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Squirrel causes power outage Panther top Fire; prepare for Tigers on Sunday
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The McLeod County
Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 116, No. 35
a continuation of
The Glencoe Enterprise
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
County Board eyes 2.27% tax increase in preliminary ’14 budget
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The McLeod County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday adopted — on a 4-1 vote — a preliminary 2014 budget which has a proposed 2.27 percent levy increase. Last week, the County Board debated in a workshop session whether it would continue its recent practice of no levy increases, offsetting deficits by spending down reserves, or seek the state allowable 3 percent levy increase (see separate article). Tuesday morning, County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz presented the commissioners with three possible scenarios, a zero percent increase, a 2.27 percent increase, or a budget that showed a reduction in both revenues and expenditures because the state sales tax will no longer be applicable for counties after Jan. 1. In the past, the county levied money to cover what it had to potentially pay in sales taxes on its purchases, which is why Schultz said the third proposal reduced both the revenues and expenditures by about $160,000. If the county adopted a zero-percent levy increase, it would need to use about $1.39 million from its reserves to cover the gap between its revenues and expenses. Schultz said that when preparing the three scenarios, she applied the levy limit only to the general fund portion of the budget, because that is where the greatest amount of reserves would be needed to balance the budget, which is how she came up with the 2.27 percent increase. However, she told the board, the three scenarios were only a means for opening discussion among the commissioners. “What you want to do is totally up to you,” Schultz said. Chair Paul Wright advocated for the levy increase, saying that the County Board has “had several years of zero increases.” During that time, Wright said, the county had managed to keep staff with no layoffs, but also with little or not much in raises. “We managed to weather that storm and came out fine,” said Wright.
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
It’s back to school time
Glencoe-Silver Lake students were greeted on the first day of school Tuesday morning by “highfives” from an enthusiastic Superintendent Chris Sonju. The first day of school was for Lakeside Elementary, Lincoln Jr. High and GSL High School students. The youngest students, kindergarten through grade 2, at Helen Baker Elementary returned to class on Wednesday morning. Some state schools started a week earlier and many had to cancel classes because of last week’s sweltering heat wave. That was not the case Tuesday morning due to feeling of “fall” in the air with cooler, less humid conditions.
County budget
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Reward offered for information on who killed area reindeer
By Alyssa Schauer Staff Writer Two weeks ago, Sandy Kendall and her husband, Bob, found their reindeer, Claus, with a bullet hole wound and lying in a pool of blood on their private farm near Glencoe. The couple is offering a $3,000 reward for a lead to the arrest and conviction of the person/persons responsible. “What happened is that someone came to our farm the night of Aug. 24 or early morning of Aug. 25 and shot our reindeer bull,” Sandy Kendall said. “We were just devastated because he was so gentle and so loving. He was a family pet. We’d cut an apple every day and hand-feed it to him. He was really, really, really special to us,” Kendall said. Kendall and her husband take their reindeer all over to events in the state — to hospitals, the lighting ceremony at Glencoe Regional Health Services, Silver Lake Winterfest and Arli-Dazzle in Arlington. “We bring them to Excelsior, Plymouth and many city, corporate and private events. They are the most gentle, loving creatures,” Kendall said.
Replace or restructure?
Wang resigns; heated School Board debate ensues
By Rich Glennie Editor The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board members were in a fiesty mood last Tuesday night when meeting in special session. Several sparred over administrative philosophies. At the center of the debate, which was passionate and heated at times, was whether Michelle Jamie the Aug. 23 resignation of Wang Alsleben Michelle Wang, Lakeside assistant principal, was an opportunity to restructure the building sites/campuses, current administrative team, three administrators could handle the workload, and the or keep the status quo by hiring another assistant princi- money saved from not filling Wang’s position could be pal for Lakeside. When the 2-1/2-hour de- used to meet other needs, like a school counselor at each bate was over, the School Board accepted Wang’s res- site. Moving Svoboda to Lakeignation and approved, on a 5-1 vote, hiring a new assis- side would save money and tant principal at Lakeside as still continue to have an administrator at each site, Alsoon as possible. Board member Jamie Al- sleben said. But his plan ran into opposleben cast the lone dissentsition from most of the other ing vote. board members and Superin***** While Alsleben had high tendent Chris Sonju. “I’m not willing to go praise for Wang and her leadership skills, he felt the there,” said board member Anne Twiss. School Board had a “golden Twiss said she was on the opportunity” to restructure its School Board when GSL was administrative team. Currently, GSL has four coming out of statutory operadministrators — two princi- ating debt about six years pals and two assistant princi- ago, and the administration pals — Wang at Lakeside; had been cut to two posiBill Butler, elementary prin- tions. “It was awful,” she cipal at Helen Baker; Paul added. Twiss stressed that AlSparby, high school principal; and Dan Svoboda, assis- sleben’s reduction in administration should only happen tant high school principal. Alsleben felt with three if the district proceeds with its facilities plans that would close Helen Baker and move those students to an expanded Lincoln-high school campus. Board member Donna VonBerge said that is what the public needs to realize. She said the School Board’s discussion is what the public needs to hear in order to understand the administrative and facility needs and why. But Alsleben was persistent. He insisted that it “behooves” the School Board to look at restructuring now that there is a vacant position. “It’s easier to do when there is a vacant spot than when someone’s in it,” Alsleben said, He said looking at restructuring the administrative team now “is not right or wrong.” “The driving force is to save dollars?” Sonju asked. “It’s an opportunity to be more efficient, save money and meet other needs,” Alsleben replied. Sonju said the School Board and administration have, for the last seven years, “been fiscally responsible” in demonstrating ways to trim budgets and save money. He said it is a continual balancing act between district needs and being fiscally responsible. “We’re saying there are needs for this position (assistant elementary principal),” Sonju said. “The position is in the budget.” Board member Jason Lindeman, frustrated after more than two hours of debate, asked, “If there is so much wrong with this (administrative) structure, why is this the first time it’s come up? It should have come up a long time ago! I don’t get why we’re here.” But Alsleben persisted in pressing the need to re-evaluate the assistant principal position before it is filled. He persisted right up until the vote was taken. ***** Wang submitted her resignation on Friday, Aug. 23, and will take a position as a reading specialist with the Centers of Excellence, Sonju said. It is a corporation, hired by the Minnesota Department of Education, that travels around the state assisting school districts. Sonju posted Wang’s position before the School Board accepted the resignation, and that is what sparked the heated debate about filling the vacancy. Several board members came to the special meeting seeking answers to whether Sonju had the authority to post it. Board Chairman Clark Christianson said Sonju was following past practice in posting the job. He added Sonju will make a recommendation after the interview process, which includes an interview committee, is completed.
Reward offered
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Submitted photo
Bob Kendall and Claus.
School Board
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Wed., 9-4 H: 85º, L: 56º Thur., 9-5 H: 83º, L: 59º Fri., 9-6 H: 90º, L: 70º Sat., 9-7 H: 91º, L: 71º Sun., 9-8 H: 82º, L: 67º
Looking back: The August high was 96 on Aug. 25; the low, 51 on Aug. 16. Rainfall was 1.69 inches. Date Hi Lo Rain Aug. 27 95 ......72 ..........0.00 Aug. 28 89 ......69 ..........0.00
Aug. 29 Aug. 30 Aug. 31 Sept. 1 Sept. 2
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Temperatures and precipitation compiled by Robert Thurn, Chronicle weather observer.
The McLeod County Chronicle, www.glencoenews.com, Wednesday, September 4, 2013, page 2
Bingo back at Grand Meadows
Grand Meadows Senior Living, 1420 Prairie Ave., Glencoe, will be hosting its community Bingo from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8. The cards are 25 cents each per game. A cookie social will follow Bingo. Call 320-864-5577 for more information.
Pillow cleaning set Sept. 13
The Glencoe VFW Auxiliary is sponsoring its fall pillow cleaning event from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at the Glencoe VFW Club. Pillows will be cleaned, deodorized, sanitized and fluffed.
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Oktoberfest in September
The Brownton Lions Club will be hosting Oktoberfest in September on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m., at the Brownton City Park. The menu includes brats and kraut, German potato salad, hot dogs and refreshments. Music will be by George’s Concertina Band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your own lawn chair. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Brownton Community Center.
