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January 14th, 2015

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.

Two injured in Hwy. 212 accident

Two Stewart area residents were injured in a collision on Highway 212 at the Renville County Road 20 intersection, west of Stewart, Monday at about 5:40 p.m.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Douglas M. Erickson, 22, of Stewart, was driving a 1998 Chevy Blazer southbound on County Road 20 and had slowed for, but had not stopped, at the stop sign at Highway 212. The Blazer hit a 2012 Lincoln MKX, driven by Nancy Kottke, 59, of Stewart, that was westbound on Highway 212.

Glencoe’s ‘Little Library’ first in the area

Anne Twiss of Glencoe had a grandmother and great grandmother who were librarians, who passed on gently used books to her.
She says books were a treat for her the way sweets were treats for other children. Twiss’ passion for reading has definitely been passed on to her daughters.
“Reading has always been a real joy in my life,”  said Twiss. This is a love she now hopes to share with people outside her family. This passion for reading is what inspired Twiss to start a Little Free Library in her own yard in Glencoe.

Operation Minnesota Nice to continue for another month

Local Operation Minnesota Nice volunteers Linda Krueger, Colleen Benjamin and LaDonna Stuber have decided to keep sending packages to military personnel for another month.
According to Krueger, some of the units to which Operation Minnesota Nice are connected are so remote or in disclosed areas and the packages are often their only opportunity to get needed supplies. The local volunteers are sending packages to five units.
“A few of them live in tents and it’s very cold at night,” Krueger said.

School Board members sworn in

Two wins in the WCC

Second at Minnetonka