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Archive - Mar 2015


March 11th

Digital/Different Day met with caution

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School District’s proposed “Digital/Different Day” to provide students with a learning opportunity on snow days has drawn both enthusiam and caution from school board members.
The proposal would encourage the use of “Google Classroom” and other online resources for learning on snow days so that students can continue their education even while at home.

Dear government: leave my clock alone

I’ve never really embraced the idea of Daylight Saving Time, but I never used to mind it, either.
I could never understand how changing the clock ahead one hour “saved” daylight. God gave us a certain number of hours of daylight a day, and the government can’t change that by monkeying with our clocks.

Questions City Council’s awarding of demolition bid

To the Editor:
I would like to comment on the Glencoe City Council’s award of the bid to demolish Denny’s Barber Shop building to MJ Neisen of Brownton.
I feel I’m too biased to offer my personal opinion because Ken Polifka of Ken’s Excavating is my father, and I’m also an employee. However, from the perspective of a Glencoe business owner, I feel I can because I own and operate CJP AutoSales in Glencoe.

Enjoyed meeting GSL FFA’ers

It was a pleasure to meet students and instructors at Glencoe-Silver Lake’s 75th anniversary of their FFA chapter on Friday, Feb. 27. Having taught in the school district before taking over the family farm in western Minnesota, I was impressed with the history and passion Glencoe-Silver Lake’s school district showed in its commitment to its FFA chapter through agricultural education.

GSL’s building bond info campaign includes school tours, forums

Glencoe-Silver Lake School officially kicked off its informational campaign for its proposed $24.19 million building project at the Glencoe Business Expo Feb. 22, and is continuing its efforts with weekly tours of Helen Baker Elementary and public forums.
At Monday night’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Chris Sonju said he had a steady stream of visitors at the school’s booth at the Expo.

County Board applauds GIS division

McLeod County Commissioner Paul Wright recognized the “exceptional work” of the county’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Division at the March 3 board meeting.
The online mapping tools are being extensively utilized throughout the community, maintaining accurate, current and complete geospatial data. The great need for the service is seen in the 100,000 some views in the past year on the county website.

School Board OKs trial run of ‘digital/ different day’ option

Unless the weather regresses dramatically, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District will not be able to try out its “digital/different day” this year.
The topic has been under discussion at recent Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board meetings, and the board gave its approval Monday night to trying it out on a test run.

County Board continues to discuss trail committee

McLeod County is still looking to organize a trails plan steering committee.
The Board of Commissioners voted to sign a contract for professional services with the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) at the March 3 meeting at a cost of $7,200.
However, the board tabled the forming of a committee to help with the organization of a McLeod County trail plan until the March 17 board meeting.

County Board approves purchases of equipment for highway department

McLeod County Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst has been doing some spring cleaning of older equipment and asked the Board of Commissioners for new gear at the meeting on March 3.
When it was all said and done, the board dished out nearly $236,954, with funding coming from the 2015 highway budget.
The big-buck item was the purchase of a 2015 Mack tandem truck chassis from Nuss Truck and Equipment in Roseville on the state contract for $99,703. This price includes a $12,000 trade-in allowance for a 1997 Ford LT 9000 plow truck with 210,000 miles.

4 GSL staff members to retire

The approaching end of the school year seems to bring announcements of retirements, and that was no exception at Monday night’s meeting of the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board meeting.
The School Board’s consent agenda listed four impending retirements: Vicky Harris, science teacher at Lincoln Junior High; Duane Stensvad, special education teacher at Lincoln; Sandra Steile, math teacher at Lincoln; and Ken Hults, principal’s secretary at Lakeside Elementary.