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Herald Journal

Monday, Nov. 9, 2009


Volume 92, Number 18

Serving the communities of Howard Lake, Lester Prairie, Mayer, New Germany, Waverly, and Winsted, Minnesota


A welcome home 40 years overdue

Photo by Linda Scherer

Paul Paradis holds the medals he earned for his service in the Korean War from January 1951 to September 1952.

By Kristen Miller knows what it was like com- job,” he said. Staff Writer Gene Lorentz of Howard ing home. Today, communities em“Being in the military Lake served in the Marines, brace soldiers returning home (during the Vietnam era) and was in Vietnam from from war with reverence for made you a target of being 1965 through 1966. serving their country. This, a part of the system (governUpon returning, Lorentz however, was not the case for ment),” Keith said. remembered being spit on and Vietnam veterans. given the finger. “We were seen “We werenʼt welcomed as promoting “None of us were there home,” said Harvey Mauk, the war,” Keith because we wanted to be,” an Army veteran from How- said, “and we Lorentz said, who joined ard Lake who was drafted in werenʼt. We the military to fulfill a mili1966, and served two years were just tary obligation he felt he in Vietnam. doing had. With Vietnam being an o u r Unlike veterans today, unpopular war, protestors Lorentz agrees with against the war would spit at his comrades that the returning veterans and call Vietnam era veterans them baby killers, Mauk exwerenʼt given credit plained. for what they did. “If you were a VietOperation nam veteran, you Homecoming werenʼt nothing,” In 2005, Holt Tour he said. and Charter orgaSteve Keith nized a trip to Branof Cokato son, MO, where a was a Marine busload of Vietnam and served in era veterans would Vietnam from get a “welcome March 1969 to home,” 40 years April 1970. During the event, Steve Keith of Cokato and Gene Lorentz overdue. He, too, LATE THANKS, Page 22A of Howard Lake got to meet Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

The Depot and Lester’s Liquor close in Lester Prairie Submitted photo

During an award ceremony at the Pentagon Oct. 20, Dave Paschke (center) stands with under-secretary of the Army, Dr. Joseph Westphal, and captain of Troop A, John Poindexter. Paschke’s unit received a presidential citation for heroic actions March 26, 1970.

Two men who came home to Winsted from two different wars appreciate late recognition By Linda Scherer Staff Writer Two men returned to Winsted following two different wars. Both men felt lucky to be returning home from the battlefield and were ready to get on with their lives. They did not expect any kind of recognition or thank you for serving their country. Actually, both men wanted to forget the war had ever happened.

But when recognition came many, many years later, each of the men was honored and appreciative of the gesture. Paul Paradis of Winsted served in the Army in Korea during the Korean War. On the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean war, the president of the Republic of Korea, Kim Dae-jung, sent a letter and medal to every American veteran of the war telling them of his “deepest gratitude for their LATE RECOGNITION, Page 12A

By Ivan Raconteur Staff Writer The sign in front of The Depot and Lesterʼs Liquor in Lester Prairie tells the story of another business that appears to be a casualty of the economic downturn. Customers who arrived at the business last Monday morning were greeted with a locked door. Later, the sign in front of the business confi rmed that the business is closed. The business has been a gas station since Henry Wiedenroth purchased the old Lester Prairie depot from the Burlington Northern Railway and moved it to its present location southwest of Lester Prairie on McLeod County Road 1. The original 24-by-60-foot building was put on a new foundation and a 16-by-30foot addition was added, according to the book Lester Prairie Community 1886Photo by Ivan Raconteur 1986. The sign in front of The Depot and Lester’s Liquor in Lester Prairie DEPOT, Page 17A is evidence of another casualty of the economic downturn.

Two of three levy questions pass on HLWW ballot Precinct breakdown

Total voter turnout was about 40 percent for this off-year election season

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Pageviews this week: 25,954 Visits this week: 10,048

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HOWARD LAKE Question 1: ............................ 779 ................ 322 Question 2: ............................ 649 ................ 449 Question 3: ............................ 611 ................ 478

By Lynda Jensen Editor Voters in the Howard LakeWaverly-Winsted School District approved the first two questions on the ballot Tuesday – saying yes to the renewal of an existing levy and to an inflationary rate increase – but no to the third question of replacing an existing $50 per-pupil-unit levy with a $150 per-pupil-unit levy. The third question failed by only 84 votes. Unofficial election results for the operating levy questions are as follows: Question one passed, with a grand total of 1,399 yes votes and 801 no votes. Question two passed, with a grand total of 1,117 yes votes and



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WAVERLY Question 1: ............................ 295 ................ 195 Question 2: ............................ 233 ................ 255 Question 3: ............................ 234 ................ 250 WINSTED Question 1: ............................ 325 ................ 284 Question 2: ............................ 235 ................ 373 Question 3: ............................ 203 ................ 404 Source: HLWW School District

1,077 no. Question three failed with a total of 1,048 yes votes and 1,132 no votes. For voter turnout, about 40 percent of registered voters showed up at the polls. At the Howard Lake polling location, the total number of voters who turned out was 1,101, which is 44 percent, according to

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HLWW district secretary Marilyn Greeley. In Winsted, the total number of voters who turned out was 610, which is 37 percent. For Waverly, the total number of voters who turned out was 492, or 37 percent. In 2007, Greeley noted that the voter turnout at that time was about 33 percent. This was

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an off-year referendum for an HLWW levy, similar to the 2009 referendum. During the off-year election in November 2003, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted attracted a voter turnout of 81 percent, to vote down a building bond that would have placed a k-12 school building between Howard Lake and Waverly.

Summary of questions The following is an explanation of each ballot question on this yearʼs referendum: Question one The first question voters approved proposes to extend the districtʼs current $500-per-pupil levy for 10 years. This is an existing levy that the district is asking to renew, and it doesnʼt result in

an increase in taxes. If this question passes, annual taxes for a $100,000 home will decrease by $2, because the districtʼs tax base is spread over more people than in previous years. Question two The second question proposed adding an inflationary rate to question one, and could only pass if the first question passes. “By putting the inflationary factor on there, itʼs one way for us to keep up with increases in fuel and other expenses that happen on an annual basis,” board member Al Doering said during a presentation to the Waverly City Council Oct. 13. Question three Question number three proposed taking away the existing $50-per-pupil-unit levy and replacing it with a $150-per-pupil-unit levy. The existing levy expires at the end of the 2011-12 school year.

OBITUARIES • James Edmonson, 62, Annandale • Erla Mae Quick, 91, Cokato • Raymond Schermann, 59, Winsted • Ruth Gutzmann, 84, Waconia

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Veterans to be honored Wed. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings. On June 1, 1954, the United States Congress officially recognized Nov. 11 as the day to honor American veterans of all wars. Information regarding observances this week by local Legion posts appears on special recognition pages in this weekʼs paper.

LP play set for Friday and Saturday The Lester Prairie Drama Club will present “Youʼre Only Young Once” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lester Prairie School gymnasium. This comedy is about the sheer insanity of high school life and its societies. The plot is a simple one of lifeʼs little complications, romantic entanglements and academic pressures. Please see the article on the Schools Page. Admission is a free-will donation.

Founder of arts center to speak in Winsted The Winsted Arts Council has scheduled an open meeting Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. in the City Hall Vollmer Room, where the founder of the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, John Davis, will share his experiences about starting a cultural center in New York Mills, MN. Refreshments will follow the meeting.

Turkey dinner in Waverly Waverly Lions, Waverly Boosters, and American Legion Auxiliary will host a turkey dinner Saturday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Waverly KC Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Carryouts are also available. There will also be bingo at 7 p.m.

Steak, shrimp dinner Sat. Prairie Archers will host a steak and shrimp dinner Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Dodge House, Lester Prairie from 5 to 8 p.m. Steak and shrimp combos are $12, steak $10, and pork chop or shrimp dinners $8. Call in reservations before 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 to Jim Richardson (320) 395-2721.

FFA corn drive Fri. Howard Lake-WaverlyWinsted FFA chapter will conduct the annual Corn Drive for Camp Courage on Friday, Nov. 13 by visiting local businesses. Profits will provide additional funds for campers who wish to attend Camp Courage. HAPPENINGS, Page 3A

SPORTS LP/HT volleyball falls in sub-section finals to G-F-W. Page 1B

In honor of Veterans Day, Alex Schumacher of New Germany is remembered for serving in the Navy. He served aboard the USS Chicago Flagship of the Pacific in World War II. Schumacher was a charter member of the New Germany American Legion, after farming for many years. He worked for 20 years as a horologist for Kuempel Chime Clocks.

Engagement: Eric Vasko and Ericka Muenchow Kevin and Julie Muenchow of Plato are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ericka Muenchow, to Eric Vasko, son of Randy and Shelly Vasko of Lester Prairie. Ericka graduated from North Dakota State University in 2008, with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in psychology. She is currently employed by TNT Kids Fitness & Gymnastics Academy as a recreational director. Eric graduated from North Dakota State University in 2007, with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management with a minor in business administration. He is currently employed by Tecton Products LLC. They plan to marry Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at Pla-Mor Ballroom in Glencoe.

Birth: Grace Elizabeth Meyer Lucas Meyer and Stephanie Schroeder of Lester Prairie are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Grace Elizabeth Meyer, Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Grace weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 19 1/2 inches long. She is welcomed home by her siblings, Hunter and Daniel. Grandparents are John and Annette Schwarze of Brownton, Steve and Sandy Schwanke of Glencoe, and Luann Meyer and Myron Kuehl of New Auburn.


The family of Albert (Al) Lenzen would like to express our thanks to everyone who helped our family. And also for the cards and food that everyone donated. A special thanks to Pastor Mark S. Loder and the Ladies Auxiliary of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted. A special thank you to the Winsted Police Department and American Legion. A special thanks to Chilson Funeral Home for help and comfort they provided. From the Lenzen family. 19s


Photo by Linda Scherer

Henrich receives service award Winsted Mayor Steve Stotko (left) presented Police Chief Mike Henrich with a medal for his 30 years of service to the City of Winsted at the city council meeting Wednesday. Stotko said he had only high praise for Henrich, who he has enjoyed working with since becoming the mayor. Following the council meeting, a reception took place in the Vollmer Room to celebrate the occasion.

Happy 5th Birthday Alicyn

Happy 2nd Birthday Sissy

Special thanks to all the wonderful people who were there for Laurie and gave her love and support through her painful journey. The friends who were always there for her – you will not be forgotten. Thank you to Dr. Frenning, the chemo nurses, and everybody at Connect Care for the wonderful care and support. Thank you to Betty Diers and Fr. Tony, who made our day a little brighter; the ladies who made and served the lunch; and Chilson Funeral Home. God has great rewards for all. Many thanks. Family of Laurie Poetz. 19s


May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved, and preserved throughout the world, now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us. Mary, mother of Jesus, pray for us. St. Theresa, pray for us. Say this prayer nine times a day for nine days. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers will be answered. 19s

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Monday, Nov. 9 > General Federated Women’s Club, 7 p.m. For information call Pat Sawatzke at (763) 972-3939. > Arthritis and Fibromyalgia support group, Meeker Memorial Hospital, Conference Room, 612 South Sibley Ave., Litchfield, 2 p.m. > Author and speaker, Kristie Verret book signing and program hosted by The Hutchinson Area Chapter of The Compassionate Friends. Her book, “Unforgotten Children” deals with the issue of miscarriages. 7 p.m. at Oakland Chapel, Main St. Hutchinson. (320) 833-2300. > The Grief Support Group: Rebuilding Hope, sponsored by Ridgeview Medical Center, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Ridgeview Medical Center. This support group is for those experiencing grief or anticipating a loss of someone they care about. For more information, call Social Services, (952)442-2191, Ext. 6190. There is no fee to attend. Tuesday, Nov. 10 > Blood drive at Zion Lutheran Church, 1200 Hwy 25 S, Buffalo. 1 - 7 p.m. > 60+ and Healthy Clinic, Howard Lake Community Center, 617 6th Ave., for senior citizens, blood pressure check, trim toenails, $15 fee for foot service, 9:30 to 11:30 am, (763) 682-7456. > Cardiac and Diabetes Support Group at Meeker Memorial Hospital Prairie Winds Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m. Topic, Medicare Prescription Renewal Plans and Other Available Services. > Support Group for Parents of Special Needs Children, Wright County Human Services, 6-7:30 p.m. For information call (763) 6827477. > Adoption support group, Monticello Community Center, Walnut St., Monticello. 6:308:30 p.m. (763) 241-2602. > Colon Cancer update presentation by Sabina Khan, MD, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic, Specializations: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ridgeview Community Auditorium, 500 S. Maple St., Waconia. To register for this free event, call 952-442-8084. Wednesday, Nov. 11 Veterans Day- Thank a veteran! > Stroke Support Program at Buffalo Hospital Rehab Center. 1 to 2 p.m. For information call (763) 684-7121. > Bingo hosted by Holy Trinity Boosters 6 p.m. at the Blue Note, Winsted. > Look Good....Feel Better is a free service which teaches you, as a cancer patient, beauty techniques to help enhance your appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. 4 – 6 p.m., Ridgeview Medical Center. Any woman currently undergoing or is about to undergo cancer treatment is invited to attend. Register at (952)442-2191, ext 6111. There is no fee to attend. Thursday, Nov. 12 > Do You or Someone You Love Suffer From Parkinson’s? Join us to learn how training and exercise through this program can have a positive impact on your life and the lives of your family members. 6:30-8 p.m. Ridgeview Community Auditorium, 500 S. Maple St., Waconia. To register for this free event, call 952-442-8084. Friday, Nov. 13 > Holy Trinity Meat Raffle, Blue Note, 5 p.m. Proceeds to support extra-curricular events at Holy Trinity School. > Farm City Day at the McLeod Co. Fairground, Hutchinson. 6 - 10 a.m. Free breakfast and entertainment. Saturday, Nov. 14 > Holiday Shopping Expo, Lester Prairie City Hall. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. > Bingo, Winsted Legion, 6:30 p.m. Open to the public, light lunch available. > Little River Band at the Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Hwy 55, Medina. Doors open

at 7:30 p.m. 21+ (763) 4786661. > Turkey dinner at the K.C. Hall, Waverly. Hosted by the Waverly Lions, Waverly Boosters, and Legion auxiliary. 4 - 7 p.m. $10, adults, $5, children 10 and under. Carry out available. Bingo at 7 p.m. > Comedy on the Rox, featuring 4 of the funniest women in Minnesota, at the Pla Mor Ballroom, Glencoe. 8 p.m. Tickets $15. ( 320) 864-4119. > Litchfield Area Male Chorus presents the Annual Spaghetti & Song Dining Entertainment. 1st Lutheran Church, Litchfield. 5 - 7 p.m. Admission $7 per adult. Pre-school kids are free. Tickets sold at the door. 320-260-7420. > Marshall Road Band, Finn’s Place, Mayer 9 p.m.- 1 a.m. > Live music by Square One at Thirsty’s Tavern, Dassel. 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. > Creative candle gift jars program for ages 10 - adults at the Delano Public Library. 10-11 a.m. Preregistration required. (763) 972-3467. > Pop top belts program for teens and adults at the Delano Public Library. 11 a.m. - noon. Preregistration required. (763) 972-3467. > Crochet necklace program for teens and adults at the Delano Public Library. noon- 1 p.m. Preregistration required. (763) 972-3467. > Health and Wellness presentation , Community Room at Citizens State Bank, Montrose. Free. 10 a.m. Space is limited (402) 980-3195. > Crafts, Small Home Business and Bake sale, Blue Note, 320 3rd St., Winsted. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. > Arise! Cry Out! hosted by Moms In Touch. A worldwide day of prayer for children and schools. Non-denominational. At Annandale Evangelical Free Church, 10252 St Hwy. 55 E., Annandale. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (320) 274-3143. Sunday, Nov. 15 > Belgian Waffle breakfast at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Annandale. 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. > French toast, pancake, sausage and scrambled egg breakfast. 7 to 11 a.m. Waverly KC hall. Benefit for hall maintenance. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Freewill offering. > Breakfast fundraiser hosted by the Holy Trinity Mission Group of Winsted at the Holy Trinity school cafeteria. 9 a.m. - noon. Monday, Nov. 16 > Card Marathon, Delano Middle School Media Center, 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the GFWC of Delano. For more information, call Pat Sawatzke (763) 972-3939 or Norma Wandersee (763) 972-2068.

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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Friday, Saturday, & Sunday Nov. 13, 14, & 15 Visit all three Holiday Events in Lester Prairie

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The Hog Shed 19556 Babcock Ave. (Co. Rd. 1) Lester Prairie, MN 55354 320-395-2043 ~ 612-965-0889

OPEN HOUSE November 12-15

Thurs. Fri. & Sat. 9-6, Sun. 12-4 The Hog Shed is celebrating the season. We’re having a “country holiday”. Come for ideas & inspiration in our cozy country setting. See what’s new! Enjoy our hot cocoa bar every day.

Winter Open House

Refreshments Register for give-a-ways

November 13 & 14

at Fred Holasek & Son Greenhouse

Greens for Outdoor Decorating! Long-lasting Spruce tips, Garland, Incense Cedar, Eucalyptus, Magnolia, Red Huck, and more!

Thousands of Poinsettias in bloom! Over 30 Years of

18364 Co. Rd. 9, Lester Prairie (320) 395-2780 Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9 - 5 • Sat. 9 - 4

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Alex Schumacher remembered

welcome, dinner/meeting, LP City Hall, 6:30 pm SATURDAY, NOV. 14 • Sons of Norway Lodge 1-676, genealogy and reseach discussion by Diane Hjelter, light meal, Shalom Baptist church, 1215 Roberts Road SW, Hutchinson, 5:30 pm SATURDAY, NOV. 14 • Lake Mary VFW Post 9232, American Legion Club, Winsted, 11 am MONDAY, NOV. 16 • Marysville Merrymakers 4H Club, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, 7:30 pm • Montrose Lions, Montrose Community Center, 7 pm • Lester Prairie Senior Citizens, Thanksgiving meal, meeting, LP City Hall, noon WEEKLY EVENTS MONDAY • Alcoholics Anonymous, St. Mary’s Care Center, resident dining hall, Winsted, 8 pm; and Trinity Lutheran Church, Watertown, 8 pm TUESDAY • Alcoholics Anonymous, First Presbyterian Church, Howard Lake, 7:30-8:30 pm; and Lester Prairie City Hall, 8 pm • Celebrate Recovery, Freshwater Community Church, St. Boni., (952) 446-9090, 7 pm • Overeaters Anonymous, everyone welcome, call (320) 485-2544, Holy Family Church School, Silver Lake, 6 pm WEDNESDAY • Al-anon group, “Never to be Organized,” Recovery Resources, 471 Second Street N., Winsted, (320) 485-4767, 7:15 pm • Narcotics Anonymous, DDS basement, 131 Main Ave. W, Winsted, 7:30 pm • Montrose Seniors Group, lunch $3.25, call (763) 6753127, activities, cards, games, community center, noon THURSDAY • Hutchinson Toastmasters II, Ridgewater College, enter door 420, room 475, 7 am • Business Network International, Network Masters, Independence City Hall, 7:30 pm. For more information, call Randy (320) 485-2535 • Weight Watchers, HL Community Center, Howard Lake, 5:30 pm • Celebrate Recovery, HL Christian Church, 7 pm FRIDAY • Howard Lake Senior Citizens, potluck, Marlys and Burton hosts, community room, above HL Public Library, noon • Tri-county Toastmasters, Crow River Coffee Co., Watertown, 7 am, for more information, call Deb (320) 485-4398


Kristie Hatlestad of Lester Prairie, a 2003 graduate of Holy Trinity High School in Winsted, was recently awarded the US Air Force Achievement Medal. The award was for her meritorious service while serving with the 51st MSS of the 51st Fighter Wing at Osan Air Base in South Korea. A1C Hatlestad is currently serving with the 31st MSS at Aviano Air Base in Italy.

