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Quilt of Valor Presented

Richard Hollermann presented with Quilt of Valor

HallermannHow do you begin to say “thank you” to a veteran—especially one who has sacrificed so much during service to the nation? If you’re a quilter like Charlotte Norlien, you begin with a piece of fabric.
On Feb. 16, Norlien presented Richard Hollermann, a Vietnam veteran who lives south of Farwell, with a Quilt of Valor. The quilt was Norlien’s way of offering comfort, healing and sincere gratitude to a veteran touched by war.
Norlien said she had seen a PBS program about the Quilts of Valor Foundation and was determined to make a quilt for a local veteran—the Fons and Porter quilt pattern, in particular.

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Notes From The Capital

paul anderson 150Some Minnesotans who received a subsidy last year to help cover the cost of their health insurance may be in for a surprise when they file their tax return for 2014. At least one constituent reported to me that they must pay several hundred dollars of additional tax to cover the subsidy they received from the federal government to defray the cost of insurance.  To be fair, this is not a problem brought on by the troubled MnSure exchange in Minnesota.  It has to do with incomes that turned out to be under-estimated, which resulted in subsidies received that were too large.

Back when folks signed up for health coverage and the associated subsidies for last year, 2013 incomes were used to determine the level of subsidy.  However, if the actual income for 2014 increased by a certain level, it changed or eliminated the subsidy amount people were entitled to receive.  That’s the reason why some will have to pay income tax on that subsidy, although they had no idea this might happen.  And even if they knew, it would have been very difficult, if not impossible, to get back into the MnSure system to make a change in income, which would have also resulted in a lower subsidy and higher health insurance premiums.

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Pearl On Lake Minnewaska Nears Completion

Pearl On Lake MinnewaskaGlenwood’s newest housing project is nearing completion as contractors, working through the winter, are finishing up construction of the 23-unit condominium complex called The Pearl on Lake Minnewaska.  
“We’re excited,” said Brady Klick of Centre Graphics, Inc., the company that constructed the project located along Lakeshore Drive between Minnesota Avenue and First Street SE.  “It’s a nice piece of property to add to the Lake Minnewaska lakeshore.”
Klick told Glenwood Commissioners Tuesday night that his company would be showing the first units to buyers after March 1.   “The units turned out very nice and they are much bigger than they looked during the construction,” Klick said. “I think you’ll find that the majority of the units will be sold by the end of the year,” he added.

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Play Sparks Anti-Bullying

Students hope anti-bullying play sparks change


During national Anti-bullying Week at Minnewaska Area High School, students, grades 9-12, took in a play presented by the Homeward Bound Theatre, out of Chanhassen, about the effects of bullying.
The play featured five stereotypical teens who are thrown together during a three-day reality TV game-show. During the three days, the teens endure bullying by each other, learn more about one another, and eventually become friends and realize that bullying is not the answer to their own problems.

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VFW Essay Winners

VFW Essay WinnersThe essays of eight area students earned them top honors from Starbuck VFW Post 4582. At a ceremony held Feb. 9, Bob Friesen, post commander, led a program and presented the students with cash and other prizes for their winning efforts in the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions.
The Voice of Democracy is a civic essay competition open to students in grades 9-12. The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program in 1947 to provide high school students the opportunity to express their thoughts on democratic ideas and principles. Each year, Voice of Democracy draws nearly 40,000 entries from across the country and offers $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives. Local winners were Justine Dalhoff, Monica Dalhoff, Naomi Dalhoff, Cole Mercier, Camryn Mithun and Madelynn Reichmann.
Local winners of the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen essay competition were also honored on Feb. 9. Each year more than 100,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. This year’s contest asked students to express their thoughts on the importance of veterans in our society. Avery Jergenson and Isabella Ortendahl were local winners of the Patriot’s Pen award.  Photo is Contributed

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DNR Asking Anglers To Remove Trash

668 JunkOnIceRecent weekly activity reports from conservation officers (COs) with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are full of evidence of various types of refuse being discarded along frozen waterways.
“Once again, the most common complaint dealt with while on patrol involved anglers leaving their trash behind,” said CO Bret Grundmeier of Hinckley. Grundmeier spends hours each ice fishing season checking anglers and encouraging them to clean up after themselves and remove garbage from lakes. “Anglers are urged to police themselves and others.”

Deadline near for house removal
Minnesota’s fish house removal deadlines are March 2 in the southern part of the state and March 16 in the north.

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Notes From The Capital

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NEWS FROM THE CAPITOL

paul anderson 150  The issue of governing and how it relates to politics is interesting, if not a bit       frustrating. Case in point; the DFL had in its control both houses of the   Legislature and the governor’s office during the last biennium, but nothing was done about transportation funding. This year, with state government back in dual control between the two parties, the gas tax once again is front and center of what could be a long and drawn out process of coming up with some kind of increase to fund our roads and bridges. The reason for not taking it up last year, in the opinion of many including me, was the reluctance to increase the gas tax in an election year.

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