By Darren Diekmann

Northern Country Co-op opened its doors to the public last week Tuesday for a tour of the new fertilizer plant in an open house event in Stacyville. There was enough interest that pickups over flowed the gravel lot at the new plant and late arrivers had to park in the street. 
About 300 were served the free Maid-Rite lunch provided, said NCC General Manager Scot Janssen. By observation, there were a few dozen more who toured the facility without eating. 
 Before Bob Irvin, Rose Creek, toured the plant he shared the same reaction that many people did, being impressed with the size yet curious to see more.
 “It’s modern it’s up to date, and it should be more efficient,” said Jim Mullenbach, a co-op member who has a farm in the Adams area. 
 Like many in attendance, he said he was impressed with the numbers, one in particular, the capacity of the plant to receive 400 tons of fertilizer an hour. In practice, that proves to be  about three rail cars full, according to Janssen.
Other numbers that guests were learning and talking about were the over $4 million construction cost,  and 13,000-ton capacity of the storage bins, enough dry fertilizer for an entire season. People also took note of the two 12-ton mixing tanks that hung directly above some of the diners.
James Duponcheele,  a co-op member from Stacyville, said he thought it was time for such an operation.  
 “Nice facility, looks like we needed it the way things are expanding. We are all using more fertilizer now to get our yields up.” 
Being cautious, he implied time would tell, but he didn’t see how it would do anything but improve service. “They got good employees, service has always been good. I got no complaints. I am just a mile from town.”
Duponcheele continued to consider that it has become more efficient for the farmer to pay the co-op to apply fertilizer to his fields than owning and operating the machinery to do it them themselves. The change in farming creates the demand for a larger facility like this. 
Chad Steinkamp, a sales agronomist for NCC, answered questions upstairs in the control room office.  He stood in front of a computer and explained its purpose. 
“This will be the main work  station for this facility. The person sitting in this chair will be able  to dispatch and mix truckloads of fertilizer going from here to the fields” Everything here is run by computer. Just hit a few buttons and it is ready to go.” 
But in case of a computer glitch there is a  manual control box similar to what was in the co-ops old plants. “Sometimes you have to have that just to be safe. If the computer doesn’t work you still need to mix fertilizer,” Steinkamp said. 
Jon Hillier, an NCC sales agronomist in Rose Creek, explained the five storage bins for fertilizer. They have a range of capacities, as high as 4,000 tons.
“The bins will be filled with different product depending on the season, spring or fall—Urea, phosphate or potash,” Hillier said. 
Jansen recapped the day by saying that the event was well attended despite the weather and that NCC achieved what they intended by satisfying peoples curiosity by providing a view of the inside, giving the facilities statistics, and reassuring them of its safety. 

On Tuesday, April 8th L-O FFA and FFA chapters from across Region 8 gathered at Stewartville High School for the 2014 Region 8 FFA Awards Banquet.  Teams and individuals are awarded their plaques and medals earned at the various FFA region career development events (CDEs) on this special evening.  In addition, regional proficiency winners, state degree, honorary degree recipients, outstanding region reporter and talent winners are recognized as well.  This year’s delegation from L-O FFA was fairly large as many were recognized for their achievements throughout the year!!!  A great time was had by all and hardware was brought home!!! 
L-O FFA received recognition for a multitude of CDE individual honors the chapter had earned throughout the year.  Receiving their individual medals were Emily Servick for 3rd place individual, Kaylee Olson 2nd place individual both for Best Informed Greenhand (BIG).  In addition, teammate Moriah Weiss received both a plaque and her medal for 1st place individual in BIG.  Plus, Moriah also brought home a medal for both her 3rd place individual finish in the Floriculture CDE.  Nice work to all of you!!
This year the LeRoy-Ostrander FFA also brought home some team hardware in the form of team plaques!!!  They brought home the 1st place team plaque in Best Informed Greenhand. Nice job by all the L-O teams in 2013-14!!!
In addition, L-O FFA Regional Proficiency applicants received recognition for their proficiency achievements.  Accepting 1st Place Region 8 Proficiency Plaques were = Craig Wheeler for Agricultural Sales – Placement, Kaitlin Kling for Agricultural Service – Placement, Lucas Grass for Beef Production – Placement, Haley Riedemann for Home and Community Development – Placement, Cassidy Harrington for Diversified Horticulture – Placement and Trenton Arndorfer for Swine Production – Entrepreneurship.  Five of these members placed very well with their applications at the state level = Trenton was 1st in the state for Swine Production - Entrepreneurship!!!  Lucas, Kaitlin and Haley earned 2nd in their respective areas and Cassidy was 3rd in her area.  All of these individuals will also be receiving recognition at the 2014 Minnesota State FFA Convention. 
Again this year there was the regional scrapbook contest at the Region 8 Banquet.  This year L-O FFA had a new reporter.  Kelly McKenzie took over where Brittnee Weness left off  last year as chapter reporter and did a fantastic job compiling the chapter scrapbook!!!   She got the scrapbook done with a little time to spare along with the help of some of the FFA officers and members.  Plus, she proofed it carefully before the pages were laminated to preserve it to make sure it looked good for competition.  The L-O FFA Scrapbook was one of many at the banquet.  Nice work  Kelly – you did a great job preserving our chapter’s history!!!!!! 
Overall, a great time was had by all and the L-O FFA members and a nice group of members grades 9-12 were able attend this memorable evening!!  If this is any indication what next year could be like well…hold on to your hats the L-O FFA is on track for even bigger and better things - everyone better watch out!!!!!
By Ginger Holm

Pet therapy is rapidly gaining in popularity, and residents at Ostrander Care & Rehab know why.
"It is wonderful, said Viola Berg. "I love dogs, and Maggie Maye is a sweet little thing."
Maggie Maye is a golden Labrador retriever mix, belonging to Ken and Betty Freese. She is almost five years old, and Viola loves to have her visit.
Pet therapy isn't entirely new to the care facility, but according to Activities Director Trish O'Reilly, it is becoming a regular activity - and that's a good thing!