Participating in the St. John’s Lutheran Church’s Soccer-Bible School program at Oscar Olson Park last week were, front, from left, Kaitlyn Scherer, Erica Goette, Owen Koenen, Caleb Schuth, William Urban, Conner Harren, Islam Barrera, Issiah Alsleben, Jonah Scherer, Joseph Urban, Claire Verdeck and Sarah Thurn. Second row: Taylor Schmieg, Alexis Muchow, Zachery Muchow, Owen Schmieg, Mariah Gutknecht, Wendy Barrera, Ava Koenen, Evette Thurn, Zachary
Reichow, Ben Goette and Emma Schmieg. Third row: Paige Litzau, Taryn Reichow, the Rev. Dennis Reichow, Peter Schlicht, Nathan Litzau, Charlie Urban, Jacob Reichow, Jaci Harren, Micah Scherer, Riley Schuth, Hope Kosek, Kayla Reichow, Miranda Litzau, Summer Hayes, Morgan Verdeck, Caleb Schultz, Caleb Schmeige and Kristen Budahn. Missing were Parker and Payton Simonson and Daniel Schulz.
GHPS annual meeting slated
The Glencoe Historic Preservation Society (GHPS) will hold its annual membership meeting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Glencoe Historic Room in the Glencoe City Center. Anyone interested in learning more about the society is welcome to attend. Coffee and goodies will be served. Call Gloria Hilgers at 864-4174 for more information.
Identity theft workshop set
A free identity theft workshop will be hosted by Thrivent Financial For Lutherans on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m., at the Glencoe City Center. The speaker will be McLeod County Sheriff Deputy Patrick Geiken. Learn how ID theft can occur, steps to prevent it, and what to do if your ID is stolen. A light meal will be served. All community members are invited. Call 320-587-6440 or e-mail diane.knorr@thrivent.com by Sept 16 to reserve a spot.
Girl Scout registration set
Girls in grades kindergarten and up are invited to join Girl Scouts in the Glencoe area. There are troops that meet in Glencoe for all age levels. Troops will begin meeting within the next month. Registration night is Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Unhinged! Pizza in Glencoe, in the meeting room. This will be a short, informal time in which you will receive information about Girl Scouts and fill out registration forms. Call Gerri Fitzloff at 320-562-2369 to get further information., or visit www.girlscoutsrv.org and register on the council website.
Caleb Schmeige, Peter Schlicht and Caleb Schultz, three seminary students, led the Soccer-Bible camp at the park, teaching the youngsters, ages 4 to 12, the basic soccer skills while having fun with drills, skills and scrimmaging. The theme of the camp was “Toward the Goal,” and the children took breaks for a devotional and Bible lessons about reaching the goal of heaven through faith in Jesus. The week-long camp concluded Sunday with a praise worship service and picnic meal.
Nathan Litzau, left, helps Mariah Gutknecht work on her soccer dribbling skills. Also watching are Alexis Muchow and Ava Koenen.
Legion Post 95 meets Sept. 5
The September meeting of Glencoe American Legion Post 95 will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the basement of Glencoe VFW Post 5102. All members are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served.
Squirrel blamed for Sunday’s power outage
By Rich Glennie Editor It was the perfect scenario for a power outage — a squirrel picking the right pole and the wrong time. “It picked the worst spot in the system,” said Dave Meyer, Glencoe Light Plant manager, after Sunday afternoon’s power outage triggered a series of failures in the municipal electric’s system. As a result, power was out for over two hours in many parts of the community as Light Plant workers scrambled to get power restored. Meyer said that scrambling included firing up the plant’s generators. But when the breakers were thrown to get back online live, “it didn’t go,” Meyer said. The engines had recently been tested, he added, “and they functioned properly.” But not this time, which prompted Meyer to say his staff “is still investigating why. I have no answer at this time. “They worked their tails off,” Meyer said of his staff in efforts to minimize the outage. The incident was initially reported as “a loud bang” at 2:43 p.m. in the west end of the city by Glencoe Police. The outage also knocked out the Light Plant’s telephone system for a time as well. Meyer said there is no way to practice for such an occurrance, “but with a situation like this, we will learn from it” and improve procedures to help reduce the down time in the future. The only thing worse would have been an outage several days earlier when high temperatures and equally high humidity were factors, and an outage would have taken down air conditioners.
James Rosckes, Glencoe
Business leadership is topic
The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a new four-part series of classes, “Learn to Lead Team Building,” under Ridgewater College. The classes will be held at the Glencoe City Center from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 6, and Dec. 4. There is a fee for the series. Register by calling 800722-1151, extension 8692.
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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart will host its annual church picnic on Sunday, Sept. 8. An outdoor worship service begins at 10 a.m. with a picnic and fellowship to follow. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m.
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Grace sets fall festival Sept. 8
Grace Lutheran Church will host its annual fall festival Sunday, Sept. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the church located at 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton. The fall festival includes a dinner of smoked pork chops, hot dogs, scalloped potatoes, corn, glazed carrots, dinner rolls, an assortment of desserts, milk and coffee. There is a charge for the dinner. Also included is a basket raffle of a variety of items, and a “country store” of crafts and baked goods. Supplement funding has been applied for from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
VFW Auxiliary meets Sept. 9
The Glencoe VFW Auxiliary to Post 5102 will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, at the Glencoe VFW Club.
Reward offered Continued from page 1
Kendall said Claus was found dead Sunday morning. “He probably thought someone was coming with an apple and went right up to the fence. He was so friendly,” she said. “You can’t see our farm from the road, so this is not a matter of somebody driving by and shooting him. This was deliberate,” Kendall said. She added: ”We are trying our best to do everything we can to find this person responsible for killing Claus. We are offering a $3,000 reward that was funded by people who want to help us find the people who did this cruel thing.” And Kendall pointed out that Claus was not the only reindeer of theirs found dead in August. “Interestingly enough, a week earlier, we found our reindeer, Jingles, dead. He wasn’t shot, but died from impact. His ribs were broken. We thought maybe another reindeer could have done that, but now we’re not so sure. I don’t know if there’s any connection, but with Claus getting shot, we are suspicious,” she said. Kendall said if anyone has any information, to please contact the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office at 320-8643134. “We desperately appreciate information and God bless anybody who can help us. We so much appreciate sharing our reindeer with the communities and are heartsick that somebody would do this to such a gentle being,” Kendall said. “The reindeer bring such happiness and joy to so many people. They are such loving and gentle creatures, and it’s just unthinkable that someone would do this outright act of cruelty to one of our beloved reindeer. We are just heartbroken,” she said.
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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. 5, at 12:30 p.m., at the senior room in the Glencoe City Center. The group will play 500 and Sheephead, and all area senior citizens are invited to attend. The group also will meet at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10. 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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Tuesday — Breaded chicken, parmesan over whole-grain pasta, seasoned peas, carrot, raisin, pineapple salad, jicama sticks with dressing, banana, chilled applesauce. Wednesday — Chicago-style hot dog with relish, diced onions, sauerkraut, oven-baked French fries, sweet corn salad, cauliflower with dressing, grapes, chilled peaches. Thursday — Whole-grain macaroni and cheese, garlic bread stick, seasoned carrots, caesar romaine salad, cherry tomatoes with dressing, orange wedges, chilled pears. Friday — Mexican bar with beef or chicken nachos or tacos, brown rice, refried beans, corn, black bean and salsa salad, baby carrots with dressing, apple, chilled mixed fruit. First Lutheran School Lunch Monday — Hamburgers, French fries, pineapple, wholegrain buns, milk. Tuesday — Italian chicken with noodles, broccoli, mandarin oranges, bread, milk. Wednesday — Beef nachos, Mexican bean salad, peaches, bread, milk. Thursday — Turkey, mashed sweet potato, mixed fruit, bread, milk. Friday — Mini corn dog, coleslaw, pears, bread, milk. St. Pius X School Lunch Monday — Chicken patty with bun, sweet potato fries, broccoli with dip, pineapple, milk. Tuesday — Weiner wink, baked beans, carrots with dip, orange wedges, milk. Wednesday — Hamburger with bun, pickles, green beans, vegetables with dip, peaches, milk. Thursday — Ham slices, bread, butter and peanut butter, Austrian potatoes, corn, pears, milk. Friday — Italian dunkers, romaine lettuce, pear, applesauce, milk.
