September 9th, 2015

Father-son bonding on trip in ’65 pickup

It was a debate over which vehicle to use when we drove to Iowa for another funeral recently.
It was going to be 90 degrees with high humidity.
I preferred our air conditioned Buick; my son preferred his 1965 Chevy pickup truck. It has no air conditioning other than two windows, two wing vents and hand-operated floor vents.
While I thought it was a no brainer, my son looked at me and said, “You just don’t understand.”
He’s right. I don’t.

What’s with the stakes in the cemetery?

Visitors to the Glencoe City Cemetery and First Lutheran Church Cemetery may have noticed stakes set up around the perimeter of the open grass area in the middle of the property.
The stakes are being used in a survey of the area for a potential storm water pond project, not to outline upcoming construction.
City Administrator Mark Larson explained the process is to determine if creating a storm water pond in that area will work and, if so, how.
The pond is a potential piece of the Armstrong Avenue project, the city’s 2016 public improvement project.

County pushes to get tuck pointing done before winter

Tuck pointing of McLeod County’s health and human services building on Ford Avenue in Glencoe will hopefully be done this fall.
Scott Grivna, the county’s building maintenance supervisor, updated the County Board on the project at its Tuesday morning meeting.
At its Sept. 1 meeting, Grivna had told the County Board that the contractor, Acme, had pushed to have the project delayed until next spring. However, Grivna said, the project needed to be done as soon as possible before other work could be done.

Two seriously injured in accident Sunday

Two people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident southeast of Brownton on Oday Avenue, near 75th Street, on Sunday afternoon. The accident was reported at 12:53 p.m.
According to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, the injured drivers were Christopher Glen Bardwell, 31, of Hutchinson, and Kimberly Sue Johnson, 38, of Granite Falls.
Bardwell was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, and Johnson was driving a 2000 Dodge Durango that was towing a small moving trailer.

County Board tables health insurance premium request

At its Tuesday, Sept. 1, meeting, the McLeod County Board of Commissioners tabled a proposal to allow employees to voluntarily sign up for the 2016 Ridgeview Community Network.
According to County Administrator Pat Melvin, employees who volunteered for the program — in which they would get their health care at Ridgeview clinics — would get a 5 percent discount on their health insurance premium.
Melvin said Ridgeview’s clinics are primarily in Sibley County, with one clinic in Winsted.

Professional Insurance Providers to lace up sneakers for Alzheimer’s

Professional Insurance Providers of Glencoe will be lacing up their sneakers for a good cause this month. Staff and family members from the company have created a team to participate in the Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimers on Sept. 26.
The Twin Cities walk, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, is one of several in the state. Participants can chose a one-mile or three-mile route through downtown Minneapolis.

State champions!

Victory celebration

Panthers storm to 3-0 record

Brownton City Council proposes 10 percent levy incease for 2016

The Brownton City Council  is proposing a 10 percent levy increase for 2016, following a discussion of its preliminary budget at its Sept. 1 meeting.
City Clerk Ella Kruse told the City Council that it would need to levy $391,977 in 2016 to cover its general fund expenses and bond payments, up slightly from the $387,917 levy set for 2015.