March 4th, 2015

State is back asking for more transportation money

To the Editor:
“Minnesotans vote ‘yes’ on transportation amendment” was a headline on Nov 8, 2006. The article included, in part: “(AP) Minnesota voters locked state government into spending more money on roads and public transit, approving an amendment to the state constitution thats expected to funnel an extra $300 million a year into transportation projects.”

Long-lost love found again

Dennis “Denny” Vinar of Eden Prairie was sitting at a Republican party meeting one Saturday in October when a person at his table raised this question: “If you knew you only had 60 days to live, who would be the one person you would want to talk to?”
Vinar’s mind immediately flashed back to his teenage years in Brownton in the late 1950s, and his “first true love,” Karen Lehmann.

City Council awards bid for Lincoln Park street, utility project

The Glencoe City Council on Monday night accepted the low bid for the Lincoln Park street and utility improvement project from Duininck Brothers of Prinsburg for $5.85 million, about $40,000 under the engineer’s estimate. Six bids were received.

County Board debates how to fill public health job

After a debate about the best direction to take regarding filling the vacant McLeod County Public Health director position, the Board of Commissioners gave approval on a split 3-2 vote to recruit for the new classification of public health deputy director at the March 3 meeting.
McLeod County is still in discussion with Meeker County to share its public health director to oversee both departments.

Neighbors protest proposed sober care group home

A proposed post-treatment home for recovering substance abusers drew concerns from neighbors at a public hearing held by the McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission Wednesday morning, Feb. 25.
Todd Knapper and Kirsten Jacques are proposing to develop a farmsite into “Sober Farm,” a post-treatment residential facility, located south of Stewart on 60th Street in Round Grove Township.
The two said they will take in up to six people in an existing home to provide support as they transition from treatment to resuming their lives.

A year of the state’s ‘best beef commercial’

It’s been quite a whirlwind year for the ownership and staff of Bump’s Family Restaurant. One year ago this week, the establishment’s signature meal, the beef commercial, was proclaimed as Minnesota’s best by WCCO.
The Twin Cities media giant gave Bump’s fair warning that the honor would lead to a sharp uptick in business.
“They told us, ‘get ready,’” co-owner Mike McGuire said. “Because people are coming.”

Just desserts

FFA Barnyard

State appearances

A spirited opener