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Archive - 2018

April 18th

Junge: Crime up ‘dramatically’ in McLeod County

Crime is up in McLeod County, particularly in regard to drug-related crimes and child protection issues, the McLeod County Board heard at its Tuesday morning meeting.
McLeod County Attorney Mike Junge presented his 2017 report to the county board.
“Criminal activity is not decreasing; in fact, it is increasing dramatically,” said Junge. The attorney’s office charged 508 felony or gross misdemeanor crimes in 2017, up by nearly 200 over the 2016 total of 323, and 711 misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor charges, up from 506 in 2016.

GSL Knowledge Bowl captures another state championship trophy

It may have been Friday the 13th with a major blizzard on the way, but that didn’t stop the Glencoe-Silver Lake Knowledge Bowl program from adding another state championship trophy to its collection.
The team had qualified for the State meet on March 17.
“It’s hard to keep practicing when there is a month between the regional and state meet,” said Coach Vicky Harris. All GSL’s team members are involved in spring activities, including baseball and the spring play.

Council awards storm project bid, discusses transportation study

Glencoe City Council members had a busy agenda on Monday night. First, the council awarded a competitive bid to R&R Excavating of Hutchinson to get to work on Glencoe’s storm sewer problem. The $5.29 million proposal was the lowest of six offered bids for the central storm project. Additionally, the council held a public hearing on the Hennepin Avenue project assessment, which gave the public an opportunity to have a voice about their assessment. The council adopted the special assessment resolution.

Havelka purchases HP Insurance

HP Insurance in Brownton has a new owner/agent as of April 1 — Brownton native Becky (Bipes) Havelka purchased the agency from long-time owner Bob Kreie.
Kreie intends to assist Havelka during a transitional period, as does his assistant, Karla Wosmek. Mackenzie Hopkins, Havelka’s daughter, is her new assistant.
Havelka is no stranger to the insurance business, although it was not where her original career path started.

SL Council hears space study results

Paul Ragozzino of Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., presented the Silver Lake City Council with the results of a space needs study of the city buildings at the council’s Monday night meeting.
The council had ordered the study last year to find out what space was needed to house the city’s departments. The study looked at the city hall/police department, public works, the fire station and city auditorium.
The study found that to properly house these departments, 31,597 square feet was needed. The city facilities currently occupy 13,700 square feet.

Planning commission discusses TIF district for proposed housing

At the Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission meeting at the Glencoe City Center on Thursday, April 12, Assistant City Administrator Dan Ehrke pushed a resolution to set up a tax increment financing (TIF) district for the Panther Heights apartment project. Additionally, a civil engineer at Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., Randy Jenniges, presented modern trends in land development and suggested Glencoe keep up with contemporary changes to attract new home buyers.

Mystery author visits Glencoe

Residents of Glencoe had the opportunity to hear Minnesota-native mystery writer David Housewright speak at the ballroom in the Glencoe City Center on Tuesday, April 10, in celebration of National Library Week. In the Minnesota-native mystery/crime writing niche, this event was the mecca for literature enthusiasts in the area.

GSL spring play, ‘110 Stories,’ to be presented April 26-29

The Glencoe-Silver Lake High School spring play, “110 Stories,” will be presented April 26-29 at the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Auditorium. The production, by Sarah Tuft, is a drama based on real life accounts.

MCPA hosts 83rd annual meeting

The members of McLeod Cooperative Power Association (MCPA) gathered for the 83rd annual meeting of the cooperative on Tuesday, April 10, at the Hutchinson Event Center. About 360 members and guests attended the meeting and were served lunch.
Three directors were elected for a three-year term each: Doug Kirtz of Hector, Allan Duesterhoeft of Hutchinson, and Gary Burdorf of Arlington were re-elected to serve Districts, 4, 5 and 6, respectively.

Stewart woman injured in one-vehicle rollover

Kathleen Michelle Trevino, 33, of Stewart, was taken by ambulance to the Glencoe Regional Health Services Hospital after a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 212 near Ulm Avenue, west of Brownton, Monday at about 9 a.m. Her injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Trevino was driving a 2000 Nissan Xterra eastbound on Highway 212 when the vehicle hit a patch of ice, entered the ditch and rolled over.
The state patrol reports that Trevino was not wearing a seat belt, and alcohol was not a factor in the accident.