GOVERNMENT MONDAY, NOV. 9 • Montrose City Council, Montrose Community Center, 7 pm • Mayer City Council, Mayer City Office, 6:30 pm • Hollywood Township, Hollywood Town Hall, 8 pm • Victor Township, Victor Town Hall, 8 pm • Woodland Township, Woodland Town Hall, 7 pm • HLWW School Board, 6 pm TUESDAY, NOV. 10 • Wright County Commissioners, county commissioner board room, government center, Buffalo, 9 am • HL Planning & Zoning, city offices, 7 pm • LP City Council, city hall, 7 pm • Waverly City Council, Waverly City Offices, 7 pm • Middleville Township, Middleville Town Hall, 7:30 pm • LP School Board, retreat, LP media center, 6:30 pm WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11 • NG Planning & Zoning, city hall, 7:30 pm • Winsted Planning Commission, city hall, council chambers, 6 pm THURSDAY, NOV. 12 • Bergen Township, Bergen Town Hall, 7 pm • Camden Township, Camden Town Hall, 7:30 pm • Winsted Township, Winsted City Hall, 8 pm MONDAY, NOV. 16 • LP School Board, LP media center, 6:30 pm ORGANIZATIONS MONDAY, NOV. 9 • Waverly Lions Club, business, Waverly KCs Hall, 7 pm • Waverly Lake Association, city office TUESDAY, NOV. 10 • Winsted Airport Commission, city hall, council chambers, 8:30 am • Winsted Sportsmen’s Club, Papa Tom’s Bar & Grill, 7 pm • Parent Support Group, for all parents of children with special needs, Wright County Human Services, Buffalo, 6-7:15 pm • MOPS, Bible Study, choir room, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, 7-9 pm THURSDAY, NOV. 12 • HL Legion Post 145, Legion, 7 pm • LP Lions, city hall, 6:30 pm • Lake Mary VFW Post 9232 Auxiliary, American Legion Club Room, Winsted, 2:30 pm • Hollywood Booster Club, Old Hollywood Shed, 8 pm • Hutchinson Area Bird Club, Hutchinson Public Library, basement, 7 pm • LP Lions, men and women


Kristie Hatlestad earns medal





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50 years ago: Peterson new basketball coach of LP High School


READ party at HL Library Saturday The Howard Lake Library is helping READ (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) celebrate its 10th anniversary by observing activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the community room above the library in Howard Lake. The local chapter of READ is providing a record number of four dog handler teams for the library event. Friends of the Howard Lake Library are providing treats, games and activities, and will announce a new Read-to-YourDog reading program and contest that will run through the end of the school year. All readers ages 3-12 and their family members are welcome.

West Metro Allergy Connection meeting today The West Metro Food Allergy Connection will meet tonight, Nov. 9, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Howard Lake Community Room. Agenda includes use of a epi pen, new information, and an open forum.


Winsted lighting contest date set The Winsted Outdoor Lighting contest, sponsored by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce, is set for Wednesday, Dec 2. Residents of St. Mary’s Care Center, along with members of the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce, will judge the entries. To participate, turn on the lights to your holiday display Wednesday early evening. First place wins $100, second place $75, and third place $50. All prizes awarded in Winsted Bucks.

HL Legion to host Thanksgiving dinner A goodwill dinner will be served starting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26 by the Howard Lake Legion, its employees and Reinhart Foods. This dinner is offered without cost to families or anyone who has fallen upon hardship and cannot eat at a Thanksgiving meal elsewhere. Turkey with all the side dishes will be served. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 20 to (320) 543-2554.

From the Herald Journal files of past newspapers. Nov. 15, 1999 (10 years ago) Martin Krueger American Legion Post 407 awarded 55 year membership pins to Ralph Rathmanner and Don Roufs. Lester Prairie volleyball coach Lori Schwirtz is named Section 2A Coach of the Year. Norman and Della Van Stender celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Submitted photo Births: Madison Rose, to Charlie and Melanie Fiecke, Howard Lake Princess Christine Bobrowski, dressed up as Ginger, Nov. 1; Renee Lynn, to Wiland Miss Howard Lake Ellen Korsbon, dressed up as Mary Ann, set liam and Michelle Ahlbrecht, sail on the S.S. Minnow from Gilligan’s Island in the Halloween Nov. 7; Rachel and Claire, to Mace and Eve Pfutzenreuter, parade in Anoka Oct. 31. Nov. 8. Nov. 14, 1984 (25 years ago) Security State Bank in Howard Lake holds its first annual

They took a three-hour tour

Zion book fair is Sunday and Monday, Nov. 15-16 The public is encouraged to participate in a book fair at Zion Lutheran School Sunday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. All books will be on display in the school gym. Visitors may purchase and take books home the day of the event. There will be a large selection of books for everyone – from preschool-age to adult. These books make great Christmas gifts, and support the Zion Parent Teacher League program. Lost and found The City of Mayer periodically comes across items that are left on city property or at the Mayer Community Center. If you have lost an article or left something by mistake, call the city offices at (952) 6571502 to see if it may be among the city’s lost and found. To date, we are holding a lost stroller, diaper bag, umbrella, child’s camera, cell phone, and a bracelet. Identify any of these items, and they are yours. Compost site The city’s compost site will remain open until all of the leaves are down. That means this could be the last week it will be open for you to bring your leaves, garden waste, and small branches (no bigger than 4 inches in diameter) to the site, which is located on County Road 30, just west of town. Remember to take your

empty bags home with you for proper disposal. For more information, call the city offices at (952) 6571502. Senior potluck Nine people enjoyed a delicious potluck meal and fellowship Nov. 2 at the Mayer Community Center. Bunco was played afterwards. It was decided to have a white elephant gift exchange at the December get-together, Monday, Dec. 7, which will be the group’s Christmas potluck and party. Activities and meetings Friday, Nov. 6 – There will be garbage and recycling pickup this week. Have bins curbside by 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16 – The Mayer Fire Department will have a training meeting starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 – Members of the Mayer Economic Develoment Authority will meet at 6:30 p.m. News items needed If you have items of importance you would like to have put in the paper, call me at (952) 657-2128 by Tuesday evening the week before publication.

Fine arts expo and craft fair Nov. 21

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Tickets on sale now for HLWW play Tickets for the HLWW play “Once Upon a Mattress,” are on sale now. The performance is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. each night at the Laker Auditorium. Cost is $6 for the performance only ($4 for students) and $20 per plate for dinner and the show. No HLWW activity passes will be accepted. Reservation deadline for the dinner is Friday, Nov. 13. Contact Kathleen Messer for tickets at (320) 543-4600.


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Correspondent customer appreciation days with coffee and cookies being served, registration for gift certificates, and a free 11 x 14 family portrait taken by a professional studio available to customers. Enrollment at Lester Praire Schools is up to 486 students, which is the highest since the 1978-79 school year. Births: Jenna Leigh, to Stephen and Judith Gagnon, Nov. 3; Danielle Norby, to Steve and Laura LePage, Nov. 9. Nov. 13, 1969 (40 years ago) Named all-conference at

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Cans for vets collected in Winsted

A holiday craft and bake sale is planned for Sunday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Care Center, Winsted. A silver tea will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

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The sixth annual dinner concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Winsted will feature the Golden Strings Friday, Dec. 4 with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. Concert only tickets are Photo by Linda Scherer still available for $10 by contacting Bonnie at (320) 485-2353 or Donated aluminum cans are being collected during the month of Rose at (320) 485-2252. November for the McLeod County veterans transportation fund. The drop-off is just north of JMS Custom Service at Main Avenue and McLeod County Road 1. The money received from sale of the cans is being used for the upkeep and replacement of two handiThe 31st annual Fine Arts cap vans used to transport veterans to veterans’ hospitals at St. Expo and 29th annual Creative Paul and St. Cloud. Crafts and Collectibles Fair is set for Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the HLWW Middle School in Howard Lake. Over Copyright 2009, Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. 100 exhibitors are expected. Herald Journal, 120 6th St. N., Winsted, MN 55395. USPS No. 687-000. Refreshments will be available. Published weekly. Periodicals postage paid at Winsted, MN. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Herald Journal, PO Box 129, Winsted, MN 55395. A bake sale is planned by the STAFF HLWW After Prom Committee. TO REACH US Dale Kovar, general mgr., (320) 282-6501 There is no admission Chris Schultz, advertising mgr., (320) 282-7865 • 120 6th St. N., PO Box 129 Winsted, MN 55395 Local/Metro (320) 485-2535 Fax (320) 485-2878 •

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Golden Strings Dec. 4 at St. John’s

Holiday sale at St. Mary’s Nov. 22

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Miranda Stifter won first place, and Ethan Fiecke was the second place costume winner at the Blue Note Oct. 31.

Halloween party at Blue Note By Linda Scherer Staff Writer The third annual Halloween party at the Blue Note included a costume contest. Pictured are the first, second, and third place winners. Each of the three winners will receive an 8x10 color photo from Duran Photography. In addition, the first place costume winner Miranda Stifter won movie and Subway passes. The second place winner, Ethan Fiecke won two wristbands to the Nickelodeon theme park at the Mall of America. The third place costume winner. Kennedy Kohler, won movie passes to area theaters. Nancy Fasching won the adult drawing for two Chanhassen dinner/theater passes.

Holy Trinity for football are John Koch, Frank Hertzog, and Ed Hahn. Fifteen-year-old Ron Koch shoots a 10-point, 244 pound. buck in the Blackduck area on his first hunting trip. Nov. 12, 1959 (50 years ago) The Howard Lake Laker football team is co-champions of the Wright County League. Richard Peterson is the new basketball coach at Lester Prairie High School. Births: Dawn Susan, to Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Zrust, Oct. 25; Scott Edgar, to Mr. and Mrs. Agmar Spleiss, Oct. 31; a boy, to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Latzig, Nov. 4; a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Sexton, Nov. 7.

Cookie walk and boutique event Dec. 5 A ladies boutique is being added to the annual cookie walk offered by St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, set for Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be hosted in the fellowship hall at the church. This first-ever boutique in Waverly is particularly geared to showcase small businesses in Waverly and the surrounding area, Mary Pettit said. This includes vendors who offer Creative Memories, Young Living essential oils, and Daily Blue, as well as others, such as Posey Patch, and Montrose Chiropractic. Door prizes will be offered by all the booths. This will be the fourth year that the cookie walk has taken place. There will be a chili lunch served, which will benefit the youth of St. Mary’s parish.


Holasek Greenhouse open house Fri. & Sat. Fred Holasek and Son Greenhouses will host its annual winter open house Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14. Register for giveaways. Refreshments available.

Holiday shopping expo in LP Sat. Several independent vendors will host a holiday shopping Kennedy Kohler was third place expo 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, costume winner at the Blue Nov. 14 at the Lester Prairie Note Oct. 31. City Hall. Among the vendors are: Watkins, Tupperware, Scentsy, Longaberger Baskets, Designer Inspired, Angel Company, and more. Food will be available from the Lester Prairie Legion Auxiliary. quired for school enrollment. This is a time for screening to identify potential problems, not time for treatment or counCrafters and vendors will ofseling. Problems identified may be handled by referring fer a holiday shopping event 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 the child to other resources. There will be seven forms at the Blue Note, Winsted. Vendors such as Tastefully which need to be filled out in advance and brought to the Simple, Mary Kay, Life Coachscreening. These forms will be ing for Relationships, along sent after signing up for an ap- with crafts will be available. A variety of baked goods pointment. To make an appointment or will also be offered. Breakfast and dinner will be for more information regarding ECDS, call Kathy Fiecke at available. Prizes will be given away throughout the day. (320) 395-2521.

Early childhood screening in Lester Prairie Nov. 12 Lester Prairie School will provide early childhood screening for children whose birthday falls before Nov. 12, 2006 and have not been previously screened. The screening will take place Thursday, Nov. 12 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 77 Second Avenue S. in Lester Prairie. The purpose of this program is to identify children who may have health or developmental problems. Early identification of health and developmental problems is helpful in preventing these problems from becoming more serious. This is a screening program and is not intended to be a substitute for health care from other providers. The screening will take one to one and one-half hours, and will consist of the following components: vision, hearing, height, weight, speech, health history, immunization review, family circumstances review, and summary interview. Participation in this program is re-

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MORSELS WITH MARLENE Cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving. They are a wonderfully versatile and flavorful fruit that adds a bold, tangy taste to any recipe. Cranberry consumption has a variety of health benefits according to recent studies at research facilities. Cranberries are cholesterol free, fat free and low in sodium. It has long been known that cranberries have been used in prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections and now research shows that they have the greatest flavinoid content of 20 fruits tested. Flavinoids are potent antioxidants. Cranberries can be frozen to make them last all year long. If a favorite recipe calls for 4 cups (16 oz) of cranberries, it can be adapted to the 12 oz bag by cutting all ingredients by one-fourth. Refrigerate leftover cranberry sauce or cranberry-orange relish for several days or freeze it in an airtight container for up to one year.

Cinnamon cranberry cookies 1 cup butter or margarine 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cups flour 2-1/2 cups oatmeal (in food processor about 30 sec) 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. soda 12 oz. bag cinnamon chips 1-1/2 cups sweetened, dried cranberries Cream together butter and sugars; add eggs and vanilla. Mix together the remaining ingredients and add to the creamed mixture. Stir until well blended. Drop cookie dough by rounded teaspoon on cookie sheet. Press down slightly with glass. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes. Approx. 4 doz.

Morsels with Marlene

Marlene Muckenhirn

Cranberry walnut quick bread 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup white sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. orange zest 1 tsp. allspice 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1/4 cup orange juice 3/4 cup buttermilk 2 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 egg 1 cup whole cranberries, thaw if frozen 1/2 cup chopped walnuts Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast walnuts on a baking sheet for 8-10 min. and allow to cool. Spray 8”x4” loaf pan with nonstick vegetable spray. Combine sugar, salt, eggs orange juice, oil, buttermilk, and orange zest in a med. bowl and mix thoroughly. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients; add wet ingredients and mix just until blended. Stir in cranberries and walnuts until evenly distributed through the batter. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until cake tester comes out clean when poked in center.

Cranberry crockpot pork 2-1/2 lb. pork tenderloin, fat removed 1 tsp. salt, kosher, if available 1 tsp. pepper, fresh cracked, if available 1-1/2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, minced (2/3 tsp. dried) 3/4 cup cranberry juice 2 Tbsp. soy sauce zest of 1 orange, no pith 1-1/2 cups cranberries, coarsely chopped (fresh or frozen) 1/3 cup brown sugar


Spray a 5-6 qt. crockpot with nonstick cooking spray. Place pork in crockpot, sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme. In a small bowl whisk the cranberry juice, soy sauce and zest. Stir in the cranberries and brown sugar, pour the juice mixture over the pork. Cook on low setting for 7 hrs. or until the meat is tender, basting occasionally. Slice and serve with sauce.

H1N1 vaccination offered today

McLeod County Public Health will be offering an H1N1 vaccination clinic Monday, Nov. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Health and Human Services Building at 1805 Ford Avenue in Glencoe. There will be no charge for the H1N1 vaccination. Groups that vaccine will be available for: • H1N1 vaccinations: children 6 months to 2 years of Cranberry vinaigrette age, and 2- to 4-year-olds with 2 cups cranberries, fresh or chronic medical conditions. • H1N1 flu mist: healthy 2- to Paws Insight Readers make a frozen 4-year-old children, and par- audience for this young reader. 1 cup apple cider vinegar ents/caregivers (primary care1-1/2 cup sugar givers) of children less than 6 1/2 cup dry mustard months old. 1 Tbsp. salt Vaccines will be given on a 2 cloves garlic, minced first-come, first-served basis. 2 cups vegetable oil National Reading Education Place cranberries in blender Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) with cider vinegar, puree. Add Correction Day is Saturday, Nov. 14. Jodi Theis, of Paws Inn Renext four ingredients, blend. The menu for the Friday, Add oil and blend well. Ap- Dec. 4 sit-down dinner at St. sort & Training in New Gerprox. 2 cups John’s of Winsted includes both many, is forming her own group This vinaigrette is a won- smoked pork chop with braised of pet partner volunteers called derful salad dressing and can apple sauce and chicken breast “Paws Insight Readers.” Theis be used to make coleslaw or as on wild rice stuffing for the and six other dog trainers have a marinade for boneless skin- meal. Last week’s Herald Jour- completed therapy animal less chicken breasts. Use 1/2 to nal was in error when it listed training affiliated with READ, a non-profit program of Inter1 cup for four chicken breasts, the servings as a choice. mountain Therapy Animals. flatten, marinade 1/2 hour or Operating since 1999, the longer; grill approximately 5 READ program utilizes speminutes per side. cially trained therapy animals For a simple, healthy salad, that volunteer with their owners use mixed greens, blue cheese, as “pet partner” teams. The 60+ and Healthy Clincs, and sprinkle with sweetened When children read to a dog, dried cranberries. Top with provided by Wright County Pub- they can relax in a non-judglic Health, will offer foot care above vinaigrette. for senior citizens of Wright Hot spiced cranberry County Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the MEALS ON WHEELS punch Howard Lake Community CenWINSTED SENIOR DINING 1 bottle cranberry-raspberry ter Public Library, 617 6th Ave. This week’s menu served at the juice from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. City Hall Community Room: 2 cups apple juice The clinic will trim toenails Monday, Nov. 9 - Italian meat 1 orange, sliced to meet the needs of those se- sauce, spaghetti noodles, Italian 1 lemon, sliced niors who have health condi- blend vegetables, breadstick, pine2 cinnamon sticks tions such as diabetes, or are apple up-side down cake. Nov. 10 - Baked chick1 Tbsp. whole cloves unable to trim toenails them- en,Tuesday, parsley potatoes, peas, apple 1/2 cup brown sugar selves. Blood pressure checks crisp. Heat apple juice with orange, will also be provided if needed, Wednesday, Nov. 11 - Beef chow mein, rice, crunchy noodles, lemon and spices. Simmer 10 and as time allows. minutes. Add cranberry-raspThe clinics will be charging lettuce salad, tomatoes, dressing, bar. berry juice and simmer until $10 for foot care services. How- lemon Thursday, Nov. 12 - Pork chop, hot. Serve with a fruit slice in ever, anyone unable to pay will au gratin potatoes, spinach, ice a cup. cream. not be turned away. Friday, Nov. 13 - Lemon pepper Marlene Muckenhirn has For more information, call fi sh, baked potato, sour cream, carbeen a Taste of Home editor Wright County Public Health rots, cherry cheese cake. for 14 years. at 800-362-3667 or (763) 682Monday, Nov. 14 – Ring bo7456. logna, mashed potatoes, gravy,

