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December 17th

SL Winterfest set Saturday, Dec. 20

The city of Silver Lake, along with the GFWC Silver Lake Women’s Club, is sponsoring the 13th-annual Winterfest on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Silver Lake Auditorium.
There will be various activities, including a coloring contest sponsored by the Degree of Honor, photo opportunities with live reindeer, horse-drawn rides through town, live music and drawings for prizes.
The women’s club also will provide free sandwiches, cider, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.

County Board drops proposed levy increase

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners, on a split vote, turned down a proposed 2 percent levy increase for 2015, and instead voted to not increase the levy at all — also on a split vote.
After several years of not increasing its levy — in deference to the economic recession that hit McLeod County harder than many areas because of employment cuts at Hutchinson Technology — the County Board had proposed a 2 percent levy increase in 2015.

My creativity stops at computer keyboard

The past few Christmas seasons, my co-worker Trisha has roped me into “arts and crafts” to make unique gifts for our co-workers.
I’m a very reluctant participant. If she didn’t also offer me wine and some of her “magic” cookies (which her son claims not only taste good but have healing powers), I’d probably bow out.

Bigger schools aren’t always better

After living in several large cities, I was unsure what would greet me when I returned to my small hometown. How would this be different? Big cities are often very arrogant about what they have to offer, and at times can scoff at the opportunities (or they say lack thereof) in a small community. In my first weeks here at The Chronicle, I was given my first chance to explore some of these differences.

Five injured in 2 accidents within 2 days on Hwy. 7

Five people were injured in two accidents within two days on Highway 7 in the Lester Prairie area.
A Lester Prairie couple and a Woodbury man were all injured in a head-on collision Tuesday, Dec. 9, at about 2:10 p.m., on Highway 7 near Carver County Road 33, east of Lester Prairie.

Food Shelf to try some evening hours

The McLeod Emergency Food Shelf will be trying out some evening hours at both its locations — Glencoe and Hutchinson.
Executive Director Lennie Albers said that evening hours for both accepting donations and distributing food will be held each Thursday starting Thursday, Jan. 8. Donations will be accepted from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, while distributions will be from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Albers said both donors and clients have been asking for some evening hours.

County Board drops proposed tax hike

After a failed motion to increase its 2015 levy 2 percent, the McLeod County Board voted Tuesday morning for a 0 percent increase.
A 2 percent increase would have raised an additional $365,872 in 2015, which Board Chair Paul Wright said would have been tagged for implementing the results of a salary compensation study that is currently under way.
But commissioners Ron Shimanski and Jon Christensen argued against the proposed increase, citing the current farm economy.

Denny’s Barber Shop next on city of Glencoe’s demolition list

Glencoe’s downtown area will lose its third business building on Greeley Avenue within a year.
The Glencoe City Council heard Monday night that the building that houses Denny’s Barber Shop, 1218 Greeley Ave., was recently condemned for occupancy after a city building inspection of the rental units resulted in a structural engineer being called in. That resulted in the condemnation action after it was discovered the building was leaning to the north and could not be repaired.

Living Nativity set for Saturday evening

The Evangelism Committee at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe, along with the Rev. James Gomez of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, also in Glencoe, are planning another live nativity to take place at Oak Leaf Park this Saturday, Dec. 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The two organizing churches were approached by the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce two years ago with hopes that Glencoe could have a living nativity similar to that in Arlington.

Lights, characters at Holly Days parade