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Archive - Oct 2017


October 25th

‘Grease is the word’

Jail, courthouse project close to completion

School Board votes 6-0 to accept Polifka offer

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board voted 6-0 Monday night to accept Ken Polifka’s proposal after receiving brief clarification to some of their concerns with his offer.
The School Board made its decision to accept Polifka’s offer in front of a room full of concerned citizens as well as city administration, including Mayor Randy Wilson, City Administrator Mark Larson and Assistant City Administrator Dan Ehrke.

Historical society asks county for slight raise in funding for 2018

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners referred the McLeod County Historical Society’s 2018 budget request to its budget committee at its Oct. 17 meeting.
The historical society is requesting $83,107 for 2018, an increase of $4,005 above the $79,102 the county allocated the society and historical museum in 2017.

Jail, courthouse project close to completion

McLeod County is working through an architect’s punchlist on its jail expansion and courthouse security project, the County Board heard at its Tuesday, Oct. 17, meeting.
Sam Lauer of Contegrity, the project management firm, said that most of the work was done by the board meeting, with the exception of the installation of the doors on the cells. Once those are installed and the electronic system for them is completed, the Department of Corrections can do one of its final walkthroughs.

Messner receives distinguished service award

Karen Messner, court administrator for McLeod and Sibley counties, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Association for Court Management in October.
The award was established to recognize an association member who has distinguished herself through their record of service to the profession through leadership roles, outstanding service to the community courts, and demonstrating leadership by improving the administration of justice and delivery of public service through the application of modern management techniques.

Oncologist-hematologist joins GRHS medical staff

Mark Hauge, medical doctor, recently joined the medical staff at Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS).
As a medical oncologist, Dr. Hauge treats all forms of cancer in adults. He oversees a patient’s care from the cancer diagnosis throughout the course of his or her disease. After confirming and explaining a patient’s diagnosis, Dr. Hauge discusses and recommends treatment options, provides supportive care, coordinates treatment and helps the patient manage cancer-related pain and other symptoms or side effects.

Second-half taxes due on ag property

McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz Ford reminds taxpayers that the second half of property tax for agricultural properties is due Nov. 15.
Payments are accepted by mail, in person at the McLeod County North Complex building, 2391 Hennepin Ave. N, Glencoe, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or there is a convenient payment drop box located just outside of the building.
Those interested in paying by credit card or e-check should visit the county website: www.co.mcleod.mn.us. There is a fee involved for paying your property tax by this method.

Historical society asks for modest increase

When the annual request for funding from the McLeod County Historical Society appeared on the County Board agenda last week, we braced ourselves for a controversial discussion.
As one may recall, last year’s request drew some heated debate at the board level. Along with an increase for the historical society, the discussion got entangled with a request for funding for a coordinator for the new McLeod County Historic Partnership, a separate and yet connected organization whose goal is to assist community historical groups with projects and preservation.

Take time to talk to, thank your veterans

If you didn’t notice, Herb Suerth died Oct. 14.
Herb Suerth, 92, was not a household name in Glencoe. In fact, he never lived in Glencoe or even McLeod County. But he was connected to Glencoe in a way.
Suerth was featured in The McLeod County Chronicle in November 2010 after he spoke to Glencoe-Silver Lake High School history students about his World War II experiences as a paratrooper with Easy Company, 506th Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. That was the company featured in the hit movie “Band of Brothers.”