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A win at home
Boys’ CC team wins own meet
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Barn party helps those less fortunate
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The McLeod County
Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 116, No. 38
a continuation of
The Glencoe Enterprise
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Gubernatorial candidates visit Glencoe
Honour brings business experience to the table
By Rich Glennie Editor The race of governor in 2014 is already under way, and Scott Honour of Orono is seeking the Republican endorsement to challenge incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton, DFL next election. Honour brings to the table a strong business background and strong convictions that what is happening now in Minnesota is not the right approach to grow jobs and the economy. “I’m not running for a career here,” Honour said last week during a visit to the high school and Tom Schoper’s political science class, a tour of Seneca Foods and a stop at The Chronicle office. He also happens to be a part owner in MiroMatrix, a bio-technology firm in Glencoe’s industrial park. The Fridley native, with a business/economic degree from Pepperdine in California and a masters of business administration from Wharton College in Philadelphia, has been buying under-performing companies, turning them around and selling them for the past 20 years. He said there are several reasons he is running for the Republican gubernatorial endorsement — focus on education and kids, jobs and economic growth for the state, take a comprehensive look at regulations
Chronicle photo by Lori Copler
The Dahlke family of rural Glencoe was named the 2013 McLeod County Farm Family of the Year. From left to right are Matthew, Doug,
Patty and Samantha Dahlke. The Dahlkes own an 80-acre farm, and raise beef cows and feeder calves.
Dahlkes named McLeod County Farm Family of the Year for 2013 Johnson’s targets: jobs,
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By Lori Copler Staff Writer oug and Patty Dahlke’s farm isn’t the largest in McLeod County in terms of acreage or head of cattle, but the couple and their children, Samantha and Matthew, are just as passionate about it as if they were running 1,200 acres of cropland and a 120head herd of cattle. And the family’s passion for their operation is probably why the Dahlkes were chosen as the 2013 McLeod County Farm Family of the Year. The Dahlkes are third generation on the farm, located northeast of Glencoe. Doug Dahlke’s grandfather boughtit in 1941, sold it to his son, Bill, in 1976, and now Doug Dahlke and family are the owners, having purchased the farm from Doug’s father in 2005.
The Dahlkes run about 80 acres of cropland, and lease another 50 from the DNR for grazing their beef cows and feeder calves. Doug Dahlke said his father had a dairy operation, but sold the dairy cows in the late ’90s and bought four head of beef cows, with which the Dahlkes are slowly building a herd, expecting to freshen 18 cows next spring. Currently, both Doug and Patty Dahlke have full-time jobs off the farm — Doug works for Arnold’s Implement in Glencoe and Patty works for the Glencoe Veterinary Clinic. Both Samantha and Matthew Dahlke are active in school sports, as well as 4-H and FFA. All of that can leave a small chunk of time for the family to attend to farm duties. The only way to make it all work,
Doug Dahlke said, is for everyone to pitch in, and to work a lot of early morning and late evening hours. “There are chores for everyone,” said Doug Dahlke. “Everyone does a little bit of something.” A typical day can start at 6 to 6:30 a.m. with the feeding of cattle and other chores. In the evening, after sports practices, supper, athletic events and meetings, everyone is chipping in on chores again. “Sometimes nights can get really late,” said Dahlke. “We might not get done until midnight or later.” And along with tending the cattle, the family plants and harvests oats, corn, beans and hay. Doug Dahlke said both Sam and Matt contribute a lot, especially in
education, trim spending
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Jeff Johnson, GOP candidate for Minnesota governor, has three simple goals if he is elected — create new jobs in Minnesota, closing the education achievement gap and “spending tax money more wisely.” Johnson, a former state legislator and current commissioner on the Hennepin County Board, spoke to one of Tom Schoper’s social studies classes at GSL High School Monday morning. Johnson outlined his three goals to the students, starting with a desire to create new business in Minnesota, which in turn will create new jobs. “We’re at the bottom of the nation for creating new businesses,” said Johnson. A whole slew of issues — from business taxes to permit fees — is driving business out of Minnesota into the open arms of its neighboring states, Johnson contends. Especially hurt are Minnesota’s border communities; for example, Johnson said, businesses in Moorhead are jumping the state line and relocating in Fargo, N.D. Minnesota shouldn’t be driving its businesses to its neighbors. “We ought to be attracting their businesses to Minnesota,” said
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Shimanski: big difference between state, county government
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. 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 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.
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.
“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 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 re-
Road and bridges
When it comes to investing in road and bridge improvements in the
Ron Shimanski 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.
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Wed., 9-25 H: 75º, L: 56º Thur., 9-26 H: 79º, L: 61º Fri., 9-27 H: 77º, L: 55º Sat., 9-28 H: 63º, L: 47º Sun., 9-29 H: 68º, L: 48º
Looking back: A cool start to the week gave way to beautiful weekend weather. Date Hi Lo Rain Sept. 17 65 ......47 ..........0.00 Sept. 18 82 ......58 ..........0.02 Sept. 19 77 ......62 ..........0.30
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Honour Continued from page 1 Happenings
Legion Sunday Brunch Oct. 13
Glencoe American Legion Post 95 will host its annual Sunday Brunch, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Glencoe City Center. The menu includes pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs and beverages. The proceeds from the brunch support veterans, Glencoe-Silver Lake scholarships and other community projects. “and figure out what we really need,” and change the state’s anti-business/jobs tax codes. “Education today is different than when I grew up,” Honour said. “It’s more problematic.” He said public education was once the pride of the state, but the achievement gap, especially for inner city students, continues to grow and the graduation rates of minorities in Minnesota is “the lowest in the nation.” He called that “unMinnesotan.” But Honour said just spending money will not solve the problems with education. Getting the education dollars “closer to students” with less going to administration is something Honour also stressed. He also wants to change laws to prevent union action from working against students. He said poor outcomes despite increased funding is something “people in this state need to recognize.” Honour would change the tenure system among teachers by eliminating the “last in, first out” system for teacher layoffs. “I’d do away with tenure.” There is the need to give parents more and better choices in education to their children, Honour said, including the expansion of charter schools. As a businessman, Honour said he always looks for the root cause of problems first as well as what is working well. As to jobs and the business climate in Minnesota, he said what is now being done is failing to grow either jobs or business. He called Minnesota the worst regulatory and tax environment in the country. “Our state discourages (businesses),” Honour said. State tax codes also “are chasing taxpayers” from the state, and they are taking millions of tax dollars with them, he added. The state’s tax policies need to change, by simplifying the tax codes, lowering the tax rates and “creating a competitive environment.” Honour also said the state regulatory requirements are negatively impacting Minnesota businesses. While he said some regulations are needed, “we have to get back to figuring out what we really need (for regulations).” The focus should be on getting “the best value for the dollars we have,” Honour said, and that requires financial responsibility all across government. The conversation should start with results and how As to MNsure, the new state health insurance program as part of the federal Affordable Health Care Act, Honour said the state program “is a mess. It’s exactly the wrong approach.” He said MNsure is tackling the problem from the fringes and not the core because it lacks competition to control costs. He said it also expands Medicaid, the state program for the needy, when it “needs to go the other way,” Honour said. The focus needs to be on cost control and putting decisions on wellness in the hands of the recipients. He said the private sector can better handle health care, lower costs “and improve outcomes.” He called actions at the Legislature “decision-making in a vacuum in St. Paul.” As governor, Honour said he is willing to re-evaluate MNsure and change course if needed. Honour said he is a strong conservative, “but with priorities.” He said he has the experience and conviction to have state government do less “because the more localized, the better.” Married, Honour and his wife, Jamie, have three children.
St. John’s tip night Sept. 30
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Helen Township, will be sponsoring tip night at Unhinged! Pizza on Monday, Sept. 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Proceeds from the evening will be for the church’s debt reduction fund.
‘Broadway Kids’ to start Oct. 8
Home Bound Theatre Company will offer “Broadway Kids” on Tuesdays, Oct. 8 through Oct. 22, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., at the Panther Field House in Glencoe. Third through sixth graders will learn basic techniques in acting while doing creative activities, including acting out their favorite stories, doing simple mime exercises, learning staging techniques and more. For more information, call GSL Community Education at 320-864-2690.
Scott Honour government can help in “the most cost-effective way,” Honour said. But what is happening now is government officials are “not talking about results, they’re only talking dollars.” He suggested a cut in administration costs, addressing unfunded state pensions and change the very nature of compensation for state employees. As to social issues, Honour said the state needs to focus on the neediest Minnesotans, but not create an environment that prevents people from getting back on their feet and becoming self sufficient.
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.
Women’s Club to meet Oct. 2
The Brownton Women’s Club will meet Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7:45 p.m., at the Brownton Community Center. New members are always welcome.
Carver Co. GOP to host forum
The Carver County Republicans will host a public forum with 2014 candidates for U.S. Senate on Monday, Oct. 14, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., in the Chaska High School Auditorium, 545 Pioneer Trail, Chaska. Republican candidates slated to appear include Jim Abeler, Mike McFadden, Julianne Ortmann and Chris Dahlberg. For more information, contact Vince Baudette, chair, at 612804-3935, or by e-mail at vincebaudette@gmail.com. More information may also be found at www.carvercoun tygop.com.
Farm Family Continued from page 1
the summer. “They’re both very responsible,” said Doug Dahlke. “I can ask them to do anything, and then I don’t have to worry about it anymore. I know it’s going to get done.” Along with chores, Samantha is involved in cross country, is an FFA officer and participates in a large variety of 4-H activities. Matthew is involved in GSL football, and also is involved in FFA and 4-H. Both show beef and swine, and Samantha also shows rabbits, while Matthew participates in shooting sports, shop, small engines and tractor. So, with full-time jobs, kids’ activities and community involvement, why do the Dahlkes keep on farming? It’s the passion for agriculture. “You have to love it,” said Doug Dahlke. “And I do love it. And you really got to love the land. Sometimes there are disappointments — you find out that a cow died during the night or a crop doesn’t do well, but every spring, the calves come along and I can’t wait to get out there.” And it isn’t as if the family doesn’t have help when they need it… if they go on vacation or take a weekend away for kids’ activities, Doug’s brothers and neighbors are willing to lend a hand. And Doug’s dad, although he no longer contributes physically, is always available for some sound advice. Besides farming, the Dahlkes hunt on their land — wild turkeys, deer and other wildlife. Another way the farm gives back to the family, Doug Dahlke said. “I’ve always believed that if you treat the land well, it will treat you well,” Doug said. “And it has treated us well.” He added that he hopes to keep growing the family operation. “I’d like to have something to leave to the kids, if they so desire to keep farming,” said Doug. “I’d like to see it stay in the family.
