November 26th, 2014

GSL Board eyes May building referendum

In a two-hour workshop session Monday night, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board agreed “something needs to be done” about the recurring maintenance issues at Helen Baker Elementary School and the space issues at the high school, and decided to pose the questions for the public next May in another building referendum election.
At its regular board meeting two weeks ago, the Board heard there have been heating issues at Helen Baker, and discussed how much more time and money should be spent on the facility.

E-cig talks tabled again by county

The McLeod County Board, meeting Nov. 17, yet again tabled a decision on adopting amendments to its tobacco ordinance and postponed the vote to its Dec. 2 meeting.
Public Health Director Kathy Nowak and Jean Johnson, public health educator, presented a revised proposal of the ordinance for board members that included language more closely aligned with that in the state tobacco ordinance regarding e-cigarettes, and changes in wording, such as “smoke-free” to “tobacco-free.”

Chamber honors volunteers at luncheon

The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce honored two volunteers and elected three new board members at its annual meeting and luncheon Thursday, Nov. 20.
Kelly Rach, this year’s Chamber vice president and next year’s president, received the Chamber’s Community Volunteer Award, primarily for her church work. She also is very active in the Chamber, including serving on the Board of Directors and with the Ambassadors and event organizer committee.
Rach is a financial advisor with Russ Runck & Associates.

County Planning Commission tables meat processing CUP

The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission is inviting a representative from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to its next meeting.
The commission is hoping to get greater input on a conditional use permit (CUP) application from Mohamed Gaabane, who wants to raise and butcher goats as a home occupation on a farm site in Hale Township, north of Silver Lake in the area of Ideal Avenue and 225th Street.
The commission considered the application at a public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

New ECFE director, educator finds position a good fit for her

Alicia Beste, 38, is the new director and parent educator in the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Early Childhood Family Education program, replacing Jan Mackenthun, previous ECFE director, and Mary Jo Schimelpfenig, previous parent educator, who both retired last June.
“For the last eight years, I’ve stayed at home, caring for my four children, and working part time at the library. I’ve come to ECFE events before with my children, so when the opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t pass it up,” Beste said.

Chamber of Commerce awards

Operation Minnesota Nice

Economart demolition

Blood drive

November 19th

SL Council approves to vacate alley on 4-1 vote

The Silver Lake City Council finally made a decision Monday night to vacate the alley located between Nome and Oliver avenues north of Center Street.
This was the third public hearing since the city received a petition to vacate the alley from Ryan and Kari Kaczmarek in August, who own property adjacent to the alley and who plan to build an addition onto their house.