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February 14th, 2013

Fracking good for Minnesota, United States

To the Editor:
A controversy is brewing at the state Capitol on whether to end or severely restrict mining of silica sand because of the potential environmental concerns.
These concerns have been inflamed by a Hollywood propaganda film “Promised Land,” filled with misleading information. The film claims, among other things, that families in Pennsylvania had their groundwater contaminated because of “fracking” for natural gas.

January 23rd

Bayerl makes honors list

Mitchell Bayerl of Silver Lake was named to the dean’s honor list at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the fall semester. Bayerl is in the College of Engineering.

Writer expresses concerns with Glencoe’s winter parking rules

To the Editor:
Where are the signs?
Most cities have a minimum of signage posted at city entrances stating that there is a winter parking ban.
I get paid weekly; however, many people are paid bi-weekly or semi-monthly. Why are these citations due in such short time?
Hennepin County requires payment within 30 days.
You cannot get information on your citation from the city of Chaska for a period of 10 days, and then you have to pay the fine or schedule an appearance within 30 days. Yes, that is a city-issued citation.

December 26th, 2012

Mary Jane Draeger, 78, of Hutchinson

Funeral services for Mary Jane Draeger, 78, of Hutchinson, were held Sunday, Dec. 23, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando with the Rev. Aaron Albrecht officiating.
Mrs. Draeger died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
The organist was Wanda Renner and the soloist was Andrew Hermodson-Olsen. Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye, My People” and “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us.”

November 14th

Why so few handicap cubicles at City Center polls?

To the Editor:
I went to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6, as did many others at the City Center. We got there around 9:30 a.m. There was not a large crowd at that time.
I am partially handicapped. Standing is not something I’m able to do very much of.
I asked if there was an area or place where I could sit down to vote. I was directed to a cubicle with a chair, and someone was using it at the time. So I waited in line for the person to get done voting.

November 7th

Veterans Day: ‘God Bless America!’

Nov. 11, 1918, at exactly 11 a.m., representatives of the forces fighting World War I signed the armistice which brought that deadly conflict to an end.
Up until 1954, when the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day, Armistice Day was observed as one of the top holidays in the United States. All schools, most cities and the nation had programs and observances of this important date.

October 31st

Romney’s our pick to lead the nation for next four years

Going to the polls on Tuesday, Americans will have a stark choice as to who will lead this nation from the White House for the next four years — President Barack Obama, a Democrat, or former Massachuetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican.
Incumbents always have the advantage because they have a track record. But that can be a double-edged sword.
Obama has had four years to lead, and what he has accomplished depends on your political view.

Re-elect Anderson, Savre and Conkel

Often overlooked in the state general elections are the Minnesota judicial races, mainly because most Minnesotans know so little about the candidates — incumbents or challengers.
But there are three local judges on this year’s ballot who deserve another term on the bench.
They include Associate Minnesota Supreme Court Justice G. Barry Anderson, a former Hutchinson city attorney, and two McLeod County District Court judges, Michael Savre and Terrence Conkel, both of Glencoe. Both Savre and Conkel are running unopposed.

October 10th

Beck among summer grads

Danielle Beck of Glencoe recently graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) at the end of summer session. Beck received an associate in applied science for dental assistant.

October 1st

Brandon Lindeman, 23, of Brownton

Funeral services for Brandon Lindeman, 23, of Brownton, will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, from Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton.
Mr. Lindeman died on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in Lynn Township, McLeod County.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Grace Lutheran Church. Visitation continues on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are with the Hantge Funeral Chapel in Brownton. For online obituaries and guest book, go to www.hantge.com.