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September 3rd, 2014

City of Glencoe’s health insurance to increase 24%

Health insurance premium increases and high fuel costs are not only hitting individuals, but local governments as well.
The Glencoe City Council Finance Committee and the  city’s department heads met to review the 2015 preliminary budget on Wednesday, Aug. 27.
City Administrator Mark Larson reported to the group that he had been notified that the city’s health insurance premiums were set to renew at a 24 percent increase over 2014. A 15 percent increase was budgeted.

Finding it difficult to part with summer


August 27th

Recent mosquito spraying raises concerns for some in Silver Lake


Stewart City Council sets hearing on possible rental ordinance changes

The Stewart City Council has set a special meeting and public hearing for Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m., to consider changes to its rental property regulations and inspection ordinance.
The Council met in a workshop session Tuesday, Aug. 19, to consider changing the ordinance after some landlords complained that it was too stringent.
The City Council seemed to agree at its Aug. 11 meeting that the ordinance should focus mainly on health and safety issues.
Some of the proposed changes that came out of the workshop include:

Rannow — Mackenthun

Brittany Rannow and Tanner Mackenthun of Mayer announce their engagement and plans to wed on Oct. 4 at Church of the Holy Family in Silver Lake.
Parents of the bride are Dale and Sharon Rannow of Silver Lake and parents of the groom are Dave and Michele Mackenthun of Glencoe.
The bride is employed as a registered nurse at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.
The groom is an engineer at Rosemount Measurement in Chanhassen.

Miller— Clapper

Jill Miller and Michael Clapper of Minneapolis announce their engagement and plans to wed Sept. 6 at the bride’s parents’ home.
Parents of the bride are Grant and Debra Miller of Glencoe. Parents of the groom are David Clapper and Tera Lynn of Victoria and Doreen Clapper of Eden Prairie.
The bride is a 2008 graduate of home education, including post-secondary education at Crown College in St. Bonifacious.

Son born to Stockmans

Heather and Brian Stockman of Silver Lake announce the birth of their son, Bentley Brian, born Aug. 13, 2014, at Hutchinson Health. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20 inches in length. Grandparents are Rhonda and Darrell Kaczmarek of Silver Lake and Michael and Brenda Stockman of Plato.

Mertle R.A. Mathews, 89, of Glencoe

Mertle Ruth Alice Mathews, wife of Eldor Mathews, 89, of Glencoe, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 23, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Daniel Welch officiating.
Dawn Wolter was the pianist. Soloist Danielle Mathews sang “The Rose” and “Amazing Grace.” Congregational hymns were “On Eagle’s Wings” and “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.”

Trailblazer sets example of cooperation

The current campaign season is just starting to heat up, and with it will come the usual buzzwords and phrases: “streamlining government,” “inter-governmental cooperation,” “efficiency,” “inter-agency cooperation.”
People want government that does more with fewer of our tax dollars. Everyone wants to eliminate duplication of services, to streamline government and for governmental units and agencies to cooperate among themselves.

I’m not the only one who is old and tired

Last week, I wrote about how I’m entering the realm of the old and the tired, helped along by various merchandisers trying to sell me pre-planned funerals and electronic scooters.
Well, I’m not the only one who is aging.
A little over a week ago, four of us Chronicle staffers attended a design seminar led by Ed Henninger, considered a leading design “guru” for newspapers.