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Archive - Oct 4, 2017

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MCPA linemen join others from state to help in Florida recovery

Minnesota electric cooperatives mobilized line workers to assist crews in restoring power in parts of Florida that were being ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Fourteen line workers from six Minnesota electric cooperatives departed from Minnesota on Sunday, Sept. 10. They worked in Florida for over one week.
Minnesota cooperatives sending crews were:
Lake Region Electric Co-op, Pelican Rapids,
McLeod Co-op Power Association, Glencoe,
Meeker Cooperative, Litchfield,
Minnesota Valley Electric Co-op, Jordan,
Stearns Electric Association, Melrose, and
Todd-Wadena Electric Co-op, Wadena.

Mural replica of Kouba painting to be unveiled

A replica of local artist Les Kouba’s “By the General Store,” is being painted as a mural on the west wall of Hutchinson Ace Hardware, 105 Washington Ave. E, Hutchinson, by artist David Wegscheid.
The mural will be unveiled Saturday, Oct. 7, with activities starting at 10 a.m. with free Coca Cola, popcorn and ice cream, with the program and unveiling at 10:30 a.m.
The mural commemorates the 100th anniversary of Kouba’s birth.
The work was funded by a group of local donors and was approved by the Public Arts Commission and Hutchinson City Council.

VA changes how vets get free flu vaccines

In recent years, Minnesota veterans enrolled for Veterans Administration (VA) health care have been able to get their annual flu shots either at the VA’s medical centers or community-based outpatient clinics, or at special events set up in communities throughout the state, which for McLeod County veterans included the Hutchinson National Guard Armory.

Daughter born to local couple

Karen Casarez Rodriguez and Jose de Jesus Navarro of Eagle Pass, Texas, announce the birth of their daughter, Valentina Sofia, who arrived Sept. 25, 2017 at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Valentina weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long. She is welcomed by her siblings, Yasmin, Gabriela and Natalia as well as her grandparents, Cecilia delos Santos and Jose de Jesus Navarro of Eagle Pass, Texas, and Rosa Cazarez of Piedras Negras, Mexico.

Silver Lake Council approves demolition specs, orders bids

The Silver Lake City Council on Monday night passed a resolution approving plans and specifications, and agreed to advertise for bids, for the demolition of four adjoining buildings on Main Street.
In the specifications, the demolition work will need to be completed by Dec. 15 with the final grading, fill and seeding to be completed by May 15, 2018. The bids will be opened on Oct. 26. The council will hold a special meeting to award the bids on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m.
In other business, the council:

County 4-H’ers compete in state horse show Sept. 15-18

McLeod County 4-H’ers competed at the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show Sept. 15-18 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
The following McLeod County 4-H’ers attended the show:
Hayley Bolland, McLeod County 4-H Riders (MCR), participation ribbons for senior hipplogy and senior judging.
Anna Byron, Acoma Acorns (AA), participation ribbon for pleasure and game classes.
Aliya Emma, MCR, participation ribbons for senior hipplogy and senior judging; seventh place, ninth-grade jumping figure eight.; fifth place, ninth-grade key race; and eighth place, ninth-grade poles.

Oak Leaf Park campground has successful season

Oak Leaf Park Campground in Glencoe — which will be open for another two weeks due to unusually nice weather — has had another successful season, according to Assistant City Administrator Dan Ehrke.
The Oak Leaf Park Campground, which has brought in approximately $19,500 of revenue this season, was incredibly busy this summer with virtually every campsite booked up each weekend. “Our biggest booking months were June, May and July,” said Ehrke.

Trailblazer 2018 budget reflects increases in service, revenues

ervice has expanded, so has it budget.
On Thursday, the Joint Powers Board reviewed a proposed 2018 budget of $5.369 million. Of that amount, Trailblazer had asked for Minnesota Department of Transportation approved funding for $5.294 million. MnDOT approved a budget of $5.2 million for operating expenses and $162,000 for bus purchases for a total of $5.362 million.
Of that total, MnDOT contributes 85 percent of the “MnDOT cap” of $5.2 million in operating expenses and 80 percent toward the bus purchases.

Natural, man-made tragedies wrack nation

Our country has been wracked with one tragedy after another in recent weeks and months, at the hands of both Mother Nature and man.
A drought and wildland fires have ravaged our western states, while Florida, Texas and Alabama, as well as the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico, have been inundated with rain and flooding and flattened by the winds of hurricanes.
The latest tragedy: a gun-wielding man opened fire at a concert venue in Las Vegas, killing 59 people and wounding hundreds more. It was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Protecting senior citizens from fraud

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
D-Minnesota
After Peggy Hiestand-Harri’s mom retired, she planned to spend her time like a lot of Minnesotans do – with her kids and grandkids. And also like a lot of Minnesotans in their golden years, she got by on a fixed income.