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Archive - Jun 13, 2018


Vehicle pursuit ends in tragedy

The Minnesota State Patrol is under some scrutiny after a chase ended with a vehicle crashing into a playground and seriously injuring three siblings.
The pursuit apparently started on Interstate 94 in the metro area, and tragically ended when the driver of the pursued SUV exited the freeway, entered a neighborhood and ran through some tennis courts and a swing set outside Jenny Lind Elementary School.

SNAP’s work requirements explained

By Collin Peterson
U.S. Congressman
Work requirements have been part of SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, since 1996. People between 16 and 59 have to work. The problem is that the requirements we have for able-bodied adults don’t work the way they should.
They don’t work because they’re too rigid and don’t offer the states any flexibility, so states ask instead to waive the requirements altogether, which sabotages the original intent of reform. For 2018, 36 states requested and received waivers that exempt folks from work requirements.

 Serving the underserved: start with kids

Editor’s Note: McLeod County hosted an essay contest as part of its student government day in April. The essay theme was “Serving the Underserved.” The winner was Abigail Reiter, a student at Hutchinson High School. Her essay appears below.

By Abigail Reiter
Hutchinson High School

5th-grade teacher back on School Board agenda; item tabled until July

With almost every letter of the alphabet finding its way on the agenda at Monday’s Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board meeting, it proved to be a diverse evening of decision making and information.

League of Minnesota Cities works with City Council on communicating effectively

Class was in session for a packed house at Monday’s city of Glencoe Personnel and Legislative Committee meeting. Pam Whitmore, a representative from the League of Minnesota Cities, presented advice in effective communication as a result of, at the risk of sounding repetitive, dysfunctional City Council meetings.
The powerpoint entitled, “City Government and You!” was a 21⁄2-hour long lecture jam-packed with name tags, activities, helpful advice, and team-oriented problem solving.

Except for two small items, jail project is complete

With the exception of one lock and the cleanout of a strainer on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), the McLeod County Jail expansion and courthouse security project are complete.
Sam Lauer of Contegrity, the construction manager, gave the final construction update to the County Board at its June 5 meeting. He said the lock was on order, and the strainer work would be done before firing up the heating system in fall.

School Board discusses budget at workshop

A proposal to eliminate one section of fifth grade at Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Schools was back on the table Monday night, where it was deferred until July (see separate article).

SWAC looks at options for contaminated recycling sites

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners — sitting as the Solid Waste Advisory Committee — threw a lot of options on the table for dealing with contaminated waste at recycling collection sites in Glencoe and townships.
Among options are to increase the number of times a year the county does curbside pickup of appliances, e-waste and other non-traditional items, expanding hours at the household hazardous waste facility for a week in the spring and a week in the fall to assist, and providing individual containers to rural residents, the same as the county does for city residents.

Glencoe Days schedule announced

The annual Glencoe Days celebration is set for June 22-23, with most events at Oak Leaf Park. A schedule of activities was recently announced.
A pre-celebration event starts Thursday, June 21, when the Midway Amusement Rides start at 5 p.m.

County Board tables proposed change to zoning ordinance

A proposed change to McLeod County’s zoning ordinance is headed to a County Board workshop.
At its June 5 meeting, the McLeod County Board of Commissioners tabled a request by the county planning zoning commission to make a change to the ordinance in regard to allowing a second home on agricultural residential property to accommodate an ill or elderly family member who needed care.