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February 18th, 2015

Carl R. Mackdanz, 79, of Minneapolis

Carl R. Mackdanz, 79, of Minneapolis, died peacefully at N.C. Little Hospice, surrounded by his loving family and friends, on Feb. 12, 2015.
Mr. Mackdanz was a loving husband, father, papa and friend.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 50 years, Kathleen (Kathy Dolan); daughters, Susan (Brian) Albers and Molly Mackdanz; grandchildren, Merrick, Matthew and Olivia; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Muriel Mackdanz; and stepmother, Hilda Mackdanz Brekke.

Jasken — Mackenthun

Anna Jasken and Timothy Mackenthun, both of Glencoe, announce their enagement and plans to marry Aug. 8 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe.
Parents of the couple are Jerome and Sally Jasken and Bill and Karen Mackenthun, all of Glencoe.
Anna Jasken graduated from high school in 2010 and from Ridgewater College in Willmar in 2014 with a degree in veterinary technology. She is currently employed as a veterinary technician at ValueCare Vet Clinic in Chaska.

Son born to Schwartz family

Jeremiah and Claudia Schwartz of Glencoe announce the arrival of a son, Julian Alexander Schwartz, born Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Julian weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 201⁄2 inches in length. He joins siblings Damion and Christian. Grandparents are Kenny and Bonnie Schwartz of Norwood Young America and Constantino and Silvia Perez of Glencoe.

Daughter born to Dittmers

Bryan and Amy Dittmer of Glencoe announce the birth of a daughter, Avery Anne, born Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Avery weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long at birth. She joins a sibling, Colton. Grandparents are Al and Karen Wagner of Montfort, Wis., and Dennis and Charlotte Dittmer of Plato.

Transparency, open meetings

Transparency and the Minnesota Open Meeting Law. Those two topics came up at Tuesday’s McLeod County Board meeting, and we’re glad they did.
New Commissioner Doug Krueger raised some questions regarding the county’s recent extension of its recycling contract, citing two concerns: first, that as new commissioner, he doesn’t feel well versed on the topic and, second, that transparency in county government is important to him.

A couple of things are chafing my hide

There have been a couple of things that have chafed my hide over the past several months, and I have to take a moment to address these raw spots.
First, anybody who thinks the return of trolley cars to the metro area is a wise thing should look at why trolley cars went the way of the horse and buggy … they became obsolete! They were inefficient dinosaurs that snarled the growing use of motorized vehicles on metro streets!

County Board debates role of SWAC at meeting

McLeod County Commissioner Doug Krueger’s questions regarding a recent renewal of the county’s recycling contract with West Central Sanitation sparked a lengthy discussion among his fellow commissioners and others Tuesday morning.
Krueger asked if the renewal of the contract with West Central, which was amended to accommodate the county’s switch to single-sort recycling from five-sort, was actually a renewal or a new contract, which should have been let for bids.

Glencoe Business Expo set for Sunday, Feb. 22

Over 60 area businesses and organizations will be at the annual Glencoe Business Expo, set Sunday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Panther Field House.
Along with display booths, there will be the annual pancake breakfast by the Rotary Club, serving from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as several “break-out” sessions, including:
• Glencoe Woodworking Club’s “Woodworking: the Art Form,” at 10:30 a.m. Come see a presentation of woodworking tips and techniques.

Glencoe native brings farm experience to one-woman show

small family farm seem to disappear, actress Deborah Templin is going to bring them back for two shows at the Hutchinson Event Center with her show, “Singing for the Cows.”
Templin, graduate of Glencoe High School, First Lutheran School and District 6 country school, has created a show comprised of a series of stories, poems and songs that reflect on life in rural McLeod County, especially her time growing up on a dairy farm.

ADM considering replacing feed mill with larger building

The Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission on Thursday recommended approval of a height variance for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Alliance Nutrition’s proposed new construction project at 1011 Elliott Ave. and along 10th Street. The company indicated it plans to build a structure about 150 feet high, or higher than allowed by ordinance, and about 20 feet taller than an existing feed mill on the site.