November 25th, 2015

Planners consider ordinance for solar

The Glencoe City Planning Commission discussed the addition of a solar ordinance in the city at its Thursday, Nov. 19, meeting.
Currently, Glencoe has nothing to regulate solar power. City Administrator Mark Larson said the city wants to establish regulations because there is concern that panels are not always attractive.
The city currently has two solar panel systems within the city.

Trailblazer considers ’16 budget

With its growth into Wright County, Trailblazer Transit was anticipating a $4.55 million budget for 2016. And it was anticipating that the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) would approve a budget of $4.3 million in qualifying expenses, of which it would pay 85 percent, or $3.65 million.
However, MnDOT set the operating cap for 2016 at $3.7 million, which means Trailblazer will receive $3.145 million.

Draft of trails plan presented to County Board

McLeod County’s new trails committee, established about six months ago, has a framework in place for accomplishing its goals.
Matt Johnson of the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission, who is working with the committee, presented a draft of the committee’s goals, objects and policies at the McLeod County Board of Commissioners Nov. 17 meeting.
Johnson said he was particularly appreciative of the committee’s diverse membership.

Minnesota Nice continues to brighten lives of overseas soldiers

Linda Krueger’s basement looks more like a warehouse for a department store than a family room these days.
A utility room is packed full of merchandise, while the family room resembles a shipping area. In fact, that is what it is … a space to pack up goodies to send to overseas servicemen and women.
Krueger and two of her compatriots, Colleen Benjamin and LaDonna Stuber, comprise a three-person team that has steadily been shipping items to overseas servicemen the past few months. About 50 Christmas packages were sent out Saturday.

Extra DWI patrol planned during holidays

Turkey, stuffing and unfortunately DWIs are all a part of Thanksgiving and other holiday celebrations this time of year. As people get together for the holidays, McLeod County area law enforcement will be taking drunk drivers off the road as they conduct extra DWI patrols. The extra enforcement campaign starts Nov. 25 and runs on weekends through Jan. 2.

Community Strings Christmas program set for Dec. 13

The annual Community Strings Christmas program, “A Little Peace of Christmas,” will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe on Sunday, Dec. 13. An afternoon program will be held at 3 p.m., followed by an evening performance at 7 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken to support the area food shelf and defray costs of the Community Strings program.

Woman dies in Hwy. 212 accident

Katherine Zika, 34, of Bloomington, died in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 212 in Carver County Monday morning.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Zika was westbound on Highway 212 in a 2007 Buick LaCrosse when she lost control on the slippery roadway, crossed the median and was struck by an eastbound 2002 Ford van driven by James W. Gildea, 40, of Glencoe. Gildea and a passenger, Ryan C. Miller, 27, of Winsted, had minor injuries and did not require transport to a hospital, according to the State Patrol.

Brownton, Glencoe firefighters train

Glencoe Chamber names volunteers of the year

Students learn about GIS