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NA Lions set roast beef dinner
The New Auburn Lions Club will host a roast beef dinner Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the New Auburn City Hall. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, cole slaw, roll, dessert, milk and coffee. All proceeds go to community projects.
Bloodmobile in Hutch Oct. 8
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Peace Lutheran Church, 400 Franklin St. SW, in Hutchinson, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from noon to 6 p.m.
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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.
Police Report
An “extremely intoxicated” male sitting on the sidewalk on 11th Street was unable to walk and was taken by ambulance to Glencoe Regional Health Services emergency room at 2:25 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17. Police responded to a medical emergency on Elliott Avenue at 4:12 a.m., Tuesday, when a woman passed out and struck her head on a bathtub. She was taken by ambulance to the emergency room. A fight at Seneca resulted in the arrest of one person on a Texas warrant at 9:17 a.m., Tuesday. A person on Ford Avenue was taken by ambulance to the emergency room after a fall and had been on the floor for 20 minutes. The incident occurred at 3:25 p.m., Tuesday. A driver was cited for careless driving and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 8:06 a.m., in the area of Highway 22 and 120th Street. A white dog with a red collar was found at My Own Body Shop on Greeley Avenue on Wednesday at 2 p.m. The dog was taken to Countryside Veterinary. A two-vehicle accident occurred Wednesday at about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of 11th Street and Union Avenue. Involved were a 2005 Toyota, owned and driven by Joyce Brunner of Waconia, and a 1997 Buick Park Avenue owned by Daniel Moosbrugger of Winsted and driven by Christina Moosbrugger, also of Winsted. There were no injuries. A medical emergency was reported Thursday at about 5:15 p.m. in which a female cross country runner collapsed during her run at GSL High School. She was taken by ambulance to the Glencoe hospital emergency room. Another medical emergency was called in Friday at 11:05 a.m. from Ford Avenue North. A male party was unable to eat or drink and had trouble walking. The police department assisted with a semi that was having mechanical problems and was blocking the entrance to Highway 212 from Chandler Avenue on Friday at 2:24 p.m. The semi was moved enough to unblock the entrance to the highway. A medical emergency was reported Friday on Hennepin Avenue North; a woman was having a possible stroke. She was takento the hospital by ambulance. Police assisted a party from her vehicle, which was parked too close to a wall in her garage on Ford Avenue North, on Friday at 4:23 p.m. An officer cited a driver for driving after recovation on Friday at 10:05 p.m., after observing him driving a vehicle southbound over the Hennepin Avenue bridge. A driver was cited for having a too-dark window tint on their vehicle on Saturday at 1:51 p.m. One person was arrested after a verbal domestic that occurred Saturday at about 2:20 p.m. on 15th Street East. A female who was dizzy and having trouble breathing was taken by ambulance to the hospital Saturday. The call came in at about 6:30 p.m. from a Prairie Avenue address. Another medical emergency was reported Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on Greeley Avenue. A person who was “cold and weak” was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
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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.
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.
Shimanski Orchard Celebrating our 10 Anniversary
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.
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Glencoe seniors to meet
The Glencoe Senior Citizens group will meet Thursday, Sept. 26, 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, Oct. 1.
GHS class of 1978 reunion
The Glencoe High School graduating class of 1978 will have a reunion on Saturday, Oct. 5, starting at 5 p.m., at the Major Avenue Hunt Club. For more information and to RSVP, call Lynn at 320-510-2020; Lori at 320-510-0408; or Scotty at 320-510-1766. 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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cently, 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. 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” 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.”
Luce Line Trail
Shimanski said his concerns with paving the Luce Line Trail revolve around the funding source and the fact
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GOP candidate for governor, Jeff Johnson of Plymouth, a current commissioner on the Hennepin County Board and a former state legislator, spoke to students at GSL High School Monday morning. Continued from page 1 forcing a change in adminisJohnson. Creating new business will tration, a restructuring of the take a combination of short- school or parents can get term and long-term solutions, vouchers to send their children to other schools. Johnson said. “The bottom line is, the Immediate relief could be more choices you give a parbrought through tax reform. “That’s a big piece, right ent, the more competition there is,” said Johnson. there,” said Johnson, who ***** said the state needs to reform Johnson’s third focus all levels of taxation — sales, would be on spending money corporate and income taxes. “I’d like to see us broaden more wisely. The state has a $38 billion the tax base and lower the rates,” said Johnson, who biennium budget, which noted that Gov. Dayton has Johnson feels is quite large. “We have a lot of programs toyed with such ideas, but abandoned them over criti- we fund that aren’t doing very cism of the proposed busi- well,” said Johnson, who said that he would like to see auness-to-business taxes. The state also needs tort dits of all state programs, and lawsuit reform to reduce starting with those in health and human services. risk to business, Johnson “We don’t measure to see if said. they are working or not,” said Long-term solutions include restructuring agencies Johnson. “If something isn’t to reduce duplication of serv- working, we need to get rid of ices — and therefore permit it.” The state needs to priorifees — to help new businesstize, Johnson said. es. “We’re paying for things “One of the biggest complaints I hear is that every that are really cool, but not time a business wants to do essential,” Johnson said. Prisomething, it needs permits orities should include educafrom the federal, state and tion, roads and infrastructure, local levels,” said Johnson. and public safety. “Once you “There has to be a way to pay for those things, you probably don’t have money streamline that.” left over for the rest.” ***** ***** Johnson’s next area of Students also asked Johnfocus is closing the “education achievement gap” that son for his opinion on several exists between white children issues, including: Gun control — Johnson and students of color. Johnson said the gap in said he feels there needs to be Minnesota is “the biggest in some restrictions on guns (for the nation, and we’ve been in example, 12-year-old children shouldn’t be carrying guns), that position for 30 years.” And in those 30 years, the but feels that most restrictions state has spent “a lot of that are currently in place are money” trying to close the adequate. “I don’t like the idea of regap without significant restricting the rights of lawsults. “We can’t just spend more abiding people because there money and not make any are some bad guys out there,” said Johnson. changes,” said Johnson. Vikings stadium — JohnThe best way to close the son said he “loves the idea” gap, Johnson said, is to give parents more choice as to of a new Vikings stadium, but where their children can go to doesn’t think it should be supported with public dollars. school. Standardized testing — “In a perfect world, people should be able to dedicate Johnson said he believes there their tax money to a kid, and should be some standardized that money would follow that testing to hold schools ackid wherever he chose to go,” countable, but feels there is currently too much testing. said Johnson. “But that’s not Gay marriage — Johnson realistic, it would create a fisaid he believes marriage nancial nightmare.” However, at least some should be between one man state money should follow and one woman, but added children to whichever school that a decision has been made district they choose to attend, regarding the issue “and we need to move on. We have Johnson contends. other things to take care of.” Johnson said he also is inJohnson also urged students terested in a concept that has popped up in California — a to get involved in politics. “I know a lot of people “parent trigger” for schools that are failing for a period of think nothing gets accomtwo or three years. Parents in plished, but I don’t think those school districts can de- that’s entirely true,” said mand elections in which they Johnson. “There is an opporcan cast votes of “no confi- tunity to make a difference.” dence” in the school district, Denny’s Barber Shop
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DeCorsey celebrates 20 years of coaching
Former and current team members of the GlencoeSilver Lake tennis team got together on Sept. 19 for a surprise party, honoring girls’ tennis coach Robb DeCorsey for his 20 years of coaching. “I had no clue!” DeCorsey said of the planned get-together that featured team photographs, cake and plenty of reminiscing. Current team members are marked with an *. Front row from left: Ashlyn Ratike*, Stephie Elsing*, Teanna Vorlicek*, Jessica Klitzke*, Callie Raduenz*, Jenessa Urban*, Ellie Lepel*, Laura Becker*, Emily VonBerge*, Jessica Fegley*, Grace Draeger*, Allie Harpel*, Emily Popelka* and Chelsea Bandas*. Second row from left: Lindsey Wedin*, Ashley Miller*, Piper Davis*, Hannah Lemke*, Amanda (Hoernemann) Struefert ‘99, Stephanie (Lemke) Jacques ‘03, DJ Schuette ‘06, Amanda George ‘05, head coach Robb DeCorsey, Amanda (Stifter) Johnson ‘05, Justine (Olson) Launert ‘04, Mandy Schlauderaff ‘12, and Justine Helmbrecht*. Third row from left: Emma Birkholz ‘08, Bre Boesche ‘09, Stephanie (Schuette) Mehrkens ‘00, Kim Urban ‘05, Sarah Alsleben ‘06, Rachel (Schrempp) Olson ‘05, Kelly Arnold*, Michaela Boesche ‘13, Mary Arnold ‘12, Vanessa (Olson) Kimball ‘02, Sammy Exsted ‘10, Kelcie Eggersgluess ‘10, assistant coach Josh Otto-Fisher. Fourth row from left: assistant coach Sheri Anderson, assistant coach Kim Schuette, Amy (Hartl) McKay ‘05, Kristin (Walford) Kohout ‘05, Mary (Jaskowiak) Doering ‘05, Hali Haukos ‘07, Jennifer Wedin ‘11 and Megan (Schrupp) Voigt ‘00.
New school is dedicated
GAYLORD — Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord dedicated its new school on Sunday, according to The Gaylord Hub. The new 19,400-square-foot school is about three times larger than the former school. In addition to offering education to kindergarten through eighth graders, Immanuel has added a “Shining Stars Learning Center” for children age 4 and younger, and started a latch-key program to provide child care before and after school hours.
Injured gridder is improving
DASSEL-COKATO — Luke Nelson, a Dassel-Cokato High School student who suffered a serious head injury in a Sept. 6 football game, is recovering well, the Enterprise Dispatch reported last week. Doctors had to remove half of Nelson’s skull to relieve pressure on his brain after the injury. “He’s already made significant, giant strides,” said Dr. Andrew Kiragu, pediatric critical care physician at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Kiragu said Nelson is back to himself personality-wise, but has some physical side effects that will take much longer to heal.
