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February 27th, 2019

City council tables decision on new utilities metering

A week after the Glencoe City Council directed staff to place a proposal on a new utility metering system on the agenda for approval, the issue was tabled for additional discussion and budget cuts while awaiting a decision on the system from the board overseeing the city’s electric utility.

Glencoe, townships welcome new fire truck to service

The newest tool the Glencoe Fire Department uses to serve the city and townships it serves is in service.
The new rescue truck arrived last month. At last Thursday’s annual fire department meeting with city and township representatives, officers from the eight townships – Hassan Valley, Rich Valley, Glencoe, Bergen, Sumter, Green Isle, New Auburn, and Helen – and the city took a good look at the new equipment at the fire hall.

Donnis Beneke, 80, of Arlington

Donnis Beneke, 80, of Arlington and formerly of Glencoe, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, at Golden Hearts Senior Living Center in Arlington.
A memorial service will be held at noon, Saturday, March 2, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Arlington. A gathering of family and friends will be two hours prior to service time at the church. Interment will be in the Glencoe City Cemetery. Kolden Funeral Home of Arlington is handling the arrangements.

Lorin Cacka, 68, of Silver Lake

Lorin Cacka, 68, of Silver Lake, passed away Feb. 18 surrounded by his family.
Lorin was born April 18, 1950, to Frank and Praxess (Pokornowski) Cacka. Mr. Cacka was raised in Silver Lake. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Church and graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1968. He married LaVonne Tupa at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Aug. 9, 1969. They lived at the Cacka family farm where they raised their four children, Mark, Ann, Carol, and Paul.

Randy Revier, 67, of Glencoe

Randy Revier, 67, of Glencoe, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, at her home in Glencoe.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Randy Kay Revier was born Aug. 19, 1951, in New Ulm. She was the daughter of Lowell and Mary Lee (Duehn) Nelson. Randy was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth. She received her education in Waseca.
Randy was united in marriage to David Revier in May of 1999. During her life, she lived in Waseca, New Ulm, Brownton, Owasso, Oklahoma, and Glencoe. She was a supervisor at Medallion Cabinetry.

Donald Ranzau, 79, of Hutchinson

Donald Louis Ranzau, 79 of Hutchinson, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19.
He was born July 23, 1939, in Litchfield, the son of Louis and Evangeline (Rannow) Ranzau. Mr. Ranzau was raised in Biscay and was a 1957 graduate of Glencoe High School. He was a proud Navy veteran and was at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Donald Ranzau and Beatrice Urban were united in Holy Matrimony April 11, 1961, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake. They were blessed with three children and raised them in the house Mr. Ranzau built.

Mavis Martens, 87, of Oklahoma

Mavis (Birkholz) Martens, 87, died suddenly in Oklahoma Jan. 27.
Mrs. Martens is survived by her sister, Delores Gustafson (Hatlestad) of Northfield; children, Kirk (Debbie) Utah, Patti (Ricky), Peg, and Tom, all of Oklahoma; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Will Martens, USAF; sister, Loretta Hochsprung; parents, Emil and Margaret Birkholz of Brownton.
Services were previously held.

Transparency? Our view – Meetings should be open for all

City elected officials typically love to profess their belief in transparency, the idea that government and the decisions elected council members and commissioners make is conducted in the bright light of day for all to see and learn from. It is, after all, a basic concept, an easy one to support. Ask your county commissioner or city councilor about closed door meetings and they’ll look you in the eye and sincerely state they have nothing to hide.

A simple solution apparently too complicated

I thought it was a simple solution for a simple problem. Make a narrow path in the deep snow on Knight Avenue, south of the railroad tracks, so people can more easily walk to the City Center/library on 12th Street.
It was a simple request, but negative reaction from city staff was swift.
First the problem: Anyone living north of the railroad tracks between Hennepin Avenue east to Pryor Avenue now has just one direct route open if you plan to walk to the City Center/library.

February 25th

Postseason begins for girls’ hoops

A pair of losses against the Wright County Conference West co-champions last week brought the Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ basketball team’s regular season to an end.
The Panthers wrapped up their pre-playoff schedule with a 13-12 overall record, 6-8 in conference play.
Guard Miah Monahan led all scorers with 27 points and broke the 1,000-point plateau as GSL fell 78-58 to visiting New London-Spicer on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Olivia Lemke posted 18 points, with backcourt mate Alison Kettner chipping in nine points.