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Dogs can be effective in helping children learn how to read

60+ and Healthy Clinics

Event to protect seniors from fraud, Friday, Nov. 20, in LP

report on the McLeod County By Elaine Briesemeister Seniors group. Forty-seven seLester Prairie Senior niors were in attendance, with Citizens, secretary Pastor Dave Erbel from St. 13 from the Lester Prairie SePeter’s Lutheran Church in Les- nior Citizens group. Dues will ter Prairie visited a recent meet- go up from 50 cents to $1. Silver ing of the Lester Prairie Senior Lake will host the next meeting, Citizens to tell them about an in 2010. Luella Prehn told a story upcoming event for seniors at about a 62-year-old having a the church. A speaker will be at St. Pe- baby. Earl Ehrke told of a little ter’s Lutheran Church, located at 77 Second Avenue North in child wanting to know how old Lester Prairie, Friday, Nov. 20 her grandma was and how much at 2 p.m., to talk about how to she weighed. The grandma said, avoid rip-offs, and give infor- “You don’t ask grandmas those mation about frauds, and how to questions.” The child later said, protect yourself and your fam- “Grandma, I know how much you weigh and how old you are. ily from scam artists. Everyone is encouraged to I found your driver’s license. attend. If you would like to at- I also know you got an “F” in tend, call (320) 395-2811, so the sex.” Photos by Lynda Jensen Elsie checked on prices at speaker will have enough fliers What are the photos different eating places for our for everyone. The Lester Prairie Senior Thanksgiving meal. above? Answers must be She also read “Then and Citizens met Oct. 26 at noon entered online or e-mailed at Lester Prairie City Hall for Now.” to (no It was reported that Leona a potluck meal, their meeting, phone calls please). Wroge is in the hospital. We and card playing. President Elsie Gilster opened wish her a speedy recovery. The Lester Prairie Senior Citthe meeting by welcoming 12 members, and led the “Pledge izens will have their next meetThe Herald Journal web site person who first identifies the of Allegiance to the Flag” for ing and a Thanksgiving catered is hosting a weekly Internet mystery photo – in next week’s the group. meal at the Lester Prairie City mystery photo contest in which Herald Journal. The minutes of the Oct. 5 Hall at noon Monday, Nov. 16. a photo is taken of something in A motion was made, secondmeeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report ed, and carried to adjourn. the area. Sheephead and 500 card was given by Treasurer Vern Anyone who correctly guesses Briesemeister, and filed for au- games were played. Winners of the identity of the photo is added the 500 card game were Elsie dit. to a monthly drawing for a free Elsie told a joke about check- Gilster, Lorna Kocourek, and subscription to the newspaper. ing on a patient. She gave a brief Ervin Seefeldt. Winner for the month of October is Betty Barfknecht. Go ahead and guess! Those who guess correctly first receive HL PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNEL bragging rights only. Mon., Nov. 9 – 1 and 7 p.m., rian Church service; 1 and 7 p.m. Answers may be emailed to Lynda Jensen at Chris and Amy Korsbon were the Polka Spotlight; 2:30 and 8:30 Baby Blue Arts; 2:30 and 8:30 Do It Yourself Energy Tips; p.m., Polka Spotlight; 11 a.m., 10 or sent first to correctly guess last week’s p.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m., HLWW p.m., HLWW football vs. Kimball by mail. No phone calls, please. photo of the Howard Lake royalty Winter Senior Concert from 2000; from Sept. 12, 2003; 4 p.m. FriendWe’ll publish the correct float. 8 p.m., Army News Watch. ship Set to Music. Tues. Nov. 10 – 1 and 7 p.m., Sat., Nov. 14 – 1 and 7 p.m., St. answer – and the name of the

peas, frosted brownie Winsted Senior Dining and Meals on Wheels provides balanced meals for individuals 60 years of age or over. Diabetic, calorie-controlled, and low sodium meals are available. Everyone is invited to dine with us at 11:30 a.m. Dinner, dessert, coffee, and milk is $3.50. Anyone under the age of 60 is welcome and their meal

mental setting. The child concentrates on “helping” the dog understand the words and story, and not on their reading skills. Reading becomes a more positive experience. Even excellent readers can benefit from the READ program. Paws Insight Readers will be featured at the upcoming Pose Your Pet with Santa event at Paws Inn Resort on National READ Day, Saturday, Nov. 14th. Children can come for a 15-minute reading session with one of the dogs. Jodi Theis can be contacted for more information at (952) 353-8006.

is $6. Call (320) 485-2728 between 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. one day in advance to reserve your meal, or Joan Genty at (320) 485-2567 or Joyce Glessing at (320) 543-3368. Meals served at City Hall Community Room, 201 1st St. N., Winsted. Diners play Bingo Tuesdays, and cards Thursdays, beginning at 9:30 a.m. HOWARD LAKE Monday, Nov. 9 - Shake and Bake pork chop, diced potatoes, Prince William vegetables, dinner roll, frosted cake. Tuesday, Nov. 10 - Hot roast beef commercial, gold and green beans, mixed fruit. Wednesday, Nov. 11 - Sweet and sour meatballs, mashed potatoes, Japanese vegetables, bread, mandarin orange salad. Thursday, Nov. 12 - Breaded shrimp poppers, cocktail and tartar sauce, french fries, cole slaw, dinner roll, fresh cantaloupe. Friday, Nov. 13 - Lasagna, green beans, garlic bread, strawberry mousse. Monday, Nov. 14 - Spaghetti with meat sauce, Italian vegetables, garlic bread, cheesecake.

Eternally Grateful Jerome Rasmussen Born July 20, 1930 - Wounded in Korea July 20, 1950 Died Oct. 21, 2009

What mystery photo is this?

WINSTED PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNEL Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday – 10 a.m, 7 p.m., and 10:30 p.m., City Council meetings. Wednesday and Friday – 2 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church

service. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday – 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church service, Howard Lake.

Stop the Destruction of the World; 2:30 and 8:30 p.m., Montrose Methodist Church ser vice; 11 a.m., 4, 10 p.m., Friendship Set to Music; 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church service (Winsted). Wed., Nov. 11 – 1 and 7 p.m., Presbyterian Church service; 2:30 and 8:30 p.m., St. James Lutheran Church service; 11 a.m., 4, and 10 p.m., HLWW Homecoming Coronation 2002; 6 p.m., Kindergarten play from March 15, 1996. Thurs., Nov. 12 – 5 and 9 a.m., St. James Lutheran Church service; 1 and 7 p.m., Viva and Jerry’s Country Videos; 2:30 and 8:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church service; 11 a.m., 4 and 10 p.m., GND ‘09 Queen Coronation. Fri., Nov. 13 - 9 a.m. Presbyte-

John’s Lutheran Church service (Winsted); 2:30 and 8:30 p.m., Hamburg Tour: Howard Lake vs Winsted from June 15, 2002; 11 a.m., 4, and 10 p.m., Montrose Methodist Church service; 9 am and 5 pm, Vets Visits on TV. Sun., Nov. 15 – 5 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church (Howard Lake) service, 8:30 a.m. live service from St. John’s Lutheran Church; 1 and 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Church service (Waverly); 2:30 and 8:30 p.m., Perils for Pedestrians; 3 and 9 p.m. GrillDog Presents; 11 a.m., 4 and 10 p.m., The Mortician’s House of Fears Presents: Monster from a Prehistoric Planet. Schedule is subject to last-minute changes.

THANKFUL for all veterans who gave their time, limbs, and lives. We will

NEVER forget the price you paid or our POWS or MIAS! Dennis and family

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Carver Co. sheriff: It’s safer Pedestrian killed on I-94 Dassel utility rates are likely to go up, after study to hit a deer than swerve in Wright County The Dassel City Council decided to set a work session with several subjects to address, one of them being a rate study conducted about utility rates, reported the Enterprise Dispatch. An overview of the rate study was made available at the meeting, which showed fewer gallons being used in 2008 than 2007 (from 40 million gallons used to 36 million gallons). However, this must be spread over the same 630 connections in the city. “You do the math,” Administrator Myles McGrath said. Therefore, the council set a work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Delano farmer serves up popular roadside produce Jim Jacobs, a ‘77 Delano graduate, is a fourth generation farmer and owner of Jim’s Produce; a roadside vegetable market three miles west of Loretto on Hennepin County Road 11, according to the Delano Herald Journal. His roadside stand recently closed, ending a successful 2009 season. Jacobs is still selling firewood and straw, but Halloween was the last day for selling produce until next summer. It was fifteen years ago, when he first opened the roadside market to supplement his farming income.

Carver County Sheriff Bud Olson released crash statistics related to deer, saying that drivers are more likely to be injured taking evasive action than from striking the deer itself, according to data from the Department of Public Safety. In 2007, there were 70 car-deer accidents in Carver, with 2008 recording 52, and 2009, 49. Injuries were more serious when someone swerves to evade the deer, Olson said. Olson offered the following advice from the Department of Public Safety: motorists facing an unavoidable crash with a deer should resist the instinct to swerve out of the way. “It’s safer to hit a deer than to risk hitting another vehicle or roadside object,” Kathy Swanson of the DPS said. “Apply your brakes firmly, hold onto the steering wheel, and bring your vehicle to a controlled stop.”

A St. Cloud man was killed attempting to cross I-94 in Wright County Oct. 29. Joseph Blitvich, 49, of St. Cloud was attempting to walk across I-94 in Wright County, when he was struck by two vehicles and killed Oct. 29, according to the State Patrol. The first vehicle, a 1999 Kenworth, was being driven by a Canadian citizen, Ken Turton, 59, of Regina, Canada. He stopped and made statements to investigative authorities. A second vehicle, a mini van, also struck the pedestrian, but left the scene without knowing what happened. Driver Robert Miner of St. Paul came forward later.

Motorcyclist killed in crash north of Annandale

The Glencoe City Council is hesitating to make the former Mark’s Economart building into a new downtown Glencoe Municipal Liquor Store after the $660,000 price tag was unveiled, Nov. 4, reported the McLeod County Chronicle. The newest proposal involves major remodeling, and demolition of the old and new construction. “At this price, the city can’t do the project,” said Mayor Randy Wilson. But if a redevelopment grant is available, the council should consider it, he said.

A motorcyclist is dead after losing control of his cycle north of Annandale on Highway 24 Nov. 1, according to the State Patrol. Danny Sipola, 56, of Clearwater was traveling north driving a 2000 Honda Road Start on Highway 24 near 105th Street when he left the road and ended up on the west side of the highway. The road conditions were listed as dry by the State Patrol.

New liquor store in Glencoe? Not for $660,000

Peterson sets conference After two successful local food conferences in 2007 and 2008, Congressman Collin Peterson will sponsor another conference on the topic in February, according to a press release from Peterson’s office. The conference – “Equipping You to Build Community Based Food Systems,” – will be at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 15 and 16. Interactive video sessions will be offered Tuesday, Feb. 16 at several campuses. Check the web site, for locations. Peterson represents District 7, which includes McLeod and Meeker counties.

Train effectively ends car chase in Buffalo A car chase that reached 70 mph ended when the driver was boxed in by squad cars after being held up by a train in Buffalo Oct. 29, reported the Delano Herald Journal. Rebecca Marie Knowles, 26, of St. Cloud, was booked into Wright County Jail after allegedly leading authorities from just west of Delano on Highway 12, north on Highway 25 toward Buffalo. Authorities set out stop sticks in two different attempts to catch her. They damaged one front tire, but she continued on until she was stopped by the train.

Hutch police chief chooses ‘Justice’ march is set for Precious item rescued from second-in-command missing Maple Lake man Watertown moratorium As the seventh year anniversary approaches fire near Buffalo The Hutchinson Police Department has been on tattoo parlors enacted house of the disappearance of missing college student A firefighter saved a priceless belonging when

When the only tattoo parlor in Watertown closed in August, the Watertown City Council quickly moved to ban tattoo parlors until it could create a city licensing procedure, the Star Tribune reported. A desire to be preemptive, along with health concerns, are what spurred officials in Watertown to enact its one-year moratorium. The city has had only two parlors over the years, and there were issues with the businesses being open late and youths hanging around.

a house was destroyed Oct. 21 west of Buffalo, reported the Wright County Journal Press. Firefighter Laura Nichols saw a jacket and other memorabilia that was on display in a picture box, and decided to take it out of the burning house. It turned out to be from the deceased brother of owner Wendy Hubert. Her brother had died in a car crash 23 years ago. The home, owned by Dean and Wendy Hubert, was a total loss, but no one was hurt.

operating without a second-in-command since the retirement of Lt. Dave Erlandson at the end of June, reported the Hutchinson Leader. His replacement is scheduled to be in place Nov. 29, when Sgt. Tom Gifferson becomes lieutenant. Gifferson, who is in his 13th year with the department, nine as a sergeant, was confirmed for the position during an Oct. 21 Hutchinson Police Commission meeting. Chief Dan Hatten’s recommendation that Gifferson be promoted was accepted by the commission.

Joshua Guimond Tuesday, Nov. 10, his family is preparing for a “Justice for Josh,” march. The march will begin Tuesday at noon near St. John’s University, followed by a march at the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at 2 p.m. The family also has few kinds words to say about the university. Josh’s father, Brian Guimond, says the university and abbey have a long history of withholding information from the public and authorities. Guimond disappeared after leaving a small card party as a student at St. John’s University in Collegeville in 2002.

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Seminar on how to protect seniors from scams offered in LP By Ivan Raconteur Staff Writer A free seminar designed to protect senior citizens from scams will take place in Lester Prairie Friday, Nov. 20. The seminar, sponsored by St. Peter Lutheran Church Outreach Ministries in Lester The five-suite hospice house would be located in downtown Buffalo, on Lake Boulevard across from Prairie, is called CASE: ComBuffalo Lake. The house would include rooms for family members and 24-hour care. Ground-break- munities Against Senior Exing could be as soon as fall 2010. ploitation. Presenting the seminar will be Mike Fahey, former Carver County attorney and now a district court judge in Shakopee, and Kelley Archer, an informa-

Campaign begins to build first hospice house in Wright County By Kristen Miller Staff Writer The Community Health Foundation (CHF) of Wright County is kicking off its “Because We Care” campaign, with the goal of raising $1 million for a hospice house in Buffalo. This hospice house would be the first in Wright County, according to Laura Jones, executive director of CHF. “The need, of course, is here with an aging population and the terminal illnesses we’re dealing with,” Jones said. Planning for the five-suite hospice house began two years ago, and culminated in 2008, when CHF joined forces with Elim Care, a senior health care and housing organization with more than 80 years of experience. Hospice is typically for the final seven to 10 days of one’s life and is an alternative to a hospital or nursing home, Jones explained. Hospice patients would receive a wide range of services that would enhance the quality of life through holistic care practices including massage, music, aroma therapies, spiritual and medical support for pain, and symptom manage-

ment, according to Jones. Joe Campbell of Waverly has volunteered his time by being a regional chair for the hospice house campaign in the areas of Cokato, Howard Lake, and Waverly. After being involved in a feasibility study, Campbell felt this was something that is needed within the county, he said. When someone is terminally ill, it can be hard for family members to care for them. This facility would relieve the family so they can enjoy the last days spent with their loved one, Campbell explained. As a Baby Boomer, Campbell also understands that this type of care will be necessary in the future as his generation grows older. The hospice house would be located in downtown Buffalo, on Lake Boulevard across from Buffalo Lake, and would include 24-hour care, a meditation chapel, living room, and three family conference areas, along with two family guest rooms. If the fundraising campaign is as successful as Jones hopes it will be, construction on the hospice house could begin as early as next fall, or spring

2011. Since CHF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, all donations are tax-deductible. For larger donations, there are naming opportunities, as well. “Hospice is a gift; a gift of time to say ‘I love you,’ time to say ‘I’m sorry,’ a time to say ‘thank you,’ and a time to say ‘goodbye,” Jones said, which has been somewhat of the campaign’s motto. For more information about CHF and its hospice house campaign, visit www.chfwc. org.

Kick-off event for hospice house campaign The Community Health Foundation of Wright County is hosting “The ‘Wright’ Road to Health” Friday, Nov. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Classic Hall in Annandale. The event will include “Back to the ‘50s fun” with DJ “Bondo” Bob, beer and wine tasting, classic cars display, silent auction, and more. Tickets are $45, with $20 being tax-deductible. For reservations, call (763) 684-1477.

tion technology security manager with Prime Therapeutics in Eagan. The purpose of the presentation is to alert senior citizens to the different methods of financial exploitation in the community, and show them how to avoid becoming victims. The presentation includes information on identity theft, telemarketing fraud, care giver fraud and other methods of exploitation. Participants will also be given a fraud prevention checklist. The seminar will take place

Friday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 77 2nd Ave. S. (Corner of Co. Rd. 1 and Second Ave. South) in Lester Prairie. Those interested in attending are asked to pre-register by calling the St. Peter Church office (320) 395-2811 by Wednesday, Nov. 18, and indicating that they are registering for the CASE seminar. This will help organizers to be sure they have enough materials to hand out. There is no charge for the seminar.

Winsted officer placed on paid administrative leave By Lynda Jensen Editor Full-time police officer Mike Mensen has been placed on paid administrative leave by the City of Winsted due to alleged misconduct, according to City Administrator Brent Mareck. Mensen has been with the force since 2007, and most recently was given a step increase effective May 20, 2009, during his performance review.

The city will conduct a closed meeting 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 to address the matter. The following is a statement from the City of Winsted: “The Winsted City Council has placed Officer Mike Mensen on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation regarding allegations of misconduct. “The Winsted City Council will continue its closed session on this matter Monday, Nov.

16 at 5 p.m. “Minnesota state statutes prohibit the City of Winsted from sharing details of the alleged misconduct regarding Officer Mensen until the investigation has been completed.” The Winsted Police Department has three full-time officers, Mensen, Justin Heldt, and Dan Pohl, along with Chief Mike Henrich.

Wright Co. sets public hwy. planning meeting By Ivan Raconteur Staff Writer The Wright County Highway Department has scheduled a public meeting for discussion of the county’s proposed fiveyear highway and bridge construction program. The meeting will take place Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the commissioners’ board

room in the Wright County Government Center. The purpose of the meeting is to give citizens, businesses, and other governmental units the opportunity to comment on future highway and bridge construction needs. The input will be considered in the preparation of the county’s five-year highway

improvement plan, its 10-year work plan, and its bridge replacement program. All interested residents and government officials are invited to attend and provide input Written comments or requested projects should be submitted to the county engineer’s office by Monday, Nov. 9.





