January 14th, 2015

Jimmie Gene Huitt, 77, of Glencoe

Jimmie Gene Huitt, 77, of Glencoe, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at his home, with family by his side after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Dressels announce son’s birth

Michael and Mindy Dressel of Hutchinson announce the birth of a son, Ryder Dale, born Dec. 16, 2014, at Hutchinson Health. Ryder weighed 9 pounds, eight-tenths of an ounce and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Myron and Julie Fehlandt of Glencoe and Dale and Betty Sturges and the late Tom Dressel of Brownton. Great-grandparents are Mary Klapotz and Vernon Dressel.

Schroepfer on dean’s list

Courtney Schroepfer of Glencoe was named to the fall-semester dean’s list at St. Cloud State University. To be eligible for the honor, students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Schroepfer is majoring in early childhood education.

Brownton Council continues participation in RS Fiber effort

On a 3-1 vote Jan. 6, the Brownton City Council passed a resolution indicating that it will use its bonding authority to help secure a loan for the fledgling RS Fiber project.
Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Associates, the financial advisor for both RS Fiber and the city of Brownton, said the proposal to bring fiber-optic service to homes in 10 communities and rural areas in Renville, Sibley and McLeod counties, had changed from a public entity to a private cooperative.

Brownton City Council names Tim Olson to two-year term

The Brownton City Council appointed resident Tim Olson to the Council for a two-year term at its Jan. 6 meeting.
The two-year term was created when then Council Member Norm Schwarze was elected mayor in the November 2014 election. Schwarze officially resigned his council position Tuesday when he was sworn in as mayor.
In the public comment portion of the meeting, resident Harlow Karg said that he felt it was time for some new blood on the City Council.

Stewart City Council to set workshop to talk pay equity

The Stewart City Council will meet in a special session or workshop to consider its pay equity schedule.
The City Council discussed at its Monday meeting whether it should reclassify the position currently held by Matt Maiers, who is the city’s water and wastewater operator, as well as the maintenance supervisor.
Mayor Jason Peirce said that Maiers’ duties and responsibilities are different than those of previous employees in the maintenance department.

From Boston to Paris, terrorism acts abound

The trial of 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to get under way Jan. 26 in a federal courtroom in Boston. Jury selection has already begun.
You may remember that Tsarnaev is accused of the bombing that killed three people and injured nearly 260 people at the Boston Marathon nearly two years ago.
According to news accounts, his attorneys are expected to argue that Tsarnaev was under the mind control of his older brother (by seven years), Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police after the bombing. Typical defense: blame the dead person.

Another transition period at Chronicle

On Dec. 31, sports editor Josh Randt announced in his column that he will be moving on to other endeavors.
I’ll miss him a lot. Like his predecessor, Lee Ostrom, Josh was tall (sometimes referred to as a giant), had a great sense of humor, and a true passion for high school sports and the kids who play them.
Most mornings, Josh could recount to me, in detail, the feats of our local athletes; the highs and the lows, the ups and the downs. I found his articles fun to read, with their descriptive language and fast-paced play by play accounts.

Preview of 2015 legislative session

By State Sen. Scott Newman
Happy New Year!
This week marks the beginning of the 2015 legislative session. A primary objective for this session is to pass a balanced state budget that will help Minnesotans thrive. I am looking forward to a productive session and working with my Senate colleagues in an effort to control the ever-increasing size and cost of state government.
We are going into session with a billion dollar surplus and a key issue will be how that money is going to be allocated.

School Board discusses security, election

Monday evening, Jan. 12,  saw members of the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board sworn in, and also was a host to many hot topics. Chair Clark Christianson, and board members Anne Twiss and Jason Lindeman were all sworn in to begin a new term.