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Vol. 112 No. 45 • Thursday, October 31, 2013 • Silver Lake, MN 55381
City plans to have new water meters installed in November
By Alyssa Schauer Staff Writer The new digital-read water meters are set to be installed in Silver Lake beginning the first week of November, the Silver Lake City Council heard at its meeting last Monday. City Clerk Kerry Venier informed the City Council that letters were sent to residents in Silver Lake regarding the water meter replacement project, “and about one-third of the residents already scheduled appointments,” Venier said. Venier said the goal is to have all new water meters installed by the end of November, and that staff training with the new system and new billing software will be done by the end of December, in time for a new fiscal year. “I thought we weren’t installing any meters until all appointments were scheduled,” Councilor Eric Nelson said. “We want to start the first week of November and continue from there. We are progressing the way we expected. For those people who are a challenge to get scheduled, we will get the city involved to get access. And that’ll be a challenge, too,” Venier said. He said the “worst-case scenarios” are homes that have been foreclosed upon. Mayor Bruce Bebo questioned the readings for residents on the “lawn watering program.” Venier said it is the responsibility of the homeowners to report their lawn-watering usage in order to get credit. In other matters, the Council: • Approved assessments for delinquent utility accounts and other work performed by the city as directed by city code. • Discussed the public safety report with Police Chief Forrest Henriksen and found that Henriksen is still working with management at Villager Apartments in Silver Lake regarding tenants. The snow ordinance also was discussed, and citizens are reminded that there is no onstreet parking in the event of a snowfall accumulating more than two inches. “The ordinance states there is no parking until streets are plowed curb to curb after more than two inches of snowfall or vehicles will be towed,” Venier said. Nelson questioned the event of heavy snowfall during school hours and informed the City Council that parking is “already crowded” on the streets around the school. Henriksen said he often leaves the “towing decision” to Dale Kosek, the head of the Public Works Department, who decides whether or not to plow around vehicles. • Reviewed the year-to-date Municipal Liquor Store report to find 2013 shows a 5.71 percent net profit, down from a 7.32 percent profit in 2012. Councilor Pat Fogarty, liaison to the MLS, noted that the gross profit is “in line” with previous reports. The 2013 year-to-date gross profit is 45.56 percent, up from the 2012 gross profit of 45.41 percent. The 2013 September report showed a loss of net profit at 0.98 percent, but Fogarty highlighted that the cost of goods was at 56.35 percent, up from the 2012 total of 49.2 percent. “It’s something Jon (Jerabek) is keeping an eye on. He is really working to cut costs and save money for the business,” Fogarty said. • Approved retaining parttime bartenders Matt Kaczmarek, Mitch Stockmann and Bonnie Dahl with step increases. • Approved a contract with Borka Excavating for snow removal at the same rate as 2012: $70 per hour per truck with proof of insurance pro-
Willie Tuominen, with his father, Bill, gives his dolphin friend a big ol’ kiss while visiting Discovery Cove in Orlando, Fla. Willie was granted his wish, to swim with dolphins, by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Blue Bunny. Willie was born prema-
turely at 1 pound, 9 ounces, and was diagnosed with kidney failure. At the age of 7, he received a kidney transplant, and he has named his kidney “Jacob.” Willie lives with his parents, Bill and Julie, in Silver Lake.
Wish comes true
Silver Lake 8-year-old swims with dolphins
By Alyssa Schauer Staff Writer t’s not often that some of our most extravagant wishes come true, but for 8-year-old Willie Tuominen of Silver Lake, his dream to swim with dolphins became a reality, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and to Blue Bunny. According to his mother, Julie, Willie was born at 24 weeks and considered a “micro-preemie infant,” weighing only 1 pound, 9 ounces. “His whole hand was as big as a thumbnail; his head as big as a lime,” Julie said. She recounted the horrific scare of delivering Willie and the complications of raising a premature infant. “At one point, the doctors told me and Bill he only had three hours to live, so we held a quick baptismal ceremony for him. It was very devastating for me. Probably the hardest time in my life,” Julie said. “But he is our miracle baby, and lived through it. We got to bring him home after he was 6 months old. He only weighed 3 pounds then,” Julie added. She said for the first two years, Willie slept elevated due to reflux and his feeding tubes, and he also slept with an “apnea alarm” that rang loudly whenever Willie’s blood pressure, oxygen levels, or other vitals were dangerously low. “He had renal (kidney) failure, and so he had his kidneys removed and stents put in,” Julie said. At the age of 7, Willie was put on dialysis and after three months, he was gifted with a kidney donation. “Then we had complications from the kidney surgery. After his transplant, his belly kept swelling, and we found
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Willie Tuominen that the doctor accidentally nicked the lymphatic nodes and his stomach literally opened up during surgery. “He was on a no-fat diet and liquid diet to keep his kidney flushed. He had tubes hanging from his nose at one point, too. He hated that,” Julie said. “But on dialysis, he was on what is known as the ‘Twinkie Diet.’ I hated it, but he loved it. It’s a diet that only allows junk food. They can’t have anything else. Just junk. I guess it’s the dialysis diet,” Julie laughed. “We were very lucky he was only on dialysis for three months. It was awful. We had to check the stents and change the dressings every three hours, nearly six to eight times a day. He has had more than enough shots, tube feedings and procedures in his life. There was a time when we were driving to the cities to the hospital every single day,” Julie said. She added that Willie named his new kidney, “Jacob.”
Julie said she applied for the “Make-A-Wish” program last summer at the hospital with Willie and was approved after an interview with the organization. The Make-A-Wish program is dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. “It was his wish to swim with dolphins, and they granted it! It was absolutely amazing. We spent five days in Orlando visiting animal parks and Discovery Cove, where we spent the entire day swimming with dolphins and stingrays, snorkeling, and feeding the sharks,” Julie said. “From the airport, he even got to ride in a limo to the hotel. And the pilots on the airplane let him sit in their seats. He also experienced his first train ride, his first tram ride, and his first ferry ride. It was incredible,” she said. Willie also got the chance to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse and enjoy a few rides at Aquatica, Sea World’s water park. Julie added that Blue Bunny wanted to “sponsor” Willie, and provided towels, water bottles, snorkeling gear, and much more for Willie’s trip. She added that the organization plans the trips in consideration of the child’s medical condition. “We were granted the trip in July, but didn’t leave until September, when there are the least amount of people visiting Disney World and the weather is still tolerable,” Julie said. On Oct. 12, Make-A-Wish and Blue Bunny organized a
Silver Lake Leader photos by Alyssa Schauer
Elvis is alive!
Last Wednesday, community members gathered together for a Halloweenthemed game of “500” at Cedar Crest Estate in Silver Lake. Members visit Cedar Crest once a month to play cards with the residents. This month, Elvis was spotted in the vicinity along with a few of his fans. Above are Laura and Bernie “Elvis” Kaczmarek and to the right is Dodie Chalupsky. Cedar Crest is open to trick-or-treaters on Thursday, Oct. 31 (today), from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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Trick-or-treaters are welcome at Cedar Crest Estate in Silver Lake on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., in the dining room. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Halloween party set Oct. 31
The Silver Lake American Legion and Auxiliary are hosting the annual Halloween party for children at the Silver Lake Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 31, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be door prizes, goodie bags, games with prizes, a coloring contest and more. There is no admission cost, and everyone is welcome.
Plato blood drive Oct. 31
The Plato Lions Club will sponsor a Plato blood drive Thursday, Oct. 31, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Crossroads West Church, formerly Oakview Community Church. To make an appointment, contact Ken or Myra Franke at 320238-2370.
Silver Lake Class of 1988 reunion
The Silver Lake High School class of 1988 recently celebrated its 25-year school reunion. In the front, from left to right, are Jean (Mickolichek) Dubnecay, Deb (Lhotka) Peterson, Pam (Victorian) Konen, Deane (Yurek) Shaw, Brenda (Heuer) Popp, Helen Loebertmann, Tami (Victorian) Merrill, Betty (Kosek) Wraspir and Bobbi (Siemsen) Brown. In the middle are Lyle Cuhel, Mike Klima, Brad Mallak, Darrin Witucki, Mike Stifter, Mark Cacka, Dan Hingst, John Vacek and Mark Ostlie. In the back are Jeff Konen, Don Albrecht, Heath Mikolichek and Brian Lack.
