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March 27th, 2019

Area couple provides parish families a Baptismal quilt

Peggy and Kevin Menning of New Auburn recently finished their 43rd quilt to be used at an upcoming Baptism at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe. For four years, the couple has been making quilts for families celebrating the Baptism of a child.

A gorgeous day at the park

Stevie Buchli helped her son, Christopher, 5, off equipment at the playground outside Lincoln Elementary School Saturday afternoon. Mild temperatures made the playground a popular spot with children.

Edward Ewald Legion Post 143 celebrates 100 years of existence

The Brownton Edward Ewald Legion Post 143 celebrated 100 years of existence on Monday, March 11 with a potluck hosted by the auxiliary. Those who attended, from left to right, were Bob Kreie, Clyde Zieman, Darrel Kaaz, Loren Schmeling (sitting), Commander Randy Bussler, Bill Coulthard (sitting), Tim Sanken, Ron Kelm, David Wendlandt and Art Hoffman.

County student government day has six slated to attend

Similar to an event put on last year by McLeod County government, the county is inviting students from each McLeod County high school Tuesday, April 2, to join in a day of local government activities.
GSL students slated to attend are Amanda Overmann, Maddy Brown, Grace Kosek, Emily Graupmann, Olivia Streich and Lillian Ehrke. They will get a walk-through of the operations of McLeod County’s criminal justice system and the county board.

Trailblazer Joint Powers Board shares 2018 operating statistics, looks forward to organization of RTCCs

The Trailblazer Joint Powers Board, consisting of McLeod, Wright and Sibley counties, met at the Trailblazer facility in Buffalo on March 21 and discussed issues with new software, 2018 passenger and operating statistics, and the potential positives of a regional transportation coordination council.

Newman’s ‘hands-free’ bill passes Senate, headed to conerence committee

The full Senate approved legislation prohibiting drivers from placing phone calls outside of hands-free mode Monday, March 25. House File No. 50, known as the ‘hands-free bill’ and authored by Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, passed the Minnesota Senate with bipartisan support and awaits action by a conference committee.
The Senate version of the bill reportedly includes an amendment allowing cell phone users to position a phone inside a scarf or hijab.

Elementary schools honored for STEM, PLTW engagement

The Glencoe–Silver Lake School District and its teachers at Lincoln and Lakeside elementary schools have earned designation as Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students.
Lincoln and Lakeside are two of 214 elementary schools across the United States to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization serving millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the United States.

(For the complete story, see the March 27 print edition of The Chronicle.)

The People vs. Laura Miller, Part II: The wronged woman

The trial of Laura Miller was slated to begin in Glencoe Feb. 20, 1950, yet the backstory of the murder and the events leading up to were well known around the county.
The facts were that on Jan. 30, 1950, Hutchinson Lawyer, Gordon Jones, was found dead in his office from a gunshot wound and a young woman, Miller, was accused of his murder. The story behind the murder, however, was a tale of romance, deceit, and wrongdoing. It was a backstory made for a Hollywood drama, and one that had captivated not just McLeod County, but much of the state.

U of Minnesota Extension says farm income hits historic low

After adjusting for inflation, Minnesota farms earned the lowest median farm income in the past 23 years of data tracked by University of Minnesota Extension and agricultural Centers of Excellence within Minnesota.
The reported median net income in 2018 was $26,055, down 8 percent from the previous year. Farmers in the lowest 20 percent reported losing nearly $72,000. The analysis examined data from 2,209 participants in farm business management programs, as well as 101 members of the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association.

League promoting review of GFD’s processes, selection vs. elections

At the recommendation of the League of Minnesota Cities, the Glencoe Fire Department is taking a good look at how it conducts its business, particularly when it comes to selecting firefighters, officers and a chief.
GFD Chief Cory Scheidt presented information on the review to the council Monday, March 25. The review is intended to help the department operate more efficiently on a day-to-day basis, especially when it comes to the selection of its members and leadership.
GFD Chief Cory Scheidt said the LMC is suggesting all the departments in the state review their selection processes.