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October 7th

Commissioners want to stick to budget on proposed jail project

McLeod County commissioners want to hold firm to its original $7.4 million budget for a proposed jail expansion project.
At least, that was the message from commissioners Sheldon Nies and Ron Shimanski at a Sept. 29 workshop with representatives from Wold Architecture and Contegrity Group, which are the architectural and construction management consultants for the proposal.

City Council updated on various projects

As summer is winding down, so are the city’s summer projects. The Glencoe City Council heard updates on both current and future projects during its regular Monday night meeting.
Lincoln Park
City Administrator Mark Larson explained that the Lincoln Park project is moving along. The piping work is completed. He said there are storm sewers left to be finished on 11th Street and by the creamery.

Lawsuit against RS Fiber settled out of court for $75,000

een reached in connection with the original Renville-Sibley Fiber to the Home Project.
The cities and counties involved in this original project were being sued for not paying their legal fees over three years ago.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the RS Fiber Cooperative Board shall pay and deliver $75,000 to Best & Flanagan, LLP, Minneapolis, for a full and final settlement and satisfaction of the lawsuit. The amount was to be delivered on or before Thursday, Oct. 1. Once the payment is made, the lawsuit will be dismissed.

Area law enforcement agencies to participate in Click It or Ticket

Not wearing a seat belt was a deadly choice for half of the people killed in car crashes in Minnesota during the first six months of 2015. Of those people who died in crashes from January through June, 50 percent were not wearing a seat belt, according to preliminary data.

Hutchinson woman hurt in accident

Karla Elsie Dostal, 28, of Hutchinson, was seriously injured in an accident Saturday at about 4:24 p.m.
According to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, Dostal’s 2009 Harley Davidson and a farm tractor pulling a chopper collided in the area of Major Avenue and 220th Street, northeast of Hutchinson. The tractor was driven by James Henry Dostal, 72, of Hutchinson.

19 miles of Luce Line Trail recently paved in county

About 19 miles of the Luce Line State Trail in Minnesota was recently paved in McLeod County, making it one of the longest paved trail segments in the area.
The entire Luce Line trail stretches from Plymouth to Cosmos, beckoning outdoor enthusiasts with a scenic 63-mile route from the metro area to Meeker County.
The new pathway extends from the Carver County line east of Winsted to McLeod County Road 115 west of Hutchinson.
Trail terrain

Commissioners want to hold line on jail cost

A late afternoon McLeod County Board workshop Sept. 29 was brief, but provided a wealth of information regarding the proposed jail expansion.
After hashing out ways to structure the project’s proposal to attract better bids, consultants from Wold Architecture and Contegrity Group asked commissioners to give them a bottom-line figure.
The three commissioners at the workshop — Ron Shimanski, Sheldon Nies and Joe Nagel — felt that the county needs to stick with its original budgeted cost of about $7.4 million.

Softening history can lead to repeating it over again

To the Editor:
I am responding to Lori Copler about a disruption during the intermission of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The person was saying that the word “nigger” should be taken out of this historical play. Taking the word “nigger” out of the historical placement in books and plays softens the historical representation of the books.

Republicans don’t stand up for their convictions

To the Editor:
Many Republican politicians are nothing but hypocrites who like to shoot off at the mouth but have no convictions behind their words. They are a bunch of spineless cowards sitting in elective positions, promising to those who voted for them what they want. And yet every time the going gets tough, they cave under pressure, putting their tail between their legs crying and giving up just like a little baby on the very convictions they say that they believe.

October 2nd

County Road 26, part of CSAH 17 now open

All of McLeod County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 26 is open today after the contractor completed blacktopping, according to the McLeod Highway Department. The project area was located north and northeast of Brownton.

In addition, CSAH 17 is now open from the east county line to State Highway 15. CSAH 17 from Highway 15 to Fernando (CSAH 7) will remain closed until the shoulder work is completed.