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Travel by train a future possibility locally Cities support study of potential Little Crow Transit Way By Starrla Cray Staff Writer A passenger rail system could be a “common sense” solution to heavy traffic on Highway 12, and cities along the proposed Little Crow Transit Way route have voiced their approval for further study of the idea. “If you don’t look at possibilities, there’s no chance of anything happening,” said District 18B Rep. Dean Urdahl. The commuter rail would utilize the current Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, transporting passengers from Willmar to Minneapolis, with stops along the way. “We would love for Montrose to be a stop,” Montrose City Administrator Barbara Swanson said. “It would mean a lot more people in our city.” Urdahl said he began looking into an alternative transportation system when he “came to the realization that there was no transportation plan through central Minnesota.” “Essentially, the plan was to keep trying to upgrade Highway 12,” he said, adding that traffic on Highway 12 has increased significantly in recent years. According to data from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), an average of 13,500 vehicles went through Delano on Highway 12 each day in 2000. The most recent data, from 2008, shows an average of 18,500 vehicles per day in the same location. In Montrose, the vehicle count went from 8,800 to 13,400 during those years. Waverly also noticed an increase, from 7,300 in 2000 to 10,100 in 2008. “Wright County is the 52nd fastest growing county in the United States,” Urdahl said. “There’s a need to do something to relieve the pressure on Highway 12.” Whether that “something” should be Little Crow Transit Way or not remains to be seen, he said, emphasizing that he simply wants to look at possibilities and discover the best option. “We have not spent any money on this, and I’m not going to support anything that doesn’t make economic sense,”

he said. MnDOT is currently doing a statewide rail plan study, which includes analysis of Little Dean Urdahl the State Rep. 18B Crow Transit Way plan. The study will be completed by the end of 2009, and from there, MnDOT can determine the cost, convenience, and environmental impact. Local cities have approved a resolution in support of the study, but that doesn’t mean they are necessarily in favor of Little Crow Transit Way. “They are not endorsing the rail plan, as such,” Urdahl explained. “They are expressing interest.” So far, Urdahl said people seem to be excited about the possibility. “I’m getting calls from people with positive comments,” he said. “Public support could go a long way in how they average the potential success of this.” “I personally voted for it because I believe it’s never too soon to start looking ahead at our transportation needs,” said Waverly City Council member Connie Holmes. “I think, in the future, we’re going to have some tough decisions ahead of us. We’ll be far better off having good information at hand, which is what this study will do.” Urdahl said he’s only interested in the project if the public is interested, as well. Cost could be one downside to the project, he said, but the amount of money it would take won’t be determined until after the study. The Northstar Commuter Rail, which is scheduled to begin service from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis Monday, Nov. 16, will be an indicator of the project’s potential success, as well. “They are using existing rail,

too,” Urdahl said. “It’s going to show the possibilities for us.” Right now, the Little Crow Transit Way project study is in its infancy. “MnDOT has indicated that projects that warrant rail service and meet funding criteria typically take 8 to 10 years to develop,” Kern noted. The City of Montrose is already starting to spread enthusiasm for the project, and has put together a Little Crow Transit Way task force. The task force drafted a letter of support that residents can sign. “We’re going to try to get as many of these letters signed as possible,” Swanson said. “Every person we get on board, the more likely this is to happen.” Copies of the letter are available at Montrose City Hall and on the city web site, www. Swanson said she makes frequent trips to the Twin Cities, and would love to see the project go through. “I personally would use it,” she said. “It’d be great to hop on a commuter train. You could read a book or take a nap on the way.” In the future, the passenger rail could also be a big plus for people commuting to the Twin Cities. “Upwards of 40 percent of people in Wright County work in Hennepin County,” Urdahl said. “Rail service into downtown from Delano would provide another option for residents wanting to live in Delano and commute to the Metro area,” Kern stated. “For the whole Highway 12 corridor, it could provide additional economic development opportunities that could add investment into all of the communities on the corridor.” For more information about the Little Crow Transit Way plan, contact Urdahl at (651) 296-4344 or 800-920-5861. He can also be reached via e-mail at

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Do this in remembrance of me Years ago, it was very common in the home to make homemade bread. Gathering together the flour, yeast, eggs, oil, and all the other necessary ingredients to make those eye-appealing savory loaves of bread. It took time to knead the bread dough, roll it over and knead it again and again. Into the greased bread pans the bread dough went. Gently, the bread pans were covered with a towel, and patiently, the bread maker waited for the bread to rise. Soon, the bread was ready for the oven. In a short time, the aroma of the bread baking spread throughout the home. There is nothing more eye appealing then a loaf of homemade bread with butter glazed over the top of it. Years ago this was a daily routine for making homemade bread. It was somewhat of a process and routine. It was a pleasure to share the fresh home-made bread with family and friends. It was a delightful addition to any table gathering. When Jesus works with bread, He, too, usually has His same routine: looking to heaven, blessing, breaking, and finally giving. When He gives,

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Pam Fiecke there’s always enough. Bread from Jesus will never run out, because it is His very body, given on the cross for the life of the entire world. Another time in particular, Jesus took five loaves and two fish, He looked up to heaven and said a blessing, and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples. He then divided the two fish among them all. They ate until they had their fill. They gathered up enough leftovers to fill 12 baskets, besides what remained of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men. At that time in history the women and children ate, but weren’t figured in the head count as they were considered

property. In other words, He fed a multitude of people. Matthew 14. Again, down the road, Jesus and His 12 friends (disciples) ate together. The Lord’s Supper, from Matthew 26. This time they not only ate together, Jesus gave them instructions. “Eat this bread,” Jesus said. “When I am gone you will do this again and again. Then you will think of the way I died for you.” Jesus’ friends ate the bread. But they were sad. They didn’t want Jesus to die. If you look around the world, nation-wide the breaking of bread is a routine. It is done in the Sacrament of the Alter in remembrance for what He did for each and everyone of us. Come to the table, not because you must, but. . . because you may. Come to the table, not with a hard heart, but. . . with a open heart. Come to the table, not because of friends and family, come and come again to. . . “Do this in remembrance of me.”

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Wright County’s bond Carver County receives highest rating upgraded to AA+ bond rating possible: AAA By Ivan Raconteur Staff Writer The Wright County Board learned Tuesday that the county’s bond rating has been upgraded to AA+ by Standard & Poor’s, which will save taxpayers an estimated $145,000 over the next eight years on bonds that were re-financed last week. Bruce Kimmel of Ehlers, the county’s bond consultant, delivered the good news and said it was a two-step jump from the county’s previous bond rating. Kimmel explained that county had previously been rated by Moody’s, but switched to Standard & Poor’s because S&P recently revised its system to go from separate corporate and municipal rating scales to a single “global” scale. This, according to Kimmel, is a more accurate assessment, because under the previous system, municipal bonds were getting lower ratings than much riskier corporate bonds. “This puts Wright County right at the top of the scale,” Kimmel said, adding that only a AAA rating is higher. The county’s new rating is based on positive attributes including economics, financials,

and a strong fund balance of 49 percent of expenditures, Kimmel said. In order to get to a AAA rating, the county would have to improve its financial management practices. Kimmel explained that there is nothing wrong with the county’s current financial management practices, but they are currently “average” and there is room for improvement. Kimmel said the county was able to earn the high rating because it made difficult decisions and did the planning necessary to keep the county in sound financial shape. The county’s debt levels are moderate and affordable, and it has a strong tax base, Kimmel said. Kimmel presented the county with a plaque commemorating its new bond rating. The new rating allowed the county to receive favorable interest rates on a bond refinancing issue that was approved Tuesday. The county refinanced $1.7 million in 1998 courthouse improvement bonds at a true interest rate of 2.542 percent. Eight bids were received for the bonds.

Kimmel said the lower interest rate will result in interest charge savings of $15,000 to $20,000 per year for the eight year term of the bonds, for an estimated total savings of $145,000. The board approved the refinancing and the low bid received from Piper Jaffray.

Odds and ends In other business, the board: • signed a letter of support for Functional Industries of Buffalo, which is applying for a Federal Transit Administration grant to purchase a bus. • adopted a resolution requesting a speed zoning study on portions of County Road 8 and County Road 9 in and near the City of Waverly. • approved a request to allow the license bureau to close at 4:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve. • heard from Commissioner Jack Russek that the new tricounty regional crime lab is expected to open Wednesday, Dec. 9. • set a joint meeting with the Wright County planning commission Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 2:30 p.m. to discuss land use plan issues.

NG approves liquor license for new owners of Heimey’s Tavern By Ivan Raconteur Staff Writer The New Germany City Council approved a liquor license application submitted by Jim and Ann Heimerl for Heimey’s Tavern.

The council waived a requirement for a public hearing for this license, which will take effect Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 because it is remaining in the same family, and no one turned up for a recent public hearing for the business. Jim’s mother, Elly Heimerl, is the current license holder for the establishment.

Odds and ends In other business, the council: • adopted a resolution in support of continuation of the

communications tower in Hollywood Township. Council Member Steve VanLith said the height of the existing tower will be lowered from 659 to 349 feet. The tower serves an important purpose in the emergency communication system, VanLith said. • acknowledged Stacy Henning, Andy Puchner, and Jess Puchner for their work in organizing and setting up the Halloween Party at the city hall for area children.

By Ivan Raconteur Staff Writer Carver County was recently assigned a AAA bond credit rating by Standard and Poor’s, which is the highest bond credit rating possible. Standard and Poor’s notified the county of its new AAA long-term rating designation Oct. 20. The AAA rating is two steps above the county’s previous bond rating of Aa2 by Moody’s Investors Service. “This is good news for the county’s taxpayers. It means substantial savings due to lower interest rates on the bond sales the county is currently pursuing,” Carver County Board Chair Gayle Degler said. “Only a few counties in the state have this high of a rating.” Degler said this new assessment of credit worthiness reflects Carver County’s strong financial standing in what have been difficult economic times. He said the excellent bond rating is based on the county’s close proximity to the Twin Cities metropolitan area, its strong income and wealth indicators, consistently strong financial profile with high reserves, and moderate overall debt levels. According to Financial Services Division Director Dave Frischmon, the AAA longterm rating was initially used for the Carver County Community Development Agency’s housing development revenue bonds that will finance a 50unit senior housing facility in Norwood Young America. The housing facility is one component of a larger redevelopment project that includes a new city hall, county library, and county sheriff offices. The improved bond credit rating will also affect proposed bond sales to fund construction of a shared $1.87 million truck facility with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and a $1.8 million fiber optic ring that are included in the county’s budget recommendations. Debt service on the bonds for the fiber ring – which will link all county buildings to fiber

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Carver County commissioners Tim Lynch and Randy Maluchnik, financial consultant Mark Ruff of Ehlers & Associates, Financial Services Division Director Dave Frischmon, Board Chari Gale Degler, and Commissioner Tom Workman commemorated the county’s new bond rating. and enable school districts, cities, townships, residents and commercial property owners to connect to the ring – will be less than the county’s current costs for data access through the use of T-1 lines. The county’s 2010 budget recommendations also call for using $1.45 million in state aid to fund other capital projects. These projects include $425,000 to furnish the new Norwood Young America library and $692,000 in road and bridge projects. “The county administrator’s recommendation is to ‘pay-asyou-go’ and start these capital projects only after the county receives the state aid payments from the state,” Degler said. “If we don’t receive the necessary state aid to fund all of the projects, they will be funded with available funds according to a priority ranking.” The county board decided in February to shift from using state aid to fund the county’s operating budget to using state aid to fund capital projects. The decision reflects the unreliability of state aid which became evident when Governor Tim Pawlenty unalloted state aid payments to counties in December 2008 and May 2009. According to Frischmon, the county board approved budget

adjustments of $1.1 million for 2009 and $2.6 million for 2010 as a result of the loss of state aid. The majority of the budget adjustments came from personnel changes. Employee layoffs and reductions in hours affected 22 employees directly and resulted in a net loss of 11.9 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee positions. The 2010 budget recommendation calls for a freeze on salary step increases, costof-living increases and new hires. Salary step increases given throughout 2009 will increase personnel costs for 2010 by more than $300,000, and health insurance costs are expected to increase by more than $300,000. However, the 2010 budget also projects an $800,000 reduction in personnel wage and benefit costs due to attrition. This budget adjustment is based on turnover trend analysis and a review of divisional staffing needs. A public hearing for the 2010 budget has been set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Carver County board room in the Carver County Government Center, 602 East Fourth Street in Chaska. The final property tax levy and budget is expected to be adopted Tuesday, Dec. 15.

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Winsted’s small cities grant program making progress By Linda Scherer Staff Writer Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Associates informed the Winsted City Council at its Wednesday meeting that progress is being made toward implementing the small cities development program funding. “When we applied and signed a cooperative agreement with the City of Mayer, we essentially indicated that the first year we would commit to five commercial projects in Winsted and nine rental units,” Sweeney said. As of Wednesday night’s meeting, Sweeney reported Photo by Ivan Raconteur Winsted has received appliPhoto by Ivan Raconteur This junior fireman was among cations for five commercial those who participated in projects, of which one has five Face painting was one of the activities that was available during the games at New Germany’s rental units. the Halloween celebration at the New Germany City Hall Oct. 31. Halloween party. Mayer hasn’t submitted any applications, as yet, according

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The color on the sucker stick determined what price the kids received in this game.

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Kids in all sorts of costumes had fun at the Halloween Party in the This girl discovered that the New Germany City Hall organized and set up by Stacy Henning game was easier when she got and Andy and Jess Puchner, with help from other volunteers. up on the table to play.

to Sweeney. “I think it is excellent that we have had the number of applications that we have had in Winsted and we hope to see more activity in Mayer,” Sweeney said.

Odds and ends In other business, the council: • approved the payment of $3,000 from the cable fund to the Winsted Library Board for the replacement and future maintenance of three computers at the Winsted Public Library. • approved standards for the planting and removal of trees and other miscellaneous landscaping within the boulevard. • authorized a change order in the amount of $5,900 for additional pipe drains and a drain basin for the taxi-way improve-

ment project. FAA funding is $5,605 and the city’s share is $295. • approved the 2010 assessment agreement between the City of Winsted and the McLeod County Assessor for $12,023. • authorized the City of Winsted to enter into a site use agreement in 2010 with Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota for the use of the Vollmer Room for the Winsted Senior Dining Program. • approved the City of Winsted entering into a grant agreement for financial assistance from the State of Minnesota for maintenance and operation of the Winsted Municipal Airport.

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VETERANS DAY E v e n t s s e t f o r W e d n e s d a y, N o v. 11 Americans have veterans to thank for the freedom that the United States enjoys today, and there are several local events in honor of Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Winsted American Legion Post 407 American Legion in Winsted Wednesday, Nov. 11 6 p.m. social 7:15 dinner • 58th annual Veterans Day dinner for people who sent an RSVP • Speaker Hon. Ron Shimanski, MN House, District 18A

Lester Prairie School Lester Prairie gym Wednesday, Nov. 11 10 to 10:30 a.m. • Open to the public • Master of Ceremonies Chester Hoernemann, commander of the American Legion Post 436 • Invocation and benediction by Rev. Bill Baldwin of the Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie

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Zion Lutheran School Zion Lutheran School in Mayer Wednesday, Nov. 11 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. • Organized by Stan Heldt of Mayer

New Germany American Legion Annual Legion bingo New Germany City Hall Tuesday, Nov. 24 7 p.m.

• Open to all veterans • Speaker Colonel Dale Wilde of rural Stewart • Program will include the Pledge of Allegiance, presentation of the flags, and music from the high school band and choir. At the end, the students will honor veterans with a standing ovation.

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VETERANS DAY E v e n t s s e t f o r W e d n e s d a y, N o v. 11

What folding the American flag means Step 1: Bring the striped half up over the blue field. Step 2: Then fold it in half again. Step 3: Bring the lower striped corner to the upper edge forming a triangle. Step 4: Then fold the upper point in to form another triangle. Continue until the entire length of the fl ag is folded. Submitted Photo

Veterans Day honors the people who have served in America. It is celebrated Nov. 11 each year, and was originally known as Armistice Day.

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Step 5: When you get near the end - nothing but the blue field showing - tuck the last bit into the other folds to secure it. At military funerals the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American fl ag 13 times. Why is that? Each fold of the U.S. fl ag has an important meaning. 1. The fi rst fold of our fl ag is a symbol of life. 2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. 3. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world. 4. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance. 5. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.” 6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the fl ag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all. 7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our fl ag against all her enemies, whether they are found within or without the boundaries of our republic. 8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it fl ies on Mother’s Day. 9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded. 10. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were fi rst born.

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At last year’s Veterans Day program at HLWW High School, Principal Mike Day and Rachel Briant, Girls State Representative of Waverly, accepted a flag from the Waverly Legion and Auxiliary. Pictured are Patty Campbell, Day, Joseph Herda, and Briant. Veterans Day Timeline Take a look at the history of Veterans Day.

Nov. 11, 1918 WW1 fighting ceased Nov. 11 1919 - first Armistice Day

• • • June 28, 1919

Treaty of Versailles signed

•May 13, 1938

June 1, 1954 Name changed to Veterans Day

•June 28, 1968 •

Recognized as legal holiday

Sept. 20, 1975 Date changed back to Nov. 11 (effective in 1978)

Veterans Day date changed to fourth Monday in October

Source: Dates are from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs web site,

11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 12. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. 13. When the fl ag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.” After the fl ag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones. Those who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

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Vietnam vet Dave Paschke and Korean War vet Paul Paradis reflect on memories LATE RECOGNITION, from 1A

noble contribution to the efforts to safeguard the Republic of Korea and uphold liberal democracy around the world.” Paradis was grateful to receive the letter and medal, which are framed and matted and hung in a place of honor in his home. “They’re one of the few

countries that appreciated what we did for them,” Paradis said. “One of our greatest allies in southeast Asia right now is South Korea because of what we did for them.” Another veteran, Dave Paschke returned home to Winsted in 1971 after he served in the Army in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Almost 40 years later, Paschke’s Black Horse regiment received a presidential citation ribbon for “extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry against an armed enemy” during what is called the Anonymous Battle that took place March 26, 1970. It is the highest award a unit can receive.

Paschke was one of the approximately 100 soldiers of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, War Zone C, Republic of Vietnam to be recognized for volunteering to save the lives of 100 American infantrymen surrounded by the enemy and running low on ammunition and water. Paschke received his award

Oct. 20 at the Pentagon, and was invited to the White House Rose Garden to see President Obama. He was honored by the entire experience, having served in a war that was considered very unpopular when he fi rst returned home. “This award isn’t just for us, it is not just for me,” Paschke said. “I think it is

for other Vietnam veterans and for anybody who puts on a uniform. I think, even the policemen or fi remen. Anybody who serves our country to keep it safe – this award is for them.” In honor of Veterans Day, read both Paradis’ and Paschke’s individual stories below in this issue of the Herald Journal.