Sept. 9-13 Millie Beneke Manor Senior Nutrition Site Monday — Swiss steak, baked potato, peas, bread, margarine, pineapple, low-fat milk. Tuesday — Cheeseburger, oven-fried potatoes, corn, bun, margarine, S’More bar, low-fat milk. Wednesday — Mandarin chicken salad, fresh fruit, marinated tomatoes, margarine, muffin, lowfat milk. Thursday — Pork chop, mashed potatoes, carrots, dinner roll, margarine, lemon angel food cake, low-fat milk. Friday — Meatloaf, catsup, whole parslied potatoes, country blend vegetables, bread, margarine, pears, low-fat milk. GSL Elementary Breakfast Monday — Tony’s breakfast pizza or Cinnamon Toast Crunch and string cheese and apple juice cup, low-fat milk. Tuesday — Pancake on a stick with syrup or apple cinnamon muffin and yogurt and mandarin oranges, low-fat milk. Wednesday — French toast sticks with syrup, or Golden Grahams with string cheese and diced peaches, low-fat milk. Thursday — Tony’s breakfast pizza or oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins and orange juice cup, low-fat milk. Friday — Egg and cheese muffin or blueberry muffin and yogurt and mixed fruit, low-fat milk. Helen Baker/Lakeside lunch Monday —Sloppy joe on whole-grain bun, deli combo sub, oven-baked tator tots, celery sticks with dressing, apple wedges, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday — Beef soft shell tacos, ham and cheese on wholegrain bread, refried beans, lettuce and tomato cup, banana, chilled applesauce. Wednesday — Pizza casserole, chef salad with cheese, egg, croutons, bread stick, seasoned green beans, baby carrots, watermelon chunks, chilled peaches. Thursday — Roast turkey with gravy on whole-grain dinner roll, Fun Lunch, mashed potatoes, broccoli salad with raisins, orange wedges, chilled pears. Friday — Toasted cheese on whole-grain bread, turkey and cheese on whole-grain bread, tomato soup, jicama cucumber salad, apple wedges, mandarin oranges. Jr. High/Sr. High breakfast Monday — Breakfast pizza or Cinnamon Toast Crunch and blueberry muffin, diced pears, low-fat milk. Tuesday — Pancake on a stick with syrup or oatmeal cinnamon and raisins and mandarin oranges, low-fat milk. Wednesday —Breakfast burrito or ultimate breakfast round and yogurt, diced peaches, low-fat milk Thursday — French toast sticks or Cinnamon Toast Crunch and apple cinnamon muffin and orange juice cup, low-fat milk. Friday — Sausage, egg and cheese biscuit or ultimate breakfast round and yogurt, mixed fruit, low-fat milk. Jr. High/Sr. High lunch Monday — Hamburger or cheeseburger, potato wedges, seasoned corn, marinated cucumbers and tomatoes, baby carrots with dressing, apple, pineapple tidbits.
Chronicle photo by Alyssa Schauer
Lakeside starts new year
The cooler weather and familiar sight of the big yellow buses reminds us all that school has started! And the school year is in full swing as kids shuffle off the buses and into the school. Above, Jasmine Stienberg, Makayla Wigern and Leah Nemec stop for a quick “back to school” photo before heading into Lakeside Elementary School in Silver Lake.
County Board debates levy increase in workshop session
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The McLeod County Board of Commissioners has not voted for a property tax increase in the past few years, opting instead to dip into its reserves to cover increases in expenses. At a workshop Wednesday morning, Aug. 28, County Board Chair Paul Wright suggested that this may be the time to propose a 3 percent levy increase. Information provided by County Auditor/Treasurer Cindy Schultz indicated that even if the county adopted a 3 percent levy increase, the total tax rate would still drop by 5.72 percent, primarily because of the increase in the value of farmland. If the County Board continues its zero-increase practice, the tax rate would drop by 7.81 percent. The Minnesota Legislature has set a 3 percent levy increase for all counties, and cities with populations greater than 2,500. The proposed 2014 budget, if kept at zero-percent levy increase, would require using about $1.4 million in reserve to balance expenditures with revenues. Although using the $1.4 million would still leave the county with adequate reserves — about six to eight months worth of expenditures — Wright said the County Board should consider the 3 percent increase. “If we don’t do something besides zero, some day we’re going to have a number that’s a lot bigger than zero,” said Wright. While property valuations are high for farmland, that may not always be the case, Wright said, which would severely impact the county’s taxing capacity. “If farmland crashes — the day that goes flat or negative — that is going to crash us, too,” said Wright. Wright said the county needs to cover operating costs and a potential bond payment as it pursues longrange goals, including security and jail improvements, and needs to “just prepare for the what-ifs,” Wright added. Commissioner Sheldon Nies said that several years ago, the County Board was in a similar position, and agreed to start ticking up the levy. “We decided, ‘let’s do this in increments to get ahead,’” said Nies. Schultz said she agreed with Wright that at some point, the county would need to stop relying on its reserves to balance its budget. And she noted that even with a 3 percent levy increase, the overall tax rate will still drop. Commissioner Jon Christensen pointed out that an overall tax rate decrease will not necessarily mean a decrease in an individual’s property taxes. “That is true,” said Schultz. “If your valuation went up, you may see an increase.” She also said that farms and commercial properties have seen increases in values, while residential values remain flat. With a 3 percent levy increase, the county could levy $18.7 million in 2014. With no increase, the levy would be $18.3 million, the same as 2013. The County Board must adopt its 2014 preliminary budget and levy in September, said Schultz. Once the preliminary levy is set, the County Board can still lower before its final adoption in December, but cannot increase it.
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Sibley County approves 3% raises in 2014
ARLINGTON — The Arlington Enterprise reported that the Sibley County Board approved a 3 percent annual adjustment to the 2014 wage plan for the board members, elected officials, non-bargaining staff members and seasonal/temporary hourly wage workers. The union contract had been settled earlier for a 3 percent raise. The Enterprise reported that the last employee step increase was 1 percent last year, following three years of a wage freeze. But from 2005-09, there were 3 percent increases in each of those five years.
Thrivent board members sought
The McLeod County Chapter of Thrivent Financial is seeking board members for 2014. These volunteer positions require minimal time commitment, anywhere from six to 15 hours per month depending on the role. Each position serves for a one-year term. Meetings are held the second Monday evening of each month at rotating locations in the county. Thrivent members interested in making a difference in the community should contact Cindy Eggersgluess at 320-238-2148 or cindye@hutchtel.net.
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Proposed courthouse and jail expansion raises some questions
Our view: Making the courthouse into a ‘fortress’ for security reasons just seems wrong
cLeod County residents are being asked to comment on the proposed plans to expand the courthouse in Glencoe that would add 20 new beds to the jail and more security to the complex. It also would cost about $7 million, and may not come to a public vote. A meeting with the county’s architect is set for Tuesday, Sept. 17, and the public is invited to attend and comment at that County Board meeting. We have a number of issues with the plan. First, did we not go down this road several years ago with a proposed expansion of the jail of over $20 million? And did not the public indicate to its commissioners that it did not like the idea? So what has changed? The current plan has a familar ring to the plan for the jail expansion that was rejected. It even includes purchasing the Shamla property, moving the north complex offices back downtown, closing Ives Avenue and building a new street east of Judd Avenue between 10th and 11th streets. Second, this whole issue has not been very well publicized up to now, and now the public is supposed to comment on it? What this project looks like or entails is not well known. Slow down and let the public catch up with what the commisisoners are thinking. Third, one part of the proposed security changes — closing off the north and south entrances to the courthouse and forcing people to use a new east-side entrance — raises major concerns. Are we building a fortress? What is the need for such enhanced security in McLeod County? This is not a metropolitan area; this is rural Minnesota. The main aim of any county courthouse is accessibility and availability to the public to conduct its business. It is the people’s building. It was built by the people and for the people, not just for government employees. It should not be built like a fortress just to control who comes in and out. If there is such a need, there must be a less expensive, less obstructive way to do that. Give us some alternatives. Fourth, the closing of the north and south entrances, and eventually the closing off of Ives Avenue under the plan, will have a negative impact on businesses located on 11th Street in particular. That also needs to be addressed. The goal of the added security in the plan is “one way in” and total control over the building’s accessibility. The concept is simply wrong, and goes against the intent of a courthouse in the first place. Our ancestors would be appalled at what is being proposed. The main reason for the added security is to prevent a similar incident from happening here that occurred in northern Minnesota’s Cook County a couple of years ago. An armed, angry resident stormed into that courthouse and shot several people, including county employees.
