April 27th, 2016

Trailblazer board hears workplace study preliminary report

Susan Herreid, a consultant with Sand Stone Group, outlined the general results of a workplace environment study commissioned by the Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board at its Thursday, April 25, meeting.
Herreid prefaced her remarks by noting that not all of the information she collected could be discussed at a public meeting because of data practice laws regarding private employee information.
Herreid said she had consulted with an attorney from the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) about what she could and could not discuss publicly.

Fogarty kids come together to help out mom

The traditional family roles have switched slightly for the Fogarty family, with the three children coming together to help take care of mom Brenda.
In 2014, Brenda Fogarty was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Though she has made it through the brunt of her treatment, Brenda is still going in for scans and, now, dealing with the bills.

County Board tables decision on employee health insurance

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners had a lengthy discussion on whether to switch employee health insurance to another provider, and ended up tabling the issue until its May 17 meeting.
County Administrator Pat Melvin brought the matter forward at the board’s April 19 meeting, saying he wanted some direction before pursuing it more thoroughly with employees.
For the past several years, McLeod County has partnered with Sibley County to provide health insurance for employees in both counties.

Trailblazer hires human resources director after contentious discussion

The Trailblazer Transit Joint Board of Commissioners has offered its human resources position to a candidate, but the decision came after a long, sometimes tense and contentious discussion over the hiring procedure.
The board met Thursday morning at the Trailblazer facility.
Trailblazer Executive Director Gary Ludwig announced that the executive committee, which consists of the board’s chair and vice chair, had made an offer to a candidate for the position, and the person was expected to start in two weeks.

Trailblazer has profitable year 2015

Trailblazer Transit had a financially sound fiscal year 2015, the joint powers board heard Thursday morning.
Executive Director Gary Ludwig reviewed the 2015 fourth-quarter report, noting that for the first time in its history, “we have excess operating revenue.”
Ludwig did note that part of the reason for the success was that Trailblazer did not run the full schedule it had expected as it launched service within Wright County.
Trailblazer had a total budget of $4.17 million for 2015, and only expended 79.9 percent of that, or $3.33 million.

Historical society hosts program on fire fighting

The fire departments of McLeod County have a history as long and varied as the cities they service. To honor this history, the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum has made the history of fire fighting in the county its theme for this year.
On Sunday, April 24, the museum hosted a panel of representatives from current fire departments from around the county for a “then and now” look at fire fighting.

GSL presents ‘Rosie the Riveter’ opens Thursday

The homefront of World War II will take the stage Thursday night with Glencoe-Silver Lake High School’s premiere of “Rosie the Riveter.”
Opening night is Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the GSL High School Auditorium will other performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday performance at 2 p.m.
Audiences will experience the story of a well-known icon from World War II, Rosie the Riveter and her “We Can Do It” slogan.

Stewart man injured in crash Saturday

Arlen Alvin Bielke, 69, of Stewart, was injured in a two-vehicle accident in the area of Yacht Avenue and 30th Street, south of Stewart, Saturday. The accident was reported at 6:06 p.m.
According to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, the involved vehicles were a 1996 Chrysler Concorde driven by Bielke and a 2000 Dodge Ram, owned by Buffalo Lake Welding and driven by Clete William Fischer, 41, also of Stewart.
Bielke was taken by ambulance to the Glencoe hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Each vehicle had over $1,000 damage.

GSL counselor hospitalized

Glencoe-Silver Lake junior high and high school counselor Sue Magnuson was hospitalized after a fall Friday, according to a districtwide email sent to parents Monday.
Magnuson suffered a fractured skull and is hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
She will not return to school the remainder of this year, according to the email.
A CaringBridge page has been set up for Magnuson, and can be accessed at

First Lutheran to conduct online child care survey

First Evangelical Lutheran Church has partnered with Perspectives Consulting Group, Inc., to conduct a child care feasibility study to determine the need for quality child care in the Glencoe area.
Because of changes in state laws regulating home day cares, First Evangelical Lutheran Church is concerned about the availability of quality child care in the Glencoe area. First Evangelical Lutheran Church currently has a successful preschool and kindergarten through eighth-grade school, and is exploring the possibility of opening a child development center.