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March 30th

Time to return good manners to politics

What seems to pass for discourse nowadays is … volume. Those who can outshout their opponents seem to think they are the winners.
Recent incidents involving metro school district meetings as well as Minnesota House committee meetings have been disrupted by loud-mouthed protesters, who seem to think their views are the only ones that need to be heard … and loudly.

Glencoe man charged with lying to FBI, making threats

Abdul Raheem Habil Ali-Skelton, 23, of Glencoe, is facing a felony charge of making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in St. Paul.
Ali-Skelton is accused of having communications with terrorists in Syria, and then lying to the FBI about when those communications took place.
The charge against Ali-Skelton alleges:

City considers options for filling city center job

The city of Glencoe’s finance and strategic planning committee met Wednesday, March 23, to discuss the city center event coordinator position.
Hannah Huttner-Hallahan resigned from the position and the resignation was accepted at the City Council meeting on March 21.
City Administrator Mark Larson said the city can look at combining the coordinator opening with economic development responsibilities.

County to launch pilot rural residential recycling program

McLeod County is planning a pilot program of curbside collection of recycling in three rural residential areas.
The topic was on the agenda of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) Monday morning. SWAC currently consists of members of the county board.
Sarah Young, acting solid waste director, said the three areas were selected by West Central Sanitation, which provides recycling collection for the county.

Child Print program set for April 11-14

The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office will conduct its annual “Child Print” program  April 11-14.
The department will collect finger prints from children in kindergarten and sixth grade, as well as fifth graders at Park Elementary School in Hutchinson.
Parents can keep the prints on file for use in identifying children should they be abducted or have another emergency that would require identification.
The schedule for finger printing is:

County Board awards bids for road work

Lower costs for fuel and hot mix resulted in lower-than-expected bids on McLeod County highway projects.
The County Board, at its March 22 meeting, approved bids for two of its major projects slated for this summer.
William Mueller & Sons of Hamburg was the low bidder on both of the projects.
One project is the bituminous reclamation and paving of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 4, more commonly known as Melody and Major avenues, between CSAH 3, or 110th Street, and State Highway 7.

County planners consider permit for salvage business

The McLeod County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for the operation of a small salvage yard near Lester Prairie, but attached several conditions after hearing concerns of residents in the area.
The applicant is Calvin Dolezal, who would like to salvage and recycle vehicles, white goods and other products on a Klaustermeier farm just off County Road 23.

Sibley GOP convention set April 2

The Sibley County Republican Party will be holding its 2016 convention Saturday, April 2, at 9 a.m., in the Sibley County Courthouse Annex Basement, 400 Court Ave., Gaylord.
The delegates and alternates who were elected at the recent caucuses will gather to adopt resolutions to amend the Republican Party platform and to elect delegates and alternates to represent them at the upcoming 7th District convention and the state convention.

GSL musical groups do well at large group contest March 16

On Wednesday, March 16, four music ensembles from Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) High School participated in the State-Section Large Group Contest at GFW High School. These ensembles are under the direction of Peter Gepson, band, and Kay Wilson, choir.

Austin man dies in crash in Renville County

Victor N. Augustin, 75, of Austin, died Sunday, March 27, in a single-vehicle rollover in Renville County.
According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, the accident was reported at 1:22 p.m., and occurred on Renville County Road 4, about one-half mile east of Renville County Road 3, which is about seven miles southwest of Hector.
The preliminary crash investigation reveals that Augustin was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer east on County Road 4, when it entered the north ditch, hit a field approach, and overturned. Augustin was pronounced dead at the scene.