Editorials

02/03/2016 - 8:52am
McLeod County Solid Waste Coordinator called an upward trend in the use of plastics in agriculture a “plastic tumbleweed” that we have to chase after. It isn’t just ag plastics, and Young’s words aren’t just an analogy. Look down any residential street these days, and you don’t see newspaper and an occasional tin can blowing around. It’s plastic bags...
01/27/2016 - 8:39am
To the Editor: I need to start by correcting the Jan. 20, 2016, Hutchinson Leader article titled, “Recycling facility costs grew and grew.” This article is in reference to the McLeod County single-sort recycling project. The article states, “while on the County Board, former member Jon Christensen supported an increase from $...
01/27/2016 - 8:38am
To the Editor: The McLeod Emergency Food Shelf completed its usage report for 2015 and the distribution of food out of the Glencoe and Hutchinson sites totaled 550,543 pounds. The number served is at 5,432 individuals in McLeod County, or about 15.5 percent of the county population. Again this year, the number of people in the age group of 65...
01/20/2016 - 7:27am
Gov. Mark Dayton rolled a proposed $1.4 billion bonding proposal last week. We applaud the fact that Dayton’s proposal was pretty even-handed in terms of geography: 35 percent to the metro area, 35 percent to Greater Minnesota, and 30 percent that could be considered “statewide.” But scrolling through the list of proposals,...
01/20/2016 - 7:26am
To the Editor: I want to thank Mr. Bobier for his letter to the editor on Jan. 6, 2016, allowing me the opportunity to address the importance of McLeod County’s involvement in the National Association of Counties (NACo). McLeod County has been a member of NACo since 1964. This past year, I have taken an active role in NACo. NACo is the...
01/20/2016 - 7:25am
To the Editor: Although I am not normally one to get involved in the “war of the words,” I must attempt to correct some false statements made by an individual on county expenses and our last Truth in Taxation hearing. In local newspapers from a week ago, we had our Truth in Taxation hearing wrongfully explained as being a “...
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