taste 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms 1 cup whole milk 1/4 cup heavy cream 1 cup rice 5 cups vegetable stock 1 teaspoon butter 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese Directions: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over mediumhigh heat. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until onion is tender and garlic is lightly browned. Remove garlic, and stir in the parsley, celery, salt, and pepper. Cook until celery is tender then add the mushrooms. Reduce heat to low, and continue cooking until the mushrooms are soft. Pour the milk and cream into the skillet, and stir in the rice. Heat to a simmer. Stir the vegetable stock into the rice one cup at a time, until it is absorbed. When the rice has finished cooking, stir in the butter and Parmesan Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Mix flour, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, milk, egg, vanilla extract, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. Fold chocolate chips into the batter. Pour batter into baking dish and bake until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings Ingredients: 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 2 tablespoons butter 2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup 1 onion, finely chopped 2 packages refrigerated biscuit dough, torn into pieces Directions: Place the chicken, butter, soup, and onion in a slow cooker and fill with enough water to cover. Cover and cook 5 to 6 hours on high. About 30 minutes before serving, place the torn biscuit dough in the slow cooker. Cook until the dough is no longer raw in the center. cheese, and remove from heat. Serve hot. Easy Peanut Butter Bars Ingredients: Cooking spray 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/4 cups packed light brown sugar 3/4 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup butter, softened 3 tablespoons milk 1 egg 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 3/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 package chocolate chips (optional)
Engagements Kaczmarek - Stockman
Heather Kaczmarek and Brian Stockman, both of Silver Lake, announce their engagement and plans to marry Oct. 12 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Parents of the couple are Darrell and Rhonda Kaczmarek of Silver Lake and Brenda and Michael “Burt” Stockman of Glencoe. Kaczmarek is a 2008 graduate of Glencoe-Silver Lake High School. She earned an associate of applied science degree in child and adult care and education from St. Cloud Technical and Community College, St. Cloud. She is a licensed in-home child care provider. Stockman is a 2005 graduate of Glencoe-Silver Lake
Birth Potter, Rannow announce birth of girl
Kaly Marie Potter and Steve Elwin Rannow Jr. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Shaila Ann Rannow, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Shaila weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19 inches long. She is welcomed home by big brother Logan Alexander Rannow. Grandparents are Steve Rannow Sr. of Silver Lake, Joel and Lori Potter of Oconomowoc, Wis., Brent and Emily Helland of Minnestrista and Cindy Rannow of St. Cloud.
Brian Stockman Heather Kaczmarek High School. He attended Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park for carpentry. He is currently employed as a carpenter for Frana Construction in Minneapolis.
Cancer society receives memorials for Litzau
In August, the American Cancer Society received memorials from family and friends remembering Eleanor Adele Litzau. The American Cancer Society receives memorial gifts in memory of the deceased and honor gifts as tributes to the living. “To make a memorial gift, the donor need only contact me 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,” said Jeanne Ray, memorial chair. Requests should be sent to Ray at 809 Lindy Lane NE, Hutchinson, MN 55350. Please call the American Cancer Society at their toll free number at 800-227-2345 or contact Ray at 320-5872838.