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Our view: Project is too significant in size, cost to make a quick decision
What started as an investigation into how to improve security at the McLeod County Courthouse has turned into what is now mostly a jail expansion project, at the impressive cost of $7 million. Although the project is significantly less expensive than a proposed $22.5 million project that was rejected in 2007, and is considerably scaled back from that project, $7 million is still a hefty price tag. We have a couple of thoughts about the latest proposal under consideration, should the County Board continue to pursue it: First, keep at least one of the entrances on the north side of the building, which has always been the front of the edifice, open. While we all should be concerned for employee safety, we need to balance that with accessibility to our most local levels of government. Maintaining two loosely controlled entrances to the Courthouse — one at the southeast and one on the north side — is not an unreasonable option for a Courthouse of this size. Second, keeping a north entrance open should eliminate the desire to close a portion of Ives Avenue east of the Courthouse in order to expand parking. A north entrance will ensure that many Courthouse visitors will use the parking available on 11th Street. An addition to the southeast part of the building will eliminate a handful of parking spots, but the east parking lot is seldom full. And we agreed with Chuck Shamla that even a partial closing of the street could significantly impact his business. We also have a couple of questions regarding the project: First, we would like more detailed information as to how expanding the jail by 15 to 20 beds will save the county the purported $100,000. We understand that no more staff will be needed to monitor those extra beds, but specifically, how else do we save? In transportation costs? Food service? For a project of this proportion, we feel this information should be provided to the public. Second, what will the County Board decide to do with those savings? Dedicate them to a capital improvement fund to make future improvements to the jail? Use them to offset general fund costs? Lower property taxes? We understand that these issues have been under consideration by the county for at least a couple of years, but most of those discussions have been in committee meetings, out of the public eye. The County Board took comment from the public at its Sept. 17 meeting, and set an Oct. 22 date for making a decision. We certainly hope that more information is forthcoming in the interim, and that more public input is sought before that date, because this is a project that could significantly change the landscape of the Courthouse, and at a significant cost. — L.C.
The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, September 25, 2013, page 4
Letters to Editor Is courthouse project necessary? Do the math
To the Editor: First, thank you to Rich Glennie for his editorial alerting the public on the questionable revamping of our courthouse and for the advertisement announcing the hearing by the County Board on Sept. 17 in the Commissioners Room at the County courthouse. Approximately 20 concerned citizens attended the hearing — most spoke openly against the $7 million project to be done without a public vote. According to the engineer, the main two objectives of the project were security and jail space. The project would result in closing Ives Avenue on the east side of the jail and provide 15 to 20 more beds for inmates. The current plan includes closing the front doors of the present courthouse, leaving one east entrance. It would spend Annamarie Tudhope’s entire gift of $3.8 million plus $4 million of county money. The two County Board members who were present from the previous unsuccessful $22 million jail fiasco appear to be the instigators of this project along with the sheriff’s department. Prior to this meeting, I mentioned to a County Board member that closing the front entrances would be “a first” for a public building. He retorted that the building was very old and outdated. His response alarmed me. This kind of reasoning makes me question his ability to handle our millions of county dollars for our 36,000 county residents. I believe the security issue is overblown but not to our public safety officers and some others who believe otherwise. Here are a few examples that illustrate the paranoia that exists among them. One example: A telephone call stated shots were fired and a man was down (in Glencoe) which resulted in state, county and city police converging on the suspect area. Perhaps a Glencoe officer could have checked the situation out first? Nope. The entire posse arrived with guns drawn only to find a man down on his knees with a nail gun at a newly constructed building. A comment from one of the officers afterward said he was concerned that the caller’s intent was to gather as many officers together as possible and put them all at risk. Wow, really? Maybe you are in the wrong profession. Another example (in the national news): An incident elsewhere involved an injured, unarmed accident victim who was seeking help at a residence late at night only to be shot 10 times by an officer who was called by the resident owner to come and help. Help? Or, how about the recent event where a 107-year-old man was gunned down because he decided he did not want to be moved out of his home? Security — yes, we need to be vigilant — but over-zealous law enforcement attitudes are causing problems and animosity with citizens. As for the jail space reason, yes, we rent space for an average of four to five inmates a day, not the 10 to 15 a day as stated by a county person at the hearing. Do the math ($100,000 annual cost divided by $55 cost a day). The county claims they would be saving $100,000 a year for the rented-out inmates’ housing cost. The $7 million at the current interest rate would generate nearly $200,000 a year, $100,000 more than jail rental! Figure it out. The county also claims the present cost to house an inmate in our facility is $160 a day. The addition will only reduce the cost per inmate to $120 a day. This isn’t much of a savings to warrant the millions spent on this project. Let’s not forget that jail functions may change down the road, such as using more home-monitoring systems to keep non-violent offenders working and supporting their families or themselves, or increasing the use of car-ignition locks. With future law changes, it could make present jail designs obsolete or leave more jail space vacancies. And, are you sure we want to close Ives Avenue? Look what happened when we turned 11th Street to a one-way (by the old Economart). This change affected the business along that street as well as causing inconvenience for Glencoe citizens. This entire project boils down to using the entire Tudhope gift. Commissioner Nies stated that if the judge states the Tudhope will doesn’t allow the money to be used as proposed, the project is over. So forget about security and more jail space. What does this tell you? Call your county commissioners and let them know your thoughts on the project. Your commissioners are: Ron Shimanski (320-327-0112), Kermit Terlinden (320-864-3738), Paul Wright (320-587-7332), Sheldon Nies (320-587-5117), and Jon Christensen (320-587-5663). Gary Ballard Glencoe
Letters to Editor Letter was full of untruths, false statements
To the Editor: Jan Conner’s letter to the editor last week, “The ‘A’ word is emotional, with really no resolution,” was so full of untruths that after a first reading I thought it was some kind of trick to stir up controversy. I’ll list the three most egregiously false statements. First, Conner wrote, “No one is forcing anybody else’s beliefs on another person.” There is another person who is involved in the decision to abort. That is the human baby who is being aborted. The baby is not part of the mother’s body. He or she is a separate person with its own heartbeat, possibly different blood type, different gender if the baby is a boy, and different DNA sequence than the mother’s. Notice that these differences are scientific, not emotional or religious. Next, Conner wrote with capital letters, “NOBODY is in favor of abortions.” Yes, they are. The abortion industry is big business in America. People make their living doing abortions and working in abortion clinics. These people definitely are in favor of abortions, and don’t want their cash cow to end. Many politicians are in favor of abortions because they believe it gives them an advantage over their political opponents with women voters. Finally, Conner wrote that abortion clinics do mammograms to check for breast cancer. Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion provider in the country, does not do mammograms. If the biggest abortion provider doesn’t do mammograms, the little clinics are definitely not going to do them. The scanners used for mammograms are expensive, and would seriously cut into a clinic’s profits when abortion is its core business. Calling an abortion a “compassionate choice,” as Conner did, is an Orwellian euphemism. There is nothing compassionate about it. Rosalind Kohls Glencoe
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What should be the McLeod County Board’s next plan for improvements at the Courthouse/Jail? 1) Stick with the current plan 2) Add on to jail, but keep north entrance open 3) Abandon all plans for expansion 4) Add on, but keep north entrance, Ives Avenue open Results for most recent question: Smokers are circumventing the state’s new $1.60 additional tax on cigarette packs by buying pouch tobacco and e-cigarettes. Should the state extend the new tax to those products, too? 1) Yes - 35% 2) No - 61% 3) Not sure - 4%
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Guest column:
Congress’ role in Syrian crisis
By Lee H. Hamilton As Washington swirls with proposals, counter-proposals, and political brinksmanship in response to diplomatic efforts on Syria, the situation has a lot of people scratching their heads. Couldn’t President Obama and Congress have handled this differently? I prefer to take a step back and ask a different question. Given that we are stronger as a country and our foreign policy more effective when the President and Congress forge a unified response to an international crisis, how can the two branches of government work together less chaotically to confront a dilemma like this one? Let’s put a possible congressional vote on Syria in context. Washington has long been divided over the power to use American military force, thanks to ambiguity in the Constitution itself: it gives Congress the power to declare war, but makes the President commander-inchief. The last time Congress formally used its war powers was during World War II. Ever since, as we’ve engaged often in military action, it has ceded authority to the President. It tried to regain lost ground with the War Powers Resolution of 1973, which passed over a presidential veto and which no President since has considered constitutional, but it has been a losing battle. Grenada, Kosovo, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Libya — all were launched by presidents without prior congressional authorization. So I’m encouraged to see the possibility of a real debate on Capitol Hill on Syria, on what to do when another country uses chemical weapons, and on the projection of U.S. power. Congress should have returned much sooner from its vacation to address issues of such obvious national importance. But at least it’s stepping up to the plate in a way it has preferred to avoid before now. Let’s be clear. Presidents should not get a free pass on foreign affairs, but neither should Congress get to avoid declaring itself. On such difficult issues in the past, Congress has preferred to sidestep its constitutional responsibility, defer to the President, and then snipe from the sidelines when things go wrong. It has done so repeatedly not just on military issues, but on such matters recently as developing a national cyberwarfare strategy — which it failed at, leaving a matter of critical national security to the President — and on the NSA’s surveillance of Americans’ electronic communications, which members of Congress in the know never saw fit to bring up for public debate, even though it amounts to the largest expansion of government power in recent history. This time, for better or worse, is different. The arguments both for and against a limited use of American force are reasonable, and congressional leaders are correct when they say this is a matter of conscience. I happen to believe that the United States’ credibility in the world is at stake here and that restoring an international norm against the use of poison gas is important. My guess is that, should a fullfledged debate take place, members will acquit themselves well. What I don’t want to see is a chaotic process that leaves the U.S. appearing divided and indecisive, with the President forced to wonder how to “consult” with a disorganized Congress in which power is diffused. There is a better way, but it requires a regular mechanism for consultation. A few years ago, a bipartisan National War Powers Commission, of which I was a member, came up with a pragmatic framework that would create a routine process for the President and Congress to follow. It would require the President to consult with congressional leaders before any military action expected to last more than one week — and then would require Congress to declare itself, either by voting to approve action or, if that resolution fails, to allow for a vote to disapprove military involvement. Had this structure been in place already, a high-stakes vote on Syria wouldn’t seem so unusual and the consultative process would have been far less messy. My hope, once this is over, is that the idea will gain greater currency. When international crises arrive, a routine process that’s allowed our political leaders to build credibility with each other would save them a lot of heartburn. Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.
