November 4th, 2015

Panthers felled by Belle Plaine

Storm water ponds out of picture altogether

A mere two weeks ago, the Glencoe City Council appeased concerns regarding its proposed storm water pond in the city cemetery, posed as part of the Armstrong Avenue improvement project, by taking that option out of the equation.
Proposed, instead were several other sites, all with potential issues to be resolved: some weren’t on city-owned land, others would require extensive excavation.
Rising to the challenge, the city and its engineering consultant, SEH, came up with another option: an underground pipe to divert the storm water into the existing system.

Pedestrians: an endangered species

There are times I feel like I should be on the endangered species list.
The near-misses I have avoided as I stroll around the community have forced me to think more about my own mortality. Am I going to end up as someone’s hood ornament or as a chalk drawing on the street?
The main issue faced by walkers is inattentive driving. And it is not just those on cell phones or those who are multi-tasking while behind the wheel. That’s bad enough.

Glencoe Community Blood Drive set for Nov. 18

To the Editor:
The final Glencoe Community Blood Drive for 2015 will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18,  from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Glencoe Community Center Ballroom.
The American Red Cross has set our goal for this drive at 131 units. Please consider helping us meet that goal.

UWMC kicks off new campaign

By Paul Thompson
Executive Director
The United Way of McLeod County (UWMC) recently kicked off its 54th-annual campaign to raise funds for its 40 partner agencies and programs and its own Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Activities Scholarship Program. The need for the programs and services that our partner agencies provide remain at a high level.

Remember, honor veterans on Nov. 11

To the Editor:
Veterans Day, honoring the dead by helping the living, is fulfilled every day by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) members throughout the nation.
The VFW hopes that through its members’ actions, all U.S. citizens will take time to ponder how veterans have contributed to the nation. When one looks at rows of white crosses in a military cemetery, it is obvious.
The nation is full of veterans who are still with us. They continue to actively serve the country they loved.
Remember them on Nov. 11.
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Large fertilizer plant planned near Brownton

United Farmers Cooperative (UFC), headquartered in Winthrop, is planning to build a large fertilizer plant near its grain-handling facility just northwest of Brownton.
Part of that project will include a potential merger with the Brownton Co-op Ag Center, which has a fertilizer facility just to the south of the proposed site.
Jeff Nielsen, general manager of UFC, and others appeared before the McLeod County Planning Commission Wednesday morning, Oct. 28, for a public hearing on a proposed conditional use permit (CUP) for the project.

A new plan: piping to replace storm water pond option

After nixing a plan to install a storm water pond in the Glencoe City Cemetery, the Glencoe City Council is now looking to remove the storm water pond altogether from the Armstrong Avenue project.
The Armstrong Avenue project will replace sewer lines, water mains and storm sewers along Armstrong Avenue from Seventh Street to 13th Street, Seventh Street from Armstrong Avenue to Chandler Avenue, Baxter Avenue from Seventh Street to Fifth Street and one block of 12th Street.

Veterans Day program Nov. 11 at high school

A Hutchinson man was killed and a Hutchinson Police officer was shot in the ankle late Sunday afternoon in Hutchinson.
The slain man has been identified as 49-year-old Luverne Roy Christensen. The police officer had not been identified as of Tuesday morning.
Police Chief Dan Hatten said in a news conference Sunday evening that officers were called to a residence in the 500 block of Harmony Lane about 4:15 p.m. for what was termed a verbal disturbance.

City council hears brine re-use, wellhead protection updates

The Glencoe City Council heard  two presentations from Short Elliot Hendrickson engineer Karen Cavett concerning the city’s water at the regular meeting Monday night.
Brine re-use
The first presentation was on the potential brine re-use project. The city first started looking into this project a year ago as a way to get the chlorides out of the water going to the wastewater treatment plant in order to meet the requirements for a new permit with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).