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Archive - 2017

December 13th

Making the most of apprenticeships

By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
It’s no secret that our workforce is one of our state’s greatest assets. Minnesota is home to some of the best-educated, hardest-working people in the country. We have the numbers to back that up. As of October, the unemployment rate here was just 3.3 percent, well below the national average. When U.S. News named Minnesota the third best state to live in earlier this year, it cited our outstanding labor force participation. And last year, employment in Minnesota grew at a faster rate than in any of our neighboring states.

You can help with reforming Congress

By Lee H. Hamilton
The first three words of the U.S. Constitution are, “We the People.” The Constitution itself, our institutions of government, the democratic process — all were established to give Americans a voice in their own governance. We are still striving to make that vision real for all, but we are closer than ever.

Lighting contest winners announced

Winners of the residential holiday lighting contest, sponsored Glencoe Light & Power, have been named:
First place — Larissa and Jason Oelfke, 1429 Russell Ave. N, $200 in Glencoe Bucks.
Second place — James and Michele Eiden, 1416 Hennepin Ave. N, $150 in Glencoe Bucks.
Third place — Scott Rhodes, 1527 Ford Ave. N, $50 in Glencoe Bucks.
The business winner was Hair Studio at 1220 Hennepin Ave. N, $50 in Glencoe Bucks There also was a business award through a random drawing, which was won by Priority One Realty, also $50 in Glencoe Bucks.

Henderson teen hurt in rollover

A Henderson teen was treated for minor injuries after a rollover accident near Henderson Wednesday, Dec. 6 at about 8:30 a.m.
According to the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office, Phillip Edward Champagne, 17, of Henderson was eastbound on 290th Street, about two miles west of Henderson, in a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, when he swerved to miss a deer, entered the north ditch and hit a driveway approach. The vehicle rolled once and landed on its wheels.

Knowledge Bowl teams capture firsts in varsity, junior varsity, junior high

Glencoe-Silver Lake’s Knowledge Bowl teams won first place in varsity, junior, and junior high competitions at New London-Spicer (NLS) Saturday. NLS ran a quick meet, with a 45-question written round, and three oral rounds rather than the normal four, but GSL adjusted to the changes and did well.

Public invited to brainstorm on Glencoe tourism planning

The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce tourism committee invites the public to attend an open meeting at Gert & Erma’s Thursday, Dec. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., to help brainstorm the next tourism committee project for the city of Glencoe.
Tourism committee member Sharon Hoese said the tourism committee is relatively new to the Chamber of Commerce, but so far the tourism committee has helped with the updated chamber website, new business signs pointing to business districts, the flower baskets along downtown and, most recently, the new Christmas lights and the forthcoming banners.

County to investigate bubbling floor in commercial building at fairgrounds

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday afternoon to spend $7,535 to do at least core samples of the multi-purpose floor in the commercial building at the fairgounds, hoping to find out why the floor is bubbling up in some areas.
Al Koglin, director for the parks department and the fairgrounds, said the floor was installed about two years ago.
“We’ve had some bubbling of the floor since then,” said Koglin. “At first, we thought it was water.” But now, he said, it appears that it is pulling apart in some areas, and that it could be an insulation issue.

Guadalupe Cano, 59, of Glencoe

Guadalupe “Lupe” “Wally” Cano, 59, of Glencoe, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Dec. 12, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Tony Stubeda officiating. Anna Marie Reiter was the organist. The Spanish Choir was the song leader. Musical selections were “Toda la Tierra,” “Salmo 23,” “Buenos Dias Paloma Blanca,” “Vision Pastoral: Cien Ovejas,” “Que los Angeles te Lleven al Paraiso” and “Adios, O Virgen de Guadalupe.”

Shifting property values drive tax statement changes

Shifting property values seem to have had more of an impact on individual property taxes than increases in levies, if Thursday night’s McLeod County truth-in-taxation hearing was any indicator.
After a few opening comments by County Board Chair Joe Nagel, County Assessor Sue Schulz explained some of the changes in market valuations, upon which property taxes are, in part, determined.
Schulz said that valuations are based on property sales. In general, the price paid on farm acres is declining, while prices paid for residential housing is going up.

Storm project detailed at city workshop

The Glencoe City Council held a workshop Monday to further discuss the updates made to the 2018 Central Storm Sewer project after several council members expressed concerns about the increased financial and structural aspects of the project.
In December 2016, the project cost was estimated to be $4.7 million. After many changes, the updated estimated cost as of November 2017 is $6.7 million.