Mathews/Vasek Construction
The City of Silver Lake would like to thank Mathews/Vasek Construction for donating the labor to reroof the Concession Stand at our Baseball/Softball Field. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. F37La
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Church News
GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2265 http://silverlakechurch.org 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 service, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school time, 10:35 a.m.; open shooting for Centershot graduates, 11:45 a.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.m. Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-3272843. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN 108 W. Main St., Silver Lake 320-327-2452 Fax 320-327-6562 E-mail: faithfriends @embarqmail.com Mark Ford, Pastor Carol Chmielewski, CLP Office hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 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 service with fellowship to follow, 10 a.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 6:45 p.m. CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY 700 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Thurs., Sept. 19 — Mass at Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; meet and greet at The Pines in Hutchinson, 11:30 a.m.; diocesan Hispanic ministry meting in Hector, 1 p.m.; CCW fall gathering at St. Mary’s in New Ulm. Fri., Sept. 20 — Mass, 8 a.m. Sat., Sept. 21 — Reconciliation, 5:30 p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Mass, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; RCIA kickoff at St. Pius X, 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 24 — Mass, 8 a.m.; eucharistic adoration, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; parish administrative council, 6:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Mass at Cokato Manor, 10 a.m.; Mass, 5 p.m.; grades one through six religious education classes, 5:30 p.m.; grades seven through 10 religious education classes, 7 p.m.; confirmation candidate and parent meeting, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 26 — Mass at Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; area pastoral council, 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 27 — Mass, 8 a.m.; meet and greet at St. Prairie Cottages in Hutchinson, 12:30 p.m. WORD OF LIFE CHURCH 950 School Rd. S.W. Hutchinson 320-587-9443 E-mail: infor@ loversoftruth.com Jim Hall, Pastor Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship, 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 770 School Rd., Hutchinson Kenneth Rand, Branch President 320-587-5665 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. RIVERSIDE ASSEMBLY OF GOD 20924 State Hwy. 7 W., Hutchinson 320-587-2074 E-mail: assembly@ hutchtel.net Dr. Lee Allison, pastor Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — Family night activities, 6:30 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 31 Fourth Ave. S.W., Hutchinson 320-587-2125 E-mail: jmm@hutchtel.net Sun., Sept. 22 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:15 a.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor 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.; seventh- through 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. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. SW., Hutchinson Rick Stapleton, senior pastor Adam Krumrie, worship pastor/director of student ministries Thurs., Sept. 19 — High school lunch, 11 a.m.; worship team rehearsal, 6 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 — Worship, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; adult growth grouss and Sunday school, 9 a.m.; Shalom running group, 4 p.m.; Couples Connect, 4 p.m. Mon., Sept. 23 — Women’s discipleship, 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 24 — Women’s discipleship, 9 a.m. Wed., Sept. 25 — AWANA for children ages 4 through fifthgrade and SOS, 6:30 p.m.; middle school youth group, 6:30 p.m.; high school youth group, 7:30 p.m. BETHEL LUTHERAN 77 Lincoln Ave., Lester Prairie Bethany Nelson, pastor 320-395-2125 No calendar submitted.
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Hall of fame inductees to be honored
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 Fieldhouse or Gert & Erma’s. Tickets also will be available at the door. For more information, contact Michele Mackenthun 320-8646232 or Kathy Olson 320-864-5759.
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Clouse rushes for 239 yards against Cardinals
