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County Board approves applying for Dakota Trail grant on 3-2 vote

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to proceed with an application for $3.6 million in Legacy funding for improvements to the Dakota Trail.
The issue had been tabled from its Aug. 16 meeting, when concerns were raised about a 20-year commitment to maintain the trail.
Commissioners Doug Krueger and Ron Shimanski both voted against the resolution for the application for funding, while commissioners Sheldon Nies, Joe Nagel and Paul Wright voted in favor.

Eckhoffs find massive snake on quest for catfish, ’shrooms

Paul and Danny Eckhoff, home visiting their parents Scott and Mary Eckhoff, went to Buffalo Creek Park southeast of Glencoe Saturday night hoping to snag some catfish from the creek, and maybe hunt up a few edible mushrooms.
They didn’t catch any fish and abandoned their mushroom hunt after stumbling across something that has made statewide news — a  10-foot long redtail boa constrictor.

N.A. school remembered on anniversary of dedication

On Aug. 25, 1946, the community of New Auburn dedicated its new school building, erected just off Highway 22 on the north side of town.
On Aug. 25, 2016, some of the original members of the kindergarten class of 1946 gathered at the New Auburn City Hall for a time of remembrance of the school’s dedication.
The event was organized by the New Auburn Historical Society, a small group of dedicated historians, and featured lunch, a short program and a display of memorabilia from both the school and the community in general.

Glencoe man in high-speed chase

A Glencoe man is facing charges after a high-speed chase in Sibley County Monday night.
Matthew Stanley Fillbrandt, 22, of Glencoe, is facing pending charges of fleeing police in a motor vehicle.
According to the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office, at about 8:39 p.m. Monday, a deputy clocked a vehicle speeding on Highway 22 about two miles north of Gaylord. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled northbound.

County Board moves ahead with grant app

Residents in McLeod County seem to be pretty well split on whether developing trails should be a priority for our commissioners and our taxpayers.
If McLeod County is going to pursue trail development, we would all much rather see it done with grant dollars rather than  out of our own pockets, which is why we appreciate the fact that the County Board is seeking a Legacy Fund grant for improving the Dakota Trail.

Pelted by nuts; and a school update

I was standing there admiring our newest acquisition — a Weber grill from Hite Hardware. It was nice and shiny and replaces an older one that was blown over and broken in a recent wind storm.
As I was admiring the new shiny toy, it happened. A nut bounced off my head and onto the grill. My son Andrew was in stitches.
It wasn’t that funny!
Where’s my helmet?
It’s not the first time it has happened, and it wasn’t the last … that day.

The real cost of the EpiPen price hike

By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
There’s a cost that comes with the 450 percent increase in the price of EpiPens.
Parents worry that they won’t be able to afford their child’s medication. They drive to pharmacies miles away from their homes just to get the best deal on EpiPens. School nurses watch as families weigh the risk of sending their child to school without this life-saving medication because they cannot afford it.

 Media has a role in democracy

By Lee H. Hamilton
Politicians spend a good bit of their time complaining about the media. But why should they have all the fun?
I’m going to join in, though I tend to get upset about different things than most sitting politicians do. You see, I don’t actually mind when journalists — whether in print, on television or online — treat what politicians say with skepticism. That means they’re doing their jobs.

Glencoe area schools open new year

GRHS conducts disaster drill