"Most of the residents have had pets growing up or as adults," she explained. "Some of them had to give their pets up when they came here; so, bringing pets in to interact with the residents brings back old memories of their own pets."
Even the pet owners can see the effects the dogs have on the residents, said O'Reilly. 
"The smiles on their faces, says it all," O'Reilly said. "The [volunteers] come in on their own time, so they have been coming in randomly, but it has been becoming a lot more regularly now. I think that's because they see how much our residents are getting out of these visits. They are handing out treats and really enjoying the dogs."  
To get the program started, O'Reilly approached members of the Family Council and asked if they knew anyone who might have pets who would be good candidates for pet therapy. The Family Council is a group of caring people with relatives who are living or have lived at Ostrander Care & Rehab and want to make the lives of these individuals the best they can be.
It wasn't long before O'Reilly began received phone calls from interested pet owners.
"Our policy is the [animals] have to have their vaccinations on file before they can come up here," she said. "Of course, they need to be friendly and safe with the residents."
O'Reilly also brings her own dog, Leo Nemetz, to see the residents. Leo is a Chihuahua.
In addition to pet therapy, there are many other wonderful activities for residents at Ostrander Care & Rehab.
"We have the regular outings which are monthly now," said O’Reilly. 
The kitchen staff packs bags lunches and the residents set off on their adventure to places like the National Eagle Center in Wabasha for an afternoon. Other trips that are coming up include a trip to a dairy farm and Amish tours. 
The Family Council plays an important role in making these trips possible, by hosting fundraisers.
"The money raised pays for the van and admission prices," said O'Reilly.
The Family Council also donated $400 to purchase a computer that sits in the day room for the residents to watch an eagle nest with brand new baby eagles, via a live stream from the Eagle Center! 
It looks like it's going to be an exciting summer for residents at Ostrander Care & Rehab!
By Ginger Holm

Seventeen citizens attended the regular monthly LeRoy City council meeting on April 7. During public input time, citizens inquired about the amount the City pays out for employee insurance.  According to council, the City pays about $5,000 each month, or $60,000 per year, toward employee health insurance. (The amount stated at the meeting was an estimate, not the actual figures.)
Mayor Jennifer Gumbel also gave a report on the personnel committee updating process, during public input time, after being asked if the committee is making progress. The committee is addressing issues, such as vacation leave and personnel reviews, as well as other topics.  Proposed changes to the personnel policy will be brought to the council for approval prior to implementation.
Deputy Sheriff Jamie Meyer introduced Brady Muelken as the new LeRoy deputy.
"He will be with me for a couple days next week, and I will show him around," said Meyer, who added he will still be available, as needed.
Meyer reported a busy month in March, including following up on an isolated burglary at an apartment on Main Street and an attempted break-in at the carpet store, also located on Main Street.  Deputy Meyer reported other activity, including, but not limited to: 11 vehicle stops, six citations, one vehicle tow, two harassment calls, reports of two suspicious vehicles and one suspicious person, and one arrest.
The problem of stray, unlicensed and barking dogs was discussed and the number of dogs allowed per household after a question arose about what to do with dogs running loose.  
Deputy Meyer said deputies are not allowed to transport the animals to Austin in their squad cars; however, citizens can take dogs and cats that are running loose to the Mower County Humane Society. The deputy suggested working with a local veterinarian to house dogs or cats running loose or to find a citizen willing to house them for a period of time until the animals can be transported to Austin.  
Meyer told the assembly they can contact the Law Enforcement Center concerning issues with barking dogs.
Telecommunications may soon be improving in LeRoy and the surrounding area as Impact 7G, Inc. sent a letter to the council concerning the proposed telecommunications facility to be located at 12490 131st Avenue, LeRoy, in Beaver Township.
Impact 7G, Inc., basically needed to contact the City to ensure the proposed tower would not be located in close proximity to any historical sites, before erecting the structure. The Council determined this would not be a problem and will notify the company they are clear concerning LeRoy.
Dayne Olson was present as council discussed the issue of ownership of the water service line to his property.  Members who were on the council at the time the waterlines were put in and City employees who were involved in the process, addressed the council. Minutes from the City council meeting and the LeRoy Township meeting were reviewed. But, the most clear and helpful piece of information was an article from the LeRoy Independent newspaper dated May 10, 2001. The article, written by Dan Evans about the May 7, 2001 City council meeting, stated Dane and Kari Olson were present at the meeting. The article further stated: 
"The couple agreed to buy and install the lift pump and maintain it, as well as supply the electricity for it. Essentially, the lift station would be the Olsons' responsibility. The private water and sewer lines are also the land owner's responsibility, but will be installed so additional water lines could be attached later. The City agreed to this arrangement because of the possibility of future growth in that part of town."
At the end of discussion, Gumbel entertained a motion for the City to take over ownership of the service lines, as Mr. Olson had requested. As no motion was made; the service line will remain the responsibility of the Olsons.
City Clerk Patty White reported the furnace at City Hall has a cracked heat exchanger. The furnace has been checked by Jeff Bauer of Bauer Plumbing & Heating. According to Bauer, the furnace may run for another heating season; however, he cautioned the furnace should be replaced prior to something major happening. White noted there funds available in capital outlay for this purchase and the council moved to purchase a new furnace for City Hall.  
White reported the City Hall computer runs on Windows XP, which will no longer be supported by Microsoft after midnight on April 8, 2014.  White had contacted On-Site Computers in Grand Meadow, who has serviced the City’s computer for many years. White had also checked with Banyon (the City software company) for their input. They recommended using Windows 7 or 8.  
White also noted a new office suite of programs would need to be purchased and installed to enable filing of reports to the State of Minnesota. The salesman at On-Site suggested three different options for the council to consider.  Option #1 would be to reinstall Windows Vista for the operating system and install new office software for a cost of $545.  Option #2 would be to install Windows 7 or 8 for the operating system and install new office software for a cost of $570.  Option #3 would be to purchase a new tower (The existing tower is four years old; usual life span is six to seven years.), install Windows 8 for the operating system and install new office software for a cost of $1,000.  
