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Archive - 2016

December 28th

Mary Monahan, 97, of Hutchinson

Mary Monahan, 97, of Hutchinson, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.

Private management of MRF facility?

Our view: It’s another option for the county, along with restructuring

 Creating new jobs in rural Minnesota

By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Back in 2009, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Ever Cat’s biodiesel plant in Isanti. The company, started by a feed-supplement supplier for farmers, uses innovative technology to create biodiesel from waste. And every year since its opening, that plant has produced approximately three million gallons of diesel fuel to help fuel our cars, trucks and ships. And it’s employed more than two dozen people to do it.

 Want to govern effectively, Mr. Trump?

By Lee H. Hamilton
As Mario Cuomo said, politicians campaign in poetry but have to govern in prose. Now we have a president-elect who campaigned in tweets … but still will have to govern in prose.

Minnesota Nice brightens soldiers’ holidays

The gifts shipped out by Minnesota Nice, operated locally by Linda Krueger, Colleen Benjamin and LaDonna Stuber, are greatly appreciated by soldiers living in some pretty bleak conditions, especially in the Middle East.
Krueger said she has been receiving notes, photos and Facebook messages from some of the recipients of the gifts, many who live in tents and “containers” on makeshift military bases.
One person was particularly gratified to receive a coffee pot and supplies, since that soldier had to hike a considerable distance to get a cup of coffee.

County considers private firm to run recycling programs

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners will be seeking requests for proposals (RFPs) from private firms to manage its materials recovery facility (MRF), which takes in recyclable goods.
The board met as the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) on Wednesday, Dec. 21, where it heard from Sarah Young, solid waste coordinator, that the facility had been approached by a private company regarding operating the MRF.
“We’ve had a lot of internal dicussion about this, and we think it’s worth looking into, for several reasons,” said Young.

County receives Legacy grant for improvements to east end of Dakota Trail

McLeod County has received a $647,000 grant for improvements to the Dakota Trail, the County Board learned at its Tuesday, Dec. 20, meeting.
Al Koglin, parks director, said the county has been trying for five to six years for a Legacy Fund grant for the trail.
“Creating a regional trail plan helped,” said Koglin.
However, Koglin noted, the amount awarded was not the full amount sought by the county. The $647,000 grant will pay for Phase 1, which will pave the trail from the Carver County border through the city of Lester Prairie.

December 27th

Gymnasts fall to visiting Cardinals

A score just two-tenths behind its season opener was not enough to secure a second-straight home victory for the Glencoe-Silver Lake gymnastics team as the Panthers fell 123.600-116.325 to visiting Annandale on Thursday, Dec. 22.
However, Gia Venier won her second consecutive individual all-around victory with a score of 31.775. Venier won the floor exercise with an 8.5, finished third in the vault (8.35) and balance beam (7.625) and claimed a third-place tie on the uneven bars with a 7.3.

Wrestlers fall at Annandale

The Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie wrestling team closed out 2016 with a 51-23 loss at Annandale on Thursday, Dec. 22. Though the Panthers won five of eight contested matches, Annandale/Maple Lake was the beneficiary of six GSL/LP forfeits in claiming the overall victory.

Boys’ hoops on a hot streak

After beginning the season with three straight losses, the Glencoe-Silver Lake boys’ basketball team has found itself on the happy side of .500 headed into Christmas following a four-game winning streak. The Panthers improved to 4-3 by means of back-to-back home wins against Mayer Lutheran and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted last week.