Presbyterian soup supper set
Faith Presbyterian Church is hosting a soup and sandwich supper on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the church. The menu includes cheesy broccoli, chicken wild rice, chicken noodle and taco soups, assorted hot and cold sandwiches, pumpkin or apple desserts, and a beverage. There also will be a bake sale. Tickets can be purchased by calling 320-327-3158 or 320-395-9881. They also may be purchased at the door.
Huey Cobra to be added to county veterans memorial
There will be a dedication of a Huey Cobra helicopter that will be on permanent display at the Veterans Memorial Park of McLeod County in Hutchinson on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 3:30 p.m. There will be a light lunch, soft drinks and coffee at the American Legion in Hutchinson after the ceremony. This helicopter came from the aircraft carrier “Intrepid” in New York City. It, and a number of smaller aircraft, are being removed to make way for the display of the first space shuttle, “Enterprise.” “This project has been in the works for about seven years and has taken three months of a lot of paperwork, e-mails, phone calls, photos,” said Dave Skoog, project manager. “The final mounts are being fabricated at Hutchinson Manufacturing at the present time to be matched up to a footing, column, and mounting plate, with final crane work to be performed in time for the ceremony,” Skoog said. There is no admittance fee, and the public is welcome in the park and at the dedication. Contact Skoog at 320582-3345 for more information.
Area GOP women seek ideas on new name, winning Latino vote
The McLeod County Republican Women are having a potluck brunch Saturday, Nov. 2, at 9:30 a.m., at the Oaks, 945 Century Ave., Hutchinson. The group is seeking help in coming up with an all-encompassing name for the local Republican women’s group, so women from other counties are able to attend the meetings. The local organization is an active member of the Minnesota Federation Republican Women and the National Federation Republican Women organizations. On Saturday, Carmen Patino will share information on how to build a winning campaign to Latino voters by building respect, attending events and acknowledging their participation in the growth of the United States.
Spaghetti luncheon Nov. 3
St. Peter Lutheran Church in Watertown will have a children’s artwork auction and spaghetti luncheon on Sunday, Nov. 3. The auction will start after the 9 a.m. worship service, and entertainment will be provided by the youth group. The meal will begin at 11:15 a.m. and includes a garden salad, spaghetti and meat sauce, garlic bread, ice cream sundaes or sherbet, coffee, milk and lemonade. Gluten-free noodles also will be provided. A freewill offering will be collected. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support the Rev. and Barb Laab’s Robin’s Nest Children’s Home mission. RSVP by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 952-955-1679.
Hutch Auxiliary meeting set
The regular monthly meeting of Hutchinson American Legion Auxiliary Unit 96 will be held Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., at Hutchinson Legion Post 96. The executive board will meet at 6:15 p.m. The change is because of Veterans Day on the regular meeting day. American Education Week is Nov. 18-23. Post 96 members and Unit 96 Auxiliary Education Chair Judy Bryant will visit the schools.
Senior dinner set Nov. 4
The Silver Lake Civic Association is hosting its annual “Senior Dinner” on Monday, Nov. 4, and the location is changed to the Silver Lake American Legion. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the meal will be served at 6 p.m. This year the meal is catered, so those attending do not need to bring a dish to share.
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vided. • Discussed options to contract with McLeod County regarding use of the new county shed. Venier said the City Council can keep a snow plow in one stall in return for snowplowing services. Bebo questioned the benefit to the city, and Nelson pointed out that the city is still paying fuel costs to plow the streets. “We should negotiate for a better deal. How much for their salt?” Bebo asked. Venier replied, “$2,400 a year for salt and sand.” “We should use something like that to negotiate use of that stall,” Bebo said. “For us to plow and sweep the county roads in town for use of a stall, they are getting a heck of a deal,” Fogarty said. Nelson agreed and said, “They should be asking us (for a deal).” “The thing is, we have had a very good working relationship with the county. They help us in need, and we help them. I don’t want it to turn into a squabble,” Venier said. “No, I don’t either. But now is when we have a little leverage to work with them on a long-term agreement,” Bebo said. • Heard the city’s appeal to be included in the flood hazard area has been accepted, and the floodplain is no longer on the revised preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM.)
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Legion Vets dinner Nov. 9
The Silver Lake Legion is hosting its annual Veterans Day dinner at the Silver Lake Legion Post 141 on Saturday, Nov. 9. The social hour is at 6 p.m. and the dinner is at 7 p.m. Sign up at the Legion no later than Nov. 2 to attend. Call the Legion at 320-327-2404 for more information.
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Seniors set to meet Nov. 11
The Silver Lake Senior Citizens Club will meet Monday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m., at the Silver Lake Auditorium.
Degree of Honor meets
Degree of Honor No. 182 will have a social meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m., in the Silver Lake Auditorium.
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Fashion event set at CCE
Don’t miss the fashion event at Cedar Crest of Silver Lake on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. Fashion consultants from the Christopher & Banks store will have a variety of items to preview with the option to purchase. They will showcase some of the latest fashion accessories as well as seasonal items. Everyone is welcome and invited to stop in and shop at this local opportunity. Refreshments will be served. Questions about the event, call 320-327-6577.
Scout collection set Nov. 9
Glencoe Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are teaming up to collect food for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf on Saturday, Nov 9. Please place non-perishable food items in a bag, and place the bag outside on your doorstep by 9 a.m. Saturday morning for the Scouts to pick up. This includes the cities of Glencoe and Silver Lake. If you are missed during the pick up, please drop your donation off at the food shelf at 808 12th St., Glencoe.
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Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, October 31, 2013 — Page 3
By Ron Pulkrabek
Rely on GPS, but at your own peril
As a 20-something female who grew up in the early stages of cell phones and the Internet, and who continues to use the Web to research news, stay in touch with family and friends, and even catch up on favorite television shows, I understand that technology can be an asset to our way of living in today’s society. But I also understand that it can often be a major pain in the butt, especially when it comes to dropped calls, problems loading Web pages, and incorrect directions given by a GPS (global positioning system.) Last February, I invested in a “smart phone” — a sometimes handy device that not only acts as a telephone, but can connect to the Internet, link to my e-mail account, and includes a GPS system so I no longer have to print off maps. As a reporter at the newspaper and social media manager for Bonnie Mohr, much of my work life is spent communicating via e-mail and using the Internet to do my jobs, so purchasing a smart phone made sense to me in keeping up with my duties. I do not have Internet at home or any television channels or phone lines, so my phone has essentially become my computer, my TV, and my means of communication to the outside world. While I relish the convenience of owning a smart phone, I also despise the fact that I rely on it, especially when it comes to driving directions. On Saturday, my friend Sarah and I headed to Gelly’s Pub and Eatery in Stockholm, Wis., to see the Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins, one of our favorite bluegrass bands. It was a beautiful day to head South, and Sarah programmed the address of Gelly’s into the GPS on her smart phone for easy naviga-
More of Silver Lake in 1933
Editor’s Note: Ron Pulkrabek wrote his first series of columns looking through the eyes of someone coming to Silver Lake in the 1930s and what it would have looked like then. He continues this week walking down the streets in Silver Lake. Just across the street to the east is St. Adalbert’s Polish Catholic Church. It is a stately church built in 1889 with veneered cream-colored brick. A rectory and a three-story school were added soon after. The six nuns have prepared the 122 children for their Christmas program, and most people will attend the midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, listening and singing famous Polish Christmas hymns. Better get there at 11:15 p.m. to get a seat. St. Adalbert’s Church Bazaar was held this fall with 35-cent meals served. The Stibal Orchestra supplied the music. The St. Adalbert’s Choir sponsored a card and Bunco party last week. In both Catholic churches, the announcement that someone has died is made by tolling of the bells. One peal per year. It is up to you to count and speculate who died, which usually doesn’t take long. One block to the east is Chalupsky’s gas station with the grease pit outside. A block to the east is Faloran’s Gas station, which has been recently sold to John Pokornowski. It is the last place to buy gas before hitting the double “S” curves leaving town. Oil is on sale for 35 cents a gallon. Across the street from the St. Adalbert’s School is an auto repair shop. No one there the day I visited. Then is Domaglaski’s Dry Goods and grocery store. This big store has everything from soup to nuts, including women’s shoes for 25 cents and dresses for 75 cents. Tucked back off the street is Ed Rivers Feed Mill. Farmers pull