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Archive - 2014

September 3rd

Butternut Grove Farm honored as a Minnesota Century Farm

North of Silver Lake, off of Henry’s Corner, lies Butternut Grove Farm, a beautiful, lush, green pasture of farmland once home to many butternut trees, but is known to most as the Svanda farmstead.
“Nobody knows us as Butternut Grove Farm, but that’s what my grandparents called it,” Ernie Svanda, 84, said of the family farm.
The farm has been in the Svanda family since 1903 and was recognized this year as a Minnesota Century Farm.

County planning commission OKs gravel pit renewal

The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission is recommending approval of the renewal of a gravel mining conditional use permit following a public hearing Wednesday morning, Aug. 27.
Nobody showed up for the hearing.
Kenneth Polifka is asking the county to renew the permit for a mine he operates on property owned by Gene Streachek in Rich Valley Township.
Polifka said he takes just a small amount of material out of the pit each year.
“We’ve maybe taken out about 700 yards a year the past couple of years,” said Polifka.

City of Glencoe’s health insurance to increase 24%

Health insurance premium increases and high fuel costs are not only hitting individuals, but local governments as well.
The Glencoe City Council Finance Committee and the  city’s department heads met to review the 2015 preliminary budget on Wednesday, Aug. 27.
City Administrator Mark Larson reported to the group that he had been notified that the city’s health insurance premiums were set to renew at a 24 percent increase over 2014. A 15 percent increase was budgeted.

Finding it difficult to part with summer


August 27th

Recent mosquito spraying raises concerns for some in Silver Lake


Stewart City Council sets hearing on possible rental ordinance changes

The Stewart City Council has set a special meeting and public hearing for Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m., to consider changes to its rental property regulations and inspection ordinance.
The Council met in a workshop session Tuesday, Aug. 19, to consider changing the ordinance after some landlords complained that it was too stringent.
The City Council seemed to agree at its Aug. 11 meeting that the ordinance should focus mainly on health and safety issues.
Some of the proposed changes that came out of the workshop include:

Rannow — Mackenthun

Brittany Rannow and Tanner Mackenthun of Mayer announce their engagement and plans to wed on Oct. 4 at Church of the Holy Family in Silver Lake.
Parents of the bride are Dale and Sharon Rannow of Silver Lake and parents of the groom are Dave and Michele Mackenthun of Glencoe.
The bride is employed as a registered nurse at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.
The groom is an engineer at Rosemount Measurement in Chanhassen.

Miller— Clapper

Jill Miller and Michael Clapper of Minneapolis announce their engagement and plans to wed Sept. 6 at the bride’s parents’ home.
Parents of the bride are Grant and Debra Miller of Glencoe. Parents of the groom are David Clapper and Tera Lynn of Victoria and Doreen Clapper of Eden Prairie.
The bride is a 2008 graduate of home education, including post-secondary education at Crown College in St. Bonifacious.

Son born to Stockmans

Heather and Brian Stockman of Silver Lake announce the birth of their son, Bentley Brian, born Aug. 13, 2014, at Hutchinson Health. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20 inches in length. Grandparents are Rhonda and Darrell Kaczmarek of Silver Lake and Michael and Brenda Stockman of Plato.

Mertle R.A. Mathews, 89, of Glencoe

Mertle Ruth Alice Mathews, wife of Eldor Mathews, 89, of Glencoe, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 23, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Daniel Welch officiating.
Dawn Wolter was the pianist. Soloist Danielle Mathews sang “The Rose” and “Amazing Grace.” Congregational hymns were “On Eagle’s Wings” and “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.”