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September 23rd, 2015

Trailblazer Transit still struggling to hire drivers

Trailblazer Transit continues to have trouble finding qualified drivers, its Joint Powers Board heard at its Thursday morning meeting.
Executive Director Gary Ludwig said Trailblazer plans to have 29 schedules on the road by the end of 2015, the same as it is proposing for 2016.
However, Trailblazer only has about half the drivers it needs to fulfill those schedules.
Ludwig said a scarcity of drivers is not unique to public transit. He noted recent television and newspaper reports about the shortage of truck and school bus drivers.

Walter Henry Heuer, 92, of Glencoe

Walter Henry Heuer, 92, of Glencoe, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 17, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating. Paul Otte was the organist. Congregational hymns were “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less,” “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”

Man injured in Hwy. 212 crash

A St. Paul man was injured in a two-vehicle accident near Brownton Sunday. The accident was reported at 6:18 p.m.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Keith E. Olson, 54, of St. Paul, was northbound on Orange Avenue east of Brownton in a 2009 Toyota Corolla when he pulled onto Highway 212 into the eastbound lane. His vehicle was rear-ended by an eastbound 2001 Kenworth semi driven by Christopher M. Wersal, 23, of Springfield. Wersal tried to brake, but rear-ended the Toyota.

County proposes 2.73% levy increase

The McLeod County Board  on Tuesday set a preliminary tax increase of 2.73 percent for 2016, which will generate about another $500,000 in revenue.
However, said Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz, the overall tax rate is declining by about a quarter of a percent, because of increases in property values.
The net result, Schultz said, is that most property will not see an increase in their tax bills, despite the increased levy.

Trailblazer ridership up, expenses down

Rides are up, costs are down, the Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board heard Thursday morning.
Executive Director Gary Ludwig reviewed by ride statistics and a mid-year expense and revenue report with the board members.
The transit system is running considerably under its proposed budget for several reasons, Ludwig said. The system has only spent about 36 percent of its projected expenses through the first six months of 2015. The total annual budget is about $4.17 million.

Twyla Jean Fredin, 50, of Danube

Twyla Jean Fredin, 50, of Danube, formerly of Arlington, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at her home.
Prayer services were held Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe with the Rev. Harold Storm officiating. Congregational hymns were “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Abide With Me.” Interment will be at a later date.

GSL Homecoming Court

Grain bin rescue training

Now, that's a squirt gun

New Council member sworn in