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Archive - Mar 21, 2018


GSL provides well for students of all walks

Let’s see — it’s the third week of March: besides marking the (hopefully) onset of spring, it’s when we feature the Glencoe-Silver Lake Knowledge Bowl teams on our front page. Once again, GSL is sending a team to the state Knowledge Bowl tournament.

Band, choir students represented GSL well in D.C.

To the Editor:
On Feb. 28 through March 5, we had the privilege of traveling with 118 Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) band and choir members and their two directors to Washington, D.C., for the band and choir trip. During the trip, the students had an opportunity to perform at a music clinic on the Joint Naval/Air Force Base Anacostia-Bolling, where they played and sang for members of the U.S. Air Force Band and the Singing Sergeants. In addition, the choir was able to perform inside the Lincoln Memorial, which was an incredible way to share their talents with other visitors.

Minnesota is a leader in the agriculture industry

To the Editor:
The week of March 18-24 is National Agriculture Week, and March 20 is National Agriculture Day. Our great state of Minnesota has a perfect blend of ways to enjoy the outdoors, great communities, career opportunities and economic growth. One of the primary areas that Minnesota gains significant value is in agriculture.

Cindy Schultz Ford is new county administrator

McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz Ford will be the county’s new administrator as of April 3.
The County Board, at its Tuesday meeting, approved an employment agreement with Schultz Ford, setting her salary at $104,312 from April 3 through Dec. 31. That will increase in 2019 to annual salary of $107,441.36. The agreement runs through April 3, 2019.
Schultz Ford replaces former County Administrator Pat Melvin, who resigned last year to become the city administrator in Arlington.

Another trip to state tournament

One of Glencoe-Silver Lake’s Knowledge Bowl competitors captured the regional title Friday, the ninth time GSL has earned the honor since it started competing in 2007. That team will advance to the state meet.

City Council passes new wastewater rates, application for grant

By Rich Glennie
The Glencoe City Council on Monday night passed two resolutions involving its wastewater treatment plant. The first set new wastewater rates, beginning April 1. The second authorized an application for a $7 million Public Facilities Authority (PFA) grant.

Proposed apartments closer to reality

By Rich Glennie
With a flurry of motions, the Glencoe City Council gave the go-ahead for a new apartment complex on the east end of Glencoe. The issue was scheduled to be approved March 5, but that City Council meeting was cancelled due to a snowstorm.

City to update hotel market study

By Rich Glennie
At the request of HMI, Inc., the Glencoe City Council Monday night approved funding a hotel market study update at a cost of $5,150. The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce will contribute $1,000 toward the study, and HMI would do the study update for the developer, Apollo Development.
Assistant City Administrator Dan Erhke said the last comprehensive hotel market study was done in 2013.

Robotics meet builds technical, cooperative skills

The Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Robotics Team recently participated in the 2018 Northern Lights Regional in Duluth, where it placed in the bottom half of around 60 schools. Now it’s practicing for its next competition set for Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota on March 29, 30 and 31.

Trailblazer to sunset volunteer driver program at end of 2018

Trailblazer Transit will sunset its volunteer driver program at the end of 2018, the Joint Powers Board decided Thursday morning.
The board took into consideration both the dwindling number of volunteers and liability concerns in making its decision.