By Josh Randt Sports Editor Down 14-12 to the Annandale Cardinals at halftime, the Glencoe-Silver Lake Panthers decided it was time for some power football in the second half. Senior fullback Dalton Clouse had about 80 rushing yards in the first half alone. By game’s end, the captain had 239 yards, and two touchdowns as the Panthers rolled over the Cardinals, 48-28. Clouse set the tempo early in the second half, when he burst up the middle for a 55-yard touchdown run on his second touch. With a steady dose of Clouse in the mix, the defense started to key in on the fullback, which made the job easier for GSL’s other offensive weapons. “Coach just said we needed to start playing Panther football,” Clouse said of the team’s halftime adjustments. “Smashmouth football, that’s what we’re about. Go up the middle and hit hard. We couldn’t spread it out anymore, because they were shutting that down.” The captain even generated a spark on defense, earning a sack while Annandale was driving early in the fourth quarter. “He’s a three-year starter for us, and our whole offense revolves around him and Keaton (Anderson),” head coach Scott Tschimperle said. “That was the most carries I think a back has ever had for us.” One big reason Clouse had such a field day was the play of the offensive line. “Our offensive line did a phenomenal job blocking,” Tschimperle said. “Dalton had a big game, but he wouldn’t have, had our offensive line not played as well as they did in the second half.” “I couldn’t have scored any of
Burr takes 2nd at NYA
By Josh Randt Sports Editor Tori Burr is already off to a great start for the Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ cross country team, with a pair of top-10 finishes in the first two meets. Burr took second place at the Norwood Young America meet held at Baylor Park with a time of 15:39. She finished just nine seconds behind Waconia’s Alexis Willems, who came in at 15:30. With a little less competition and a familiar course, Burr’s time differential between Montgomery and NYA was nearly a minute faster (16:21). Burr wasn’t the only one to improve. Jenny Illg broke 18 minutes with a time of 17:59 and earned a ribbon for her efforts. All the varsity runners improved greatly from Montgomery, as girls took 10th place out of 15 teams. “All of the JV and varsity girls were focused to run their best during the entire meet,” head coach Jann Savre said. “It was great to see their efforts pay off with improved times, and we would like to continue this trend as the season continues.” The home meet for both the boys’ and the girls’ teams is Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m., following a K-6 fun run. Both teams then travel to Dassel-Cokato on Tuesday, Sept. 24 for a Wright County Conference showdown with the Chargers starting at 4 p.m. Results from NYA: 2.Tori Burr 15:39.7
06....Hutchinson ............L,36-7 13....at Annandale ......W,48-28 20....New London-Spicer ..7:00 27....at Litchfield ...............7:00
04....Spring Lake Park ......7:00 11 ....Waconia (homecoming)... ..........................................7:00 16....Dassel-Cokato ..........7:00
27....at Watertown-Mayer.L,3-1 29....HF Catholic..............L,3-1
03....NYA Central .............L,3-1 09.....Sibley East .............L,3-0 10....Mound-Wtka ...........W,3-0 12.....at Dassel-Cokato....L,3-1 14....Montevideo Inv ...........5th 17....Waconia...................L,3-0 19....at Orono....................7:00 21....Sibley East Inv........8a.m. 24....at GFW .....................7:30 26....Delano ......................7:00
01....at Hutchinson............7:00 03....Annandale ................7:00 08....at New London-Spicer ..... ..........................................7:00 10....at Litchfield ...............7:00 18....Rochester Inv ...........5:15 19....Rochester Inv .......10a.m.
24....at NYA Jamboree ............
Silver Lake Leader photo by Trisha Karels
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
05....at Montgomery Inv. .......... ..............(Boys 8th) (Girls 17th) 11 ....at NYA ............................. ..............(Boys 5th) (Girls 10th) 17....at Waconia Inv ..........4:00 19....GSL Inv.....................4:30 24....at Dassel-Cokato ......4:00
Dalton Clouse delivers a stiff arm during one of his 31 rushing attempts against the Annandale Cardinals Friday night. The senior fullback rushed for 239 yards and two touchdowns, and even earned a sack in the Panther’s 48-28 victory. those touchdowns without my offensive line and Jake Stuedemann with his outstanding blocks on the outside,” Clouse echoed. The Panthers now host the 30 Wildcats from New LondonSpicer this week, as GSL looks to improve to 3-1 in the Wright County Conference. Friday night is Randy Shaver’s Tackle Cancer Night, where cash donations will be accepted at the door. It is also parents’ night for the cheerleaders and football players. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Stevens Seminary Stadium.