The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, September 4, 2013, page 4
While we admit times have changed since the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries when the courthouse was built and expanded, the same basic principles have not. We are still mainly an agricultural area where people do basically the same things they were doing a century ago. The courthouse was a symbol of justice and stability to its citizens back then. Now, by putting up security roadblocks to public access, one feels more like an intruder than a county resident doing business in the courthouse. Is that what we want to portray? We think not. Some in county government seem to sense the need to build something in order to utilize the $4 million donation by the late Annamarie Tudhope. Her will stipulates the money can only be used to build a new jail in Glencoe. Whether this proposed expansion of the courthouse and jail meets the intentions in Miss Tudhope’s will needs to be determined by the courts. The reason for the Sept. 17 meeting is to raise issues, get answers and ensure whatever is decided is in the best interest of county residents. The critical questions we need to ask are: Do we need this, and do we want this? Let your commissioners know your thoughts before they approve any expansion to the courthouse and jail. There needs to be a lot more public discussion, not only of the plans but about the basic philosophy of the proposed changes to our courthouse. Get involved, contact your commissioner and attend the County Board meeting on Sept. 17 to find out what the commissioners have in mind. — R.G.
I used to know how to change a tire
I’ve never considered myself to be handy, but I did know how to change a tire. I did plenty of that during my younger years in northern Minnesota and Northwestern Ontario. My dad was insistent that he was not going to change my tires when I started to drive. I needed to learn that myself, and I did. But if I was going to get a flat tire back then, it was usually in the winter, and often in the “dead of winter” when the temperatures were below zero. I quickly realized my dad’s wisdom. You don’t forget those “experiences” of changing tires in mid-winter in northern Minnesota. You are mentally scarred for life. Back then, changing a tire was a fairly simply process. Get the jack out, find an appropriate spot on the metal bumper, pump the handle to get it high enough off the ground to get at the lugnuts and grunt with all you have to get those often “rusted on” bolts loose to get the tire off. Stay with me here: Now imagine doing that in 20 below weather with “choppers” on? You remember choppers, don’t you? They were those leather mitts with only a thumb that often had a liner within. When they say you were all thumbs, novelty, but not a big issue. Second, there was an issue — the jack. It was nothing I recognized. Where’s the tire iron? And where’s the jack that uses the tire iron? Then it dawned on me, where’s the bumper for the jack? I think I missed something in my development into adulthood. Somehow, while I was maturing, things changed! But with maturity comes wisdom. It didn’t take me long to call for help, and Bruce Donnay of Harpel’s was “Johnny-on-the-spot” with an air compressor. He pumped air into the flat and added, “you better hurry, I hear it coming out.” So off I went, racing from Grand Meadows to Harpel’s. I think I stopped at all the stop signs. It all ended well. Harpel’s “plugged” the tire, and I paid for the convenience. So, you see, with maturity indeed comes wisdom. I don’t have to know how to do all these things anymore, I just need to know who to call. Now, maybe I need to reconsider not having a cell phone in case I ever have another flat tire. Naw. I’ll just ask my wife to call. See, maturing never stops.
Rich Glennie
they meant it back then. While choppers were warm and durable, they were awkward, too, often necessitating taking them off to unscrew the lugnuts. Well, fast forward a few decades. I was trying to think of the last tire I changed. I couldn’t. It has to be more than 30 years ago, or even 40. So when I discovered last week that I had a flat when I pulled out of Grand Meadows parking lot with temperatures in the upper 80s and the humidity to match, I realized my luck ran out. I went to the trunk to get out the jack and “donut” tire. I had to stand there for a few seconds to realize this isn’t going to work. First off, I never recall having to use a “donut” before, that was a
Letters to Editor Where will it stop with government spending?
To the Editor: I made the mistake of reading the paper today. It usually causes the same reaction with me as I read of the latest poltical happenings. During this time when we are all trying to budget our lives, we watch in horror as our “representative” government does the same in its own special way. The word “budget” to any branch of government means, “Where can we get more money from those who support this system financially?” Now I read of a “wheelage tax” designed to help maintain our highway system. Ten dollars a vehicle to start with, just to get it established, and more later when it is well entrenched into the system. No, it’s not going to put us all in the poor house, but it is just another graft on the taxpaying society. It is just another small percentage to add to our already heavy tax burden. How many of these small percentatges does it take to make a “whole?” I have mulitple vehicles. Of course, I can only drive one at a time. Several of them put less than 1,000 miles per year on our roads, and yet, they all will each be penalized 10 bucks a year just for being licensed. We, I mean us, who are supposed to be the government — remember “By the people, for the people?” — need to give new meaning to the word “budget” when applied to our government. Budget means living within one’s means, not increasing taxation to meet the budget. We are too eager to approve spending on things we all think would be nice to have. We give little thought to it, because there are so many paying and split so many ways will make it easy to absorb. I don’t know if you have noticed on your budget, but I can see it on my personal budget. All these “little” percentatges are adding up to a significant amount. Looking the other direction, all the little, insignificant spending cuts the government could make would mount up also if the intelligence was there to implement such cuts. I heard it said the other day that cutting foreign aid would be a very small percentage of savings to our total budget. If it is a small percentage, then I would sure like some of that. Wouldn’t you? As a good example of this spending spree right here in our home town of Glencoe, we have a very nice, multimillion dollar four-lane (supplementary) bridge on Morningside Drive that goes to a gravel road. Ever wonder why we need such an expensive structure going to nowhere? Now I figure this is the anchor for some agenda that we will all be made aware of sometime in the future, after it is too late to say no. The next step is extending Morningside across the railroad track. After that, throw a couple more million at (Highway) 212-Morningside intersection. If this is in preparation for the rumored (Highway) 22 bypass, we are spending money in the wrong location from the start. (It’s) too late now already as groundwork has already been laid if that be the case. These frivolous spending sprees have got to stop. Our government is already bankrupt and far in debt to folks we shouldn’t be in debt to. We have trouble keeping our existing roads maintained, and yet we keep building new ones at tremendous expense. Yes, they are very nice and handy to have roads, but are they really a necessity? I would love to have a very nice concrete driveway, too, but I can’t afford it. Why is it so difficult for the “collective” to grasp that reality? Our attitude and our government’s attitude both need a major adjustment! We need to be very aware that government-funded anything is not free! It comes out of the same pockets no matter what branch of government is “providing” it, and any branch of government doing anything is very inefficient. It won’t stop until WE demand that changes be made to make it stop. Jon Risch Glencoe
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Staff William C. Ramige, Publisher; Rich Glennie, Managing Editor; Karin Ramige Cornwell, Advertising Manager; June Bussler, Business Manager; Sue Keenan, Sales Representative; Brenda Fogarty, Sales Representative; Lori Copler, Staff Writer; Josh Randt, Sports Writer; Jessica Bolland and Alissa Hanson, Creative Department; and Trisha Karels, Office Assistant.
Letters The McLeod County Chronicle welcomes letters from readers expressing their opinions. All letters, however, must be signed. Private thanks, solicitations and potentially libelous letters will not be published. We reserve the right to edit any letter. A guest column is also available to any writer who would like to present an opinion in a more expanded format. If interested, contact the editor. richg@glencoenews.com
Ethics The editorial staff of the McLeod County Chronicle strives to present the news in a fair and accurate manner. We appreciate errors being brought to our attention. Please bring any grievances against the Chronicle to the attention of the editor. Should differences continue, readers are encouraged to take their grievances to the Minnesota News Council, an organization dedicated to protecting the public from press inaccuracy and unfairness. The News Council can be contacted at 12 South Sixth St., Suite 940, Minneapolis, MN 55402, or (612) 341-9357.
Press Freedom Freedom of the press is guaranteed under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press…” Ben Franklin wrote in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1731: “If printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody there would be very little printed.”
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CRAYO seeking area musicians for fall season
The Crow River Area Youth Orchestra (CRAYO) is seeking area musicians for its fall semester. The Symphonic Orchestra is for string students and adults who feel comfortable reading at a more advanced level — end of Suzuki Book 3 on up and band students from an eighth-grade level on up. Instrumentation desired for this group are violins, violas, cellos, string basses, flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, saxophones, trumpets, French horns, trombones, baritones, tuba and percussion. The group is directed by Michael Zellgert. The Varsity Strings ensemble is for string students and adults who feel comfortable reading at a late beginning to early intermediate level — Suzuki Books 1-3. Instrumentation desired include violins, violas, cellos and string bass. This group is directed by Rhonda Johnson. New this year are group lesson classes for ages 7 to adult, called “Introduction to Strings.” Students will learn the basics for playing a string instrument. There will be two classes — one for violin/viola and the other for those who want to learn to play the cello. The instructor is Rhonda Johnson. All groups will meet on Sunday afternoons at Hutchinson Middle School. Introduction to Strings classes will meet from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. (violin/viola) and 3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. (cello). The Varsity Strings will meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the choir room, and the Symphonic Orchestra will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the band room. The first rehearsal for both will begin Sept. 29. The concert is set for Dec. 8. For more information or to register, visit the CRAYO Open House on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., call 320-587-7220, or go to www.crayo.org. CRAYO also can be found on Facebook.
