Archive - 2014

October 1st

Charter school eyes Brownton building

New Century Academy, a charter school based in Hutchinson, is considering moving to a new facility, and one of the sites it is considering is the former Brownton school building.
Mayor Jay Werner and City Clerk Ella Kruse informed the City Council of the school’s interest at a special meeting Sept. 23.
Werner said New Century Academy is currently a seventh- through 12th-grade school, but may consider expanding to elementary grades in the future.
New Century currently makes its home in the industrial park in Hutchinson.

Permitting systems need to be streamlined

The frustration in the room was palpable at last Wednesday’s public hearing on the city of Biscay’s application for a conditional use permit for its new wastewater collection and treatment system.
Unfortunately, the application was made “after the fact,” as construction on the system has already begun.

Time of death: 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29

It was obvious death was imminent.
The bank of lights flickered, sometimes going out completely, only to flicker back on again briefly.
They slowly went out, one by one, leaving only one light that would gently pulse a moment, glow steadily, turn red, turn off, then turn back on.
“I can’t bear this anymore,” I said aloud, and pulled the plug.
My dog, who was in the room with me, was so overwhelmed by emotion that he yawned and wandered off to the kitchen in search of crumbs. Comfort food, I thought.

Stress reliever: calm day out on the lake

Lately, it feels so good to be alive.
For the past month or so, it seems my life has been abnormally stressful between working two jobs and picking up another side gig to help a neighbor with technology support, on top of keeping things straight in my daily planner, like council meetings, interviews, school activities and homecoming events.

Veterans’ memorial under way

To the Editor:
Over a year ago, a committee was formed with representatives from the Glencoe American Legion and the Glencoe Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to determine if there was enough support to create a veterans memorial in Glencoe.
We received approval in May from the city to create a Glencoe Area Veterans Memorial on the northwest section of the City Center grounds.

Sidewalk superintendent on the job

There is a fascination about watching something being destroyed, like a building.
I never considered myself a “sidewalk superintendent,” but there I was near the Post Office recently watching Ken Polifka tearing down the former Glencoe Oil building. I wasn’t alone, either. There were many sidewalk superintendents in the vicinity. We were like moths to a flame. It was an irresistible attraction.

County Board approves Biscay wastewater CUP

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a conditional use permit (CUP) for the city of Biscay Tuesday, even though application was made after construction had started on a $1.7 million wastewater collection and treatment project.
City officials had told the county’s planning commission last week that not obtaining a CUP prior to construction was an oversight.
Commissioner Sheldon Nies said Tuesday that there was plenty of blame that could be shared for that oversight.

Years of conservation efforts honored at dedication

Dr. Virgil Voigt has dedicated countless hours to the restoration of land and the preservation of wildlife.
Those efforts were recognized Saturday afternoon when 112 acres were dedicated as a new Wildlife Management Area, and named the Rich Valley State Wildlife Management Area, Dr. Virgil C. Voigt, DVM, Tract. The property is located in Rich Valley Township, near Biscay.
While Voigt seemed warmed by the honor, he said the restoration of the 112 acres near Biscay was “a little bit about me, but more about the people who come after me.”

Residents, officials frustrated with late CUP application by Biscay

Township officials and rural neighbors to the city of Biscay’s wastewater treatment construction project expressed frustration at a public hearing for a conditional use permit (CUP) application Wednesday morning.
The $1.8 million project, which will construct a combination septic tank and “cluster” mound system to treat septic waste for 29 homes in Biscay, is already under construction.

City of Biscay project will mitigate violations

The city of Biscay’s wastewater collection and treatment system, currently under construction, will help correct ongoing health concerns, that were documented back in 2009.
Peter Miller of Wenck Associates, Inc., told the McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission Wednesday that the city of Biscay was issued a notice of violation in 2009 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), because most of the sewage generated in the city was “going straight into the Crow River,” which he referred to as a “straight-pipe” violation.