Troop News

Brian Daiker

posted Jan 26, 2018, 1:42 PM by Dan Rautenkranz

Brian Daiker

Goodbye to a dear friend and scouter. On Dec. 5, Brian Daiker went home to the Lord and left a hole in the hearts of the scouting community in Worthington. Brian played a huge role in both Cub Scout Pack 134 and Boy Scout Troop 134, and he will be greatly missed by all of us.

Brian was very active in the pack as both a parent and a volunteer. He filled many roles such as chartered organization representative and den leader. He was an avid pinewood derby racer every year and encouraged the boys to always do their best. In Troop 134, he served as chartered organization representative as well as the committee chair.

Brian was a true scouter. He gave the scouts his time and energy with a smile on his face. There is no greater gift one can give to our youth. It was truly a privilege to know him and work with him in the scouting program, and his impact on the scouting program in Worthington and to the scouts themselves cannot be measured. We will always remember how blessed we were to know Brian.

Dykstra twins repaint nearly 100 picnic tables

posted Sep 14, 2017, 6:46 AM by Dan Rautenkranz

Brian and Brandon Dykstra, both 17 years old, have been part of Worthington Boy Scout Troop 134 since the first grade.

The identical twins look, well, identical. Brian is the first to admit he and his brother look “exactly the same.” So with a year of scout eligibility left, it’s only natural the two took on nearly identical ideas for their Eagle Scout projects.

In two separate projects that lasted two days and many hours, the twins painted every single picnic table in Maka-Oicu County Park, which had become their home for much of the summer.

“Our family has a seasonal out here, so we’re camping here all summer,” Brian said. “We saw the tables needed new paint, and it just made sense.”

Brian and his team of friends, family and fellow scouts painted a whopping 57 benches on Saturday, and Brandon’s crew would take care of another 36 on Sunday. The scouts gave the tables much-needed makeovers with a new, darker finish, and took care not to spill paint on the park’s natural landscape.

Nobles County Park Superintendent Jake Smith donated the paint and paintbrushes for the project, and had the old coats of paint scraped off the tables.

“Originally, one was going to do picnic tables and one was going to do bathhouses, but the summer got out of hand,” said Brian Dykstra Sr., father of the twin brothers. “So the county painted the bathhouses, and they were happy to leave us paint and paintbrushes for the picnic tables.”

The two brothers have worked their way up to senior leadership in the troop. Brian is senior patrol leader; Brandon is scribe.

Completing the project is almost the final step to becoming an eagle scout. Next up, the two will have to present themselves and their projects to the intimidating Sioux Council board of review.

We will miss Cassius. Best Wishes Damian and Family.

posted Dec 21, 2016, 12:14 PM by Dan Rautenkranz

 It seems like yesterday Damian McGrane arrived in town to take on the grocery manager position at Fareway in Worthington.

Just over three years since his arrival, McGrane will be leaving Worthington for a manager position in Peosta, Iowa. He made the decision to be closer to his family in his home state of Iowa. 

Tim Stebbins, assistant manager at an Owatonna location, will become the new manager for the Worthington store.

A Fareway employee for 21 years, McGrane bounced around from store to store, including Iowa locations Storm Lake, Cresco, Newton and Ames, as well as Stewartville, Minnesota, before arriving in Worthington.

“I’ve been moving around a lot the last 21 years,” McGrane said with a laugh.

McGrane worked part-time with Fareway during college at Iowa State University. He graduated with a bachelors degree in computer engineering, but enjoyed his part-time work so much he went full-time working at the grocery store.

“I didn’t want a desk job; I wanted to do a variety of things with my life,” McGrane said. “That’s what I love about this job — you get to do so many different things and interact with so many different people. It’s not the same thing day after day.”

After working as an assistant manager in Storm Lake, he was offered the manager job in Worthington. The transition was easy — McGrane was confident in being able to manage 30 to 40 employees on a daily basis.

“When I was assistant manager at Storm Lake we had like 150 people, so this is peanuts,” he said. “As managers, by the time we get to this stage in our career, I think we’re well-prepared for it.”

The biggest challenge for a grocery store manager is offering products that cater to the population, according to McGrane. Worthington has a more diverse population than most rural towns, but McGrane said his previous locale in Storm Lake had a similar population, making him all the more ready for the job.

“When you go into a new environment, finding out what the customer wants is the biggest challenge and once you get that figured out, it’s not rocket science, it’s just selling groceries,” McGrane said. “I’ve learned over the years if it’s not very important to do so, there’s no reason to upset the apple cart. I am the one person that’s new to the environment, everybody else has been here, so it’s easier for one person to adapt than to ask 40 people to adapt.”

For McGrane, the most difficult part of leaving Worthington is leaving behind all of the people he met since moving to town.

“I really love this town and I really love this community,” McGrane said. “And if it was a little closer to home, I think I’d stay here, but I think it’s important to my family to get back to my family.”

