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December 24th

Graf family announces birth

A son, Leo Wayne Graf, was born Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, to Matt and Jackie Graff of Glencoe, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Leo weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His sibling is Ruby. Grandparents are Michael and Nancy Cox and Wendy Graf, all of Glencoe, and the late David Graf.

Girl for Glencoe couple

Xavier Strong and Adam Rindal of Glencoe announce the arrival of a daughter, Calliope LaRae, who was born Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at Hutchinson Health. Calliope weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She joins siblings Brighton, Hayden, Tavia and Lillian. Grandparents are Wayne and Kim Strong of Glencoe and Ken and Linda Rindal of Eleva, Wis.

Daughter born to Koseks

Gary and Larisa Kosek of Silver Lake announce the arrival of a daughter, Greta Clare, born Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at Hutchinson Health. Greta weighed 6 pounds, 91⁄2 ounces, and was 19 inches long. She is welcomed home by siblings Avril and Mavrik. Grandparents are Clarence and Doris Kosek of Silver Lake and Alan and Lori Dahlman of Stewart.

Violence disturbing during season of peace

Crime, sex and money. Those three news topics, poll after poll and survey after survey tell us, are what people want to read about in the print media, see on TV and hear about on the radio.
Unfortunately, that seems to be all too true. Just look at the recent coverage of the shooting of a black man by a white police officer, the subsequent looting and riots, and demonstrations that have turned ugly — even one right next door at the Mall of America in Bloomington.

Operation Minnesota Nice is appreciated

When I was a kid — actually, even until I was well into my 40s — my mother would intersperse necessities into our “fun” gifts each Christmas. I could usually count on opening a box to find underwear and socks.
And, of course, we all had to display our gifts to the rest of the family. I learned not to open the package of underwear the Christmas I pulled out a pair of panties and my brother commented, “Oh, you got pillow cases?”
Most of us receive these gifts with something less than enthusiasm, bordering on disappointment.

School’s needs the same, but cost rises

I have a real strong urge to say “I told you so!” But I will refrain.
However, after sitting in (as a private citizen) on the last Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board meeting and last week’s four-hour workshop session, I wondered why are we even going through this again? Why should we even have to run another building bond referendum?

13th-annual Winterfest a huge success

To the Editor:
On behalf of the city of Silver Lake and the GFWC Women’s Club of Silver Lake, I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who came and made our Winterfest a great day for all. Santa was there with his reindeer, the horse-drawn rides made their annual appearance and the food was excellent as usual.

Trailblazer expansion saves money for counties

Trailblazer Transit’s expansion of service into Wright County has turned out to be good news for residents in McLeod and Sibley counties — the local bill is going to be much less.

School Board, architect talk building options

What does a 21st century classroom look like? School districts across Minnesota are evolving. Is Glencoe-Silver Lake next on the list?
The School Board met for a work session with architect Paul Youngquist on Tuesday night, Dec. 16, to discuss these questions, as well as the future of Helen Baker School.
Youngquist gave a long list of examples of schools he had remodeled or built for surrounding Minnesota districts, explaining the trends that were showing great results with those students.  

County to reschedule ditch redetermination hearing

McLeod County will hold a new hearing on the redetermination of benefits for County Ditch 20 and County Ditch 22, both of which are in the county’s 5th District.
Fifth District Commissioner Jon Christensen raised the issue at the County Board’s Dec. 16 meeting, saying that some notices sent to property owners for the original hearing, held Nov. 20, had a start time of 9 p.m. rather than 9 a.m.
“Apparently, there were a few people standing around outside the North Complex at 9 p.m.,” said Christensen.