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Archive - 2016

January 20th

New K-9 dog on duty

If enthusiasm, energy and sociability are desirable traits for a sheriff’s deputy, Kilo easily fills the bill.
Kilo is the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office latest K-9 dog, arriving from Slovakia in early December, and coming into the possession of Deputy Brian Stiles on Dec. 6.
Kilo was actually obtained by Performance Kennels, which provides K-9 training, from a breeder in Slovakia.
The Slovakian dogs are considered the elite for performance dogs.
“That’s what they’re bred for there,” said Stiles.

County gets final costs for retrofit of recycling facility

The retrofit of McLeod County’s material recovery facility (MRF) to accommodate single-sort recycling cost $5.04 million, according to a final report presented to the County Board Tuesday.
The project had a targeted budget of $4.48 million.
County Commissioner Sheldon Nies said that some of the costs that were included in the project — for an example a $167,000 fence required by the city of Hutchinson, and software upgrades, a forklift and technology upgrades for the scale — were not necessary for the project.

Silver Lake Council ponders law enforcement options

Last year was a tough year for the Silver Lake Police Department, having not one, but two, police chiefs resign.
In May, Police Chief Forrest Henriksen submitted his resignation with plans to relocate. He left in September.
After a lengthy hiring process, a second chief, Kenneth Bradford, resigned after less than a week on the job.
With the resignation of the second chief, the City Council began looking at all law enforcement options for the city.
The city has had four police chiefs in the last 10 years.

Planning Commission hears about drainage, Armstrong projects

Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) Engineer Justin Black attended the Glencoe Planning Commission Thursday to present overviews on the Armstrong Avenue and northeast drainage projects.
Armstrong Avenue
The Armstrong Avenue project is a street and utility improvement project that will  take place on Armstrong Avenue from 13th Street to Seventh Street, Seventh Street from Armstrong Avenue to Chandler Avenue, Baxter Avenue from Seventh Street to Fifth Street and one block of 12th Street.

Cyber safety: it’s about being a good role model

Kids these days have access to all kinds of information over the Internet — even things that aren’t appropriate for them.
“They can ‘Google’ any naughty word they heard on the bus and it will show them photos or activities,” Dave Eisenmann told a sparse crowd at a forum hosted at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Thursday night.

GSL Knowledge Bowl earns triple threat award

Last year, Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Knowledge Bowl went to St. Francis for the “Rumble on the Rum,” an excellent chance to meet some teams from the metro and St. Cloud areas. GSL’s three top teams did well enough to win a Triple Threat award for having the strongest three teams at the meet.
On Saturday of this year, GSL went again.

GSL students named to honor bands

On Jan. 16, one student from the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Lakeside Elementary School Intermediate Band, four students from the Lincoln Junior High Bands, and three students from the GSL High School Bands attended the Central Region Honor Band of the Minnesota Band Directors Association.

January 13th

Busy week for gymnasts

It was an arduous first week of 2016 for the Glencoe-Silver Lake gymnastics team, with the Panthers traveling about the state for a trio of meets in St. Peter, Watertown and Big Lake.

“I think the week for the squad went well,” coach Kim Hahn said. “Thursday, I think the girls were a little tired from Tuesday’s meet, but Saturday they seemed to bounce back and have a great meet overall. It was a busy week for them.”

Girls' cagers in a groove

The new year began in victorious manner for the Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ basketball team, with the Panthers cruising to a pair of home victories last week.

GSL, coming off a runner-up finish in the Hayfield Tournament to close out 2015, opened 2016 by blowing out Belle Plaine, 71-25, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, and then topping Litchfield, 56-42, on Friday, Jan. 8.

“I don’t want to jinx anything, but we’ve won four of our last five against some good opponents,” coach Zach Otto-Fisher said.

Grapplers win Ogilvie Invite

The Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie wrestling team earned itself some championship hardware on Saturday, Jan. 9. The Panthers won the 36th annual Ogilvie Lion Invitational with a sensational come-from-behind performance, and they did so without two of their top performers in co-captains Tristan Weber and Nick Brelje.