two-wheeled trailers of corn and oats behind their car to be ground for various animal feeds, sometimes two or three times a week. They let their cars sit in line while they saunter uptown to their favorite tavern to have a few glasses of suds and catch up on the latest gossip. Time passes away so quickly that often the wife and the kids have the chores and even the milking done by the time the husband gets home. Just to the south of the feed mill is Streachek’s harness shop. Soaking a whole harness is quite a process. Bill’s business has slowed down slightly since tractors are taking over. Up on the corner across the street from St. Adalbert’s Church is Slanga’s Hardware. It is a big solid building originally built by Hynek Totushek. On sale at Slanga’s are fivefoot tall straw brooms for 19 cents, hack saw blades are six for 10 cents and an early paint sale on red barn paint at 98 cents a gallon. Just to the south is the Farmers Produce. Farmers slide their 15- and 30-dozen egg cases into a little door onto a roller track. Even on a Saturday night, women unpack and inspect each egg behind a darkened curtain with a bright light. They classify them as old, fertile, cracked, too small, too big, dirty, etc., so that the farmer’s wife will only get about 50 percent No. 1s. The egg money is HER money to buy the children clothes, Christmas presents, a few groceries, and other household necessities. Right next to it is Picha’s Log Cabin Bar with the rustic log front. Just inside is a glass counter with candy bars, etc. Then the main bar starts with the spittoons and the little railing on the floor holding small green granules to soak up any spit that had missed the spittoon. It looks nice when it is raked clean. Just beyond the bar is the eating area with high-backed swivel chairs and a fake shingled roof above. A bowl of turtle soup or hamburgers will set you back 5 cents. Many framed pictures of local hunters with game and fish adorn the south wall. Almost attached to The Log Cabin is Joe Hakel’s garage. It is fairly dark in here. The large roll-up door is propped up with an eight-foot 2-by-4 as the springs broke a few years ago. In the front of the garage, I could hear a lawn mower or motor running wide open. The whole shop was a cloud of blue smoke. Through it all, I made out the image of Joe, who was trying to adjust the carburetor on the motor. A 40watt bulb burned above his cluttered work bench onto parts which haven’t moved for years. A small 1-by-2-foot area is left to work on. As I walked in, four old men came out coughing and choking. They usually meet here once a day, sit around the stove and discuss the world’s affairs. Guess they can’t take the smoke like Joe. Next door is Vlcek’s blacksmith shop, which is fairly neat, compared to some which only have little paths of broken springs, coulters, plow shares, metal chairs, and other items that have laid there for years. Frank is pretty efficient compared to some blacksmiths who after your second trip will quickly start fixing your part when he sees you coming down the street. A simple repair costs 10 cents. To be continued ....
The Travel Section
By Alyssa Schauer
tion. The drive was beautiful along WI-35, also known as “The Great River Road.” It winds along the mountainous bluffs, next to the majestic Mississippi River, and at this time of year, the fall colors made for a gorgeous route. We were nearing our destination, according to the woman on the GPS, and she asked us to turn left down a winding road into the deep valley of the gigantic bluffs. We were a bit skeptical, remembering the popular plots of horror movies set in desolate locations. But nevertheless, we stayed on route because we trusted our GPS friend. And naturally, we were running late for the beginning of the show, so we didn’t question the built-in navigation. We were .1 mile away from Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery, in the middle of nowhere, Wisconsin, when our navigator said, “You have reached your destination.” Sarah and I looked at each other confused before peering out the windows at the empty fields and dense forests around us. We pulled into the driveway of the Cidery and read “Closed” on the fence and in the shine of the car headlights, we saw the address marker: W12266. The address for “Gelly’s Pub and Eatery" in the phone said W12128. We laughed wildly as we realized we were led astray. Her phone lost service, so I programmed the address into my phone, and my GPS friend said we were four miles from the pub, so we followed her directions. She led us deeper into the valley of the bluffs, around sharp corners and narrow roads, back to the Maiden Rock Cidery and said, “You have reached your destination.” “That’s it,” I said as I chucked my phone to the floor. We followed our own built-in navigation instincts and headed west, back to WI35 to find Gelly’s Pub on the main drag. Praise the Lord, we found our way! We headed into the quaint diner for a night of good, knee-slappin’ music and great food. The pub is a cozy little wooden place painted green and inside, the walls, ceilings, and trim are painted with bright blues and yellows and oranges. A smorgasbord of chairs and tables fill the small dining area and there are large windows that face the lamp-lit Main Street. Their motto, “May all who enter as guests, leave as friends” is a testament to their friendly service. Smiling waitresses welcomed us with open arms and cold beer. I felt like I was in Silver Lake. Stockholm has a population of only 82 people, and is not only home to this great restaurant, but it is the cutest little village along the river. If you’re ever looking to get lost, I suggest taking WI-35 along the Mississippi.
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Down Memory Lane
Compiled by Margaret Benz
75 YEARS AGO - NOV. 5, 1938 — Tuesday, Nov. 8, is the general election with polls open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for choosing the various state, county and congressional officials and voting on the two constitutional amendments. Amendment No. 1 provides for an exchange of state and federal lands, and Amendment No. 2 affects the publication of municipal charge amendments. The Congregational Church will hold its second annual homecoming Sunday, Nov. 6, with special services. The purpose of this special service is to bring members, past and present, together and to remember members who departed this life in the past year. An Armistice Day program will be held on Friday evening, Nov. 11, at the Silver Lake High School Auditorium. The Silver Lake Legion Women’s Auxiliary will serve coffee and pie after the program at 10 cents per person. Cyril Ziska and Lucille Pruhs were married on Saturday morning, Oct. 29, at the Incarnation Church in Minneapolis. On Oct. 26, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Axel (Florence Krejci) Okerman. 50 YEARS AGO - OCT. 31, 1963 — The first heavy frost of the season struck Monday night and the temperature really dropped with some reports as low as the mid-20s. The Silver Lake Legion Post 141, assisted by the Legion Auxiliary, will be host to youngsters and students of high school age at two parties on Thursday evening, Oct. 31, at the Silver Lake Auditorium. Opening the evening’s activities will be the Halloween Masquerade Party for children ages 5 through the sixth grade. The dance upstairs in the auditorium is for young folks from grade seven through grade 12 and continuing until 11:30 p.m. The Silver Lake Fire Department responded to three fire calls on Saturday, Oct. 26. The first call came in about 4 p.m. to extinguish a corn picker fire at the Ray Bandas farm southwest of Silver Lake. Shortly after that call, a second call came in to extinguish another corn picker fire, this one Ed Mickolichek’s machine picking at the Louis Sankiewicz farm east of town. The third and last call came at about 11 p.m. when a front-seat cushion in a car driven by Dorothy Otto of Winsted caught fire as the car was parked on Main Street in Silver Lake. Dale Miska, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Miska, sustained a fractured ankle bone last Saturday after the tractor he was driving rolled over when one car was passing another approaching the tractor, forcing him to take the ditch and the tractor tipped. The annual soup supper, served by the Mariner’s Club of the Presbyterian Church, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the church dining hall. Earl Zrust’s crew is erecting the new residence of Joe Micka’s. Harry Jerabek purchased the Bren property, sawmill site at the auction. Jess Phelps purchased a home built by Don Knott north of the St. Joseph Church. The Edward Gerschs have purchased the Eischen home on Cleveland Street in Silver Lake. Mrs. Mary Papesh, 87, passed away at her home in Silver Lake on Saturday, Oct. 26. Funeral services were held on Tuesday morning from the St. Joseph Church. Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Mallak Jr. are the parents of a son born on Oct. 21. 25 YEARS AGO - NOV. 3, 1988 — Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters of Silver Lake will cast their ballots for national, state, and city offices. City offices will be for the positions of mayor and council members. Duane Yurek, incumbent mayor, is the only one to file for that position. Two four-year terms for council have Dale Miska and Henry Shimanski, incumbents, and Dale Nowak on the ballot. A special election for a two-year term of council is also to be voted on. The unexpired term of Duane Jaskowiak, who moved out of the city limits, has Harold Nowak, who was appointed to the position earlier this year, and Gary Rannow filing for the position. The election will be held at the Silver Lake Fire Hall with polls open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. There was a thin coating of ice on the lake on Sunday, but by Monday afternoon the ice was gone. The Silver Lake Fire Department was called on Saturday afternoon to a furnace fire at the home being rented by Russell Mickolichek. The home is owned by LeRoy Prochaska and is located 1-1/2 miles north of Silver Lake. The 4 C’s of the Presbyterian Church are serving a soup and sandwich supper on Saturday evening, Nov. 5, in the church dining room. The public is invited to attend the wedding dance honoring Kari Cacka and Jim Klima on Saturday, Nov. 5.
