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Archive - Mar 7, 2018


City’s engineers attempt to clear up questions on wastewater project

The city of Glencoe’s Finance and Strategic Planning delved more deeply into its proposed $21 million wastewater treatment improvement proposals Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 28.
John Rodeberg, an engineer with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., tried to answer some of the issues that he felt surrounded the City Council’s lack of a decision to raise wastewater service rates at its Feb. 20 meeting. SEH had proposed a new rate schedule to make sure that it was raising enough revenue to pay for the non-grant portion of the project, as well as start building reserves for future maintenance.

Gruenhagen hopes to secure funding for city wastewater plant project

State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, is hoping the state Legislature will appropriate more money this session to addressing wastewater treatment needs.
Gruenhagen met with members of the Glencoe City Council and other city officials Friday at noon to discuss potential funding sources for the city’s proposed $21 million in improvements to its wastewater treatment plant.

County planning commission hears new request for solar array permit

The McLeod County Planning and Zoning Advisory Commission is recommending approval of a re-application for a conditional use permit for a solar garden near Winsted.
The recommendation, which will be acted upon by the County Board on March 20, came after a lengthy public hearing Wednesday morning, Feb. 28.
Hal Gavin, representing Renesola Power Holdings, told the commission that the company had been approved for a permit last year to install a 3-megawatt community solar array on property owned by Patty Karels in Winsted Township, located along 230th Street near Cardinal Avenue.

Township annual meetings set for Tuesday

Annual township meetings — and, in some cases, elections — will be held across the state Tuesday, March 13.
Area township annual meetings include:
• Glencoe Township — The annual meeting will start at 1:30 p.m. at the town hall, 1107 11th St. E, Glencoe, Suite 103 (Glencoe City Center).
• Helen Township — The annual meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Plato Fire Hall. The agenda includes the budget, fire contracts, roads and other business.
• Sumter Township — The annual meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Brownton Community Center. Among business is the setting of the annual levy.

MDH renews GRHS’ stroke-ready status

Glencoe Regional Health Services’ (GRHS) designation as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital was recently renewed by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). This three-year designation certifies that GRHS is equipped to evaluate, stabilize and provide life-saving emergency care to patients with acute stroke symptoms.
“We are very proud of our ability to confirm a stroke diagnosis and start treatment with clot-busting medication in under an hour,” said James Jessen, GRHS emergency services physician. “Every minute counts when you are trying to preserve brain cells.”

Public workers earn kudos during storm

Social media has become the dumping point for all our petty beefs, whether it’s someone cutting us off in traffic or getting cold french fries at our favorite fast food drive-through restaurant.
Those are the type of complaints that we used to, in the interest of keeping the peace, we used to “bite our tongues” about and wait for our snits to pass.
But now, not only do we not bite our tongues, but whatever pops into our head is instantly posted to a social media account so that the whole world knows of our malaise.

Is ‘personal care’ service worth the extra cost?

To the Editor:
I had a meeting with Glencoe Police Chief, Mr. Raiter, and I tried to emphasize that the difference of tax savings between county-patrolled cities studied versus our city is 34 percent.
In my case, the extra cost on my city tax in 2017 was an extra $894 per our county treasurer. This is outrageous.

County continues to carelessly spend on trails

To the Editor:
One would think that the county taxpayers would have spent enough on paving trails the past five years based on expenditures and purposes outlined below:
• $500,000 — In 2012, the county commissioners approved spending $500,000 for paving the Luce Line trail.
• $750,000 — Hutchinson separately contributed another $750,000 for paving the Luce Line.
• $15,000 — In 2013, three county commissioners voted to spend $15,000 to create a McLeod County trail plan.

Janssen joins local law firm

Ken Janssen has joined Gavin, Donley & Ostlund, Ltd., a Glencoe-based law firm, as an associate attorney.
Janssen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 2010, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2013, graduating cum laude.
Prior to joining Gavin, Donley & Ostlund, Janssen worked as a public defender, serving primarily the White Earth tribe in northern Minnesota.
Janssen will be primarily practicing in the areas of criminal law, family law, civil matters, CHIPS, probate law and general litigation.

Girl born to Glencoe couple

April Krienke and Tyler Weber of Glencoe announce the birth of their daughter, Faith Victoria Weber, born Feb. 26, 2018, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19 inches in length at birth. Grandparents are Marlin and Bonnie Krienke of Glencoe and Sandy Weber and Jon Waller, both of Granite Falls.