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July 17th, 2019

Glencoe resident ‘loves life’ – Centenarian will be celebrating big day

She doesn’t feel like someone about to turn 100 years old figures they’ll feel like. Marie Hebeisen has plenty of pep in her step and an approach that says she won’t slow down anytime soon.
“I just love life,” she said.
Marie Hebeisen – pronounced hay-bison – Sunday with her daughter joins a list of local and area centenarians. She’ll celebrate her 100th birthday with family, friends and neighbors at Orchard Estates Sunday, July 21, 2 to 5 p.m.

(For the complete story, see the July 17 print edition of The Chronicle.)

Glencoe City Council OKs bid for street seal coating this summer

Pleased the low bid was about $30,000 below the engineer’s estimate, the Glencoe City Council members were willing to overlook the notion only one company offered a bid at the city’s seal-coating project.
On Monday, July 15, the council selected Pearson Bros. Inc. of Hanover to perform the seal coating work. Its bid was $223,226.75. The engineer’s estimate for the work was $254,095.20.
With an eye on protecting its previous investment in streets, the city is focusing the seal coating project at streets it has worked on during the past five years.

Common Cup school supply drive underway

Common Cup Ministry is collecting school supplies for children in need for the 2019-20 school year.
Last year, approximately 500 children in McLeod County applied for, and received supplies and a backpack. Common Cup relies on individuals like you to donate the needed supplies or dollars to make this possible. Organizations, church groups, clubs, families, and individuals are encouraged to donate. Supply lists are available online at commoncupmn@gmail.com or at the Common Cup Thrift Store in Glencoe.

(For the complete story, see the July 17 print edition of The Chronicle.)

Brownton Days, reunion July 26-28

Brownton is hosting its community festival, “Brownton Days,” July 26-28 and holding an all-school reunion in conjunction with the festival.
The festival and activities will be based at and around City Park. A wide array of events includes bouncy houses, brats & vendor expo, a sand volleyball tournament, dunk tank, fire department fire simulator and truck spray, pony rides, a 5K walk/run Saturday morning, a car show from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, and a pet parade Saturday at 2 p.m.

(For the complete story, see the July 17 print edition of The Chronicle.)

Ypma, retiring after 45 years, garnished friends, relationships

Worthington native Andy Ypma, 67, came to McLeod County in 1974 “knowing no one, but I’m leaving with a wealth of relationships and friends.”
Ypma retired July 9 as a probation officer after 45 years on the job – all in McLeod County.
“I loved working here,” Ypma said. “I’m grateful that I only made the front page once (for an award). I avoided the press. I didn’t want to be the focal point of attention.”
Rather, he said he wanted offenders he worked with “to live life to the max and be the man or woman they were meant to be. I always wanted to be a boots-on-the-ground guy.”

Erickson is county’s first HHS director

One of McLeod County’s newest employees, Julie Erickson, last week completed her first week of official duties in a position that’s new for her and the county: health and human services director.
The county recently merged the social services director, formerly held by Gary Sprynczynatyk, with the public health director, previously held by Jennifer Hauser, into one position.

County adds more cash to health insurance pool

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners approved its second cash infusion of the year on Tuesday, July 16 to the McLeod-Sibley-Trailblazer Joint Health Insurance pool to help cover a $300,000 shortfall. McLeod County’s portion is $158,790.
Funding has already accumulated in the county's health insurance liability fund to cover the costs of the shortfall. Colleen Robeck, from the county’s administration office, said the liability fund has diminished to zero and will be replenished through employee premiums as opposed to levying for additional dollars.

Klucas retires from Stewart Fire Department and EMR after 36 years

After 36 years as an emergency medical responder and 32 on Stewart’s fire department, Kevin Klucas submitted his resignations for both to the Stewart City Council, closing a career saturated with dedication and knowledge. He also voted for the resignations as a Stewart City Councilman.

SL looks at new business incentives, receives update on The Villager

The Silver Lake City Council reviewed a policy intended to help the city provide incentives to businesses interested in moving to or expanding in Silver Lake at its meeting Monday night, July 15.
To offer more than $25,000 in subsidies, the city must adopt a policy, according to state statute outlining the criteria and guidelines for approval.
Criteria listed in the reviewed policy include a but-for test showing a project would likely not move forward without the subsidy.

(For the complete story, see the July 17 print edition of The Chronicle.)

An important message for upcoming blood drive

To the editor,
The second Glencoe Community Blood Drive of 2019 is scheduled in one week, Wednesday, July 24, at the Glencoe City Center ballroom from 1 to 7 p.m.
You will recall that the first 2019 blood drive on April 10 was cancelled because of worsening winter storm conditions that day, and we lost the opportunity to collect all those scheduled blood donations.
This notice will be short and to the point: