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December 30th

Norman E. Gehrke, 77, of Brownton

Norman Elmer Gehrke, 77, of Brownton, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at the Hutchinson Health Hospital in Hutchinson.
Memorial  services were held Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Paul Baker officiating. Paul Cravens was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Borning Cry,” “All The Way My Savior Leads Me” and “Because He Lives.”

Marguerite Bentz, 81, of Hutchinson

Marguerita “Rita” Bentz, 81, of Hutchinson, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, at her home.
A celebration of life was held at the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel on Dec. 26, and interment and worship were held Sunday, Dec. 27. The Rev. Brian Brosz officiated, with Barb Wawrzyniak as the organist. Amber Collins was the soloist with the Collins Sisters as backup.

Rev. Paul Conran Ardolf, 91, of NYA

The Rev. Paul Conran Ardolf, 91, of Norwood Young America, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska.

McLeod County will revamp its website in 2016

McLeod County took the first step Tuesday toward revamping its website by approving a $40,300 contract with Revize to redesign the site.
Information Technology Director Vince Traver said the company will work with a county committee to redesign the website, and expects the process to take about 21 weeks.
Included in the $40,300 fee is $9,700 for support and hosting for the first year. That $9,700 will become an ongoing annual fee, Traver said, with another redesign planned in four years.

Rural, unoccupied house damaged by fire on Sunday

The Glencoe Fire Department was called to a fire in an unoccupied house on Jet Avenue, just north of Highway 212, on Sunday at about 1:30 p.m.
Glencoe Fire Chief Ron Grack said the fire was noticed by one of the owners of the house, who had come to plow the driveway.
The person noticed smoke coming from the chimney, then went inside and discovered smoke coming from the basement. The fire department was then summoned.

Large solar garden planned near Lester Prairie

A solar garden complex is being planned on 40 acres of land in Winsted Township, about two miles from Lester Prairie
Geronimo Energy, on behalf of Andromeda Community Solar Gardens, LLC, appeared before the McLeod County Planning Commission seeking a conditional use permit on Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Tena Rytel of Geronimo Energy said that the solar garden will ultimately provide power to Xcel Energy’s grid. Xcel was directed by the 2013 legislature to develop “green” energy sources.

Sex trafficking topic of Hutchinson event

Greater Minnesota Republican Women, the Minnesota Department of Health, Heartland Girls Ranch, Hearts for Freedom, and Safe Avenues are sponsoring a community event on sex trafficking of  youth in western and  central Minnesota on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Harmony River Living Center, 1555 Sherwood St. SE in Hutchinson.

It’s illegal to push snow onto roadways

Depositing snow from one’s driveway or sidewalk onto a highway, or pushing snow from your driveway across the highway and into piles along the shoulder, results in unexpected obstructions for plow operators and the traveling public. Snowplows have been damaged and thrown off roads when hitting these compacted and frozen snow piles. Additional snow drifting also results from this practice, adding to the hazards of winter driving.

Streets, school, new mill, GRHS, more

For the past several years, as The Chronicle compiled its year in review, the catchword was always “weather.”
After the economy took a nosedive into the tank in about 2007, new construction ground to a halt. But the weather did not. Each year, we chronicled weather disaster after weather disaster — mostly caused by torrential rainfalls and subsequent flooding.
This year, 2015, is much different. If there is a catchword for this year, it must be “construction.”

Looking forward to building, STEM expansion

To the Editor:
As we take time to reflect upon a wonderful 2015, and look forward to the opportunities in 2016, I would like to take this time to thank all of our stakeholders for their support of GSL. On behalf of all of us here, I would like to wish everybody a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year. Things are going well as we begin 2016, and it seems fitting that this would be a good time to give you an update on some of the improvements that we are working on.