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February 6th, 2019

With business hanging in the balance, Mirman has two weeks

In a rare bout of disagreement, the McLeod County Board of Commissioners discussed an allegedly breached conditional use permit (CUP) issued to Lev Mirman of Plato. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has an open investigation pending against Mirman for illegally disposing of wastewater and cooking oil, but Mirman has also been violating the terms of his conditional use permit from the county.

Brownton Rod & Gun brings warm weather, family fun

The 32nd year of the Brownton Rod & Gun Club’s ice fishing contest and raffle brought warm weather, $30,000 in prizes and hundreds of people to Lake Marion on Saturday, Feb. 2.
The annual ice fishing contest brought out competitors and their families for a day of ice-fishing related fun. Hosted at the Brownton Rod and Club and across the road on the ice of Lake Marion, fish houses were sprawled across the lake, four-wheelers and snowmobiles transported families on and off the ice and competitors were battling to catch the first, biggest and smallest fish.

Support Hwy. 212 expansion - Our view: ‘If we do not grow, we will perish’

Several years after he left the Minnesota House of Representatives, the late K.J. McDonald, said of his hometown back in 2006, If we do not grow, we will perish.

Gas tax illustrates divide between urban, rural users

The Star Tribune recently ran an opinion piece by James Lefestey, who advocated for an increase in the gas tax to finance infrastructure improvements and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but cautioned lawmakers to keep rural Minnesotans in mind when crafting this policy.
While it is admirable that the author wants to be sensitive to the needs of rural Minnesotans, the editorial further illustrates how people living in the metro-area have scant idea how the policies they advocate harm those living outside of it.

Silver Lake’s Pesina accepts honor for those who served

Leon Pesina and the members of the Silver Lake American Legion’s honor guard didn’t really seek state honors for their work representing their post and its members. But it’s an honor they’ll accept just the same.

MnDOT hosting input meeting on Hwys 212, 22 through area

As part of its study of highways 212 and 22 through Glencoe and the area, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is hosting a public input meeting Saturday, Feb. 16 for community members to offer feedback as a part of its report.
The family-friendly event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Glencoe City Center. Community members are welcome to stop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to give feedback on intersections along Highway 212 and Highway 22 while enjoying complimentary food, carnival games and activities.

(For the complete story, see the Feb. 6 print edition of The Chronicle.)

With schoools closed, how did students learn during ‘digital day?’

Last week, during the polar vortex that froze Minnesota schools to a halt, Glencoe-Silver Lake students warmed up devices for a school-from-home initiative called, “digital day.” The school district utilized its two yearly digital days on consecutive days last week, Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 28-29.
“Advancements in technology allows us to still have lessons, even without school,” Superintendent Chris Sonju said.

School weather decisions anything but simple

There are times when inclement weather renders the decision to close school or start late a no-brainer and times when Glencoe-Silver Lake School District leadership must weigh several factors before making the decision to start the school day late or close school altogether.
“Every day is different. Every day is looked upon in itself,” Superintendent Chris Sonju said.

City reminds property owners to tend to their sidewalks

To the extend possible, the City of Glencoe wants homeowners and business owners to tend to the public sidewalks in front or alongside their homes and businesses.
It is, after all, a city ordinance.
While the city recognizes the current weather conditions makes cleaning sidewalks down to the pavement a difficult task, the city wants property owners to make an effort to keep sidewalks clean and safe to walk on.

Deceased man found at house fire near Biscay

An 80-year-old man was found deceased inside his house destroyed by fire early last Wednesday morning, Jan. 30.
Larry Theodore Ondrachek was found in the basement of his house at 12495 165th Street in Rich Valley Township, northeast of Biscay and northwest of Glencoe. The fire was reported at 3:04 a.m.
The body was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office for identification, according to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.