White reported there are funds in capital outlay for this purchase. Council discussed these options.  Lidkte commented Option #3 seemed the most cost-effective; Gumbel was leaning towards Option #1.  Motion by Lidtke, second by Gottschalk to proceed with Option #3. On a roll call of votes, Lidtke, Gottschalk, and Sanders voted aye. Gumbel cast a nay vote. The motion carried 3-1. 
Under On-Going Items, Gumbel asked about the Emergency Services building roof. City Maintenance Supervisor John Jones reported Dave Streit had compiled information about total replacement of the roof and other repair options that have not been acted upon. Gumbel said she would like to convene a work session to further discuss the direction to take with the Emergency Services building roof, water tower inspection, water treatment cacility, and other long-range items Council would like to discuss or to put into place for capital planning.  
In other business the council:
~ approved the minutes of the March meeting;
~ set a date of May 17 to hold a City-wide cleanup;
~ reviewed the Communications File. Items included the invitation to the quarterly SEMLM dinner meeting, a letter from Mediacom, a list of achievements in 2013 for the Mower County Water & Soil Conservation District, a thank you for the use of the LeRoy Community Center for the School Career Fair, an invitation to the County Conversations to be held at the L-O School Commons.
The next regular meeting of the City of LeRoy will be held on May 5, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the LeRoy Community Center.
The GMLOK softball team got their 2014 campaign started this past week with a pair of road doubleheaders against Chatfield and Fillmore Central. But it was a very rough start for the Lady Bulldogs with two shutout losses to the Gophers and a pair of defeats to the Falcons.
With the bats cold through the first four games of the season, head coach John Fenske was very happy with how his team played against Fillmore Central. “We made great strides on day two of the season, losing a heartbreaker 2-1 and in the second game 9-3”, the coach commented. “But we looked like a softball team. A couple of poor timed errors really hurt us in both games”.
 Game One
Chatfield 21
The Bulldogs kicked their season off on Tuesday, April 8 with a doubleheader in Chatfield. It would be a very tough outing for the road team in both contests and it started with a 21-0 loss in the first contest of the day.
A big eight-run third inning for the Gophers had them ahead of the Bulldogs by a 15-0 margin. GMLOK tried to put together a scoring threat in the top of the fourth with a hit by Jessica Lohuis, but they just could not string some hits together and were left scoreless.
Chatfield added six in the bottom of the inning to increase their already huge lead. GMLOK would not be able to answer back in the final innings, falling by the 21-0 final after just five innings.
The Bulldogs picked up just two hits in their first time on the diamond this spring, with Haley Colton picking up the other hit in two at-bats. Jamie Stevens started the game at pitcher for GMLOK and had 14 hits allowed in three innings pitched with one strikeout.
Game Two
Chatfield 10
In game two of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Chatfield, GMLOK saw a better defensive performance in the field, but the bats remained cold as they fell by a 10-0 final score.
It was another rough first innings for the Bulldog defense as starting pitcher Alayna Meskill started the first two and allowed six hits. Kailynn Hammersma took over in the third, but the Gopher lead would continue to grow after taking a 7-0 lead, eventually turning it to 10-0 in the fourth.
In the fifth, GMLOK got Hannah Corson on base early in the inning, but could her teammates could not make contact with the pitches and left her stranded. The Gophers would only need five innings to seal the 10-0 win over the Bulldogs.
Both Corson and Rio Landers went 1-2 at the plate in the second loss to Chatfield. Hammersma finished the game at pitcher and allowed five hits.
Game One
Fillmore Central 2
It was quite a pitching duel in the first game between GMLOK and Fillmore Central on Thursday, April 10. The Lady Bulldogs would find themselves with a slim lead going into the middle innings in their road contest against the Falcons. But a couple of big runs by Fillmore Central late would allow them to take the 2-1 win in the first game of the doubleheader over GMLOK.
Both starting pitchers, Alayna Meskill for GMLOK and Morgan Malley for Fillmore Central, were very dominant on the “mound” for their teams. The two hurlers had shutouts going into the third inning of the competition.
The Bulldogs struck home first as Courtney Schmidt doubled in the fourth inning to get into scoring position. Haley Colton came up big by slicing a double of her own to drive in Schmidt from second to score the first run of the game, and the season, for GMLOK.
But the lead did not last for long as the Falcons were able to take advantage of some mistakes by the Lady Bulldogs, tying the game up in the bottom of the fourth inning and taking a one-point lead in the fifth.
Pitching remained dominant the rest of the way as both teams remained scoreless, allowing Fillmore Central the 2-1 victory in game one of the doubleheader. Malley pitched all seven innings for the Falcons and struck out 15 Bulldog batters.
Alayna Meskill was outstanding as well, pitching six innings for GMLOK and striking out eight. The freshman allowed just three hits and two runs (one earned).
At the plate for the Bulldogs, Courtney Schmidt went 2-3 with a pair of doubles and Haley Colton had the other hit for her team on 1-3 batting.
Game Two
Fillmore Central 9
The bats were finally starting to heat up for the Lady Bulldogs in the second game of the evening against the Falcons. But the case was the same for their opponent as well. GMLOK put up a pair of runs in the first two innings, but Fillmore Central had just a little more fire in their bats as they swept the doubleheader with the 9-3 win.
GMLOK got on the board first for the second time on the day in the first inning, but their opponent put up two runs in the bottom of the inning. The Bulldogs tied it up in the second inning at two runs a piece.
However, the Falcons would go on to score seven unanswered runs going into the seventh inning. GMLOK tacked on one more in the final inning, but it was far from enough as they fell by a 9-3 final score.
It was pitching by committee for the Bulldogs, with Alayna Meskill being the pitcher of record with three innings thrown and four strikeouts. Jamie Stevens and Kailynn Hammersma combined for one hit allowed in four innings pitched.
Stevens was the leader on offense for GMLOK, going 2-4 at the plate with both hits being doubles with one run batted in. Haley Colton got one hit in four at-bats and also picked up a RBI. 