Paschke’s unit receives Winsted veteran Paul Paradis award for bravery in Vietnam remembers the Korean War By Linda Scherer Staff Writer Dave Paschke, son of Russ and Thaline of Winsted, joined the Army in the fall of 1969, and had a total of eight weeks of basic training when he arrived in Vietnam Jan. 2, 1970. “I had no idea what I was up against,” Paschke said. “Vietnam was really guerilla warfare, and we didn’t get any training for that.” Just three months into serving in Vietnam, March 26, 1970, his unit, Troop A, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, also known as the Black Horse Regiment, saved the lives of 100 American infantrymen who were surrounded by the North Vietnam Army (NVA). Although it was almost 40 years ago, Paschke still remembers the day of the rescue, and even the night before. A mortar exploded in one of the unit’s armored tanks, called tracks, killing four guys, according to Paschke. “Everybody was afraid that we were getting hit by the enemy from within,” Paschke said. “Afraid they had penetrated our perimeter.” The unit had to move its tracks during the middle of the night and no one was able to get much sleep. The following day, because Troop A had been under intense pressure for several months, it was told to take it easy, and just do light duty. It was early in the day when they heard some gunfire a mile or two away and knew somebody had made contact with the enemy. At noon, Troop A got a call that Company C unit was surrounded by enemy forces near the Cambodian border in War Zone C and would be captured by the enemy within hours. Company C was running low on water, ammunition, and it had numerous casualties, according to Paschke. “We didn’t have to go,” Paschke said. “We volunteered to go.” They were outnumbered three to one by the battalion of (NVA), Paschke said. “They were a superior fighting force, but we knew it was something we had to do. We couldn’t leave these guys.” They began “breaking jungle,” which means pushing over trees and clearing brush to rescue the men, according to Paschke. He described the thick vegetation in the jungle being so thick it was like “midnight during broad daylight.” “We broke jungle for between four and six hours,” Paschke said. “We had to go through triple canopy.” Troop A was able to get to Company C, load everyone up, and get out of there safely. “It was already dark, and the same thing could have happened to us,” Paschke said. The night march back was dangerous, as well. “My thoughts were to stay alive the best I could,” Paschke said. “We had no idea if we would come out.” The unit did make it back safely, ready for another day. The rescue of Company C was not anything unusual for Paschke, who said combat was part of the daily routine for him the first seven months he was in Vietnam. “Our job was to go out and find the enemy and keep them busy so they wouldn’t destroy the highway we were building,” Paschke said. “That was our job in War Zone C.” War Zone C, Tay Ninh Province of the Republic of Vietnam, was a free-fire zone. “If it moved, it was a target,” Paschke said. “Every day we would go out

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Dave Paschke and a friend eat lunch in 1970 at Ben Hoa Province in Vietnam, which Paschke describes as “pretty civilized.” and would hunt for these guys (NVA), Paschke said. “Every day you would wonder, ‘Is this going to be it? Is this going to be the end? Am I not going home? Am I not going to be able to walk home? Am I going to go home in a casket?’” Paschke said. “Every day was like that over there because we were in War Zone C, which was one of the worst parts of Vietnam besides the DMZ (demilitarized zone) up on the border of North and South Vietnam.” Tank training was included in Paschke’s basic training, and was useful in Vietnam as the tracks became Paschke’s home. Throughout Paschke’s entire stay in Vietnam, from January 1970 until December 1970, he

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Dave Paschke, soon after he enlisted in the Army, 1969.

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Armored tanks called tracks were used to break jungle and protect US forces in Vietnam. slept outside. “During the dry season it was 6 inches of dust, and during the wet season, it was a foot of mud,” Paschke said. When it was the rainy season, it rained 24/7 for a couple of months, according to Paschke. “So hard, sometimes you couldn’t even see your hand in front of your face,” he said. To keep as dry as possible, he used a poncho liner stretched over the track to keep dry. There were four guys on each track. The driver, a commander, and two gunners. Paschke was a gunner. The Vietnam War, or Second Indochina War, took place in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from September 1959 to April 1975. It is estimated that the US lost 58,159 soldiers. The capture of Saigon by the NVA in April 1975, marked the end of the Vietnam War. North and South Vietnam were reunified the following year. It was an unpopular war, which Paschke was aware of when he returned home. In Winsted, it was different.

“It felt good to be home. I had a lot of friends here, when I came back, because a lot of these guys were in Vietnam, too,” he said. Receiving the Presidential Unit Citation for bravery at the Pentagon Oct. 20 was definitely an honor for Paschke. But even more, he valued the reunion of 85 of the 100 men he served with in Vietnam. These were men he had not seen in 40 years. “We really had a good time that night. Most of us didn’t even go the restaurant they wanted us to go to,” Paschke said. “Most of us stayed back and wanted to talk. We looked at pictures and got each other’s e-mail addresses.” “In Vietnam, I met a lot of people from all over the US and now, I am going to be in contact with them again.” Paschke has been married to Carol, for 35 years, and they live in Watertown. They have three sons. Nicholas lives in Eden Prairie; Michael is married to Alyssa and they live in Montrose with their daughter, Kailey Marie, 10 months old; and Joseph lives in Montrose.

By Linda Scherer Staff Writer The Korean War broke out in June 1950, and Paul Paradis of Winsted enlisted in July 1950. He was 17 years old when he “conned” his mother into giving him permission to join the Army. “I grew up during the second world war, and I guess it was the patriotism we had back then,” Paradis said. His two older brothers had already enlisted. Gene was in the Army, and Jim was in the Navy, and Paradis wanted to join, too. It was only five years after the end of World War II. “I don’t think anybody wanted to hear the word war,” Paradis said. “So they used other terms like police action or United Nations conflict, but let me tell you – it was a fullfledged war.” The Korean War was fought between North Korea and South Korea. China and the Soviet Union helped on the side of North Korea and the United States, and other UN countries Submitted photo helped on the side of South KoPaul Paradis at Chorwon, Korea, April 1952. rea. It was called the forgotten war because it only lasted three years. US casualties totaled 54,246, and there were 8,196 missing in action. “Our objective was to keep the people of South Korea free and to reestablish the 38th parallel, which is still there today,” Paradis said. Arriving in Inchan Harbor, Korea January 1951, it was around 30 to 40 degrees below zero. Paradis learned immediately that the US Army was not as prepared to fight in Korea as he would have liked. First of all, the clothes the Army had provided were not warm enough. Within a few days, Paradis was suffering from serious frostbite – a condition that has resulted in health problems today, including surSubmitted photo gery. His current hearing difficul- Kapyong, South Korea had barbed wire separating the Army ties are also the result of not from the civilians September 1952. having any kind of protection for his ears during machine gun fire. He recalled putting cigarettes in his ears to try and block out the noise from gun fire. “One time, I was down in a bunker with four 50 caliber machine guns and no ear protection and we fired over 2,000 rounds. I don’t think I was able to hear for three days after.” Paradis also commented on the Army’s equipment being in need of repairs and not always having the supplies needed to fix them. When their Jeeps broke down, parts had to be requisitioned and took time to arrive, and their 50-caliber machine guns didn’t have any head space or timing gauges, which meant they did not work properly, according to Paradis. Even ammunition was rationed out. Submitted photo It was a war that had a lot of In Kapyong, South Korea, civilians go about their daily activities surprises for Paradis. “The first firefight I really got September 1952. “I never kept track of how the color brings back everyinto, we went into a village to many battles, but I would say thing.” make sure it was clear of eneParadis has been married to my. There, hanging from a tree, six days out of seven I was bewas a young woman hanging by ing shot at,” Paradis said. “I was his wife, Mary, for 55 years. They have four children. always out in the field and my her heels,” Paradis said. Pam is the oldest, She is marchances of getting shot at were The woman had been torried to Grady Metoyer and tured and killed, along with her da*n good every day.” “When I was told I was fi- they live in Houston, TX. newborn baby. Patty is married to Steve nally going to go home, I sat “I was an 18-year-old boy,” Garrison, and they live in down and cried like a baby Paradis said. “It is hard to recover from something like that. – I was so happy to get out of Delano. Peggy is married to Jeff Rathkamp, and they live But I saw much more horrible there.” in Lester Prairie. Paul lives in Paradis said his year in Kothings than that.” Phoenix, AZ. rea seemed like a lifetime. Paradis was a line soldier, Paul and Mary also have “People really don’t unwhich is the same as a combat derstand. I won’t go to a war eight grandchildren and three soldier, Paradis said. “One guy asked me if I was movie,” Paradis said. “I have a great-grandchildren. in any major battles, and I told hard time getting through Mehim, ‘every time I was getting morial Day. I cannot tolerate the noise of fireworks. Even shot at,’” Paradis said.

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Have you checked your Facebook settings? New technology, new laws, So, you made the big social networking plunge onto Facebook, congratulations. You have made new friends, re-established contact with old ones, and now you are posting links, photos, videos, and responding to comments on a daily basis. Being part of the world’s largest online social network is great, isn’t it? Since we are sharing our information with so many others on Facebook, we need to be aware and in control of who sees it the best we can. For example, say you were at a late-night party wearing that fashionable flaming red lampshade (again) and pictures of this were taken by a person who is one of your Facebook friends. This person thinks how “funny” it would be to post this embarrassing picture of you on Facebook. Imagine – not only all of your Facebook friends will see it, but all of the picture taker’s Facebook friends will, too. And, one of his or her Facebook friends could be your fellow employee, boss, future employer, or – gasp – even your mother. This friend has just uploaded the lampshade photo to Facebook and proudly “tags” it with your name. Now, all your friends on Facebook will be made aware of this newly tagged photo and will see this picture. Remember, it is just not only your friends who will see this, but friends of your friends, as well. When they hover their mouse over the photo, your name will pop up in bold type. How would you feel about being “tagged” on any photograph a friend chooses to upload to Facebook? What if you do not want your Facebook friends to be sending tagged pictures of you for all of Facebook to see? For myself, I have not seen any tagged photos of me that are too embarrassing (yet). Your humble columnist will admit to uploading and tagging a few photos of his sons onto Facebook for all to see. Baby pictures are so cute, and they are particularly use-

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Mark Ollig ful for embarrassing “twentysomething” adults I discovered. My revenge for all those diapers I changed. I imagine after these sons read this column, they may consider changing their photo tag setting options. There are ways to protect what others can see and do with your profile on Facebook. We can still have our friends on Facebook and feel comfortable knowing we have control over our privacy via the Facebook settings. Let’s say you do not wish to have those Facebook friends seeing your name tagged in photographs. You can control who can see those pictures your friends have tagged of you. Here is how to do it. On the main Facebook page, hover your mouse over “Settings,” then click on “Privacy Settings” from the dropdown list. From here, you will see the “lock” icon next to the word “Privacy” in bold. Now click on “Profile.” Here you will see various sections of your profile where you will be able to control who can see certain information about you, including “Photos Tagged of You.” To change this parameter, click the “v” to the right of “Photos Tagged of You” to choose from “Everyone,” “Friends of Friends,” or you can leave it at the default value “Only Friends.” You can also select “Customize” to prevent one of your particular friends or

those from your friends’ Friend Lists from seeing a tagged photo of you. You can also restrict the tagged photo to be viewed only by you by selecting “Only Me.” Another choice is “Some Friends.” This option allows you to choose specific friends who can see any tagged photographs of you on Facebook. Other selections you can control others from seeing includes your Profile, Basic Info, Personal Info, Status and Links, Videos Tagged of You, Friends, Wall Posts, Education Info, and Work Info. From the Facebook homepage, hover your mouse over the “Settings” menu and choose “Privacy Settings” from the drop-down list. On the next page, click “Applications” you will then be on the “Overview.” Now, click the tab that reads “Settings” which is next to the “Overview” tab. On this page, you can check and uncheck boxes next to your personal information others can see about you, including profile picture, current location (city) you are in, groups you belong to, pictures taken by you, relationship status, education history, religious views, and more. This section controls what information those accepted Facebook applications can see about us. I was surprised to find out my friends’ Facebook applications I have accepted can see my personal information – if I don’t make any changes here. Visit the “www.facebook. com/security” link for more details and support about Facebook security. You can pass this link along to all your Facebook friends using the “Suggest to Friends” link.

and new consequences Who would have thought 20 years ago that cell phones would become such a pervasive part of the American driving experience? The use of cell phones while driving has been the subject of many scientific studies of the distraction caused to attentive and safe driving. A recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute concluded that drivers generally took their eyes off the road for about five seconds while texting and driving, which translates to 440 feet of roadway at 60 miles per hour, longer than a football field. A University of Utah study found an eight times greater risk of a crash when texting while driving. Minnesota law forbids texting while driving. Twenty-six states do not. In Minnesota, the use of a cell phone for texting or Internet access while operating a motor vehicle is illegal, except in cases of emergency. However, teenage drivers may not use cell phones for any purpose while driving (except emergencies) including both for voice calls or text messaging or Internet access. So far Minnesota has not gone as far as New York where any use of cell phones held up to one’s ear is illegal. New technology is being utilized as a part of DWI sentencing to protect the public from repeat offenders. Ignition interlock devices have been ordered used by DWI repeat offenders. The driver must blow into the device, which then will allow ignition of the engine only if there is no alcohol registered in the breath sample.

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Stephen Halsey Tenth Judicial District Repeat offenders often are required to submit to alcohol monitoring through a home landline telephone which reports to a central monitoring company when the offender’s breath registers the use of alcohol. There are also devices which measure the presence of alcohol through the skin and can alert those monitoring right away if the offender has consumed alcohol. Global positioning systems (GPS) have improved greatly to allow repeat domestic abuse offenders to be monitored and arrested if they go within a designated distance of the victim’s home, for example 1,000 feet. The use of triangulation eliminates the need for a device in the victim’s home. These devices allow for shorter response times from police if the offender goes to the home of the victim. GPS devices have been used in Minnesota to track predatory sex offenders. “Sexting” is the practice of teenagers, young adults, and even some older adults, sending and receiving lewd digital photos of themselves or others by text messages, e-mail, or posting the photos on an Internet social community web site. These images are sent or received for a variety of reasons. The sender may have taken the picture of themselves and are sending to a boyfriend/girlfriend or the sender may be trying to bully

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McLeod Co. parks closed Nov. 6 to 16 By Ivan Raconteur Staff Writer The McLeod County Park Commission has decided not to allow the public to enter any of the six county parks from Friday, Nov. 6 through Monday, Nov. 16. The parks will be closed for public safety and to protect the wildlife during hunting season. The parks affected are: Buffalo Creek Park (Glencoe), Swan Lake Park (Silver Lake), William May Park (Winsted), Stahl’s Lake Park (Hutchinson), Lake Marion Regional Park (Brownton), and Piepenburg Regional Park (Hutchinson). There is no hunting allowed on county park property.

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Employees of the Watertown Co-op Grain & Fuel Association in 1967 included Don Lhotka, manager; Eldor Hecksel, Joel Best, Lyle Tuseth, Harold Dressel, Jerry Fritz, Willard Baumann, and Les Simon.

A look back at the year 1967 in Watertown From Tom Schmidt Watertown I had a little spare time last week, so I found myself going through a box of old Carver County newspapers from the 1960s. I soon found myself zeroing in the year 1967. I was surprised by the number of interesting community events taking place that year. After reading through several papers, I couldn’t help but notice the contrast between Watertown life in 1967, as compared to life in Haite Ashbury, CA (the Summer of Love). I came across one event that stood out above all others as the must see event of that year – an event that is still talked about amongst the old timers – that just may have set the standard for many future Watertown community events to come. I’m not referring to the front page story of the Butcher Boys bowling team competing in the state bowling tournament at Minnehaha. And even though the results were impressive, it’s not the successful fishing trip that included local fishermen Elroy Vidlund and Ron Tilly. As far as major local events go, the annual Co-op open house, while ranking right up there with the top events of 1967, paled in comparison, at least in this writer’s opinion, to that year’s biggest event. The event I’m speaking of, is the Watertown Dairy Days Milking Contest. The milking contest would reach its pinnacle as a Watertown event in 1967. That year, legendary local favorite “Icy Pull” Benson (superintendent Louie Benson) would finally face off against his old nemesis, defending champion “Greasy Fingers Ray” (Ray Etnier). In what many locals consider to be one of the all-time great

upsets in Watertown history, Icy Pull, who fell behind early in the match, would surprise even the most adamant of skeptics and pull out in front, just before the final bell, to shock the milking community with a defeat over Greasy Fingers Ray. But it wasn’t over yet. There were still two challengers waiting in the wings, a rookie, “Long Nails Lueck” (Linus Lueck) vs. seasoned veteran “Persuasive Hank” (Pastor Henry Mueller of St. Pauls Lutheran Church). Persuasive Hank, a crowd favorite, was expected to pull off an easy victory over the rookie, but in 1967, youth won out over experience. When the winner was announced, Hank hung his head and didn’t utter a word. With Persuasive Hank out of the way, Icy Pull Benson would moooove onto the finals for an easy victory over the rookie. We take this moment to salute our distinguished Watertown athletes who, decades before, set the standards for excellence in their chosen fields back in 1967.

Elroy Vidlund and Ron Tilly showed off their catch from a recent fishing trip. (Photo from 1967.)

Long Nails Lueck (Linus Lueck) competed with Persuasive Hank (Pastor Henry Mueller).

Icy Pull Benson (Louie Benson) competed in the milking contest with his nemesis, Greasy Long Nails and Icy Pull appear to be “all business” as the one-minFingers Ray (Ray Etnier). ute milk-off gets underway. At the time the picture was taken, it was a dead-heat, with both milkers giving it all they had. (Original cutline)

Members of the Butcher Boys bowling team, competed in the state Bowling Proprietors Association Tournament at Minnehaha Lanes in St. Paul were: David Schroeder, Harold McKittrick, Loren Schrupp, Lloyd Cornell, and Roy Schmidt. They qualified for state competition by winning the distict elimination tournament at Buffalo that year. A win at the state meet would qualify the team to advance to the national finals at Wichita, KS in August, with all expenses paid. Icy Pull Benson stopped long enough from his victory lap to hold up the prizes he received for his efforts. As grand prize winner he also received a set of minature milk can salt and pepper shakers.

Halloween party a big hit, next Splatter meeting Thursday Whether it was the pumpkin-smashing contest, the rock band tournament, the live music, or the haunted hall – the Splatter Halloween party has been deemed a huge success by organizers. The party took place the evening of Oct. 30 at the Watertown Community Center, and drew more than 150 youth from around the area. The night kicked off with a haunted hall, featuring spooky characters and a palm reader. Meanwhile, there was pizza, candy, and pop served. The fun continued with live music from Distance Between the Skies, a local band from Chaska. Following them, Josiah Stumbo, Tim Gustafson, and John Schmidt played some acoustic folk music. After the music, a pumpkinsmashing contest took place

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Wallner, the Splatter committee, and everyone who came out for the event.

Splatter meeting Students in seventh through 12th grade are encouraged to attend a planning meeting Thursday, Nov, 5 at 7 p.m. at the Watertown Community Center. Planning for future events will take place, and students who take part will earn free entrance into those events. Splatter was started in 2008, with the hope of creating sweet stuff to do in Watertown. The Halloween party was its second event. To learn more about Splatter and all future events, go online to, or contact the group by e-mail at splatter water town@gmail. com.


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Two Winsted men charged with unrelated forgeries By Lynda Jensen Editor Two Winsted men have been charged with felony forgery charges in unrelated cases recently, according to separate criminal complaints filed in Wright County. Dennis Eugene Gieser, 49, has been charged with two counts of forgery relating to a check for $800 that was written against the account of Damon Laukala at Klein Bank in Buffalo. Edward Victor Zelko, 19, has been charged with two counts of forgery in connection with several forged checks written against the account of Leona Fiecke of Winsted at the Howard Lake bank. In Zelko’s case, the Howard Lake Police Department was alerted to a report of six forged checks and one automatic transfer relating to a checking account held by Fiecke at the Security State Bank in Howard Lake. Four transactions were at

Casey’s in Winsted and one at Sinclair of Howard Lake. Video surveillance was obtained at both places, in which a suspect was identified as Zelko. Fiecke told authorities that she ordered two boxes of checks, but didn’t receive them. Later, she discovered unauthorized charges on her account. Zelko was charged with one count of check forgery with the intent to make or alter a check (valued between $251 and $2,500), and one count of check forgery-possession with the intent to defraud (valued between $251 and $2,500) Zelko has had a prior conviction for forgery in July 2009. In Gieser’s case, a check was passed against Damon Laukala for $800. Laukala reported the check, which was made out to his former landlord Dennis Gieser, as being forged to the Buffalo Police Department. Officers interviewed Gieser, who stated that Laukala owed

him rent money and made the check out in front of him while at a Waconia bar, according to the complaint. However, when cross referenced with bank records, it was discovered that the handwriting did not match Laukala, and that Laukala in fact rarely used checks. During a follow-up interview with Laukala, he denied being at any bars in Waconia for an extended time period, and expressly denied giving the defendant a check. Laukala further stated that he “knows how to spell, and pointed out the misspellings of the words ‘hundred’ and ‘dollars’ on the forged check,” according to the complaint. Gieser was charged with one count of check forgery with the intent to make or alter a check (valued between $251 and $2,500), and one count of check forgery-possession with the intent to defraud (valued between $251 and $2,500).

