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Archive - Feb 2015


February 11th

Obama is giving away the store

To the Editor:
President Obama continues to try and give away the store, the latest being free college tuition. If you have money to pay for it, that is fine. We don’t.
Thomas Jefferson, a past president of the United States, said it best, and I quote, “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give it to those who would not.”
Robert L. Hatlestad

Record year for local Operation Minnesota Nice

To the Editor:
Linda Krueger, Colleen Benjamin and LaDonna Stuber want to thank everyone who helped make it possible this holiday season to send out 207 soldier care packages through Operation Minnesota Nice. Last year’s total was 166, and this year more family, friends, surrounding communities, churches, organizations and businesses — all too many to mention — generously donated time, items and money. We also received donations and packing help from a few local church youth groups.

No change in school polling places

The GSL School Board has finalized much of its proposal for the possible construction project it would like the public to approve on May 12. First, a motion was carried for a 30-year repayment plan, with a final payment to be made Feb. 1, 2045.
Next, Superintendent Chris Sonju recommended approval of the ballot language, highlighting the plans for the improvements, which  was approved by the board.

Push is on for Hwy. 212 improvements

Local legislators were asked Friday afternoon at a gathering at the Glencoe City Center’s Historic Room what can be done locally to help push for progress and funding for the long-stalled Highway 212 improvements. Those improvements would extend the four lanes west from Carver to Cologne.
The historic room seemed appropriate since the Highway 212 extension has been in the works for over 60 years and still has two major gaps — the five miles from Chaska to Cologne, and another five or six miles from Cologne to Norwood Young America.

Montgomery Gentry to headline 2015 Heat in the Street festival

The Glencoe Fire Department’s relief association continues to draw big-name talent to its annual Heat in the Street  music festival.
The department announced last week that Montgomery Gentry will be the headliner at this year’s Heat in the Street, set for July 25 in the Glencoe City Center parking lot.
Also slated are Eric Paslay, Chris Hawkey and The Plott Hounds.
Montgomery Gentry is comprised of the vocal duo of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, both natives of Kentucky.

100 years: Marie Dols reflects on her life

Marie Dols “loved her beauty shop,” which she ran for many, many years in Stewart.
“I got to know just about everyone,” she said last week.
And, apparently, people got to know Dols as well. That was evident Monday, Feb. 1, when a large group of women from the Stewart American Legion Auxiliary gathered at the Shade Tree Retirement Center in Brownton to celebrate Dols’ 100th birthday.
Dols is a 67-year member of the Auxiliary, which provided dessert and beverages to help her celebrate at an open house.

Jail expansion bids to be received in mid-April

Construction on McLeod County’s jail expansion project will hopefully begin as soon as road restrictions have been lifted this spring.
John McNamara of Wold Architects reviewed some final revisions with the County Board at its Feb. 3 meeting.
The potential closing of Ives Avenue just east of the courthouse and the reopening of Judd Avenue a block further east will free up some parking space, McNamara said.
The plan is to put angle parking on the east side of the former Ives right-of-way, near where Glencoe Oil once stood.

Single-sort recycling to start in May

McLeod County is gearing up to launch its one-sort recycling program, and residents are being asked to choose the size of their curbside recycling carts.
Cards regarding cart sizes are to be returned by Feb. 13 to the solid waste department. The goal is to have the program get under way in May.
Sarah Young, solid waste coordinator, brought a few items to the County Board’s attention regarding one-sort recycling at its Feb. 3 meeting.

City cemetery board appointments discussed at personnel committee

With two openings on the city’s cemetery board, the Glencoe City Council late last year discussed naming the council members as the new board, rather than seek community volunteers to fill the positions. The main reason was there was little interest shown by the public.
But last Wednesday afternoon, the Council’s personnel and legislative committee recommended staying with the appointment system after a number of names surfaced showing interest in the two vacancies. Mayor Randy Wilson has the authority to make the appointments with Council approval.

Glencoe Fire Department looking for volunteers to fill out its roster

The Glencoe Fire Department is having a difficult time filling its 40-person roster and is looking for new volunteers to bring it back up to strength. But that could be difficult, the City Council’s personnel and legislative committee heard Feb. 4.
City Administrator Mark Larson said the department currently has 34 members, but is funded for 40.
Because people are more mobile, and often experience more career and life changes than in the past, it is becoming more difficult to find and retain volunteers for the fire department.