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Archive - 2016

December 7th

Wilkens — Misuraca

Mark and Lois Wilkens announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Wilkens, to James Misuraca, son of Anna Disco.
Brittany Wilkens lives in Plato and is currently a teacher at Watertown-Mayer Public Schools. James Misuraca lives in Spring Lake Park, and is currently working at Revolution Systems.
The couple plan to be married June 24, 2017, in Plato.

Lily Kirchoff awarded FFA jacket from foundation

The Minnesota FFA Foundation recently announced the presentation of the official FFA jacket to members of the Glencoe-Silver Lake FFA Chapter. Lily Kirchoff has been selected to receive her own jacket.
As Minnesota FFA welcomes thousands of young people into membership, the Minnesota FFA Foundation has announced the recipients of the Blue Jacket Bright Futures program. The program provides sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota youth who are starting their FFA career. This is the seventh year the Minnesota FFA Foundation has offered the program.   

Teens overwhelmed by media sources

Our view: Future voters need to learn to discern fact from fiction

People expect to start on the top rung

As I watch protesters shouting loudly into the TV cameras demanding a $15 an hour wage to flip burgers at McDonald’s, I scratch my head and wonder, “Who are these people?”
In the past, a job at any fast-food place was considered an entry-level position, a start to one’s working career. Since when has it become “a career?”
Isn’t the American way to start at the bottom and, as experience is gained, move up the ladder? Since when did anyone expect to start at the top rung?

 Even voting was an issue this election

By Lee H. Hamilton
One of the more intriguing aspects of this unusual election year is the extent to which the underpinning of the election itself — voting — has become an issue in its own right. An act that we used to take for granted is increasingly being called into question.

Hutchinson man hurt in 2-vehicle accident

Bruce A. Kirchhoff, 55, of Hutchinson, was injured Tuesday, Nov. 29, in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 15 and U.S. Highway 212, just west of Brownton. The accident was reported at 9:04 p.m.

County Board agrees to health incentive program

McLeod County will continue to offer a premium credit program for employees who participate in wellness activities, the County Board decided at its Thursday, Dec. 1, meeting.
Commissioner Doug Krueger had suggested not offering the program in 2017 considering the problems health care is having in the U.S.
“I have a real concern about the state of health insurance,” said Krueger.
The program allows employees to earn credit toward their health insurance premiums, such as a health assessment and activities to develop healthy behaviors.

Living Nativity planned at Oak Leaf Park Dec. 17

Plans for Glencoe’s Living Nativity are being finalized, and promises to offer another moving experience for viewers and participants alike.
The event is planned for Saturday, Dec. 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Oak Leaf Park in Glencoe.
There is a planning committee of about eight people for the event, but actually entails 60 to 70 total volunteers for everything from portrayal of Biblical characters to costuming, food and creating, setting up and taking down backdrops.

City levy to decline slightly, according to tax hearing info

The Glencoe City Council reviewed the 2017 proposed budget at the truth-in-taxation hearing on Monday, Dec. 5.
The budget includes $3.525 million in total revenues and $3.525 million in total expenditures.
Local Government Aid (LGA) accounts for $1.34 million of the revenue, an increase of $5,000 from 2016. City Administrator Mark Larson explained that an increase has been in the state’s tax bill, and that the Legislature has not passed a tax bill the last couple of sessions.

Despite proposed 5% levy increase, county tax hearing pretty quiet

McLeod County’s truth-in-taxation hearing Thursday night was a relatively quiet event, despite a proposed 5 percent levy increase.
The county is proposing a $19.73 million levy for 2017, as compared to $18.79 million for 2016. Most of that increase will be dedicated toward implementation of changes suggested by a recent wage market study and a job classification study.