As long as the weather decides to cooperate, the Lady Bulldogs have two scheduled games this week. They will play their first home game of the season on Tuesday, April 15 against Plainview-Elgin-Millville, followed by a road contest on Thursday, April 17 in St. Charles.
It was opening week for the Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland baseball team and it ended up being quite a rollercoaster ride for the Bulldogs. They kicked off the season with a shutout losses in St. Charles and Chatfield, but rebounded very well in their home opener against Rushford-Peterson with a win. GMLOK is now 1-2 on the season after their first week of contests. 
“The first week was a test of mental toughness and execution of fundamental skill”, head coach Brad Reiter commented. “With one week in the books, I am pleased for the most part with what I saw”.
Coach Reiter mentioned that his team had their struggles putting runs on the board and fielding the ball in their first games against St. Charles and Chatfield. But the team had plenty of chances to score with runners in scoring position in each of their games.
“We are on the threshold of being a really good team”, the coach stated. “Keep in mind that we had only been outside for two partial practices prior to last week’s games, so there were a few things to get used to such as throwing distances  and other variables such as wind that we hadn’t seen much of”.
St. Charles 7
Opening day was a rough one for GMLOK as they traveled to take on St. Charles on Monday, April 7. The Bulldogs fell behind early on and saw the deficit increase in the middle innings. The bats were very cold for GMLOK as well, as they picked up just two hits in the 7-0 defeat.
Isaac Tangen started the game for the Bulldogs and allowed a leadoff walk, but just one hit in the first inning. Two runs would score after a fielder’s choice and a single by the Saints, leaving the Bulldogs in a first-inning hole to climb out of.
GMLOK would get runners to third base with one out in both the first and second innings, but just could not pick up a solid hit to the outfield to drive in the runs. The Bulldogs would see 18 of their final 19 batters retired starting in the second inning. St. Charles would tack on a couple of runs in the third and fourth innings to take the 7-0 win.
Isaac Tangen started the game on the mound and was the pitcher of record in the loss. The senior pitched three innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked two batters and struck out four.
Trenton Bleifus pitched the final three innings and struck out four batters and allowed four runs. At the plate, the senior went 1-3 with a double. Fellow senior Doug Sabatke picked up the other hit for the Bulldogs in the loss.
Chatfield 11
The Bulldogs continued their season on Tuesday, April 8 on the road against Chatfield. GMLOK continued their struggles against a good Gopher team, but there was plenty of good things to take away from the 11-0 loss.
GMLOK had runners in scoring position a number of times in the loss on Tuesday, but just could not pick up the clutch hits to drive them in. Coupled with six errors in the field, it was not a good recipe for the ‘Dawgs in the shutout loss.
Despite all of those errors, GMLOK did a good job of preventing the four-plus run innings. Starting pitcher Isiah Bubany allowed nine runs (two earned) on five hits in his four innings on the mound and struck out four batters.
But Chafield made their mark early by posting three runs in the first inning. GMLOK engineered a scoring threat in the top of the second inning after Isaac Tangen and Blake Olson delivered back-to-back singles with one out. The bases were loaded up after Wyatt Richardson drew a walk in the following at-bat.
The Bulldogs just could not deliver as the next two batters failed to advance the runners. Chatfield would add two more in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-0 advantage.
In the third, GMLOK would get a runner to third base, but that would be the last legitimate scoring threat that they put together. Chatfield would score two runs in each of the next three innings to take the 11-0 win after five innings.
Jake Rindels was the leading batter at the plate for the Bulldogs, betting on base twice with a single and a walk.
Rushford-Peterson 4
After rough outings in the first two games of the season, GMLOK bounced back with an outstanding performance in front of the home crowd on Thursday, April 10 against Rushford-Peterson. A big first inning at the plate for the Bulldogs set the tone early as they ended up holding on for the 8-4 victory.
“They played pretty good”, Coach Reiter commented on his team. “There were a few mental errors, but they looked a lot better than the beginning of the week. If they continue to improve like they did this last week, we will be a very competitive team”.
It was a shaky start for Isaac Tangen, who got the start on the mound for the Bulldogs. After picking up a quick first out to start the game, the hurler allowed three straight singles to load the bases. A hit batter after a big strikeout would allow Rushford-Peterson to put the first run up on the board.
But the senior buckled down and got the next batter to fly out to limit the damage and get out of the inning only down 1-0.
The offense responded in the bottom of the first with some solid hitting from the top of the lineup. Jake Rindels opened up with a single up the right side, followed by a walk by Bubany. Trenton Bleifus tied the game on a single to left field.
After a sacrifice bunt by Doug Sabatke, Tangen provided himself with some run support. With runners now on second and third, the senior cracked the ball to the left field fence and would pick up a two-run triple. Tangen would score on a ground ball out in the next at bat to give GMLOK the 4-1 lead after one inning.
With six solidly pitched innings, the Bulldogs would hold an 8-1 advantage over the Trojans. Tangen would leave the game after the sixth inning with 107 pitches thrown. The senior allowed just six hits, one earned run and two walks while striking out five batters. Reid Buschman took over in the seventh inning for GMLOK.
R-P would put together a rally in the seventh inning, getting the first three batters on base. Each of the runners scored to narrow it to a four-run contest. But the Bulldogs would lock down on defense the rest of the way to take the 8-4 victory.
At the plate, GMLOK saw some great performances from their lineup as they connected on 11 hits. Trenton Bleifus went a perfect 4-4, including a triple and two RBIs. The senior also scored three runs.
Isaac Tangen led his team with three runs batted in and had two hits. Jake Rindels had a two-hit game as well with three runs scored. Doug Sabatke and Blake Olson each added one RBI.
Going into the second week of the season, GMLOK has three more games scheduled. But the snow that hit the area this past weekend has postponed the game on Monday, April 14 on the road against Caledonia. The Bulldogs will hopefully get their week started against Plainview-Elgin-Millville on Tuesday, April 15 and are scheduled for a rematch at home against St. Charles on Thursday, April 17.
