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Body cams: tool or tyranny?

The use of body-mounted video cameras, or “body cams,” continues to spark controversy.
There is no doubt that body cams can be a useful tool for law enforcement, because the camera doesn’t lie, unless it’s tampered with. Video provides protection for both law enforcement and for suspects, because it documents reality and helps eliminate the “he-said, she-said” aspects of law enforcement.

Thanks to Cemetery Board for clarification on issue

To the Editor:
I would like to thank the Glencoe City Cemetery Board for its letter last week which clarified its stand on the issue of the holding pond in the cemetery.
You have restored my faith in you and in your responsibility to hold and protect this entire area for the final resting place of our loved ones. I would have thought you were not alone in this endeavor, but that city officials would be just as committed to this important task.

Baby boy joins Meyers

Kimberly and Matthew Meyer of Glencoe announce the birth of their son, Roman Kenneth Meyer, born Sept. 17, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Patricia Boehmer of St. Louis, Missouri, and Keith and Trish Meyer of Minneapolis. 

Son born to Shimer family

Stephanie and Carl Shimer of Gibbon announce the birth of their son, Ryker Quentin Shimer, born Sept. 14, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Ryker weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 18 inches long. He joins siblings Haylee, Chase and Savannah. Grandparents are Kevin and Janelle Klucas of Stewart and Mark and Kathy Shimer of Walker. 

Al Franken’s endeavor to regulate lobbyists

To the Editor:
Remember back in 2008 when Al Franken first made the scene in Minnesota? Who could forget the recount, the run-off with Norm Coleman and the eventual victory by our sterling senator. During his initial campaign, I recall vividly his saying that there should be an interval between being a member of Congress and becoming a lobbyist. Think the number was five years at that time. Well, now in 2015, this has become much more of an issue.

Baby boy for Johnson family

Heather and Joshua Johnson of Glencoe announce the birth of their son, Phoenyx Michael Johnson, born Sept. 10, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Phoenyx weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He is welcomed by siblings Maxwell and Penelope. Grandparents are Carol and Michael Johnson of Chaska and Sara Schmitz and Rob Corder of Long Lake.

Daughter born to Prochaskas

Christine and Jason Prochaska of Hutchinson announce the birth of their daughter, Perrie Jean Prochaska, born Sept. 9, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Perrie weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 191⁄4 inches long. She joins a sister June, 5, and a brother Urban, 2. Grandparents are Larry and Linda Prochaska of Silver Lake, Sharon Krug and Paul Nelson of Litchfield, and the late Daniel Rau of Bigelow, Arkansas.

Cripps appointed acting Silver Lake police chief

The Silver Lake City Council on Monday night appointed full-time police officer RJ Cripps as acting police chief effective immediately.
The city has been in the process of hiring a new police chief since May, when former Police Chief Forrest Henriksen submitted his resignation with plans to relocate. Henriksen had agreed to stay on until he found other employment or sold his house.  

Silver Lake Council has sticker shock over Cleveland Street project costs

It wasn’t just the total project cost that got the Silver Lake City Council when it reviewed the feasibility report for a potential utility and street improvement project on Cleveland Street, but the amount that would be assessed to the property owners.

Brownton chosen for solar program

Brownton has been named one of four initial communities for an educational solar installation by the city’s wholesale electrical supplier, the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA), under the agency’s new Hometown Solar Grant Program.