Winsted pastor invites children from 25 area churches to event By Linda Scherer Staff Writer Children from 25 area churches are being invited to a celebration hosted by St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted. It is a one-day winter Bible school to explore and learn about the birth of the Lord. The “Happy Birthday Jesus” winter Bible school is Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for children ages 5 to 13 at Children must register in advance by Friday, Dec. 4 in order to attend “This is an opportunity for kids, especially this time of the year, to have the story of Jesus fresh on their minds as they go into the Christmas season,” St. John’s Pastor Mark Loder said. There will be a craft project and a service project. “The children will be doing some kind of craft they can take home that represents their day here,” Loder said. The ultimate goal of the craft project is for the children to be able to take it home and share what they have learned with their parents, possibly to share the story of Jesus with them, according to Loder. The service project is still in the works, according to Loder. Being considered is a care project. A macaroni and cheese lunch is planned, and birthday cake later in the afternoon will be included. Throughout the day, the children will learn songs with the Bible school theme about the birth of Jesus. At 3:30 p.m., the parents are invited to return to watch a short program to include the songs the children have been rehearsing.

Winter Bible school at St. John’s The “Happy Birthday Jesus” winter Bible school at St. John’s Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is open to children of all faiths, ages 5 to 13. The cost is $10 per child with a $20 family cap. Anyone with questions, or who would like to help during the day, contact Pastor Loder at (320) 4852522.

The entire congregation and the community are welcome to attend, as well. “We are really hoping the winter Bible school goes well and possibly starts a new tradition at St. John’s,” Loder said.

Possibly in the future, a Sunday evening live manger scene could be added as part of the program, Loder said. Because the true meaning of Christmas is giving, Loder is asking the children to bring a canned food item for the food shelf when they come.

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Families receiving a Blue Star Banner at the Winsted American Legion Nov. 4 are: front – Gary and Deb Schott, Melanie Fiecke, Susan Kubasch, Mike Roll, Joel Hirsch, Laurie Roll, Mike and Sue Henrich, Kathy Koch, Joan Barrie-Daigle, John Koch, and Sandy Fiecke; back – Charlie Fiecke, Kendell Kubasch, and Jim Fiecke.

Blue Star Banners presented By Linda Scherer Staff Writer In a tradition that first began during World War I, area families with children serving in the armed forces received Blue Star Banners Wednesday at the Winsted American Legion. Banners were presented by Vice Commander Jeff Sterner to the following parents: • Gary and Joan Daigle, whose son, Sam is in the Army National Guard; • Jim Fiecke and Sandy Fiecke for their son, Cody who entered the US Air Force this month; • Gary and Deb Schott, whose daughter, Kristie Hatlestad is in the US Air Force; • Mike and Sue Henrich, whose son, Brandon is in the US Navy; • Melanie and Charlie Fiecke and Jay and Michelle Baird, whose son, Jeremy Hirsch is entering the US Navy this month; • Joel and Stacy Hirsch,

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Unemployment still high in local counties The workers are plentiful, but the jobs are few By Starrla Cray Staff Writer Being unemployed isn’t unusual these days. Wright, McLeod, Meeker, and Carver counties are faring better than the national average, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a struggle to find jobs. Tim and Helen Kringle of Cokato know the unemployment scene all too well. They were both laid off from Hutchinson Technology in January, during the company’s massive downsizing that affected nearly 1,000 workers from the Hutchinson plant. “They were all good people who were laid off,” Helen said, adding that HTI was one of several companies to have a layoff in the past year. In September alone, US employers took 2,561 mass layoff actions that resulted in the separation of 248,006 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Like so many laid off workers, the Kringles made it their new “job” to look for work, searching Internet career sites, attending job fairs, preparing resumés, and networking with people in their fields. They’ve both since found

Local jobless rate

According to the Department of Employment and Economic Development, unemployment rates in local counties were higher at the end of September 2009 than the same time period in 2008. Percent unemployed Sept. 2008

Sept. 2009

Carver County..................................5%.........................7% Meeker County..............................5.6%......................7.8% McLeod County.............................5.7%.........................8% Wright County................................5.7%......................8.2% Source: Department of Employment and Economic Development web site,

new employment in the western suburbs, but many people haven’t had the same success. “It’s not fun being out there looking for jobs right now,” said Tim, who started a new job June 3 in the maintenance department at Apex International in Chaska. There are often 200 to 300 applicants for one position, added Helen, who currently has a temporary position in the finance department of Rosemount, Inc. in Chanhassen. “If you even get an interview, you feel special,” she said.

Increasing education When Helen got laid off, she considered furthering her education with more college courses, but wouldn’t have been able to get in until the fall of 2010. “The schools are all full,” she said. “They’re bursting at the seams.” This fall, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities had the largest increase in the number of students since the system began, according to a

recent press release. Enrollment boosts were particularly strong at the system’s 25 community and technical colleges. Thirteen colleges had jumps greater than 10 percent. The state colleges and universities system now has 198,792 students, or 12,641 more students than last fall, when 186,150 students were enrolled. For the many people finding themselves without jobs, education is becoming an increasingly popular option. The Kringles’ college-aged daughter told Helen that the average age at her school seemed to be much older this year. “All those people are going back to school,” Helen said. “I just hope there are jobs for those people when they get done.” When those people graduate, it will put even more people on the job market. “That will push that recovery back,” she said.

Jobless statistics Nationally, the unemploy-

McLeod For Tomorrow earns achievement award from AMC By Ivan Raconteur Staff Writer The McLeod For Tomorrow program as earned an achievement award from the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC). The McLeod For Tomorrow program was notified last week that it will be receiving a county achievement award from the AMC during the association’s annual awards banquet in Minneapolis Monday, Dec. 7. The criteria AMC looks for in selecting the award recipi-

ents include: • The achievement may be utilized by other counties and/ or provide lessons for other counties • The achievement is highly innovative in nature • The project resulted in tangible benefits for the county and/or community (such as reduced costs, higher efficiencies, improved systems or services) • The achievement required substantial initiative, leadership and commitment.

McLeod For Tomorrow is an initiative of a local group of citizens from around the county who are leading an effort to develop a greater awareness of community and collaboration. Started in 2007, this program has sponsored elected and appointed officials forums to gain a better understanding of county-wide issues, public workshops to connect people and resources around civic issues, and a leadership program open to emerging or existing leaders who work or live in McLeod County. When learning about the achievement award, County Commissioner Bev Wangerin said, “Great job. This is a great award – I have served on the selection committee, and for a small county like McLeod, this is a big deal.”

ment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September, according to the US Bureau of Labor Services. At the end of September, Minnesota was doing slightly better, at a 7.3 percent unemployment rate. Those numbers, however, don’t account for the people who lost their jobs and are now enrolled in college courses. The unemployment statistics also don’t include people who have stopped looking for work. These “discouraged workers,” as defined by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, aren’t seeking employment for one of four reasons. Some had previously been unable to find work, while others believe no job is available to them in their line of work or area. “Discouraged workers” might also lack the necessary schooling, training, skills, or experience, or face some type of discrimination from employers. In order to be counted in the statistics as “unemployed,” a person has to have actively looked for work in the last month. If a person does any work for pay or profit during the survey week, he or she is considered “employed.” People who have taken part-time or lower paying jobs because they can’t find work in their chosen fields are also employed. Even if the work is unpaid, anyone who works 15 hours or more per week is considered employed, as long as it’s part of a family-owned enterprise operated by someone in their

household. “You have to question those statistics,” Helen said.

Career search advice If someone is hoping to find a job, the Kringles said it’s very important to go to job fairs, which is how both of them found employment. “You never know where your next lead is going to come,” Tim said. “Once in a while, you get lucky. You have to keep plugging away.” The Kringles also did research on how to conduct a job search and how to prepare for interviews. They worked with the Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, a nonprofit employment and training agency that serves 11 counties, including Wright, McLeod, and Meeker. “It took us three to four days to work through the process,” Tim said. The Kringles found that networking is also extremely beneficial for job finding. “We have had tremendous support from the community,” Helen said. Despite help from friends and neighbors, Helen said having both her and Tim unemployed was sometimes tough. “There was some emotional roller coaster to it,” she said. Helen and Tim took turns using the computer to look for jobs and send out applications. “We were at it every day,” Tim said. Before Helen was offered her job, she went to at least six interviews. “I probably had four inter-

views,” added Tim, who ended up with two job offers at the same time. “I think that’s very unusual in this job market,” Helen said. One of the jobs was in Las Vegas, a move that the Kringles were less-than-excited about. “I’ll be the first to tell you, Las Vegas was not going to be my first choice,” Helen said. “We figured, in this market, we couldn’t limit ourselves.” The Kringles advise preparing well in advance for interviews. “Sell yourself, but do it honestly,” Tim said. “Say, ‘this is what I can do for you,’ and when you get the job – deliver.”

Job finding resources For more information about Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, go to www. In Wright County, the CMJTS office is at the WorkForce Center in Monticello, and the contact number is (763) 271-3700 or 800-284-7425. CMJTS has two offices in McLeod County. The Hutchinson WorkForce phone number is (320) 587-4740, and the Glencoe office can be reached at (320) 864-1428. The Meeker County office is at the Litchfield WorkForce Center, (320) 693-2859. In Carver County, the social service department offers training and job placement for adults and youth. The contact number is (952) 361-1711.

Veterans gallery to open at historical society Grand opening at Waconia gallery Wed., Nov. 11 By Starrla Cray Staff Writer It’s hats off to veterans at the Carver County Historical Society in Waconia this Veterans Day, with an impressive new gallery featuring exhibits from every war since the county was founded in 1855. “The gallery is a longawaited project that is meant to reflect and honor veterans from all conflicts,” said Wendy Bjorn, executive director of the Carver County Historical Society. “It is meant as a teaching tool and memorial.” The grand opening dedication will begin at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, with music from the Waconia High School Band. At 11 a.m., the Waconia Legion/VFW color guard will march down the street to the museum and raise the flag. Bjorn will give the welcome, and John Varone will give the gallery dedication. Varone is the Carver County Historical Society vice president and a Vietnam veteran. Dan Steinhagen, a veteran who contributed a large part of the gallery collection, will do the ribbon cutting inside the historical society building at 11:20 a.m. At 11:25 a.m., the exhibit will be open and snacks and coffee will be served. Included in the gallery is

Photo courtesy of the Carver County Historical Society

This photo of veteran Gilbert Hartmann of Carver County is one of hundreds featured at the Carver County Historical Society’s new veterans gallery. a large photo collection with more than 100 photos of Carver County veterans. “It’s full head-to-toe metal frames,” Bjorn said. “It’s pretty massive.” There is also a separate exhibit for each conflict, including the Civil War, SpanishAmerican War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Iraq War. “It’s really a memorial and remembrance to honor our veterans,” Bjorn said. “It’s not at all to glamorize war.” A reading area is also featured in the gallery, complete with several non-fiction historical books. “All the books are veteranrelated,” Bjorn said. Visitors can’t take the books home, but they are welcome to look at them while they are at the museum. The Carver County Historical Society had a veterans gallery before, but this new gallery is more of an in-depth look at local veterans. “Our old gallery was basically a very large collection of

things,” Bjorn said. This time, volunteers and staff worked to add informative pieces with the photos and items. “We wanted to tell the story of the person who wore the uniform,” Bjorn explained. The historical society has hundreds of uniforms, she said, and they selected a few of them to feature in the gallery. Staff will have the ability to change out the items in the gallery, but it will most likely remain the same for about a year. More than 50 people donated labor and money for the veterans gallery, Bjorn said, adding that the historical society appreciates every contribution, no matter how small. The tough economy has made it somewhat more challenging than usual to get donations, Bjorn said, and more funding is still needed. Bjorn said the gallery can be a good thing to have in hard financial times, however. “It also brings a community together,” she said, adding that the gallery is something the historical society has been planning for quite a while. “At a certain point, you have to just jump in and do it,” she said. The commemorative gallery is located in the largest display room in the historical society, and it will be a permanent exhibit. “If people can’t make it to the grand opening, they are certainly welcome to come any time we are open,” Bjorn said. The Carver County Historical Society is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact the historical society at (952) 442-4234.

Grace Bible Church breaks ground in Silver Lake

Members and friends of Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new educational wing. This new addition (approximately 70 foot by 27 foot) will become a part of the east side of the current church building. There will be a nursery, large family room, a youth room, several Sunday School classrooms and a family bathroom. A full basement will be used for storage. “Lord permitting, plans are to begin actual construction this fall,” commented Pastor Tom Rakow. The church is located in Silver Lake next to the city water tower.

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Weighing Luce Line trail funding The Depot is one of several By State Rep. Ron Shimanski Dist. 18A (R-Silver Lake) Here’s the million-dollar question: How do we make wise use of each taxpayer dollar during these tough economic times? Minnesota faced a historic budget deficit last spring and another shortfall is looming; we will know more when the next budget forecast is issued later this month. Yet, we cannot neglect our public infrastructure and other top priorities during this recession. The Legislature will be crafting a bonding bill in the upcoming session, a process where projects are funded by the state’s version of a credit card. Some people contend we cannot afford to pass a bonding bill at all this session, but a whole different set of problems will result if we fail to maintain our critical infrastructure. Bonding should be used to

support necessities, but often niceties find their way into the mix. Sometimes, drawing a distinction between the two is difficult. For example, valid arguments can be made on each side of the fence regarding upgrading the Luce Line Trail. Senate and House capital investment committees recently visited our area to hear proposals for paving for the Luce Line. Local officials made a strong plea for support. I will author House legislation to fund this project, but I take pride in being a responsible steward of your tax dollars, and my voting record is proof of this. That is why I am seeking your feedback. Here is what we need to decide: Would paving the Luce Line Trail from Winsted to Cedar Mills strengthen the local economy and provide enough intangible quality-of-life benefits to

warrant this $2.5 million expenditure? Or, would it be disingenuous to spend millions on a trail and then, in the next breath, tell our military veterans, school children, and flood victims that we lack the funds to provide sufficient support? Are there other creative ways of paying for this project that do not involve the state’s credit card? Or, would we be better off waiting until our economy is on steadier ground? Bear in mind that, in addition to a $2.5 million request to pave the Luce Line, we can expect bonding proposals to total billions of dollars. It is likely that only a fraction of these projects will be funded, largely because our state already has reached its recommended threshold for debt capacity. Bonding proposals to support infrastructure projects – like water and sewer upgrades for communities – that will put people to

work will receive priority in the upcoming session. The desired effect is to fund projects that can get underway immediately, as opposed to incurring the lag time which routinely delays start dates by a year or more. I continue to stress, the 2010 legislative session should be all about creating jobs in Minnesota and we should look for ways the bonding bill can provide expedient help in that regard. Perhaps paving the Luce Line would be one of those job-creating projects. I would like to hear your thoughts on the matter as we inch closer to reconvening in St. Paul this February. District 18A includes all of McLeod County, plus Collinwood Township in Wright County, Cedar Mills, and Cedar Mills Township in Meeker County.

area businesses to close DEPOT, from 1A

The service station and grocery store opened for business in October 1979. Wiedenroth sold the building to Peter and Maureen Jude in 1983. The business has changed hands several times since. The most recent owner, Rich Pauly, made several improvements to the establishment. He added the car wash in 2003, and that same year, added a 1,200 square-foot addition to the original structure. Later, after some remodeling, he added an off-sale liquor establishment, Lester’s Liquor, to the back side of the building. The Depot is the latest in a list of area businesses that have closed lately.

Others include the Hollywood Ranch House and the Kenzoil Station near New Germany, the Mahaxai Restaurant in Glencoe, Belle Rental Center in Belle Plaine, the Bayrischer Hof restaurant in Montrose, and All American Grill and Brewhouse in Waverly.

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Watching crime is criminal One can’t help but wonder sometimes if we are losing our social conscience. This might seem an odd thing for a comfortably antisocial curmudgeon to worry about, but worry I do, usually in the small hours of the morning when the streets are dark and wild dogs can be heard howling at the moon. Most of the time, I am quite content to leave others alone as long as they leave me alone. This seems to be an agreeable system. However, as Mr. Donne was quick to point out when he was jotting down his meditations back in 1624 or thereabouts, no man is an island, no matter how appealing being an island, (or living on one) might be. There are times when all of us need other people. There have been a number of cases recently in which people who were victims of crimes found that other people who were in a position to come to their aid let them down. In Richmond, CA, a 15-yearold girl was gang-raped and assaulted for two hours outside a school dance. It has been reported that in addition to the core group who perpetrated this crime, as many as two dozen others came and went while it was in progress. Some reports suggest that the event took on an almost carnival-like atmosphere, as if it were some form of sick entertainment. Word of what was going on apparently spread, both by word-of-mouth and by text messages that were sent by observers to their friends and acquaintances. It was not until a former student a few blocks from the school heard about the incident

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Ivan Raconteur Staff Writer iraconteur from two people who had left the scene that anyone called the police, who then arrived and broke up the sordid little gathering. This sent the perpetrators and observers running from the scene, leaving the semiconscious victim alone on the pavement. One is past being surprised at those who initiated this crime. People who lurk around waiting to victimize any defenseless target have been around since the world was young. What is more troubling is the apparent increase in the number of people who are willing to stand around and watch these events as if they were entertainment. How would these people react, one wonders, if it was their sister or daughter lying there defenseless on the ground while a hoard of scumbags took turns violating her while others cheered them on? Another recent example was the case of the 16-year-old honor student who was beaten to death in Chicago when he apparently stumbled into some sort of gang fight. We hear more and more about attacks involving rape or other assault in which people stood by and did nothing to help the victim, or worse still, took an active interest in the situation, in some cases even recording the events for the “enjoyment” of others. One wonders if these people are so bored with their lives that the exploitation of others is the only way they can be en-

tertained. One hopes that this is not the case, but unless decent people are willing to stand up for what is right, we are all in trouble. One assumes that there are still a lot more law-abiding citizens in the world than there are thugs, but this is not an advantage unless these solid citizens do the right thing. There are times when social isolationism is not an option; when minding one’s own business is not acceptable. Mob mentality and gang violence are frightening things, and it may not be prudent to jump into the fray when we happen upon some act of group violence. We could end up accomplishing nothing more than becoming victims ourselves. This does not mean, however, that we should stand by and watch, or say we don’t want to get involved. Witnessing an act of violence is one of those unfortunate situations in life in which once we have seen it, we are already involved, whether we like it or not. We have a responsibility to do what we can to help the victims, which might involve nothing more than going to a safe place and calling the police. If we are willing to stand by and treat crime as a game, and if this becomes somehow socially acceptable, then we can’t complain if we or someone close to us becomes the next victim. If that happens, it will be too late to say we don’t want to get involved. The punks who commit these crimes are not known for being good listeners, nor do they have any regard for the rights of others or common decency.