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On 3-1 vote, Planning Commission approves CUP for Zellmann car lot
By Lori Copler Staff Writer On a 3-1 vote, the McLeod County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for Joel Zellmann to operate an auto sales business on his property along County Road 15, just south of Highway 7. Commissioner Ron Shimanski, the County Board’s delegate to the Planning Commission, cast the dissenting vote, indicating later that he will wait for further information on proposed improvements to County Road 15 before the vote comes before the County Board on Nov. 5. Commission member Paul Merkins was absent. The conditional use permit (CUP), if approved by the County Board, will allow Zellmann to create a space in his front yard to display up to five vehicles for sale, and will allow him to park another 25 elsewhere on his property. Zoning Administrator Larry Gasow said the County Board had approved a CUP for a similar proposal in July 2012 with a long list of conditions after hearing complaints from neighbors about Zellmann’s business, which also includes engine repairs. Gasow said Zellmann tried to comply with the conditions for a few months, but found it difficult and asked to void the permit and “just go back to doing business the way he had been,” which Gasow said was a “legal, non-conforming” use of the property because Zellmann’s automotive business existed before changes in the zoning ordinance. Now, with the new highway shop at the intersection of State Highway 7 and County Road 15, Zellmann feels that “changed the character of the area out there,” said Gasow, and has reapplied for a permit. The Planning Commission held a public hearing in conjunction with the application Wednesday morning, at which time it heard from neighbor Ron Vorlicek and considered letters from several other neighbors. One of those letter writers expressed support for Zellmann’s application; the others were against it. Vorlicek said that “a lot of the conditions” of the July 2012 CUP “were never met.” Comments from some of the letters expressed concern about safety hazards caused by additional traffic, including some of Zellmann’s customers using neighbors’ driveways to turn around in, the narrowness of County Road 15 with people parking on shoulders, and a potential decrease in the property values of neighbors. Shimanski said that improving County Road 15 is within the five-year plan of the highway department, and suggested tabling approval of the permit until the highway department was consulted. Part of the permit conditions require that the five-vehicle display lot be at least 10 feet back of the highway right-ofway, which Shimanski said could change if the county intends to widen the shoulders and road bed. However, Commission member Curt Carrigan said the commission needs to base its decision on what is on the table before it now, “not what may or may not happen three or five years down the road.” If the county changes the right-of-way, Zellmann will have to move his display area to comply with the new rightof-way, Carrigan indicated. Zellmann said he “polices” traffic around his business, and tells people that they can’t park on the shoulder. Commission Chair Mark Johnson said that he feels the matter before the Commission was a “bit of dilemma” considering Zellmann’s “history of being in compliance.” Both Carrigan and Commission member Bill Hard encouraged Zellmann to make a strong effort to comply with any conditions attached to the permit to avoid issues with the neighbors. The “beauty” of the conditional use permit process, Hard said, is that it gives neighbors the opportunity for input. “The key that I think is important here is that you be respectful of your neighbors,” Hard said. “Once you have issues with neighbors, we have issues with neighbors, and that’s not good for anybody.” If conditions are not met, Gasow indicated, the commission can review the permit and, potentially, revoke it. The Commission approved the application with the following conditions: • That Zellmann keep and maintain a valid Minnesota dealer’s license for vehicle sales. • That there be a determined and visually designated area for the five units to be displayed in the front yard (a gravel “pad” was suggested). • That the designated display area be a minimum of 10 feet beyond the right-of-way and a minimum of 20 feet from the driveway to create proper sight clearance for traffic on the county road. • The remaining vehicles will be kept on site beyond the front-yard area and screened from neighboring properties. • Other than required Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicle-required signage, there shall be no lighting or other forms of attention-drawing methods to the car lot. “We want to maintain it as low-key as possible,” said Gasow. Zellmann’s CUP will come before the County Board Nov. 5. Because there was input from neighbors, Gasow said it will be part of the regular agenda, rather than the consent agenda, so that the County Board can take comments if it desires.
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3rd-grade Panther Paws
At the all-school meeting held Oct. 11, Panther Paws certificates were awarded at GSL’s Lakeside Elementary. In the front, from left to right are Whitney Pollmann, Yajaira Villarreal, Andrew Bonde, Emily Larson and McKenzie Patnaude. In the back are Courtney Hatlestad, Nhut Nguyen, Christian Chmielewski, Brady Graupmann and Owen Koenen.
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4th-grade Panther Paws
Before the pepfest on Oct. 11 at GSL’s Lakeside Elementary, October Panther Paws were announced. The fourth-grade recipients, in the front, from left to right are Zach Reichow, Drew Storms, Luis Pena, Linette Munoz and Moses Medina. In the back are Elisabeth Schmieg, Allen Ingeman, Caroline Schmidt, Elijah Yurek and Jacob Baumgarten.
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Panthers are St. Olaf bound
Boys’ team makes first appearance in over a decade, Burr returns for fourth time
By Josh Randt Sports Editor It appears the treck to Milaca for the Section 5 (Class A) cross country meet to determine state teams and individual participants was worth it for GlencoeSilver Lake. Tori Burr is making her fourth state appearance in the last six years. She claimed sixth place with a time of 15:21, her best performance of the year, while as a team, the girls finished in ninth place out of 18 teams with 259 points. The Panther boys will be making the trip to St. Olaf College as well, not as cheerleaders, but as state participants in the Class A championship meet. The boys bucked a four-year trend of third-place finishes by capturing second place with 77 team points, and are headed back to the state meet for the first time since the 2000 team. The boys picked the right time to run their best meet of the season, and have now accomplished their preseason goal of making it to the state meet. While Delwiche admits he’s not overly concerned with how well the team does at state, he’s just happy the boys are finally making it back after a decade drought of state appearances, and finishing just one spot shy of making it to St. Olaf four years in a row. “I don’t think these kids quite understand what it means to make it to the state tournament,” Delwiche said. “There are so few kids that ever get a shot at state, and so few schools that get a team there ... I think this year’s team is carrying a lot of wishes and dreams of previous teams.” The Class A girls’ meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The boys’ meet is scheduled for 2 p.m. the same day at the same location. Girls’ results: 6.Tori Burr 15:12 53.Erica Hecksel 17:22 56.Kaylee Venier 17:28 63.Jennifer Illg 17:30 81.Tarin Michaelis 18:01 92.Taylor Venier 18:49 100.Mary Roach 19:28 Boys’ results: 3.Jac Chelman 16:56 16.Isiah Herout 17:27 17.Brandon Richter 17:31 20.Cody Becker 17:36 21.Garret Ardolf 17:37 36.Garrett Ober 17:59 52.Austin Schroepfer 18:28
06....Hutchinson ............L,36-7 13....at Annandale ......W,48-28 20....New London-Spicer ......... ...................................W,42-25 27....at Litchfield ...........W,40-7
04....Spring Lake Park.L,21-20 11 ....Waconia (homecoming)... ...................................W,42-28 16....Dassel-Cokato....W,49-19 26....Breck (Sections).W,55-12
01....Watertown-Mayer (Section Championship)...........7:00
03....NYA Central .............L,3-1 09.....Sibley East .............L,3-0 10....Mound-Wtka ...........W,3-0 12.....at Dassel-Cokato....L,3-1 14....Montevideo Inv ...........5th 17....Waconia...................L,3-0 19....at Orono. .................L,3-2 21....Sibley East Inv............3rd 24....at GFW ....................L,3-1 26....Delano .....................L,3-0
Burr ran with a pack of girls behind Annandale’s Elizabeth Schlafke (14:46.3) and Courtney Alama (14:46.8), who took first and second place. “Our team walked away with a sense of accomplishment,” girls’ head coach Jann Savre said. “I was really pleased to see them take this meet aggressively. At the start of the season, Tori always led our team alone. The others continually ran in groups of two with big gaps between those groups. In this meet, they eliminated one of
Members of the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams are all smiles after the Section 1 (Class A) championships held in Milaca on Thursday, Oct. 24. The boys’ team finished second and is headed to the state tournament as a team, and Tori Burr will make her fourth individual appearance in those gaps while closing in on the gap between Tori and our pack of runners.” Girls’ No. 2 runner Erica Hecksel finished her freshman season with a 17:22 finish, earning 53rd place, while Kaylee Venier closed out her senior season with a 17:28 and finished in 56th place as the No. 3 runner. The season may be over for the girls’ team, but Burr will close out her senior season with another state appearance.
