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Archive - Mar 14, 2018


Time to put police issue to rest

A letter writer has brought up, twice within a few weeks, a suggestion that the city of Glencoe explore the option of eliminating its police department and having the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office provide law enforcement protection for the city.
This isn’t the first time the issue has been raised in the city. A quick scan of The Chronicle archives shows that the issue was brought up in 2006 at a truth-in-taxation hearing, and again in 2012. Back in 2006, The Chronicle quoted a then Glencoe City Council member as saying that the issue had been raised as early as the 1970s.

Happy St. Urho’s Day from the Finns

Happy St. Urho’s Day!
You forgot? Well, here’s your gentle reminder that on March 16 we Finns celebrate the patron saint of Suomi (Finland).
It’s been awhile since I’ve written about St. Urho’s, so here’s the story: St. Urho is alleged to have chased the grasshoppers out of Finland many centuries ago and saved the Finnish grape crop. He simply shouted: “Heinasirka, heinasirka, mena taalta heiteen!” Roughly translated it means “go away!”
Really. Would a Finlander pull your leg any more than an Irishman?

Trail letter contained misinformation, distortions

To the Editor:
Another anti-paved trail letter and the misinformation campaign continues.
A March 7 letter writer laments trail-related actions that county commissioners have taken over the last five years and their resulting cost to county taxpayers. However, as usual, distortions, inaccuracies and irrelevant information are used to make things look as bad as possible.

Planning Commission recommends rezoning for planned apartments

The city of Glencoe Planning Commission is recommending approval of zoning about five acres of property directly east of Grand Meadows Senior Living as R-2 multi-family residential.
City Administrator Mark Larson said that Glencoe Multi-Family, a development company, plans to construct 85 units of housing on the parcel in two phases. The first phase will be a 50-unit development, with 35 added in the second phase. Larson said this is the same company that had looked at the former Helen Baker Elementary School site for potential development.

Father, son come together for Restore a Wreck project

The Crow River Sno Pros, Inc,. are continuing their unique competition from last year, Restore a Wreck, bringing families to the McLeod County fairgrounds from across five states. The Restore a Wreck competition calls for parent-child teams to restore vintage snowmobiles and show them off for pride, prizes and fun.
The competition will be judged at the Sno Pros annual vintage sled show and swap meet Saturday in Hutchinson.

School Board begins first discussion on replacing operating levy

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School District’s current operating levy will expire in 2020, and the School Board will begin looking at whether it should seek a replacement levy.
Business Manager Michelle Sander brought the issue up at the board’s meeting Monday night, saying that discussions about the expiring levy should begin soon.
Superintendent Chris Sonju echoed that recommendation, saying the School Board should set a work session to review budget trends and begin planning for the future.

MnDOT plans new transportation study for Glencoe area

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is planning a new study of transportation needs in and around Glencoe, the city of Glencoe’s Personnel and Legislative Committee heard Monday afternoon.

Bids opened for first package of Brownton street, utility project

R&R Excavating, Inc., of Hutchinson, is the apparent low bidder on the first package of the city of Brownton’s comprehensive street and utility improvement project, the City Council learned at its March 6 meeting.
John Rodeberg, engineer with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., reminded the council that the project will be bid in several packages.
“This is the largest package of those,” said Rodeberg. The first package includes all of the subsurface and street surface work. Later bid packages will include refurbishing of the water tower and improvements to other city facilities.

GSL Knowledge Bowl captures top 2 spots at subregion meet

Like many winter activities, Knowledge Bowl has finished its regular season and is beginning the post-season leading up to the state meet. Also like many Minnesota winter activities, Knowledge Bowl can be affected by the weather. Last week, both of these statements were true.

GSL art students honored at Youth Art Month Exhibition

The Art Educators of Minnesota Youth Art Month Student Exhibition began March 5 at the Minnesota State Capitol in the North Corridor and will conclude on March 17 with a closing reception and Awards in the Rotunda from noon to 2 p.m.
Hours to view the exhibition are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m to 4 p.m.