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February 25th, 2015

Daughter born to Tanatas

Adam and Nicole Tanata of Stewart announce the birth of a daughter, Adley Elizabeth, who was born Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Adley weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 191⁄2 inches long at birth. Grandparents are Ken and Betty Maritsch of Rockville and John and Wendy Tanata of Stewart.

Son born to Simrell family

Joshua and Tiffany Simrell of Glencoe announce the arrival of a son, Zakery Dean, born Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Zakery weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches in length at birth. He joins siblings Jacob Blahowski, 15, Collin Simrell, 9, and MacKenzie Simrell, 3. Grandparents are Carol Voigt of Glencoe, Jean Aumer of St. Paul and Timothy and Ruth Simrell of Glencoe.

Silver Lake landlord offers alternative to proposed city rental ordinance

A new voice has been raised on the issue of a potential rental ordinance in the city of Silver Lake, that of the city’s landlords. Several of them were in attendance at the City Council meeting on Feb. 17, voicing concern that the proposed ordinance puts too much burden on the city’s landlords.

Sewer main problems persist in Silver Lake

Dan and Sue Keiser are at a loss.

Silver Lake City Council decides to pursue cable access channel

Some new numbers have surfaced in the discussion of a potential cable access channel in Silver Lake. Duane Wawrzyniak had volunteered to take a look at the equipment that Lester Prairie has offered to sell to Silver Lake, and he came back with an evaluation and estimate for the City Council at its Tuesday, Feb. 17, meeting.

Transportation needs better means of funding

One doesn’t need to attend a transportation forum or a highway coalition meeting to learn that roads in our state are in a deplorable condition and rapidly declining, especially in outstate Minnesota.
One only needs to travel Highway 15 between Brownton and Winthrop, or Highway 212 east of Glencoe, to get a jaw-rattling reality check of just how much work our highways and roads really need.

Dog got a new bed so I can sleep better

I bought an orthopedic bed for my dog this week.
My 15-year-old German Shepherd/Yellow Lab mix was once a sprightly pup who could snatch a frisbee out of mid-air, climb my evergreen bushes to get his ball and fly up and down my stairs just to burn off some extra energy. He was so agile that he once followed me up a ladder to the flat roof over my breakfast nook, just to see what I was doing (I was painting). I had to pry open a second-story window to get him in the house. Apparently, his agility didn’t include backing down a  ladder.

Light rail also chafes hide, Sunday liquor does not

To the Editor:
Thank you, Rich. This push for taxpayer-subsidized light rail has been chafing my hide as well. If there truly was a viable market for this type of mass transit, there would be no need for large and perpetual taxpayer subsidies.  

Grateful for kindness of a stranger

To the Editor:
On Sunday, Feb. 22, Jim and I went to Bump’s for breakfast. When it came time for our bill, we were told that it had been paid and it was “anonymous.”
A big “thank you” to the person who treated us.
Jim and Melba Carlson

Fuel tax not keeping up with needs

By John Welle
If you’ve been following the topic of transportation funding recently, you’ll notice that it has once again become a politically charged debate, as both political parties attempt to blame the other for failing to address the transportation funding crisis while claiming themselves to be supporters of our highway system. In this article I’d like to take the discussion beyond the rhetoric and provide some factual insight on the topic.