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October 4th, 2017

Oak Leaf Park campground has successful season

Oak Leaf Park Campground in Glencoe — which will be open for another two weeks due to unusually nice weather — has had another successful season, according to Assistant City Administrator Dan Ehrke.
The Oak Leaf Park Campground, which has brought in approximately $19,500 of revenue this season, was incredibly busy this summer with virtually every campsite booked up each weekend. “Our biggest booking months were June, May and July,” said Ehrke.

Trailblazer 2018 budget reflects increases in service, revenues

ervice has expanded, so has it budget.
On Thursday, the Joint Powers Board reviewed a proposed 2018 budget of $5.369 million. Of that amount, Trailblazer had asked for Minnesota Department of Transportation approved funding for $5.294 million. MnDOT approved a budget of $5.2 million for operating expenses and $162,000 for bus purchases for a total of $5.362 million.
Of that total, MnDOT contributes 85 percent of the “MnDOT cap” of $5.2 million in operating expenses and 80 percent toward the bus purchases.

Natural, man-made tragedies wrack nation

Our country has been wracked with one tragedy after another in recent weeks and months, at the hands of both Mother Nature and man.
A drought and wildland fires have ravaged our western states, while Florida, Texas and Alabama, as well as the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico, have been inundated with rain and flooding and flattened by the winds of hurricanes.
The latest tragedy: a gun-wielding man opened fire at a concert venue in Las Vegas, killing 59 people and wounding hundreds more. It was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Protecting senior citizens from fraud

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
After Peggy Hiestand-Harri’s mom retired, she planned to spend her time like a lot of Minnesotans do – with her kids and grandkids. And also like a lot of Minnesotans in their golden years, she got by on a fixed income.

Encourages participation in House page program

To the Editor:
Applications for the 2018 Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program have now been mailed to all of our local high schools; all juniors are eligible to apply.

Volunteers available to help with Medicare issues

The Minnesota River Agency on Aging, Inc., will have trained volunteers available to help Medicare beneficiaries with their 2018 Medicare plan research and enrollment on Monday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Hutchinson Event Center, 1005 Highway 15 S, Hutchinosn. To make an appointment, call 1-800-333-2433.
Medicare beneficiaries need to bring with them their current insurance information, Medicare card and medications.
The 2018 enrollment period is open from Oct. 15, to Dec. 7. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in a plan or change to a new plan.

2nd half property taxes due Oct. 16

McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz Ford reminds taxpayers that the second half of their property tax is due by Oct. 15 for non-agricultural properties. However, with Oct. 15 falling on a Sunday, tax payments will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 16, without penalty.
Payments are accepted by mail, in person at the McLeod County North Complex building, 2391 Hennepin Ave. N, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or there is a convenient payment drop box located just outside of the building.

County Planning Commission considers feedlot, mining requests

The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission is recommending approval of a a conditional use permit to allow Joe Wuetherich and Kimberly Gehrke to establish a dairy feedlot on a tract less than 40 acres in Penn Township.
The commission held a public hearing on the matter at its Wednesday, Sept. 27, meeting.

Ricky Rose named Grand National Modified champion

Ricky Rose of Glencoe was named the Grand National Modified Champion at the 51st National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green in August. This is Rose’s first grand national title.
Unlike other sports, tractor pulling uses an accumulated point system that takes into account every event contestants take part in. The contestant with the most accumulated points at the end of the season is given a grand national title. Rose’s winning score for the season was 322 points with six wins, four second-place titles, one third-place title and one fourth-place title.

City Council votes 3-2 to table rescue truck financing

At Monday night’s Glencoe City Council meeting, the city recommended offering the townships the same five-year financing plan as the city of Glencoe for the new Rosenbauer fire rescue truck.
With this payment option, the townships will give a down payment in 2018 and pick up the additional cost of interest at 2.35 percent with each payment thereafter. All together, the townships would pay $15,695 per year.
The townships would still have the option of paying the one lump sum payment, which would be due in approximately March of 2019.