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July 13th

School sees $800,000 savings with package rebid

The Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board on Monday night awarded bids from a package that it had rebid after the package came in higher than budgeted.
The package was related to construction of the building expansion at the junior high and senior high school campus.
The Board awarded four bids totaling $4.26 million, with a savings of about $800,000 over the original bids.

Training burn educates firefighters, legislators, fire marshal investigators

Firefighters, legislators and arson investigators all benefited from a training fire conducted by the Plato Fire Department at an abandoned farm home Friday afternoon.
And the general public also will benefit. As part of the training, a cameraman from KMSP-TV in Minneapolis was there to film the impact of residential sprinklers on safety and protection of property.
The training was conducted by Jamie Novak, a fire investigator for the St. Paul Fire Department, with assistance from Casey Stotts, an investigator for the Minnesota State Fire Marshal.

Extension Educator Nathan Winter moving on to next dream job

Nathan Winter moved last week from his dream job to his next dream job.
Winter, who has been the Extension educator for McLeod and Meeker counties the past 111⁄2 years, is now a program leader — providing assistance and guidance to about 10 other Extension educators in the area.
Winter started as the Extension agent in McLeod and Meeker counties in January 2005.

County attorney: financial straits doesn’t drive crime rates

Financial hardship doesn’t drive crime, at least not in McLeod County, according to County Attorney Mike Junge.
Junge presented his 2015 annual report to the County Board at its Tuesday, July 5, meeting.
“We tend to think of acts of crime as being done by people who are in financial straits,” Junge said. “That’s just not true.”
Most crimes seem to center on drugs, booze, alcohol and gambling, Junge said. “And it takes money to do those things.”

Twiss serves as justice at Girls State

Katharine Twiss of Glencoe-Silver Lake High School served as an associate supreme court justice during the Girls Legion State Meet June 12 through June 18.
Several participants were elected to local, county and state offices at the meet, designed to show how government works. Almost 400 girls attended the meet from around the state.
Twiss was initially going to run for a local or county position, but was encouraged by her experience in mock trial and Business Professionals of America (BPA), as well as her roommate, to run for the justice position.

City personnel committee talks about safety shoes

onnel and legislative committee met Wednesday to discuss employee safety shoes reimbursement.
Public Works Director Gary Schreifels explained the city requires employees to have steel-toed boots as part of their safety equipment. The city currently reimburses employees a maximum of $135 for the purchase of safety shoes.
Schreifels said shoes actually range between $170 and $200, so employees are paying out of pocket for something the city requires. He recommended removing the dollar amount and reimbursing employees for one pair of shoes per year.

Superintendent Sonju receives great review

The Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board conducted a formal performance evaluation of Superintendent Chris Sonju.
The Personnel Committee met with Sonju prior to the July 11 board meeting.
Board Member  Anne Twiss, who also is on the Personnel Committee, presented the following statement at the School Board meeting:
“Mr. Sonju continues to demonstrate very good overall job performance as the superintendent of District 2859.

Glencoe Music in the Park continues today at Oak Leaf

The Glencoe Lions Club Music in the Park series continues today, Wednesday, July 13, at Oak Leaf Park, Glencoe, in Shelter 2, featuring The Flemming Fold.  
The Flemming Fold is an exciting and versatile family consisting of father, mother and two young daughters. They perform a wide variety of high-energy, toe-tapping music blending bluegrass, country, old-time, gospel and Alpine folk music with yodeling, and they are sponsored by First Minnesota Bank.

Glencoe gets grant for airport master plan

The city of Glencoe was awarded a grant of $221,895 from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Glencoe Municipal Airport.
City Administrator Mark Larson said the grant will go toward the airport’s master plan, which the Federal Aviation Administration requires to be updated every 10 years.
In May, the city entered into an agreement with Short Elliot Hendrickson for the master planning. The total cost will be $243,330, with the grant covering most of the expense.

Kay, Randy Wilson cast in ‘Fiddler’

Longtime performer, teacher and Glencoe resident Kay Wilson was cast as Golde in Dassel-Cokato Community Theatre’s production of “Fiddler On The Roof,” opening July 22.  Glencoe resident and Mayor Randy Wilson is the vocal director, and playing in the orchestra pit is Cara Halvorson.