the last six years. Front row from left: Michael Schaefer, Garret Ardolf, Austin Schroepfer and Casey Schulz. Back row from left: Cole Petersen, Cody Becker, Isiah Herout, Brandon Richter, Garrett Ober, Jac Chelman, Eric Kruschke and Tori Burr. place with a 16:56, eight seconds before Mora’s No. 1 runner Noah Moravec came in fourth place at 17:04. “Jac was beat by all seven (of Mora’s) runners at Duluth, and he beat all of them at Milaca,” boys’ head coach Jeff Delwiche said happily. “All of our runners, except Austin (Schroepfer), were under 18 minutes. We had a top five spread of 40 seconds, and that’s about what we were looking for at the beginning of the year.”
01....at Hutchinson ..........L,3-2 03....Annandale ..............W,3-2 08....at New London-Spicer ..... .......................................W,3-0 10....at Litchfield .............W,3-2 19....Rochester Inv .............7th 24....at Jordan (Sections) L,3-1
With a second-place finish behind Mora, the boys secured their spot at St. Olaf with 77 team points, just 30 points away from the Mustangs with 47. At the Swain Invitational in Duluth in early October, Mora placed six runners before GSL’s Brandon Richter came in 22nd place. At Milaca, the boys closed their gaps and ran one of their best races of the season. Jac Chelman claimed third
05....at Montgomery Inv. .......... ..............(Boys 8th) (Girls 17th) 11 ....at NYA ............................. ..............(Boys 5th) (Girls 10th) 17....at Waconia Inv ................. ...............(Boys 3rd) (Girls 5th) 19....GSL Inv............................ ................(Boys 1st) (Girls 3rd) 24....at Dassel-Cokato ............. ...............(Boys 2nd) (Girls 7th)
GSL rushes for 476 yards in 55-12 victory
By Josh Randt Sports Editor The rushing attack of the Glencoe-Silver Lake Panthers claimed another victim Saturday afternoon, as they cruised to a 55-12 victory over the Breck Mustangs in the second round of the Section 2 (Class AAA) playoffs. The Panthers now host Watertown-Mayer for the Section 2 championship. GSL had a 48-0 lead by halftime, with most of it coming from the legs of captain Jake Stuedemann, who had 231 yards and four touchdowns on nine carries in the first half alone. For the game, Stuedemann had 242 yards and five touchdowns on 11 carries, averaging 22 yards per carry. At fullback, Dalton Clouse had 83 yards and one touchdown on six carries, while Colton Lueders amassed 79 yards and one touchdown on five carries. Keaton Anderson had arguably the worst day rushing, with 52 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. For the game, the Panthers averaged 10 yards per carry as they gained a total of 476 yards. The numbers aren’t that surprising, considering GSL is averaging over 330 rushing yards per game behind a stout offensive line. “I was seeing open field, this guy was making huge holes,” “It shows that we can make our big plays, even though we have those long drives that we usually do,” Stuedemann said. “I had no idea what Stuedemann had ran for. I didn’t even know he had five touchdowns,” head coach Scott Tschimperle said astonished. “Everything goes to our offensive line. The backs blocked for each other, and that makes a huge difference.” While the offense will garner a lot of attention from upcoming Watertown-Mayer, the defense had a solid performance against a pass-heavy Breck offense, only allowing the Mustangs 244 total yards. Defensive tackle Tyler Donnay wrestled Breck quarterback Graydon Kulick down for multiple sacks, and Jayden Tschimperle came up with a big fumble recovery late in the second quarter. “I was just excited, going out there and having fun,” Donnay said with a smile. “Just playing my game that I was coached.” GSL’s special teams blocked two Breck punts in the first half, which left the offense with a short field. Zach Pierson blocked the first on a quick kick by Kulick in the shotgun formation, and Keenan Mehlos came free around the side on the second and blocked Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman’s punt. “The key was to just rush right up the middle,” Pierson said. “He didn’t have any blockers, so I just went right up and blocked it.” “We thought that they might run that short quarterback punt formation,” Tschimperle said. “We thought we could blitz and get in there and get a hand on it, which Pierson did. The second one, Mehlos made a great play. (Special teams coach Paul) Lemke asked him if he could get it, and he said, ‘I think I can.’ So we sent him the next time and he got it. Both were huge, and gave us great field position.” With 8-1 Watertown-Mayer coming to town fresh off a 35-14 win over Rockford, Tschimperle said his kids will have to be prepared for Brett Johnson at quarterback, and a pair of big tight ends for the former Wright County Conference Royals. “We haven’t seen them in three years, and we kind of beat up on them pretty good the last time we played them,” Tschimperle recalled. “But they are so well coached, and they’ve really turned the program around. We’ve got to be ready ... They’ve beat some very good teams this year.” Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, at Stevens Seminary Stadium for the Section 2 championship.
03....at Litchfield ...................... ................(Boys 7th) (Girls 7th) 05....at Swain Inv. .................... .............(Boys 6th) (Girls 23rd) 10....at Dassel-Cokato WCC championships......................... ................(Boys 6th) (Girls 9th) 15....at Watertown-Mayer......... ................(Boys 1st) (Girls 5th) 24....at Milaca (Sections) ......... ...............(Boys 2nd) (Girls 9th)
02....St. Olaf College (State Championships)................1:00
03....at Annandale ..........W,6-1 05....at Delano. ................L,7-0 07....at Brainerd Inv ............4th 10....HF Catholic..............L,7-0 12....at Litchfield .............W,4-3 13....at Hutch Inv ................4th 14....at Litchfield Inv. ..........2nd 17....Hutchinson ..............L,5-2 19....N.London-Sp. ..........L,6-1 28....WCC, at Orono ................
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02....MACCRAY..............W,4-3 02....Providence ..............L,7-0
03....at Delano .................L,2-0 05....Hutchinson ..............L,5-1 09....at Waconia...............L,7-1 10....at Mayer Lutheran ...L,1-0 12....at Watertown-Mayer.L,6-0 16....at Orono ..................L,8-0 17....at Mound-Wtka ........L,8-0 19....at Chain of Lakes ....L,4-0 23....Delano .....................L,6-0 24....at Hutchinson ..........L,5-0 28....Waconia...................L,5-0
Jake Stuedemann (5) tries to get loose on one of his 11 carries against Breck on Saturday, Oct. 26. Stuedemann rushed for 242 yards and five touchdowns. Stuedemann said of senior guard drives that chew up the clock. Nolan Lepel. “I was just making Twice in the first half, GSL had one cut and going.” one-play drives that resulted in “We came out with the same touchdowns. mentality we have every game,” The first was a 52-yard burst Lepel said. “Just smashmouth up the middle by Lueders that football, and get after it from the put GSL in front 28-0. Stuedefirst play. They had some big mann was responsible for the guys, but low man wins, and second as he bounced outside for that’s what got the job done.” a 29-yard score just a little over Normally, the GSL offense four minutes apart from each likes to go on long, sustaining other.