Guiding our children If you have children or have worked with children in some capacity, there will certainly be times when the children test us and their own limits. For 10 years I worked with an organization, Family Support Network, which then changed its name to Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota. I worked with the children’s programs as a program leader and resource coordinator. I attended and conducted many trainings on children’s programming, as well as on children’s activities and managing behavior. I worked with many different children, parents, volunteers, and leaders throughout the state of Minnesota with one goal: providing safe, supportive and loving environments for children. It was one of my most challenging yet rewarding experiences, and I learned a lot from the children themselves. (Actually being a mom or a parent is the most challenging and rewarding job one can have.) I feel that working with children is the most rewarding endeavor; yet, can be the most challenging. Children are their own beings with their own thoughts, feelings, and actions. It is our job to help teach them about the world and how to function in it. We are their guides. As our children are orientating through this map of life, they may exhibit some of what we, as adults, call challenging or disruptive behavior What strategies can you use to help a child or children who are displaying behavior that is challenging? The goal is to encourage children to make healthy positive choices for themselves, but while our children are developing and grow-

Kids’ Connection

Jenni Sebora Correspondent ing, they will need our help in learning and doing this. Much of what we think of as misbehavior is actually limittesting behavior or children’s attempts to find out answers to their very own questions (“Setting Limits” by Robert J. MacKenzie). Behavior can often be interrupted and replaced with more appropriate behavior. Try these strategies: Give a redirection as soon as you can. Move the child to a new area. Turn them around to face a new direction. Use humor to redirect their behavior, as well. Start joking or playfully interrupt the situation. Begin a new task to gain their attention to it. There are also general principles to help guide the prevention of challenging behavior. One of these principles is establishing a routine at home. Children function best when they know what is coming and what is expected of them. Child-proof areas of your home to help with safety, as well as the prevention of challenging behavior and negative disciplining. Set limits. Children need to know what the limits are. Be consistent with the rules and follow through with them, but make sure they are realistic and appropriate for their age. If your child seems to be engaging in misbehavior often, reevaluate

your rules to see if you are expecting too much. Reasonable expectations are important. Questions we can also ask ourselves when we experience the “why won’t my child behave?” feeling: Am I expecting too much for my child’s age? Do I always say no? Do I tend to scream? Am I too strict? Have there been major changes in our homes and lives? Am I under a lot of stress? (pamphlet written with the help of Bellflower Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, Cleveland Ohio) Experts say: be consistent with your rules. Be a role model and set good examples yourself. If you tell your children to not raise their voices at each other and use indoor voices for example, don’t raise your voice at your spouse, at the very least, not in front of your children. Know your own children. What works for one child sometimes may not necessarily be appropriate for another child, especially if they are of different ages and at different stages in their development. Fair does not necessarily mean the same for each child, and this can be difficult. Very importantly, we have to remember to recognize appropriate behavior that our children engage in. If we always just give attention to their negative behavior and ignore positive behavior, they may repeat the negative to gain our attention. Rewarding and recognizing positive behavior can help with self-esteem and also tells what behavior you expect. It is also more enjoyable for everyone involved when we can take this positive approach. It is a winwin situation.

Reading should continue to be fundamental By Daniel B. Kline In the last few weeks, I read two Star Wars novels, a collection of essays by Laurie Notaro, a biography of Axl Rose, Carrie Fisher’s latest memoir, a book about the stomach disorder I may or may not have, as well as three non-fiction books by Ben Mezrich. During that time period, I also managed to read a newspaper nearly every day, countless magazines, and yes, a variety of news found online. For the younger generations who may be unfamiliar, novels are like a series of pretend Facebook posts strung together to tell a story. Imagine if what your friends had to say went on for longer than 140 characters and was actually compelling. I know that it’s hard to compete with “having a bad day” as far as storytelling goes, but trust me, some of these novelists have really mastered the whole multiple sentence plus a story arc thing. Though I’m teasing a little bit, I do fear that the Internet and its penchant for short, easyto-digest information is slowly destroying our ability to read. If you can be vaguely informed (or at least not embarrassingly uninformed) by glancing at Google News, then I fear most people won’t dig much deeper. Depth has been replaced by a superficial knowledge of everything. You may not write long letters to any of your old

friends, but you know a sentence or two about what every person you have ever met does every day. The same logic holds for newspaper and book consumption. We won’t read Andre Agassi’s biography, but we will skim a few paragraphs posted online giving us the highlights (he took meth and wore a wig). Without reading – the kind of reading that involves sitting for long periods of time and looking at multiple pages, not simply scanning headlines – our capacity for in-depth understanding disappears. Reading serves as the foundation for pretty much all knowledge. Reading develops our understanding of the world, enhances our vocabulary and generally gives us something to build other skills upon. It’s possible to learn without reading (reading a book about ice skating would probably not help you actually skate) but in most areas not being a good reader makes learning much harder. Reading also allows you to learn a lot of things quickly without actually experiencing them. For example, I neither enjoy the music of Guns N’ Roses nor have any particular interest in partnering with a bunch of guys who abuse heroin. Reading Axl Rose’s biography, however, gave me an understanding of both. Perhaps that’s not immediately useful

information, but if I’m asked a question about the derivation of “Paradise City,” or what happens when your heart stops from drug abuse, I now have an answer. Reading does not come easily for some people, but the more you do it, the easier it gets. If we fail to give our children the ability to read (not just the technical ability, the actual acquired skill of doing it well), then we handicap them for the rest of their lives. It’s easy to pretend that the Internet has somehow made reading less important, when all it has done is make those who don’t read a little harder to pick out. The prevalence of really short stories and news items hasn’t made these people any less uninformed or any smarter. Instead, it has just given the stupid enough superficial knowledge to hide amongst an ocean of similarly misguided folks, none of whom are likely to have read this far anyway. Daniel B. Kline’s work appears in more than 100 papers weekly. When he is not writing, Kline serves as general manager of Time Machine Hobby, New England’s largest hobby and toy store, He can be reached at dan@notastep. com. See his archive at or befriend him at


HLWW FFA impressive at convention From: Lenora Kubasch Winsted Congratulations to the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA and Jim Weninger for having four stars, Robert, Courtney, Sara and AJ for being honored at the national

convention. I watched some of the convention on TV and again was very impressed with all the young people and most of all, the adult speakers. Every theme seemed to flow toward “you have to want to be

successful.” How true. As noted in a recent letter this newspaper – “We should truly be proud of our school and the many dedicated staff that make things happen.”

No pride and respect for property From: James Pawelk New Germany Who of you people would want to establish residency in a dump town? Drive around New Germany and you will see lawns eight inches high, weeds and thistles, and junk on premises. Driving down main street towards what used to be Jaeger’s Store, you will find weeds and thistles holding up the store, and other weeds and thistles holding up the vehicles that have not moved for over a year. But don’t forget to look in the back yard. Drive other streets and you will see door frames, car doors, boards and poles holding up the shed – if you can see

past the trash in front. I feel sorry for the residents in Black Forest development. They keep their property in maintained order. But to get up every morning to look out the window at high weeds and grass, or real estate signs that are surrounded with thistles and weeks – that one hardly can read the signs. At the same time, there are streets posted with load limit signs, usually marked with a red or orange flag, but what do you see, a flag looking like a baby’s dirty diaper waving in the breeze. There are some who spend time and elbow grease to clean up their place, or even a dollar or ten for some flowers.

Definition of moderate has changed From: Margaret Jordan Howard Lake What has happened to our country when the term moderate is applied to people who advocate the choice to end a pre-born baby’s life? How is it moderate to advocate homosexual unions as marriage? How is it moderate

to infer that certain races are so inferior they can only exist by means of government programs? Moderate used to mean one who avoided extremes. Please dear people, be aware of the terms applied to the media’s political favorites.

Perhaps they have a little pride and respect for their property. And now Mr. and Mrs. America, we pass by where the flag on the city flag pole has not seen a light shining on it at night, whereas it should be lit up at night. That is your and my flag, it is our country’s flag, and should be flown with respect. It should be flown with respect for the men and woman who died for our country, so that we might live. Evidently the city council cares less about the town, and more so with respect for our flag or our country.

Herald Journal Churches

HERALD JOURNAL, Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, Page 20A

These weekly messages are contributed by the concerned citizens and businesses who urge you to attend the church of your choice.

Jilek Insurance Agency Lester Prairie/Silver Lake (320) 395-2587 800-723-0181

Distinctive Dental Services, P.A. Dr. Thoennes 131 Main Ave. Winsted

Dr. Glavan

612 8th Ave. Howard Lake

(320) 485-4344 (320) 543-2233

110 1st St. N., Winsted

(320) 485-3831


(320) 543-3171 BOX 570 - 1005 6TH ST. HOWARD LAKE, MN 55349

ALBION EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 11480 5th St. NW, Rural Cokato Philip Geoffrion, Pastor (320) 286–5442 Wed., Nov. 11 - Adult prayer and Bible study 7 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Sunday School 9:15 am; Coffee Fellowship 10:15 am; Worship celebration 10:30 am BEREAN BAPTIST CHURCH 727 16th St. E., Glencoe Paul Friberg, Pastor Steve Nelson, Youth Pastor (320) 864–6113 Tues., Nov. 10 - Mens Bible study 6 am Wed., Nov. 11 - Service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10 8 pm Fri., Nov. 13 - SWAT Youth group 7 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Sunday school 9 am; Service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10 am; Worship Service 10:20 am BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH 77 Lincoln Ave. N, Lester Prairie Erick Thompson, Pastor Wed., Nov. 11 - Confirmation clas 5:30 pm; ASK Youth 6:30 pm; Choir 7 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Contemporary Worship 9 am; Sunday school 10 am; Christianity 101 10:15 am; Worship at the windows 11 am; Carnival 12 pm

(320) 543-3370 620 Dutch Lake Dr., Howard Lake • Fast Lube • Alignments • Tires •

Lester Prairie • Pre-Planning • Pre-Funding

Bruce McBride (320) 395-2513

Hutchinson Co-op Lester Prairie Division

(320) 395-2576 Howard Lake Drug Prescription Specialist Highway 12 (320) 543-2141 • (320) 543-DRUG

MARK’S SERVICE Your 1-Stop Convenience Store

Hwy 12, Waverly Mark Karels, owner (763) 658-4662

Prairie Bus Service

(320) 395-2233 MIKE HENNEK (952) 652-5244 Member FDIC

(320) 395-2515 •

Gueningsman Automotive Specialists 2503 225th St., Winsted (320) 485-3994

413 13th Ave., Howard Lake

(320) 543-3800 Winsted Farmers Certified Elevator Canadian (320) 485-4101 Alfalfa 888-666-6764 $125


Winsted Farmers Co-op Creamery Association (320) 485-3787 ST. MARY’S CARE CENTER Hospitality • Stewardship • Respect • Justice

(320) 485-2151 Providing compassionate and competent services in a faith-based environment

Winsted Gentle Dental Care (320) 485-3881

Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home 1224 6th St., Howard Lake

(320) 543-3401 or 286-2534 GEORGE E. PETERSON MARK G. PETERSON

Residential & Commercial • Service all brands • Retrofits • New Installation • Geothermal • Air Balancing • Refrigeration

Andrew Engh, Owner Cell: (612) 227-9561 Cokato, MN 55321

Spending time with God


BLESSED HOPE CHURCH HLWW High School auditorium Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Russ Doebler, Pastor (320) 543–2196 Wed., Nov. 11 - Nursery and High School Youth Group at the High School, Adult Intercessory Prayer 6:30 pm Sun., Nov. 15 – Adult Bible Hour and Kids Choir Practice 9 am; Worship 10 am CELEBRATION COMMUNITY CHURCH 2nd Street E., Montrose (Montrose Elem. School gym) Frank Moyer, Pastor (763) 675–3003 Thurs., Nov. 12 – Youth Group 7 pm Sun., Nov. 15 – Sunday School (pre-School to Adult) 9 am; Worship 10 am ELIM MISSION CHURCH 405 Broadway Ave. S, Cokato Wally Glucklich, Pastor Adam Sarff, Youth Director Ben Brandt, Music Director Tues., Nov. 10 - Womens Bible study 9 am; Dorcas 1:30 pm Wed., Nov. 11 - Christmas Program Prac. 3:30 pm; Leaders meal 5 pm; 9th grade BIC, AWANA/JH Youth 6 pm; SH Youth, Worship team 7:30 pm; Prayer/Dorcas room, Mens Bible study 8 pm Thur., Nov. 12 - Women’s Bible study 6:30 pm Sat., Nov. 14 - Elder meeting 7 am Sun., Nov. 15 - Worship/Adult seminars 9 am; Hospitality time 10:15 am; Worship, sunday school 10:45 am; Bible fellowship at John and Shannon Walter’s 6 pm; Financial Peace University 7 pm; Prayer encounter 7:30 pm EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 280 Third St. E, Cokato Steven Thorson, Pastor Nate Bendorf, Youth Director Mon., Nov. 9 - Large staff meets 1 pm; Faithfully fit forever 5:30 pm; Women’s Bible study, Christian education team meets 6:30 pm Tues., Nov. 10 - Esther circle meets 9:30 am; Alpha training 6 pm Wed., Nov. 11 - Bulletin supplement copy deadline 12 pm; Piano lessons 3:20 pm; Sixty fifthers meet 3:30 pm; Chapel choir rehearsal 4:30 pm; Cherub choir rehearsal (K-2) 5 pm; Supper 5:45 pm; Prayer team meets, chancel choir rehearsal 6:30 pm; YDT (7-9 gr.) 6:45 pm; Mary/Hannah Circle meets 7 pm; Proclaim Worship team rehearsal 7:45 pm Thur., Nov. 12 - Piano lessons 3:25 pm; Piano Lessons 5:15 pm; Faithfully fit forever 5:30 pm Fri., Nov. 13 - Worship at Cokato Apt. Bldg III 10 am; Bulletin assembly crew meets 2:30 pm; Piano lessons 4:45 pm Sat., Nov. 14 - Men’s Bible study 7 am Sun., Nov. 15 - Traditional Service 8:30 am; Coffee fellowship 9:30 am; Sunday school 9:45 am; Rightly explaining the word of truth Bible study 10 am; Contemporary Communion Service 11 am; Alpha 5 pm; Forum with Pastor Linda Pedersen from ELCA SW MN Synod office 6:30 pm; YDT for Sr. High (grades 9-12) 7 pm FAITH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 108 Main St. W, Silver Lake Christina Berry, Pastor Wed., Nov. 11 - Confirmation, Hand bells 6:15 pm; Choir 7 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Sunday school 9 am; Worship Service 10 am; Fellowship (Pola-Czesky) 11 am FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 395 Broadway Ave. N., Cokato Danville K. Swanson, Pastor Steve Stahl, Youth Pastor Mon., Nov. 9 - MOPS Bible study at Sanborn’s 6:30 pm; Sew Friendly quilting 7 pm Tues., Nov. 10 - Mission Guild 9 am; Deacon meeting 6:30 pm Wed., Nov. 11 - Family meal 6 pm; Classes for all ages 6:30 pm Sat., Nov. 14 - Men’s breakfast and Bible study 8 am Sun., Nov. 15 - Worship 8:15 am; Sunday school 9:30 am; Worship 11 am

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 721 9th Street, Howard Lake Myra A. Carroll-Pezzella, Pastor (320) 543-2806 e-mail:

Mon., Nov. 9 - family meeting 7 pm Tues., Nov. 10 - Sing a long at Good Samaritan 10:30 am; AA meeting 7:30 pm Wed., Nov. 11 - Meals on wheels 11:45 am; Youth 5 pm; DinnerTressie Weege 5:45 pm; Youth 6:15 pm; Prayer 7:15 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Christian ed 9 am; Worship 10:30 am; Fellowship 11:30 am GOOD SHEPHERD FREE LUTHERAN CHURCH 5939 Oliver Ave. SW, Cokato Lyndon Korhonen, Pastor Wed., Nov. 11 - Womens Bible study 9 am; Senior confirmation 3;45 pm; Junior confirmation 4;30 pm; Confirmation supper 5:15 pm; Peniel Youth group 6 pm; Treasure seekers (Gr. 4-6) and Adult study 6:30 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Sunday school for all ages 9 am; Fellowship 10 am; Prayer time 10:10 am; Worship with Bible school Gospel teams, potluck following Worship 10:30 am; Deeper teen Bible study at Matt and Lori Nelson’s home 1 pm GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave., Silver Lake, Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor (320) 327-2266 Wed., Nov. 11 - Prayer time and puppet practice 7 pm Sat., Nov. 14 - Mens Bible study 7 am Sun., Nov. 15 - First light radio program on KARP 106.9 FM 7:30 am; Pre-Service prayer time 9:15 am; Morning Worship Service - guest speaker Jon Pixler 9:30 am; Sunday school for all ages 10:35 am; Evening Service 7 pm HARVEST COMMUNITY CHURCH 431 4th St. N., Winsted (Winsted Elem. School gym) Pastor Tom Starkjohn (320) 485–4611 Sun., Nov. 15 – Worship 10 am; Children’s church 10:30 am HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC 720 Main St. E., Silver Lake Fr. Brian Oestreich Confessions before weekday Masses Sun., Nov. 15 - Mass 9:30 am HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC CHURCH 111 Winsted Ave. W., Winsted Father Tony Hesse, Pastor (320) 485–4421 Mon., Nov. 9 - Holy family social hall 6 pm; CCW wrap up meeting for Bazaar HT mtg. room 7 pm Tues., Nov. 10 - Eucharistic adoration 9 am; St. Anne’s Luncheon/mtg. social hall 1:30 pm; Education Committee meeting 4 pm; Mass 6 pm; CCW meeting S. Hall, KC’s officers meeting 7 pm Wed., Nov. 11 - Mass 8:15 am; Worn a bit shop open 12;30 pm; Religious education/Adult formation 6:30 pm Thur., Nov. 12 - Mass 8:15 am; Alpha 6:30 pm Fri., Nov. 13 - Mass 8:15 am; Won a bit shop open 12:30 pm Sat., Nov. 14 - Pre-Baptism class 9 am; Mass 5:15 am Sun., Nov. 15 - Mass 8:30 am; Mass 10:30 am HOWARD LAKE CHRISTIAN CHURCH A non–denominational Evangelical congregation 800 5th Ave., Howard Lake Rick Messer, Pastor Dennis Entinger, Worship and Administrative Pastor Matt Wagner, Youth Pastor (320) 543–3955 *Various small Group Bible studies throughout the week. Call for more info. Tues., Nov. 10 - Life group at the Wood’s 6:30 pm Wed., Nov. 11 - Kids club 3:30 pm; Fusion for 6th - 12th grade Youth, Life group at the Day’s 6:30 pm; Lifegroup at the Goneau’s 7 pm Thur., Nov. 12 - Celebrate recovery 7 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Praise team rehearsal 8:30 am; Coffee and cookie fellowship time 9:30 am; Quilt and bond 2 pm; Thanksgiving banquet 5 pm JACOB’S WELL 218 Quail Drive, Montrose Lisa Ellwoods, Pastor (763) 675–2707 http://jacobswellprayer.blogspot. com Sun., Nov. 15 – “Mission to Montrose” 10 am Jacob’s Well is a Christian neighborhood church dedicated to serving the community of Montrose. For more information and directions, contact Pastor Ellwoods MONTROSE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 230 Center Ave. SW, Montrose Ingrid Bloom, Pastor (763) 675–3571 A welcome, always, to newcomers in our community Spiritual Growth 1st and 3rd Thursday Mens Group 2nd Wednesday 6 pm Modern Christian Women 4th Thursday 7 pm UMW 2nd Wednesday Movie Night 1st Friday 7 pm Bell Choir practice 2nd and 4th Tuesday 7 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Worship Service 9:30 am; Sunday school 10:40 am MOUNT HERMON LUTHERAN CHURCH

