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Archive - 2014

December 17th

Rose family welcomes son

Jeff and Julie Rose of Glencoe announce the birth of a son, Collin Michael Rose, born Nov. 28, 2014, at Ridgeview Medical Center. Collin weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 19 inches long. He is welcomed home by siblings Braxton and Hanna. Grandparents are Ricky and Julie Rose of Glencoe, Harold and Lynn Schroeder of Gibbon and Rita Kiffmeyer and Steve Smith of Becker.

Girl born to Gaylord couple

Janie Mikka Grack was born Dec. 5, 2014, to Monick Castillo and Aaron Grack of Gaylord. She weighed 6 pounds, 4.4 ounces, and was 191⁄2 inches long. She joins a brother, Michael Stanley Luebesmier. Grandparents are Oliveros Castillo and Lidia Castilllo of Gaylord, Fred Grack of New Auburn and Nora easting of Belle Plaine.

Son born to Bauer family

Andy and Kristen Bauer of Gaylord announce the arrival of a son, Karter Andrew Bauer, born Nov. 20, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System - Mankato. Karter weighed  7 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He joins siblings Aiden and Avery. Grandparents are Gale and Judy Schlueter of Stewart and Ron and Muriel Bauer of Brownton. Great-grandparents are Orville and Dorothy Busse of Arlington and Anna Bauer of Gaylord.

Stewart City Council renews building inspection contract

The Stewart City Council renewed its contract for building inspection services with MNSPECT of Waconia on a 3-2 vote at its Monday, Dec. 8, meeting.
A first motion to renew a 3-year contract died for a lack of a second, and Council Member Jim Eitel advocated his earlier position to approve a one-year contract.
“I’d like to pursue other companies that inspect buildings,” said Eitel.
The city has had some controversy with building inspections after its adoption last year of a rental ordinance.

Silver Lake City Council has tax hearing

A wide variety of issues was raised at the Silver Lake city council meeting Monday night, including budget concerns, fair pay for women and a potential public access channel for the city.

Truth in Taxation
The truth in taxation hearing took place at the top of the meeting’s agenda. City Clerk Kerry Venier reported that the 2015 tax levy will be decreased by .29 percent, or $1,349. Budget expenditures will increase by 3.5 percent, projected revenues will increase by 3.52 percent.

SL Winterfest set Saturday, Dec. 20

The city of Silver Lake, along with the GFWC Silver Lake Women’s Club, is sponsoring the 13th-annual Winterfest on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Silver Lake Auditorium.
There will be various activities, including a coloring contest sponsored by the Degree of Honor, photo opportunities with live reindeer, horse-drawn rides through town, live music and drawings for prizes.
The women’s club also will provide free sandwiches, cider, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.

County Board drops proposed levy increase

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners, on a split vote, turned down a proposed 2 percent levy increase for 2015, and instead voted to not increase the levy at all — also on a split vote.
After several years of not increasing its levy — in deference to the economic recession that hit McLeod County harder than many areas because of employment cuts at Hutchinson Technology — the County Board had proposed a 2 percent levy increase in 2015.

My creativity stops at computer keyboard

The past few Christmas seasons, my co-worker Trisha has roped me into “arts and crafts” to make unique gifts for our co-workers.
I’m a very reluctant participant. If she didn’t also offer me wine and some of her “magic” cookies (which her son claims not only taste good but have healing powers), I’d probably bow out.

Bigger schools aren’t always better

After living in several large cities, I was unsure what would greet me when I returned to my small hometown. How would this be different? Big cities are often very arrogant about what they have to offer, and at times can scoff at the opportunities (or they say lack thereof) in a small community. In my first weeks here at The Chronicle, I was given my first chance to explore some of these differences.

Five injured in 2 accidents within 2 days on Hwy. 7

Five people were injured in two accidents within two days on Highway 7 in the Lester Prairie area.
A Lester Prairie couple and a Woodbury man were all injured in a head-on collision Tuesday, Dec. 9, at about 2:10 p.m., on Highway 7 near Carver County Road 33, east of Lester Prairie.