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Dammann joins MidCountry Bank as mortgage sales rep

Greg Krenz, president of MidCountry Mortgage, announces the newest member of the MidCountry Bank Mortgage team, Ryan Dammann.
As a mortgage sales representative, Dammann will concentrate on providing hands-on guidance for customers to make their experience like no other. His expertise with a wide range of mortgage options from first-time home buyer programs to portfolio products positions him to find just the right mortgage for each customer.

Lawrence Albert Biermann, 88, of NYA

Lawrence Albert Biermann, 88, of Norwood Young America, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at his home at The Harbor in Norwood Young America.

Darvin D. Zieman, 77, of Hutchinson

Darvin Dale Zieman, 77, of Hutchinson, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 25, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Gerhard Bode officiating. Dr. Joan DeVee Dixen was the organist. Soloist Bobbi Ludewig sang “What a Wonderful World.” Congregational hymns were “Here I Am, Lord” and “On Eagle’s Wings.”

John Vernon Fontilla, 85, of Ham Lake

John Vernon Fontilla, 85, of Ham Lake, died peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Glen Cary Lutheran Church in Ham Lake with the Rev. Gary Guptill officiating. Interment with military rites was held at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Silver Lake.
John Fontilla was born Sept. 7, 1930, in Byesville, Ohio, the son of Joseph and Mary (Sulin) Fontilla.

August 24th

Trailblazer meetings continue to baffle us

In this issue, we report on the third straight Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board meeting that seemed to disintegrant into a pile of muck.
In each of those meetings, members of the board have discussed workplace environment issues, and whether any progress is being made on rectifying perceived problems. Each meeting, the morass seems to get worse.

Simple fix explodes into major rebuild

Standing next to the precipice, all the “sidewalk superintendents” were in agreement recently. The hole was a mighty fine one.
The gathering started slowly. One or two “superintendents,” all of retirement age, sagely speaking about how the job should be done and what caused the problem in the first place. Before one knew it, three more “old fellows” sauntered up to see what was so interesting.
“Need a license to superintend here?” one old-timer asked.
“Nope,” replied another.

GSL is ready for opening of school on Aug. 29

To the Editor:
We are all set and ready to go for a wonderful school year at GSL. This school year, our official start date will be on Aug. 29 for all students in grades three through 12. For grades K-2, Aug. 29 is a check-in day and Aug. 30 will be the first day of school. For parents who have students at Helen Baker, you have been notified of your check-in time.

U of M president enjoyed the county fair

To the Editor:
Last Thursday, I had the pleasure to attend the McLeod County Fair. It was a great opportunity to visit with and listen to many proud McLeod County residents, and to share with them the impact of the University of Minnesota on your communities and the upward trajectory of the university.

Heated debates continue at Trailblazer meeting

A motion to immediately terminate Trailblazer Transit Director Gary Ludwig’s employment was declared out of order and ultimately withdrawn at a Joint Powers Board meeting Thursday morning.
The motion was made in the midst of another long and messy discussion regarding Trailblazer’s workplace environment, and whether Ludwig was complying with a letter of reprimand issued by the board. The motion to terminate Ludwig was made by Sibley County Commissioner Jim Swanson and seconded by McLeod County Commissioner Doug Krueger.

Races develop in Glencoe City Council precincts

The city of Glencoe will have contested council races on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Filings for candidacy closed on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Mayor Randal Wilson is seeking re-election and is unchallenged. In Precinct 1, incumbent Daniel F. Perschau is being challenged by Milan Alexander; and, in Precinct 4, incumbent Kevin Dietz is being challenged by Cory Neid.
The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board has just three candidates, all incumbents. They include Jamie Alsleben, Kevin Kuester and Donna VonBerge.
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