01....Worthington ............W,3-0 03....at HF Catholic..........L,7-0 08....at Albert Lea ............L,7-0
Lady Panthers’ season ends at Jordan
By Josh Randt Sports Editor There were plenty of emotions on display after the Glencoe-Silver Lake Lady Panthers’ volleyball season came to an end in Jordan Thursday night. The Panthers lost in four sets 3-1, despite claiming the first 30-28 in a back and forth battle that ended with Steph Klockmann setting the ball to the back corner where no Jaguars were lurking. But Jordan seemed to wake up after letting that first one slip away, and pounced on GSL 25-10 in set two. GSL made sure to tighten up the scores in the ensuing sets, but every time the Lady Panthers appeared to gain some momentum, Jordan’s Megan Weierke or Rachel Freund seemed to dash their hopes with a well-placed spike. Jordan took the third set 2518, and won the fourth 25-22 as Lexi Kerslake went for a tip that failed to make it over the net. Kerslake fell to the floor, overcome with emotions as the rest of her team comforted her and one another. “We just didn’t talk,” Klockmann said after the game. “(After the first set) I think we kind of took them for granted. They came back and pulled it off. We wanted it really bad and played hard. It sucks.” Despite finishing with a 1017 record, Klockmann said of her teammates, “They were awesome! I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. They were the best, and everyone worked hard all the time ... it was just great.” “She’s just a mature leader,” head coach Lori Schwirtz said of Klockmann. “It’s fun to watch Steph play because you can count on her in big moments to do the right things and not freeze. All year Steph has been a great asset to our team, which I expected.” Klockmann finished her senior campaign with 328 digs, 281 kills and 53 solo blocks. Kerslake amassed 363 digs, 154 kills and two solo blocks as a junior, and Taylor Novak had 363 digs as well and 124 kills as a sophomore. The offense ran through setter Layne Herrmann, who had 565 set assists in her sophomore season.
29....Mound-Wtka ............L,9-0 30....Chain of Lakes ........L,3-0
03....at Delano .................L,5-1 05....Hutchinson ..............L,3-1 09....at Waconia...............L,6-0 12....at Mayer Lutheran. ..L,3-0 16....at Orono ................L,13-0 17....at Mound-Wtka ........L,6-0 19....at Chain of Lakes ....L,5-1 23....Delano .....................L,3-0 24....at Hutchinson ..........L,5-0 26....Marshall Public ........L,2-1 27....Mankato Loyola ....Tie,2-2 28....Waconia...................L,7-0
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
01....Worthington .............L,9-0 03....at HF Catholic..........L,9-2 07....at Waseca..............L,11-0
Emily Muetzel (2) and Steph Klockmann (14) go up for a block against Jordan’s Megan Weierke during the first round of the Section 2 (Class AA) playoffs on Thursday, Oct. 24. Klockmann and the rest of the Lady Panthers had their hands full with Weierke as they lost in four sets 3-1, ending their season.
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GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2265 http://silverlakechurch.org Sat., Nov. 2 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Nov. 3 — “First Light” radio broadcast on KARP 106.9 FM, 7:30 a.m.; fellowship and refreshment time, 9 a.m.; pre-service prayer time, 9:15 a.m.; worship service, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:35 a.m.; Pastor’s Appreciation dinner, 11:45 a.m. Wed., Nov. 6 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time and puppet practice, 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m. Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-3272843. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN 108 W. Main St., Silver Lake 320-327-2452 Fax 320-327-6562 E-mail: faithfriends @embarqmail.com Carol Chmielewski, pastor Office hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 3 — Hand bells practice, 8:45 a.m.; worship service with communion, 10 a.m.; fellowship to follow service. Wed., Nov. 6 — Light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 6:45 p.m. CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY 700 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Thurs., Oct. 31 — Mass at Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; All Saints Mass at all three parishes, 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 1 — Mass, 8 a.m.; First Friday calls; AFC Mass at Holy Trinity, 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2 — All Souls Day; Mass for All Souls, 10 a.m.; reconciliation, 5:30 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 3 — Mass, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; AFC First Reconciliation parent meeting at Holy Family, 2 p.m. Mon., Nov. 4 — No Mass. Tues., Nov. 5 — Mass, 8 a.m.; eucharistic adoration, 8:30 a.m.10 p.m.; quilting, 9 a.m.; staff meeting, 10 a.m.; meet and greet at St. Mary’s in Winsted, 12:30 p.m.; Area Word at Holy Family, 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 6 — Mass, 5 p.m.; first- through sixth-grade religious education, 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m.; seventh- through 10th-grade religious education, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; confirmation candidate and parent meeting at Holy Family, 7 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 7 — Rosary and Mass at Cedar Crest, 10:10 a.m.; CCW, 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 8 — Mass, 8 a.m. WORD OF LIFE CHURCH 950 School Rd. S.W. Hutchinson 320-587-9443 E-mail: infor@ loversoftruth.com Jim Hall, Pastor Sun., Nov. 3 — Worship, 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 770 School Rd., Hutchinson Kenneth Rand, Branch President 320-587-5665 Sun., Nov. 3 — Sunday school, 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; priesthood, relief society and primary, 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m. RIVERSIDE ASSEMBLY OF GOD 20924 State Hwy. 7 W., Hutchinson 320-587-2074 E-mail: assembly@ hutchtel.net Dr. Lee Allison, pastor Sun., Nov. 3— Worship, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wed., Nov. 6 — Family night activities, 6:30 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 31 Fourth Ave. S.W., Hutchinson 320-587-2125 E-mail: email@example.com Sun., Nov. 3 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:15 a.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Thurs., Oct. 31 — School children may wear black and orange; Schoenestatt boys’ group meeting, 3 p.m.; All Saints Day and All Souls Day decorating in church, 3 p.m.; All Saints Day Mass, 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 1 — All Saints Day of holy obligation; no morning prayer; All Saints Day school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; no ﬁrst Friday communion calls; All Saints Day Mass in Spanish, 5:30 p.m.; All Saints Day Mass at Holy Trinity, Winsted, 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2 — All Souls Day Mass in all three parishes, 10 a.m.; All Saints Day Mass in Spanish, 11:30 a.m.; presentation, 1 p.m.; CUF fall boutique before and after Mass; reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 3 — Daylight Savings Time ends; CUF fall boutique before and after Mass; Mass, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m.; Hispanic ministry religious education for youths and adults, 12:45 p.m.; AFC ﬁrst reconcilation parent meeting for all three parishes, Holy Family, 2 p.m.; Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m. Mon., Nov. 4 — No Mass. Tues., Nov. 5 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; Hispanic ministry adult catechesis; Area Word meeting, 7 p.m.. Wed., Nov. 6 — Committee on parishes meeting, Olivia, noon-4 p.m.; evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; kindergarten through sixth-grade religious education, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; sevenththrough 10th-grade religious education, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; conﬁrmation candidate and parent meeting at Holy Family, 7 p.m. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. SW., Hutchinson Rick Stapleton, senior pastor Adam Krumrie, worship pastor/director of student ministries Thurs., Oct. 31 — High school lunch, 11:45 a.m.; worship team rehearsal, 6 p.m. Sun., Nov. 3 — Adult growth groups, Sunday school and worship, 9 a.m.; adult growth groups and worship, 10:30 a.m.; parents summit, 12:15 p.m.; Shalom running group, 4 p.m.; Couples Connect, 4 p.m.; Financial Peace University, 7 p.m. Mon., Nov. 4 — Women’s discipleship, 7 p.m. Tues., Nov. 5 — Women’s discipleship, 9 a.m. Wed., Nov. 6 — AWANA for children ages 4 through ﬁfth grade, 6:30 p.m.; SOS (Students of Shalom) middle school, 6:30 p.m.; high school, 7:30 p.m. BETHEL LUTHERAN 77 Lincoln Ave., Lester Prairie Bethany Nelson, pastor 320-395-2125 Sun., Nov. 3 — All Saints Day worship, 9 a.m.; coffee and fellowship, 10:15 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.; conﬁrmation, 10:30 a.m. Wed., Nov. 6 — Choir, 7 p.m.
MnDOT to Trailblazer Transit: fill operations manager job
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Trailblazer Transit either needs to fill its currently vacant operations manager position, or face a possible loss of state funds and “other repercussions,” the Joint Powers Board heard at its Thursday morning meeting. Sibley County Commissioner Bill Pinske, chair of the Joint Powers Board, said the need to fill the position came out of talks that Trailblazer Transit has had with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) regarding potential “regionalization” or consolidation of transit services. Pinske said that MnDOT is encouraging Trailblazer to find shared routes and other ways to cooperate with neighboring systems, but isn’t necessarily forcing Trailblazer to find a consolidation partner. However, MnDOT is very concerned that Trailblazer fill its operations manager position, or face a possible loss of $50,000 in funding or other ramifications in terms of restructuring. Gary Ludwig, Trailblazer director, said that MnDOT “demanded” the creation of the position six years ago, but without any funding from the state. Trailblazer added the position to its budget, but never filled it. In 2012, Ludwig said, MnDOT infused the Trailblazer budget with an additional $100,000, of which $80,000 was to be used toward the salary and benefits of an operations manager, and the other $20,000 for other administrative restructuring or salaries. Trailblazer hired a candidate in January who seemed ideal for the job, but that person quit after just a few months, Ludwig said. “She felt it was too much of a job, and too stressful of a job,” said Ludwig, who added that the operations manager position was mostly for human resources management. Ludwig said the person who had the job felt that the strain of the “severity of the consequences” of making bad choices, such as hiring a driver who later was involved in a serious incident. After that person quit, Pinske said, Trailblazer began advertising for a replacement. “But it’s been a nightmare hiring that person,” Pinske said. Ludwig agreed, saying the current round of advertisements had netted just two applicants for the job. “That just isn’t a pool you can draw from,” said Ludwig. The original job description had a salary of about $45,000, and the Joint Powers Board suggested a new minimum salary of $52,000 in the hope of drawing better applicants. MnDOT had suggested a salary of about $60,000, Ludwig said. McLeod County Commissioner Kermit Terlinden said he has long felt that Trailblazer needed to fill the position to relieve some of Ludwig’s burden. Terlinden said he often sees Ludwig’s vehicle at the Trailblazer facility late into the evening and on weekends. If something ever happened to Ludwig, “who in the world is going to run it (Trailblazer)?” Terlinden asked. “This board has the obligation to step up to the plate and make sure that there is someone here who can do it.” Ludwig said that Trailblazer also has a “succession concern if I somehow get plucked away from here.” And while the transit system is his “passion,” Ludwig said he has felt the strain of the responsibilities and of the long hours that he puts in. The Board approved setting a minimum salary of $52,000 for the job, and reducing the required years of experience to one from three. McLeod County Commissioner Ron Shimanski also suggested expanding the scope of advertising to include the metro area, St. Cloud and even Moorhead.
County Board approves buying new sign truck for highway department
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The McLeod County Board of Commissioners agreed Oct. 22 to spend $178,287 for a new sign truck for the highway department. Elvis Voigt, highway maintenance superintendent, said the current sign truck has 10,000 hours on it, and the utility box and crane tower were handcrafted by county employees in 1988, “and don’t meet current OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration) standards.” The cost of the new sign truck includes $74,344 for the chassis, $82,452 for a customized body, and $21,491 for the crane. Commissioner Sheldon Nies suggested postponing the purchase until the first of the year, when counties will no longer be required to pay sales tax. Commissioner Ron Shimanski said the county could save about $12,000 in sales tax by waiting until after the first of the year. Voigt said the plan is to order the truck now and have it invoiced after the first of the year to save on the sales tax, and the County Board approved the purchase under that assumption. Nies said the new truck was in the highway department’s budget for 2013, and the funds slated for its purchase will be carried over until 2014. In other business Oct. 22, the County Board: • Approved the 2014-15 block grant in the amount of $82,764 from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, which Environmentalist Roger Berggren said can be used in a variety of areas, including septic systems, feedlots, water management and shoreland management. The grant requires a match of $44,793 from McLeod County, which Berggren said will be mostly fulfilled through in-kind services, rather than through cash. • Approved selling a 2006 Dodge Charger squad car, which blew an engine, through Fahey Auctioneers. • Agreed to buy 50 trees for county parks from Kahnke Brothers of Plato at a cost of $7,766, which Parks Director Al Koglin said will be paid through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). • Agreed to replace two furnaces in the Country Diner at the McLeod County Fairgrounds at a cost of $6,795. • Approved the annual snow removal contract for countyowned parking lots with Hometown Landscape & Design of Glencoe at a cost of $1,785 per event. Central Services Coordinator Betty Werth said the cost hasn’t changed in two years. • Set the annual truth-in-taxation hearing for Dec. 3 at 6 p.m., which will be preceded by the regular County Board meeting at 4:30 p.m. • Presented checks in the amount of $1,436.85 each to Bev Bonte of Common Cup Ministry for the backpack food program, and to Deputy Pat Geiken for the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. The money was raised through the Solid Waste Department’s “Penny Per Pound” plastic recycling program.
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Pork Chops with Apple Cider Glaze Ingredients: 6 boneless center-cut pork chops Salt and ground black pepper, to taste 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon butter 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2 cups apple cider 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon minced rosemary 1 pinch red pepper flakes Directions: Season pork chops with salt and black pepper. Heat oil and butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook pork chops in the hot oil mixture until browned on both sides and pork is slightly pink in the center, 5 to 7 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should read at least 145 degrees. Remove pan from heat; transfer pork chops to plate. Stir garlic into the pan and place over medium-high heat; cook and stir for 30 seconds. Pour in vinegar and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add apple cider and Dijon mustard; bring mixture to a boil and cook until sauce is reduced and thick, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in rosemary and red pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper to taste. Return pork chops to pan to warm slightly, 1 to 2 minutes per side. French Onion Burgers Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef 1 can (10.5) ounces condensed french onion soup 4 slices cheese 4 round hard rolls, split Directions: Shape beef into four patties, 1/2-inch thick. In medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook patties until browned. Set patties aside. Pour off fat. Add soup. Heat to a boil. Return patties to pan. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until patties are no longer pink. Place cheese on patties and cook until cheese is melted. Place patties on four roll halves. Serve with soup mixture for dipping. Savory Baked Apples Ingredients: 2/3 cup chicken broth 1/3 cup uncooked brown rice 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup apple cider 4 large Rome apples, cored 1-1/2 tablespoons butter, melted and divided 1 link (4 ounces) sweet Italian sausage, casings removed 3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion 1/3 cup finely chopped carrot 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 3 tablespoons minced green onions 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring broth to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 50 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes. Combine cranberries and cider in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on high for 1 minute. Let stand for 10 minutes. Add mixture to rice. Using a small spoon, carefully scoop out centers of apples, leaving a 1/2-inch-thick shell, and chop apple flesh. Brush the inside of apples with 1 tablespoon butter. Place apples on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until just tender. Preheat broiler to high. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and saute 5 minutes, stirring to crumble. Remove from pan; drain. Wipe skillet and melt remaining butter in pan. Add chopped apple, yellow onion, carrot, cinnamon and red pepper saute 4 minutes. Add garlic; saute for 1 minutes, stirring constantly. Add sausage, onion mixture, walnuts, and green onions, salt and sage to rice; toss. Divide rice mixture evenly among apples; top with cheese. Broil for 5 minutes or until golden.
