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Archive - May 2, 2018


It’s time for state to revise assessment law

There is a lot of infrastructure work going on in Glencoe and the surrounding area. Construction of Glencoe’s central storm sewer project gets under way Monday, equipment is moving into Brownton for that city’s major street and utility project, and the city of Stewart will soon be launching another street and utility project.
It is all needed; it is also all very expensive. And, unfortunately, the state is involved in how cities pay for these projects.

City of Glencoe facing multiple expensive projects

To the Editor:
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve received criticism from our local newspaper for pursuing the subject of Glencoe’s excess police charges, which are potentially $850,000 per year according to my own research on police services offered in Wright, Carver and Washington counties. The newspaper’s criticism will not diminish my efforts to bring you news that should be all of our concerns.

Hold on to your wallets, Glencoe taxpayers

To the Editor:
Just a few lines to let you know that I am still alive. Read my opinion and write your own. Your article can be long or short, high praise or scorching criticism. There are many people out there who would like to hear your voice and opinions. I know I would!
There are things that are going quite well. High school children are doing excellent. Lutheran school children delivering a long-overdue letter, snowblowers getting a rest, and the squirrels still triumphing over Rich Glennie.

Community blood drive meets goal

To the Editor:
The first blood drive for 2018 was held on Wednesday, April 25. The American Red Cross (ARC) set our goal for this drive at 111 units and we met the goal exactly: 111. The ARC team was very happy about that!

Work to begin Monday on central storm project

Work will begin on the city of Glencoe’s central storm sewer project on Monday, May 7.
Construction work will begin on the south end of the project in the area of 10th Street and Knight Avenue. Starting Monday May 7, the intersection of 10th Street and Knight Avenue will be closed to all traffic. Traffic should use the marked detour route on Highway 212. It is anticipated that the intersection will be closed to traffic until the end of May. Residents and businesses north of 10th Street will continue to have access at this point in time.

County to try new technology on road projects this summer

The McLeod County Highway Department had an unusually large crowd at its open house regarding its experimental cement stabilization projects.
The department is planning to use the new process on a section of Tagus Avenue west of Lake Marion, and a section of County Road 62 south of Biscay.

County to consider amending ordinance allowing temporary homes for medical needs

The McLeod County Advisory Planning Commission has no objections to amending an ordinance to allow a second dwelling on agricultural property to care for someone with medical needs, even if that person is not a relative.
Marc Telecky, assistant zoning administrator, broached the topic with the commission at its Wednesday, April 25, meeting, after receiving a request from someone to build a home for a friend who has medical issues.

County zoning office moves to Hutch

McLeod County is in the process of implementing changes to create a leaner, more efficient operation. As a result of this change, the Office of Planning, Zoning, and Environmental Services will be moving their office location from the McLeod County Courthouse in Glencoe to the McLeod County Solid Waste facility at 1065 Fifth Ave., Hutchinson. This move was expected to be completed by Monday April 30.

Nienaber to run for Sibley County sheriff

Sibley County Chief Deputy Patrick Nienaber announces that he will file as a candidate for the office of Sibley County Sheriff.

UWMC names 2018 partner agencies, programs

United Way of McLeod County (UWMC) Board President Steve Synstelien announced last week that the regional non profit would collaborate with 36 agencies and programs in 2018. The organization recently completed its community investment review for the 2018 funding cycle.
“These agencies represent a cross-section of funded programs serving McLeod County in education, income and health,” said Synstelien. “Upon completing the work of our annual volunteer-led community investment review, we are confident that the UWMC will again partner with outstanding agencies and programs in 2018.”