Best thing since sliced bread!
Who doesn’t love homemade bread? I started making homemade bread a couple of years ago. I would like to only make homemade bread, but the reality is that I don’t have it as often as I intended. I had heard about the “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” cookbooks and did a little research about it. The idea is to make the dough and refrigerate for up to two weeks, then when ready, form loaf, let rise and bake. This is one of my favorites. It makes a total of three or four loaves. Cheddar Cheese Bread 3 cups lukewarm water 1-1/2 tablespoons yeast 1-1/2 tablespoons salt 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar 6-1/2 cups flour 1 cup grated cheddar cheese Flour (for sprinkling) 1 cup hot water (for the oven) In a large bowl or food container, mix the water, yeast, salt, and sugar together. Stir in the flour and grated cheese until just combined; you may have to use your hands to incorporate the last bit of flour. A stand mixer with a dough hook works great, too. Do not knead the dough. Cover the container loosely with a towel or plastic wrap. Let the dough rest at room temperature (65 to 75 degrees) for two hours or until the dough rises and collapses. The dough is now ready for baking, but it’s easier to handle after refrigeration. Refrigerate in a loosely covered container for up to seven days. When ready to bake, have ready a pizza peel or baking sheet dusted liberally with cornmeal. Sprinkle the dough generously with flour and cut off a 1pound piece (about the size of a grapefruit) for each loaf. Sprinkle the piece with more flour and quickly shape it into a ball by stretching the surface of the dough around to the bottom as you rotate the ball in your hands. Place the ball of dough on the pizza peel or baking sheet. Let rise at room temperature for one hour (40 minutes if you’re using fresh, unrefrigerated dough). Set the oven at 450 degrees. Place a baking stone
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or baking sheet on the lowest rack and an empty broiler tray on any other shelf that won’t interfere with the rising bread. Sprinkle the loaf generously with flour. Using a serrated bread knife, quickly slash a cross or tictac-toe pattern across the top of the bread. Slide the loaf of bread off the peel or baking sheet onto the hot pizza stone or baking sheet. Pour 1 cup hot water into the hot broiler tray. Quickly close the oven door. Bake the bread for 25 minutes, or until it looks deeply golden and firm. Smaller or larger loaves will require more or less baking time. Cool on a wire rack before slicing. I don’t always use the baking stone. A baking sheet works just fine. ***** I have wanted to try this recipe for a while and finally did this weekend. Another really easy recipe and it is amazing. I will be making this often. English Muffin Bread 5-1/2 cups warm water 3 packages rapid-rise yeast 2 tablespoons salt 3 tablespoons sugar 11 cups all-purpose or bread flour Mix all together, then spoon into four wellgreased loaf pans. Let rise in pans until dough reaches the top of the pans, and bake in 350-degree oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Ten minutes before done, brush with melted butter. Makes four loaves. Bread will be moist at first. Allow to cool completely before cutting. Makes terrific toast. (www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com). All bread recipes say cool completely before cutting. This is something that has never happened at my house and probably never will. I just can never wait.
Letters to Editor New school year is off and running
To the Editor: It’s difficult to believe that the first month of school is completed. We are off and running and won’t slow down until June. If the rest of the school year is anything like the start of the year, we are in for a very fast and wonderful school year. A special thank you goes out to all of our parents for sending your child to GSL. We pride ourselves on providing your child with the best educational experience possible. We promise you that much teaching and learning will happen on a daily basis and that we will work hard to make this school year a memorable one. The Early Childhood Learning Center is on schedule and progress is moving along nicely. As the weeks go by, it is exciting to see the progress of this facility’s construction. As I mentioned many times before, this Learning Center does not solve our overall facility needs. It does provide necessary space for this year at Helen Baker and it will give our earliest learners a firstrate, 21st century facility that meets the needs of our students. We will continue to provide you with information on our facility needs and will continue to update our district members as the weeks and months go by. Overall, great things are happening at GSL and we are ready to have a wonderful school year. With the school year under way, we ask all members of our district to be safe when driving, especially before and after school. Lots of kids are out and about during this time and, if we all do our part, we can continue to have a wonderful and safe school year. Christopher D. Sonju GSL Superintendent
Guest column:
It is time to reflect, act on MHP
By Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville Forty-eight years ago this summer, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law, providing health care for millions of older Americans. As our state begins full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it is appropriate to reflect on the progress we have made on giving health care access to Americans, and commit to delivering Medicare for All. At the signing of the Medicare law, President Johnson said, “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years.” The Medicare program has largely succeeded in fulfilling that promise. Seniors get the health care they need, when they need it. It still doesn’t cover all medical needs, but over the years, it has been expanded several times to increase the number of people covered, and the number of services provided. In 1972, people under age 65 who had long-term disabilities were included in Medicare. In 2003, prescription drug coverage was added. More recently, the Affordable Care Act (often called ObamaCare) added preventive care services to Medicare, as well as mammograms and other health screenings, and it reduced the co-payments seniors pay for prescription drugs. For older Minnesotans, Medicare has been a lifesaver. Minnesotans under 65, however, have been covered — or not covered — under a fragmented and broken system of employer-based health insurance, private plans, public programs, or no insurance at all. Fortunately, during the next five months, many previously uninsured Minnesotans will receive health care coverage through the MNSure insurance exchange of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Those who were denied coverage because of preexisting conditions should no longer face that problem. Young adults whose parents have good coverage are now eligible for coverage through them. Minnesota, under Gov. Dayton and the DFL Legislature this year, is leading the nation in its thoughtful and comprehensive implementation of the ACA. By upgrading MinnesotaCare and expanding Medicaid, Minnesota will make health care accessible to hundreds of thousands of additional people. However, the ACA is not Medicare. It does little to eliminate the bureaucratic waste in our current system or reduce the overall costs of our health care system — and it will not cover everyone. Nationally, about twothirds of the low-income people eligible for coverage under the ACA will not be covered because their states have chosen not to expand Medicaid. Minnesota is doing much better than those states, but there will still be a couple hundred thousand Minnesotans without coverage, and many more who have coverage will not have affordable access to some needed services. Although the ACA will close some gaps in our dysfunctional health care system, gaps will remain, and many people needing care will fall into those cracks. As soon as the ACA is fully implemented, it is time to turn our attention to completing the promise of Medicare for all. Legislation to enact a proposed Minnesota Health Plan (MHP), a Medicare-style plan for everyone is the only solution to rapidly rising medical costs. The MHP would beef up the coverage that Medicare recipients get — including nursing home care and many other needed services — and extend those same benefits to everyone, regardless of age. The Minnesota Health Plan would cover all Minnesotans for all of their medical needs. Yet the MHP would save money, eliminating the costly bureaucratic insurance system and delivering health care directly. And, in providing health care to all instead of health insurance for some, we would leave medical decision-making with patients and their doctors, not subject to government or insurance company interference. A growing number of Minnesota physicians and nurses are supporting the MHP, because they are tired of patients who get inferior treatment based on insurance company restrictions. Two years from now, when the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of Medicare, we want to be on the verge of passing the Minnesota Health Plan. Five decades after Medicare covered people over 65, it is time for Minnesota to cover people under age 65 as well, finally delivering Medicare for All.
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From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
Sept. 26, 1913 O.C. Conrad, Editor Yesterday forenoon occurred the marriage of Miss Helena Gehrke to Mr. Carl Grochow at the large Penn church. Following the church service, the wedding party repaired to the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Gehrke, where a big wedding dinner was served. They will begin housekeeping immediately on the groom’s farm eight miles south of Brownton. Albert Grunewald, residing six miles south of the village, was here Tuesday and was madder than a hatter. Mr. Grunewald said that a party of four hunters in a Ford car stopped a short distance from his house early Sunday morning and took several shots at his fine flock of tame ducks that was paddling in a slough near the roadside. Nine of his 27 ducks were slain. Mr. Grunewald was successful in getting the car number and intends to push the case to the limit. Last Friday afternoon’s passenger train ran into several of Adolph Mielke’s cows, which had gotten loose, at the Schimmelpfennig crossing. One cow was killed instantly and another badly crippled. he is now resting. Emilie Pauline (Siebert) Janke, 69, died early last Thursday morning. About 20 years ago, she had suffered a stroke which left her an invalid. During the last eight years, she was confined to bed, wholly dependent on the loving care of her youngest daughter. She is survived by four daughters and six sons. Mr. and Mrs. John Mielke entertained relatives and friends last Wednesday, it being their golden wedding anniversary. School were announced last week. They include Jenny Mons, Tammy Uecker, Tina Robbins and Kimberly Maiers as queen candidates, and Brad Daak, John Stenzel, Ryan Burge and Jeff Loeschen as king candidates. Brownton Fire and Rescue responded to two accidents Monday morning that occurred within minutes of each other. The first happened about 10 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 15 and Highway 212, a rear-end type accident. There were no injuries. Shortly afterward, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Highway 212 and County Road 25, just south of Brownton. There were no injuries in that accident, either. An Arlington man, Jerritt Piotter, 23, was southbound on Highway 15 Thursday night when his vehicle collided with a Twin Cities & Western train just north of Brownton. Piotter was taken to the Hutchinson hospital for treatment of injuries.
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Cleaning up the Crow
The Stewart-Brownton Girl Scouts participated in the Crow River Cleanup Saturday, Sept. 21. They cleaned about two miles of the Buffalo Creek near County Road 7. They found many interesting items, including a unicorn touch lamp, hard hats in a pail, a trough, barbed wire, box springs, a full can of Milwaukee’s Best Beer, and foam sealer, as well as the usual plastic bottles, cans and glass bottles. They also found some fun things like clam shells, deer tracks, mushrooms, moss, toads and uprooted trees. Participants who helped were, front from left, Calan Roepke, Jordyn Uecker, Kaylee Hable and Samantha Forcier. In the back is Mercedes Radermacher. Adults who helped were Gerri Fitzloff and Jodi Uecker.
50 Years Ago
Sept. 26, 1963 Charles H. Warner, Editor The first Minnesotan to go to Jamaica under the International Farm Youth Exchange will be Darrol Bussler, 23, of Brownton, who will fly from Washington to Kingston this Sunday. For six months, Darrol will live and work with farm families in Jamaica. Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m., Miss Judith Ann Rannow became the bride of Ralph Bulau. The bride’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rannow of Glencoe, while Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bulau of Brownton are the parents of the groom. Tuesday, a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Orlin Wendland. She will be named Karla Jean. Dr. G.W. Judd, dentist, will open an office in the Masonic Hall Tuesday, Oct. 1, to give this community its first full-time dentist in over 10 years.
