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December 24th

Operation Minnesota Nice is appreciated

When I was a kid — actually, even until I was well into my 40s — my mother would intersperse necessities into our “fun” gifts each Christmas. I could usually count on opening a box to find underwear and socks.
And, of course, we all had to display our gifts to the rest of the family. I learned not to open the package of underwear the Christmas I pulled out a pair of panties and my brother commented, “Oh, you got pillow cases?”
Most of us receive these gifts with something less than enthusiasm, bordering on disappointment.

School’s needs the same, but cost rises

I have a real strong urge to say “I told you so!” But I will refrain.
However, after sitting in (as a private citizen) on the last Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board meeting and last week’s four-hour workshop session, I wondered why are we even going through this again? Why should we even have to run another building bond referendum?

13th-annual Winterfest a huge success

To the Editor:
On behalf of the city of Silver Lake and the GFWC Women’s Club of Silver Lake, I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who came and made our Winterfest a great day for all. Santa was there with his reindeer, the horse-drawn rides made their annual appearance and the food was excellent as usual.

Trailblazer expansion saves money for counties

Trailblazer Transit’s expansion of service into Wright County has turned out to be good news for residents in McLeod and Sibley counties — the local bill is going to be much less.

School Board, architect talk building options

What does a 21st century classroom look like? School districts across Minnesota are evolving. Is Glencoe-Silver Lake next on the list?
The School Board met for a work session with architect Paul Youngquist on Tuesday night, Dec. 16, to discuss these questions, as well as the future of Helen Baker School.
Youngquist gave a long list of examples of schools he had remodeled or built for surrounding Minnesota districts, explaining the trends that were showing great results with those students.  

County to reschedule ditch redetermination hearing

McLeod County will hold a new hearing on the redetermination of benefits for County Ditch 20 and County Ditch 22, both of which are in the county’s 5th District.
Fifth District Commissioner Jon Christensen raised the issue at the County Board’s Dec. 16 meeting, saying that some notices sent to property owners for the original hearing, held Nov. 20, had a start time of 9 p.m. rather than 9 a.m.
“Apparently, there were a few people standing around outside the North Complex at 9 p.m.,” said Christensen.

County Planning Commission attaches conditions to meat-processing CUP

A proposed custom-processing business on a goat farm in Hale Township got the approval of the McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission on Wednesday, Dec. 17 — but with a long list of conditions designed to address concerns of neighbors.
Mohamed Gaabane, an immigrant, approached the planning commission at its November meeting seeking a conditional use permit to allow him to custom butcher goats raised on his farm.

Living Nativity

Wee Friends Christmas program

Silver Lake Winterfest