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Archive - Jul 22, 2015

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Commissioner calls for more background

McLeod County Commissioner Doug Krueger on Tuesday praised fellow commissioners Paul Wright and Sheldon Nies for “busting their butts” in getting the county’s retrofit of its materials recovery facility (MRF) completed.

Garden doesn’t live up to expectations

When I bought my house over a decade ago, there was a bare patch in the backyard where a small, wooden shed once stood.
I had two options: plant grass seed, or do the Minnesota thing and plant a vegetable garden. I had images of neat rows of lush vegetables from which I would pluck side dishes while my pork chops cooked to perfection on the grill.
As usual, the reality didn’t live up to the expectations.

Minnesotans deserve better than failed MNsure

To the Editor:
Last week, we learned that MNsure now has a 180,000-case backlog of public-program enrollees who are unable to renew their health coverage. These glitches have left MNsure unable to send bills to thousands of people in order to pay their 2015 premiums, and MNsure is unable to check eligibility information for thousands more, some of whom may be receiving benefits improperly.

Congratulations to Brownton Cubs

To the Editor:
Congratulations to the Brownton Cubs 14U girls softball team on its second-place title at the state softball tournament.
Girls, coaches and parents are to be commended on all the hours and hard work that has gone into making this team what it is. The team has shown time and again that if you work hard and don’t give up, you can accomplish what you set out to do. A good lesson to us all.
Cubs, you have done yourselves, coaches, parents and community proud.
Well done, Cubs. Well done!
From a proud fan and grandma,

Commissioners split on approval of costs at solid waste facility

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved spending $166,904 on a fence and another $19,270 for a concrete apron for the driveway, both at the Solid Waste Facility in Hutchinson.
The approval came on a 3-2 vote — not because dissenting commissioners disputed the need, but the process. Commissioners Doug Krueger and Ron Shimanski, who voted against the motion, both said they are concerned about escalating costs at the facility as the county converts to a one-sort recycling system.

Pre-Heat, Heat in the Street events on tap for this weekend

The Glencoe Fire Department’s Heat in the Street music festival is set for Saturday, July 25.
The event will kick off with a Pre-Heat Party on Friday, July 24, at 5 p.m. hosted by the Glencoe Days Committee. The Friday night event will be held in the City Center parking lot and admission is free.
The pre-party will feature food and live music by the Chad Edwards Band. Activities will include barrel rides, a bean bag tournament, bouncy house, face painting, hammerschlagen, karate demonstrations, hula hoop contests, sidewalk chalk drawing and more.

Glencoe City Council: Lincoln Park, other work moving along

The Glencoe City Council heard updates on the city’s three big summer projects at the regular Monday night meeting.
Airport runway
The Council voted to accept the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant for the Glencoe Municipal Airport taxiway construction project as soon as it has been officially awarded. Though U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson announced the grant was approved, it has not officially been awarded to the city yet.

Trailblazer to reimburse local share overages to McLeod, Sibley counties

McLeod and Sibley county representatives on the Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board got some good news Thursday morning — their counties will be reimbursed a good portion of their “local share” from 2014.
According to Trailblazer Transit Executive Director Gary Ludwig, McLeod County is set to be reimbursed $105,483, while Sibley County will be reimbursed $52,741.
The local share is what the counties contribute to the service above what is financed through the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and revenue from fares.

GRHS’ Level III Trauma Hospital designation renewed by state

Glencoe Regional Health Services’ (GRHS) designation as a Level III Trauma Hospital was renewed by the Minnesota Department of Health on June 16. GRHS voluntarily participated in the intense designation process, which included an outside review of its resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. GRHS met all standards for commitment, clinical and equipment resources, and staff training. The designation is valid for three years.

5 injured in broadside crash Saturday night

Five people were injured Saturday at about 8 p.m. in a broadside crash at Highway 7 and Babcock Avenue near Lester Prairie.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by a 17-year-old female was southbound on Babcock Avenue, stopped at a stop sign, and then pulled out onto Highway 7 into the path of a westbound 1994 Ford pickup pulling a camper trailer. The Pontiac was struck broadside by the pickup.