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Archive - 2015

January 21st

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.

Hospice: care for patient, peace of mind for family

Ruth Klukas, 92, was living alone on her farm near Gibbon in 2013, and her family was concerned about her well-being as the effects of aging took their toll.
Klukas’ granddaughter, Laura Donnay of Glencoe, had experience with home health care, and was familiar with the hospice program offered in the past by ConnectCare and now by Allina Home Health. Donnay also used to work with ConnectCare.
“At some point, the doctor suggested hospice care and we made the call,” said Donnay.

Trailblazer struggles with shrinking pool of volunteer drivers

Trailblazer Transit’s dwindling pool of volunteer drivers has it pondering how to continue providing service to those with unique needs.
The joint powers board heard Thursday morning that there are just seven active volunteers, with an average age of 80.
The volunteer drivers provide rides to people who have needs outside of Trailblazer’s traditional service area — such as to medical clinics in the Twin Cities or Rochester.

Trailblazer’s new Wright County facility delayed by financing issues

Trailblazer Transit’s goal of duplicating its Glencoe facility at a location in Buffalo in Wright County has hit a snag.
Trailblazer Executive Director Gary Ludwig told the joint powers board that the Buffalo Housing Authority, which is building the facility to lease to Trailblazer, is having difficulty getting financing.
“They presently do not have financing for this project,” said Ludwig of the housing authority, which is trying to borrow money for the building’s construction.

3 hurt in collision in Sibley County

Three Belle Plaine residents were injured in a two-vehicle accident Monday, Jan. 19, at about 3:30 p.m., in the area of 190th Street and 391st Avenue in Green Isle Township, Sibley County.
According to the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office, a flatbed one-ton truck and a passenger car were involved in the collision.
The people in the car were identified as Jada Teta, 15, Xavier Teta, 10, and Jena Cuchna, 38, all of Belle Plaine. All three were taken to the hospital in Waconia by ambulance.

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