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Archive - Feb 14, 2018

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Can Fischbach serve in dual roles?

Michelle Fischbach, a Republican from a St. Cloud-area Senate district, currently has two roles in Minnesota’s state government — she is a state senator who was recently appointed lieutenant governor — as provided for in the state constitution — after former Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to fill the seat of former U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.

What to look for in a political candidate

By Lee H. Hamilton
Have you already made up your mind about how you’re going to vote — at least by party — in this year’s important elections? I hope not.
Because to serve our nation well at this troubled time in its political history, you should be looking for certain qualities in the politicians you favor. Ideology, party affiliation, positions on key issues — these are important considerations, but this year demands more from us as voters.

Crow River Sno Pros cater to snowmobile enthusiasts in area

The Crow River Sno Pros are always looking for ways to help snowmobile enthusiasts, whether it be grooming and maintaining 160 miles of trail, offering safety classes or giving a venue for people to show off and see vintage snowmobiles.
Its latest venture is the purchase of a new tractor and groomer for the trails. But this groomer is unique — it was designed by club members and custom built by OEM in Green Isle. The tractor to pull the groomer was bought from Arnold’s in Glencoe, as the club tries to keep its business in the local area.

School Board votes to hire social worker

The Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board approved a motion to end the service provided through Southwest Central Service Cooperative (SWCS) and hire a school social worker through the district because of changing social work needs at the elementary level.
With the change — which is recommended by Superintendent Chris Sonju — the position would increase from an eight-tenths to a full-time position.

McLain to specialize in feedlots, septic systems for county

Jacob McLain has joined the McLeod County staff as an environmental technician specializing in feedlots and sub-surface treatment systems (SSTS).
The county had been looking for someone to fill the position after the retirement of longtime county environmentalist Roger Berggren and the resignation of the assistant, who moved on to another position.

McLeod County receives grant for new election equipment

McLeod County has received a matching grant of $52,024.40 to purchase new voting equipment, the County Board heard at its Tuesday, Feb. 6, meeting. The county will need to match the grant with a minimum of $36,483.85.
County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz said she hopes to have the equipment in place for use at the Aug. 14 primary election.

Planning commission names officers

The Glencoe Planning Commission set two public hearings and appointed Wes Olson as chairperson, Dave Stark as vice chairperson and Lynn Exsted as secretary at its Thursday night meeting
The first public hearing, set for Thursday, March 8, at 7:05 p.m., will be to discuss a special permit for a residential property on 14th Street E; and the other public hearing, set for 7:15 p.m., will be regarding a request to annex and zone the property of the newly approved Panther Heights apartment complex located northeast of town.

Stewart to call for bids on $4.25 million project

The Stewart City Council approved calling for bids for its $4.25 million street and infrastructure improvement project following a public hearing Monday night.
Andy Kehren, an engineer for Bolton & Menk, said the information presented at the hearing on the proposed improvements was very similar to one held in January 2016.

GSL Knowledge Bowl again captures Wright County Conference title

Glencoe-Silver Lake’s Knowledge Bowl team captured the Wright County Conference meet title for the fifth straight year Saturday.
Six other schools from Wright County Conference who compete in Academic Challenge activities came to GSL to see whose team is best. Teams from Annandale, GSL, Holy Family, Hutchinson, Litchfield, Waconia and Watertown-Mayer were here. Each school is allowed to bring up to three teams; a total of 17 teams compete.

Fire destroys shed, contents Friday night

A fire destroyed a machine shed and its contents at a farm on the east edge of Brownton Friday night.
The shed was located at the Keith and Jane Tongen farm on the east edge of Division Street in Brownton, also known as “the pink farm.”
The shed was fully involved when fire personnel arrived. Responding was the Brownton Fire Department, which was assisted through mutual aid by the Stewart and Glencoe departments.
Firefighters were on scene until about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Lost in the fire were two pickups, a skid loader and assorted tools.