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June 13th, 2018

County Board approves additional expenditure for fairgrounds pavilion

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners approved spending up to $10,000 for additional administrative services for its new pavilion at the McLeod County Fairgrounds at its June 5 meeting.
The board also approved a bid of $155,243 from RAM Buildings, Inc., of Winsted, to expand the show arena at the fairgrounds.

Quiet county election shaping up

Only one race has developed in offices specific to McLeod County — in Soil and Water Conservation District 2, Roger V. Schultz and Gary Templin, both of Glencoe, have filed.
There are no races in the other offices up for election in November. Incumbents Doug Krueger, District 2 commissioner, and Joe Nagel, District 5 commissioner, are both running unopposed. Michael Junge is seeking another term as the county attorney, and Scott Rehmann is running again for sheriff.

County Roads 15, 3 projects begin Monday

Road reconstruction projects on County Road 15 (Falcon Avenue) between County Road 22 and State Highway 7, and two segments of County Road 3 (120th and 122nd Streets) between County Road 1 and Carver County are scheduled to begin Monday, June 18.
Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye was awarded the $11.96 million project, which is funded with state aid and county money.
The roads will be closed to through traffic; there will be no posted detours in place. Motorists are advised to use County Roads 1 and 2 as an alternative to County Road 15 and Highway 212 in lieu of County Road 3.

County begins spraying for noxious weeds

McLeod County has begun spraying for noxious weeds and brush along county roads. The majority of the weeds are thistle and wild parsnip.
Road ditch mowing will begin in a few weeks near intersections and areas where tall vegetation may cause reduced sight lines for motorists. The county also will start making a top cut adjacent to the shoulder on all county roads toward the end of June.

Brownton City Council approves bond issues for project funding

The Brownton City Council approved three resolutions at its June 5 meeting to provide financing for its street and utility improvement project.
Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Associates, the city’s financial consultant, presented three different bonds for approval: one temporary bond to finance the project until United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development financing kicks in, one for street work that does not qualify for USDA financing, and a third for utility improvements not funded by USDA.

Carol A. Picha, 79, of Glencoe

Carol A. Picha, 79, of Glencoe, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at her home.
Memorial services were held Saturday, June 9, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hutchinson with Walter Patino officiating. Paige Olson was the organist. Sarah Ostvig and Jo House performed a duet. Congregational hymns were “Nearer, My God, to Thee” and “Oh, My Father.”
A private family burial was held in the Ralph Picha Family Cemetery Association in rural Glencoe.

Dolores L. Dreier, 91, of Glencoe

Dolores L. Dreier, 91, of Glencoe, died Sunday, June 10, 2018, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye.
Memorial service will be Saturday, June 16, at 11 a.m., at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Dan Welch officiating. Burial will follow in the First Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Reichow named to honor list

Rachel Reichow, Glencoe, was named to the president’s roll of honor and the dean’s list at the University of North Dakota. Students in the top 15 percent of the enrollment academically are named to the dean’s list, and those who achieve a grade point average of 3.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale are named to the president’s honor roll. Reichow achieved both honors.

Locals named to NDSU list

Local students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at North Dakota State University (NDSU). They include Brandi R. Pikal, an agricultural communication major from Brownton; and Russell R. Bayerl and Joshua C. Yurek, both from Silver Lake and both majoring in mechanical engineering.

Locals on SMSU honors list

Katelyn Plendl, Brownton, and Ashley Alsleben and Cassidy Schrader, both of Glencoe, were named to the honors dean’s list at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU), Marshall. To be named to the honors list, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.