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Archive - May 9, 2018


Emergency school funding just a stop gap

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is hitting the road this week to promote his proposal to provide one-time emergency funding to the state’s public school districts.
The governor is proposing spending $136 million of the state’s projected $329 million surplus to provide additional aid to school districts. The proposal would increase aid to school districts by a relatively modest 2 percent.

Gains an assessment, loses his trees

By Rich Glennie
First the disclaimer: I am not a tree hugger. Being a northern Minnesotan, I was raised in a pulp and paper-making community where trees were cut down by the thousands and made into paper products. So I have no sentimental attachment to trees. Trees up there are like corn and soybeans down here. They are a commodity.

City projects need another means for financing

To the Editor:
Pay for infrastructure and repairs in Glencoe using property tax assessments has to end. Assessments are the most unfair tax you can have because there is no correlation between the amount assessed and the ability to pay. A hundred feet of pavement or sewer line costs the same if it’s done in front of a $50,000 home or a $500,000 home.
I think it’s time our leaders start looking at other options for funding these projects instead of taking the easy way out and just saying that Statute 429 says this is the way we have to do it.

Still cutting a rug at 100 years old

Wednesday, May 2, the focus was on Marcella Cohrs at Grand Meadows Senior Living for her birthday. She officially became a centenarian — 100 years old — a mark that only .0173 percent of Americans achieve, according to a 2010 study by GenealogyInTime magazine.
Marcella Cohrs was the second of seven children born to Otto and Emma Rennecke. She attended public school until her sophomore year in high school, when her dad pulled her out of school to work on her family’s farm following one of the most significant economic hardships the United States has ever seen.

Jetter, recycling bin issues unresolved after council meeting

On the same day construction began on Glencoe’s central storm sewer, the City Council met and spent most of the meeting discussing the possibility of moving the recycling dumpsters on 10th Street and replacing the tank on the wastewater department’s jetter — both of which failed to progress. The council briefly touched on adding two hours to Glencoe Wine and Spirits Sunday hours and confirmed the election of a new fire chief and captain for the fire department.

County Board approves bid for County Road 54 project

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the bid for the cement stabilization and chip seal for County Road 54 (Tagus Avenue) west of Lake Marion, but decided to hold off using the same process on a portion of County Road 62 near Biscay.

With low bids, city of Brownton considering adding to project

Because the construction bid on the city of Brownton’s street and utility project came in $300,000 less than expected, the City Council began discussions about adding to the project at its May 1 meeting.
Shannon Sweeney, financial consultant from David Drown and Associates, was on hand to discuss financing about the add-ons, in particular if the additional cost exceeded the original budget, because his firm would have to come with additional funding options.
Sweeney also advised the council to make sure it maximizes the grant it received for sanitary sewer and wastewater plant work.

‘Blessing Box’ dedication set for Sunday, May 13

Paul Sievert of Glencoe has created a “Blessing Box” as his Eagle Scout project.
A blessing box combines the concept of the Little Free Library with the food shelf. Sievert’s project is a cabinet that will sit near the east entrance of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1407 Cedar Avenue N, Glencoe. People place or take food from it any time, day or night.

Solid Waste hours temporarily extended

McLeod, Sibley, Meeker, and Carver county residents can take advantage of extended facility hours during the week of May 14 to deliver Household Hazardous Waste, appliances, electronics, tires, mattresses and child car seats to the HHW Facility located at 1065 Fifth Avenue SE in Hutchinson. From May 14 to May 18, the facility will remain open until 6 p.m.
In an effort to ensure all area households have access to the facility and its programs, the extended hours provide an evening opportunity to recycle problem materials, and properly dispose of household chemicals.

Ceremony will honor law officers

The National Law Enforcement Memorial Association has designated May 13-20 as Law Enforcement Week, and the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Corps will have a tribute and honor ceremony Sunday, May 20, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Library Square in Hutchinson.
Different McLeod County law enforcement agencies will have a squad car present to view, and officers will be present to answer questions. There also will be refreshments after the ceremony, including root beer floats.