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September 24th, 2014

Son for Barrera, Medrano

Olga Yanet Barrera and Jose Medrano Jr. of Glencoe announce the birth of their son, Misael Nicolas Medrano, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Misael weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. He is welcomed home by siblings Tanya, Joceleen, Evelen and Celia. Grandparents are Maria Medrano and Jose Medrano Sr., both of Glencoe, and Olga Barrera and Isidro Barrera, both of Arlington.

Son born to Glencoe couple

Dolores Ramirez Juarez and Salvador Juarez Medina of Glencoe announce the birth of their son, Salvador Antony Juarez-Ramirez, on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Salvador weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 191⁄2 inches in length. He is welcomed home by sisters Yocelin and Lindsey. Grandparents are Carolina and Adan Ramirez of Glencoe and Maria Ines Medina and Jacinto Juarez, both of Lester Prairie.

There are signs the economy is improving

One only needs to scan the “B” section of The Chronicle to see signs that the five- to seven-year long “great recession” is easing.
For far too long, the legal notice section of The Chronicle was columns upon columns, and pages upon pages, of notices of mortgage foreclosures that came in the wake of the crash of the housing market.
And for far too long, there was a noticeable dearth of “help wanted” ads in the classified section.

Lean and mean; well, maybe just mean

“You loose? Ready to go?” my brother asked me.
“Yeah, sure,” I said, not even bothering to look up.
I was leaning against the wall of the picnic shelter in the city of Pine Island (which I call my hometown) park, staring at my phone, trying to figure out if I could play a triple word score in Words With Friends.
My brother, his daughter and I were waiting for the start of our first duathlon, which we were competing in as a team.

From football frump to football fanatic

There’s nothing better on an autumn Sunday afternoon than the sound of whistles blowing, face-painted fans cheering, grumpy-looking coaches arguing and NFL broadcasters analyzing blitzes and quarterback sacks.
Yes, football is here!
Never in a million years did I think I would be excited for NFL Sundays (and Thursdays and Mondays), but our recent football picks competition at work has me surfing the web for expert opinions on teams, players’ stats and playoff predictions.
Who am I?

Shopping? I’m just my wife’s mule

“I’m just the mule,” I told the fellow as our eyes met in the clothing store aisle. “I’m just along to carry things.”
He nodded in agreement as we commiserated in the aisle while the our wives dove deeper into the clothing racks looking for that exact thing they wanted.
My fellow mule also nodded in agreement that we could have been in and out of there in half the time. Men are buyers, not shoppers. My wife had to explain the difference awhile back. Apparently, shopping is a pleasurable experience when in the right frame of mind.

County Board to consider 2% levy increase for 2015

The McLeod County Board will consider a 2 percent levy increase for 2015 after a workshop session Tuesday morning.
The item will be on the County Board’s regular meeting agenda Tuesday, Sept. 30.
The County Board on Tuesday looked at the potential impact of tax increases of 0 percent to 4 percent at the workshop, and the impact of the tax increases on different types of property.
County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz strongly urged the Board to consider putting any additional revenue generated by a levy increase into a reserve fund.

GSL bus leaves road, enters ditch

A Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) school bus ran off a road, but was able to drive through and back onto another road in a mishap on Wednesday afternoon.
GSL Superintendent Chris Sonju said the accident occurred during an afternoon route between Lakeside in Silver Lake and Glencoe.
Sonju said the bus was heading south on County Road 2, when a note from a student started to blow around from an open window.
“It apparently blew into his (the driver’s) face and he reached for it,” said Sonju. The wheels of the bus went onto the shoulder of the road.

Glencoe buys leaf vac; curb service to begin

The calendar says it is offically fall. The leaves are beginning to turn beautiful fall colors. But all too soon, they will begin to fall and then the raking begins.
For residents in the city of Glencoe, the process will be different this year.
The city has purchased a leaf vacuum and will be vacuuming the leaves in the street.
Residents will now be able to rake leaves into the street, along the curb in the gutter line. The city will vacuum the leaves once a week.

County hires consultant for new compensation study

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners will move foward with a compensation and classification study at a cost not to exceed $28,000.
The County Board voted to proceed at its Sept. 16 meeting.
 The study will evaluate current county job descriptions and the compensation attached to each.
The County Board received three proposals, from Fox Lawson & Associates of St. Paul; Springsted, Inc., also of St. Paul; and Keystone Compensation Group of Minneapolis.