March 25th, 2015

3 GSL Knowledge Bowl teams advance to state

There were 18 teams from 10 schools at the Regional Knowledge Bowl meet in Willmar Friday, March 20. The schools included Canby, Hutchinson, Lac qui Parle Valley, Lester Prairie, Montevideo, New London-Spicer, Ortonville, Willmar, Yellow Medicine East, and of course, Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL). Many schools brought one team, Willmar had three, Hutchinson and Montevideo had two each, but GSL was the only school which had earned the right to bring five teams to the meet.  

Tim Orth Jamboree is Saturday

The 17th-annual Tim Orth Memorial Foundation “Jam the Gym” fundraising event will be held this Saturday at the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School gymnasium. Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation’s mission to assist children in west central Minnesota who face substantial medical expenses incurred as a result of a serious accident or illness.

City of Glencoe moves forward with Lincoln Park street, utility improvements

First-year Glencoe City Council Member Allen Robeck was at least consistent Monday night. He was on the short end of eight 4-1 votes, half of them dealing with the nearly $7 million street improvement project in the Lincoln Park area.

14 GSL BPA members qualify for national convention in May

Fourteen members of the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Business and Professional Association (BPA) qualified for national competition at the state convention March 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis. Another 13 were recognized onstage at the state BPA convention as alternates.
Qualifying to compete at the national contest were:
• Michael Boesche, first place, advanced word processing; and fourth place, advanced office systems;
• Jacob Wawrzyniak, first place, computer network technology;

City of Glencoe to develop plans, specs for parallel airport runway; vote is 4-1

On a 4-1 vote, the Glencoe City Council approved plans and specifications for the construction of an airport parallel taxiway at Vernon Perschau Memorial Airport. Council Member Allen Robeck voted no.
There is a hitch to the plans, however. The city needs to acquire four small parcels of property from four different landowners, including a key half-acre of land owned by Robert Boltmann. None of the landowners, however, have responded to the city’s requests.

City, township officials to meet to discuss county trail committee

The next step to establish a McLeod County trails advisory committee will be at a meeting of people representing all the cities and townships in the county set for Tuesday, April 7, at 1 p.m., at the county courthouse in Glencoe.
The meeting was requested by County Parks Director Al Koglin at the March 17 Board of Commissioners meeting in order to determine the structure of the committee, which will work with the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission to establish a county trails plan.

Lindeman honored for 54 years of township service

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners opened the March 17 meeting with recognition of Lester Lindeman, who will be retiring from the Penn Township Board of Supervisors after 54 years of service.
Paul Wright, county board chair who presented the certificate of appreciation, said Lindeman was first elected to the board in March 1961, most of the time serving as board chair.
Wright added how it is pretty unique to have half a century of public service. Lindeman said it did not seem that long.

Transportation commissioner visits Glencoe

It isn’t often a state commissioner drops by Glencoe, but one did Tuesday, March 17, for an impromptu visit to gather local input about the state’s transportation needs. The state Legislature is currently looking at increased funding for transportation, but the issue is how much and where will it be spent.

Financing in place for Trailblazer facility in Buffalo, Wright County

After a series of fits and starts, financing seems to be secured for the new Trailblazer Transit facility in Buffalo.
The Trailblazer Joint Powers Board heard Thursday morning that the city of Buffalo will now assume the responsibility of issuing bonds to build the facility, which it will rent to Trailblazer with a lease-to-own contract.
Trailblazer Executive Director Gary Ludwig said the original plan was to have the Buffalo Housing Authority (BHA) borrow the money for the building and then lease it to Trailblazer, using rent income to pay back the loan.

Trailblazer struggling to find drivers

Trailblazer Transit is struggling to find drivers for its expanded service, its joint powers board heard Thursday morning.
Executive Director Gary Ludwig said the system has a total of about 10 part-time and full-time slots to fill.
“There are concerns about salary,” said Ludwig. “We were concerned about that coming into this (expanding into Wright County).”
Ludwig said Trailblazer bus drivers start at about $16 an hour.