10 Years Ago
Sept. 24, 2003 Lori Copler, Editor Laura Zaske and Lance Bussler were crowned the 2003 McLeod West High School homecoming queen and king Monday night. Zaske is the daughter of Jerald and Barbara Zaske and Bussler is the son of Byron and Sheila Bussler. John Kalenberg, an eighth grader at McLeod West, was chosen the Minnesota Twins’ “Super Fan of the Game” Thursday night at the Metrodome. Ryan and Jennifer Ortloff of Brownton announce the arrival of a daughter, Grace Christine, born Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, at 8:07 a.m., at the Hutchinson Community Hospital.
Obituaries Viola Bebo, 96, of Hutchinson
Viola Bebo, 96, of Hutchinson, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at the Hutchinson hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held T h u r s d a y, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m., at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. The Rev. Viola Bebo Gerald S. Meidl will be the celebrant. A visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass at the church. Pallbearers will be Shannon Speiser, Brandon Speiser, Victor Schwich, David Bentz, Douglas Bebo and Justin Bebo. Viola Bebo was born Aug. 26, 1917, in Beresford, S.D., the daughter of Fred and Agnes Hansen Swedlund. Mrs. Bebo was a homemaker and enjoyed embroidering dish towels, family get-togethers, and she loved to celebrate everyone’s birthday. She was a member of St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. She also belonged to the Sunshine Club. She is survived by her son, Eugene (special friend, Marjorie) Speiser; a daughter, Patricia (Kenneth) Bebo; grandchildren, Shannon Speiser, Brandon Speiser, Douglas Bebo, Deborah Bentz and Kimberly Bebo; eight greatgrandchildren; two greatgreat-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Fred Speiser and Jerome Bebo; and by two sisters, Elvera Raiber and Leona Gertes. The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.maresh funeralhome.com.
75 Years Ago
Sept. 22, 1938 Percy L. Hakes, Editor Franz Hein, aged resident of Brownton who resides at the hotel, had the misfortune of fracturing his left hip Thursday afternoon. The accident happened when he was leaving Fritz and Hugo’s place. He was immediately taken to the University Hospital in Minneapolis, where
20 Years Ago
Sept. 22, 1993 Lori Copler, Editor Candidates for homecoming royalty at McLeod West High
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
Sept. 26, 1913 A.F. Avery, Editor One of the prettiest weddings of the season was solemnized at the F.F. Fenske home Sunday, Sept. 21, at 5 o’clock p.m., when Miss Adeline, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.F. Fenske, became the bride of Charley Anderson, second son of John Anderson of Severance. The young couple will live for the present on the farm of the groom’s parents. Next spring, the groom intends to erect a dwelling on his farm in Cornish Township. under football coach Theodore Stall at the athletic field near the new school in order to put a sixman squad on the field this year. Players include Willie Hoyt, Allyn Ahlers, John Kalenberg, David Pichotta, Herbert Callier, Lester Goodman, Gerald Dettman, Leslie Kloempken, Kenneth Hoyt, Lowell Proehl, Raymond Grams and Orlando Ruschmeyer. A pretty fall wedding was solemnized at the St. Boniface Church here Tuesday morning when Miss Lucy Metelak and John N. Schilling were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. O.W. DeGree informed the writer Wednesday that he had been very successful with his Rhode Island Reds at the county fair. “Froggie” says he won 11 prizes in a possible 12 with his birds, failing on the other when his prize cockerel was taken sick and could not be entered. A daughter was born Wednesday, Sept. 14, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Maiers.
50 Years Ago
Sept. 26, 1963 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fenske (Marion Rath) a baby son, Brian Lee, at the Hutchinson hospital Sunday, Sept. 22.
35 Years Ago
Sept. 28, 1978 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor E.J. “Eddie” Athmann received notification last Wednesday of his appointment as postmaster at Brownton effective Friday, Oct. 6. Athmann has been a flexible clerk at the Stewart Post Office for the past 20 years. Mr. and Mrs. Gale Schlueter (Judy Plamann) announce the birth of a baby girl, Michelle Marie, born Friday, Sept. 22.
Farming accidents kill one, hurt one
WRIGHT COUNTY — Two farming accidents in Wright County left one man dead and another seriously injured, according to KDUZ Radio, Hutchinson. On Friday at 6:40 p.m., the Wright County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a farm accident at 11252 Quimby Ave. SW in Stockholm Township. The initial investigation indicates that 54-year-old Craig Wanous of Hutchinson had become entangled in the cutter head of a self-propelled field chopper. He was pronounced dead at the scene. On Saturday at 3:15 p.m., the Wright County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a medical emergency at Terning Seeds, 15365 60th St. SW in Stockholm Township, in which an employee, 57-year-old Jose Molinr of Long Beach, Calif., had his hands and arms crushed and trapped in a corn husking bed. Molinr was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
75 Years Ago
Sept. 23, 1938 Harry Koeppen, Editor A squad of 10 high school youngsters with a grade student or two thrown in for good measure has been working out daily
From The Chronicle archives
30 Years Ago
Sept. 28, 1983 Bill Ramige, Editor Ex-jock Jim Andersen, now head of the Glencoe Hospital physical therapy department, has traveled with the Glencoe football team as its volunteer athletic trainer to assist with injuries for the past three years. “Having Jim out there to handle the injuries takes a lot of the pressure off the coaches,” Coach Don Tangen said. A grand opening will be held at H.G. Swilleys, located on Highway 212, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 with dining room specials, drawings for prizes all three nights and free snacks and hors d’ouevers throughout the weekend in the main bar. The Wednesday he referred to is the start of mediation sessions between the two teacher associations and the school boards of Glencoe and Silver Lake as they attempt to hammer out a joint two-year contract for 1993-95. On Tuesday, the County Board of Commissioners agreed to a contract with the Teamsters Union giving McLeod County clerical employees, home health aides and cooks at the county jail pay raises of 5.5 percent up to 8.5 percent over the next two years. Members of the Teamsters Union were the last group to settle their 1993 contracts. All other unions received 3 or 4 percent pay raises for 1993. Lois Bruckschen was honored on Sunday at First Congregational of Glencoe for her more than 50 years of singing with the church choir. “I keep singing because I enjoy music so much,” Bruckschen said. chens, daughter of Karla Eischens of Glencoe, Ashley Walters, daughter of Jim and Marvie Walters of Glencoe and Lindsey Morris, daughter of Brad and Debbie Morris of Glencoe. Homecoming king candidates are: Derek Dittmer, son of Myron and Sherry Dittmer of Glencoe, William VandeSteeg, son of Bruce and Cherie Ruzicka of Silver Lake, Nicholas Johnson, son of Mark and Joan Johnson of Plato, Lucas Maresh, son of Robert and Kathy Maresh of Glencoe and Gunther Wagoner, son of Douglas and Lynda Wagoner of Glencoe. Darrin Rosenau, a McLeod West junior, recently won the “Trendsetter” contest at the New Ulm Herberger’s store. Rosenau and Nikeshia Koch of New Ulm were chosen for their looks, school involvement, academics and personal style. Prizes included one outfit per month for September, October and November and the opportunity to choose an outfit for a mannequin in Herberger’s. The Southwest State University marching Band of Marshall, Minnesota, performed at halftime at Friday night’s GlencoeSilver Lake football game against Becker. The band’s musicians include two GSL graduates, Mark Adelmann, trombone, and Helen Koktan, flute.
Thurs., Sept. 26 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info. Sat., Sept. 28 — McLeod County Republican Women fall kick off mtg., Dunn Brothers Coffee, Hutchinson, 9 a.m. Mon., Sept. 30 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, Brownton Community Center, 1 p.m. Tues., Oct. 1 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m.; Brownton City Council, 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 2 — Brownton Women’s Club mtg., Brownton Community Center, 7:45 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 3 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.
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20 Years Ago
Sept. 29, 1993 Rich Glennie, Editor An hour and a half into recent teacher contract negotiations, representatives of the Glencoe and Silver Lake teachers union had enough. The angry union representatives stood up and left the meeting. “We’ll fold up the book and meet you Wednesday,” said Jim Zaske, negotiator for the Glencoe Public School Education Association (GPSEA).
37 pints given at Bloodmobile
Thirty-seven pints of blood were collected at the Red Cross Bloodmobile in Brownton on Thursday. The goal for the day was 25 pints, according to coordinator Eunice Warner.
10 Years Ago
Sept. 24, 2003 Rich Glennie, Editor Glencoe-Silver Lake High School’s Homecoming royalty candidates for this year for queen are: Ericka Muenchow, daughter of Kevin and Julie Muenchow of Plato, Kacie Victorian, daughter of Mike Victorian of Silver Lake, Katie Eis-
Thank You
I would like to thank Pastor Reed and everyone for their prayers and visits after my heart surgery at Abbott and my stay at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and therapy for the good care I received. Special thanks to my family for all their help and cares. God bless you all!
Granite Falls murder suspect in custody
RENVILLE COUNTY — Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, wanted in connection with an early-September double homicide in Granite Falls, was taken into custody Sept. 17 at the Renville County Jail, according to the Renville County Register. Dikken was brought to the jail by family members after eluding law enforcement officials for nearly two weeks. Dikken is accused of the shooting deaths of Kara Monson, 26, who was found dead in her home Sept. 2, and Christopher Panitzke, 28, who also was shot and died Sept. 8 from his injuries. Panitzke had managed to call law enforcement after being shot.
