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October 12th

Ah … the fun of raking up fall leaves

There is something about dead, decaying organic matter that activates the senses.
Fall is my favorite time of the year, even though I know what follows in the coming weeks.
But autumn is a time for beautiful, bright colors contrasted against the pale blue skies with sun-splashed, still green yards. And it is time for leaf raking.
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of leaf raking … and then jumping into the piles and scattering them all over the yard.

MNsure: abolish it, or tweak it?

Allison O’Toole, CEO of the MNsure health insurance exchange program, was in Glencoe Thursday to encourage people to enroll or re-enroll, and to assure them that recent premium hikes will be offset by federal tax credits.
MNsure always has been a politically charged topic in Minnesota. It was born of the controversial Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which itself was a political hot potato at the federal level.

Panthers back at .500 with win

First Lutheran School marathon

MNsure CEO visits Glencoe, talks about enrollment

Fire prevention week

Resident interested in buying wing of former Brownton school building

A resident is interested in buying the former east wing of the Brownton school building from the city of Brownton, but there are quite a few hurdles to clear, first.
Mark Johnson told the Brownton City Council at its Oct. 4 meeting that he is interested in buying the building, but recognizes there are issues.
“I still have interest, but it’s hard to know exactly what I would be buying,” said Johnson. He had expressed interest in remodeling it for office space, storage rental and a workshop area.

Silver Lake hires out water and sewer responsibilities

The Silver Lake City Council is finding out firsthand the need for cross-training among employees, as it heard at its Monday, Oct. 3, meeting that both its maintenance workers are out on extended medical leaves.
Public Works Supervisor Dale Kosek and employee Gary Jerabek will both be out on extended medical leaves, leaving the city without a public works department.
Jerabek has been out for a couple of months and could be back in early November; Kosek went out unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 30, and is expected to be out for a couple of months.

County Board declines to act on reclassifciation request for solid waste employees

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Oct. 4, chose not to act on a suggestion to reclassify two positions at the solid waste department.
Human Services Director Mary Jo Wieseler brought the item to the board, noting that with the growth of the recycling center and the absence of a director, the duties of both the solid waste director and the recycling manager had increased considerably.
She also said that both had become exempt, rather than non-exempt employees, because both had acquired supervisory responsibilities.

Living her dream job: Knick shares experiences as park ranger

Kaitlyn Knick’s childhood dream job has become a reality, and it has been everything she had hoped it would be — and then some.
Knick, daughter of Ron and Jill Knick of Brownton and a 2011 graduate of Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, is a ranger for the U.S. National Park Service, working in national parks.
And this past season, working at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, off the northeast corner of Minnesota and north of Michigan, Knick was involved in “the most extensive rescue this park has ever seen.”