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December 10th

Brownton City Council finalizes 2015 budget with no levy increase

The Brownton City Council agreed on its 2015 budget at its Dec. 2 meeting — one that does not increase taxes — but did not agree on a salary increase for employees.
City Clerk Ella Kruse said the 2015 budget included a 3 percent wage increase for employees, but that the City Council was free to decide if it wanted to award 3 percent or a lesser amount.

Return decisions to school board level

For many years, Minnesota statute has required school districts to start school after the Labor Day weekend. The legislation was the result of lobbying from the tourism industry, hoping to capture end-of-season revenues from the traveling public. And the Minnesota State Fair wraps up its annual session over the weekend, which draws thousands to St. Paul, including youths who participate in 4-H and FFA.
The statute also requires schools to get special legislation passed to start school earlier than the Tuesday after Labor Day.

I’d shop, if I didn’t have to spend money

I hate shopping.
I already need to take back that statement. I don’t hate shopping. I hate spending money.
I have always been tight-fisted. Whenever I really wanted something as a child, my mother would need only say, “You’ll have to use your own money.” That usually killed my desire to acquire whatever it was that caught my fancy.
While I enjoy browsing — I spend many morning checking out stuff I want online while I have my coffee — I rarely find anything on which I want to spend my money.
And it shows.

Pulp truck, moose: rarities in our area

I saw a pulp truck the other day … near Hutchinson.
It looked as out of place as the moose that took up residence at a New Ulm area farm recently. They both appeared to be lost.
The sight of a pulp truck brought back memories of my college days working in a pulp and paper mill in International Falls and of my early days as the editor of the Fort Frances (Ontario) Times. Pulp trucks, loaded with 10-foot logs, were a common sight coming and going to the Boise Cascade mills on both sides of Rainy River, the divide between Minnesota and Ontario.

Editorial cartoon wasn’t accurate

To the Editor:
One of your recent editorial cartoons attempted to appeal to low-information voters by equating Obama’s current scheme to circumvent our immigration laws with executive orders issued by past presidents. The comparison is simply not accurate.
The Reagan and Bush executive actions, for instance, were obviously different than what Mr. Obama is doing now. They were trying to implement an amnesty procedure that Congress had already passed.

Glenn Gruenhagen not a party ‘clone’?

To the Editor:
Glenn Gruenhagen is a spokesman for right-wing politics, yet he stated in an Oct. 29 letter to the editor (Hutchinson Leader) that he is “not a clone for party politics or special interest groups.”

County adds E-cigs to ordinance on 3-2 vote

On a 3-2 vote, the McLeod County Board of Commissioners approved revisions to its county tobacco-free workplace ordinance to include e-cigarettes on Tuesday evening, Dec. 2.

Residents to county: Do not raise ’15 levy, get rid of wheelage tax

Several issues were raised at the McLeod County Truth in Taxation hearing Tuesday evening, Dec. 2, concerning the wheelage tax and the lengthy list of impending county projects, but of most concern was the proposed 2 percent levy tax increase for 2015. And the general consensus of the public was: “No, do not raise taxes.”
Wheelage tax
Glen Sladek of Hutchinson approached the Board about the $10 wheelage tax. “I was against it then and I’m against it now. I’m begging you to rescind that tax.”

Annual Holly Days festivities are now under way

Glencoe’s annual Holly Days celebration got under way last week with the Friday announcement of the first clue of the annual medallion hunt.
Clues for the treasure hunt will be announced each Friday on glen
coemn.org, the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce and city of Glencoe website.
Holly Days activities continue this week. Thursday, Dec. 11, Coborn’s will host a Christmas Jubilee from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a visit from Santa Claus.

Turn-out light at school tax hearing as GSL proposes .08% levy increase

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School District’s Truth in Taxation hearing took place Monday night in Room 124 at Lincoln Junior High School and was presented by Business Manager Michelle Sander.
The purpose of the hearing was to provide a background of school funding, tax levies and budgets, as well as information on the proposed pay 2015 levy and the district budget.
Unlike cities and counties, a school district does not set its budget when setting the tax levy. The final levy is set in December, and the budget is approved the following June.