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Archive - Feb 2015


February 25th

Light rail also chafes hide, Sunday liquor does not

To the Editor:
Thank you, Rich. This push for taxpayer-subsidized light rail has been chafing my hide as well. If there truly was a viable market for this type of mass transit, there would be no need for large and perpetual taxpayer subsidies.  

Grateful for kindness of a stranger

To the Editor:
On Sunday, Feb. 22, Jim and I went to Bump’s for breakfast. When it came time for our bill, we were told that it had been paid and it was “anonymous.”
A big “thank you” to the person who treated us.
Jim and Melba Carlson

Fuel tax not keeping up with needs

By John Welle
If you’ve been following the topic of transportation funding recently, you’ll notice that it has once again become a politically charged debate, as both political parties attempt to blame the other for failing to address the transportation funding crisis while claiming themselves to be supporters of our highway system. In this article I’d like to take the discussion beyond the rhetoric and provide some factual insight on the topic.   

Helen Baker’s future addressed; tours set

To the Editor:
I want to take this opportunity to thank the many people who stopped by the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) booth at the Glencoe Expo this past Sunday.

A multi-cultural, gross-out contest

It’s not exactly a coffee group. It’s more like when all the planets are aligned, and we inadvertently stumbled into Gert & Erma’s for a cup of coffee at the same time.
There is my Norwegian-American friend, who wears pride of that fact like lutefisk around his neck. Then there’s my Swedish-American friend who says little, but laughs a lot. Then there is me, and my Finnish-American heritage. It’s like a Scandinavian smorgasbord.

Seeks support for Grief Connection

To the Editor:
My name is Rachael Templin. I am writing you this letter today asking for donations.
I am going to be taking a polar plunge for Children’s Grief Connection. Children’s Grief Connection is a camp for people who have experienced the loss of a parent, friend or someone close to them. I have attended camp two times. It has helped me a lot through my grieving process. My dad passed away  in April 2009 from lung cancer.
This will be my second year plunging. Last year, I raised $1,500! This year, my goal is $2,000.

County Board adopts 5-year road, bridge plan

The McLeod County Highway Department is hoping to get better bids by planning projects in the area of the Highway 15 reconstruction planned this summer between Highway 212 near Brownton and Winthrop.
The McLeod County Board considered — and adopted — a new five-year highway and bridge plan at its Feb. 17 meeting.
The county is planning to spend about $1.9 million to reclaim and put bituminous surface on County State Highway (CSAH) 17 from CSAH 7, south of Stewart, to Highway 15, and then from Highway 15 to the eastern county line near New Auburn.

City Council finalizes sale started in ’88

In an unusual action, it took the Glencoe City Council two attempts to pass a motion to complete the sale of a parcel of property — which was started in 1988 — to the Proehl family.
At Monday’s meeting, the first motion to complete the sale of .384 acres of land near the Glencoe City Cemetery failed for lack of a second to the motion. The Leo Proehl family owns 1.134 acres of abutting property, and the sale would allow the family to “square up their property.”

Trailblazer moves forward on Wright County facility

The Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board took steps Thursday that will hopefully lead to financing for a new facility in Buffalo to serve its Wright County riders.
Trailblazer Executive Director Gary Ludwig said that trying to secure funding has been, well, trying.
The Buffalo Housing and Redevelopment Authority has offered to issue bonds to build the facility, which would be a virtual duplicate of Trailblazer’s Glencoe building, and then transfer ownership to Trailblazer through a lease-to-own agreement over a number of years.

County Board votes 3-2 for countywide trail plan

On a 3-2 vote Feb. 17, the McLeod County Board of Commissioners agreed to have Mid-Minnesota Development Commission help it develop a countywide trail plan.
The proposal was made by Al Koglin, parks superintendent, who said that a comprehensive trail plan will help coordinate efforts in the county.
“Everyone is kind of going off on their own tangent with trails and walking paths,” Koglin said of plans in different communities throughout the county. “We’d like to look at all these ideas and have a county plan.”