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Archive - Feb 2016


February 24th

Shorter sentences for drug offenders?

The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission — an independent state board that sets recommendations for judges — voted late last year to drastically reduce how long some drug dealers and abusers spend in prison.
Among the recommended changes is to reduce the sentence of first-time drug possession with no criminal history to four years from seven years. And the proposed sentencing for first time offenders convicted of first-degree drug sale will drop to five and a half years from seven years. The proposed changes are expected go into effect Aug. 1.

Transgender is not an immutable characteristic

To the Editor:
I have received some questions recently about an issue related to legislation we attempted to pass last session called the Student Safety and Privacy Protection bill.
The Student Safety and Privacy Protection bill would have provided privacy for students by requiring the bathroom, showers and locker rooms in a school be separated based on an athlete’s biological sex.  The Republican-controlled House passed the bill, but it was rejected by the DFL-controlled Senate.

Will Morningside really help the city, county?

To the Editor:
Regarding the Morningside project, I don’t think the mayor and the county board chair have the support they think they have. I have talked to maybe 30 folks, who are also taxpayers, in Glencoe, Brownton and Hutch, that are in amazement that this project is still a topic.
You are considering adding a lot of truck traffic to the intersection of Morningside and Highway 212, already proven to be a dangerous intersection.

Attend your local Republican caucuses March 1

To the Editor:
We are writing to encourage you to attend your local precinct caucuses on Tuesday, March 1. It’s there you can have a voice in determining what issues should be addressed by our government — issues such as taxation, regulations, social issues, etc.

City Council reconsiders rate hikes

The Glencoe City Council voted Tuesday, Feb. 16, to freeze the storm water rate increase made at its previous meeting in order to further research the business storm rates.
At its Feb. 1 meeting, the Council voted to raise the rates from $5 to $7.50 in 2016 and $10 in 2017 in order to pay for the Northeast Drainage project and an additional position in the streets department.
“We may have jumped the gun,” City Administrator Mark Larson said.

Secretary of State talks privacy for victims of violence

Everyone has the right to feel safe in their own home. The Minnesota Secretary of State office, McLeod Alliance for Domestic Violence and Safe Avenues are working to give this right back to survivors of domestic violence with the state program Safe at Home.

City moves forward with Armstrong project

The Glencoe City Council continued to move forward with the Armstrong Avenue project with the approval of the second phase of the project’s environmental study at its regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) Engineer Justin Black explained the first phase of the study found contamination at two sites: near 11th Street and Armstrong Avenue and on Chandler Avenue near Go For It Gas.

Brunkhorst named 2015 county engineer of year

McLeod County Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst was named the 2015 Minnesota County Engineer of the Year by the Minnesota County Engineers Association.
Mark Krebsbach, president of the association, presented the award to Brunkhorst at the Tuesday, Feb. 16, County Board meeting.
Krebsbach said the engineer of the year award was “the most prestigious award” given out by the association.

Fundraiser to benefit juvenile diabetes

Get up, check blood sugar, eat, take insulin, go to school, check, insulin, lunch, go home, check blood sugar, eat, check and check again. These days Carl Horrman’s schedule is a little different than the average teenager. Nearly four years ago, at the age of 10, he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes.
Type I diabetes is a disease where the body does not produce insulin, which is needed to break down sugars and regulate glucose. It is typically seen in children and young adults and cannot be cured or outgrown.

County agrees to tax abatement for Stewart road

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners agreed to a tax abatement plan Feb. 16 that will aid the city of Stewart in building a bypass road on the north edge of the city. The intent of the bypass road is to channel truck traffic off County Road 7, east of the city, to Form-A-Feed, located on the northwest edge of town.
Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Associates, the city of Stewart’s financial consultant, explained that Form-A-Feed plans to expand its operation, and expects an additional 210 truck trips a day.