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Trailblazer board sets workshop with attorney

The Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board will spend about three hours in a workshop session Oct. 20 with attorney Frank Madden of Madden Galanter Hansen LLP. The law firm specializes in labor issues.
With that in mind, the Joint Powers Board on Thursday tabled most of the items on its meeting agenda until its regular meeting in November, hoping that the workshop will set parameters for taking them up again.
Sandi Blaeser, an attorney with Madden Galanter Hansen, said the workshop is needed to re-establish unity among the board and relationships with employees.

County sets preliminary 5% levy hike

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners is proposing a 5 percent increase in its levy for 2017. The board adopted the preliminary levy Tuesday morning on a unanimous vote.
The proposed increase will generate about $939,700 additional revenue for the county. The 2016 levy was $18,793,585, the proposed 2017 levy is $19,733,264.
Commissioner Paul Wright said the proposed increase is rooted mostly in “investing in our workforce.”

GRHS’ main entrance, first-floor remodeling project under way

Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS) announced Monday the beginning of a new construction project that will dramatically alter the first-floor layout and main entrance of the hospital located at 1805 Hennepin Ave. N in Glencoe. Construction began Tuesday, Sept. 20, and should be complete by July 2017. GRHS expects to invest $5 million in the project.

Glencoe City Council approves request for sanitary sewer service outside city limits

The Glencoe City Council approved a request by two property owners outside the city limits to connect to the city’s sanitary sewer service.
Ron and Mary Mielke and Sharon Gruenhagen, who both live on Dove Avenue east of Glencoe along Highway 212, made the request to the council on Monday, Sept 19.

Trailblazer staff: controversy, conflict hurting hiring process

Staff at Trailblazer Transit told the Joint Powers Board Thursday that recent publicity regarding conflict at the transit system is hindering hiring.
Mark Lauer, one of two operations manager for Trailblazer, said he is glad the board has set a workshop to help define processes for dealing with issues at Trailblazer.
“I appreciate the time you’re going to spend at the workshop,” said Lauer.

Jail project: should start seeing building coming up out of ground

McLeod County’s jail expansion is starting to take real shape, the County Board heard Tuesday morning.
Sam Lauer of Contregrity, the construction management firm, said within a few days, “it’s going to start to look like a building coming up from out of the ground.”
That is, of course, if the area doesn’t get the expected rain Wednesday and Thursday that is predicted to dump another 2 to 3 inches of water locally.

Carver County house fire claims 3

Three people, an adult female, a female toddler and a pre-adolescent male, died of injuries sustained in a house fire in Watertown Township, Carver County, on Saturday.
Names of the victims are being withheld because they have not been positively identified, and to notify the next of kin.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 2:21 a.m. regarding a house fire in the 11000 block of Carver County Road 20.

Henderson man injured in motorcycle accident

Kenton Woodrow Wilson, 60, of Henderson, was injured in a motorcycle accident in Sibley County Wednesday, Sept. 14. The accident was reported at 6:48 p.m., and occurred on Sibley County Road 12 about 1 miles west of County Road 6 (four miles north of Henderson).
According to the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson was driving a 2004 custom motorcycle south on County Road 12 around a curve to the east when he got too close to the shoulder, lost control and the cycle flipped over.

Once again, terrorism hits close to home

Once again, we’ve been made startlingly aware that terrorism is a global problem, one not confined to just the Mideast, half a world away.
Saturday evening, Dahir Adan went on a rampage through a St. Cloud shopping mall, stabbing nine people before being shot by an off-duty police officer. According to news reports, Adan was dressed in a private security guard uniform, and allegedly asked at least one victim if they were Muslim before stabbing them.

People seem disengaged from election

Have you noticed? There appears to be more yard signs for roofing contractors than politicians this election year. It’s weird.
That said, I’m still at a loss. Who am I going to vote for president on Nov. 8?
There is Democrat Hillary Clinton, a professional politician, who is deemed untrustworthy by many as well as being a Washington insider. Many Democrats don’t like her, either.