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January 21st, 2015

Daughter for Glencoe couple

Scotty Matlock and Amber Thomes of Glencoe announce the birth of a daughter, Payton Elise Matlock, born Jan. 1, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Payton’s birth weight was 9 pounds, 7 ounces, and she was 221⁄2 inches long. She joins siblings Keirsten, Wyatt and Kendall. Grandparents are Rick and Susan Thomes of Silver Lake, Ronald and Sarah Matlock of Forrest City, Ark., and Terry and Lydia Binion of Anna, Texas.

Named to GAC dean’s list

The following students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College (GAC) in St. Peter: Morgan Sanken, Brownton; and Jonah Butler, Oakley Clark and Beatrice Winter, Glencoe.

Sikkila named to dean’s list

Paige Sikkila, daughter of Jim and Robin Sikkila of Brownton was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Rochester Community and Technical College. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must achieve a grade-point average of 3.0 to 4.0 and complete 12 or more credits.

Son born to Decker, Ziemer

Craig Decker and Tanya Ziemer of Hutchinson announce the birth of a son, Owen Nicholas Decker, born Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at Hutchinson Health. Owen weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 181⁄2 inches long. He joins siblings Kiera and Kelsa Ziemer. Grandparents are Nick and Debi Decker of Litchfield and Gene and Karen Konerza of Glencoe.

Daughter born to Johnsons

Brian and Jessica Johnson of Minnetrista announce the arrival of a daughter, Vanessa Lyn, born Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Vanessa weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 181⁄2 inches long. She joins siblings Juliana and Cameron. Grandparents are Milan and Laurie Alexander of Glencoe and Larry and Kathy Johnson of Hector. Great-grandparents are Mabel Stradtmann of Glencoe, Virginia Alexander Eckers of Minnetonka and Frank and Babe Johnson of Hutchinson.

Free tuition does not address rising costs

President Barack Obama recently proposed free tuition for two years of community college for students.
“Today I’m announcing an ambitious new plan to bring down the cost of community college tuition in this country,” President Obama said in Tennessee on Friday, Jan. 9. “I want to bring it down to zero. I want to make it free.”

History of dentistry can be found in me

It’s funny how you can look at the same thing day after day without really noticing it.
I was brushing my teeth the other day, and was trying to squeeze the last gob of toothpaste out of a nearly empty tue when I noticed that the toothpaste was specially formulate for people “with over 50 years of experience.”
Experience in what, I wondered. So I asked the question on Facebook, because that always attracts quality answers. This is what I got: “chewing,” “flapping your gums” and “life.”

Mayor passes over commission’s recommendation

To the Editor:
I want to give a heads up to the citizens of Glencoe.

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership must be stopped

To the Editor:
Since there seems to be no concern by neither our press nor our political representatives, I feel obligated to write about the prospective “Trans-Pacific Partnership” (TPP)  trade pact with “Fast Track” authority being negotiated in secret by corporate sponsors.  

Adequate funding need for transportation

To the Editor:
We are the lucky ones — we get to experience all the seasons.
Spring shows us all the beauty of nature with the sprouting of the leaves on the trees, the grass turning green, perennials spring from the ground to bloom again and rain washes everything clean.
Summer, we can experience heat waves with the best of them, enjoy the lakes and parks, watch the crops grow and enjoy every minute of sun and outdoors.