July 26th, 2017

County 4-H’ers show off fashion, performing, demonstration talents

Competition was fierce at the 2017 McLeod County 4-H Fashion Revue, Performing Arts and Demonstration Day, which was held Wednesday, July 12, at Harmony River Living Center.   

Jennifer Horstmann, 41, Hutchinson

Jennifer Lynn Horstmann, 41, formerly of Silver Lake, died Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Hutchinson Health. At the time of her death, she was residing at Prairie Senior Cottages in Hutchinson.

Repeal and replace isn’t the answer

Republicans in the U.S. Senate haven’t learned much from the experiences of their counterparts in the House of Representatives.
GOP senators are working to create a new “repeal-and-replace” health care bill that would scrap the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, and supposedly replace it with something better.
As we well recall, Republicans in the House scrapped a planned bill of its own when they realized they simply could not round up enough votes to get the measure passed. No bill, they reasoned, was better than a failed bill.

 Restoring faith in America’s democracy

By Lee H. Hamilton
There’s no shortage of threats to our democracy. Russian meddling in elections, the vulnerability of state voting systems to hacking, politicians’ assaults on the media, and political leaders’ growing fondness for policy-making in secret — all of these pose a real challenge to our system’s viability.
As worrisome as these are, there’s one problem that may be the greatest threat of all: Americans’ loss of faith in politics and democratic institutions.

Messner elected to serve on state Judicial Council

Karen Messner, court administrator for Sibley and McLeod counties, was recently nominated and elected by her peers to serve on the Minnesota Judicial Council as the court administrator representative.  

GSL grad loses life in cycle accident

A Mayer man, Justin John Nowak, 26, was killed late Tuesday afternoon, July 17, when his motorcycle collided head-on with a semi on Highway 7 near Vale Avenue in Acoma Township near Hutchinson. The accident was reported at about 5:15 p.m.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Nowak was westbound on Highway 7 on a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle when he crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound 2016 Freightliner driven by Daniel Dan McBride, 55, of Watertown, South Dakota.

Bicyclist injured in crash; air ambulance grounded

A Hartland man was injured Tuesday, July 18, at about 7 p.m., when the bicycle he was riding crossed a centerline and hit an oncoming sport utility vehicle in Sibley County.
According to the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Mitchell Brekke of Hartland was riding with a group of about eight Mankato-area bicyclists on Sibley County Highway 20 about one-fourth mile south of Sibley County Highway 8 when he lost control and entered the northbound lane, and struck a 2008 Saturn Vue driven by Claudia Flores, 63, of Le Sueur.

Arlington man dies in 2-vehicle crash

James Alan Todd, 72, of Arlington, died Monday at about 3:30 p.m. in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 19, near Henderson in Sibley County.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Todd was driving westbound on Highway 19 in a 1997 Ford pickup when his truck crossed the center line and hit a 1993 Ford semi head-on. The semi was driven by Clarence Henry Maschke Jr., 75, of Norwood Young America. Maschke was not injured.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

City Council reviews plans for long-awaited Morningside project

The Glencoe City Council heard a presentation by John Rodeberg of Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., about the Morningside Avenue Project at its July 17 Monday night meeting. Rodeberg has been communicating with the state aid office to explore Glencoe’s funding sources for the project.
The last time this project was talked about in depth was 2015; the purpose of the presentation was to get the newest council members updated as to the background of the project, what the next steps are, and how funding is being addressed.

Trailblazer Transit Board finalizes proposed bylaws

The Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board put the finishing touches on new bylaws at its meeting Thursday, July 20, in Buffalo.
The three entities that comprise the transit system — Wright County Area Transportation (WCAT) and McLeod and Sibley counties — will now take the drafted bylaws back to their own boards for ratification.