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Jail project heads back to architect’s drawing board

After construction bids for the McLeod County Jail expansion project were opened last week, it was learned they were more than $2 million over estimates.
A workshop was conducted after the board of commissioners’s meeting Tuesday, April 7, that included the commissioners, attorney and officials from the law enforcement community.

Mother-daughter reunion

“I don’t think in all my life I’ve cried as many tears as I did yesterday,” Mabel Ehrenberg said Monday morning.
That’s saying something, because all of Mabel’s life encompasses 103 years.
And, fortunately, Mabel’s tears weren’t of sadness, but of joy: on Easter Sunday, Mabel — a resident of Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care — was reunited with her daughter, Diane Sellnow, whom she has not seen for five years.

Maintenance shed to be remodeled into bath house

The Glencoe City Council Monday night awarded a contract to Ryan Voss (RDV Construction) to remodel the former city maintenance shed at Oak Leaf Park into a bath house for the park’s expanded campground.
Voss’ bid was one of two received for the original plan to build a new bath house facility in the park. But those bids came in high, according to Mike Drew, city public works director of parks and streets.

Glencoe to switch to county recycling

McLeod County will take over Glencoe’s recycling program in the first week in May, according to Glencoe City Administrator Mark Larson.
At Monday night’s City Council meeting, Larson asked for the city to “opt out” of its current recycling contract with Waste Management. That contract runs out at the end of the year.
Larson said Waste Management suggested the city opt out because the company “did not want to be in a recycling war” and to eliminate confusion for Glencoe recycling customers.

Gruenhagen: transportation plans dominating 2015 legislative session

Funding for transportation continues to be the hot topic at the capitol, according to state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe.
Gruenhagen, home last week from the Legislature on the Easter break, said the Republican party is offering an alternative plan to that proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL.
While the DFL program dedicates about $10 billion toward transportation, the GOP bill is planning to invest $7.1 billion.

GSL engineering students show off their hard work

Students from Glencoe-Silver Lake High School’s “Principles of Engineering” class had the chance to show off the fruits of their month’s labors when they demonstrated a number of material sorters to guests on Monday, March 30.
Four groups of students had spent the previous three weeks planning and building intricate sorters to separate metal marbles from wooden ones. The project was intended to create the type of sorting system that would separate differing items at a recycling plant.

Grievance, street funding, recycling topics at city’s personnel committee

The personnel and legislative committee of the Glencoe City Council held a brief meeting last Wednesday afternoon in the Glencoe City Center west conference room, and then went into closed session to discuss a Glencoe Police Federation grievance.
While nothing was made public on the police grievance, during the open session the committee members discussed support for a League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) resolution concerning transportation funding, and were given an update on the county’s upcoming takeover of the city’s recycling program.

Garbage truck catches fire

Grass fires were no April Fool’s joke

Engineering students show off projects