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Archive - Nov 2016


November 15th

Two part-time maintenance workers hired in Silver Lake

The Silver Lake City Council had two items on its agenda for the special council meeting called on Monday, Nov. 7.
The first was to approve the hiring of two part-time maintenance employees for the public works department.
Tim Grenke and Jason Eischens will be offered the positions. The main responsibility to start will be the plowing of the city’s sidewalks and parking lots in winter.
The two full-time public works employees are both on extended medical leaves. Once they are back, more training will take place.

Some township boards will have new faces Jan. 1

There will be some new faces on township boards in McLeod County following the Tuesday, Nov. 8, election, according to unofficial election results. Not all townships have fall elections, but here are the results from those that did:
Acoma — Ron Rusch, running unopposed, was re-elected to his supervisor position with 609 votes. Incumbent Supervisor Larry Karg, however, lost his seat to challenger Tom Dahl, with Dahl garnering 405 votes to Karg’s 266. There were 77 write-in votes for clerk; no one filed for the position. Corrinne Schlueter is the incumbent.

Election didn’t end on election day

Our view: Divisiveness continued long after the polls closed

Losers don’t know how to take defeat

Well, woke up on the morning of Nov. 9, and the sun rose despite the election of Donald Trump as president. Amazing because the pundits were predicting the sky would fall if Trump ever won.
To most of us, the day after the election seemed much like the day before. Nothing in our neighborhoods had changed.
But to some, the sky did fall, and panic set in. They were the losers, and they took to the streets after a social media blitz as if they could change the results of the election somehow. They lost their entitlements with the election loss.

Care Connection thrift store needs a new home

To the Editor:
We, the volunteers at Care Connection Thrift store, would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has wonderfully supported our little store.
The donations have been increasing. The support for the store has increased, also. One of our latest deposits showed that 75 percent of the checks were from out of town. We serve a large area.

Brownton woman hurt in 2-vehicle crash

A Brownton woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 22 near 150th Street on Friday, Nov. 11.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Kaitlyn Knick, 23, of Brownton, was southbound on Highway 22 in a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix at about 8:30 a.m. and had slowed to turn onto 150th Street when her vehicle was rear-ended by a 2006 Dodge Caravan, driven by Bobbi Jo Luckhardt, 37, of Hutchinson.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Parents concerned about lunch program

Jodi and David Redman, representing concerned Helen Baker parents, told the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board Monday, Nov. 14, that their son is coming home from kindergarten hungry every day.
At first they thought it was an adjustment to kindergarten, but as it has continued, their concerns have grown.

A message of gratitude for service

Sgt. Vihin Patel’s message at the annual Glencoe-Silver Lake High School (GSL) Veterans Day program had a strong theme running through it — appreciation for those who have served in the nation’s armed forces.
Those who served, Patel told the audience, “have given you the freedom and the opportunities to enjoy each day.”
Patel, who lives in Glencoe, is a U.S. Marines veteran who served in Iraq, and is now in the Army National Guard.

Fire, law, medical agencies respond to ammonia leak

Emergency personnel responded to an anhydrous ammonia leak north of Brownton Monday night, an incident that lasted into the early morning hours on Tuesday.
The leak was reported at about 10:54 p.m. and occurred in a farm field on Plum Avenue, north of 90th Street, about a mile north of Brownton.
An equipment issue allowed the ammonia to leak, and a heavy, dense fog kept the ensuing “cloud” close to the ground. Because of the dense fog, there were some vehicles that accidentally drove into the cloud before retreating.

School Board approves contracts on split votes

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board, in two separate actions, voted 4-2 to approve contracts for six district employees.
The contracts for Activities Director Dean Schwirtz and district office staff members Becky Dahl, Crystal Dahlke, Carol Dammann, Dawn Peterson and Lori Peterson were approved.
The contracts are effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2018.