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Archive - 2014

November 26th

Moving on to the next adventure in life

Some of you may have noticed The Chronicle is looking for a full-time general assignment reporter to cover my beat — the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board, the Silver Lake City Council, and other feature stories and photography assignments.
Yes, the rumors are true: I’m marrying a rich guy and moving to New Zealand.
No, just kidding. I’m actually going on an adventure to explore the world of manufacturing. I’ll be starting temporary work at 3M on the production line Monday.

Blood drive topped its goal by 15 units

To the Editor:
I want to thank all of the donors who graciously took time out of their day on Wednesday, Nov. 19, to generously donate blood at the Glencoe Community Blood Drive.
The American Red Cross set our goal at 124 units; we exceeded that goal by collecting 139 units. We had 103 qualified whole-blood and 18 double-red donors. There were nine deferrals. We again had 30 no-shows for appointments (21 percnt of our original appointments) and 12 walk-ins.

How cold? Ask my face, ’stache

I’m starting to get on a “first-wave” basis with the regulars along my 10th Street walking route.
I wave at the Samuel Adams beer truck driver, the Gutter Helmet truck, the Old Dutch Potato Chip guy and the driver of the Pepsi truck. Most wave back as we head along our paths each morning. Some are almost like clockwork, along with the many workers grimly looking straight ahead in their vehicles, making their way to another day at work.

Appreciates flower, harvest baskets

To the Editor:
The frigid temps and the white landscape remind me of an overdue thanks: to all the Glencoe city workers and volunteers who beautify the streets of town over the spring and summer with hanging baskets and the businesses who also put out planters, thank you.
It is a wonderful simple pleasure to see the flowers brightening up an otherwise routine trip into town!

GSL Board eyes May building referendum

In a two-hour workshop session Monday night, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board agreed “something needs to be done” about the recurring maintenance issues at Helen Baker Elementary School and the space issues at the high school, and decided to pose the questions for the public next May in another building referendum election.
At its regular board meeting two weeks ago, the Board heard there have been heating issues at Helen Baker, and discussed how much more time and money should be spent on the facility.

E-cig talks tabled again by county

The McLeod County Board, meeting Nov. 17, yet again tabled a decision on adopting amendments to its tobacco ordinance and postponed the vote to its Dec. 2 meeting.
Public Health Director Kathy Nowak and Jean Johnson, public health educator, presented a revised proposal of the ordinance for board members that included language more closely aligned with that in the state tobacco ordinance regarding e-cigarettes, and changes in wording, such as “smoke-free” to “tobacco-free.”

Chamber honors volunteers at luncheon

The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce honored two volunteers and elected three new board members at its annual meeting and luncheon Thursday, Nov. 20.
Kelly Rach, this year’s Chamber vice president and next year’s president, received the Chamber’s Community Volunteer Award, primarily for her church work. She also is very active in the Chamber, including serving on the Board of Directors and with the Ambassadors and event organizer committee.
Rach is a financial advisor with Russ Runck & Associates.

County Planning Commission tables meat processing CUP

The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission is inviting a representative from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to its next meeting.
The commission is hoping to get greater input on a conditional use permit (CUP) application from Mohamed Gaabane, who wants to raise and butcher goats as a home occupation on a farm site in Hale Township, north of Silver Lake in the area of Ideal Avenue and 225th Street.
The commission considered the application at a public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

New ECFE director, educator finds position a good fit for her

Alicia Beste, 38, is the new director and parent educator in the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Early Childhood Family Education program, replacing Jan Mackenthun, previous ECFE director, and Mary Jo Schimelpfenig, previous parent educator, who both retired last June.
“For the last eight years, I’ve stayed at home, caring for my four children, and working part time at the library. I’ve come to ECFE events before with my children, so when the opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t pass it up,” Beste said.

Chamber of Commerce awards