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February 1st

Annual food shelf report: needs continue to grow

To the Editor:
The McLeod Emergency Food Shelf completed its annual usage report for 2016 and the distribution of food at the Glencoe and Hutchinson sites totaled 537,366 pounds. The number served was 5,101 individuals in McLeod County, or about 14.6 percent of the county population.
Again this year, the number of people in the age group of 65 and over showed the largest increase of people using the food shelf, up 6 percent more than last year.

County trails committee to be appointed Feb. 7

To the Editor:
As McLeod County ramps up county spending for trail development, it is important to ensure that regular county residents be given a chance for participation so that the interests for the overall county are considered. One avenue for greater participation is to actually be a member on the McLeod County Trails Committee.
According to attendees at the commissioner workshop on Friday, Jan. 27, the commissioners agreed to select 2017 members for the county trail committee at their next board meeting on Feb. 7.

It’s the weight that really counts

I collect coins. No, I’m not a coin collector, but one who empties his pocket each night and dumps the loose change in a large container. When the container is full, I run to my bank and cash them in. Call it mad money.
That was until recently when I went to the bank and cashed in the coins. Now I’m just mad.
I went to the bank with a sack full of coins. I counted out the quarters, dimes and nickels, which came up to over $80. I didn’t bother to count the hundreds of pennies, but I had a good idea of what the bag contained.

City looking at $20 million to upgrade WWTP

The city of Glencoe is looking at close to $20 million to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant, the city’s finance and strategic planning committee heard at a Wednesday, Jan. 25, meeting.
It is hoped that city will qualify for at least $5 million in grant funding, which will bring the cost to the city down to about $15 million, according to staff from Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), the city’s engineering consulting firm.
Jessica Hedin of SEH ran through a slide presentation of the needed repairs and upgrades.

Ketelsen entertains corn, soybean growers at annual banquet

There is nobody quite like a farmer, members of the McLeod County Corn & Soybean Growers Association heard at their annual banquet Saturday night.
Lynn Ketelsen of the Linder Farm Network was the guest speaker, and said that they are unique in their love for their jobs.
“When you walk up to most people and ask them why they do what they do, hardly any of them say ‘I’m doing it because I love it and it’s what I always wanted to do,’” said Ketelsen.

Secretary of State talks elections in Glencoe

Minnesota topped the nation in voting during the 2016 general election, Minnesota Secretary of State Steven Simon said in a visit to Glencoe Thursday morning.
Simon met with McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz and her staff about the election and upcoming election needs.

County planning commission hears plans for solar garden, storage of quarry explosives

Quick Supply Co., headquartered in Iowa, received preliminary approval from the McLeod County Planning Commission to store explosives and other supplies on property owned by Ron Hanson of Hutchinson in Lynn Township. The site under consideration is a former demolition landfill site and gravel mining operation.
The planning commission held a public hearing regarding  request for a conditional use permit for the proposal on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Trailblazer board meeting cancelled

By Amy Newsom
Arlington Enterprise
At the regular Sibley County Board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 24, Commissioner Jim Swanson updated the group on the continuing issues at Trailblazer Transit.  
Swanson said the Trailblazer Joint Powers Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, was canceled by Chair Ron Shimanski because Wright County Area Transportation (WCAT) told him that it had other commitments.  

County Board workshop addresses fees, parks committees, space needs

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners indicated at a workshop Friday morning that it will continue to pursue lowering its per parcel rate for property tax assessments to about $8 per parcel from the current $10.50 per parcel.
Commissioner Paul Wright said the new rate will be bring the county more in line with what is being charged with private assessors.
Don Albrecht, clerk for Penn Township, said that townships and cities which hire private assessors are being doubly taxed, because they pay not only for the county assessor, but for the private assessor.

Herald Journal’s Schultz elected president of newspaper association

Christerfer “Chris” Schultz, the publisher and majority independent owner of Herald Journal Publishing, Inc., and Greater Minnesota Communications, Inc., was elected president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA), Friday, Jan. 27, during the association’s annual meeting at the 150th annual MNA Convention. Schultz is the 137th president of MNA, representing more than 325 newspapers across the state.