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October 29th, 2014

Head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 4

People may well be looking forward to Nov. 5, the day after the General Election, and the relief that will come when the political advertising that is bombarding the television and radio airwaves will finally come to an end.

Zero coordination, but still love dancing

So I joined a fitness dance class last week and I learned something about myself. I have zero coordination and no rhythm.
I have been getting tired of my mundane routine of lifting dumbbells and running the tireless black belt on the treadmill at Snap Fitness.  
And I’m sick of Jillian Michaels’ tyrannical “30-day Shred” home workout DVD and I can’t even finish the once-fun “total body cardio” and yoga routines on Autumn Calabrese’s 21-day fix program.

Glencoe needs better graffiti artists

I think we need some better graffiti artists in Glencoe. What I have seen painted on the city streets, sidewalks and grassy areas is not overly impressive. Colorful, but not very artistic.
Anyone can make the orange letter “H” and spray paint it up and down city streets and boulevards from fire plug to fire plug, or spray paint streets with the blue, red, yellow or white measurements in feet and inches from manhole to manhole. And the little colored flags stuck all around the letters: well, that’s just cute, but not that cute.

Gruenhagen responds to letters

To the Editor:
I welcome the opportunity to respond to my critics, Don Rudy and Gary Ballard.
On education:

General Election set for Tuesday, Nov. 4

The General Election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 4, and polls throughout the state will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Area precincts and candidates are:
• City of Glencoe. All voting for the city, Glencoe-Silver Lake School District and McLeod County Commissioner District 2 races, as well as state and federal offices, will take place at the Glencoe City Center, 1107 11th St. E, Suite 112.
All city of Glencoe voters may vote for the at-large City Council position. Candidates are incumbent Lori Adamietz and challenger Allen Robeck.

McLeod Coop Power planning solar array along Lindbergh Trail

McLeod Cooperative Power is planning a community solar array system on Lindbergh Trail in Glencoe, near Arnold’s.
Sue Pawelk, customer service manager of the cooperative, appeared before the McLeod County Planning Commission Wednesday, Oct. 22, for a public hearing on the cooperative’s application for a conditional use permit (CUP).
No one appeared at the public hearing, the commission voted to recommend approval to the McLeod County Board of Commissioners, which will consider the CUP as part of its consent agenda on Tuesday.

GSL Lakeside celebrates positive MMR results

Glencoe-Silver Lake Lakeside Elementary School is celebrating academic achievement after finding it has been designated as a “celebration school” following MMR (multiple measurements rating) results.
Assistant Principal Diane Schultz said Lakeside Elementary was designated a “focus school” in 2011 and received Title 1 funding with the goal of “attacking the achievement gap” in the school.

County approves help for Baldwin Court

The McLeod County Board approved contributing dollars, not to exceed $12,000, toward excavating costs to assist in the drainage issues at Baldwin Court near Lester Prairie.
Scott Borst and John Pafko, residents in the Baldwin Court area, presented commissioners with an outline of the work to be done, which includes laying drain tile, and  job estimates from Litzau Excavating, Inc., Juul Contracting and Rickert Excavating.

Care Connection thrift store continues to support hospice

Since first opening in January 2008, the Care Connection thrift store in Glencoe continues to support hospice services in McLeod County with the help of many, many volunteers.
“All profits generated from thrift store sales are used to help defray cost for home care and hospice clients,” Pam Ainslie, hospice volunteer coordinator, said. “Because of the many, many volunteers who give so generously of their time we are able to help hospice clients.”

Finance Committee has no recommendations on wages, benefits

As the Glencoe City Council puts on the final touches to its proposed 2015 budget, its finance committee on Wednesday afternoon discussed, but made no recommendation, on wage and benefit increases for city employees.
The discussion involved whether that salary and benefit package increase should be more in line with the county and school district’s recent increases, or something else considering city employees will be picking up a larger portion of their own health insurance expenses in 2015.