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Archive - Jun 20, 2018


Workshops might be the best for city

The Glencoe City Council decided Monday night to eliminate its committee for indepth discussions of city issues and go to a workshop session.
On first glance, it would seem that the city is simply renaming its committee meetings as workshops. After all, although only three council members can attend committee meetings, all council members can attend the committee meetings and even participate in the discussions.
But there are a couple of subtle differences between a committee meeting and a workshop that might help the City Council build more amiable relationships among its members.

New Glencoe feature: street bullheads

By Rich Glennie
“Look at that!” my wife exclaimed one morning last week as we walked by the intersection of 10th Street and the “Street to Nowhere” (Judd Avenue).
“There!” she pointed down at the street.
Apparently I was too interested at waving good morning to all the passing vehicles to notice the water cascading down Judd Avenue to the sewer drains on 10th Street. Amid the water were several dead bullheads. Yes, the fish! Oh, there was a sunnie among the fish carcasses as well.
Where’d they came from?
Then, I thought, what is the limit for “street bullheads?”

Glencoe Days celebration on tap for weekend

The annual Glencoe Days celebration is set for June 22-23, with most events at Oak Leaf Park.
The Glencoe Days Committee last week announced the parade route, which had to be modified to accommodate the city’s street and utility projects. The route will still run west on 14th Street from Pryor Avenue, but will go north on Knight Avenue and then head back east on 16th Street. The parade is set for Saturday at 11 a.m.

Paul Sparby leaving GSL after 8 years as high school principal

As Paul Sparby departs from eight years as serving as principal in one of the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) district’s most important leadership positions, he said, “I had a really great eight years here. I can’t thank the GSL community enough … I was truly honored …” to serve as GSL’s high school principal.

County Board accepts bid for Dakota Trail, change order to reduce costs

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners approved a construction bid for a portion of the Dakota Trail at its Tuesday morning meeting, contingent on its also passing a change order designed to reduce the cost.
John Brunkhorst, public works director, said the county had received four bids for the project, which would include the reconstruction and paving of the trail between McLeod County Road 1 and the Carver County line.

New GRHS nursing home to open in July

At the midpoint of its two-year nursing home remodeling and expansion project, Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS) recently announced a new facility name and other details to residents, their family members and all GRHS staff.

City Council addresses light agenda in 35-minute meeting

A well-behaved Glencoe City Council meeting on June 18 was only 35 minutes in length — a seemingly immediate impact in efficiency and behavior, possibly correlated to a League of Minnesota Cities counseling session at the last Personnel and Legislative Committee meeting. Or, it could’ve been because the council didn’t have much to talk about.
At the meeting, the acceptance of 1128 Hennepin Ave. demolition bids was tabled, there was a second reading of an amendment to the city liquor ordinance, and the council decided to switch over from committee meetings to workshops.

Planning Commission considers parameters for measuring height

The variance request for Ted Newmann to build a detached garage with square footage and height greater than allowed by city ordinance made its way back onto the city of Glencoe’s Planning and Industrial Commission’s meeting agenda and, for now, it’s not going anywhere. The commission was split on the decision 2-2, with Chair Wes Olson and Secretary Lynn Exsted voting no and David Stark and Bob Senst voting in favor of the variance — Kevin Dietz was absent, but reported on his thoughts of the variance to Olson, though he wasn’t able to weigh in on the vote.

MNA delegation heads to D.C. seeking tariff relief

Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA) members were in Washington, D.C., last week urging lawmakers to intervene in a recent U.S. Department of Commerce decision they believe poses a serious threat to the future of not only newspapers across the state and nation, but to freedom of the press itself.

Issues continue at the Villager Apartments in Silver Lake

t is not a rare sight to see the law enforcement vehicles in front of the Villager Apartments on Grove Street in Silver Lake. According to Police Chief RJ Cripps, the apartment building has averaged 207 police calls per year, a total of 1,036, over the last five years and the number seems to be increasing.
The City Council learned that the owner is still working on bringing the facility up to compliance in order to obtain the certificate of occupancy, which should have been issued in January. City officials have been unable to communicate with the owner.