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Trailblazer operates under budget for first 6 months of 2013, JPB hears
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Trailblazer Transit has operated well under budget for the first six months of 2013, the Joint Powers Board heard at its Thursday morning meeting. “That’s in part because we’re short some positions, but also because we’re all under one roof, and not in five facilities as we were in the past,” Director Gary Ludwig told the Board. Through the end of June, Trailblazer has spent about 40 percent of its $2.495 million budget, Ludwig said. Most areas of the budget are under their proposed expenditures, with the exception of advertising, which is at 86 percent of its budget, “mostly for the recruiting of employees,” said Ludwig. Even though the vehicle repairs line item is under budget, Trailblazer continues to have difficulty with diesel engines in some of its buses, Ludwig reported. “The good news is, we’re swapping out those diesel buses,” said Ludwig. The “terrible news,” he added, is that a bus blew an engine, which would cost $15,000 to replace. “That was hard for me to accept,” said Ludwig, as the bus already had $30,000 in repairs in its history. “We opted not to repair it,” Ludwig said of the lost engine. The bus will be replaced in 2014. Ludwig also reviewed ridership statistics for the first six months of 2012, noting that ridership and efficiency continue to grow, and that Trailblazer reached the 1.5 million rides mark this year. The transit system started in 1999, and reached the millionride mark in 2009. Another 500,000 rides since 2009 shows the rate at which the transit system’s popularity is growing, said Ludwig. Ludwig also reported that since Trailblazer receives in excess of $500,000 funding from the federal government, it is required to undergo a single audit each year, which Ludwig called “the audit of all audits. “It went exemplary; there were no adjustments needed,” said Ludwig. The Joint Powers Board also reviewed the 2014 proposed budget, which Ludwig said could change considerably before its final adoption in December because Trailblazer is not sure yet what the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) contribution will be to revenues. However, the proposed budget shows $2.67 million in expenditures, which assumes a 3 percent salary and benefits increase for employees, Ludwig said. “But, again, a lot can change between now and December,” Ludwig added.
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5th-grade Panther Paws
Fifth-grade Panther Paws award winners for October were announced at the allschool meeting at GSL’s Lakeside Elementary on Oct 11. In the front, from left to right, are Sandra Maganda, Mariana Castillo, Jacob Christianson, Austin Michaletz and Nathan Warner. In the back are Majkya Metcalf, Maren Roepke, Kennedy Wraspir, Teagan Hansch and Mitchell Klockmann.
Nov. 4-8 Silver Lake Senior Nutrition Site Monday — Hamburger, ovenbrowned potatoes, corn, bun, margarine, apricots, low-fat milk. Tuesday — Chicken ala king, peas and carrots, fruit salad, rice, cookie, low-fat milk. Wednesday — Pork loin, whole parslied potatoes, carrots, dinner roll, margarine, frosted cake, lowfat milk. Thursday — Italian meat sauce, spaghetti noodles, lettuce with dressing, mixed vegetables, garlic bread, margarine, ice cream, lowfat milk. Friday — Hot beef sandwich, mashed potatoes with gravy, stewed tomatoes, bread, margarine, peaches, low-fat milk. Helen Baker/Lakeside lunch Monday — Hot dog on a wholegrain bun, ham and cheese on a whole-grain bun, seasoned corn, cucumber slices with dressing, apple wedges, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday — Beefy nachos, chef salad with cheese, egg and croutons, bread stick, refried beans, jicama sticks with dressing, banana, chilled applesauce. Wednesday — Ham and cheese on a whole-grain bun, yogurt, cheese, crackers fun meal, seasoned carrots, marinated cucumbers and tomatoes, grapes, chilled peaches. Thursday — Breaded chicken patty on a whole-grain bun, chef salad of cheese, egg and croutons, bread stick, oven-baked french fries, baby carrots, orange wedges, chilled applesauce. Friday — Pepperoni pizza, turkey and cheese on whole-grain bread, seasoned green beans, caesar romaine salad with dressing, apple wedges, chilled mixed fruit. Junior/Senior High lunch Monday — Mini turkey corn dog, oven-baked beans, ovenbaked tator tots, marinated cucumbers and tomatoes, baby carrots with dressing, apple, chilled applesauce. Tuesday — South American cuisine, barbecued shredded pork sandwich, quinoa, seasoned peas, cinnamon baked apples, jicama, cucumber and fruit salad, red pepper strips with dressing, banana, pineapple tidbits. Wednesday — Hamburger or cheeseburger, oven-baked french fries, seasoned carrots, broccoli salad with raisins, jicama sticks with dressing, grapes, chilled peaches. Thursday — Toasted cheese sandwich, tomato soup, seasoned corn, chickpea salad, cucumber slices with dressing, orange wedges, chilled applesauce. Friday — Pasta bar with alfredo or marinara sauce, meatballs, bread stick, seasoned green beans, caesar romaine salad, baby carrots with dressing, apple, chilled mixed fruit.
By Jake Yurek
A wet start to the week will give way to a dry end as very normal fall weather slides over the Upper Midwest. A couple of storms have passed through, or close to, the area early this week. The first should have slid by Tuesday, bringing snow and rain showers with a second, more powerful storm most likely hitting as you read this. The second storm would have been a nice snowstorm had it happened a month or two down the road, but as it is, too much warm air got into it and kept things liquid. It’s looking like there was a good amount of moisture with this storm, so I’m guessing we probably saw a decent amount of rain. The storm will exit the area Thursday, leaving a dry end to the week and weekend. Temperatures will be right about where they should for this time of year with highs in the upper 40s to 50 with lows around freezing. Taking a look at the extended shows another storm possible for early week. It’s way too early to say what it could be, seeing fall storms are very jumpy in the long-term forecast. Have a great week, all. Happy Halloween — be safe if heading out for some trick-or-treating. Can you believe it is November already? Ma dobry weekendem Mit dobry vikend Wednesday night — Lows 39-46; rain. Thursday — Highs 43-50; lows 32-38 ; clouds/showers early. Friday — Highs 44-50 ; lows 32-38 ; partly cloudy. Saturday — Highs 44-51; lows 30-36 ; partly cloudy. Sunday — Highs 44-51; mostly clear. Weather Quiz: What are normal snowfall totals by month in an average winter? Answer to last week’s question: What are some of November’s weather extremes? Highest temperature 77 degrees (Nov. 1, 1933 and Nov. 8, 1999); lowest temperature 25-below zero (yikes!! Nov. 29, 1875); most precipitation 2.52 inches (Nov. 11, 1940, Armistice Day blizzard); most snowfall 18.5 inches (Halloween blizzard 1991). Remember: I make the forecast, not the weather!
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
6th-grade Panther Paws
At the all-school meeting on Oct. 11 at GSL’s Lakeside Elementary, Panther Paws certificates were awarded. Sixth-grade recipients, in the front, from left to right are Zach Mohr, Lily Kirchoff, Nathan Fahrenbach, Abby Gronlund and Reece Schwirtz. In the back are Lydia Schmieg, Race Hutchins, Hannah Boesche, Jadon DrierSchultz and Courtney Richer.
United We Stand
Attention Armed Forces Families and Friends!
We are proud to announce that we will be publishing a special page in the Nov. 6 edition of the McLeod County Chronicle and the Nov. 7 edition of the Silver Lake Leader, saluting our area service men and women who are currently serving here and abroad. We would like you to include your loved one on this page. Please send or bring a picture of your armed forces special person with the completed form below. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and we will mail your picture back to you after November 7 (or you may pick them up at our ofﬁce after that date.)
Son born to Zajicek family
Stephanie and Kyle Zajicek of Glencoe are proud to announce the birth of their son, Theodore Joseph, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Theodore weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Mike and Sue Keenan and Keith and Rhonda Zajicek, all of Glencoe.
Look for the Fall Fun Spots at www.GlencoeNews.com to download your copy!
fall Fun Spots Close to Home
Silver Lake Leader Silver Lake • 327-2216
____________________________ Branch of Service ___________________ Where Serving ______________________ Daughter/Son/Wife/Husband of __________ ________________________________ From (Town) _______________________
Please indicate with a check mark if you wish for it to be published in ❑ Silver Lake Leader and/or ❑ The McLeod County Chronicle
Chronicle Advertiser Glencoe • 864-5518
Arlington • 964-5547
Mail to: Military, c/o McLeod County Chronicle P.O. Box 188, 716 E. 10th St. Glencoe, MN 55336
or you may bring it in to either of our ofﬁces.
THANKS TO THESE PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES:
Molly’s Cafe • Memory Market • GRHS Gift Shop Glencoe City Center • Crow River Winery • Wise Furniture Co. The Flower Mill • Heart & Home Boutique • Carlson’s Orchard Pines-n-tiques • State Theatre • The Peppermint Twist
Deadline to drop off photos is Nov. 4. If you have any questions, call 320-864-5518.
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