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Archive - 2014

August 27th

Trailblazer sets example of cooperation

The current campaign season is just starting to heat up, and with it will come the usual buzzwords and phrases: “streamlining government,” “inter-governmental cooperation,” “efficiency,” “inter-agency cooperation.”
People want government that does more with fewer of our tax dollars. Everyone wants to eliminate duplication of services, to streamline government and for governmental units and agencies to cooperate among themselves.

I’m not the only one who is old and tired

Last week, I wrote about how I’m entering the realm of the old and the tired, helped along by various merchandisers trying to sell me pre-planned funerals and electronic scooters.
Well, I’m not the only one who is aging.
A little over a week ago, four of us Chronicle staffers attended a design seminar led by Ed Henninger, considered a leading design “guru” for newspapers.

Big thanks to everyone who supported food shelf

To the Editor:
Here I am again, writing my last letter to the editor.
Now that I am officially retired, I just had to write one more letter to say a big thank you to everyone who helped me through the last 30 years.
I could not have done it alone. It took everyone to make the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf the success it is. Without the help of the many people who were on the staff, volunteers, donors, organizations, churches, schools, youth groups, the newspapers and the radio stations, it would not have been possible.

County moves forward on jail expansion design

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners called for a final design for its proposed jail expansion and courthouse security project after reviewing a schematic design at its Aug. 19 meeting.
John McNamara of Wold Architects walked the County Board through a Power Point presentation that showed floor layouts for each level of the courthouse with the jail addition and security improvements.

Trailblazer Transit expands service into Wright County area

Trailblazer Transit can’t get service on the road fast enough in Wright County, its Joint Powers Board heard Thursday morning.
Trailblazer Executive Assistant, Cindy Posivio, told the Board that Trailblazer provided at least 3,750 rides on three buses in its first month of operation, July, in Wright County.
Those statistics reflected rides within cities in Wright County, not rides in the rural area, Posivio said.
“At this pace, we could see 45,000 rides on an annual basis, give or take 5 percent,” said Posivio.

New principal takes the helm at First Lutheran School

Dean Scheele, a native of Hamburg, has enjoyed traveling and teaching around the United States in New Orleans, La., Williamsburg, Iowa, and Bay City, Mich., but is “happy to be back” as the new principal at First Lutheran School here in Glencoe.
Scheele grew up in Hamburg, graduated from Mayer Lutheran High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in history and physical education from Concordia University in Nebraska, where he met his wife, Sheila.
The couple moved to New Orleans after he was called to teach there at a Lutheran school.

Two injured in vehicle rollover

Logan H.A. Pool, 18, of Glencoe, and Sierra A. Newman, 18, of Belle Plaine, were both injured in a vehicle rollover Saturday at about 10:20 p.m.
According to the State Patrol, Pool was driving a 2001 GMC Sonoma westbound on Highway 212 near Dairy Avenue, east of Glencoe, when he fell asleep. The vehicle went into the median. The driver attempted to regain control, over-corrected and crossed both westbound lanes before rolling in the north ditch.

County receives $160,574 dividend

McLeod County will receive dividends totalling $160,574 from the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) — $94,327 for workers compensation and $66,247 for property/casualty insurance.
County Administrator Pat Melvin informed the County Board of the dividends at its Aug. 19 meeting, saying that the dividends are awarded to counties based on performance in categories such as workers compensation and insurance claims.
County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz said the county should receive the dividends before the end of the month.

Sweet, sweet corn

New GSL teachers