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August 21st, 2019

Brandon Overman, 24, of Glencoe

Brandon Mark Overman, 24, of Glencoe, son of Mark and Lisa Overman, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
A funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m., at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe.
Pastor Katherine Rood was the officiating clergy.
David Paulsrud was the reader.
Tim Jenkins offered memories.
Vicky Harris was the pianist.
“Shout To The Lord,” “You Are Mine,” “Christ Be Our Light” and “Jesus Loves Me” were the congregational hymns.

Edwin Dummer, 82, of Hutchinson

Edwin “Ed” Dietrich Dummer, 82, of Hutchinson, formerly of Plato, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 11, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
A funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato, with interment following at the church cemetery.
Pastor Brian Brosz was the officiating clergy.
Diane Anderson was the organist.
Mr. Dummer’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren performed special music, “Jesus Loves Me.”
Pastor Brian Brosz performed a solo, “Precious Lord.”
Jordan Duesterhoeft performed a piano solo, “Abide With Me.”

Alexis Ahl, 20, of Brownton

Alexis Kaye Ahl, 20, of Brownton, and formerly of Murdock, passed away Friday, Aug. 9, in Brownton.
A visitation was held Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Visitation continued Saturday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to noon, at the chapel. A prayer service and time to share memories was at 11 a.m. Interment followed at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery in Olivia.

Simon Shimanski, 97, of Silver Lake

Simon “Sam” Robert Shimanski, 97, of Silver Lake passed away Thursday, Aug. 15.
Mr. Shimanski was born in Hale Township, McLeod County, Feb. 3, 1922, the son of John and Mary (Lewandowski) Shimanski.
Mr. Shimanski was united in marriage to Dolores B. Pokornowski at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake Sept. 10, 1945. God blessed their marriage with seven children. They made their home on the Shimanski Family Farm in Hale Township. Mr. Shimanski retired from farming at the age of 65.

County commissioners made the right trail decision

To the editor,
In 2015, a majority of McLeod County Commissioners voted to organize a committee to create a McLeod County Trail Plan.
The stated goal was to unite McLeod County around trail development. Former Commissioner Sheldon Nies stated that, “It would put everyone in the loop.” At that time, Nies speculated that the county could have similarly benefited from an inclusive committee the prior year, when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources considered, and declined, to extend the Dakota Rail Regional Trail to connect to the Luce Line State Trail for a third year.

To be honest, Congress should take a good look inward

By Lee Hamilton
There are a lot of reasons why Congress finds itself hamstrung in Washington and discounted by the people it serves at home.
These include long-term trends over which it has little control: The political polarization of the country; the oceans of money that get dumped into the political process; the push by successive presidents to amass as much executive power as possible.

Do roads matter? — Our view: Local-option sales tax deserves consideration

In the late-1990s, the Minnesota Legislature granted Minnesota’s 87 counties the opportunity to impose an additional sales tax upon themselves to pay for transportation or transit.
One could argue the measure was the legislature’s way of granting a potential funding mechanism to counties with a greater demand for transportation projects than the state could not, or would not, deliver. In its wisdom, the legislature’s creation of a local-option sales tax allowed county commissioners across the state to OK a slight sales tax increase without a public referendum.

U of M Extension honors Ide Family as farm family of 2019

The Ide farm has been running since 1969. Larry and Bertha became farmers that year by purchasing 80 acres for a cow calf and sow feeder pig operation. A few years later, the cattle were sold and trees were logged for land. In 1993, Nate joined the business. Seven years later, they sold the remaining hogs and expanded land for grain.
Currently, the farm owns 240 acres yet grows on 2,000 total acres. Larry and Bertha still reside on the farm. Nate works full time on the farm with his sons Mike and Phillip. Their daughter, Beth Ann, lives in Stewartville.

Silver Lake OKs business subsidy tools, policy

Attracting new business to a small town is always a priority for any city council. On Monday, the Silver Lake City Council took a step in that direction by approving a business subsidy policy.
Having the policy in place allows the city council the ability to offer potential businesses an incentive to come to Silver Lake.
Incentives could include, but are not limited to, discounted land purchases, a small business loan, tax increment financing or other tax related subsidies.
The policy lays out criteria for approval which includes;

A Pesina on the land since 1869; Family sesquicentennial farm honored at fair

Leon Pesina likes the idea that one day, his son will take over the family farm and maintain a family legacy dating back to the late-1860s.
Pesina, 72, and his family farm about 165 acres on Koala Avenue north of Biscay in Rich Valley Township. His family farm received a sesquicentennial farm designation during a ceremony Friday evening, Aug. 16, at the McLeod County Fair. Surrounded by members of his family, Pesina accepted the only McLeod County sesquicentennial farm honor handed out this year.
“It’s a nice award,” he said. “It was kind of nice to have everyone around.”