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March 23rd

Baby boy to Summer Thurk

Summer Thurk of Lester Prairie announces the birth of her son, Knoxon Charles Parpart, born March 3, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Knoxon weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 211⁄2 inches long. He joins siblings Landon and Tucker. 

Son born to Nordby family

Misty and Karsten Nordby of Glencoe announce the birth of their son, Axel Burton Nordby, born March 2, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Axel weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He is welcomed home by siblings Bradlee and Layla. Grandparents are Tammy Farrell of Glencoe, Todd Farrell of Bloomington and Kevin and Kathy Nordby of Brownton. 

Garbers receives award

Lynne Garbers of Lester Prairie earned the 100% Club Award from RE/MAX. This award recognizes sales made in a single year and is the fifth-highest regional honor. In 2015, only 30 percent of RE/MAX Realtors received this award in the state. 

SL Council approves hiring of full-time officer

The first task Silver Lake Police Chief RJ Cripps was assigned, moments after being hired at the Feb. 16 City Council meeting, was to look at the organization and staffing needs of the police department.
 
The police department, for many years, has operated with a full-time chief and one full-time office for a total of 80 hours of coverage per week.
 
The department has used part-time officers to cover when needed.
 

Trailblazer Transit hires consultant to assess workplace environment

The Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board voted Thursday morning to hire consultant Susan Herreid to do a workplace assessment to find out why the transit system is having a difficult time attracting and keeping employees.
The decision to hire Herreid at a not-to-exceed cost of $10,000 came after a long, complicated discussion with motions, amended motions and rescinded motions.
At the crux of the discussion was whether the hiring of a consultant should be tied to the hiring of a human resources director or human resources firm.

McLeod County Republicans host convention

Over 100 McLeod County delegates and alternates met at the Republican county convention in Hutchinson on Saturday, March 19, to hear from candidates and elect state and Minnesota 7th District delegates.
The convention heard from three Republicans seeking re-election: state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen of District 18B, state Rep. Dean Urdahl of District 18A, and state Sen. Scott Newman of District 18.
Gruenhagen, who represents Sibley County and part of McLeod County, told the convention how important their participation in the political process is.

Council discusses watershed permit

The Glencoe City Council further discussed the Northeast Drainage project at its regular meeting Monday night, choosing to table a decision to submit a formal permit to the Buffalo Creek Watershed until more financing information was available.
The city has previously submitted draft permit applications to the watershed board, but not a final permit request.
The city’s original plan for the project was a 30-inch pipe running from Glencoe-Silver Lake High School’s wetlands east to the East Ditch.

GSL Knowledge Bowl wins regional meet, will send two teams to state

Glencoe-Silver Lake Knowledge Bowl captured the top two spots at its regional meet in Willmar and will send two teams to the state meet in April.
Four GSL teams competed in the meet on March 18 at Ridgewater College campus against three Hutchinson teams, two Willmar teams and one team from BOLD, Canby, Central Minnesota Christian School, Lester Prairie, Montevideo, New London-Spicer, Ortonville, Renville County West and Yellow Medicine East. The top three of these 18 teams moved on to state.

STEM, FFA featured at school luncheon

Superintendent Chris Sonju gave an update on the schools new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program to guests at the district’s community schools lunch on Friday afternoon.
Sonju explained that the STEM initiative will be implemented in kindergarten through sixth-grade alongside the current high school programs.

Dairy banquet, coronation set April 2

The 63rd annual McLeod County Dairy Association Spring Banquet and Dairy Princess Coronation is set for Saturday April 2, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Dairy Princess candidates include:
Sierra Swanson, the daughter of David and Kari Swanson of Hutchinson;
Cheyenne Schmidt, the daughter of Ron and Denise Schmidt of Hutchinson; and
Ashle Lukes, the daughter of Michael and Reada Lukes of Lester Prairie.
Appetizers are at 7 p.m. with a buffet dinner at 7:30 p.m., followed by a make-your-own-sundae bar.