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October 4th, 2017

Volunteers available to help with Medicare issues

The Minnesota River Agency on Aging, Inc., will have trained volunteers available to help Medicare beneficiaries with their 2018 Medicare plan research and enrollment on Monday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Hutchinson Event Center, 1005 Highway 15 S, Hutchinosn. To make an appointment, call 1-800-333-2433.
Medicare beneficiaries need to bring with them their current insurance information, Medicare card and medications.
The 2018 enrollment period is open from Oct. 15, to Dec. 7. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in a plan or change to a new plan.

2nd half property taxes due Oct. 16

McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz Ford reminds taxpayers that the second half of their property tax is due by Oct. 15 for non-agricultural properties. However, with Oct. 15 falling on a Sunday, tax payments will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 16, without penalty.
Payments are accepted by mail, in person at the McLeod County North Complex building, 2391 Hennepin Ave. N, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or there is a convenient payment drop box located just outside of the building.

County Planning Commission considers feedlot, mining requests

The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission is recommending approval of a a conditional use permit to allow Joe Wuetherich and Kimberly Gehrke to establish a dairy feedlot on a tract less than 40 acres in Penn Township.
The commission held a public hearing on the matter at its Wednesday, Sept. 27, meeting.

Ricky Rose named Grand National Modified champion

Ricky Rose of Glencoe was named the Grand National Modified Champion at the 51st National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green in August. This is Rose’s first grand national title.
Unlike other sports, tractor pulling uses an accumulated point system that takes into account every event contestants take part in. The contestant with the most accumulated points at the end of the season is given a grand national title. Rose’s winning score for the season was 322 points with six wins, four second-place titles, one third-place title and one fourth-place title.

City Council votes 3-2 to table rescue truck financing

At Monday night’s Glencoe City Council meeting, the city recommended offering the townships the same five-year financing plan as the city of Glencoe for the new Rosenbauer fire rescue truck.
With this payment option, the townships will give a down payment in 2018 and pick up the additional cost of interest at 2.35 percent with each payment thereafter. All together, the townships would pay $15,695 per year.
The townships would still have the option of paying the one lump sum payment, which would be due in approximately March of 2019.

Local group brings quality music to the community

The Glencoe Concert Association Series has been around since the mid-1970s, bringing quality musicians to the Glencoe area. But many who enjoy the benefits of that association’s efforts may not be aware of the behind-the-scenes work of the group that supports it, its board of directors.
The board numbers 17 members, 16 of whom (one was vacationing in Spain) gathered Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Grand Meadows to begin plans for its 2018-19 season.

Bergsengs utilize their medical skills on mission trip

Retired Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS) surgeon John Bergseng and his wife, Pat Bergseng, a registered nurse, recently traveled to Rivas, Nicaragua, for a medical and dental mission trip organized through the Christian Medical and Dental Association’s (CMDA) Global Health Outreach program.
As a ministry of CMDA, Global Health Outreach sends 40 to 50 health-care teams around the world each year to provide health care to the poor and needy, share the gospel and help grow national churches.

Anna Kalvoda, 83, of Fort Myers, Fla.

Anna Kalvoda, 83, of Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Mandan, North Dakota, died Aug. 30, 2017, at LeHigh Acres in Fort Myers.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Sept. 30, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Mandan, North Dakota, with the Rev. Nick Schneider as celebrant. Interment was held at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Joyce Kloempken, 86, of Glencoe

Joyce Kloempken, 86, of Glencoe, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Hudson, Florida.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Sept. 30, at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Katherine Rood officiating. Musical selections were “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again,” “I Know a Man Who Can,” “Where We’ll Never Grow Old” and “Softly and Tenderly.”
Bernard Hill was the urn bearer. Interment was in the Glencoe City Cemetery.

Mildred L. Plihal, 97, of Hutchinson

Mildred Lydia Plihal, 97, of Hutchinson, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, at Woodstone Senior Living Community.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 30, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake with the Rev. Carol Chmielewski officiating. Vocalists were Carol Hobart and Roger Sauerbrey.
Casket bearers were Scott Rech, Todd Rech, Brian Honkomp, Doug Zrust, Stan Prokosch and Dennis Larson. Interment was in the Bohemian National Cemetery.