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Glencoe High class of 1948
The Glencoe High School graduating class of 1948 held a 65-year reunion on Aug. 17 at G. Dubbs Bar and Grill. After a noon meal, and a short program, a decision was made to meet again next year on the third Saturday afternoon of August. The following classmates were present: front, left to right, Melvin Jungclaus, Donna (Bauman) Latske, Orlin Graupmann, Gale Roth, Lois (Graupmann) Majestic and Dennis Schuette. Standing are Harriet (Panning) Schmidt, Pearl (Meyer) Gray, Gladys (Oelfke) Zum Berge, Deloris (Bergs) Marquardt, Eunice (Trapp) Mackenthun, Ordella (Lindermeier) Schmitt, Gladys (Gruer) Bartels, Arlene (Polzin) Overlie and Dorothy (Brelje) Selchow.
Longtin — Rannow
Linda Longtin of Chaska and Scott Rannow of Glencoe announce their engagement and plans to marry Sept. 28 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. Parents of the couple are Mary Ann and Howard Christensen of Taunton, Minn., and the late David Longtin, and Nancy and Tom Rannow of Glencoe. Longtin is a 1993 graduate of Minneota High School and a 1998 graduate of Northern State University at Aberdeen, S.D. She is a teacher at Pioneer Ridge Middle School in
Carbon testing, 900year-old dugout canoe all part of program
The McLeod County Historical Museum will host a Minnesota Archeology Week program entitled “McLeod County’s Earliest Residents,” Sunday, Sept. 15, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the media room at the county museum, 380 School Road NW, Hutchinson. Aaron Nathan Moen, a retired professor of wildlife ecology at Cornell University, will talk about carbon testing as one way to determine the age of an artifact. Moen, who received his bachelor ’s degree at Gustavus Adolphus and master’s from St. Cloud State, did the carbon testing on the museum’s dugout canoe, which determined the canoe was about 900 years old. Ken Schumann, a retired Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries employee, will share how the dugout was found in the 1950s by a crew of DNR Fisheries workers on Big Swan Lake. His story explains why the canoe was preserved, and he will provide insights as to how the canoe was used. Also, Lori Pickell-Stangel, museum executive director, will explain how, after 50 years, the museum was able to carbon test and evaluate the canoe, using a state Legacy grant.
Homeward Bound’s ‘Dr. Seuss and Me’ activities to begin
Homeward Bound Theatre Company will offer “Dr. Seuss and Me,” on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 10 through Sept. 24 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Panther Field House in Glencoe. Kindergarten through second graders will act out their favorite Dr. Seuss stories like “The Cat in the Hat” or “Green Eggs and Ham” and share it with family and friends. The participants’ experience will include warm-up games, theatre exercises and movement. For more information and/or cost of registration call Glencoe Community Education at 320-864-2690.
Linda Longtin Scott Rannow Chaska. Rannow is a 1991 graduate of Glencoe High School. He is a cabinet maker for Plato Woodworking in Plato.
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
Sept. 5, 1913 O.C. Conrad, Editor The local schools opened Monday with the following in charge: A.H. Granger, principal; and Miss Blanche Canfield, Miss Cora Crisgau, Miss Hilda Nelson, and Miss Edna Rudh, teachers. On Thursday afternoon of last week occurred the marriage of Miss Christena Bauer to Mr. Rudolph Huske. They will reside on the groom’s farm five miles northeast of Brownton. A very quiet wedding was solemnized at the German M.E. parsonage at high noon Wednesday; the contracting parties being Mr. Ralph Dwinnell and Miss Belle Rice. of kraut in five minutes and, when finished, said he could have eaten more. A pretty wedding was solemnized on Monday morning, Aug. 29, at the St. Boniface Church in Stewart, when Lorenzo Burville, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.R. Burville of this community, took himself a life partner, Miss Margaret Elnora Reimer, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reimer of Round Grove Township. A simple but beautiful wedding took place at the Evangelical parsonage Sunday morning when Miss Della Winterfeldt, daughter of Mr. Louis Winterfeldt, became the bride of Mr. Hubert G. Wiggert, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wiggert. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Winterfeldt of rural Brownton, and Wayne W. Mackenthun, son of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Mackenthun of Glencoe, were united in marriage at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton on Friday evening, Aug. 9.
13 Brownton seniors met on Monday
20 Years Ago
Sept. 1, 1993 Lori Copler, Editor Ryan Kuttner and Nathan Maiers of Stewart were among 500 people from the New Ulm Diocese of the Catholic Church who traveled to Denver for World Youth Day and a chance to see Pope John Paul II, who was flown in by helicopter to the Mile High Stadium in Denver, where over 80,000 youths packed the seats. Brownton lost one of its landmarks last week when the former Yellowstone Garage was torn down. The garage, which was used in recent years by the Brownton Oil Co., was built in the 1920s.
Thirteen Brownton senior citizens met Monday, Sept. 2, at the community center. Cards were played with the following winners: 500, Elmer Maass, first, and Norma Albrecht, second; and pinochle, Betty Katzenmeyer, first, and Della Schultz, second. Della Schultz served refreshments. Theola Fors won the door prize. The next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 5 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info. Sun., Sept. 8 — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Stewart annual church picnic, outdoor worship at 10 a.m.; Grace Lutheran Church, Brownton, annual fall festival, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. 9 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, Brownton Community Center, 1 p.m.; Stewart City Council, 7 p.m., Edward Ewald Post 143 of Brownton & Auxiliary, Brownton Community Center, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 10 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m.; Brownton City Council, 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 — Brownton Lions Club Oktoberfest in September, Brownton City Park, 5:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 12 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info. 737 Hall St., Stewart 320-562-2553
75 Years Ago
Sept. 1, 1938 Percy L. Hakes, Editor Elmer C. Schatz again duplicated his feat of last year when he ate his way to the sauerkraut championship at Henderson last Sunday. Elmer ate eight pounds
50 Years Ago
Sept. 5, 1963 Charles H. Warner, Editor Grace Lutheran Church of Brownton will celebrate its 75th anniversary Sunday, Sept. 8, with a special worship service, music and a meal. Janet Winterfeldt, daughter of
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From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
Sept. 5, 1913 A.F. Avery, Editor On Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 9:30 a.m., at St. Boniface Catholic Church in this village, Miss Ruth Roland became the bride of Mr. Herman Klinkhammer. The bride is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Roland of Round Grove and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. N. Klinkhammer of Stewart. The couple has already taken rooms upstairs in the Thom building. The groom has a lucrative position with the Stewart creamery, driving a cream route. One of the occasions which make life worth living and add spice to an otherwise humdrum existence was a family reunion of the Houcks at the Theo. Houck home north of town last Sunday. There were 38 descendants of Allison and Charlotte Houck, who settled on a homestead on the south shore of Lake Preston in 1877, in attendance. An important business change was transacted yesterday when A.A. Koons bought the Bethke restaurant on the south side from Ed Bethke. Mr. Koons is a son of Mrs. C.L. DeGree of this village.
75 Years Ago
Sept. 2, 1938 Harry Koeppen, Editor Miss Margaret Elenore Reimer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reimer of Round Grove, and Lorenzo Burville of near Brownton were married at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart at 10 o’clock Monday morning. The couple left Wednesday on a wedding trip to the Black Hills and Yellowstone Park, and on their return they will make their home on the groom’s farm southwest of Brownton. Some 30 members of the Stewart Rod & Gun Club assembled at the community hall Thursday for its annual meeting, and elected the following as officers: H.E. Proehl, president; Ed Gutknecht, vice president; Harry Koeppen, secretary; and Ed Studer, treasurer. Darlene May, 2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Klitzke of Round Grove Township, met an untimely death early Monday morning following an illness of one day. The youngster got hold of a box of pills being taken by her father for an ailment and chewed up and swallowed several of them. She became ill and was taken to the doctor, where examination revealed a badly burned stomach. Funeral servic-
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Sept. 5, 1963 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Patricia Louise Schmidt of Stewart and Keith Ryan Richards of Hutchinson were united in marriage at a doublering ceremony Aug. 3 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schmidt of Stewart and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Richards of Hutchinson. Lenhard Brede landed a 15pound, 10-ounce northern pike on Friday, Aug. 30, at Lake Moses near Millerville.
