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Archive - Feb 2015


February 4th

Hi, my name is Rich, and I’m addicted

“I’m a man and I can change, if I have to … I guess.”
I looked out over the crowd of blank stares. Any fan of PBS’“Red Green” show knows that is the “Men’s Prayer” at Possum Lodge.
Apparently I was at the wrong meeting.
Let me start again.
“Hi, my name is Rich, and I’m a Captain Crunch-aholic.”
“Hi, Rich,” the group responded, but with even more perplexed looks on their faces.

Info coming on building project

To the Editor:
In the upcoming weeks and months ahead, you will be hearing about the proposed building project at Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL). The project’s scope is similar to the one that was narrowly defeated back in 2011.
Unfortunately, the needs of our district have not gone away and the cost has only increased. Back in 2011, the project was an $18.5 million facility. Today, with a few changes to reduce square footage, we will be asking for just over $24 million.

A little less salt on roads could save a lot of money

To the Editor:
A subject that has always haunted me is the process of putting corrosive chemicals on our winter roads. I have never been in favor of it, but can also see the need for it in a reasonable manner.
I have noticed the use of salt has now gone extreme even in outlying counties. No longer is it just the curves and intersections being salted, but every mile of road.

Blizzard Blast

Glencoe City Council approves 30-block Lincoln Park project

After more than three years of planning and designing, the second of a three-phased comprehensive street improvement plan received approval from the Glencoe City Council Monday night on a 4-1 vote. Council Member Allen Robeck voted no.
The reconstruction project involves a 30-block area round Lincoln Park and could begin in late April or early May. The project is expected to be substantially completed in November. The final layer of street bituminous will be completed in June 2016.

Paul Douglas talks climate change with area farmers

Whether one believes in global warming, or thinks there is just a blip in climactic trends, weather has changed over the past several years, meteorologist Paul Douglas told members of the McLeod County Corn & Soybean Growers Association Saturday night.
The association had its annual meeting and dinner at the Pla-Mor Ballroom Saturday and Douglas, who has been a meteorologist for Twin Cities television stations and the Star Tribune, was the guest speaker.

McLeod Publishing earns 5 awards in MNA contest

McLeod Publishing, Inc., garnered five awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.
The awards were announced at the association’s annual convention, held Thursday and Friday of last week in Bloomington.
Alissa Hanson, a creative designer with The McLeod County Chronicle and the Glencoe Advertiser, received a first-place award in the self-promotion or house ad category.

County Planning Commission gives nod to permit for mining

The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission took an application for a mining conditional use permit that was a bit unusual at its Wednesday, Jan. 28, meeting.
Rather than mining for gravel or sand, brothers Shane and Brett Madsen want to dig up an old demolition landfill in Rich Valley Township, reduce the slope of the property, and restore the land for farming.
“It’s potentially a win-win  proposal,” Zoning Administrator Larry Gasow told the commission.

Tim Orth Jamboree date, recipients are announced

The 17th-annual Tim Orth Memorial Foundation Basketball Jamboree is set for Saturday, March 28, at the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) High School gymnasium.
Doors open at 4 p.m. with games starting at 5:30 p.m. There is a charge for admission.

City approves spending up to $37,000 to demolish barber shop

The Glencoe City Council overrode a suggestion from Mayor Randy Wilson and the chamber’s Economic Development Committee (EDC) and approved up to $37,000 for the demolition of the Denny’s Barber Shop building on Greeley Avenue.