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January 27th

Glencoe City Council orders final plans for Armstrong project

The Glencoe City Council approved the plans and specifications for the Armstrong Avenue project and set bid opening after a presentation from Short Elliot Hendrickson Engineer Justin Black during its regular meeting on Jan. 19
The resolution passed 3-1, with Council Member Allen Robeck voting no and Council Member Kevin Dietz absent.

A rough week on area state roads: 4 accidents

Four accidents on state highways in the area were reported within a five-day time span this past week.
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, icy roads contributed to a head-on crash on Highway 7, east of Silver Lake, at about 9:35 a.m.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Donna I. Nardor, 55, of San Leandro, California, was eastbound on Highway 7 in a 2000 Toyota when her vehicle slid on the ice roadway and into the path of a westbound Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Tara Boehlke, 26, of Winsted.
The Toyota flipped end over end, and the Pontiac came to rest in a ditch.

Fire destroys machine shed near Silver Lake

An early-morning fire Sunday destroyed a machine shed and its contents northeast of Silver Lake.
According to Silver Lake Fire Chief Dale Kosek, the department was paged at 2:22 a.m. for the fire, located at the Dave Pokornowski residence on 228th Street.
Kosek said Pokornowski used the 50-foot by 100-foot, steel shed as a repair shop for tractors, combines and semi tractors. The shed also had a 30-foot by 40-foot addition that was used for office space and parts storage.

Trailblazer continues to cope with shortage of employees

Trailblazer Transit’s continuing difficulty in filling open jobs caused a sometimes contentious discussion at a joint powers board meeting Thursday morning.
Trailblazer’s new human resources and compliance director, Brittany Myers, said she has concerns about filling the jobs.
Myers started her new job just after Thanksgiving, and said that since then, applicants are not meeting the standards of the transit system.
“The quality is a lower caliber than I had expected,” said Myers.

Glencoe Public Library to premiere historical video Sunday, Jan. 31

The Glencoe Public Library will show the video release premier of “Native American Legends & Beliefs” from the McLeod County history series, “Bringing Books to Life.”
The premier is Sunday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m., in the Glencoe Library Activity Room. The elevator will open at 1:30 p.m.

County may become regional hub for recyling ag bags, boat wrap

McLeod County Solid Waste is considering accepting two materials for recycling at its materials recovery facility (MRF) — ag bags and boat wrap.
The Solid Waste Advisory Committee (which currently consists of the McLeod County Board of Commissioners) heard about both at a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Sarah Young, acting solid waste director, said that a meeting has been set up for today (Wednesday) with legislators, county commissioners and officials from neighboring counties about ag bags — the plastic bags that hold seed and feed.

GSL National Geographic Bee set Feb. 2

The Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) National Geographic Bee is set for Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., in the GSL High School Media Center.
For the 28th year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools throughout the United States and in five U.S. territories, as well as in Department of Defense dependents schools around the world.

GSL one act play gives public performance of ‘Property Rites’

Glencoe-Silver Lake will present a free public performance of its one act play, “Property Rites,” on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.
“Property Rites,” by Alan Haehnel, follows investor Kyle MacManus and his newest purchase, a collection of human figurines that are programmed for various movements and dialogues. Just as MacManus is preparing to sell the work of art, the figurines malfunction and begin to come alive.
The performance is directed by Patrick Hiltner.

Fourth annual Winterfest returns with new activities, same old fun

Long after the holidays have passed, Minnesota winters still hang around. McLeod For Tomorrow has found a way to keep the spirit of fun alive in the late winter months with its Winterfest.
This year’s Winterfest will take place Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
The free event features a variety of activities to get people out of the house and enjoying the winter season.

Annual Blizzard Blast set for Friday, Jan. 29

The 10th annual Blizzard Blast is set for Friday, Jan. 29, at the Glencoe City Center.
The annual Blizzard Blast is a fundraiser for the Allina Health Hospice Foundation, which provides hospice care to patients and their families in the area.
This year’s event starts at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29, and includes emcee Dr. John Bergseng, guest speaker Lou Ann Perschau, and entertainment by the band South 40, as well as a catered meal by Chef Craig, live and silent auctions and raffles.