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January 21st

Son born to Decker, Ziemer

Craig Decker and Tanya Ziemer of Hutchinson announce the birth of a son, Owen Nicholas Decker, born Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at Hutchinson Health. Owen weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 181⁄2 inches long. He joins siblings Kiera and Kelsa Ziemer. Grandparents are Nick and Debi Decker of Litchfield and Gene and Karen Konerza of Glencoe.

Daughter born to Johnsons

Brian and Jessica Johnson of Minnetrista announce the arrival of a daughter, Vanessa Lyn, born Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Vanessa weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 181⁄2 inches long. She joins siblings Juliana and Cameron. Grandparents are Milan and Laurie Alexander of Glencoe and Larry and Kathy Johnson of Hector. Great-grandparents are Mabel Stradtmann of Glencoe, Virginia Alexander Eckers of Minnetonka and Frank and Babe Johnson of Hutchinson.

Free tuition does not address rising costs

President Barack Obama recently proposed free tuition for two years of community college for students.
“Today I’m announcing an ambitious new plan to bring down the cost of community college tuition in this country,” President Obama said in Tennessee on Friday, Jan. 9. “I want to bring it down to zero. I want to make it free.”

History of dentistry can be found in me

It’s funny how you can look at the same thing day after day without really noticing it.
I was brushing my teeth the other day, and was trying to squeeze the last gob of toothpaste out of a nearly empty tue when I noticed that the toothpaste was specially formulate for people “with over 50 years of experience.”
Experience in what, I wondered. So I asked the question on Facebook, because that always attracts quality answers. This is what I got: “chewing,” “flapping your gums” and “life.”

Mayor passes over commission’s recommendation

To the Editor:
I want to give a heads up to the citizens of Glencoe.

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership must be stopped

To the Editor:
Since there seems to be no concern by neither our press nor our political representatives, I feel obligated to write about the prospective “Trans-Pacific Partnership” (TPP)  trade pact with “Fast Track” authority being negotiated in secret by corporate sponsors.  

Adequate funding need for transportation

To the Editor:
We are the lucky ones — we get to experience all the seasons.
Spring shows us all the beauty of nature with the sprouting of the leaves on the trees, the grass turning green, perennials spring from the ground to bloom again and rain washes everything clean.
Summer, we can experience heat waves with the best of them, enjoy the lakes and parks, watch the crops grow and enjoy every minute of sun and outdoors.

School district starts review and comment on proposed project

The Jan. 12 Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board planning meeting brought many issues to the table, but none more in-depth than the proposal to close Helen Baker School and relocate kindergarten through second grade to the Lincoln Junior High and GSL High School campus.
To accommodate this expansion a review and comment proposal has been drafted and presented to the School Board, with the intent to pass it on for Department of Education approval and, eventually, put to a community vote on May 12.

Shimanksi named Trailblazer Transit Board chair

The Trailblazer Transit’s officers will include one of its new Wright County Area Transit (WCAT) representatives. WCAT is a coalition of Wright County cities that has partnered with Trailblazer to provide transit service in their communities.
The Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board, which officially began its new partnership with WCAT Jan. 1, elected its 2015 officers at its Thursday morning meeting.

9th-annual Blizzard Blast set for Jan. 30

Blizzard Blast, the annual fundraiser for Allina Health Hospice Foundation, is set for Friday, Jan. 30, at 5:30 p.m., at the Glencoe City Center, 1107 11th St. E, Glencoe.
This will be the ninth year of the event.
Tickets are $30 per person, and include dinner (catered by Chef Craig) and live music by Rhinestone.
The fundraiser also includes live and silent auctions and a raffle.

For more, see the Jan. 21 print edition of The Chronicle.