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Marlys Myrtle Tessmer, 84, of Glencoe Obituaries Gladys M. Abraham, 90, of Gaylord
Funeral services for Gladys Marie Abraham, 90, of Gaylord, were held Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord. The R e v . William Postel officiated. M r s . Abraham died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Oak Terrace Health Care Gladys Center in Abraham Gaylord. The organist was Jeanne Bruss. Soloist Lisa Uecker sang “How Great Thou Art” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” The congregational hymn was “Jesus Loves Me.” Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren, Tammy Johnson, Chad Abraham, Loni Ostermann, Amy Soroka, Canyon Ceman, Josh Abraham and Ali Pankop. Pallbearers were Tammy Johnson, Chad Abraham, Loni Ostermann, Amy Soroka, Canyon Ceman, Josh Abraham, Jon Abraham and Ron Abraham. Interment was in the church cemetery. Gladys Marie Deiman was born April 10, 1923, in St. Paul, to Herman and Emma (Otto) Deiman. She was baptized as an infant and confirmed in her faith as a youth. In 1925, when her brother, Howard was born, her mother died. From then on she was cared for and remained in the home of Alfred and Helen Schauer in Arlington until the age of 18. There were two brothers, Alfred and Gordon, and one sister, Joan, in this family. Her father married Theresa with one son, Robert. To this marriage, half-brothers, Floyd, Truman and Vincent, and one half-sister, Patricia, were born. She received her education in Arlington and was a 1941 graduate of Arlington High School. On July 8, 1943, Gladys Deiman was united in marriage to Alvin Abraham at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Richard, Larry, Sandra and Judy. After their marriage, the couple resided in Gaylord. Mrs. Abraham was employed at Fingerhut Products Company for 12 years and Sibley County for 16 years, serving as the county recorder for 10 years, retiring in 1992. The Abrahams shared 59 years of marriage before Mr. Abraham died on Nov. 17, 2002. Mrs. Abraham was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord and taught Sunday school for 12 years. She was a member of the same Bible class for 50 years. Mrs. Abraham also was an active member of the Manthey-Asmus American Legion Auxiliary for more than 60 years. Mrs. Abraham enjoyed Bible study, crossword puzzles and reading. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends. When she needed assistance with her daily care, Mrs. Abraham became a resident of Oak Terrace Health Care Center on Jan. 26, 2012. Survivors include her children, Larry (Darla) Abraham of Sleepy Eye, Sandra (George) Ceman of Hermosa Beach, Calif., and Judy (Dave) Sypkens of Cordova, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Sharon (Dewey) Thorbeck of Mendota Heights; grandchildren, Tammy (Steve) Johnson, Chad (Mikki) Abraham, Loni (Joad) Ostermann, Amy (Gregg) Soroka, Canyon (Kim) Ceman, Josh (Brittany) Abraham, and Ali (Brad) Pankop; great-grandchildren, Sadie Mae Cordes, Seth Cordes, Max Johnson, Callie Abraham, Julia Abraham, Baily Abraham, Remy Abraham, Javen Ostermann, Riley Soroka, Addison Soroka, Siena Soroka, Cayenne Ceman, Caden Ceman, Emma Pankop, Cole Abraham, Avery Abraham and Hailey Abraham; great-greatgrandson, Parker Cordes; and his mother, Ashley Woods; sister, Joan Wonenberg of Greely, Colo.; brother, Gordon Schauer of Sheboygon, Wis.; half-sister, Patricia Deiman of St. Paul; sister-inlaw, Pauline Deiman of St. Paul, Eleanor Schauer of Arlington, Jessie Deiman of Chicago, Ill., and Barbara Dieman of New Brighton; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her son, Richard Abraham; parents, Herman and Emma Deiman; foster parents, Alfred and Helen Schauer; husband, Alvin Abraham; sister, Helen Girards; and brothers, Herman Deiman, Henry Deiman, Howard Deiman, Alfred Schauer Jr., Robert Deiman, Vincent Deiman and Floyd Deiman; and half-brother, Truman Deiman. Arrangements by Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. An online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries and guest book. Funeral services for Marlys Myrtle (Grenke) Tessmer, 84, of Glencoe, were held Friday, Aug. 30, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The Rev. R o n a l d Mathison officiated. M r s . Te s s m e r died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Glencoe R e g i o n a l Marlys H e a l t h Tessmer Services long-term care facility. The organist was Dawn Wolter, and soloist Justin Rierson sang “In the Garden” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” The congregational hymn was “Just As I Am.” Pallbearers were David Schiro, Janell Knudsen, Paula Weir and Bradley Schmidt. Interment was in the church cemetery. Marlys Myrtle Grenke was born March 8, 1929, in Glencoe, to Carl “Charles” and Emma (Haerdt) Grenke. She was baptized as an infant on April 14, 1929, by the Rev. E. Kolbe and confirmed in her faith as a youth on June 29, 1943, by the Rev. Alf. Streufert, both at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. She attended District 60 School. On May 15, 1953, Marlys Grenke was united in marriage to Melvin William Tessmer by the Rev. A.H. Fellwock at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Tessmers made their home on farms near Green Isle and Glencoe. In August 1995, they moved to Glencoe. The Tessmers were blessed with over 42 years of marriage before Mr. Tessmer died on Dec. 7, 1995. In addition to being a loving wife and homemaker, Mrs. Tessmer helped on the family farm. She was a lifelong and faithful member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Mrs. Tessmer enjoyed cooking and making crafts. She also loved to travel and polka dancing. She cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Survivors include her sisters, Lorna Shanahan and Wilma (John) Schmidt, both of Glencoe; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Carl and Emma Grenke; husband, Melvin Tessmer; brothers, Herbert Grenke and Raymond Grenke; and sisters, Elda Pautz, Elvera Reubendahl and Evelyn Schiro. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries guest book.
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My husband and I love to grill. Well, he does the actual grilling; I stick to the kitchen. We grill all year. You may see my husband in our driveway with his Vikings flannel pants on in the middle of winter tending to the grill. I am always looking for new rubs or marinades for grilling. Here are a couple that I have found and really like. Grilled Chicken Marinade 3/4 cup oil (olive, vegetable or canola) 1/3 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 3 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon dry mustard 2 teaspoons black pepper In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Marinate meat for at least one hour, flipping meat at least once. The longer, the better! Grill chicken for five to 10 minutes per side or until the juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Makes enough marinade for six chicken breasts. We usually do four chicken breasts and
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Selma Froemming, 99, of Brownton
Funeral services for Selma Froemming, 99, of Brownton, were held Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. The Rev. R. Allan Reed officiated. M r s . Froemming died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the Prairie Senior Cottages in Selma Hutchinson. Froemming The organist was Dawn Wolter, and congregational hymns were “Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense,” “For Me, To Live is Christ” and “Jesus, Still Lead On.” Pallbearers were Donald Fenske, Brian Fenske, Bruce Fenske, Paul Manteufel, Joel Dettman and Gary Dettman. Interment was in the church cemetery. Selma Minna Bertha Gaulke was born April 26, 1914, in Collins Township, McLeod County, to Otto and Alvina (Radtke) Gaulke. She was baptized as an infant on May 10, 1914, by the Rev. A. Bode and confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 10, 1927, by the Rev. Weerts, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. She attended School District 31 and Immanuel Lutheran Parochial School in Brownton. On Sept. 28, 1933, Selma Gaulke was united in marriage to Erwin Froemming by the Rev. Weerts at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. Mr. Froemming had attended the same parochial school and was confirmed in the same class with Selma Gaulke. Her parents offered the couple land to build a home, shop and farm. They lived and worked there for 53 years, then moved to Brownton in 1991. Mrs. Froemming worked in the farming operation and the shop along with her husband. They sold and serviced Whirlpool appliances and repaired electrical motors and power tools. Mrs. Froemming was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton, where she served as a volunteer and on various committees. Her father, Otto Gaulke, had helped with the excavation of the basement of the church with a scraper and a team of horses. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and embroidery. She loved to work in her garden and tend to her flowers and vegetables. Mrs. Froemming was a very kind and generous woman who lovingly took care of her parents and Mr. Froemming’s parents in their elder years. She was always willing to help when needed. She especially enjoyed the time she spent with her family. Survivors include her sisters, Hilda Fenske of Brownton and Elsie Dettman of Hutchinson; brother-in-law, Otto Streseman of Hutchinson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Otto and Alvina Gaulke; husband, Erwin Froemming; brothers, Fred Gaulke and wife, Meta, Walter Gaulke and wife, Lorraine, and Martin Gaulke and wife, Ethel; sisters, Frieda Kietzman and husband, Paul, Amanda Sifferath and husband, Ben, and Esther Streseman; brothers-in-law, Howard Fenske and Eugene Dettman; and nieces and nephews. Arrangements were by the Hantge Funeral Chapel. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries/ death notices.
