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Archive - Feb 18, 2015

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County extends deadline on choosing recycling carts

McLeod County Solid Waste has extended the deadline for choosing a size for a single-sort recycling cart, according to an e-mail from Sarah Young, solid waste coordinator. Residents within the communities in McLeod County should have received an information mailing regarding the county's planned switch to single-sort recycling from five-sort, and a response card to indicate what size recycling cart resident would like.

Marilyn "Lynn" Jean Larson, 82, of Glencoe

Marilyn "Lynn" Jean Larson, 82, of Glencoe, formerly of Minnetonka, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 10 a.m., all at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 W Third St., Chaska. Interment will be Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Arrangements are with the Bertas Funeral Home in Chaska.

Dorothy M. Hahn, 85, of Hutchinson

Dorothy Minnie Hahn, 85, of Hutchinson, formerly of Arlington and Darwin, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 16, at Peace Lutheran Church in Arlington with the Rev. Kurt Lehmkuhl officiating. Bobette Schauer was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “In the Garden” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Carl R. Mackdanz, 79, of Minneapolis

Carl R. Mackdanz, 79, of Minneapolis, died peacefully at N.C. Little Hospice, surrounded by his loving family and friends, on Feb. 12, 2015.
Mr. Mackdanz was a loving husband, father, papa and friend.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 50 years, Kathleen (Kathy Dolan); daughters, Susan (Brian) Albers and Molly Mackdanz; grandchildren, Merrick, Matthew and Olivia; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Muriel Mackdanz; and stepmother, Hilda Mackdanz Brekke.

Jasken — Mackenthun

Anna Jasken and Timothy Mackenthun, both of Glencoe, announce their enagement and plans to marry Aug. 8 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe.
Parents of the couple are Jerome and Sally Jasken and Bill and Karen Mackenthun, all of Glencoe.
Anna Jasken graduated from high school in 2010 and from Ridgewater College in Willmar in 2014 with a degree in veterinary technology. She is currently employed as a veterinary technician at ValueCare Vet Clinic in Chaska.

Son born to Schwartz family

Jeremiah and Claudia Schwartz of Glencoe announce the arrival of a son, Julian Alexander Schwartz, born Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Julian weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 201⁄2 inches in length. He joins siblings Damion and Christian. Grandparents are Kenny and Bonnie Schwartz of Norwood Young America and Constantino and Silvia Perez of Glencoe.
 

Daughter born to Dittmers

Bryan and Amy Dittmer of Glencoe announce the birth of a daughter, Avery Anne, born Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Avery weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long at birth. She joins a sibling, Colton. Grandparents are Al and Karen Wagner of Montfort, Wis., and Dennis and Charlotte Dittmer of Plato.
 

Transparency, open meetings

Transparency and the Minnesota Open Meeting Law. Those two topics came up at Tuesday’s McLeod County Board meeting, and we’re glad they did.
New Commissioner Doug Krueger raised some questions regarding the county’s recent extension of its recycling contract, citing two concerns: first, that as new commissioner, he doesn’t feel well versed on the topic and, second, that transparency in county government is important to him.

A couple of things are chafing my hide

There have been a couple of things that have chafed my hide over the past several months, and I have to take a moment to address these raw spots.
First, anybody who thinks the return of trolley cars to the metro area is a wise thing should look at why trolley cars went the way of the horse and buggy … they became obsolete! They were inefficient dinosaurs that snarled the growing use of motorized vehicles on metro streets!

County Board debates role of SWAC at meeting

McLeod County Commissioner Doug Krueger’s questions regarding a recent renewal of the county’s recycling contract with West Central Sanitation sparked a lengthy discussion among his fellow commissioners and others Tuesday morning.
Krueger asked if the renewal of the contract with West Central, which was amended to accommodate the county’s switch to single-sort recycling from five-sort, was actually a renewal or a new contract, which should have been let for bids.