Tori Burr has two top-10 finishes in the first two meets of the year for the Panthers. 38.Jenny Illg 17:59.2 42.Kaylee Venier 18:15.4 60.Erica Hecksel 18:55.9 76.Kirsten Barrot 19:27.9 84.Robin Swift 20:06.9 87.Tarin Michaelis 20:29.7
03....at Litchfield ...............4:00 05....at Swain Inv. .............TBD 10....at Mound-Wtka. ........4:00 11 ....Waconia (homecoming)... ......................................12p.m. 15....at Watertown-Mayer..4:15
20....Blue Earth................L,5-4 20....Sibley East. .............L,4-3 20....Jordan ....................W,6-1 22....Providence ..............L,7-0 22....Centennial ...............L,5-2 22....Mounds View ...........L,7-0 24....at N. Prague Inv..........6th 27....at Orono ..................L,6-1 29....Mound-Wtka ...........W,4-3 30....St. Peter .................W,4-3
New members Boys place 5th at NYA on soccer team
By Josh Randt Sports Editor The boys’ cross country team posted another top-10 finish last week, competing at Baylor Park against 19 teams with 132 runners. A fifth-place finish was good for 155 points, as Brandon Richter and Jac Chelman continue to lead the way for Glencoe-Silver Lake. The two finished one after another, with Richter taking 10th place (17:38) and Chelman 11th (17:45). Head coach Jeff Delwiche said his team needs to find some solid runners in the latter half of the lineup to start placing a little higher. “We have some really good performances from half the team, we just need to put it all together,” Delwiche said. “We don’t need another fourth in there, we need someone closer to Ober, Chelman and those guys.” GSL finished three spots behind Jordan at Baylor, and two spots behind them at the meet held in Montgomery two weeks ago. Delwiche feels his team should be able to out perform Jordan, but needs a solid team performance. “I think if we put it all together, we can beat Jordan,” Delwiche said. “But they’ve got a pretty nice pack for their third, fourth and fifth runners. Ours are kind of all over the place right now. If we pack them together like we can with our top two, I think we can beat them.” GSL’s top three runners finished with better times than Jordan’s top three, but their lowest runner finished in 60th place with 19:20. The Panther’s bottom two runners for the meet, Casey Schulz and Michael Shaefer, each went over 20:00. Still, Delwiche likes this team’s chances of going to state. “We’re still looking at state,” he said. “We still have enough going on, and there aren’t any major injuries ... If our best five runners show up at the same time, we’re still capable of going to state.” Results: 10.Brandon Richter 17:38 11.Jac Chelman 17:45 24.Garrett Ober 18:30 40.Isiah Herout 18:57 70.Austin Schroepfer 19:45 85.Casey Schulz 20:10 108.Michael Shaefer 21:36 By Josh Randt Sports Editor The Glencoe-Silver Lake boys’ soccer team welcomed some new members to the team this past week, which should improve the team’s scoring chances with fresh legs on the field. Seniors Aaron Berdt and Lou Iacona, along with sophomore Mark Luedens, give the Panthers an opportunity to sub players more frequently, something they were hardly able to do before. “Now we have substitutions, and players will be able to get a rest when they need it,” head coach Jeff Shults said. “Those new players also have a lot to contribute to the team performance during games and practices.” GSL is also giving sophomore Spencer Lund an opportunity to play goalie, which frees up Kyle Beck and Aaron Rhodes to help out elsewhere. Despite the lineup changes, the Panthers still have yet to win a game this season. Last week, they dropped games to Mayer Lutheran and Orono, allowing 16 goals in the two-game stretch. The second half of the season for the Panthers starts this week, as they travel to Mound-Westonka on Tuesday. GSL then has a rematch with Chain of Lakes Soccer Club on Thursday at Paynesville High School before hosting Delano on Monday. All games are at 7 p.m.
03....at Annandale ..........W,6-1 05....at Delano. ................L,7-0 07....at Brainerd Inv ............4th 10....HF Catholic..............L,7-0 12....at Litchfield .............W,4-3 13....at Hutch Inv ................4th 14....at Litchfield Inv. ..........2nd 17....Hutchinson................4:15 19....N.London-Sp. ...........4:15 28....WCC, at Orono .....10a.m.
22....at Willmar ................L,3-0 28....Mound-Wtka ............L,4-0 30....Chain of Lakes .......L,4-2
03....at Delano .................L,2-0 05....Hutchinson ..............L,5-1 09....at Waconia...............L,7-1 10....at Mayer Lutheran ...L,1-0 12....at Watertown-Mayer......... 16....at Orono ..................L,8-0 17....at Mound-Wtka .........5:00 19....at Chain of Lakes......4:30 23....Delano ......................5:00 24....at Hutchinson............5:00 27....at Mankato Loyola ....5:00 28....Waconia................12p.m.
