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February 13th, 2019

Silver Lake man’s fascination with assembly is no puzzle

Clarence Mikolichek recently completed the assembly of a 42,000-piece puzzle at his home in Silver Lake. The puzzle covers much of the floor space in his house’s living room and kitchen. Mikolichek completed a 32,000-piece puzzle in 2015, an effort he thought might be his last puzzle project.

Shopko adds Glencoe, Hutch to stores it will close

Shopko’s Hometown store in Glencoe is now scheduled to close May 5.

Special delivery

After sledding down the hill with her mom, Brenda Serna, 4-year-old Alexa Serna got a ride back up the sledding hill at the park on North Greeley Avenue Sunday afternoon.

Silver Lake looks to county for police/attorney services

Staffing changes in the police department and at the Gavin, Donley and Ostlund Law Firm have the city looking at other options for police and city attorney services. The Silver Lake City Council discussed its options at a workshop held on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The purpose of the workshop was to have further discussions of larger items from the previous council meeting. No formal action can be taken at a workshop.

Train set is cabinet maker’s getaway, hobby

It’s been many years since Gordon Krumrey moved his model railroad layout from his brother’s house in Hutchinson to his cabinet shop in Glencoe.
The layout – a bone-shaped multi-level design – is both a hobby and a getaway from the workday. Using kits to create buildings and a train trestle supporting a bridge, he has logged untold hours over the years on the layout. After the day’s work is done, the model trains are a welcomed source of relaxation for the craftsmen.

Stewart puts final stamp on pet ordinance

“What do you want to do so we can put this to bed for a change?” Council Member Carol Altrichter said as the council approached the line item to approve a new pet ordinance. Now, once and for all, the Stewart City Council resolved the issue after months of deliberation. The new ordinance approved by the council on Tuesday, Feb. 11, states:

A wise, wait-and-see investment / Our view: Body cameras are worth the investment

Gary Ballard stepped to the podium Feb. 4 to suggest the Glencoe City Council revisit its decision to allow the police department to acquire and use body cameras. Ballard’s request came weeks after the council OK’d a budget containing funding for the cameras and the policy governing use of the technology. Still, some citizens may appreciate Mr. Ballard’s concern for the prudent use of taxpayer dollars. But in this case, councilors were well-advised to politely decline his advice.

He supports broadening ‘farmers’ logic’ for immigrants

To the editor,
Keith O. Tongen’s article, “Applying farmers’ logic to end immigration,” is relevant concerning the wall. However, there is another factor that needs to be addressed. That is tracking immigrants and those who have lapsed visas in getting them documented and enabling them to a path towards citizenship.
The reason we have such difficulty is that we have a cumbersome and unfair tax structure that begins with payroll tax on low-income people, especially when one includes workmen’s comp. and the cost for health care insurance.

Who paid for the wall around Nancy Pelosi’s house?

To the editor,
Maybe someone should start investigating Nancy Pelosi as to why she has a wall around her house but opposes one for the United States. She must feel safer with it so why shouldn’t we?
Did she pay for her wall or did the taxpayers? Also, who does she get to pick her grapes, and are they legal?
Clarence Juncewski,
Silver Lake

GSL Concert Band to share stage with Bethany Lutheran College Band Feb. 25

The Glencoe-Silver Lake Concert Band will present a joint concert with the concert band from Bethany Lutheran College of Mankato Monday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., in the high school auditorium.
The GSL Concert Band will perform its large group contest selections, including the United States premier of the pasa doble “Manolito” by Italian composer Francesco Speranza, and the wind band classic, “Africa: Ceremony, Song, and Ritual” by Robert W. Smith. This will be followed by performances by the Bethany Band and some combined selections with both bands.