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Archive - Jun 15, 2016

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Another mass shooting stuns us

Once again, our nation has sat back, stunned, in front of our television sets as reports came out of Orlando, Florida, of the most massive shooting in our country’s recent history.
Questions abound: was the shooter a member of a terroristic organization? Was he, as his parents claim, repulsed by gay people? How did someone who was, at least at times, on the fringe of the FBI’s radar get an assault gun?
And, once again, the debate regarding gun control rages unabated in both traditional and social media.

Broken promises behind need for special session

To the Editor:
At the end of this legislative session, the metro DFL and Gov. Dayton showed their true big government colors. The DFL-controlled Senate broke the agreement it had made with House Republicans on the bonding and transportation bill by adding an amendment to fund Southwest Light Rail (SWLR), a boondoggle that will cost taxpayers at least $100 million per mile.

Very impressed with new ADM feed mill facility

To the Editor:
This is a copy of an email that I have sent to the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) media people and have been thanked for the kind words by Jackie Anderson of ADM:
As a next door neighbor of your new facility, I was able to tour your very impressive operation at your open house along with other city officials.
Congratulations on a well-built facility and how impressed I am that you have decided to invest in our community. My family has lived in the area for over 40 years and are very satisfied that you have decided to stay in our small town.

GSL School Board approves 2016-17 preliminary budget

Glencoe-Silver Lake Business Manager Michelle Sander presented the preliminary 2016-2017 budget to the School Board Monday night.
The district is required to approve a preliminary budget by the beginning of the fiscal year in July. Sander meets with the directors of different areas and looks at budget and expenses to create the preliminary budget. Revisions will be made as the year continues.
The preliminary fund balance has a revenue of $17,592,002 and expenditures of $17,918,019.
Looking two years out, Sander said the fund balance will be about 21 percent.

Final round of school construction bids come in over planned budget

The final bid package for the Glencoe-Silver Lake construction project came in over budget, the School Board heard Monday night.
This final bid package covers about 80 percent of the project and has over 20 different scopes, Business Manager Michelle Sander explained. Sander said the total package came in over budget, but many of the separate scopes were under estimates.

A friendly battle between businesses: to end Alzheimer’s

By Rebecca Mariscal
Staff Writer
Professional Insurance Providers and Glencoe’s First Minnesota Bank will be adding some sweet competition to their fundraising efforts for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
The two local businesses are competing to see which can raise the most money for the event in Minneapolis. And losing will come at a high price: a pie to the face.

County approves $8,000 for Judd Avenue project

It is impossible to predict every little cost that might come up with a construction project.
The McLeod County Jail project is not any different. As part of the jail expansion project, Ives Avenue, between 10th and 11th Streets in Glencoe, was vacated with the plan of opening Judd Avenue between the same streets.
As part of the project, the street is in need of nearly $43,000 in sewer line upgrades.  
The County Board, on Tuesday, June 7, approved to partner with the city of Glencoe by paying up to $8,000 toward the upgrades.

3 injured in separate accidents last week

A motorcyclist was injured in an accident on Highway 15  north of Hutchinson last week, and two women were injured Saturday in a rollover on Highway 212 west of Glencoe.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, motorcyclist Wayne A. Smetana, 69, of St. Michael, was injured Thursday, June 9, at about 7 p.m., when his motorcycle and a car collided in the roundabout on Highway 15 near North High Drive in Hutchinson. The car was a 2012 Dodge Charger driven by Alexander D. Schmidt, 19, of Hutchinson.

County to begin mowing road ditches

Partial McLeod County road ditch mowing will begin this week near intersections and areas where tall grass may cause reduced sight lines for motorists.
Next week, the county highway department will start making a top cut adjacent to the shoulder on all county roads. It also will be mowing any thistle patches and other noxious weeds encountered in the entire road right of way. The mowing usually takes two weeks, weather permitting, and is accomplished with four mower tractors.

Monahan places 7th at state