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November 4th

Pedestrians: an endangered species

There are times I feel like I should be on the endangered species list.
The near-misses I have avoided as I stroll around the community have forced me to think more about my own mortality. Am I going to end up as someone’s hood ornament or as a chalk drawing on the street?
The main issue faced by walkers is inattentive driving. And it is not just those on cell phones or those who are multi-tasking while behind the wheel. That’s bad enough.

Glencoe Community Blood Drive set for Nov. 18

To the Editor:
The final Glencoe Community Blood Drive for 2015 will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18,  from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Glencoe Community Center Ballroom.
The American Red Cross has set our goal for this drive at 131 units. Please consider helping us meet that goal.

UWMC kicks off new campaign

By Paul Thompson
Executive Director
The United Way of McLeod County (UWMC) recently kicked off its 54th-annual campaign to raise funds for its 40 partner agencies and programs and its own Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Activities Scholarship Program. The need for the programs and services that our partner agencies provide remain at a high level.

Remember, honor veterans on Nov. 11

To the Editor:
Veterans Day, honoring the dead by helping the living, is fulfilled every day by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) members throughout the nation.
The VFW hopes that through its members’ actions, all U.S. citizens will take time to ponder how veterans have contributed to the nation. When one looks at rows of white crosses in a military cemetery, it is obvious.
The nation is full of veterans who are still with us. They continue to actively serve the country they loved.
Remember them on Nov. 11.
Submitted by:

Large fertilizer plant planned near Brownton

United Farmers Cooperative (UFC), headquartered in Winthrop, is planning to build a large fertilizer plant near its grain-handling facility just northwest of Brownton.
Part of that project will include a potential merger with the Brownton Co-op Ag Center, which has a fertilizer facility just to the south of the proposed site.
Jeff Nielsen, general manager of UFC, and others appeared before the McLeod County Planning Commission Wednesday morning, Oct. 28, for a public hearing on a proposed conditional use permit (CUP) for the project.

A new plan: piping to replace storm water pond option

After nixing a plan to install a storm water pond in the Glencoe City Cemetery, the Glencoe City Council is now looking to remove the storm water pond altogether from the Armstrong Avenue project.
The Armstrong Avenue project will replace sewer lines, water mains and storm sewers along Armstrong Avenue from Seventh Street to 13th Street, Seventh Street from Armstrong Avenue to Chandler Avenue, Baxter Avenue from Seventh Street to Fifth Street and one block of 12th Street.

Veterans Day program Nov. 11 at high school

A Hutchinson man was killed and a Hutchinson Police officer was shot in the ankle late Sunday afternoon in Hutchinson.
The slain man has been identified as 49-year-old Luverne Roy Christensen. The police officer had not been identified as of Tuesday morning.
Police Chief Dan Hatten said in a news conference Sunday evening that officers were called to a residence in the 500 block of Harmony Lane about 4:15 p.m. for what was termed a verbal disturbance.

City council hears brine re-use, wellhead protection updates

The Glencoe City Council heard  two presentations from Short Elliot Hendrickson engineer Karen Cavett concerning the city’s water at the regular meeting Monday night.
Brine re-use
The first presentation was on the potential brine re-use project. The city first started looking into this project a year ago as a way to get the chlorides out of the water going to the wastewater treatment plant in order to meet the requirements for a new permit with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Oil pumping station planned near Plato

Minnesota Pipeline Company, acting on behalf of Koch Pipeline Company, is adding 16 pumping stations to the pipeline — one of which will be located near Plato.
Terry Baker of Koch Pipeline appeared before the McLeod County Planing Advisory Commission Wednesday morning, as the pipeline is applying for a conditional use permit (CUP) for the pumping station.
The pumping station will be located in Sections 1 and 2 in Helen Township, just off 122nd Street.
Baker said the pumping station will consist of three 4,000-horsepower pumps.

Morgan man seriously hurt in trench collapse

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, at about 10:30 a.m., the Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 report of an occupational accident that had occurred in a rural farm field south of the intersection of Renville County Roads 18 and 2, about 11⁄2 miles north of Morton in Birch Coulee Township.