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August 30th, 2017

Teen allegedly steals tractor near New Auburn

A New Auburn teen was arrested Thursday, Aug. 24, after allegedly stealing a tractor.
According to the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office, a report was received Aug. 24 at about 8:45 p.m. of a John Deere 9400 tractor that was stolen just west of the city of New Auburn.
Deputies found the tractor in the city of New Auburn and attempted a traffic stop. The tractor eventually stopped, and the operator, Dakota Diaz Jacobson, 18, of New Auburn, was placed under arrest. Charges of felony theft are pending.

Inmate briefly escapes from Sibley jail

A man who attempted to escape custody Wednesday, Aug. 23, at about 8:45 p.m., was immediately apprehended, according to the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office.

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.”