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December 2nd

Don’t lump all Middle Easterners as hostile to U.S.

To the Editor:
Purposes of ISIL are to promote fear, create chaos, and build a  700AC caliphate for extremist Muslim society. What is bizarre about the whole thing is that they are using 21st century technology to accomplish this. Does there seem to be a dichotomy in logic there? They are using social media to radicalize the marginalized people who are looking for purpose and cause to their lives. They don’t see they have anything to lose by dying for the cause. They are led to believe there will be paradise for those who die for the glorious cause.

Glencoe man starts ‘World Nice’ to promote good

A Glencoe resident is looking to expand the concept of Minnesota Nice worldwide. Lee Lemke recently created the organization World Nice, a pending nonprofit that works to make the world a better place by providing funding to those doing good.
“I live in Minnesota so it’s Minnesota Nice, and I wanted to branch it out,” Lemke said.
Before retiring, Lemke spent about 30 years working with people with disabilities. He has taught on the power of positive reinforcement and therapeutic intervention. It was this history that led him to create a nonprofit.

Winter named Extension Educator of Year by MFB

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation recognized and awarded outstanding agricultural professionals during the Minnesota Farm Bureau’s 97th Annual Meeting. Recognition was given during the Friday night Awards Banquet on Nov. 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington.
The Extension Educator of the Year award was given to Nathan Winter of Hutchinson. This award recognizes the important role that extension educators play in helping farmers keep up to date on new technology and training future agricultural leaders.

City finance committee reviews water system needs

The Glencoe City Finance and Strategic Planning Committee met Wednesday, Nov. 25 to discuss the budget for 2016.
City Administrator Mark Larson gave an overview of the total budget for 2016. He said the budget will be balanced.
Public Works Director Gary Schreifels provided an overview of the projected needs of the water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant and storm water system.

Ridgewater nursing program receives 2 awards

Ridgewater College’s nursing program recently received two elite statewide awards for its innovative partnerships and “extraordinary education” from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU).

Minnesota Eagle Forum honors Rep. Gruenhagen

Minnesota Eagle Forum announces that state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, has received the 2015 Minnesota Eagle Forum Award for outstanding leadership in support of traditional marriage, and for his dedication in affirming and advancing pro-life, pro-family efforts.
The award was given by Phyllis Schlafly at the Annual Eagle Forum Council held in St. Louis, Missouri, Sept. 11-13.

Lakeview Ranch activities director honored

When you love what you do and you’re a natural at it, people around you often want to see you recognized for it.
Cindy Henning, Lakeview Ranch activities director and Ridgewater College alumna, has such passion for caring for people with dementia that staff nominations led to her being honored as this year’s Minnesota Activity Director of the Year.

Pulkrabek compiles articles into book

Ron Pulkrabek, who provided the Silver Lake Leader and The McLeod County Chronicle with a series of “Tracing Roots” articles over the past two years, has compiled his articles into a book.
The book is 152 pages long and contains 78 articles and 50 photographs, and is spiralbound with a colorful cover.

Capitol renovation topic of meeting in Hutchinson

Hutchinson has been added as a host for a series of meetings taking place throughout the state to discuss the $300 million renovation of the Minnesota State Capitol.
The Hutchinson meeting will take place Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m., at the McLeod County Historical Society, 380 School Road NW, Hutchinson. This is in addition to meetings already scheduled for Rochester, Minneapolis, Willmar, St. Paul, Mankato and Bemidji.

Driver escapes injury after milk truck rolls

A LeSueur man escaped injury after the milk truck he was driving entered a ditch and rolled on Thursday, Nov. 26.
According to the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office, the accident was reported just before 10 a.m. Travis Shannon, 44, was westbound on Sibley County Road 8, four miles west of LeSueur, in the milk truck and was attempting to pass a vehicle when he lost control, over-corrected, and entered a ditch and rolled the truck. The truck came to rest on its side in the ditch. It had severe damage and was towed from the scene.