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Time to say goodbye: Trevor Breyer takes part in his last 4-H dairy show
By Missy Mussman Dairy Star Staff Writer ST. PAUL – Since Trevor Breyer was a kindergartner in Cloverbuds, he has been at the end of a halter of a dairy animal in the 4-H ring. “It was a good experience,” Breyer said of his first time in the show ring. “If it wasn’t for all the things I learned when I was younger, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” After 13 years, Trevor Breyer, a McLeod County 4Her from Glencoe, walked out of the 4-H dairy ring for the last time on Aug. 24 at the Minnesota State Fair. “It was sad walking out of there for the last time knowing I was never going to come back,” Breyer said. “The last 13 years comes down to today.” Growing up, Breyer was introduced to the show ring at a young age with his father, Tim, working at Hoese Dairy with David Hoese near Glencoe. Hoese is Trevor’s godfather. “It all took off from there,” Breyer said. Breyer now works alongside his father and Hoese on the farm with evening milkings during the school year and the show cattle during the summer. “I make sure they are right on come show time,” Breyer said. With all of his experience, it was only natural for Breyer to join the 4-H dairy project and lease his animals from the Hoeses. Over the years, Breyer learned what it took to be a good showman. He’s learned to pay attention to the judge and know what faults his animal has in order to hide them in the show ring. “After doing this for so many years, it’s just a habit,” Breyer said. “I don’t have to think.” Breyer had several mentors who really helped him learn the art of showing dairy cows. His father, Tim, David Hoese and Jared Tessmer were some of the ones that stick out in his mind. “They really kept on me,”
VA benefits breakfast set
Ecumen Oaks & Pines of Hutchinson will have a complimentary breakfast for veterans and their spouses on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., in the Ecumen Pines dining room, 1015 Century Ave. SW, Hutchinson. The breakfast will provide veterans an opportunity to learn more about health care and long-term care options, provided by Jim Lauer, McLeod County Veteran Services officer. For more information and to RSVP (space is limited), call Kristal Ehrke, 320-234-0873.

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Trevor Breyer stands with his 4-yearold cow, Hoese Jasper Daisy-TW, on Aug. 25 at the Minnesota State Fair. This year was his last year in the 4-H Breyer said. “They made sure I was doing things right, and if I wasn’t, they would break it down for me. It’s worked ever since.” Even though most of his knowledge revolved around his dairy animals, it wasn’t the only thing the dairy project taught him. “This project has taught me everything I know and I’m still learning,” Breyer said. “There are a lot of life lessons to take with me, too. A lot of it is responsibility and making sure you are on time.” Breyer isn’t keeping all of the knowledge he has gained to himself, but has shared it with his fellow McLeod County 4-Hers. “I feel I have had some of the best mentors around and they taught me all I need to know,” Breyer said. “I just want those kids to be the best and see them do as well as I did.” While reminiscing about the past 13 years, Breyer couldn’t forget one of his favorite cows he has shown, Hoese Dundee Rose. Breyer took her to the state
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Kaly Potter and Steve Rannow Jr. of Hutchinson announce the birth of their daughter, Shaila Ann Rannow, on Sept. 3, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Shaila weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19 inches in length. Her older brother is Logan Alexander Rannow. Grandparents are Steve E. Rannow Sr. of Silver Lake, Joel and Lori Potter of Oconomowoc, Wis., Brentt and Emily Helland of Minnetrista and Cindy Rannow of St. Cloud.
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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
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Twenty Brownton senior citizens met Monday, Sept. 16, at the community center. Cards were played with the following winners: 500, Archie Diehn, first, and Eleanora Lamp, second; pinochle, Ruby Streich, first, and Pearl Streu, second; and sheephead, Lil Lindeman, first, and Elmer Maass, second. Ruby Streich served refreshments. John Huebert won the door prize. Nineteen seniors met Monday, Sept. 23. Winning at cards were: 500, Bernetta Alsleben, first, and Jerome Ewert, second; pinochle, Ordell Klucas, first, and Leone Kujas, second; and sheephead, Lil Lindeman, first, and Delores Rennecke, second. Archie Diehn won the door prize, and Leone Kujas served refreshments. The next meeting is Monday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. All area seniors are invited.
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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.
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Thea Mae Kepler, 45, of Hutchinson Obituaries Florence A. Becker, 91, of Hutchinson
Florence Ann Becker, 91, of Hutchinson and formerly of Glencoe, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Sept. 24, at St. Anast a s i a Catholic Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Jerry Meidl officiating. Bev Wa n g e r i n was the or- Florence ganist and Becker Ron Noecker was the cantor. Musicians included Don Noecker, Mary Jean Klug, JoAnne Hamilton and Mary Rosenberg. Lucy Newcomb was the guitarist. Musical selections included “One Day at a Time,” “Amazing Grace,” “Be Not Afraid,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Ave Maria,” “How Beautiful” and “Song of Farewell.” Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Angie Weidman, Rob Becker, Jon Becker, Joe Schmidtbauer, Mike Schmidtbauer, Ryan Schmidtbauer, Christopher Becker, Lindsey Becker, Cody Becker, Kyle Bosshart, Kris Bosshart, Thomas Furland, Tim Furland, Josh Rosenberg, Nathan Rosenberg and Mary Rosenberg. Florence Ann Becker was born Aug. 11, 1922, in Hartington, Neb., the daughter of August and Thekla (Stevens) Noecker. She was baptized as an infant on Aug. 13, 1922, and confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Bow Valley, Neb. She received her education in Bow Valley. On Oct. 16, 1946, she was united in marriage to Alphonse Becker in Bow Valley, Neb., by the Rev. A.S. Kluthe. Their marriage was blessed with eight children, Mike, Bob, Jan, Charlie, LeRoy, Barb, Sue and Deb. The couple shared over 66 years of marriage before Mr. Becker died on Aug. 17, 1994. Mrs. Becker attended St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker. She was employed at Telex Communications, Inc. in Glencoe. She also supported her family and community in many endeavors throughout ther life. Mrs. Becker enjoyed playing cards, crocheting and embroidery. She was an avid Minnesota Twins fan. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her many friends. She is survived by her chldren, Mike (Sue) Becker of Hutchinson, Bob (Pat) Becker of Plato, Jan (Jim) Schmidtbauer of Fort Collins, Colo., Charlie (Linda) Becker of Glencoe, LeRoy (Lisa) Becker of Hutchinson, Barb (Glen) Bosshart of Woodbury, Sue (Bob) Furland of Albert Lea and Deb (Carl) Rosenberg of Fayetteville, N.C.; grandchildren, Angie (Ted) Weidman, Rob Becker, Jon (Jane) Becker, Joe Schmidtbauer, Mike Schmidtbauer, Ryan Schmidtbauer, Christopher Becker, Lindsey Becker, Cody Becker, Kyle Bosshart, Kris Bosshart, Thomas Furland, Tim Furland, Josh (Cassandra) Rosenberg, Nathan Rosenberg and Mary Rosenberg; great-grandchildren, Max Weidman, Sam Weidman and George Becker; sister, Loraine (George) Feilmeier of Hartington, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Florence Heine of Yankton, S.D., Mary Lou Hoecker of Hartington, Neb., and Doris Noecker of Bow Valley, Neb.; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Alphonse Becker; parents, August and Thekla Noecker; brothers, Roman Noecker, Loren Noecker and Jerome Noecker; and sister, Mildred Mueting-Bernard. Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book can be found at www.hantge.com. Thea M. Kepler, 45, of Hutchinson, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 19, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton with the Rev. R. Allan Reed officiating. N o r m a Witte was the organist, and congregat i o n a l h y m n s were “Just Thea Kepler As I Am,” “How Great Thou Art” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Pallbearers were Norman Jacobson, Tyler Pollmann, Paul Dietmeier, Evan Vacek, Collin Vacek and Tim Vedder. Thea Mae Kepler was born Aug. 1, 1968, in Hutchinson, to Edward and Judith (Jacobson) Martineau. She was baptized as an infant, and confirmed in her faith as a youth on June 6, 1982, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. She received her education in Brownton and was a graduate of the Brownton High School class of 1987. She furthered her education at Willmar Community College, earning an associate degree in business. Ms. Kepler was blessed with two wonderful children, Brandon and Nichole. She resided in Hutchinson, and was employed in the human resources department at Hutchinson Technology, Inc., for over 26 years. She developed many friendships over those years; they were like part of her extended family. She loved her job and was very dedicated to her work. Ms. Kepler enjoyed baking, shopping and always looked forward to traveling. One of her fondest memories was the family cruise of 2006. She would do things for others and never expect anything in return. Ms. Kepler ran and finished Grandma’s Marathon in 2003 and 2004, and it was one of her proudest individual achievements. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children, Todd, family, friends, and her pet cat, “Puddy.” She is survived by her children, Brandon Kepler and Nichole Kepler, both of Hutchinson; mother, Judith Martineau of Hutchinson; significant other, Todd Morgan, and his children, Jeff, Kyle and Tommy, of Waconia; sister and brother-in-law, Holly and Mark Pollmann of Glencoe; niece, Ashley Pollmann of Glencoe; nephew, Tyler Pollmann of Glencoe; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Martineau; grandparents, Harry and Clara Jacobson; and grandmother, Myrtle Kolek. Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. An online guest book is available at www.hantge.com. Please click on obituaries/death notices.
Brenda Kay Trnka, 59, of Silver Lake
Brenda Kay Trnka, 59, of Silver Lake, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson. A memorial service was held Monday, Sept. 23, at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the rev. Jon Lindekugel officiating. B o n n i e Westmiller was the organist. Special music consisted of Brenda “Ships of Trnka Heaven” and “See You Again.” Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “Just As I Am.” Urn bearers were Carrie Wuollett and Jamie Kisner. Interment was in the Lester Prairie City Cemetery. Brenda Kay Trnka was born April 1, 1954, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Walter and Dallas (Quast) Ehrke. She was baptized as an infant on April 18, 1954, by the Rev. Fischer, and confirmed in her faith as a youth on June 2, 1968, by the Rev. Kasten, both at the United Church of Christ in Lester Prairie. She received her education in Lester Prairie and graduated with the Lester Prairie High School class of 1972. She further her education at the Hutchinson Technical College, where she earned her administrative assistant degree. On Feb. 15, 1975, she was united in marriage to Russell Trnka at the United Church of Christ in Lester Prairie. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Carrie and Jamie. The Trnkas resided in Lester Prairie for 23 years, and later moved to Hale Township, rural Silver Lake, in 2000. They shared 38 years of marriage. Mrs. Trnka was employed at Rosemount Manufacturing, Plato Woodwork, Inc., and recently at Worldwide Dispensers in Lester Prairie. She was a member of Christ The King Church in Hutchinson. She enjoyed camping with her family, tending to her flowers outside, decorating her home and shopping. Mrs. Trnka was a loving and caring mother and a caregiver to her mother. She enjoyed every chance she had to go with her husband on trucking trips, including the east coast. She always had a positive attitude and tried to find the humor in every situation. Mrs. Trnka especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends. Mrs. Trnka was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on Sept. 15, 2012. She fought a courageous battle and never complained. When she needed assistance with her daily care, she became a resident of the Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson on Sept. 6, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Russell, of Silver Lake; daughters and their husbands, Carrie and Al Wuollett and Moorhead and Jamie and Bill Kisner of Kelliher; grandchildren, Grace and Max Wuollett and Dalton, Madelin and Samantha Kisner; mother, Dallas Ehrke of Lester Prairie; sister, Bonnie Kamps of Escondido, Calif.; motherin-law, Lorraine Trnka of Silver Lake; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lorelei and Roger Line of Silver Lake; brother-in-law and sister-inlaw, Kevin and Nancy Trnka of Lakewood, Colo.; niece, Angela Trnka; nephew, Blake Trnka; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Ehrke; and father-in-law, Willard Trnka. Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.
