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January 27th

Carl John Selchow, 100, of Glencoe

Carl John Selchow, 100, of Glencoe, formerly of Plato, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at his home at Grand Meadows Senior Living in Glencoe.

Dale Casper Roth, 85, of Hutchinson

Dale Roth, 85, of Hutchinson, formerly of Plato, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at his home at Prairie Senior Cottages in Hutchinson.
Graveside services were held Thursday, Jan. 21, at St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery in Plato with the Rev. Joseph Clay officiating.

Janet M. Plihal, 74, of Hutchinson

Janet M. Plihal, 74, of Hutchinson, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake, with interment in Presbyterian Cemetery in Silver Lake.

Carol M. Hed, 84, of Eden Prairie

Carol Hed, 84, of Eden Prairie, died Jan. 13, 2016, in the presence of her daughters and devoted care providers.
A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, Jan. 28, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen.

Dennis Frederic Grack, 71, of Gaylord

Dennis Grack, 71, of Gaylord, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at his home.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 25, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord with the Revs. James King and Harold Storm officiating. Ben Holten was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Eternal Father! Strong to Save,” “Beautiful Savior” and “Onward, Christian Soldiers.”

Domestic abuse continues to rise

The report released in a press conference yesterday was more than a little bit frightening — 34 people in Minnesota died as the result of domestic abuse in 2015, up from the 23 murdered in 2014.
Of those 34 deaths, according to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, 22 were women, three were men and nine were friends or family members who tried to intervene in a domestic situation and lost their lives for trying to save another. Seventeen children were left motherless because of the deaths.

Local meetings more important than out of state

To the Editor:
I would like to reply to Joe Nagel’s Jan. 17 letter promoting the benefits of McLeod County traveling to out-of-state conventions by the National Association of Counties (NACo).
First, I want to thank Joe for the professional tone in his reply, and I will do my best to reply in kind.

Corrects newspaper article, county retrofit figures

To the Editor:
I need to start by correcting the Jan. 20, 2016, Hutchinson Leader article titled, “Recycling facility costs grew and grew.” This article is in reference to the McLeod County single-sort recycling project.
The article states, “while on the County Board, former member Jon Christensen supported an increase from $3.5 million to $4.5 million on the facility project. He also agreed to bonding for it, citing the need to avoid draining the facility funds, so long as those funds repaid the bond.”

Food shelf served 5,432 people in 2015

To the Editor:
The McLeod Emergency Food Shelf completed its usage report for 2015 and the distribution of food out of the Glencoe and Hutchinson sites totaled 550,543 pounds. The number served is at 5,432 individuals in McLeod County, or about 15.5 percent of the county population. Again this year, the number of people in the age group of 65 and up showed the largest increase of people using the food shelf, up almost 4 percent more than last year.

A new perspective at GSL: students ‘get to,’ not ‘have to’

Though most school days involve learning new words, Glencoe-Silver Lake students are working to erase one phrase, “have to,” from their vocabulary.
The effort is a part of GSL’s “Get To” program that focuses on inspiring students to be grateful for their education with T-shirts and monthly “Get To” days.