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December 16th

Busy week for matmen

Grassroots government at its best

Torrential rain events in 2013 and 2014, and several years earlier, have created some significant flooding in McLeod County, as well as the rest of the state. From Lester Prairie in the northeastern part of the county to Round Grove Township in the southwestern corner, excessive rain events have washed out roads, caused storm sewers to back up into basements, taken out road culverts, drowned out crops and cost untold amounts of money in damage.

Despite best efforts, decorations are up

For several years now, I have not hung up Christmas lights around my house despite my wife’s not-so-subtle hints.
There are several reasons.
First, I don’t want to.
Second, I’m not interested in going out in the cold and freezing my hands.
Third, I can’t seem to ever untangle the snarled Christmas lights with any degree of skill.
Fourth, I’m not in the mood. Umm, is that the same as I don’t want to?

Unhappy with county trails committee make-up

To the Editor:
As a resident of Stewart, I am unhappy with how the membership of the McLeod County Trails Committee was selected. As I understand it, each county commissioner selected two people to represent his district on the committee, and the townships selected one person to represent the townships on the committee. The committee is tasked to arrive at a consensus for what trail needs we as a county want to spend money on, if any.

Decorations are embarrassing

To the Editor:
Glencoe’s Christmas decorations are an embarrasment to the city. Some are not lit and falling apart.
Nothing would be better than what is up. May be time for new ones.
Jan Breyer

GOP needs to support LGA

By Thomas Kuntz
and Randy Wilson
As 2015 winds down and we prepare to welcome a new year and a new legislative session, the time has come for us to speak out. As mayors of cities in Greater Minnesota — and as Republicans — we have waited more than a year for the new House Republican majority to show leadership on a key issue affecting communities across Greater Minnesota: Local Government Aid (LGA).

City, county need to plan for life after HTI

To the Editor:
It is time for a wake-up call to local government planners to consider life after Hutchinson Technology, Inc. (HTI), following the recently announced acquisition by TDK of Japan. As with many things in life, it is prudent to hope for the best but plan for the worst, or at least consider possible alternatives to the status quo.

County Board OKs 2.73% levy increase

On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the McLeod County Board of Commissioners passed its first levy increase since 2010.
The 2016 property tax levy will be increased 2.73 percent over 2015, which will generate an additional $500,000 revenue for the county.
County Commissioner Doug Krueger cast the dissenting vote.
Krueger said he reviewed budget information presented at a workshop Monday, and said he felt the County Board has not done enough to curtail spending.

School architect: building plan has been a ‘fun puzzle’

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board heard a presentation from Paul Youngquist and Luke Papillon from Architects Rego and Youngquist, Inc., on the district’s building project during a regular meeting Monday night.
The building project will create a new addition between the current GSL High School and Lincoln Junior High, as well as renovate some of the current buildings.
Youngquist said the project is moving along and that the company has been speaking with Glencoe city engineer Justin Black of Short Elliot Hendrickson on storm water and utility topics.

North Glencoe drainage issues debated at meeting

The Buffalo Creek Watershed District (BCWD) may soon be getting a petition to study drainage issues along the northeastern edge of Glencoe, much as it did a few years ago for the west ditch (or Marsh) drainage system.
McLeod County Commissioner Doug Krueger brought a room full of people — from water managers to township, city and school officials to local residents — to the North Complex to discuss drainage  — or more appropriately, water management issues.