Drive under way to boost Boy Scout cabin

posted Jul 21, 2016, 4:34 AM by Dan Rautenkranz

Take a stroll around Chautauqua Park and you’ll likely see and/or pass it. You may not know, though, just what it is, never mind its history.
The Boy Scout cabin in the park is believed to pre-date Chautauqua’s historic band shell, which has been the stage for countless “Amazing” Worthington City Band concerts and other performances over many, many years. The cabin, though, has been a second home to a countless number of scouts -- and the hope is that it will continue to be.

Worthington’s Noon Kiwanis Club, which sponsors Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop 134, is beginning a drive to update and expand the cabin. As Noon Kiwanis Vice President Brian Daiker said Wednesday, “anyone’s time, talents or treasure” is welcome.

“For generations of Boy Scouts, this building represents fond memories of summer days canoeing on the lake, playing tag or flag-raising ceremonies,” Daiker said. “As Worthington has grown, so has the Boy Scouts. Children from all around the area converge at this cabin every other week to make memories and forge bonds with fellow scouts.”

Daiker explained that the cabin “has fallen into disrepair” and has a size insufficient for accommodating the current -- and expected future -- pack and troop membership. Renovations are expected to include improved interior and exterior walls, new doors, roof improvements, re-siding, a new addition and a furnace replacement, among other items. An architect’s rendering of the plans for the cabin can be found at

“This new expansion will give the Boy Scouts an opportunity to do more community outreach and give more children in the community the opportunities for fellowship and practical skills that only scouting can give,” Daiker added. “It is our hope to raise enough money through this drive to allow for a handicapped accessible bathroom and a meeting area large enough to accompany this growing group.”

The project, which is being spearheaded by Cub Scout Pack 134 leader Scott Hunt, carries an estimated $65,000 price tag. When completed, the result will be a year-round meeting place for the scouts -- and, Hunt hopes, an ever-increasing number of them.

“I think people are drawn to the opportunities that the Boy Scouts provide to get children outside, go to camps and enjoy the nature around us,” Hunt said. “So many families don’t have the opportunity or resources to take their children canoeing or hiking. Boy Scouts provides the the children with the time and opportunity to form deep friendships with children their age and provide families with opportunities to re-connect.”

Donations can be made to the Noon Kiwanis Boy Scouts effort at First State Bank Southwest, Daiker said. Anyone with interest in helping the cause, or wanting further information, may contact him at 376-3181.

LCMS relationship with BSA ‘no longer tenable’

posted Mar 14, 2016, 1:32 PM by Dan Rautenkranz

  on December 1, 2015 in NEWSREPORTER

As of today (Dec. 1), the formal relationship between The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is “no longer tenable,” according to LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison and Office of National Mission Executive Director Rev. Bart Day. The decision came as a result of the BSA’s action, made earlier this year, to allow openly gay Scout leaders.

In a statement released today, Harrison and Day outlined months of conversation and correspondence with leadership from the BSA prior to the Synod’s dissolution of the Memorandum of Understanding with the BSA, noting that “while we understand the legal concerns that led to this new BSA direction, it is simply a place the church is not willing to go.”

Legal concerns were also a determining factor. “Recent federal rulings, including the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, are shaping decisions by organizations such as the BSA,” the statement explained. “Congregations who continue their BSA charters after the Dec. 1, 2015, dissolution of the LCMS MOU should seek local legal counsel and guidance on how best to safeguard themselves legally.”

Harrison and Day also noted that they “lament the fact that an MOU between the LCMS and the BSA is no longer possible” and “pray that the Lord of the church will bless congregations and individuals as they consider the information shared here and chart a faithful course forward.”

To read the statement or a shortened version of it, click here.

Posted Dec. 1, 2015

Manna Food Pantry gives thanks for drive support

posted Nov 25, 2015, 5:38 AM by Dan Rautenkranz

By Linda Sanchez, Manna Food Pantry Coordinator, Worthington

We would like to thank the young men and their families from the area Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs for all of the efforts that were put forth once again to conduct their annual food drive in the Fulda, Heron Lake, Reading, Rushmore and Worthington areas. The weather was rather wet to say the least, but these folks did a great job with the food collection for the Manna Food Pantry Inc.
Scoutmaster Scott Hunt and all of the other adults involved did an awesome job again this year. Many thanks, also, to the residents of these communities. Your contributions are well received and appreciated.
The Manna Food Pantry received a large variety of grocery items totaling 1,475 pounds. With these donations, we can give those in need many more selections and some items that we usually don’t have on hand. They do receive this with many thanks.
The Manna Food Pantry received a large variety of grocery items totaling 1,475 pounds. With these donations, we can give those in need many more selections and some items that we usually don’t have on hand. They do receive this with many thanks.
With your support, you are making an impact in the fight against hunger here in southwest Minnesota.
Kudos to the Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts and area residents. This was a wonderful team effort from our communities.
Thanks, also, to the many volunteers that help out each day. Without you, the pantry would not be what it is today. Anyone interested in volunteering and helping to put smiles on faces of the needy, please call 329-1951.

