May 18th, 2016

Robert John ‘RJ’ Nohr, 65, of Glencoe

Robert John “RJ” Nohr, 65, of Glencoe, died suddenly on Tuesday, May 10, at Glencoe Regional Health Services in Glencoe after collapsing at home.
A celebration of life was held Saturday, May 14, at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe with the Rev. Randy Schussman officiating. Nicole Gepson was the organist. Special music was “Amazing Grace” and “It Is Well With My Soul.” Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “A Medley of Hymns.”

Duane James Nelson, 57, of Winthrop

Duane Nelson, 57, of Winthrop, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 12, 2016, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, May 18, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Winthrop, with the Rev. Jeffrey Horejsi officiating. Thomas Maidl was the organist and Joanie Vivering was the soloist. Special music was by Gayle Ober as a prelude.

Alton ‘Al’ Branden, 86, of Silver Lake

Alton “Al” Branden, 86, of Silver Lake, died May 6, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe. 
A memorial service was held  Saturday, May 14, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake.  Interment followed at Faith Presbyterian Cemetery in Silver Lake. 

Use of social media to vilify is disturbing

The advent of social media provided us with a fun and immediate way to connect with family and friends, especially those with whom we have lost touch.
We love to scroll Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out what our friends are up to, check out their photographs and comment on their accomplishments and events.
Unfortunately, the good side of social media has brought an ugly side with it. People are using social media to gripe about cold meals at restaurants, politics, poor parking and driving habits, local politics and a myriad of other issues.

With end of school year comes new beginnings

To the Editor:
In a couple of days we will be wishing the class of 2016 all the best as they graduate from GSL High School. This day is always a special one because it is the pinnacle of a student’s journey through school. At this time, many doors are opened and many choices need to be made about one’s future … and the results of these choices could be in place for the rest of their lives.

A short list of some of the best eats in Glencoe

To the Editor:
Many don’t think of our little community as having a wide variety of culinary options, so I put together a short list of some of the best eats around town.
These are some of my favorites and where they are available as follows:
Blueberry muffin — Go For It Gas
Sugar donut and coffee - Gert and Erma’s.
Pretzels and cheese — Glencoe Pool (seasonal).
Mexican food — Tacqueria Del Buen Pastor Food Truck and Restaurant.
Beef commercial — Bump’s Family Restaurant.

Most new wealth comes from agriculture

To the Editor:
I have written this same information over the past 50 years that 70 percent of all new wealth in the United States is generated from agriculture and paid at the point of sale at the market place. In case you wonder where the other 30 percent of new wealth creation comes from, the other raw materials, it is the mining of ores, oil, gas, timber, fishing, etc.  

Reasons for voting against omnibus tax bill

To the Editor:
Earlier this week, the omnibus tax bill (HF 3931) was passed by the Senate DFL majority. I, along with other senate Republicans, voted against this bill for a variety of reasons outlined as follows:
1. It spends $200 million and does not provide any appreciable tax relief for taxpayers in Minnesota, like reducing or repealing the income tax on Social Security.
2.  It proposes to collect $200 million more per year in taxes from Minnesotans for their online purchases.

County board hears update on jail project

The demolition part of McLeod County’s jail expansion project is nearly complete, the County Board heard Tuesday morning at its meeting, held in Lester Prairie.
Sam Lauer of Contegrity, the construction management company, told the board that the separation of the old jail from the courthouse is nearly complete.
“We should have two complete separate buildings from the roof deck down by the end of today,” Lauer said. “By the end of next week, we should be cleaned up and ready to go with the new building.”

City to take advantage of Judd Avenue project to improve storm drainage

The Glencoe City Council voted to move forward with a new storm drain on Judd Avenue during its regular meeting Monday night.
The vote came after a presentation from Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) Engineer Justin Black. McLeod County is currently working on Judd Avenue as part of its jail expansion project, giving the city an opportunity to change the storm water drain in that area.
The city recently used a camera to view the current drainage system and what would be the best course of action.