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October 19th

Projects going strong in Glencoe

People deserve more than legislative gridlock

To the Editor:
The fact that we had no special legislative session this summer shouldn’t surprise anyone, since it followed two years of inaction by the state Legislature. Obviously, the people now representing us are incapable of getting the job done, so it’s time for them to be replaced.
After two years of wrangling, we were left with no property tax relief, no transportation bill, and no public works or bonding bill, all of which hurt rural Minnesota much more than the metro, and why? Light rail.

Despite increased revenue, tax hike is proposed

To the Editor:
The political spin is under way to explain that the 5 percent proposed McLeod County levy increase for 2017 is reasonable. To put this into perspective, we first need to go back three years.

Lots of activity in, around GSL school buildings

As we enter into the middle of October, we have a short week because of the Education Minnesota Conference break and holding parent-teacher conferences. While there will be no school for our students on those days, there will still be lots of activity in and around our schools. Construction will continue, and progress is being made each and every day.

Jail project helped along by stretch of favorable weather

Now that some decent weather has finally arrived, contractors are making great strides on the McLeod County jail addition.
Sam Lauer of Contegrity, the county’s construction management consultant, told the County Board Tuesday that all the pre-cast cement for the first floor has been set.
The next step, Lauer said, is to get all the load-bearing walls erected and the roof joists in place.
“The south and east walls should be pretty well set this week,” Lauer said.

City Council considers refinancing 2010 bonds

In what could be a record 23-minute meeting, the Glencoe City Council reviewed an option to refinance municipal bonds, issued in 2010, at its Monday, Oct. 17, meeting.
City Administrator Mark Larson and Finance Director Todd Trippel have reviewed options to refinance $1.505 million in taxable Build America Bonds (BABs).
BABs were issued by the federal government around 2010 in an effort to stimulate the economy, with the government paying a portion of the interest.
The city issued the bonds to pay a portion of the Glencoe City Center project.

County Board defines driving forces for restructuring

County Administrator Pat Melvin sought some direction from County Board members Tuesday on restructuring some of the county’s department.
In particular, Melvin said, he needs to know the goal of the restructuring in order to come up with the best plans.
Board Chair Paul Wright agreed.
“We need to indicate what our intent is,” said Wright. “Is it cost savings? Space because of all the buildings we run? Is it the level of services we want to offer?”

Spikers split, sectionals beckon

While a three-game sweep of Mound Westonka kept the Glencoe-Silver Lake volleyball team unbeaten in Wright County Conference West competition, a five-game loss to WCC East squad Holy Family Catholic may prove to complicate the Panthers’ postseason plans. 
GSL had little trouble with the White Hawks on Tuesday, Oct. 11, sweeping the visiting side in three straight games: 25-15, 25-10, 25-17.

Boys second, girls fifth at W-M Invite

 In their final invitational meet of the year, the Glencoe-Silver Lake boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams finished second and fifth, respectively, at the Watertown-Mayer Invite on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Paced by a 1-2 individual finish from Austin Schroepfer and Michael Meyer, the Panther boys claimed 52 total points to finish behind only Annandale (43 points) in the six-team competition.

Panthers charge past D-C for third win in row

A third consecutive victory has the Glencoe-Silver Lake football team back over the .500 mark for the first time since Sept. 2.
The Panthers improved to 4-3 on the year by rolling past Dassel-Cokato for a 38-13 triumph in GSL’s final regular season home game.