Scouts to collect food Saturday

posted Oct 30, 2015, 8:50 AM by Dan Rautenkranz

The annual Scouting for Food drive will be Saturday in Worthington and many surrounding communities.

Boy Scout Pack and Troop 134, Pack 14 and Pack 121 will pick up food donations beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Scouting for Food bags were dropped off at local residences over the last week. People are asked to put donations of non-perishable food items inside the bag and place them on their front stoop or another highly visible location for pickup by the Scout members. The food will be delivered to the local food shelves.

Food will be collected in Worthington, Rushmore, Reading, Heron Lake, Brewster, Adrian and Sibley, Iowa.

Scouts thankful for volunteer's help

posted Jul 15, 2015, 3:12 PM by Dan Rautenkranz

From the Letter to the Editor in the July 15th Daily Globe

By Bryan Knoblich, Assistant Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America Sioux Council, Sioux Falls, S.D.

I would like to take a minute to express our appreciation for Scott Hunt.

Scott took a significant portion of vacation time to make it possible for a group of Boy Scouts from your community to attend Scout camp this summer and Lewis and Clark Scout Camp, operated by the Sioux Council, BSA.

Scouting is a volunteer organization with some 4,000 individuals making weekly meetings, weekend outings and week-long summer camps the rewarding and life-long learning experiences that they have been for over 100 years.

It is hard to find a way for us to adequately say “thank you,” but we wanted people to know of Scott’s commitment and dedication.

Congratulations Scott and your Troop thanks you also.
Well Done......

Josh Radke's Eagle Project

posted Jun 1, 2015, 5:06 AM by Dan Rautenkranz

A new “Welcome to Dundee” sign now greets people traveling along Nobles County 1 as they approach the small town, thanks to the efforts of a Brewster teen working to earn his Eagle Scout.

Joshua Radke, 17, enlisted the help of nearly all of his fellow Boy Scouts in Worthington’s Troop 134 on Sunday afternoon to erect the sign at the entrance to the community.

While not from Dundee, Radke said he has a fondness for the town, stemming from his childhood days of attending the Dundee Nothing Days celebrations. He laughed as he shared that, as a young kid, he pronounced it “Muffin Days.”

As he grew older and developed a love of fishing, his family made Brenda’s Gas and Grocery in Dundee a favored stop to buy their bait.

“One reason why I wanted to create a welcome sign for Dundee, was ... the town’s kind of dying — it’s a small little town that no one’s really heard of,” Radke said.

As fellow members in the Boy Scout troop have earned their Eagle Scout badge, Radke decided that he, too, should work toward the highest honor bestowed on a Boy Scout.

“I wanted to get the highest honor I can,” he said. “I’ve been working on (scouting) this long, I might as well complete it.”

Radke, who graduated a little more than a week ago from Heron Lake-Okabena High School, spent his senior year making plans and fundraising for the sign project.

“I just wanted to have that as my senior accomplishment — completing my Eagle project,” he said.

Radke worked with Harvey’s Signs and Bedford Technology, both of Worthington, to get the 5- by 8-foot sign made and the posts to erect it. He also secured donations of rock from GCC and food for his volunteers from Fareway. The total project cost was $1,000, which required him to solicit donations from businesses in Brewster, Worthington, Fulda and Dundee.

“During the whole school year I’ve been going around to local businesses trying to get the donations raised, and here I am today, with the donations all settled, and I have my sign created,” said Radke, the son of Darrell and DeAnn Radke.

While the sign is now in place, Radke hasn’t yet earned his Eagle Scout badge. He has to finish his report, complete with photographs and a log of the work he did on the project, and then appear before a panel of scouting officials at the regional headquarters in Sioux Falls, S.D., to present his project.

If the board approves his project, a pinning ceremony will be conducted at a later date.

Radke joined the Cub Scouts as a first-grader, following in the footsteps of some of his older cousins. He became a Scout because “you get to be outside all the time and you get to meet new friends.

“I thought I might try it out and here I am, (more than) 10 years down the road and I’m still in it,” he said. “My favorite part about it is meeting new people. You get to be yourself — you just have a lot of choices and different opportunities that can help prepare you for your life ahead of you.”

His mom served as a den leader when he was in Cub Scouts, and he attributes his drive toward the Eagle Scout honor to many of the leaders and fellow troop members who have been by his side through it all.

“My troop leaders were always pushing me to keep going and going,” he said, offering gratitude to Jacoba Nagel, Scott Hunt, Arnie Dwire, Scott and LaDonna Carlson, Dan Rautenkranz, Wes Kruger, and the Bah, Ailts and Ostrem families.

“A big thanks to all my family and friends and troop members who have pushed me to get this far in my project and my Boy Scout career,” Radke said.

Lewis and Clark Video

posted Mar 19, 2015, 2:21 PM by Dan Rautenkranz   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 2:22 PM ]

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