“Hopefully we see this snow melt soon and can get back on the field this week to continue working”, Coach Reiter commented. “There are plenty of things to work on, but there is also the potential for the GMLOK Bulldogs to compete with anyone and have a great season”.
It was a great week for the Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Southland boys and girls track and field teams. In their first outdoor meets of the season there were some outstanding individual performances from the athletes, resulting in some very good team scores.
The girls team crushed the competition in the meets in Chatfield on Tuesday, April 8 and Hayfield on Thursday, April 10, posting the top team scores in both events. The boys, despite their smaller numbers, did very well for themselves by taking third place in Chatfield and finishing in fifth at the Hayfield Invitational.
“I am really excited with how we started out this season”, girls head coach Andrea McKichan commented. “We competed well as a team at our first two meets and it was fun and exciting to see the girls do so well right away this season”.
“In Chatfield, it was a good team effort and we came away with several medal winners”, boys head coach Scott Hall commented on his team’s third-place finish. “I was pleased with our first outdoor meet of the season”.
Chatfield Invitational
The GMLOS track and field teams had a terrific performance in their first outdoor meet of the spring in Chatfield on Tuesday. For the girls team, they took the top spot as a team with 95.5 total points, finishing well ahead of second-place Dover-Eyota who posted a score of 75.
For the boys team, they did very well for themselves by finishing in third place out of the seven competing squads with 58 points. Host Chatfield took first place with 101 points and Rushford-Peterson/Houston was the runner-up at 78.
Here are the GMLOS girls individual results:
• In the 100 meter dash, Sara Gottschalk finished in 12th place with a time of 15.30 seconds. Karina Vasquez came in 16th at 16.19 and Shirin Barirdinova took 19th at 16.94.
• Karina Vazquez also participated in the 200m dash and placed in 14th with her mark of 34.26. Kaylee Olson placed in 16th and Shirin Barirdinova was the 19th-place finisher.
• Stephanie Sukalski came in ninth place in the 400m dash by posting a time of 1:10.28. Kaylee Olson took 12th place and Sara Gottschalk ended up taking 14th place.
• GMLOS had two athletes finish on top in the 800m run at the Chatfield Invite. McKenzie Kirtz posted the top time of 2:35.60 in the finals and Emily Hovden was right behind her teammate with a time of 2:35.60. Kelsie Lamp also participated in the race and took ninth place.
• McKenzie Kirtz would also take the top spot in the 1,600m run, dominating the competition with her blazing time of 5:39.81. The junior’s time was over 20 seconds better than the race’s second-place finisher.
• GMLOS also had a pair finish in the top two spots in the 100m hurdles race, with Sam Siskow taking first place at 17.97 and Katelyn Luthe finishing with a time of 18.27 for second place. Brittanie Winfield took seventh place in the event.
• In the 300m hurdles, Brittanie Winfield finished in second place with her final time of 53.41 and Sam Siskow was right behind in third at 55.32. Allison Bottema finished in seventh place.
• Katelyn Luthe, McKendry Kennedy, Ivy Riddles and Katarina Bain helped the GMLOS 4x100m relay team take third place with their time of 58.05.
• The 4x200m team o Katelyn Luthe, Allison Bottema, Katarin Bain and McKendry Kennedy could not pick up points in the event and took fifth at 2:05.50.
• In the 4x400m race, Emily Hovden, McKenzie Kirtz, Sam Siskow and Elizabeth Wolterman led GMLOS to a second place victory with a time of 4:24.00, just 0.23 seconds behind first-place Dover-Eyota.
• The team of Emily Hovden, Kelsie Lamp, Allison Bottema and Stephanie Sukalski took second place in the 4x800m race with their combined effort of 11:13.37.
• GMLOS had three athletes finish in the top five of the high jump event with Sam Siskow taking second with a height of 4-feet-8-inches. Katelyn Luthe finished with a jump of 4-feet-4-inches and Kelsie Lamp was tied for fifth at 4-feet-2-inches.
• In the long jump, McKendry Kennedy was just short of picking up points for her team by finishing in sixth place with a jump of 13-feet-8.25-inches. Katarina Bain finished in ninth place and Allison Bottema ended in tenth.
• McKenzie Kirtz took second place in the triple jump event with a distance of 32-feet-0.75-inches. McKendry Kennedy came in fourth place at 29-feet-6.25-inches and Brittanie Winfield ended up in sixth place.
• GMLOS had two athletes finish in the top three in the shot put throw with Morgan Schmitz taking second place with a toss of 31-feet-1.75-inches and Hannah Holst placing third at 29-feet-6.5-inches. Elizabeth Wolterman placed in 15th.
• In the discus throw, Morgan Schimtz also took second with a distance of 107-feet-6-inches. Hannah Holst picked up a point for her team by taking fifth with a throw of 88 feet even. Elizabeth Wolterman came in tenth place.
Here are the GMLOS boys individual results:
• Marvin Heimer got his team some points with his second-place finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.04 seconds. Wes Ojulu finished in sixth place and Dominiq Bouska ended in ninth.
• In the 200m dash, Wes Ojulu took eighth place for GMLOS with a time of 27.15. Adam Koenigs took tenth place and Tyler Russell ended up taking 12th place.
• Maxwell Tapp was outstanding in the 400m dash and posted the best time in the race at 56.55. Travis Raddatz feel just short of getting points for his team by finishing in sixth, 0.11 seconds behind the fifth-place finisher. Mason Heimer finished the race in tenth place.
• Peter Torkelson had a good performance in the 800m run, taking second place with his time of 2:17.12. Jacob Souhrada took seventh place at 2:25.33.
• In the 1,600m run, Peter Torkelson also scored his team some points with his fourth-place time of 5:11.63. Jacob Souhrada finished in seventh with his time of 5:26.06.
• GMLOS had just one runner in the 3,200m race, as Daniel Gottschalk finished in third place with a mark of 12:08.66.
• Adam Koenigs finished in third place with a time of 19.60 in the 110m hurdles. Peter Torkelson earned a point by placing in fifth at 21.12. Jon Hanson finished in eighth place.
