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Archive - Apr 4, 2018


It’s time to break our electronics addiction

The Chronicle’s online poll the past two weeks revolved around the issue of electronics and distracted driving. The first poll indicated that people feel that distracted driving is a serious enough issue that punishment should equal that of driving while impaired. The second poll asked how often people use their electronic devices while driving.

Superintendent explains project cost overrun

To the Editor:
As reported at the School Board work session last week and the in paper, the GSL building project is just under $1.4 million over budget. This certainly wasn’t welcomed news to the district. We have a great facility, but it cost us a lot more than we thought.

Why can’t someone besides county pay for trails?

To the Editor:
This letter is in response to Hutchinson City Councilor, Steve Cook, who disputed my letter of March 7.

County Board votes 4-1 against integrating tri-county health group

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to govern the Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services by delegation, rather than approving a full integration of the three counties’ health services departments into one agency.
The primary reason seemed to be a desire for local control and, as Commissioner Doug Krueger said, “a way to keep the three counties together in this.”

Show arena expansion planned

The McLeod County Fairgrounds will, hopefully, be seeing a much-needed addition to the existing show arena building. The proposed addition features an 80-by-100-foot multi-purpose extension that adds desperately needed space and a concrete walkway for accessibility to the new building. The estimated cost of the project is $150,000. Around two-thirds of that will be covered by private donors, some of which has already been donated and some of which is anticipated.

Tagus Avenue hot topic at County Board meeting

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a quote of $18,389 to mill off the surface of about a mile of Tagus Avenue west of Lake Marion in preparation of another cement stabilization project to prepare the road bed for a seal coat.
That stretch of road has sparked disappointment by area residents after an experimental prime-and-seal project, designed to give the gravel road a somewhat tarred surface, fell apart. A later cement stabilization project also had issues.

Glencoe City Council considers jetter, tractor

The Glencoe City Council discussed replacement of its sewer jetter and a tractor for the streets and parks department at its Monday night meeting.
Gary Schreifels, public works director for water and wastewater, was first to the podium to discuss replacing a 27-year-old jetter — an expensive piece of equipment that most cities need to have on-hand at all times to clear any obstructions in the city’s underground pipes. The jetter is imperative to the operation of sewer and storm water management for the town.

County planning group makes quick work of CUPs

The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission made short work of three applications for conditional use permits (CUPs) Wednesday, March 28, as no one from the public showed up for the hearings related to each of the three applications.
Those applications included:
• A request from Kerry Krueger to build a pole shed on property owned by Bonnie Lou Krueger near Vale Avenue in Acoma Township. The shed will be used for seasonal maintenance and as a warming area for Christmas tree sales on the property.

Area law enforcement to focus on distracted driving April 9-22

A truck driver was allegedly looking down at his cell phone for eight seconds before he slammed into a car, killing a father of three. More than two football fields — that’s how long investigators believed the driver traveled in those eight seconds.
Eight seconds — that’s all it took to change the lives of a family who will no longer see their loved one, and a truck driver who potentially faces serious jail time for a choice to look away from the road. This is just the latest distracted driving fatality in Minnesota.
When it comes to distracted driving, enough is enough.

2 injured in Easter Day accident

Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle crash west of Brownton on Highway 212 Sunday at about 6 p.m.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2014 Ford Edge, driven by Collin Patrick Brehmer, 26, of Hutchinson, was westbound on Highway 212 and had slowed to turn left onto Ulm Avenue when it was rear-ended by a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Josh Phillip Crooks, 28, of Morton.
Brehmer and a passenger in his vehicle, 25-year-old Ashley Jo Rickheim of rural Stewart, were taken to Hutchinson Health for treatment of injuries and later released.