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July 28th

James Klopp, 83, of Glencoe

James Klopp, 83, of Glencoe, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at his home.
A private family graveside service is planned.
Arrangements are with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. An online guest book is available at www.hantge.com.

July 27th

Another senseless mass killing

The reports are coming so often that we are becoming enured to them. A truck driver plows through a crowd in Nice, France, killing scores of people. A gunman goes on a rampage in Germany, killing nine at a shopping mall.
Each time there is a mass killing, whether on U.S. soil or abroad, our nation launches into a renewed and more heated debate about gun control.

Remembering steam-cleaned Finns

During last week’s hot streak, I spotted a sparrow sitting on my bird feeder. In his mouth was a seed, but he was too worn out from the heat to eat it.
Not far away was a squirrel, sprawled out on the tire of my son’s trailer. He was spreadeagle on the top of the tire in the shade. He looked exhausted.
My oldest brother in Arizona often tells me 100 degrees in the desert is a dry heat. So is sticking my head in an oven.

Running to reduce government, preserve liberty

To the Editor:
Hello, neighbor!
My name is Kevin Masrud, and I live with my family in Stewart. I’m running for McLeod County’s Board of Commissioners here in the 3rd District.
There are two reasons I’m running for County Board. The first reason is because I believe that government has become too big, and too expensive. The money our government spends is taken from people against their will in the form of taxation. If we’re going to tax people it had better be for things which are absolutely critical. Not just for pet projects.

Trailblazer growing, with some pains

To the Editor:

Kudos on another great Heat in the Street

To the Editor:
 I would like to commend the Glencoe Fire Department for hosting the fifth Heat in the Street event.

Support Wick for District 4 commissioner

To the Editor:
Support Brad Wick for county commissioner – District 4.
I have known Brad for over seven years. He is a caring, compassionate, dedicated and respectful man with a desire to make a difference. When we talked about “Why now?” for county board commissioner, he said he feels it’s his time to step up for the county.

Trailblazer board continues to debate workplace issues

Contentious and heated discussion continued Thursday morning regarding Trailblazer Transit’s workplace environment, with allegations of micro-managing, violations of the Minnesota open meeting law and whether Executive Director Gary Ludwig was following the directions given earlier this summer in a letter of reprimand.
The heated discussion often resulted in raised voices among members of the Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board.

County Board hears funding requests

The McLeod County Board took under advisement two requests for funding from nonprofit agencies at its Tuesday, July 19, meeting.
Jen Johnson, executive director for Save Avenues, asked the County Board to allocate $2,200 in 2017. The county provided $2,100 in 2016.
Johnson said Safe Avenues is an 18-county agency which advocates for victims of sexual abuse.
In 2014, the agency established an office in Hutchinson, and works closely with the McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence, (MAVDV) which has an office just down the hall.

Monticello, Otsego, Hutchinson seeking service from Trailblazer

Trailblazer Transit has more opportunities to expand its service, the joint powers board heard at its Thursday morning meeting.
Jack Russek, who represents Wright County Area Transportation (WCAT) on the joint powers board, said that the cities of Monticello and Otsego want to join WCAT in order to get service from Trailblazer.
In addition, said Executive Director Gary Ludwig, the city of Hutchinson is looking to expand service within its city limits.