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Archive - May 16, 2018


School board needs to look at financial future

Monday night, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board turned down a proposed cut of a full-time fifth-grade teaching position for the 2018-19 school year.
Mind you, the administration wasn’t looking to eliminate someone’s job; instead, it was taking advantage of a retirement to reduce its staff by not replacing that teacher, and by moving a current fifth-grade teacher to another spot where he or she would be needed.

City Council needs to cultivate respect

By Rich Glennie
At a recent Glencoe City Council meeting, it seemed no one even wanted to make a motion to approve the monthly bills. The acrimony had gotten that bad among the council members.
One would have thought the council members were congressmen or the state legislators! Respect for others with differing views has become optional.
The last time things were this bad, Mayor Leon Johnson was dressed in body armor, Police Chief Wes Olson had to check his gun at the door, and the old council chambers were being guarded by a burly sheriff’s deputy.

Supporting a free and open internet

By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar

School Board declines to cut position, adds new curriculum program

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board took on two major financial issues Monday night — a proposed reduction of a full-time fifth-grade teacher for the 2018-19 school year, and a proposal to implement a literacy curriculum.
The reduction of a 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE) teacher failed 4-2, and the expenditure for a new literacy curriculum passed 4-2.

Healthy partnership: program pairs up new moms, nurses

Thanks to a program that partners registered nurses with new moms, first-time and single mother Bethany Hagman is parenting her daughter, Kennedy, with confidence.
Hagman, of Lester Prairie, became pregnant when she was 17 years old.
“Yeah, I was scared,” said Hagman.
Although she had grown up with younger siblings, whom she helped care for, Hagman didn’t feel she was entirely prepared for motherhood on her own.

Deejay PT’s message: ‘Get #LIVIN’’

Paul Thomas — also known as “PT,” a Twin Cities radio personality — expected Jan. 21, 2013 to be one of the most memorable days of his life.
Thomas had coached his Jefferson youth hockey team, ages 9 and 10, to what was one of his ultimate goals — a 4-0 win over archrival Edina.
“I called the person who meant the most to me … my dad,” said Thomas. His father, he said, had been “super supportive” of Thomas and his team, coming to practices, games and generally being the team’s best cheerleader.

City’s personnel committee discusses microbrewery, social media, evaluations

An interesting juxtaposition of Glencoe’s governmental functionality was readily on display at a city of Glencoe Personnel and Legislative Committee meeting on Monday.
The committee discussed amending the city’s liquor ordinance to allow for a potential microbrewery that has interest in expanding into Glencoe, Police Chief Jim Raiter presented a social media “blanket policy” as a preventative measure for online media in which the city is responsible for, and evaluations for city government positions.

City planning commission hears garage height variance request

At a city of Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission meeting on Thursday, there were only two items on the agenda: approve the minutes from the last meeting, and hear a variance request from Ted Newmann, whose son spoke for him, to build a detached garage greater than the dimensions that city ordinance codes allow.

Dairy princesses, award winners, ambassadors named by McLeod ADA

Unfortunately, the McLeod County American Dairy Association (ADA) Princess Banquet had to be canceled due to the historical snowstorm on Saturday, April 14.
Due to scheduling conflicts, the ADA had a private banquet for its dairy royalty and their families on Saturday, May 5.
The new 2018-2019 McLeod County Dairy Princesses are Elizabeth Krienke, daughter of Kraig and Rachelle of Lester Prairie, and Breanna Wright, daughter of Paul and Heather Wright of Hutchinson.

Kurtzweg announces candidacy for county auditor-treasurer

Connie Kurtzweg, McLeod County’s interim auditor-treasurer, has announced her candidacy for auditor-treasurer.
Kurtzweg was appointed the interim auditor-treasurer when Cindy Schultz Ford was named as the new county administrator, and resigned the position of auditor-treasurer.
Kurtzweg has been employed for five years with McLeod County, working under the mentorship of Schultz Ford.
“This time has provided an opportunity for advanced knowledge and insight,” said Kurtzweg.