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Archive - Apr 2016


April 20th

Some have difficulty paying assessments

To the Editor:
Residents of Armstrong Avenue are assessed or charged 20 percent for the improvements on the avenue. Some of the households are having a difficult time paying the assessments. Is that not what state aid is for? Is that not what our representatives are elected for?  
Jerry Belcher

GSL improving facilities and programs

To the Editor:
If you have been by the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) High School and Lincoln Junior High campus recently, you have seen the construction fence around the work site. Things are starting to happen at GSL with the new building addition. In the next few weeks, you will start to see the ground work and eventually the precast walls going up. There will be a lot going on around school.

Important information for next blood drive

To the Editor:
I forward two important items of information from the American Red Cross (ARC) for the upcoming Glencoe Community Blood Drive next Wednesday, April 27, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Glencoe City Center.

City Council approves tree replacement plan for Lincoln Park area

The Glencoe City Council approved a reforestation plan for Lincoln Park at its regular meeting Monday night.
The plan was presented by John Rodeberg of Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH). SEH worked with Arbor Life of Hutchinson to determine which trees to plant and where to plant them.
The plan will add between 145 to 170 trees to the area. The new trees will be a variety of species in case of disease or other issues.

Citizens group planning peace officers appreciation

After a career as a guardian ad litem for the Minnesota court system, Judy Peik knows just how important peace officers are to their communities.
So the Lake Marion resident became increasingly disturbed as news report after news report chronicled the shooting — and sometimes killing — of police officers across the nation.

GSL Knowledge Bowl grabs 2nd, 6th places at state meet in Brainerd

Forty-eight teams converged on Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd for the Knowledge Bowl state meet on April 13 and 14. Glencoe-Silver Lake had two teams competing in the Class A meet, and earned both second and sixth place overall.
“The Knowledge Bowl state meet is always exciting,” Coach Vicky Harris said. “Some amazing competition.”

Glencoe planning commission recommends solar ordinance

The city of Glencoe’s planning commission approved a final draft of a solar ordinance for the city at the regular meeting Thursday night.
Commissioners David Stark and Lynn Exsted compiled the ordinance using several samples from other cities.
“We tried to make it short, clear and concise,” Stark said. “We wanted it to be easy for people to follow.”
The ordinance outlines standards to be followed by those using solar power and requires approval of plans and compliance with building, electric and plumbing codes.

Buffer strip maps now on DNR website

The maps outlining the public water ways in McLeod County is now available for review and comment on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.
Ryan Freitag of the McLeod Soil Water and Conservation District said the maps will be used to determine where buffer strips are to be located under the provisions of an erosion control law passed in Minnesota in 2015.

400 attend MCPA annual meeting

The members of McLeod Cooperative Power Association (MCPA) gathered for the 81st annual meeting of the Cooperative on Tuesday, April 12, at the Hutchinson Event Center. About 400 members and guests attended the meeting and were served a roast pork dinner.
Three directors were re-elected for a three-year term each: Randy Hlavka of Silver Lake, Keith Peterson of Hector and Gerald Roepke of New Germany were elected to serve Districts, 7, 8, and 9, respectively.  

Area legislators set town hall meetings

State Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, state Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, and state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, will host town hall meetings to present information regarding the current legislative session and hear questions and concerns of constituents.
The schedule is as follows:
• Cokato town hall meeting with Urdahl and Newman, Friday, April 22, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., The Grounds basement room, 15256 U.S. Highway 12, Cokato.