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September 28th

Judge convicts driver on 1 of 3 charges in car-bicycle accident

A driver facing charges in the April 2015 death of Glencoe resident Penny Verdeck in a car-bicycle accident has been convicted of careless driving.
District Judge Timothy Looby found her not guilty on two other charges — felony vehicular homicide and a misdemeanor charge of using a cellphone while driving.
Looby filed his findings on the case last week. The case went to a court trial, which is heard by a judge, rather than a jury, in late June.

County hears request to rezone property west of Glencoe

The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission is recommending approval of rezoning request that may lead to the establishment of a used implement dealership next to Midwest Machinery on Highway 212, east of Glencoe.
Jerad Huepenbecker and Kenneth Hartung appeared before the commission Wednesday, Sept. 21, asking for a rezoning of a 10-acre parcel to highway business from agricultural.

Commissioner candidates talk taxes, trails, recycling at forum

Candidates for McLeod County commissioner expressed their views and opinions at a forum sponsored by the Greater Minnesota Republican Women Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Candidates included incumbent Paul Wright and Rob Raiche, running in District 3; incumbent Ron Shimanski, running unopposed in District 1; and, in District 4, Jeff Nies and Rich Pohlmeier, who both filed for candidacy, and write-in candidate Ane Fitzgerald.
The forum started with each candidate having a couple of minutes to introduce themselves:

County receives $50,000 grant for foam recycling equipment

The Foam Recycling Coalition has awarded a $50,000 grant to McLeod County, to help it expand its foam polystyrene recycling operation. McLeod County Solid Waste Management will buy a foam polystyrene densifier for the newly retrofitted county-owned material recovery facility (MRF) located in Hutchinson.

Was justice served in verdict?

A district court judge handed down his findings last week in the criminal case against Emily Givens, the driver charged in the car-bicycle crash death of Glencoe resident Penny Verdeck last April.
Givens was alleged to have been reading a text message when the accident occurred.
Many have expressed disappointment in the judge’s findings. He found Givens not guilty of criminal vehicular homicide and use of a cellphone in a vehicle. She was found guilty on a misdemeanor count of careless driving.

Hold on to your wallets, taxpayers of Glencoe

To the Editor:
Hold on to your wallets, taxpayers of Glencoe.

Where’s the proof that paved trails are beneficial?

To the Editor:
Last April, proof was requested for the claims within the McLeod Trails Plan about the benefits of paved bike trails. To date, no response has yet been provided by either the city of Hutchinson or McLeod County.   

Historical society, libraries plan genealogical classes

The Mcleod County Historical Society and the Pioneerland Library System have partnered to present a family history research series at each of the county’s four libraries.
The series features a series of three classes each of beginner through advanced that will focus on topics and current methods in genealogy history research. Participants can sign up for one or all three in the series. A team of local genealogists who have spent decades doing their own family history research will assist with the classes.

Veterans informational fair, flu shot clinic set

McLeod County Veterans Services and the St. Cloud VA Medical Center will present a veterans information fair and flu shot clinic Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hutchinson National Guard Armory, 1200 Adams St. SE, Hutchinson.

GSL Homecoming royalty crowned