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Archive - Aug 2017

Date

August 30th

New school year looming next week

It is a phrase heard often at this time of year “I can’t believe school is starting next week.”
Typically, that phrase is uttered in amazement that another summer has flown past and we are now facing a new school year. This year, that statement is meant a little more realistically — we’re having a hard time believing that Glencoe-Silver Lake Schools (GSL) will be ready for its targeted opening date of Wednesday, Sept. 6.
That’s only a week away, with a holiday weekend in the middle of it, and there is still much to be done with GSL’s new additions.

Encourage participation in SAVE event Sept. 17

To the Editor:
We are just a couple weeks away from the SAVE Walk for Life event being held at the McLeod County Fairgrounds, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m., in Hutchinson. The event will be held rain or shine.
Help us reduce the stigma and raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. You can support this very important cause by attending or by making a monetary donation.

 Reflections on nine U.S. presidents

By Lee H. Hamilton
One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of daily life with them. I met JFK twice for brief conversations. I don’t know our current president, but I’ve gained valuable perspective from his predecessors.

Fairfax man trapped under mower, dies

A rural Fairfax man died Friday, Aug. 25, when his lawn mower apparently rolled on top of him. The accident was reported at 1:29 p.m., and occurred near a farm site in the 46000 block of 670th Avenue, about three miles north of Fairfax.
According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, first responders arriving on scene discovered a riding lawn mower with an unresponsive male trapped underneath. He was identified as Dennis M. Blumhoefer, 67, of rural Fairfax. Once the lawn mower was removed, life-saving efforts began. Despite those efforts, Blumhoefer was declared deceased at the scene.

First Lutheran welcomes new senior choir director

Jennifer “Jenni” Becker, rural Arlington, has been selected as the new senior choir director at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Becker, a soprano, began her duties as director in August.
She grew up in the area and is a graduate of First Evangelical Lutheran School and Glencoe High School. As a senior, she was a drum major and she has completed eight years of music theory education.

Annual Glencoe fly-in, sweet corn, bratwurst feed set for Sept. 2

Glencoe Chapter 92 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, known as the South Central Flyers, will have its annual sweet corn and bratwurst feed and fly-in on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Glencoe Municipal Airport (Vernon Perschau Field).
A reasonably priced sweet corn and bratwurst meal will be served with all the trimmings. Discounted tickets are available in advance. Children eat free.

3 injured in accident in Winthrop Saturday

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 15 and Sibley County Road 33 in Winthrop Saturday, Aug. 26. The accident was reported at 8:12 a.m.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by Eric Peter Johnson, 49, of Waconia, was northbound on Highway 15, and a 2014 GMC Terrain, driven by Milo Otto Wills, 84, of Winthrop, was westbound on County Road 33. The GMC pulled out in front of the Chevrolet.

Despite construction, GSL expects to start school Wednesday, Sept. 6

Despite delays in construction, the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School District still expects a Sept. 6 start date, according to Superintendent Christopher Sonju.
“They’re a little behind, by about a week or so,” said Sonju. “There will be areas like our locker room that we still need to work on when we start school. We knew from the very start that there were going to be a few places students couldn’t go. But we’ll still be able to have school and have lunch … that is still expected to happen.”

Fire Relief Association asks for increase in retirement benefits

Glencoe Fire Relief Association President Kelly Mahon, accompanied by treasurer Jon Dahlke and Cory Scheidt, requested the Glencoe City Council Finance and Strategic Planning Committee to consider increasing the city’s contribution from $2,500 per year of service to $2,900 per year of service at its Wednesday, Aug. 23, meeting. The relief association provides a retirement benefit to volunteer firefighters, with the benefit based on years of service to the fire department.

Area twins attend Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio

Karen Klatt and Sharon Grivna of Silver Lake attended the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, where they gathered with twins from across the country to celebrate Twinsburg’s bicentennial anniversary, having been founded in 1817 by twins Aaron and Moses Willcox. The festival was held Aug. 3-5.
Approximately 1,900 sets of twins gathered in Twinsburg for world’s largest annual gathering for twins, which began as a small celebration in 1976 with only 37 sets of twins attending. Now, the town hosts twins from all over the nation and all over the world.