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Archive - 2017

February 1st

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.

Crow River Habitat for Humanity seeking 2017 homebuyer partner

Crow River Habitat for Humanity is seeking a homebuyer partner for its 25th home in McLeod County. Habitat for Humanity believes that every person deserves a decent place to live and it is currently seeking to qualify a family for the 2017 build.
Requirements that applicants must meet to be considered for a Habitat for Humanity Housing Program, include:
• Must have lived or worked in McLeod County for at least one year.
• Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
• Must earn less than 60 percent of McLeod County median income.

GRHS emergency department receives LUCAS 2 CPR device through grant

The Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS) emergency department recently received a physio-control LUCAS 2 mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) device through a grant administered by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.

United Way now accepting applications for funding

United Way of McLeod County (UWMC)  Board President Ron Johnson recently announced that the 2017 Community Investment Grant application and contracts for non-profit 501c3 organizations became available Monday, Jan. 30.
To request an electronic version of the 2017 UWMC Community Investment Grant application and contract, contact unitedw@hutchtel.net. Additionally, the application and contract will be available by visiting www.unitedway

GSL Knowledge Bowl teams compete in Elk River meet

Sometimes, Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Knowledge Bowl teams enjoy competing outside their normal region. On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Knowledge Bowl varsity and junior varsity teams traveled to Elk River to compete against many of the Central Region Knowledge Bowl teams. The schools who were there included Albany, Big Lake, Buffalo, Eden Valley-Watkins, Hinckley, Melrose, Monticello, North Branch, Rogers, ROCORI, St. Cloud Cathedral, Saint John’s Prep, Sartell, Sauk Rapids-Rice, Watertown-Mayer and Zimmerman, as well as GSL and St. Thomas Academy.

Centershot Archery starts Feb. 12

Members and friends of Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake will be starting their next session of an archery ministry called Centershot.
Centershot is a Bible-based archery ministry that consists of a 45-minute Bible study and 45 minutes of archery instruction one day a week for eight weeks. The church provides the bows and arrows which are used during the training sessions in the church basement shooting range (ages 7 through adult). Participants pay a nominal fee to help cover the cost of the study book.

Robert L. Hatlestad, 88, of Glencoe

Robert Lewis Hatlestad, 88, of Glencoe, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at Glencoe Regional Health Care Long Term Care.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 26, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glencoe with the Rev. Michael Fritz officiating. Lon Roach was the organist. Special music by Roger and Linda Landon was “In the Garden.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.”
Military honors were by Glencoe VFW Post 5102 and Glencoe American Legion Post 95.