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Archive - Jul 2017


July 19th

Driver diversion programs nixed in state

Two area newspapers reported this week that driver diversion programs in their counties had been abolished because of new legislation enacted in 2017.

Oh, the joys of construction season

Tried to pay your light bill lately? In person, I mean.
Well, if you are looking for an adventure, try walking to the Municipal Light Plant. I dare you.
I did it last week after dropping my car off at Harpel’s and walking back downtown. I had tried to drive to the Light Plant before dropping the car off, but I was stopped at every intersection. The streets were torn up and blocked off from all directions, except along Armstrong Avenue, which I didn’t think of at the time.

Move Glencoe Days back downtown?

To the Editor:
We recently attended Prairie Days over in Lester Prairie. Wow! For such a small town, it was an outstanding celebration. There was a car show on part of the main road through town, bouncy houses, a kids’ tractor pull, the small train rides, bingo, food and beverages along with live music and all right downtown.

RapidPass provides convenience for blood drive

To the Editor:
For those donors who like the convenience of the American Red Cross program, RapidPass is a way for blood donors to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of their own home or office. RapidPass is only used to complete the pre-reading and pre-donation questionnaire in advance of your appointment; it does not take the place of scheduling an appointment.  American Red Cross expects to reduce the time donors with a RapidPass spend at blood drives by up to 15 minutes.

McLeod County License Center will have limited service July 20-24

McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz Ford announced Monday that the state of Minnesota is replacing the computer system that handles license tabs, license plates, title transfers and title applications, and this will affect the services offered at the McLeod County License Center July 20-24 during the upgrade.

3 people injured in crash near Hutch

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 15 north of Hutchinson Sunday at about 6 p.m.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 1995 Buick driven by a 17-year-old was northbound on Highway 15 behind a 2015 Ford SW driven by Robert Allan Blodgett, 42, of Canton, Michigan. The Buick rear-ended the Ford as Blodgett was attempting to make a left turn onto 210th Street.

City Council weighs whether to drop lawsuit over phosphorus limits

At its Monday meeting, the Glencoe City Council heard reviews from Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc., (SEH) about the possibility of Glencoe receiving the Point Source Implementation Grant (PSIG) with the Public Facilities Authority (PFA) for $7 million for phosphorus-related project costs.
The review also included the possible rate structures that would be required to fund debt service for the wastewater treatment plant expansion and the pre-design activities that must take place before any construction begins.

Food shelf submits funding request to County Board

The McLeod Emergency Food Shelf is asking for an $11,500 contribution from McLeod County in 2018, the County Board heard at its Tuesday meeting.
Commissioner Paul Wright said the request would be referred to the county’s budget committee, with a cautionary statement that the county’s goal is to “hold the budget flat” to its 2017 expenditures.

Movie seeks to bring story of Chief Little Crow to life

The McLeod County Historical Society & Museum will be showing the historical documentary, “Little Crow & the Dakota War,” at the State Theater in Hutchinson at on Sunday, July 23, at 7 p.m.
The event has local and historical significance for McLeod County because Little Crow, the chief of the Dakota people, died on the outskirts of Hutchinson on July 3, 1863, by a settler’s gunshot, roughly seven months after the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 ended.

July 18th

Brewers fall to Cardinals and Blue Jays

A pair of setbacks last week dropped the Glencoe Brewers to 11-10 overall this season as the team heads into the final trio of regular season games looking to squelch its current three-game losing streak. 
Young America dropped a 5-1 loss on the Brewers on Tuesday, July 11 at Vollmer Field, propelling itself to victory via a four-run second inning despite being out-hit by the hosts 7-6.