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September 10th, 2014

Landlords ask Stewart City Council to relax its rental inspection ordinance

Landlords in Stewart pleaded with the Stewart City Council Sept. 3 to relax its rental inspection ordinance.
The City Council held a public hearing that evening on changes it already is proposing for its ordinance after hearing earlier complaints.
Landlords Keith and Debra Lorensen said they are unhappy with being asked to replace windows that they replaced just three or four years ago.
A requirement of the rental ordinance is that egress windows “must have a minimum net clearing of five square feet” to allow escape in case of an emergency.

Open meetings, not complaint sessions

The primary purpose of an open meeting — be it a city council, school board, or county board — is to conduct public business in an open setting. These government bodies are required by law to do so, and the public is welcome to observe the process. They are not, however, required to allow time for public comment. Many do reserve time on the regular agenda to address any concerns from the public as a courtesy to their constituents.

Another birthday, a new driver’s license

Upon getting her new driver’s license, a woman remarked, “You could not have found a better way to get me to obey the law. I have no desire to show this photo to anyone.”
I read something similar to that above tidbit in a Reader’s Digest several years ago.

Weekend in the woods tests courage

I’d like to consider myself a courageous person, especially after backpacking through Central America for six weeks, climbing towering Mayan ruins in Guatemala, snorkeling with sting rays and nurse sharks off the coast of Belize and zip-lining through the Costa Rican rainforest, miles above ground.
But after being left alone for 20 minutes in the middle of the Minnesota north woods Saturday evening, I realized how big of a wuss I am.

Squirrels do play while we’re away

Ever wonder what goes on in your neighborhood when you are at work? Now that I’m retired, I get a good idea of what my neighborhood squirrels have been doing all these years.
Here are several observations:
• I heard the extra loud metallic clunk of a nut falling on one of the vehicles parked in my driveway. I looked out the kitchen window, up to my elbows in dishwater at the time, and there he was — a squirrel sitting on the steering wheel on my son’s 1953 Ford police paddy wagon.

Remember those who reformed unfair labor conditions

To the Editor:
The last holiday of the summer, the beginning of the school session, the last “hurrah” for summer activities — is this what Labor Day means to you?

First Day at Helen Baker Elementary

Soldier reflects on Operation Minnesota Nice

Butterflies, bees and botany

Last Thursday afternoon, the Lucas residence on 14th Street in Glencoe was home to a miniature butterfly sanctuary as crowds of monarchs gathered to eat after the morning rains.
Linsey Lucas, 34, has been breeding and raising monarchs since she was 9 years old, and in recent years, she started “tagging” them to track their migration patterns.
Using information and resources from www.monarchwatch.com, Lucas orders tagging kits complete with a pre-migration newsletter, data sheets, instructions and multiple tags that look like small circular stickers.

$11 million worth of reconstruction on tap for 2015

Two big utility and street reconstruction projects, totalling nearly $11 million, are planned for 2015.
The Glencoe City Council heard the feasibility reports on each of the projects at its Tuesday, Sept. 2, meeting.
Justin Black of Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) presented the reports.
Black again stated the need for the projects. The underground utilities have exceeded their useful life and are beginning to fail.  The utilities are believed to have been installed in the 1950s or before. Many of the roads were constructed at the same time.