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May 6th

Pola-Czesky Days button design sought

Design the Pola-Czesky button that will be used for this year’s Pola-Czesky Days celebration, set for July 31 and Aug. 1-2, and you will have the chance to win $50.
The design must be within a two-inch circle, and any artwork is allowed — computer or handmade. The drawing should be in black and white, or red, white and blue. The following items must be included in the design: 46th Annual Pola-Czesky Days, Silver Lake, MN, July 31, Aug. 1 & 2, 2015.
You can put the information in any order and abbreviate it if you wish. Everyone is invited to enter.

Fire departments need volunteers

The Glencoe Fire Department is looking for a few good volunteers.
So are many other volunteer fire departments across the state, and the nation, particularly in rural areas.
The shortage has been documented by studies and well-reported throughout the state and national media. While studies show that volunteer departments are dwindling in numbers, the harder question to address is “why?”
Is it a lack of time, more stringent training requirements, a more transient population, less community commitment?

We were the original ‘free-range’ kids

“Free-range kids.”
I heard the term recently, and it took me a while to compose myself after the laughter.
Free-range kids seems to be a new derogatory term where parents allow their children to run around unattended or not on a short enough leash. Parents can now be chastised by police and society for being bad parents. How dare you let your children out of your sight? How can you not know where your children are every minute? Is there something wrong with you parents?

Too early to talk about demolition

To the Editor:
In response to Daniel Perschau’s letter to the editor last week, he indicated “the GSL school board members and administration have simply averted their eyes from the financial responsibility” for funding the disposition of Helen Baker.

April 29 blood drive exceeded its goal by 18 units

To the Editor:
I want to thank all of the patient donors who took time out of their day on Wednesday, April 29, to donate at the Glencoe Community Blood Drive.
The American Red Cross (ARC) set our goal at 122 units and we surpassed that goal by collecting 140 units. Awesome! We had 103 qualified whole-blood donors and 19 double-red donors.

Firefighters: ultimate community volunteers

Scott Dietz has been a member of the Glencoe Fire Department for 29 years, Ryan Dordling joined a little over a year ago.
But despite the difference in longevity, they both joined for very similar reasons — they had relatives who were volunteer firefighters, and they admired what those volunteers contributed to their communities.
And both would encourage others to join a volunteer fire department.
“It’s a good way to get involved in your community,” said Dordling.

School bond vote is Tuesday

Glencoe-Silver Lake School District residents will go to the polls Tuesday, May 12, to vote upon a $24.19 million building bond issue.
If successful, the bond would fund the relocating of the kindergarten through second-grade students from Helen Baker Elementary School to a new addition at the high school/junior high school campus. Helen Baker would then be closed.

City Council OKs resolution for bond issue

There is no shortage of improvement projects taking place in the city of Glencoe this year.
The Glencoe City Council approved a resolution to issue $6.735 million in general obligation improvement bonds Monday, May 4, for the Lincoln Park area street improvement project. The bonds will be issued May 20.
The resolution was passed on a 3-1 voted. Vice President of the Council John Schrupp did not vote, as he was running the meeting in Mayor Randy Wilson’s absence. Council Member Al Robeck voted against the resolution.

County prepares informational material for one-sort recycling

Residents in McLeod County communities will be receiving information this week on the transition to the county’s new single-sort recycling program.
Sarah Young, the county’s solid waste coordinator, updated the Solid Waste Advisory Committee — which now consists of the five commissioners — on educational efforts at a meeting Friday morning.
The information will be dropped off as recycling customers get their new single-sort recycling carts, which will replace the blue bins.

County turns low seal coat bid into better road surface

The savings from a low seal coat bid this year will result in other McLeod County road improvement.
Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst requested McLeod County Board approval to solicit quotes for an ultra-thin bonded wearing course on South Grade Road (CSAH 115) between CSAH 7 and Otter Lake Bridge in lieu of doing a double-chip seal that had been approved.