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Archive - May 2018


May 23rd

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.

Brownton council OKs temporary financing for project

The Brownton City Council approved temporary funding for its utility and street project, which will pay bills until the long-term loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development can be accessed.
The council met in a special session Thursday night with Shannon Sweeney of David Drown & Associates, the city’s financial consultant.
Sweeney said that while grant money for the project can be accessed as the bills come in, the long-term loan will not be available until the project is substantially completed.

Trailblazer board holds brief meeting

In a brief meeting Tuesday morning, the Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board heard that ride efficiency is down for the transit system.
Executive Director Gary Ludwig said the main culprit is the dispatching software, although some rides are also longer as the service expands into Wright County.
“The software is really struggling to keep up with the ride requests,” said Ludwig. “It sometimes takes up to two minutes to schedule a ride.”
Trailblazer is hoping to make use of new software in the future.