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December 17th

Lights, characters at Holly Days parade

Community Strings concert

Santa visits Plato

December 15th

Airport roof, Denny's building on council agenda

The Glencoe City Council will consider quotes for roofing at the municipal airpot, and will discuss the Denny's Barber Shop building at its meeting tonight.

Also on the agenda is an update from James Peters on a potential veterans park and the setting of a public hearing on the petition to close Ives Avenue between 10th and 11th streets to accommodate McLeod County's proposed jail expansion project.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chamber's at the Glencoe City Center.

December 10th

Lorna M.M. Wilkens, 103, of Waconia

Lorna Mathilda Maria (Kruschke) Wilkens, 103, of Waconia, formerly of Plato, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society in Waconia.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 7, at Friedens County Line United Church of Christ in rural Norwood Young America (NYA), with the Rev. Joseph Clay officiating. Sandy Kroells was the organist. Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Amazing Grace.”

Ackersons announce birth

Aaron and Tricia Ackerson of Glencoe announce the arrival of a daughter, Nikki Margrette, born Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Nikki weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 191⁄2 inches long. She joins siblings Natalie, Noah and Niessa. Grandparents are Tim and Becky Farrell and Leo and Teresa Ackerson, all of Glencoe.

MSU names fall graduates

Minnesota State University, Mankato, will present 1,687 degrees during the summer and fall commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 13. Glencoe students who are graduating include Jennia Bartels, bachelor of science (BS), nursing; Alexander Jenson, BS, sport management; Tyler Lang, bachelor of science-mechanical engineering, cum laude; and Courtney Odegaard, master of science, accounting.

City of Stewart implements 3% levy increase for 2015

The Stewart City Council approved will raise its levy 3 percent in 2015, it decided at its Monday night meeting. The city had proposed a 5 percent increase when it adopted its preliminary budget in September.
Mayor Jason Peirce said the levy increase will provide the city with another $11,270 in revenue.
Council Member Kevin Klucas made the motion to increase the levy by the 3 percent, noting that residents had given a favorable review to a mosquito control program the city had initiated this past summer.

Late spring, falling crop prices affect Brownton Ag Center’s bottom line

A tough year for farmers also was a tough year for the Brownton Co-op Ag Center, which had an operating loss of $48,428 for its fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30.
Fortunately, patrons heard at the cooperative’s annual meeting Friday, other income and patronage received from investments boosted the bottom line to a positive $51,568.
General Manager Bruce Loeschen said two major factors contributed to this year’s operating loss — a late, wet spring and falling crop prices.

Brownton City Council finalizes 2015 budget with no levy increase

The Brownton City Council agreed on its 2015 budget at its Dec. 2 meeting — one that does not increase taxes — but did not agree on a salary increase for employees.
City Clerk Ella Kruse said the 2015 budget included a 3 percent wage increase for employees, but that the City Council was free to decide if it wanted to award 3 percent or a lesser amount.