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September 19th, 2017

SNAP is a critical program for families in crisis

To the Editor:
Disaster can strike anywhere. Hurricane Harvey has shown us that we are all vulnerable to circumstances beyond our control, and safety net programs like SNAP (formerly food stamps) can help families through a crisis.

Chamber seeks donations for holiday decorations

To the Editor:
Our Christmas/winter holiday decorations and our blue banners, both of which adorn the light poles along our city streets, have become well worn. The Tourism Committee of the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce has determined that replacing these items is our focus for this year.

GSL student earns State Fair grand champion for projects

Cassie Perschau, a senior at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School (GSL), received a grand champion award at the Minnesota State Fair for two woodworking projects that were completed at a GSL woodworking class taught by Michael Sundblad.
Perschau has taken two woodworking classes and was inspired to start woodworking by her older brother, who also took woodworking classes. “It sounded interesting and I live on a farm, so it’s always been around me. I thought it would fun,” said Perschau.

City planners turn down preliminary plat proposal

The Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission voted to deny a preliminary plat for 10 lots in Glenview Estates, located south of First Street E and east of Hennepin Avenue, at its Thursday night meeting.
A public hearing on the preliminary plat drew a room full of neighboring property owners, who protested the plan mostly because of potential drainage and lot sizes, but also because they didn’t feel that the proposal was in keeping with the current character of Glenview Estates.

New dentist joins staff of Contemporary Dental

Dr. Chris Ibberson has joined Contemporary Dental in Glencoe.

Workshop provides indepth look at city’s budget, financial needs

City of Glencoe Finance Director Todd Trippel briefly presented the preliminary levy proposed for 2018 at the city council’s finance workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Jon VanDamme hired as municipal liquor store manager

The Glencoe City Council approved the administration’s recommendation to hire Jon VanDamme as manager for the Glencoe Municipal Liquor Store.
The city received seven applications after choosing to re-advertise the position as “liquor store manager” instead of “assistant liquor store manager.” City Administrator Mark Larson, Assistant City Administrator Dan Ehrke and City Finance Director Todd Trippel interviewed three of the seven applicants.

Diamond Avenue railroad crossing to close next spring

The railroad crossing on Diamond Avenue, just east of Glencoe, will be closed to vehicle traffic next spring.
On Tuesday, the McLeod County Board approved a resolution that will allow the crossing to be closed. The state will compensate the county $137,048 to close the crossing, which Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst said could be diverted toward the Morningside Avenue extension in the city of Glencoe, which will create a new railroad crossing northeast of Coborn’s.

City Council denies preliminary plat

The Glencoe City Council approved the Planning and Industrial Commission’s recommendation to deny a preliminary plat for 10 lots in Glenview Estates with a 3-2 vote at its Monday night meeting.
Many neighboring property owners attended the meeting. Mayor Randy Wilson acknowledged the concerns that were brought up at the public hearing on Thursday, Sept. 14, including the small lot size, the number of cars that would be parked in the neighborhood and the the fact the houses would not match the character of the existing homes.

Cross-country teams place third and sixth at NYA Invite

The Glencoe-Silver Lake cross-country running teams returned to a familiar course at Baylor Regional Park for the Norwood Young America Lions Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Both the Panther squads finished high in their respective five-kilometer runs, with the GSL girls taking third out of 13 teams and the boys placing sixth out of 18 clubs.
Maddie Lemke led the Panther girls by placing 17th in the girls’ race with a time of 21 minutes, 44.6 seconds.
Malayh Metcalf took 18th in a time of 21.51.1, with Ellie Schmidt close behind in 21st with a run of 21:56.8.