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Archive - Jun 2018


June 13th

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.

County Board approves additional expenditure for fairgrounds pavilion

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners approved spending up to $10,000 for additional administrative services for its new pavilion at the McLeod County Fairgrounds at its June 5 meeting.
The board also approved a bid of $155,243 from RAM Buildings, Inc., of Winsted, to expand the show arena at the fairgrounds.

Quiet county election shaping up

Only one race has developed in offices specific to McLeod County — in Soil and Water Conservation District 2, Roger V. Schultz and Gary Templin, both of Glencoe, have filed.
There are no races in the other offices up for election in November. Incumbents Doug Krueger, District 2 commissioner, and Joe Nagel, District 5 commissioner, are both running unopposed. Michael Junge is seeking another term as the county attorney, and Scott Rehmann is running again for sheriff.

County Roads 15, 3 projects begin Monday

Road reconstruction projects on County Road 15 (Falcon Avenue) between County Road 22 and State Highway 7, and two segments of County Road 3 (120th and 122nd Streets) between County Road 1 and Carver County are scheduled to begin Monday, June 18.
Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye was awarded the $11.96 million project, which is funded with state aid and county money.
The roads will be closed to through traffic; there will be no posted detours in place. Motorists are advised to use County Roads 1 and 2 as an alternative to County Road 15 and Highway 212 in lieu of County Road 3.

County begins spraying for noxious weeds

McLeod County has begun spraying for noxious weeds and brush along county roads. The majority of the weeds are thistle and wild parsnip.
Road ditch mowing will begin in a few weeks near intersections and areas where tall vegetation may cause reduced sight lines for motorists. The county also will start making a top cut adjacent to the shoulder on all county roads toward the end of June.

Brownton City Council approves bond issues for project funding

The Brownton City Council approved three resolutions at its June 5 meeting to provide financing for its street and utility improvement project.
Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Associates, the city’s financial consultant, presented three different bonds for approval: one temporary bond to finance the project until United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development financing kicks in, one for street work that does not qualify for USDA financing, and a third for utility improvements not funded by USDA.

Carol A. Picha, 79, of Glencoe

Carol A. Picha, 79, of Glencoe, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at her home.
Memorial services were held Saturday, June 9, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hutchinson with Walter Patino officiating. Paige Olson was the organist. Sarah Ostvig and Jo House performed a duet. Congregational hymns were “Nearer, My God, to Thee” and “Oh, My Father.”
A private family burial was held in the Ralph Picha Family Cemetery Association in rural Glencoe.