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Archive - Feb 2018


February 28th

City Council must pass rate increases

Remember the famous Yogi Berra quote: “It’s deja vu all over again?”
Well, that’s definitely the feeling one might have after the Tuesday, Feb. 20, Glencoe City Council meeting.
A resolution was introduced to raise the wastewater utility rates, but failed because no one would second it.

A snowy venture to International Falls

By Rich Glennie
I did it again. I didn’t listen to my wife. Surprise!
I traveled (alone) to International Falls in the dead of winter last week. She refused to go along (again). She also warned me not to go. Temperatures were hovering near zero for highs and lows in the teens to 20 below up north. That part I can handle.
What I didn’t know until the day before I left was a snowstorm, or more precisely a blizzard, was predicted. Folks, it was more than a prediction.

Wright County cities pays less for policing

To the Editor:
The following is a list of towns that have Wright County policing. You are welcome to call them, as I have, and visit with them; Dan Anselment, or the county’s sheriff’s office, on how it is working. Something is amiss when 13 towns in Wright County average a police cost of $84.49 per capita and Glencoe’s per capacity is $210.22!
That statistics are presented by town, total billed in 2017, population and 2017 per capita cost:
Albertville — $710,290 billed; population: 7,044; per capita cost: $100.83.

Guns have no moral character, people do

To the Editor:
The latest tragic shooting in Florida has brought out the usual cries for banning guns, particularly assault-style weapons. What we have to recognize is that assault weapons (or any other firearm) have no moral character. They can be used as a tool of good or evil. Banning certain types may make many people feel good but, in effect, it does nothing to get at the root cause – that is minimizing evil.

City Council calls for bids on central storm project

On a 3-1 vote Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Glencoe City Council approved plans and specifications for its central storm water project, and set the bid opening for March 22. The council could vote on accepting or rejecting a bid at its April 2 meeting.
Council Member Allen Robeck cast the dissenting vote, expressing dissatisfaction with the plans and a desire to have other entities share in the cost.
“There are too many elbows and curves,” Robeck said of the plans. “These plans and specs need to be re-evaluated.”

Motion to raise wastewater rates dies for lack of second

A motion to increase wastewater utility rates died for a lack of a second at the Glencoe City Council’s Tuesday, Feb. 20 meeting.
The council met on Tuesday because of the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, Feb. 19.
The proposed increases were recommended to help build up funds for the proposed $22.35 million improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.

Several injured in 2 crashes during Saturday snowstorm

Two accidents with an hour during Saturday’s snowstorm resulted in multiple injuries, according to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office. Snowfall was heavy and visibility was limited at the time of the accidents.

Silver Lake takes next steps in storm water improvements

At its Tuesday, Feb. 20, meeting, the Silver Lake City Council took the next steps in addressing the city’s storm water issues, a topic that has been on the table the past couple of years.
The council approved a supplemental letter of agreement with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., to begin to move the project forward.
The main area of focus will be the Frank and Center streets drainage area.

Hutchinson native author book signing set March 3

Hutchinson native Joe Meier will be the featured writer at a meet-the-author and book signing event on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Hutchinson Public Library.
In “Move Better, Eat Smarter, Live Happier: Strategies for Finding Balance,” Meier shares health strategies with readers for making doable, realistic behavior changes for achieving lasting results in controllable aspects of health. And there’s quite a bit that people can truly control, according to Meier.

Locals on Luther dean’s list

Maggie Petersen, a freshman, and Natalie Stockman, senior, both of Glencoe, were named to the 2017 fall semester dean’s list at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. To be named to the list, students must attain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and complete at least 12 credit hours.