Elfina Minnie Kuehl, 82, of Gaylord
Elfina Kuehl, 82, of Gaylord, died surrounded by her family on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at her home in Penn Township, McLeod County. Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 23, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in N e w Auburn with the Rev. Brad Danielson officiating. Lori Pagel was the organist and soloist V i c k i Elfina Kuehl Frauendienst sang “Amazing Grace.” Congregational hymns were “Just As I Am” and “He Leadeth Me.” Honorary pallbearers were Autumn, Noah, Ciah, Caleb, Adalynn, Marissa, Brittney, Brayden, Cloe, Brooklyn, Jackson, Kennedy, Jordon, Max and Larissa. Pallbearers were Dalton Kuehl, Tyler Brockhoff, Curt Rand Jr., Brandon Richter, Austin Schuetz and John Rose. Interment was in High Island Cemetery, New Auburn. Elfina Minnie (Frauendienst) Kuehl was born Dec. 9, 1930, at home in New Auburn Township, Sibley County, the daughter of John and Ida (Grewe) Frauendienst. She was baptized as an infant on Dec. 21, 1930, and confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 29, 1944, both at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mountville, Dryden Township, Sibley County. She received her education at St. John’s Parochial School, Mountville. On July 6, 1949, she was united in marriage to Clarence Kuehl at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mountville. After their marriage, the couple farmed in Penn Township, McLeod County. Mrs. Kuehl was a homemaker until 1968, when she went to work for Tonka Toys for 16 years. She worked for two years at Crystal Foods and later at Hands, Inc., for 14 years. The Kuehls were blessed with 11 children. They shared 45 years of marriage before Mr. Kuehl died on June 20, 1995. Mrs. Kuehl was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn. She enjoyed gardening and canning the harvest of the garden. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren playing games. She also enjoyed going to Wisconsin to visit her oldest daughter. She enjoyed baking goodies for her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Dennis (Rosemary) Kuehl of New Auburn, Karen (Larry) Rand of Webster, Wis., Sandra (Allen) Fredin of Gaylord, Cheryl (Dennis) Rose of Winthrop, Leon Kuehl (special friend Dawn) of New Auburn, Debra Stenzel of Arlington, Amy (Nate) Zellmann of Arlington, Todd Kuehl (special friend Melissa) of Gaylord, Marc Kuehl of Gaylord and Marla Kuehl (special friend Dean) of Green Isle; 20 grandchildren, Naomi, Tracy, Wyatt, Jesse, Chris, Curt, Cary, Bridgett, Ross, Eric, Darin, Anna, Melani, Mallory, Josh, Nathan, Allison, Trey, Robert and Paul; 21 great-grandchildren, Dalton, Tyler, Curt, Brandon, Austin, John, Autumn, Noah, Ciah, Caleb, Adalynn, Marissa, Brittney, Brayden, Cloe, Brooklyn, Jackson, Kennedy, Jordon, Max and Larissa; brothers, Edwin (Mavis) Frauendienst and Raymond (Phyllis) Frauendienst; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ida Frauendienst; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Emma Kuehl; brothers, Emery, Wilbert and Willard Frauendienst; sisters, Iona Scharpe and Ruth Frauendienst; brother-in-law, Ernie Scharpe; sister-in-law, Marcella Frauendienst; husband, Clarence Kuehl; daughter, Lynell Kuehl in 1976; greatgrandson, Owen Brockhoff; son-in-law, Daniel Stenzel; and brother-in-law and sisterin-law, Marvin and Luella Kuehl. Arrangements were by the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.
NA VFW Post meets, makes donations
The New Auburn VFW Post 7266 met Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Donations were made to the GSL History Club for $225 for educational purposes; to the Salvation Army, $75; GSL FFA, $500; and Sibley East band, $500.
VFW Auxiliary approves gifts
The New Auburn VFW Auxiliary Unit 7266 recently made the following donations: Ways and Means, $25, for baskets; the Fischer House, $50; and the Sewing Needs Fund, $50. The next meeting will be Wed., Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.
The family of Tillie Heckmann wishes to express our sincere thanks for the flowers, memorials, cards, food, prayers and help given in our time of loss. Special thanks to the Ridgeview Hospice team, Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care for their special care, Pastor Joe Clay for his caring ministry through the years, Sandy Kroells as organist, Kay and Randy Wilson for their special music, members of Friedens Church for all the help before, during and after the service, Sherri Stamps and McBride Funeral Chapel for their help and to the pall bearers. We also wish to thank all those who volunteered to give Mother rides to church, rides to the Tiger Lilies homemakers meetings, as well as, those giving rides to other places over the last few years. We also would like to express our thanks to the tenants at Peace Villa for their friendship. The sympathy and kindness of our family and friends have helped to lighten the burden of our sorrow. Your expression of sympathy will always be treasured. God Bless You.
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Burnetta Gramstad, 93, of Hutchinson
Burnetta H. Gramstad, 93, of Hutchinson and formerly of Darwin, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Private funeral services will be held at a later date. Burnetta H. Schleeter was born May 25, 1920, in Brownton, to Carl and G e r t r u d e Burnetta ( J a n k e ) Gramstad S c h l e e t e r. She was baptized as an infant and confirmed in her faith as a youth, both in Brownton. She received her education in Brownton and was a graduate of the Brownton High School class of 1938. On Aug. 26, 1947, Burnetta Schleeter was united in marriage to Melvin K. Gramstad in Brownton. This marriage was blessed with two sons, Greg and Jason. The Gramstads resided in Minneapolis and Richfield before moving to Darwin in 1981. They shared 52 years of marriage before Mr. Gramstad died on April 9, 1999. In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Mrs. Gramstad was employed as a salesperson at Donaldson’s Department Store in Southdale Mall in Edina. She enjoyed tending to her gardens and bowling. She especially enjoyed the time she spent with her family and friends. When Mrs. Gramstad needed assistance with her daily care, she became a resident of the Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson on Aug. 21, 2000. She moved to the Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson in January 2011. Survivors include her son, Gregory Gramstad of Darwin and Green Valley, Ariz.; sister, Mildred Halvorson of Andover; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Carl and Gertrude Schleeter; husband, Melvin Gramstad; son, Jason Gramstad; brother, Clarence Schleeter; and sisters, Mabel Becker, Alvina Schleeter and Loretta Schleeter. Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/death notices.
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astor James and I are working through the Minor Prophets with several different Bible study groups we meet with during the week. Though we are still early on, it has been really fun. And engaging. We’ve been looking at these books of the Bible that might often be forgotten, but they are still God’s Word. Now, they are only called “minor” because they are the shorter books of the prophets, but it causes me to wonder…has our treatment of them across Christendom been to minimize their value? We surely hope not. However, sometimes our actions speak volumes. So let’s pause this week and consider the following: What things in our life do we inadvertently make “minor?” I will start by confessing: devoting sufficient time to nurturing my relationship with God, considering others before myself, and watching my thoughts are where I inadvertently make things “minor” that should not be. As I think about the prophetic overtones of all the prophets in the Bible, I know that putting things off until a “later time” is not a wise idea. By the grace of God, we know that Jesus came to earth, died for our sins (defeating death, sin and the Devil), was buried, and ROSE AGAIN! We are confident of these things. We usually see them as “major.” So why would something so “major” be treated as “minor” when we are encountered with sharing the Gospel and choose to just put it off? This morning, I was able to gather with GSL students at the flagpole by the high school. We were in honest prayer for the school, the community, our state, country and world. There are many hurt and broken students and families in our community. As the students rallied together in prayer, let’s do those same things, too. Let’s rally in our community to keep the “major” things major. Ideally, the life of a Christian (though still a sinner), should look a bit different than the life of non-Christians because the “major” things are still major. Here’s a challenge for the week: Think about what things you have made “minor” that should be treated as “major?” Relationships? Faith life? Addictions? Attitudes? Grades?
