January 11th, 2017

Arnold L. Hepner, 82, of Hackensack

Arnold Leroy Hepner, 82, of Hackensack, died Dec. 28, 2016.
Services were held Jan. 6, 2017, at the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson, with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating.
Urn bearers were Alisa Schmidt, Jonathan Larson, Joshua Larson and Joel Larson. Cody Schmidt was the honorary urn bearer. Military honors were by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad. Interment was in the Bohemian National Cemetery, rural Silver Lake.

Arnold D. Hanson, 80, of Faribault

Arnold “Arnie” D. Hanson, 80, of Faribault, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 7, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Faribault, with interment at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault, with military rites by the Rice County Central Veterans Association.

E. Mae Barfknecht, 88, of Gaylord

E. Mae Barfknecht, 88, of Gaylord, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord with the Rev. James King officiating. Jeanne Bruss was the organist, and congregational hymns were “Savior, I Follow On,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Jon Barfknecht was the urn bearer. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Four junior high Knowledge Bowl teams compete at Marshall meet

Early in January, all the best seventh- to ninth-grade Knowledge Bowlers from Southwestern Minnesota converge on Marshall to compete. This year there were 48 teams from schools from Windom, Redwood Falls, and Minneota to Lester Prairie, Hutchinson, Winsted, and Glencoe. These teams all advanced from Region 6 and 8 meets in December.

 Our system comes with no guarantees

By Lee H. Hamilton
There are a lot of dire predictions out there about our representative democracy. We’re just past a presidential election campaign in which candidates complained about a rigged political system. Now, commentators worry about the imminent failure of the American experiment.

New council members jump in feet first

Our view: Alexander, Neid will become more effective with experience

City needs input on storm water project

The inaugural 2017 meeting of the Glencoe City Council got off to a rocky start. Two new members joined the Council at its Jan. 3 meeting and promptly got into a procedural mess that looked clumsy at best.
It centered around the reorganization of the Council for the new year. Most agenda items were simply procedural and expected to take several minutes to complete. But not this year.

Personnel Committee hears proposed policy changes

The Glencoe City Council  Personnel Committee heard about updates to two Glencoe Police Departments policies from Police Chief Jim Raiter on Monday afternoon.
Council members Allen Robeck, Milan Alexander and Cory Neid are on the personnel committee.
The two policies were Use of Force - Regarding the Use of Tasers, and Use of Force - Firearms and Ammunitions.
Raiter reported there were minor changes to the policies. In the policy regarding taser use, the name of the devices were updated from electroinc control devices to conducted electrical weapons.

Vehicle rolls on snowy road, 1 person injured

Regina Elizabeth Kruggel, 25, of Glencoe, was injured Monday evening in a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 212, just east of Plato. The accident was reported at 9:57 p.m.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Kruggel was eastbound on Highway 212 in a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox when she lost control of the vehicle, which entered a ditch and rolled. The road was covered with snow and ice at the time.
Kruggel was wearing her seat belt. She was taken by Allina Ambulance to Glencoe Regional Health Services for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

GSL considers later start time

Research is showing a significant benefit to later school start times, allowing students to sleep in, especially in the upper grades.
Superintendent Chris Sonju presented research to the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board Monday, Jan. 12, supporting the benefits of a later start time.
Sonju, with the support of principals Paul Sparby and Bill Butler and assistant principals Dan Svoboda and Joy Frietag, are proposing a 25-minute later start time for the 2017-18 school year.