Important week for Panther tennis
By Josh Randt Sports Editor It’s a big week for the Panther varsity tennis team, facing a pair of conference opponents with seeding implications for sections on the line. Glencoe-Silver Lake’s record in the Wright County Conference improved to 3-3, after losing last week to Holy Family 7-0, and edging Litchfield 4-3. GSL is coming off a tough weekend where it didn’t win a single match at the Hutchinson Invitational, and lost to Melrose 6-1 on Saturday. The Panthers did, however, defeat Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 5-2, which head coach Robb DeCorsey was pleased with. GSL is behind Providence Academy and Holy Family in section seedings, and will need a win this week in order to maintain the current ranking. The Panthers host Hutchinson and New London-Spicer this week, both conference opponents. “The big one now is to take care of business on Thursday with New London,” DeCorsey said. “Then I think we would be the No.3 seed.” Coming off a tough set of matches, GSL has to focus on what is ahead, because the section tournament starts on Oct. 2. A big part of that will be the play of No.1 singles standout, Kelly Arnold, who said the tough competition this team faced at the beginning of the year should help come sections. “It helped us play better,” Arnold said. “Even though we’ve lost, you can tell that the girls are playing a lot better than if they were playing against someone that wasn’t that good.” The senior said she’s definitely noticed the improvement of their No.3 doubles team as of late. “Emily VonBerge and Ashlyn Ratike have really stepped up,” Arnold said. “They play really well together.” The key is getting everyone to play their best tennis at the same time, as different players have come on strong, while others tapered off, Arnold said. “One person does well one day, and another person does bad,” she said. So GSL will have to find some consistency this week in order to maintain that No.3 spot come sections. For herself, Arnold said, “I just need to play like Kelly. Sometimes I overthink, so I just have to go out there and play hard.” The Panthers host New London-Spicer on Thursday for parents’ and senior night, starting at 4:15 p.m. They then have a week off before the team section tournament starts on Oct. 2 at St. John’s University.
01....Worthington ..............6:00 03....at HF Catholic...........5:00
29....Mound-Wtka ............L,9-0 30....Chain of Lakes ........L,3-0
03....at Delano .................L,5-1 05....Hutchinson ..............L,3-1 09....at Waconia...............L,6-0 12....at Mayer Lutheran. ..L,3-0 16....at Orono ................L,13-0 17....at Mound-Wtka .........7:00 19....at Chain of Lakes......5:15 23....Delano ......................7:00 24....at Hutchinson............7:00 26....Marshall Public .........5:30 27....Mankato Loyola ........5:00 28....Waconia....................2:00
01....Worthington ..............4:00 03....at HF Catholic...........5:00
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
Lindsey Wedin keeps her eye on the ball during a match against Holy Family last Tuesday.
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Courthouse: don’t close north entrances, residents tell Board
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-to-exceed 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 court-appointed 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. “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 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.
Weather Corner
By Jake Yurek
We’ll jump on a small rollercoaster this week as temperatures ramp up and back down again towards the weekend. This is the time of year storm systems start parading through the area, creating the ups and downs we’re used to in Minnesota, so no complaining (and honestly this won’t be bad at all). Temperatures rose early in the week after a cool and soggy weekend. The rain was very important, though, as drought conditions continue to worsen across the Upper Midwest. A strong storm will build in from Canada toward the end of the week and perhaps spread some more rain across the area late Wednesday night into Friday. We’ll go from highs close to 80 Thursday to highs Friday-Saturday only in the 60s. As the storm passes to our north, it will slam a cold front into the area, making for a breezy Friday. Things clear out for the weekend, but it will be cooler, possibly ramping to the low 70s Sunday if the storm moves away fast enough. Taking a look at the extended shows more of the same with warm ups followed by quick-moving storms and cool downs … here we go! Now would be the time to get your autumn clean up on the books; don’t fall behind. Have a great week, all! Ma dobry weekendem Mit dobry vikend Wednesday night — Lows 61-67; clouds/shower towards morning. Thursday — Highs 72-80; lows 49-55; partly cloudy/rain or thunder. Friday – Highs 62-68; lows 43-49; shower early/partly cloudy and breezy. Saturday — Highs 61-67; lows 42-48; clear. Sunday — Highs 67-73; partly cloudy. Weather Quiz: How will the drought affect our fall colors this year? Answer to last week’s question: How is the rest of the nation looking in terms of drought-excess rain? Funny I brought it up; by now you have probably heard of the massive flooding going on in the west (Colorado), too much for some parts of the country and not enough for others. The main drought areas center around the Midwest with the Upper Midwest and parts of lower plains (Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas) seeing the same lack of rain. Remember: I make the forecast, not the weather!
