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Archive - May 23, 2018


5 file for candidacy for county positions

Today (Tuesday) was the opening day for filing for candidacy for McLeod County offices, and five candidates have filed to have their names on the ballot.
They include: Doug Krueger, incumbent commissioner for District 2; Joe Nagel, incumbent commissioner for District 5; Michael Junge, incumbent county attorney; Connie M. Kurtzweg, interim auditor-treasurer who is seeking election as the auditor-treasurer; Lynn Ette Schrupp, incumbent county recorder; and Scott Rehmann, incumbent sheriff.
Filings for candidacy remain open through June 5 at 5 p.m.

Remember those who sacrificed

fourth Monday of May — had simple origins. It was a day set aside to honor those who had offered the ultimate sacrifice to our country, the sacrifice of their lives.
Memorial Day has strayed from that simple premise. People see the three-day holiday weekend as the launching pad into the busyness of summer: camping, fishing, vacations, time on our decks and patios enjoying sunshine, beverage, friends, family and food.
For others, Memorial Day has come to mean honoring all those who have died before us — our parents, grandparents, children, friends.

School Board needs lesson in Economics 101

To the Editor:
The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board needs a lesson in Economics 101.
Given: Budgets need to be balanced and tax money does not grow on trees.
Opportunity: A teacher retires. School administration says declining enrollment would permit the district to cut expenses by not replacing that teacher. Savings over 10 years would amount to at least $500,000. The savings would help keep the school district’s budget in balance. How should one vote?

Mayor warns council about maintaining courtesy at meetings

As Council Member Al Robeck was interrogating Mayor Randy Wilson and City Administrator Mark Larson at Monday night’s Glencoe City Council on why he isn’t allowed to speak during periods allotted for public input, Wilson immediately took action.
He explained that the League of Minnesota Cities contacted him about how the Council has been conducting meetings. The League has offered free guidance to help resolve the issues and mentioned possible litigation if the Council can’t find improvement.

County Board frustrated with contamination in recycling bins

McLeod County commissioners expressed frustration at a Monday morning workshop that the recycling bins placed in cities and townships are being contaminated with non-recyclable material.
Commissioner Doug Krueger brought the issue to the forefront, saying he has documented everything from dead rabbits to weed whips, TVs, furniture and computers, at the sites.

Memorial Day services set in Glencoe, area cities

Memorial Day services have been set in area communities for Monday, May 28.
Glencoe — The Glencoe VFW Post 5102 and American Legion Post 95 will co-host a service at 10 a.m. in the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Auditorium. In addition, the Legion will assist with a memorial service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 9 a.m., and a will provide military honors at St. Pius X.
Plato — The Plato American Legion Post will host a program at 9 a.m. at the Plato Hall.

Peace, Friedens UCC churches welcome new pastor

For Matt Orendorff, the new pastor for Church of Peace United Church of Christ (UCC) in Glencoe and Friedens UCC in Norwood Young America, the path to ministry didn’t become clear until an internship at Walt Disney World — where everybody goes to get their career’s straight.

Scholarships awarded at GSL senior banquet

Well over $115,000 in scholarships were awarded from area organizations and scholarship funds at the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School senior night Sunday.
• The Brownton American Legion awarded six $100 scholarships. They went to Kyle Christensen, Grace Draeger, Emmi Jerabek, Alexandra Hansch, Carsen Streich and Kambri Tessmer.
• The Glencoe American Legion awarded six $500 scholarships, which went to Mickalyn Frahm, Peter Gepson, Alex Ide, Emmi Jerabek, Blake Ortloff and Cody Raduenz.

Stewart City Council awards bid for street, utility project

The Stewart City Council awarded the bid for its “Group C” improvement project May 14 after holding an assessment hearing.
Andy Kehren, engineer with Bolton & Menk, said the city had obtained a significant amount of grant money to help with the project.
“There is $2.5 million in grant money coming to this community to do this project,” Kehren said. “We thought there would be more grant money because the city has incurred debt for the Group A and Group B projects.”

SL Council approves auditorium landscaping plan, names park

The Silver Lake City Council approved a final landscaping plan for the front of the auditorium at its Monday meeting. The total cost of the project is estimated at $7,275. The council has been looking at plans for some time and approved the plan based on a recommendation from the planning commission.