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Archive - Nov 2017


November 29th

Hopefully, new study results in better safety

The Minnesota Department of Transportation had a representative at the Tuesday, Nov. 21, McLeod County Board meeting to discuss its proposed 10-year improvement plan in Section 8, which includes our area.
While there are no major reconstruction projects planned in our immediate area, there was mention of a couple of targeted sites that could improve highway safety in our area.

Balancing out the influence of lobbyists

By Lee H. Hamilton
One of the quirks of life in Washington, D.C., is that pretty much the only people who don’t refer to lobbyists by that name are, well, lobbyists. They’re “policy advisors,” or “strategic counsel,” or “public relations advisors,” or lawyers, or even just “consultants.” Whatever they’re called, though, they play a huge role in making policy.

MnDOT plans safety study of Highway 212 through city of Glencoe

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is planning a new safety study of the Highway 212 corridor through Glencoe, the McLeod County Board of Commissioners heard at its Nov. 21 meeting.
Lindsey Bruer of MnDOT was at the meeting to review MnDOT’s District 8 10-year capital highway investment plan.
County Commissioner Doug Krueger, who represents Glencoe, asked about the Highway 212-Chandler Avenue intersection at the southwest edge of the city.
“Is Chandler on the radar?” asked Krueger. “There have been a few things done, but there continue to be accidents there.”

Former state senator Dille pens book on Dassel’s first World War I casualty

Former Minnesota Senator Steve Dille and his wife Pam gave a presentation on his book, “First Dassel Battlefield Casualty in World War I: The Life and Service of Paul Ferdinand Dille 1893-1918,” at the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum on Monday, Nov. 27.
Dille served as a Minnesota state representative from 1986 to 1992, and was then elected to the Minnesota Senate, where he represented District 18 until 2010.

Salvation Army seeks volunteers for ‘Red Kettle’ drive

The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers for its annual “Red Kettle” campaign.
Locally, the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for the red kettle at Coborn’s in Glencoe. Coborn’s is located at 2211 11th St. E. The campaign started last week and will continue through the holiday season.
The Glencoe Rotary Club volunteers each year, said local organizer Rita Weber, while many other organizations, groups and individuals have volunteered in the past.

Glencoe Holly Days events get under way on Thursday

Glencoe’s Holly Days activities start Thursday with “Taste of the Holidays” at Coborn’s in Glencoe, where participants can enjoy free, holiday-themed food.
On Friday, the first clue in the annual medallion hunt is released. The clues will be posted each Friday at 4 p.m. on the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce website, www.
GlencoeChamber.com, and on its Facebook page. The hunt is sponsored by the Crow River Sno Pro’s, Inc.
On Saturday, the Glencoe Library will host its annual children’s elf party starting at 10:30 a.m. Participants are asked to bring a new toy to support those in need.

County planners ask for detailed plan for proposed salvage yard near Hutch

Citing the lack of a detailed plan, the McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission is recommending denial of a conditional use permit by Mitchell Niccum to store up to 40 vehicles a year on property he owns in Hutchinson Township.
The commission took up the topic at its Wednesday, Nov. 22, meeting after the issue was bounced back to them by the McLeod County Board of Commissioners.

TC&W earns award for safety

The Twin Cities & Western Railroad (TC&W) was honored with the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) prestigious President’s Safety Award in recognition of its outstanding safety achievements in 2016. The award was presented at the 2017 ASLRRA Central/Pacific Region Meeting held in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 13-15.

Minnesota Farm Bureau honors Bartels with award

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation recognized and awarded outstanding agricultural professionals during the Minnesota Farm Bureau’s 99th annual meeting. Recognition was given during the awards banquet on Nov. 17 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington.
The Agriculture Communicator of the Year award was given to Jim Bartels of New Ulm. This award is presented because an important mission of Farm Bureau is to inform the public about its policy positions and to tell agriculture’s story.

Brownton woman injured in accident

Donna Bowlin Will, 57, of Brownton, was taken by ambulance to Hutchinson Health Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a two-vehicle accident on Highway 15 northwest of Brownton Monday.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Will was southbound on Highway 15 near County Road 26 in a 2009 Lincoln MKX at about 5:15 p.m. Thomas John Anderson, 35, of Winthrop, was also southbound, driving a 2005 GMC Yukon, when the vehicles collided near the intersection.