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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 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 as-
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Wild, Wild West
On Saturday, Truhaven Ranch in Winsted hosted a Wild, Wild West day featuring reenactments by The Regulators, pony rides, barbequed food, several vendors, and opportunities to walk through the stables. Above, members of The Regulators reenact a robbery scene, and the men suggest using dynamite to open the locked chest. To the right, Samuel Dahl leans on his Dad, Zach, and Mom, Dana as he gets into the action of the reenactment of Wild Bill Hickock.
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Diann Motz is retiring Sept. 30 after 30 years as an eligibility worker for McLeod County Social Services. signed 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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County 4-Hers do well at State Fair
Minnesota State Fair traditions often include the mighty Midway, everything you can eat on a stick and seeing the butterheads. For McLeod County 4-H members and 4-Hers around the state, the State Fair means exhibiting livestock and general exhibit projects during the 12 days of the fair. In August, 39 exhibitors from McLeod County showcased their animals in seven different species areas. Some of these species include swine, rabbits and beef. Every species had exhibitors representing the county in them. Results for the week are as followed: Poultry: Gregor Fraser: Bantam breeding ducks, champion Bantam breeding ducks; Zachary Rademacher: Chickens-breeding pen, blue; Cullin Lickfelt: Ducks – breeding pen of three, champion breeding ducks and sixth place in intermediate showmanship. Beef: Matthew Dahlke: Market steer crossbred and other breeds, red; Samantha Dahlke: Breeding spring calf registered, blue; Trevor King: Registered Black Angus cow calf pair, red; Samantha Krone: Registered Charolais junior yearling, blue; Nicholas Lange: Registered Black Angus fall calf, red; Samantha Lange: Registered Black Angus cow calf pair, blue; Abby Reiner: Registered Black Angus junior yearling, blue; Mitchell Sims: Registered South Devon junior yearling, blue and honorable mention; Zachary Stai: Commercial summer yearling, white; Kyle Wanous: Registered Shorthorn plus summer yearling, white. Dairy: Trevor Breyer: Registered Holstein 4-year-old, reserve grand champion; registered Holstein and reserve champion advanced showman; Benjamin Donnay: Registered Holstein winter calf, purple; Nathan Donnay: Jersey summer junior yearling, purple; Shelby Fasching: Guernsey winter senior yearling, blue; and reserve champion total net merit Guernsey heifer; Jacob Filk: Red and White fall calf, blue; Chandler Kurth: Registered Holstein junior 2-year-old, purple; Christian Kurth: Registered Holstein summer yearling, yurple; Whitney Lang: Registered Holstein 4-year-old, purple; Lucas Plamann: Registered Holstein fall senior yearling, purple; Sierra Swanson: Registered Holstein fall calf; purple; Cody Wright: Grade Holstein summer junior yearling, blue. Swine: Cody Andersen: Market barrow-crossbred, red; Garret Jensen: Market barrow-crossbred, blue; April Krienke: Market barrow-crossbred, blue. Rabbits: Katherine Hacker: Mini Lop senior buck, blue; Kiara Hahn: Netherland Dwarf senior doe, red; Riley Hahn: Holland Lop junior doe, red. Goats: Alyssa Borka: Meat Breeding Yearling Doe-Dry, Blue. Sheep: Eric Hoffman: Market lamb black face, blue; Jacob Kaufmann: Market lamb black face, red; Dayne Morton: Market lamb black face, purple; Ashley Reiner: Market lamb white face, grand champion; white face market lamb and purple ribbon auction participant; Kyle Rickeman: Market lamb speckled face, grand champion; speckled face market lamb and purple ribbon auction participant.
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