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Archive - Apr 18, 2018


Sad to hear of crime’s impact on children

It was disturbing enough Tuesday morning to listen to County Attorney Mike Junge report that crime in the county had risen “dramatically” in the county in 2017 over 2016. It was absolutely heartbreaking to hear about the impact of crime on our county’s children.

What happened to school’s fiscal responsibility?

To the Editor:
I feel as a parent of the community for the last 15 years, I have watched Glencoe-Silver Lake School district go through many changes —some good, some not so good. Unfortunately, I believe we have hit a “not-so-good” threshold.

Community blood drive set for April 25 in Glencoe

To the Editor:
The first Glencoe Community Blood Drive of 2018 is scheduled in one week, next Wednesday, April 25, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Glencoe City Center Ballroom. The American Red Cross has set our goal for this blood drive at 111 units.
This notice will be short and to the point:
• The American Red Cross is in need of blood donations.
• You have blood.
• Donate!
• If you have a donation appointment, keep it!

Want to help? Resolve conflicts

By Lee H. Hamilton
In a world riven by tension, there’s one skill that stands above all others: the ability to resolve conflict. It is the paramount challenge of our time. There are so many divisions that fracture our communities, states, and nations, that the ability to create common ground — to bring people together, rather than drive them apart — has become an indispensable political need.

Junge: Crime up ‘dramatically’ in McLeod County

Crime is up in McLeod County, particularly in regard to drug-related crimes and child protection issues, the McLeod County Board heard at its Tuesday morning meeting.
McLeod County Attorney Mike Junge presented his 2017 report to the county board.
“Criminal activity is not decreasing; in fact, it is increasing dramatically,” said Junge. The attorney’s office charged 508 felony or gross misdemeanor crimes in 2017, up by nearly 200 over the 2016 total of 323, and 711 misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor charges, up from 506 in 2016.

GSL Knowledge Bowl captures another state championship trophy

It may have been Friday the 13th with a major blizzard on the way, but that didn’t stop the Glencoe-Silver Lake Knowledge Bowl program from adding another state championship trophy to its collection.
The team had qualified for the State meet on March 17.
“It’s hard to keep practicing when there is a month between the regional and state meet,” said Coach Vicky Harris. All GSL’s team members are involved in spring activities, including baseball and the spring play.

Council awards storm project bid, discusses transportation study

Glencoe City Council members had a busy agenda on Monday night. First, the council awarded a competitive bid to R&R Excavating of Hutchinson to get to work on Glencoe’s storm sewer problem. The $5.29 million proposal was the lowest of six offered bids for the central storm project. Additionally, the council held a public hearing on the Hennepin Avenue project assessment, which gave the public an opportunity to have a voice about their assessment. The council adopted the special assessment resolution.

Havelka purchases HP Insurance

HP Insurance in Brownton has a new owner/agent as of April 1 — Brownton native Becky (Bipes) Havelka purchased the agency from long-time owner Bob Kreie.
Kreie intends to assist Havelka during a transitional period, as does his assistant, Karla Wosmek. Mackenzie Hopkins, Havelka’s daughter, is her new assistant.
Havelka is no stranger to the insurance business, although it was not where her original career path started.

SL Council hears space study results

Paul Ragozzino of Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., presented the Silver Lake City Council with the results of a space needs study of the city buildings at the council’s Monday night meeting.
The council had ordered the study last year to find out what space was needed to house the city’s departments. The study looked at the city hall/police department, public works, the fire station and city auditorium.
The study found that to properly house these departments, 31,597 square feet was needed. The city facilities currently occupy 13,700 square feet.

Planning commission discusses TIF district for proposed housing

At the Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission meeting at the Glencoe City Center on Thursday, April 12, Assistant City Administrator Dan Ehrke pushed a resolution to set up a tax increment financing (TIF) district for the Panther Heights apartment project. Additionally, a civil engineer at Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., Randy Jenniges, presented modern trends in land development and suggested Glencoe keep up with contemporary changes to attract new home buyers.