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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. 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. 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. Thurs., Sept. 26 — “Unbinding the Heart” session, 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 28 — Confirmation reviews, 9 a.m.-noon. Sun., Sept. 29 — Worship with communion, 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.; Sunday school, adult education, 9:10 a.m. Mon., Sept. 30 — Televised worship, 3 p.m. Tues., Oct. 1 — Ladies fellowship at Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m.; mission team meeeting, 6 p.m. Wed., Oct. 2 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; televised worship, 2 p.m.; Abundant Table community meal, 5 p.m.; bells, 5:30 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 6:30 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Sept. 29 — Worship at Peace, 10 a.m.; council meets after worship. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor 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. Thurs., Sept. 26 — Mass at GRHS-LTC, 10:30 a..m; Schoenstatt boys’ group meeting, 3 p.m.; area pastoral council at Holy Family, 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 27 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; Mass, 8:20 a.m.; no school at St. Pius, Holy Trinity; faith formation teacher day, Sleepy Eye; Spanish Mass, 5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 28 — Hispanic ministry liturgical ministers training, 9 a.m.; parish faith formation day, Olivia; reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Holy Family, St. Pius youth group Mass with baptism, 5 p.m.; youth group mystery dinner following Mass. Sun., Sept. 29 — CCW Fall Gathering, St. Edwards; Mass, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m.; Hispanic ministry religious education and youth group, 12:45 p.m.; Mass at Seneca, 4:30 p.m.; Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m. Mon., Sept. 30 — No Mass; H and S committee meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 1 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m. Wed., Oct. 2 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; kindergarten through sixth-grade religious education, 7 p.m.; seventh- through 10thgrade religious education, 7 p.m.; confirmation candidate, parent session at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 7 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Wed., Sept. 25 — Confirmation, 4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — Worship, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.; ninth-grade confirmation, 2 p.m. Mon., Sept. 30 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; pastoral relations committee meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 1 — Christian education board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 2 — Communion at GRHS long-term care, 10:15 a.m. FIRST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 925 13th St. E., Glencoe Daniel Welch, Senior Pastor Ronald L. Mathison, Associate Pastor 320-864-5522 www.firstglencoe.org
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E-mail: office@firstglencoe.org Wed., Sept. 25 — Public school confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; Christ Chimes, 4 p.m.; Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m.; usher captain training meeting, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 26 — Worship, 8 a.m.; school vote before and after worships; Sunday Bible classes, 9:15 a.m.; KDUZ Radio broadcast, 9:30 a.m.; worship with communion, 10:30 a.m. Tues., Oct. 1 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; stewardship board, 6:30 p.m.; First Edition book club in church lounge, 7 p.m.; youth board, 7 p.m.; Christian education board, 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 2 — Public school confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; Christ Chimes, 4 p.m.; Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; adult membership class, 6:15 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m.; day school board, 7 p.m. GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod 1407 Cedar Ave. N., Glencoe www.gslcglencoe.org Rev. James F. Gomez, Pastor Matthew Harwell, Director of Christian Education E-mail: office@gslcglencoe.org Wed., Sept. 25 — Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; See You at the Pole, 7:25 p.m.; REVEAL courses, 5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.; REVEAL elective, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 26 — Bible study at St. John’s, Plato, 8:30 a.m.; LTC birthday party, 2:30 p.m.; community Bible study, “Simplify,” 6:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — Choir, 7:45 a.m.; worship with communion, 9 a.m.; Kingdom Quest, FUEL and adult Bible study, 10:15 a.m.; GRHS chapel, 1 p.m.; Community Strings rehearsal, 5 p.m.; F3, 7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 30 — Monday at the Manor, 1 p.m. Tues., Oct. 1 — GSLC Bible study, 9:30 a..m; Orchard Estates Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; GSL Ministerial at GRHS cafeteria, 10:40 a.m.; GriefShare, 5:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 2 — Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; questioning/witnessing night, 5 p.m.; REVEAL courses: altar, 5:30 p.m.; deacons, 9 p.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Wed., Sept. 25 — Fifth- and sixthgrade catechism, 3:45 p.m.; seventhand eighth-grade catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 27 — Choir, 6:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 28 — Fall cleanup, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m. Mon., Sept. 30 — Sunday school teachers meeting, 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 1 — Table Talk, 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 2 — Fifth- and sixthgrade catechism, 3:45 p.m.; seventhand eighth-grade catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 7:30 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: Pastor@GraceBrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Wed., Sept. 25 — Confirmation class, 4 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — Worship, 8:45 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; youth group outing. Mon., Sept. 30 — Worship broadcast, 6 p.m. Tues., Oct. 1 — Bible study, 9 a.m. Wed., Oct. 2 — Confirmation, 4 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., Sept. 25 — Pastor’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; confirmation classes, 4 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 26 — Parkview Bible class, 1:30 a.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — Worship with communion, examination of confirmands, 9 a.m.; no pastor’s Sunday class; register for Oct. 6 communion; channel 8 worship video; Sunday school. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Pastor browntoncongregational.org Sun., Sept. 29 — Sunday school, 8:45 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 300 Croyden St., Stewart Sat., Sept. 28 — Worship with communion, 5 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship with communion, 10 a.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Thurs., Sept. 26 — No Mass. Fri., Sept. 27 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. ST. MATTHEW’S LUTHERAN Fernando Aaron Albrecht, Pastor Sunday, Sept. 29 — 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., Oct. 6 — Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship with communion, 10:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, Pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., Sept. 25 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — 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. 25 — Newsletter deadline; youth choir, 5 p.m.; Midweek, 6 p.m.; deacons, 7:15 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 26 — Bulletin deadline; Bible study, 8:30 a.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Bible study, Sunday school, 10:10 a.m. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato www.platochurch.com Sun., Sept. 29 — Sunday school, 8:45 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Sun., Sept. 29 — Worship, 9 a.m.; fellowship, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:20 a.m. Wed., Oct. 2 — Eighth-grade confirmation, 4 p.m.; seventh-grade confirmation, 5 p.m. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave. S.W., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., Sept. 25 — Confirmation, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 28 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — “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 a.m.; open shooting for Centershot graduates, 11:45 a.m.; youth activity after Sunday school at McCracken residence. Wed., Oct. 2 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time, puppet practice, 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. 25 — Light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 6:45 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — Worship, 10 a.m.; fellowship after worship. 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. 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. Thurs., Sept. 26 — Mass at Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; area pastoral council at Holy Family, 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 27 — Mass, 8 a.m.; meet and greet at Senior Prairie Cottages, Hutchinson, 12:30 p.m.; wedding rehearsal. Sat., Sept. 28 — Faith Formation Day, Olivia; Vasek-Carlson wedding, 2 p.m.; youth group Mass, followed by mystery dinner at St.Pius X, 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; reconciliation, 5:30 p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — Mass, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Mon., Sept. 30 — No Mass. Tues., Oct. 1 — Mass, 8 a.m.; eucharistic adoration, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; meet and greet at St. Mary’s, Winsted, 12:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 2 — Mass, 5 p.m.; firstthrough sixth-grade religious education classes, 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m.; seventh- through 10th-grade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; confirmation candidate, parent meeting at Holy Family, 7 p.m. FRIEDEN’S COUNTY LINE 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Sept. 29 — Worship at Peace, 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. 25 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — 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. 29 — 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. 29 — Worship, 9 a.m. BETHEL LUTHERAN 77 Lincoln Ave., Lester Prairie Bethany Nelson, Pastor 320-395-2125 Wed., Sept. 25 — Newsletter deadline; choir, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — Worship, 9 a.m.; coffee and fellowship, 10:15 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.; confirmation, 10:30 a.m. Mon., Sept. 30 — Book club at One Eyed Willy’s, 6 p.m. Wed., Oct. 2 — Lutefisk committee meeting, 6 p.m.; choir, 7 p.m. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. S.W., Hutchinson Rick Stapleton, Senior Pastor Adam Krumrie, Worship Pastor/ director of Student Ministries 320-587-2668 / Fax 320-587-4290 www.shalombaptist.org Wed., Sept. 25 — AWANA for children ages 4 through fifth grade, 6:30 p.m.; SOS (Students of Shalom), 6:30 p.m.; See You at the Pole gathering at Riverside Church, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 26 — High school lunch; worship team rehearsal, 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 28 — Gluten-free support group, 9 a.m.; worship seminar, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 29 — Adult growth groups, Sunday school and worship, 9 a.m.; adult growth groups and worship, 10:30 a.m.; newcomers lunch, noon; Shalom running group, 4 p.m.; Couples Connect, 4 p.m.; Financial Peace University, 7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 30 — Women’s discipleship, 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 1 — Women’s discipleship, 9 a.m.
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On Monday afternoon, fire broke out in downtown Lester Prairie and destroyed the former Cents Pizza building on Central Avenue. The business space on the first floor is vacant and there is an apartment on the second floor, but no one was in the building at the time of the fire. In addition to the Lester Prairie Fire Department, departments from Winsted, New Germany, Silver Lake, Glencoe, and Plato were called to provide mutual aid. The Ridgeview Ambulance service also was on scene to provide assistance in the event of any injuries. The Winsted Police Department and McLeod County Sheriff’s Office also were on scene. The state fire marshal has been contacted and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Wilbert Hahn’s large, remodeled barn was host to a Hawaiian-themed party Sunday that benefitted mission work in South Africa and the McLeod Emer-
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By Lori Copler Staff Writer or four years, Wilbert Hahn and Sylvia Hasse having been bringing together neighbors clad in Hawaiian wear, mounds of food, a little beer and a polka band to Hahn’s barn southeast of Brownton for a little old-fashioned, neighborly fun. Neighborly fun with an added bonus for those less fortunate — attendees are asked to bring donations for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf and missionary work in South Africa through Immanuel Lutheran Church, New Auburn. And on Sunday, Hahn and Hasse had their fourth annual Hawaiian party, complete with George’s Concertina Band, entertaining 250 to 275 people. ***** Wilbert Hahn said Sunday that he began remodeling the old, large barn on his farmsite several years ago, with the intention of putting a shop on the main floor, which was once home to cattle. A new concrete floor was installed, as well as a ceiling and new lighting. But the remodeling project grew. Hahn’s lady companion of the past few years, Sylvia Hasse, sold her home and 10 acres of land, and they salvaged a spiral staircase from her home, from which Hahn (with the help of Andy Bauer) created a stairway to the hayloft. The hayloft was cleared out, maple flooring that was salvaged from Plato Woodwork was installed, and a few old-time signs — and a bigger-than-life Green Giant statue — now adorn the area. Once the barn was transformed, Hahn thought he should have a party to cele-
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Hosts Sylvia Hasse and Wilbert Hahn take to the dance floor for a polka during Sunday’s barn party at Hahn’s farm. brate. That grew into the four“It’s a rich country, but it’s year tradition of a Hawaiianalso a poor one,” said Hahn. themed party of neighbors, “There are people who have friends and relatives. absolutely no running water.” On Sunday, both the downHasse sponsors a foster stairs and upstairs were full of child in South Africa, and the people. Just like an old-fashcouple visited the child while ioned barn dance, George’s they were there, Hahn said. Concertina Band was tucked (Wilbert Hahn’s brother, into a corner of a hayloft, a Ellsworth, said that Wilbert portion of the floor was open Hahn and Hasse were Glenfor dancing, and tables full of coe High School classmates people filled one end. Downwho rediscovered each other stairs, there were more tables at their class’ 50-year reunion and chairs, a virtual feast of several years ago. Hasse lives potluck food and desserts, and in the Twin Cities suburbs). displays for both the food They also sponsor a child shelf and the South African in Guatemala. mission work. ***** ***** What the afternoon party Hahn said he has long been amounts to, Hahn indicated, active on the mission commitis a chance for neighbors to tee at his church, Immanuel be neighborly both amongst Lutheran Church in New themselves, and those across Auburn. the world. In 2010, he and Hasse visit“It’s a lot of fun,” Hahn ed South Africa. said.
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