• In the 300m hurdles race, Adam Koenigs was the top runner for his team and placed in fifth with his final time of 49.11. Jon Hanson was right behind in sixth place at 52.42.
• The 4x100m relay team of Chase Foster, Jon Hanson, Mason Heimer and Dominiq Bouska were 0.03 seconds away from picking up points for GMLOS. The squad took fifth place with a time of 53.37.
• Wes Ojulu, Travis Raddatz, Maxwell Tapp and Marvin Heimer led their team to a second place finish in the 4x200m relay with a mark of 1:42.76, just half a second behind first-place Chatfield.
• In the 4x400m race, Marvin Heimer, Travis Raddatz, Jacob Souhrada and Maxwell Tapp had their team finishing in second place with their time of 4:02.47.
• In the field, Maxwell Tapp picked some points up in the high jump event with a height of 5-feet-2-inches for fourth place.
• Adam Koenigs finished in second place in the long jump with a leap of 16-feet-9-inches. Peter Torkelson finished in eighth place and Tyler Russell’s jump landed him in tenth place.
• Wes Ojulu took third place in the triple jump with a total distance of 34-feet-10.5-inches.
• In the shot put throw, Dominiq Bouska was just shy of earning points for GMLOS by taking sixth place with a toss of 38-feet-11-inches, only a half an inch behind the fifth-place throw. Chase Foster finished in tenth place and Colton Allen took 14th.
• Dominiq Bouska finished in fourth place in the discus throw with a distance of 112-feet-7-inches. Chase Foster took eighth place and Jon Hanson was the 11th-place finisher.
Hayfield Invitational
The GMLOS boys and girls continued their week on Thursday, April 10 at the Hayfield Invite. The girls picked up their second first-place finish as a team this week, scoring 150.5 total points, well ahead of second-place Rochester Lourdes with 127 points. Medford scored 72.5 points for third place.
On the boys’ side, GMLOS took fifth place with 62 total points. Rochester Lourdes took first place with 173 points and Cannon Falls finished in second.
“In Hayfield we finished fifth and were only six team points away from third place”, Coach Hall commented. “One of our top sprinters was injured in the meet and we hope that he recovers quickly”. The coach pointed out that freshman Peter Torkelson had a standout performance in the 800 and 1,600m races.
Here are the GMLOS girls individual results:
• Sydney Bendtsen ran away with the top spot in the 100m dash with her time of 13.47. Sara Gottschalk finished in tenth place and Katarina Bain was right behind in 11th.
• In the 200m dash, Karina Vasquez took 12th place at 33.23 and Kaylee Olson came in 15th with a mark of 34.67.
• Kaylee Olson took ninth in the 400m dash at 1:17.32. Sara Gottschalk was the tenth-place finisher and Karina Vasquez ended in 11th.
• McKenzie Kirtz and Emily Hovden took the top spots in the 800m run once again. Kirtz finished in first with her time of 2:29.44 and Hovden’s time of 2:39.62 was good for second. Jordyn Glynn was just short of placing in the top-six with her time of 2:56.50.
• In the 1,600m race, Kirtz was spectacular for the second time this week. She posted the top time of 5:36.04, over 20 seconds better than the second-place runner. Mariah Weiss, with a time of 6:36.14, and Jordyn Glynn, at 6:37.02, finished respectively in fifth and sixth.
• Stephanie Sukalski ended up placing in fifth in the 3,200m run with a mark of 14:14.26 and Mariah Weiss was just behind in sixth place at 14:25.64.
• GMLOS had three athletes place in the top-four in the 100m hurdles. Sam Siskow posted a time of 17.74 to claim second place, Katelyn Luthe was third at 17.99 and Brittanie Winfield took fourth place with a time of 18.10.
• Sam Siskow was the top athlete in the 300m hurdles with her time of 52.60, edging out the second-place runner from Cannon Falls by 0.04 seconds. Brittanie Winfield earned her team some point by taking third at 53.24. Allison Bottema ended the race in ninth place.
• The 4x100m team of Corbyn Bendtsen, McKendry Kennedy, Katarina Bain and Katelyn Luthe took fourth place in the event.
• Sydney and Corbyn Bendtsen, along with Katelyn Luthe and McKendry Kennedy would take third place with a time of 1:59.39 in the 4x200m race.
• GMLOS would take first in the 4x400m race as Emily Hovden, McKenzie Kirtz, Sydney Bendtsen and Sam Siskow posted a time of 4:18.78.
• Finishing in second place in the 4x800m relay was the team of Kelsie Lamp, Emily Hovden, Allison Bottema and Stephanie Sukalski with their combined time of 11:10.00.
• In the high jump event, Kelsie Lamp tied for sixth place with a jump of 4-feet-2-inches. McKendry Kennedy took ninth place and Katelyn Luthe finished in tenth.
• Corbyn Bendtsen tied for fourth place in the pole vault with a distance of six feet. Emily Hovden also had a vault of six feet, but ended up in sixth because of the tiebreaker.
• GMLOS posted the top two distances in the long jump, as Sydney Bendtsen took first with a leap of 15-feet-3.5-inches and Sam Siskow coming in second at 15-feet-1.75-inches. Allison Bottema competed in the event and took 14th place.
• McKendry Kennedy finished in fifth place in the triple jump with a distance of 28-feet-8-inches. Brittanie Winfield tied for sixth with a mark of 28-feet-6.5-inches. Jordyn Glynn placed in eighth in the event.
• In the shot put, Morgan Schmitz was an inch short of first place with her throw of 33-feet-2-inches. Hannah Holst finished in seventh and Heidi Unverzagt took 15th.
• Schmitz would post the best throw in the discus event with a toss of 110 feet. Hannah Holst had a throw of 77-feet-11-inches to take fifth place and Heidi Unverzagt ended in 20th.
Here are the GMLOS boys individual results from the Hayfield Invite:
• In the 100m dash, Michael Bauer scored a point for his team by taking sixth place with a time of 12.22 seconds. Wes Ojulu finished in tenth place and Marvin Heimer took 14th.