1284 Keats Ave. NW, Annandale Marianne Zitzewitz, Pastor (320) 963–3284 Sun., Nov. 15 - Worship Service (with Communion on the 1st & 2nd Sunday of each month) 9:30 am Family night Meetings on 2nd Sunday of each month. Women of the ELCA Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. NEW LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD 190 Johnson Ave., Cokato Allen R. Jones, Pastor Mon., Nov. 9 - Girl Power/God’s soldiers 5 pm; Men’s Bible study 7 pm Wed., Nov. 11 - Prayer at Church 5:30 pm; Adult Bible study, Youth group, Royal Rangers, Missionettes, Rainbows 7 pm Thur., Nov. 12 - Ladies Bible study 7 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Praise and Worship Service, coffee and fellowship following Service 10 am; Cell groups 6:30 pm OPEN ARMS COMMUNITY CHURCH Meets in the HL Community Room, above HL library Pastor Steven Basney (320) 286–5858 Sun., Nov. 15 - Worship 10 am Other weekly Events at Open Arms community Church: (Call the number listed above for location of these Events): Healing Hearts 6:30 pm Mondays Prayer 6:30 pm Wednesdays Home Group 6:00 pm Every other Sun. OSTER EVANGELICAL COVENANT CHURCH 11912 Emerson Ave. SW, Waverly (3 1/2 miles east of Winsted) Robert Ramphal, Pastor Sun., Nov. 15 – Family Sunday School 9 to 10 am; Worship 10 am PRAIRIE EVANGELICAL U.C.C. Lester Prairie’s Community Church 700 1st Ave. N., Lester Prairie Bill Baldwin, Pastor (320) 395–2320 Holy Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month. Second Wednesday of each month is church council at 8 pm Tues., Nov. 10 - Council meeting 7 pm Wed., Nov. 11 - Choir 7 pm, Council meeting 8 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Worship 9 am ST. JAMES LUTHERAN 1000 Seventh Ave., Howard Lake Michael Nirva, Pastor Martin Schoenfeld, Assoc. Pastor (320) 543-2766 Mon., Nov. 9 - Naomi Guild 1 pm Tues., Nov. 10 - Circuit Pastors 9 am; Finance 7:30 pm; Bell choir 8 pm Wed., Nov. 11 - Chapel 8:15 am; CC Communion 3:20 pm; CC Chapel 4 pm; PS Confirmation 5 pm; Mid week Worship, women’s Bible study 7 pm; Worship choir 8 pm Thur., Nov. 12 - CC Bible 10:15 am; ABC Bible study 1:30 pm; Social Ministry 7 pm Sat., Nov. 14 - Scrapbooking at School 9 am Sun., Nov. 15 - Holy Communion 8 am; SS, Youth and Adult Bible study 9:15 am; Blended Worship 10:30 am; Bowling at Maple Lake 12 pm ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 625 12th Avenue, Howard Lake Joel Swedberg, Pastor (320) 543–2227 Mon., Nov. 9 - Womens Bible study/ Chr. room 9 am; Do day quilters 10:30 am; Meals on wheels 11:45 am; Womens Bible study/Chr. room, praise band, deacons, mens Bible study/rm. W102 7 pm Tues., Nov. 10 - Church council 6:30 pm; MOPS Bible study at Sonstegard’s 7 pm Wed., Nov. 11 - OOWAPOI Bible study 9:30 am; Teen night 5 pm; Confirmaiton, Jr. Choir 6:30 pm; Mens Bible study/Rm. W102 7 pm; Senior choir 7:30 pm Thur., Nov. 12 - Women’s Bible study/chr. rm 9 am; Womens Bible study/Chr. rm, Mens group/fellowship hall 7 pm Sat., Nov. 14 - Prayer class/Choir room 9 am; Purity conference/fellowship hall 9a m Sun., Nov. 15 - Trad. Worshiop w/Don Leonard VVMI w/comm. w/sr. choir 8:30 am; Coffee fellowship 9:30 am; Sunday school all ages 9:45 am; Contemp. Worship w/comm. 11 am; Alpha course w/healing Service 5 pm ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH OF HOLLYWOOD TOWNSHIP 17725 53rd St., New Germany Rev. Robert Rupprecht Sun., Nov. 15 – Worship 9:30 am ST. JOHN’S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH 410 First St. No., Winsted (320) 485–2522 Pastor Mark Loder Mon., Nov. 9 - Sunday school teachers meeting 6 pm Wed., Nov. 11 - Confirmation class 4:30 pm; Choir 6:30 pm Thur., Nov. 12 - Bible study 10 am; Bible study brunch 12 pm; LWML 7 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Sunday school 8:30 am; Bible hour 8:45 am; Worship with holy Communion 10 am ST. MARK LUTHERAN CHURCH 510 Broadway St., New Germany (952) 353-2464 Rev. LeRoy LaPlant Sat., Nov. 14 – Service 5 pm Sun., Nov. 15 – Service 9 am Communion Service on the first and third Saturday of the month, 5 p.m.; and the second, third, and fifth Sunday of the month, 9 am ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 606 Elm Ave., Waverly

“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:15-16 (NIV) Jesus never let the busyness of ministry keep him from spending time with His Father. He had a habit of getting up early and going to a quiet place. Jesus understood that he needed to be refreshed and spiritually renewed to take on the challenges of the day. That reminds me of my grandma. Growing up on the south side of Chicago, I remember my grandma, Dora Friberg, reading her Bible early in the morning. While everyone else was sound asleep, she got up early to carve out some time to be refreshed and spiritually renewed for the challenges of the day. When we pray, we are talking to God about our problems and trials. But when we read His Word, the Creator of heaven and earth is speaking to us. If someone would ask us how many Bibles we have, we could easily reply, “two or three.” Yet, many times, they go unused. Last week, the Glencoe Camp of the Gideons invited the local pastors to Pizza Ranch to hear reports of their worldwide Bible distribution. They told a remarkable story of a man who received a Bible and after looking at it, said “I don’t need this.” He threw it a far as he could, and it went on top of a roof. Later, a man approached a representative from the Gideons that was passing out Bibles on the sidewalk. He said that he was repairing the roof, and a Bible hit him in the head. He opened it and said, “This is what I need. This Bible fell out of the sky. What a gift!” The Bible is God’s love letter to us. On its pages it tell the life-changing story of how God loved us so much that He sent his Son, Jesus Christ into this

Pastor's Corner

Pastor Paul Friberg Berean Baptist Church Glencoe world to redeem us. By believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, we can be saved. That is a wonderful gift. There is so much hope and encouragement found in God’s Word. That is why I have challenged the Berean family to read through the Bible, all 66 books, this year. You may think this is an impossible task, but it is not as hard as you think. It requires reading just four chapters a day, to read it all in one year. I have also found a one-year Bible that lays out the whole year very neatly for the reader. Some find this very helpful because it is dated and it is easy to stay on track. In addition, there are dramatized versions of the Bible on CD, which are easy to listen to as you drive your car or clean your house. I enjoy getting up early, while the house is quiet, and reading my Bible. It is necessary to find a quiet place, without distractions, to listen to God. Moses met with God on Mount Sinai, according to Exodus, chapter 19. Here, Moses was able to talk with God, faceto-face. Alone time with God gave Moses some direction and help on how to lead the Israelites through the desert and to the Promised Land. Where is the place that you spend time with God? It may be in a corner of the living room like Grandma Friberg, or locking the bathroom door and hanging a “Do Not Disturb” sign on it. Wherever that place may be, let me encourage you to spend time with the Lord each day. Let this be the year you read through the Bible. If you need a Bible, call our church office at (320) 864-6113.

Day of prayer Saturday Moms In Touch International is hosting a worldwide day of prayer that is going to be watched on DVD by women around the world. “Arise! Cry Out!” will take place Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Annandale Evangelical Free Church, 10252 State Highway 55 East in Annandale. This event is non-denominational. All women are encouraged to attend – moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, any woman

who wants to pray for a child. Organizers explain, “Children are in desperate need of prayers. Women are encouraged to join with others from around the world as they pour out their hearts to the Lord for the lives of the children in communities and around the world.” Register at, or contact Mimi Baker at (320) 274-3143 for more information.

(763) 658–4319 Father Timothy Cloutier Tues., Nov. 10 - Mass 8 am Wed., Nov. 11 - Mass deceased family memebers of Mary and Mack McDonough 8 am; Pro life rosary 2 pm Thur., Nov. 12 - Individual confession 5 pm; Mass 5;30 pm Fri., Nov. 13 - Mass, Eucharistic Adoration in Old Chapel 8 am; Benediction 4:30 pm Sat., Nov. 14 - Mass the family of Mary Kalk 10 am; Sacrament of reconciliation 3:30 pm; Mass 5 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Mass St. Mary’s 8 am; Mass 10:30 am

Deadline for bulletin 12 pm; Adult choir 7 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Worship w/cont. line comm. 8 am; Adult Bible study/ sudnay school 9:15 am; Worship w/cont. line comm. 10:30 am; ACT Youth group 5 pm

ST. PAUL’S EV. LUTHERAN 310 Buffalo Ave., Montrose Robert Hellmann, Pastor (763) 675–3201 Tues., Nov. 10 - Worship at Trinity 7 pm Wed., Nov. 11 - Confirmation class 6 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Sunday school, Bible class 9:20 am; Worship 10:30 am

ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH 77 S. Second Ave. PO Box 217, (corner of Co. Rd. 1 & 2nd St. S) Lester Prairie David R. Erbel, Pastor (320) 395–2811 Holy Communion offered on the first and last Sunday of the month Sun., Nov. 15 - Worship Service 9 am; Sunday school and Bible class 10:15 am

ST. PAUL EV. LUTHERAN 124 Maple St. N., Lester Prairie Eric Nelson, Pastor Tues., Nov. 10 - Young women’s Bible study 7 pm Wed., Nov. 11 - Bible study 9 am;

ST. PAUL’S UCC 308 1st St. E., Plato Pastor Bill Baldwin Wed., Nov. 11 - Mens coffee 9 am; Confirmation 3:30 pm; Adult choir 6 pm Sun., Nov. 15 - Sunday school and Adult Bible study 9:15 am; Worship 10:30 am; Prayer time 11:30 am

ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH 209 Bluejay Ave., Mayer (952) 657–2566 Sun., Nov. 15 - Communion 10 am; SS, BC, NMC 9:15 am; Communion 10:30 am

Herald Journal Obituaries

HERALD JOURNAL, Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, Page 21A

James R. Edmonson, 62

Erla Mae ‘Carole’ Quick, 91 Raymond Schermann, 59

James Richard Edmonson, age 62, of Annandale and Dassel, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. James was born Feb. 26, 1947, in Minneapolis, to Donald and Rosella (Ratzlaff) Edmonson. He graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1965, and went on to Hutchinson Vocational-Technical College for welding. James worked for Fairbault Foods in Cokato, and R.M. Johnson Company in Annandale; he also worked as a farmer. He was a member of Rockford Bible Church. James enjoyed gardening, tending to his apple trees and dairy cows, doing welding projects, and inventing things – from solar panels to motorized bicycles. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Marilyn (Har-

Raymond Raymond Frank Schermann, After retireis survived ment, Carole age 59, of Hutchinson, and forby brothers volunteered at merly of Winsted, died Friday, Marty (Janice) the Concerned Oct. 30 in Hutchinson. Scher mann, Raymond was born March 30, Women for D e a n 1950, to Edward and Anastasia America. Scher mann, (Gritz) Schermann in Cokato. A memand Tom He was baptized into his faith ber of the Mt. (Connie) Olivet Lu- at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Schermann; sisters Elaine theran Church in Minneapolis, Winsted. and Emily Raymond attended Holy Trin- Schermann Carole sang in the choir. She ity School through the eighth Schermann; a nephew and four later joined North Heights Lu- grade. After that, he worked on nieces; and one grand nephew theran in Arden Hills. various farms, mowed lawns, and four grand nieces. She is survived by a son, split wood, and helped people A Mass of Christian Burial Robert (Jan) Quick of Colorado whenever he could. took place Monday, Nov. 2 at Springs, CO; grand daughters Raymond enjoyed visiting 10:30 a.m at Holy Trinity CathoMichelle Quick and her chil- family, neighbors, and friends. lic Church in Winsted with Fadren Tanisha, Delante, and Ti- His hobbies included collecting ther Tony Hesse as the celebrant. ana of Maple Grove; and Diana small decks of cards, padlocks, Alice Nowak was the organist for Simon and her children Unique, miniature John Deere tractors, the Mass. Interment followed at Precious, Destinee, and Mar- and miniature cars and trucks. Holy Trinity Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday, Nov. 1 He enjoyed listening to music quis of Coon Rapids. from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Erla Mae was preceded in and watching TV. A quiet, gentle man, Raymond Funeral Home in Winsted, with a death by her parents; four sisdealt with various health issues prayer service at 7:30 p.m. ters; and three brothers. Casket bearers were Paul The funeral service was as they occurred. When he was Schermann, Jeremy Cardinal, unable to care for himself, he Saturday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral moved to Burns Manor Nursing Matt Bogema, Tim Koshenina, Mark Schermann, and Donald Home in Cokato, with visita- Home. Fasching. He was preceded in death by tion for one hour prior to the Memorials may be made to dren Lindsey, Bennett and Paige service. Interment was in the his parents, Edward and Anastasia Schermann; a baby sister, the HAHC Senior Care Building Soderberg, Andrew, Katelin and Cokato City Cemetery. Rita Ann; grandparents Frank Fund. Preston Klohn, and Oscar Crews; The Chilson Funeral Home in and Mary Schermann and Maras well as other relatives and Winsted served the family. tin and Anna Gritz; and many many friends. aunts and uncles. Funeral services took place Friday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Ev. Lutheran Church in Waconia with the Rev. Dale Peterson officiating. The pianist was Shelly Hilgers. Soloist Stephanie Smith sang “The Borning Cry.” Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Interment was in the Winsted Public Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday evening, Nov. 5 at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Norwood Young America. Serving as casket bearers were Randy Gutzmann, Bob Anderson, Bradley Soderberg, Todd Klohn, Peter Crews, Jon Lowery, Brian Moeller, Mark Anderson, Ethan Gutzmann-Williams, Bennett Soderberg, Andrew Klohn, Preston Klohn, and Oscar Crews. The Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Norwood Young America handled the arrangements. For Choose from 4 sizes: Window Box Tips; 2-3ft Tips; 4-5ft Tips; 6ft Tips online guestbook visit

old) Knynsberg of Edmonton, Alberta, Andrea of Medina, Ronald (Donna) of Maple Lake, Donald of Annandale, Stephen (Janice) of Buffalo, Michael (Anna) Mulhall of Oklahoma, Timothy (Mary), and Elisabeth, all of Annandale; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister-inlaw, Janet. Funeral services took place Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake with Craig Fordahl officiating. Music was provided by Keith Yates. Interment was in Sylvan Cemetery. James’ nephews were pallbearers. Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care, Maple Lake. Obituary and guestbook online at

Ruth S. Gutzmann, 84 Ruth Selma Bertha (Asmus) Gutzmann, age 84, of Waconia, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at the Auburn Home in Waconia. She was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Hollywood Township, Carver County, the daughter of Oscar and Mayme (Sieg) Asmus. Ruth was baptized shortly after her birth in the family home, and confirmed in the faith April 10, 1938, at the St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Ruth attended the St. James Parochial School and graduated from the Howard Lake High School in 1942. She was united in marriage with Wayne R. Gutzmann Oct. 20, 1945, at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Hollywood Township. The couple made their home on the Asmus family farm, making it a three-generation farm. After retiring from farming, Wayne and Ruth moved to a home in Waconia in the late 1980s. Ruth suffered the death of her husband in March of 1992. She had lived at the Crossings and Westview Acres before becoming a resident of Auburn Home in Waconia the past year. Ruth had been a past 4-H leader and PTA member during the school years of her children.

She was an active member of her church. She enjoyed volunteering for over 15 years at Ridgeview Medical Center. Ruth enjoyed gardening, reading, and listening to music. She appreciated all aspects of nature. As she shared by example, Ruth’s family was her world. In addition to her husband, Wayne, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Mayme Asmus; an infant daughter; and son-in-law Roger Hildebrand. She is survived by children Rachel Hildebrand of Savage, Susan Anderson (Bob) of Redwood Falls, Randy Gutzmann (Barb Luehmann) of Stillwater, and Miriam Gutzmann (El Vaughn Williams) of Waconia; grandchildren Michelle Soderberg (Bradley), Melissa Klohn (Todd), all of Shakopee, Sonja Anderson (Peter Crews) of Minneapolis, Gretchen Lowery (Jon) of St. Paul, Kelly Moeller (Brian) of St. Paul, Mark Anderson (special friend Heather Oehler and Jack) of Eagan, and Ethan Gutzmann-Williams of Minneapolis; great-grandchil-

Erla Mae Johnson “Carole” Quick, age 91, of Minneapolis, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. She was born May 28, 1918, to Lars Olaf and Rachel (Loberg) Johnson on the farm near Albright’s Mill in Middleville Township. She grew up there and attended Melquist country school, then graduated from Cokato High School. Carole went on to Normal Teachers Training at St. Cloud State University and attained her teaching certificate. Her first teaching job was at the Howard Lake Public School. She moved to Minneapolis and worked as a secretary at WPBC Radio, and WLOL Radio. Carole then went to work at the Milwaukee Road Railroad Company, as an executive secretary. She worked there many years and retired.

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The week-long celebration was called “Operation Homecoming USA,” and included such things as a parade, concerts, a traveling Vietnam memorial wall, rides on a Vietnam helicopter, and much more. “Oh, they treated you like a king,” said Mauk, who went on the trip with his wife, Linda. “Strangers youʼve never seen thanked you for serving the country,” he said. The trip to Branson stirred up a lot of emotion, as well, said Keith. “Veterans had been hiding a lot of their emotions,” he said. “It was a release for many.” Because of the stigma Vietnam carried with it, emotions for veterans were two-fold. Many veterans didnʼt want to talk about their experiences because they didnʼt feel respected coming home and also because war is personal, Keith explained. “War is war,” he said. “Only people there can truly understand.” A warʼs effect is being seen now with veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. “They come back with issues because it does forever change you,” Keith said. Because of the treatment Vietnam era veterans endured, Keith senses people are more caring today and open to people serving in the military. “The Vietnam era opened up peopleʼs eyes – and 9/11 – realizing that veterans were just doing a job,” Keith said. “Iʼm proud for myself and

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