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Archive - Aug 2018


August 29th

Charles ‘Chuck’ Jahnke, 62, of Alexandria

Charles “Chuck” Kenneth Jahnke, 62, of Alexandria, Minn., formerly of Hutchinson and Glencoe, passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud surrounded by family. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Aug. 24, 3 p.m., at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe with interment following at First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Glencoe.

Glencoe police chief pitches body cameras to city council

Glencoe Police Chief Jim Raiter brought a list of proposed investments to Monday afternoon’s city council workshop. None was more important than a request the city council approve funding for the department’s 11 officers to begin wearing body cameras next year.
“I’ve put a lot of thought into this,” the chief told the council. “The public expects and demands transparency.”

Mueller new Chronicle Editor

The McLeod County Chronicle has added John Mueller to its editorial team.
Mueller started as the Chronicle's Editor on Aug. 8.
His main beats will be the Glencoe City Council and Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board.
Mueller brings over 30 years of reporting experience to the Chronicle. His resume includes 11 years at the Belle Plaine Herald and 19 years with Southwest Suburban working as a news and sports reporter and photographer at several of the company’s weekly publications in Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake, Eden Prairie and Chaska.

Suicide awareness, prevention event Sept. 16 at county fairgrounds

The Second Annual “We Walk for Life” suicide awareness and prevention benefit is slated for Sunday, Sept. 16 at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
The event begins at 11 a.m. with check-in and runs until 4 p.m. The opening ceremony is set for 12:30 p.m. with an untimed lap/walk event beginning at 1 p.m. A balloon release and silent auction will follow. Other activities include music by “Chopper, the world’s nuttiest DJ,” face painting, wacky hair, inflatables, temporary tattoos, a resource fair and reflection time for family members and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Highway 7 Resurfacing project begins today

A resurfacing project on Highway 7 near Silver Lake was scheduled to begin today, Wednesday, Aug. 29. Paving will occur on Highway 7 from just east of Silver Lake to the junction of Highway 25.
The road will be reduced to one lane and a pilot car will be directing traffic. Motorists should anticipate delays.
Benefits of the project include a smoother road surface and extending the life of the pavement. The project is estimated to cost $3.1 million and to be complete by Oct. 12. Central Specialties is the contractor.

Stewart reviews gambling ordinance, asks state to address Highway 212

The Stewart City Council, in a special meeting on Aug. 27, approved posting an employment opening for the public works supervisor position, discussed gambling ordinance changes for the Wildlife Habitat Conservation Society of McLeod County, made a resolution to repair tiling on private property owned by the Wiechmans, and decided to send a formal letter to the state about water overflow on a Highway 212.
The council accepted a resignation from Public Works Supervisor Matthew Maiers, and approved the posting of an employment opening for the position.

South Central Minnesota Flyers host annual fly-in Saturday at Perschau Field

Glencoe Chapter 92 of the Experimental Aircraft Association – the South Central Minnesota Flyers – is hosting its annual fly-in, sweet corn and bratwurst feed Saturday, Sept. 1, at Vernon Perschau Field, Glencoe’s municipal airport.
The event is an up-close opportunity for people interested in aviation to see colorful, exotic, experimental, military and working-type aircraft. There will also be a chance to talk with pilots and owners of the aircraft. Many of the aircraft were built from kits or plans.

City planning commission will hear Kwik Trip proposal tomorrow

A proposal for a Kwik Trip convenience store will make its next stop tomorrow evening, Aug. 30, at a Glencoe Planning Commission meeting.
The commission will conduct a public hearing on the proposal at 7 p.m. The public hearing is the only item on the commission's agenda.

Glencoe man pleads guilty to assaulting baby in his care

A Glencoe man recently decided to plead guilty to assaulting an infant rather than face a trial. Now, he awaits sentencing in McLeod County District Court.
Timothy Daniel Miller pleaded guilty Aug. 15 to first-degree assault with great bodily harm of a 5½-month old child in his care in January. A trial was scheduled to begin the following day and Assistant McLeod County Attorney Dan Provencher had refused to offer Miller, 24, any kind of deal to plead guilty to a lesser charge.
“We were ready for trial,” Provencher said.

Stensvad’s ready for 40th first day

Roxanne Stensvad knows the anticipation of the first day of a new school year. She's had plenty of practice managing the anticipation preceding the arrival of students for another school year.