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Archive - Jan 10, 2018


Renville County deputy injured in vehicle chase

An unnamed Renville County sheriff’s deputy suffered non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday when a suspect in a vehicle chase drove his vehicle head-on into a squad car.
According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, the injured deputy was taken to the Renville County Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.
The driver of the suspect vehicle, Mark R. Wendlandt, 32, of Fairfax, was taken to the Renville County Jail from the crash site. According to the sheriff’s office, he is believed to have been under the influence of drugs.

Ruth Lehrke, 90, of Norwood Young America

Ruth Lehrke, 90, of Norwood Young America, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at The Haven in Norwood Young America.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America, with interment following at the Mau Cemetery in Norwood Young America.
Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church, and will continue Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

4 Hutchinson residents injured in 2-vehicle crash

Four Hutchinson residents were injured Tuesday at about 5:40 p.m. in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 7 near McLeod County Road 16 in Silver Lake.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2007 Ford pickup driven by Dustin Plombon, 35, of Hutchinson, was westbound on Highway 7, and a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, driven by Richard Arthur Krueger, 76, of Hutchinson, was southbound on County Road 16 when the vehicles collided at the intersection.

Is Morningside project dead?

A motion was made at the Glencoe City Council’s Jan. 2 meeting to sign an agreement with McLeod County regarding the Morningside Avenue extension project. That motion died for a lack of a second.

Some thoughts for promoting Glencoe, tourism

To the Editor:
My wife and I moved to Glencoe four years ago. We found out rather quickly that there isn’t much offered here from a business and shopping perspective. When family comes to visit, we either go to Hutch or Buffalo to shop or to hunt for antiques.
Previously, we lived in a small town in Pennsylvania called Lititz. It really didn’t have much to offer, either; there were several empty store fronts and nothing really going on. They decided to hire a lady to try and increase tourism and, boy, were they successful! Recently, they were voted as “America’s Coolest Small Town.”

Morningside agreement motion dies for lack of a second

A motion to enter into a cooperative agreement with McLeod County for the Morningside Avenue extension construction project died for lack of a second at the Glencoe City Council’s Tuesday, Jan. 2, meeting.
The McLeod County Board of Commissioners had approved the cooperative agreement with the city of Glencoe to extend Morningside Avenue from 11th Street to 16th Street (also known as CSAH 15) in late December.

Alsleben named chair of GSL School Board

The Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board elected Jamie Alsleben as chair of the board at its organizational meeting Monday night.
At the meeting, Board Member Clark Christianson said he would not be seeking re-election for the position.
“Now, at this point, I have been board chairperson here for the last nine years and I have indicated to a couple of you that I’m not going to take any nominations for that role. I’ve really enjoyed my time as the board chair, but this is a really good opportunity for somebody else to fulfill that role,” said Christianson.

Couple find long-lost love, daughter; write a book about it

Denny and Karen (Lehmann) Vinar, formerly of Brownton, got married in 2015 and have released a family memoir titled “How Did You Find Me … After All These Years?” which tells the story of their high school relationship, how they reconnected 50 years later, and how their experience and marriage has blessed their families today.
The couple dated in junior and senior high and briefly in college for six months before eventually going their separate ways. Their journey to reconnecting again began when Dennis Vinar attended a dinner party on Oct., 25 2014.

Minnesota Nice ends with strong final season

Minnesota Nice’s final season of sending care packages to active military personnel definitely ended with a bang rather than whimper.
The Minnesota Nice crew sent out a record-high 400 packages this year, with Linda Krueger and her two stalwart volunteers, LaDonna Stuber and Colleen Benjamin, packing the final 22 on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and mailing them out the next day.
In 2016-17, the trio packed and mailed 284 care boxes. Krueger had hoped to reach 300 this year, and busted that goal with the 400 total.

County to reconsider reimbursement to management company for MRF

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners will consider increasing the amount it pays to Green Forest Recycling Services to $75 per ton for materials shipped to end markets from the current rate of $56 per ton.
Green Forest was hired by the County Board in 2017 as a private contractor to manage the county’s materials recovery facility (MRF), which handles the items collected through recycling.