Deaths Evelyn Alsleben, 94, of Glencoe
Evelyn Alsleben, 94, of Glencoe, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility. Funeral services for Evelyn Alsleben, 94, of Glencoe, will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m., at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Auburn. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the High Island Cemetery in New Auburn. The Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel handled arrangements. An online guest book can be found at www.hantge.com.
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Darvis Allen Reed, 83, of Arlington, Va., died Friday, July 19, 2013, at Virginia Hospital Center. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann Reed; his parents, Harry Oscar and Emma Ida Reed, his stepmother, Elsie Reed; his sister, Priscilla Neiman; and his brother, Warren Reed. Survivors include his son, Duane S. Reed of Arlington, Va.; his nephews, Rick, Michael and Chris; and nieces, Carol (Pill), Nancy, Belen, Celeste, Stacy and Judy Ann. A visitation will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Everly Community Funeral Care, 6161 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va. A funeral Mass will be held Monday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 3304 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va. Burial will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.
Doris M. Ernst, 91, of Bloomington
Doris M. Ernst, 91, of Bloomington, died Aug. 13, 2013. She was preceded in death by husband, Howard; brothers, Bobby and Wesley Howe; sisters, Marge Batzli and Ruth Loevinger. She is survived by children, Steve (LaJean) Ernst, Ellen (Bernie) Felmlee, Mary Renneke and Mike (Lesley) Ernst; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and sister, Janet Howells. She was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Church of Christ in Bloomington.
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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. 4 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Fri., Sept. 6 — Men’s Bible study at church, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 8 — Worship, 9:30 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10:30 a.m. Tues., Sept. 10 — Men’s Bible study at church, 6 a.m. Wed., Sept. 11 — 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. 4 — Televised worship, 2 p.m.; Abundant Table community meal, 5 p.m.; bell choir, 5:30 p.m.; confirmation orientation for students and parents, 6:30 p.m.; senior choir, 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 5 — Grand Meadows worship, 10:30 a.m. Sun., Sept. 8 — Worship with communion, 9 a.m.; Rally Sunday events after worship to kick off Sunday school; all-member ditch cleanup meeting at 11:30 a.m. at church. Mon., Sept. 9 — Televised worship service, 3 p.m. Tues., Sept. 10 — Ladies’ fellowship at Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m.; worship team meeting, 6 p.m.; Sarah Circle at Dorothy Lindeman’s home, 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; televised worship, 2 p.m.; WELCA team meeting, 4:45 p.m.; bells, 5:30 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; senior choir, 6:30 p.m.; church council, 7 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Sept. 8 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Sept. 4 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; parent meeting in church, 7 p.m.; grades kindergarten through sixth-grade religious education religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; seventh- through 11thgrade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 5 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; school Mass, 7:20 a.m.; fundraiser night at Unhinged! Pizza; CCW meeting, 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 6 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; adoration of the blessed sacrament follows Mass until noon; first Friday communion calls begin, 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 5:30 p.m.. Sat., Sept. 7 — Spanish catechist retreat at St. Pius X, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; widows, widowers and senior singles breakfast at Dubbs, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish baptism session, 10 a.m.; reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m.; Holy Family, St. Pius X youth group signup at Masses. Sun., Sept. 8 — Mass, 9:30 a.m.; Holy Family, St. Pius X youth group sign-up at Masses; Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m.; Mass at Seneca, 4:30 p.m.; Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m. Mon., Sept. 9 — No Mass; principals meeting, New Ulm, 9:15 a.m.; scheduling of liturgical ministers begins; St. Francis Mission Club meeting, 1:30 p.m.; Schoenestatt girls’ group meeting, 3 p.m. Tues., Sept. 10 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; Hispanic ministry adult catechesis; parish administrative council meeting, 8 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; school reconciliation, 9:30 a.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. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Sun., Sept. 8 — Worship, 9:15
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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 E-mail: office@firstglencoe.org Wed., Sept. 4 — Grades 6-8 confirmation orientation, 7 p.m.; board of evangelism, 7 p.m.; pictorial directory committee, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 5 — Board of deacons, 7 p.m.; board of trustees, 7 p.m.; nominating committee, 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 7 — Youth worship committee, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 8 — Education Sunday. Worship, 8 a.m.; fellowship time, 9 a.m.; pictorial directory committee, 9 a.m.; Sunday school registration and carnival, 9:15 a.m.; worship with communion, 10:30 a.m.; school presentation, 7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 9 — Altar Guild, 7 p.m.; Flames Booster Club, 7 p.m.; LWML, 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 10 — GRHS communion, 9:30 a.m.; Common Cup meeting, 10 a.m.; Manor communion, 1:15 p.m.; Alzheimer support group, 6 p.m.; Christian education board, 7 p.m.; Men’s Club, 7:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 — Public confirmation, 3:30 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. 4 — Deacons, 7 p.m.; education board, 7 p.m Thurs., Sept. 5 — GRHS chapel with communion, 9:30 a.m. Sun., Sept. 8 — Rally Sunday. Worship, 9 a.m.; Kingdom Quest, FUEL, 10:15 a.m.; old-timers vs. young-timers softball, Oak Leaf Park, 4:30 p.m.; Community Strings rehearsal, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 9 — Ladies guild executive board, 6:30 p.m.; ladies guild meeting, Bible study and collection of mites, 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 10 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; GriefShare, 5:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 — REVEAL courses, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.; council Bible study, 7 p.m.; council, 7:30 p.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Wed., Sept. 4 — 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. Sun., Sept. 8 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m. Tues., Sept. 10 — Table Talk, 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 — 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. 4 — Choir practice, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 5 — Finance committee meeting, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 8 — Worship, 8:45 a.m.; Fall Festival, 10:30 a.m. Wed., Sept. 11 — Council meeting, 7 p.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., Sept. 4 — Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes begin at Noah’s Ark Preschool. Thurs., Sept. 5 — Tuesday, Thursday classes begin at Noah Ark’s Preschool. Fri., Sept. 6 — Concordia Ladies Aid, 1:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 8 — Worship, 9 a.m.; introduction of confirmation class; pastor’s Sunday class; Channel 8 video; Sunday school classes begin. Tues., Sept. 10 — F.A.I.T.H. Group, 4 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 — Pastor’s class, 9 a.m.; confirmation; chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m.; deacons meeting, 7:30 p.m. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Pastor browntoncongregational.org Sun., Sept. 8 — Sunday school, 8:45 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 300 Croyden St., Stewart Sunday, Sept. 8 — Rally Day; Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship with communion, 10 a.m.; congregational information meeting; church picnic. Tues., Sept. 10 — Dorcas Circle at church, 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 — Church council meeting, 7 p.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Fri., Sept. 6 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 8 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. ST. MATTHEW’S LUTHERAN Fernando Aaron Albrecht, Pastor Sunday, Sept. 8 — Rally Sunday, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. ST. JOHN’S CHURCH 13372 Nature Ave. (rural Biscay) Robert Taylor, Pastor 612-644-0628 (cell) 320-587-5104 (church) E-mail: rlt721@hotmail.com Sun., Sept. 8 — Fall hours begin; Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, Pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., Sept. 4 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 8 — Worship, 10 a.m. ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN 216 McLeod Ave. N., Plato Bruce Laabs, Pastor 320-238-2550 E-mail: stjlplato@embarqmail.com Sun., Sept. 8 — Worship, 9 a.m. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato www.platochurch.com Wed., Sept. 4 — Women’s Guild, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 8 — Sunday school kickoff, 8:45 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m.; pancake breakfast to follow worship. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Wed., Sept. 4 — Confirmation orientation for seventh graders and famlies, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 8 — Rally Sunday; Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship 10 a.m.; potluck dinner., 11 a.m, GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave. S.W., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., Sept. 4 — Confirmation class resumes, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 7 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Sept. 8 — “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. Mon., Sept. 9 — Church board, 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.m. Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-3272843. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN 108 W. Main St., Silver Lake Carol Chmielewski, Pastor 320-327-2452 / Fax 320-327-6562 E-mail: faithfriends@embarqmail.com You may be able to reach someone at the church every Tuesday through Friday. Don’t hesitate to come in (use church office door) or call, or e-mail at faithfriends@embarqmail.com. Wed., Sept. 4 — Presbyterian Women meeting, 1:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 8 — Worship, 10 a.m.; fellowship after worship; deacons meeting after church; music and worship workshop, 11:15 a.m. Tues., Sept. 10 — Session meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 — Christian education meeting, 6:30 p.m.; choir practice, 6:45 p.m. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Patrick Okonkwo, Associate Pastor Patrick Schumacher, Associate Pastor www.holyfamilysilverlake.org E-mail: office@holyfamilysilverlake.org Wed., Sept. 4 — Mass, 5 p.m.; grades one through six religious education parent meeting and first night of classes, 5:30 p.m.; grades seven through 11 religious education parent meeting and first night of classes, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 5 — Mass at Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; CCW, 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 6 — Mass, 8 a.m.; first Friday calls. Sat., 7 — Rosary society meeting, 9 a.m.; reconcilation, 5:30 p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m.; St. Pius X, Holy Family youth group registration. Sun., Sept. 8 — Mass, 8 a.m.; St. Pius X, Holy Family youth group registration; Mass, 8 p.m. Mon., Sept. 9 — No Mass; KC fourth degree meeting, Winsted, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 10 — Mass, 8 a.m.; eucharistic adoration, 8:30 a.m.; bazaar meeting, 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 — Blue Mass, 7 p.m.; no religious education. FRIEDEN’S COUNTY LINE 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Sept. 8 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 770 School Rd., Hutchinson Kenneth Rand, Branch President 320-587-5665 Wed., Sept. 4 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 8 — 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. 8 — 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. 8 — Worship, 9 a.m. BETHEL LUTHERAN 77 Lincoln Ave., Lester Prairie Bethany Nelson, Pastor 320-395-2125 Sun., Sept. 8 — Worship with communion, 9 a.m.; coffee and fellowship, 10 a.m. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. 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School Board Continued from page 1
“We need a concensus of where we go,” Christianson told the board members. He said Wang’s resignation a week before school resumes is “a challenge.” Lindeman said, in January, a resolution was approved to empower Sonju to proceed with such hiring issues “instead of calling special meetings.” Michelle Sander, district business manager, noted that the first year she and Sonju joined the administrative team, there was one elementary principal for 800 students in two buildings (in Glencoe and Silver Lake). “It didn’t work well at all,” she added. But Alsleben felt the current process of posting the position “is sloppy. Our job as a Board is to hire, fire and give direction.” He felt the administration should not automatically do that. “It’s not the superintendent’s duties to do that, that’s the School Board’s duties,” Alsleben added. Once vacated, it should not automatically be filled, Alsleben said, and noted the assistant principal position is not one required by any individual learning plan (IEP) or by the state department of education. “Just because there is a vacant spot, is no reason to change how we run the school district,” Lindeman said. “Maybe, if there is a problem.” ***** To add to the tense nature of the meeting, VonBerge also expressed frustration with administration’s shuffling around of elementary teachers as well as lack of information to board members as to why that was happening. Sonju replied that the administration has the right to place teachers where they best address needs. “I just wanted to be informed,” VonBerge said. She said people come up to her at her work at Coborn’s every day and ask her questions, and there are times she does not have the answers. Lindeman agreed juggling teachers around poses problems and are hard decisions, but that is why the district hires an administrator. He said it is not the School Board’s “place to micromanage. That’s not my job.” He suggested VonBerge call Sonju with her questions in the future. “Give Chris (Sonju) a call every Monday,” Christianson suggested. He also told VonBerge to “connect with the building principals” as well to know what is going on. “That goes a long way to get good information.” Christianson said the School Board’s No. 1 job is to supervise the superintendent. Sonju asked VonBerge if he was not supplying her with adequate information. “I’m not saying you’re not doing your job,” VonBerge replied. But she said getting an agenda packet on Friday for a Monday School Board meeting often does not give her enough time to call to get her questions asked, especially when she works. “We’re all busy,” Christianson shot back. “If you have questions, call me anytime,” Sonju said of evenings and weekends as well. VonBerge thought using e-mails among board members would be effective, but Christianson reminded her that would be a violation of Minnesota’s Opening Meeting Law. “We have to have conversations (on board matters) in public,” he stressed.
Abundant Table to offer free meal on Wednesday
Chronicle photos by Josh Randt
Panther pepfest
The GSL Panthers extracurricular seasons kicked off with the annual pepfest on Wednesday. Above, cheerleaders Faith Havlik, left, and Alicia Fenner escorted some future cheerleaders into the pepfest, including Emma Vandamme. At left, Zoe Christensen competed in the HulaHoop contest, while at right, Claire Wraspir and Jacob Jewett worked on their teamwork.
The Abundant Table community meal is free and open to everyonefamilies and children, elderly and all seeking fellowship or in need of a helping hand. The community meal will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4, (and each first Wednesday of every month) at the Christ Lutheran Church basement fellowship hall, 1820 Knight Ave., Glencoe.
Serving will be “Back-toSchool” pork chops, scalloped potatoes, fruit and apple crisp dessert. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for fellowship; the meal is served at 5 p.m. Call Christ Lutheran Church at 320-864-4549. “Remember there is a place for you at our Abundant Table.”
County budget Continued from page 1
But now, Wright said, the county is poised to put some long-range plans into place “and we have the possibility of taking on some projects.” The county also is embarking on a new round of employee salary negotiations, “which will be cost factor,” Wright added. Wright also noted that the County Board, between adopting the preliminary budget on Tuesday and the final budget in December, can vote to lower its proposed levy increase, but cannot raise it above what was adopted on Tuesday. “That gives us a cap that we can work under,” said Wright, who made a motion to include the 2.27 percent levy increase, which will generate about $415,000, in the 2014 preliminary budget. Commissioner Sheldon Nies seconded the motion. During its workshop last week, the County Board had heard that even with a levy increase, the tax rate overall will decrease because of a rise in property values, mostly among farmland. But the County Board also heard on Tuesday, from Assessor Sue Schultz, that values on farmland have gone up 20 to 25 percent, and are still rising. While taxes will go down on residential property even if there is a levy increase, that may not be the case on farmland, and Commissioner Ron Shimanski said he is concerned about that. Schultz said it is difficult to come up with possible impacts on farmland because there are so many classifications. “What I’m hearing you say is that we should continue these workshops and, hopefully, we’ll have a little bit better idea of how this would hit farmland,” Nies said to Shimanski. Commissioner Jon Christensen cast the dissenting vote. First, Christensen said, the county will be getting about $450,000 more in county program aid (CPA) from the state in 2014, and the county will be saving about $160,000 annually by not having to pay sales tax on its purchases. “But the bottom line here is that we still are looking at spending $1 million in reserves,” said Nies. But Christensen also felt the County Board did not put enough effort in finding ways to save when it reviewed the line items in the budget. “Do we really need a brand-new payloader?” Christensen cited as an example. After the discussion, Wright called the motion, which passed 4-1. The County Board will adopt its final levy in December, after the annual truth-intaxation hearing.
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Friendly wager
GSL Superintendent Chris Sonju, left, and Hutchinson Superintendent Darin VanderHeiden made their friendly wager on the GSL Panthers-Hutchinson Tigers football game set for 7 p.m., Friday, at Stevens Seminary Stadium. The superintendent of the losing team must carry the victory bucket to the winning team’s school and hand out treats during the school’s lunch hour. The losing superintendent also must wear the winning team’s jersey while doing it. The Hutchinson Tigers got the better of the bet last season, and Sonju is looking for his GSL Panthers to get even this year.
Singing Friends rehearsals to begin Sept. 17 at NYA
The Singing Friends Chorus, a Central Minnesota singing ensemble, starts rehearsals for the fall concert season on Sept. 17. This 32-voice, fun-loving, all-ages SATB community choir, centered in McLeod, Sibley and Carver counties, performs in many area communities. No auditions are required to sing with the chorus. This season, tenors and basses are especially sought. If you are interested in singing, come to an open rehearsal on Sept. 17 or Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in All Saints Lutheran Church, Norwood Young America. For more information, call Diane Hoffman at 952-4673379.
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