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Archive - Jun 27, 2018


Use of ketamine sparks controversy

Two controversial means of subduing unruly suspects hit the front pages of daily papers across the state this past week.
In one incident, officers shot and killed a man in an alley who allegedly had a gun. In other instances, police officers and emergency medical personnel are coming under criticism for using the drug ketamine to sedate people in emergency, dangerous situations.
It wasn’t all that many years ago that the use of Tasers, an electric shock weapon, also known as a stun gun, also came under criticism as a means for subduing people.

It’s been great, but it is time to move on

This is my last week with McLeod Publishing. After nearly 35 years in the newspaper business — 31 of that career with McLeod Publishing — I’ve decided it’s time for a change.
I started my journalism career with the Byron Review, spent a brief time with my hometown newspaper, the Pine Island Record, and was hired in 1986 as the editor of the Brownton Bulletin by then-publisher Bob Moulton. When Bill Ramige bought the Bulletin in 1987, I became part of the McLeod Publishing.

Answering the call: firefighters reflect on serving

There are three types of people in times of crisis, according to Glencoe Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Voigt: those who run from the disaster, those who can sit back and make life-saving tactical decisions, and those who will run headstrong into the flames. A fire department can utilize them all.

County Board amends buffer zone ordinance

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners amended its recently adopted buffer ordinance to comply with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BOWSR) at its Tuesday, June 19, meeting.
Ryan Freitag of the McLeod Soil and Water Conservation District said BOWSR “did not agree with the administrative penalty” portion of the county’s ordinance. When the County Board approved its ordinance in October 2017, it had agreed to a sliding scale of fines, which it could adapt to the severity of violations or the progress, or lack of progress, in complying with the ordinance.

Trailblazer seeks improved service in Sibley County

Trailblazer Transit is hoping to improve transportation service in the sparsely populated western Sibley County area, and the Joint Powers Board took steps Thursday morning to accomplish that.
First, Trailblazer Transit Executive Director Gary Ludwig suggested dedicating one bus from the fleet to the area.
In addition, Ludwig suggested adding New Ulm to Trailblazer’s service area. However, that means working out an agreement with Brown County Heartland Express, which provides transit service in Brown County. New Ulm is located in Brown County.

Trailblazer board debates next step after director’s performance review

The Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board had two closed sessions — once in April and one in May — to evaluate the job performance of Executive Director Gary Ludwig. The question some board members had at its June meeting, held Thursday, is what comes next?
According to the minutes from the board’s May meeting, Ludwig “received an evaluation of meets expectations and goals have been set for the future.”
However, Sibley County Commissioner Jim Swanson said he feels the evaluation wasn’t quite finished in that there didn’t seem to be “clarity on how to meet expectations for the next year.”

New chiropractor joins Pure Life Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Dr. Jordan Carstensen, Pure Life Chiropractic and Wellness Center’s new chiropractor, started working on June 1 and already believes he’s found a place worth maintaining a long career. He was a highly sought-after free agent coming out of college among other chiropractic establishments, giving him the unique opportunity to be selective in choosing where to work: Glencoe’s Pure Life Chiropractic.

Stewart woman launches business with help from SWIF microloan

Graphic artist Janey Oberg is launching her own design business with help from Southwest Initiative Foundation’s (SWIF) Microenterprise Loan Program. Designs by Jane will offer sign, print, promotional and logo designs — “business cards to billboards and everything in between.”
Oberg, who makes her home in Stewart, has an associates degrees in design and marketing and multimedia design technology. She’s built a portfolio of work spanning 14 years, including design positions with the Hutchinson Leader and Herald Journal newspapers as well as Greater Minnesota Printing and Data Management.

McLeod County 4-H’ers attend Regional 4-H Camp June 19-21

Four campers and one counselor from McLeod County attended the 2018 Regional 4-H Camp: Chloe Lucas, Kyleigh Lucas, Travis Mohs, Aubrey Schmidt and Counselor Emily Ward.
The Regional 4-H Camp is a unique camping opportunity for youth who have completed third through sixth grades. The camp was held at the University of Minnesota Morris campus June 19-21. There were 108 youth from 12 counties participating in the annual 4-H Camp. In addition, 28 teenage youth who were trained to be camp counselors provided leadership during camp.

South Dakota woman injured in accident

A South Dakota woman was injured late Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 212 near Brownton.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Mary Oleen Malo, 71, of Brookings, South Dakota, was eastbound on Highway 212 in a 2017 Toyota Rav4 when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a trailer being towed by a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado being driven by Nicholas Jerome Kotten, 34, of Hutchinson.