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Archive - Jun 13, 2017


Lora Lorraine Beneke, 87, of Glencoe

Lora Lorraine (Templin) Beneke, 87, of Glencoe, died Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 7, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating. Luke Dahl was the organist. Congregational hymns were “My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” “Nearer, My God, to Thee” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”

Stewart City Council approves permit for RV park/tiny home development

On a 3-1 vote, the Stewart City Council on Monday approved a conditional use permit for a proposed recreational vehicle (RV) park and tiny home park on North Street.
In May, the council had declined the permit, requested by Terry Rikke, after hearing concerns from residents, and suggested that Rikke come back with a revised plan to address those concerns.

Brownton to reconsider assessment policy for proposed street, utility project

The Brownton City Council will be taking a look at revising its assessment policy after learning that some assessments for its proposed $8.37 million street and utility improvement project will push $20,000 per parcel.
John Rodeberg of Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc., (SEH), said that the city’s assessment policy is pretty much 50-50 across all categories, with the city paying 50 percent and the other 50 percent being assessed to benefitting properties.

Use of force power should be shared

By Lee H. Hamilton
The Trump Administration, like its predecessors, has shown an apparent appetite for the use of force overseas. The “mother of all bombs” dropped on Syrian troops, saber rattling toward North Korea, deployments of U.S. forces in 10 or more countries — all of this suggests a growing comfort with the idea of putting our troops in dangerous places.

McLeod For Tomorrow becomes independent nonprofit organization

The McLeod For Tomorrow Leadership Program will no longer operate under the umbrella of McLeod County, although the county will continue to donate funding for the program.
At its June 6 meeting, the County Board heard that McLeod For Tomorrow has attained its 501c3 status, meaning it is considered an independent, nonprofit organization. That status will allow the program more latitude for raising funds to support the program.

County Board to consider contract for private management of MRF

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners will be considering an agreement with GreenForest Recycling Systems, LLC, of Brainerd, to manage its Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at its June 20 meeting.
The McLeod County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC), which is currently comprised of the five county commissioners, walked through the agreement and a proposed contract at a SWAC meeting Monday morning.

Gruenhagen: an ‘eventful’ session

State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, said last week that the 2017 legislative session was “eventful,” but he wished even more could have been done.
But there was plenty accomplished that will benefit the local area. For example, the Legislature passed a 40 percent credit for farms on school building bond levies.
“That’s huge for our district,” said Gruenhagen.
Another highlight: cities with populations under 5,000 will be treated the same as cities with populations of 5,000 or above when it comes state aid road funds.

Glencoe teen escapes injury in rollover accident

Ellen Elizabeth Follestad, 17, of Glencoe, escaped injury when the vehicle she was driving rolled over on Sibley County Road 15, one mile northeast of New Auburn, on Monday, June 5, at about 3:42 p.m.
According to the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office, Follestad was wearing her seat belt. The vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Astro Van, had moderate damage.

Arlington woman hurt in crash Friday evening

Nicole Ann Wendinger, 38, of Arlington, suffered non-life-threatening injures in a two-vehicle crash east of Glencoe on Highway 212 Friday.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Wendinger was driving westbound on Highway 212 at about 5:45 p.m. in a 2006 Toyota Corolla, and was attempting to turn southbound on McLeod County Road 1 (Dairy Avenue) when her vehicle collided with a 2006 Saturn Vue, driven by Heather Shannon Decasas, 37, of Glencoe. The Vue was eastbound on Highway 212.

Planning commission holds hearing on railroad crossing

The city of Glencoe’s Planning and Industrial Commission held a public hearing to consider the permanent closure of the Elliott Avenue railroad crossing on Thursday, June 8. Based on public input, the commission has sent a recommendation to the Glencoe City Council to decline the state of Minnesota’s request to close the crossing.
The public hearing was attended by concerned individuals and representatives of Glencoe businesses. Tim Jeske, a representative of Twin Cities & Western Railroad Company (TC&W), also attended the hearing.