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September 26th, 2018

Dale Anthony Smith, 55, of Hamburg

Dale Anthony Smith, 55, of Hamburg passed away Monday, Sept. 10. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m., at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, with interment at a later date.
Rev. Anthony Stubeda officiated the ceremony.
Denise Lueders, Theresa Kuester, Patti Bulau, Paige Kosek, and Sue Mielke were the musicians. “ Here I Am Lord,” “ Hosea,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Fly Like a Bird,” “Hail Mary, Gentle Women,” and “ Be Not Afraid” were the musical selections.
Wyatt Smith and Austin Smith were the urn-bearers.

Now comes the tough part for the city council

Congratulations to the Glencoe City Council. Councilors completed the easy part of the 2019 budget process last Monday, Sept. 17. Now comes the challenge, approving an operating budget complementing next year’s property tax levy.
City staff deserves credit for presenting the council with a preliminary 6.8 percent proposed levy increase intended to add little or no new property tax liability to existing property. This is the result of increasing value of property in the city of Glencoe. Increasing value, especially if you’re a seller, is a good thing.

Is county’s decision on Jungclaus building déjà vu all over again?

Ever feel like you’ve been down a road before, and it’s the wrong road?
Well, the McLeod County commissioners are doing just that with their hasty decision to purchase the Jungclaus Implement building on Chandler Avenue and turn it into a consolidated county office building.
First, the building is not designed as an office building.
Second, it removes another piece of commercial property from Glencoe's tax rolls.

Mom enjoys BMX racing, just like her boys

When she was growing up in Waconia, Amanda Hill didn’t get too fired up about team sports.
Put her on a BMX bike with 14 hills, four corners and 1,000 feet of track to cover and Hill gets a bit more competitive. The mother of three BMX racers at the Buffalo Creek BMX Track in Glencoe enjoys seeing her sons race. They are among the top racers in their respective age classes.

TC&W Railroad crossing work will close intersection this week

Replacement of the Twin Cities and Western Railroad crossing on McLeod County Road 1 (Dairy Avenue) is scheduled to begin today, Sept. 26, and be completed by the end of the week.
The installation of the new concrete surfacing and approach work requires the road to be closed to through traffic. A detour utilizing Highway 212, McLeod County Road 72 (Diamond Avenue), and County Road 3 (120th Street) will be in place.

(For the complete story, see the Sept. 26 edition of The Chronicle.)

50 years and counting

He’ll get up tomorrow and prepare to leave his home for school, just like he has for over 9,200 school days before. For some, that may seem like a lot.
Joe Fountain isn’t like every other teacher.
Fountain is in the first quarter of his 51st year as a teacher. He started teaching in 1968, long before many of his public and private school colleagues in Glencoe were born. Citizens were protesting America’s participation in the war in Vietnam. Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated. A gallon of milk cost $1.07, a dozen eggs 53 cents and a gallon of gasoline was 34 cents.

Buffalo Creek BMX Track celebrates 10 years of racing

In 2007, Ryan Voss ran an ad in the local newspaper looking for volunteers to help build a bicycle motocross (BMX) track in Glencoe. Saturday, Sept. 22, Voss, Wade Drew and Mark Janke stopped by to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BMX track they helped build.
“We met at the old library,” Drew said, one of the two men who showed up to see what Voss's idea was all about.

Area farmers feeling impact of hefty U.S., foreign tariffs

United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny √ recently launched the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) trade mitigation package of up to $12 billion for farmers around the country. The package is intended to assist farmers amidst an unsettling trade war that continues to inch down profit margins — a quasi-irreversible, bitter reality farmers have been battling since before the Trump presidency.

County Board eyes tax hike for 2019

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners convened for a special meeting yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 25, with only one item on the agenda: “Consider approval of the 2019 Preliminary Levy.” The board finalized its preliminary levy for 2019 at $22,614,592 — an increase of 7.1 percent. The board expects to increase total expenses by about $4 million.
A 7.1 percent increase amounts to about $1. Million more than last year.

Alfred Burdorf, 95, of Arlington

Alfred Burdorf, 95, of Arlington, passed away Monday, Sept. 24, at Golden Hearts Senior Living Center in Arlington.
Funeral services will be at Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Arlington with interment in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to service time Saturday all at the church.
Kolden Funeral Home of Arlington is handling the arrangements.