• Bauer did very well in the 200m dash as well, posting a time of 25.69 for fifth place. Corey Hemmingway was the 14th-place finisher with a mark of 29.52.
• Maxwell tap finished in the top six in the 400m dash with a fifth-place time of 57.03. Tristan Harrison took eighth place and Travis Raddatz was right behind in ninth.
• In the 800m run, Peter Torkelson edged out a first-place time of 2:14.42, just 0.30 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Jacob Souhrada took seventh place at 2:24.71.
• Torkelson continued to run great in the 1,600m run by taking second in the event with his time of 5:09.87. Jacob Souhrada also scored for GMLOS with a sixth-place finish and a mark of 5:24.79.
• Daniel Gottschalk took eighth place in the 3,200m run with a time of 12:07.55.
• Adam Koenigs posted a time of 19.11 in the boys 110m hurdles event to take fifth place. Jon Hanson was just shy of placing in the top six, taking seventh place and Peter Torkelson finished in eighth.
• Koenigs picked up some more points, this time in the 300m hurdles with his fourth-place time of 48.48. Jon Hanson took tenth place at 51.61.
• The GMLOS team of Wes Ojulu, Corey Hemmingway, Adam Koenigs and Michael Bauer placed third in the 4x100m relay race with a time of 50.22.
• Travis Raddatz, Tristan Harrison, Maxwell Tapp and Marvin Heimer took third place in the 4x200m race with their combined effort of 1:44.28.
• In the 4x400m relay, the team of Marvin Heimer, Travis Raddatz, Tristan Harrison and Maxwell Tapp would take the fifth spot in the event with their time of 3:59.45.
• Maxwell Tapp took second place in the high jump event with his jump of 5-feet-2-inches. Tristan Harrison tied for seventh place at five feet.
• Travis Raddatz took ninth place in the pole vault with a distance of eight-feet even.
• In the long jump, Adam Koenigs had a leap of 16-feet-8.5-inches for tenth place. Peter Torkelson took 16th place and Corey Hemmingway finished in 19th.
• Wes Ojulu took tenth place in the triple jump with a total distance of 34-feet-7.25-inches. Michael Bauer was right behind in 11th place at 34-feet-7-inches.
• Dominiq Bouska placed in fourth in the shot put throw with his toss of 41-feet-4-inches. Chase Foster ended up in eighth place in the event and Colton Allen took 11th.
• Bouska had a good outing in the discus throw as well with his throw of 120-feet-2-inches to take third place. Chase Foster picked up some points for GMLOS too, taking fifth place with a distance of 101-feet-7.5-inches on his toss. Colton Allen took 12th place in the event.
The GMLOS boys and girls track and field team will be busy again next week, with two scheduled meets. The team will be competing in Stewartville on Thursday, April 15 and end the week on Thursday, April 17 at Triton High School.
“Next week we will get some really great competition and I am excited to see the girls continue to grow and improve”, Coach McKichan commented.
“Some of our younger kids are making great improvements in their times and distances”, Coach Hall added. “We look forward to another week with meets at Stewartville and Triton”.
The Mower County Pork Producers Association invites local youths to enter the Pork Industry Ambassador Program.  
The person chosen to represent Mower County will receive a $500 scholarship from the organization and becomes eligible to receive a $1,500 scholarship if chosen as the Minnesota State Pork Industry Ambassador in 2014.
The objectives of the program are to develop leadership in the county’s youth and encourage young men and women to become more involved in the pork industry.
The contestant may be either male or female and must be single with no dependents.  Candidates must be between 18 and 22 years of age as of August 1, 2014.  Participants or their family do not need to be a member of a County Pork Producer Association or be actively involved in pork production.  Individuals must, however, have a strong interest in the future of the pork industry and agriculture or be pursuing a career in an agriculture-related field or business.     
Each contestant will be asked to give an oral speech of 2-4 minutes on the importance of the pork industry in agriculture.  
There will be a personal interview with judges and contestants will also be judged on general appearance, vitality and sincerity to serve the pork industry, as well as speaking ability and knowledge of the subject.
For more information or entry blanks, contact any high school FFA or FLA advisor or Mower County Pork Ambassador Scholarship Committee Chairman, Jean Roe at (507) 324-5592.
1949 - 65 Years Ago
Barn burns on Wm. Remer farm. Mr. Remer was away from the home at the time but Mrs. Remer was upstairs in the house when the fire broke out.

1954 - 60 Years Ago
Red Owl had a storewide grocery sale, April 17. There was baskets of free groceries given away at 11, 1, 3, and 5 o’clock. They also had free coffee and cookies for all who came.

1964 - 50 Years Ago
Al Osheim asked that no fishing in the Gun Club trout stream. He said that the stream was an experiment by the Minnesota Conservation Department. Trout planted were not yet big enough for fishing yet.

1969 - 45 Years Ago
Six new members were inducted into the National Honor Society at LeRoy-Ostrander. New members were Marcia Jean Tangen, Mary Louise Hansen, Nanette Lenore Hutchins, Patricia Lynn Baldwin, Bonnie Lou Back, and Randy Scott Miland.

1974- 40 Years Ago
Eyesores were removed from Main Street. The old vacant Sweet Estate house at the N.E. corner of Main Street and Everett Street was razed by Rowe Bros. The wreckage of the former John Moe Oil Station buildings on the south side of Main Street, East of Mendelson & Halling Egg Plant was also bulldozed.­

1979- 35 Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. August Reinartz of Adams had an open house for their Golden Wedding.
The employee of the week for John Deere was “Butch” Fritcher. He started in 1973. 

1994- 20 Years Ago
A check for $1,012.40 was presedted to Prarie Visions Shooting Star Trail committee by three members of LeRoy-Ostrander and Southland FLAs.

1999- 15 Years Ago
LeRoy Commercial Club gave LeRoy-Ostrander $5,000 for new playground equipment.
LeRoy-Ostrander students of the month were Martha Loven and Kayla Ferguson.
FamilyPC named L-O High School in America’s Top 100 list of wired high schools. The magazine only listed three schools in the state of Minnesota. 
