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Archive - Feb 6, 2018


Big news for city on road, store, housing

There are three pretty big news stories that came out of the Glencoe City Council meeting Monday night.
First, the city is moving ahead with the Morningside Avenue project, which proposes to extend that road from 11th Street to 16th Street on the east side of Coborn’s. The City Council voted 4-1 to sign an agreement with McLeod County that outlines the cost shares and other responsibilities related to the joint project.

Presidents are ordinary, extraordinary

By Lee H. Hamilton
Because we live in such tumultuous political times, it’s easy to believe that today’s intense public focus on the Trump presidency is something new — an obsession like none we’ve ever seen before. Yet to one degree or another, the president has always been at the center of the public’s attention.
This is because he or she is the central actor in American government. The sheer complexity of our system, with its three branches, separation of powers and competing centers of power, demands someone who can make it work.

Council votes 4-1 to approve Morningside agreement

By Rich Glennie
In an about-face, the Glencoe City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Randy Wilson and City Administrator Mark Larson to sign a cooperative agreement with McLeod County to proceed with plans to extend Morningside Avenue north of 11th Street near Coborn’s to 16th Street near the high school.

Dollar General coming to former Economart space

By Rich Glennie
After years of being a bare lot in downtown Glencoe, the former Mark’s Economart site at 11th Street and Greeley Avenue is looking at a new lease on life.
At Monday’s Glencoe City Council meeting, unanimous approval was given to a purchase agreement with Ratcliff Development, LLC, of Louisiana for $59,502.50, or $1.25 per square foot, for the 1.3-acre site. The site will be the future home of Dollar General, a national retail store.

Maker Space adds a little extra to GSL’s STEM program

Glencoe-Silver Lake’s Lincoln Elementary School put its new Maker Space Lab into operation last week.
The lab is located in the new school addition’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) room, and is an extra, voluntary component of the STEM program.
“Maker Space is a great way for students to use their skills and knowledge they have acquired through our PLTW (Project Lead The Way) STEM modules and go above and beyond,” wrote Heather Peirce in a letter to parents and guardians. Peirce is the STEM lead teacher at Lincoln Elementary.

Multi-family housing proposed east of Grand Meadows

By Rich Glennie
The Glencoe City Council Monday night approved offering $100,000 for five acres of land east of Grand Meadows on 14th Street to use for multi-family housing. The apartment project would be in the Panther Heights subdivision in the east end of Glencoe.

Brownton Council, Collins Township debate fire service contract

The Collins Town Board approached the Brownton City Council Monday night about reducing the amount it pays the city for fire protection for the nine township sections that are in the Brownton Fire District.
The fire department serves the city of Brownton, as well as portions of Collins, Sumter, Round Grove and Penn townships.
The township contends that the price it is charged for fire protection is far more than it is charged for sections in the Stewart and Hutchinson fire districts.

Brownton to call for bids on comprehensive project

The city of Brownton’s estimated $8.4 million comprehensive street and utility project is finally going out for bids.
The City Council heard Monday night that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program had approved the plans and specifications.
John Rodeberg with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., the city’s engineering consulting firm, said bids are due Feb. 28, and likely will be awarded at the April 3 City Council meeting.

GSL varsity Knowledge Bowl wins home meet

On Saturday, Feb. 3, Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) hosted many of the Knowledge Bowl teams from Region 6 at GSL High School. Teams from Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (ACGC), Central Minnesota Christian School (CMCS), Hutchinson, Lac qui Parle Valley, Lester Prairie, MACCRAY, Montevideo, New London-Spicer, Renville County West, Willmar and Yellow Medicine East were all there.
GSL Varsity 1 won the varsity meet.

Knowledge Bowlers compete at Elk River

The Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Knowledge Bowlers went to Elk River Saturday , Jan. 27, for a large meet of St. Cloud region teams. Albany, Annandale, Big Lake, Buffalo, Foley, Litchfield, Melrose, Monticello, North Branch, Princeton, Rogers, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, several St. Cloud schools, St. John’s Prep, and Watertown-Mayer were among the schools represented, with a total of 56 teams in the varsity division. There were another 37 teams in the junior varsity division, so this was quite a large meet.