Bulldog boys varsity baseball opened season with 6-0 record.

2004- 10 Years Ago
L-O students had a once-in a-lifetime European experience. They traveled to London, England, Munich, Germany, and Paris, France.

2009- 5Years Ago
Nick Lunning son of Steve and Mary Lunning was selected as FFA’s state winner for Beef production-placement.
I can't believe it's another week already. I don't get done with one before the other one is here and it's hard to keep up with it all. But, I have decided, that should I ever come into money that I don't know what to do with, I shall get permission to put up a sign in front of the school on Main Street, a computer prompted one similar to BP's or Grand Meadow School's, telling about why all the cars are out front. It really bugs me to go by, usually to church, and wonder just what's going on at the school this day or evening. Most likely I have read about it sometime, but to remember the event is another thing and I tell you, it's not getting any better. I do know I hardly landed last week. If it wasn't one thing it was two or more. I love being busy and having things to go to or do, but sometimes my curiosity or being nosey gets me in trouble too.
One of the first things on my "to do" list this past week was to go to the Cedar Branch DAC Thrift Store open house on Wednesday, which I did right after I was done with church duties, and got the grand tour. I must tell you, I was impressed then and I'm still impressed with the work that is being done in that one building in LeRoy, right there on Main Street. I will not ever be done at telling everyone about what a wonderful facility the DAC has there, after all those years of transporting the workers from LeRoy to other sites. Now LeRoy has its own and everyone is at home here. Just remember, that if you have anything at all to give away or even throw away, like stained clothes to use for rags, just take them to the building across from BP. There, they will put it all to good use, and you won't have to worry about it again. I'm one that is as guilty as sin because I need to find the time to sort out, sack up, box up, load out and leave off some of my "treasures" which I'm supposed to put into containers of save, give away, or throw. (I read all those articles faithfully!) Trouble is, I also start reading all those saved items, that I've very carefully saved through the years, and I end up with very little going out the door. I guess I've got to stop exercising and do more sorting in my old age. Then I get a note telling me to start NOW giving my stuff away, and then I won't have to worry about it. And that is good advice too. I'll have to paste post-its onto the things with notes of how they got there. (That will be the hard part!)
I was at Norma Rich's funeral Saturday and her daughter Diane spoke a few words telling how her mother had everything written down for the entire funeral service, so it was easy for us, she said. But Norma had admonished her daughter  "do not change a thing!"  And we could all hear Norma saying that! She loved to play cards and was good at it too. Sympathy to the family. Norma almost made it to her 93rd birthday, just two days short of the mark.
And there was another funeral in LeRoy Monday, for Everett Kinter who had served as mayor of LeRoy about the time when we moved to this town. He was one of the mayors who with one from Rose Creek, Adams and Taopi, supported Ruth Murphy get Prairie Visions started so many, many years ago. It was only after Prairie Visions was formed and going well that the plans for the Shooting Star Trail came into being and came out of LeRoy, starting with donated land for it to be built upon.
Lu Overocker at Sweets has hung up the Mower County Butter Knife award plaque which was presented at the Dairy Banquet a couple of Saturday nights ago. She's got it on the wall above the soup kettle, so take a look because she's plenty proud to have received it. It means she and her staff use a lot of butter and other dairy products in cooking. That was the same night Sarah and Hank had taken the Sweet's signature steak and shrimp samples for the contest sponsored by ARC. Sweets had won the award two years in a row, so even though they got many compliments about their entry, they didn't win top this year. But remember they had won the top drink about Halloween time when Sarah mixed up that pumpkin drink with whipped cream.
Then too, at the LeRoy Lions meeting for the month, April 10th, there were two Lions there telling about the training of a puppy for a year, for the job as a Leader Dog for the Blind. This one guy from Rochester had trained 12 puppies in 12 years, for this program. It was an interesting story and you could tell how much he loved doing that for the program. It involves getting one of the puppies which are trained at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility. Currently there are 80 inmates, with puppies, training them for Leader Dog. Amazing program as is the other dog program which is trained for persons with other illnesses. There is just so much good being done in this world, by so many good people.
And speaking about good people, I do need to brag just a bit about my eldest son Terry who, I found out, was presented with the Lions'  Milton Jones Award at the Plymouth, Wisconsin Annual Lions meeting recently. Actually, I didn't know what it was. So I looked it up and it's the top award that the Lions Club gives out, and he was surprised to receive it. It's about doing good community and humanitarian projects in your town. I had been surprised to find out he had been in the Lions Club for many years when I told him about me joining the LeRoy Lions. "Good for you" he said to me, and now I look forward even more about working with this great group of people whose only goal is to do good things for the community. Saturday, all the LeRoy Lions cleaned the tables and chairs at the Community Center, but that story is for next week.
Dianne Ahrens and her classmate friend from Lake City have returned home after an extended bus trip to Gettysburg and Washington, DC where they saw the Cherry trees in full bloom. Dianne said it was wonderful and very beautiful. The weather was nice too. Carrol Cartney, at the library board meeting, also told about the flowers all blooming in Galena where she spent the weekend. So, people, just hang on and one of these days, when it stops snowing, we'll have those great blooming flowers too, just you wait and see.
Madonna Nagele has a hair-raising story to tell about those two young people who are under arrest now, but who walked into Madonna's home and she didn't let them take a thing. Amazing.
Sunday afternoon in the rain, a good number of LeRoy persons made the trip to the Grand Meadow school to attend the musical production of "Carousel" put on by the students, under the direction of Janet Moe, who lives in LeRoy. There was a whole row of Arndorfers, me included, as well as others from LeRoy, Brian and Sharon Thiel, and the Steinkamp family. The Arndorfer family was represented in the play with granddaughter Annicka and grandson Andrew, both in the show. Wonderful music and it still puzzles me how these students can learn all those lines and all those songs! It was a great show.
And now it's almost another week starting because this is Tuesday. Next Tuesday the meal is beef tips and baked potatoes, then we go for Pizza Buffet the last Tuesday of the month. In the meantime, please remember to thank God for all His blessings.