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Archive

July 10th, 2019

Stewart council hears from RS Fiber board, HBC representatives about shortfall

The Stewart City Council sat with representatives from RS Fiber Cooperative and Hiawatha Broadband Company (HBC) to discuss the financial impacts facing the city due to a shortfall in funding.
RS Fiber has been the topic of tumultuous conversation in Stewart and Brownton — the only two out of 10 member cities located in McLeod County. The RS Fiber board recently transitioned its funding from private investors to HBC, the company it partnered with to get high-quality, reliable internet, TV and telephone services to rural communities.

School board OKs two-year pact with GSL’s principals

As it negotiates two-year contracts with the unions representing its teachers and paraprofessionals, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board approved an agreement with its four building administrators Monday evening.
The board unanimously approved without public discussion at the July 8 meeting a 225-day contract with building administrators for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. The agreement will cost $560,584 in 2019-2020 and $573,325 in 2020-2021. It will cost $28,210 more than the contract that ended June 30 and is a 5.11 percent increase for wages and benefits over the next two years.

Common Cup Ministries 2019-20 school supply drive underway

Common Cup Ministry is collecting school supplies for children in need for 2019-20 school year.
Last year, approximately 500 children in McLeod County applied for, and received supplies and a backpack. Common Cup relies on individuals like you to donate the needed supplies or dollars to make this possible. Organizations, church groups, clubs, families, and individuals are encouraged to donate. Supply lists are available online at commoncupmn@gmail.com or at the Common Cup Thrift Store in Glencoe.

(For the complete story, see the July 10 print edition of The Chronicle.)

Bloodmobile coming to area

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive next Wednesday, July 17, 1 to 7 p.m., in Stewart at the community center, 551 Prior St.
A blood drive is slated for Wednesday, July 24, 1 to 7 p.m., at Glencoe City Center, 1107 11th St. E.
To schedule an appointment online, visit www.redcrossblood.org online or call 1-800-733-2767.

School board, Lemke switch stance on schedule change for 2019-2020

About a month after a proposal to change the times when the school day started and ended failed in a split vote, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board did an about-face Monday evening and approved the change.

County hosting virtual tour of future government center

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners is hosting a virtual tour of the future McLeod County Government Center Tuesday, July 16.
The tour will run from 4 to 6 p.m. and include architectural renderings and a virtual reality goggle tour.
The future McLeod County Government Center, the former implement dealership, is at 520 Chandler Ave. N. in Glencoe.

Transformer failure leaves part of county courthouse in the dark

A transformer failure at the McLeod County Courthouse in Glencoe left workers in the dark.
Just after 10 a.m. Monday, July 8, one of three 250-kilovolt amp (KVA) transformers in a case outside the sheriff’s office on the southwest corner of the courthouse complex at the corner of East 10th Street and North Hennepin Avenue failed.

Group blends passion for gardening with service to community

There’s a group of residents who enjoy the chance to practice a hobby they cherish while giving back to their community. They see it as a win-win for themselves and Glencoe alike.

City Center bathroom project moving toward deadline

To the editor,
We are excited to provide an update on the current fundraising campaign for remodeling the west wing restrooms at the Glencoe City Center. Earlier this spring the city council authorized the campaign with the goal of raising $30,000 to match the $102,000 that has already been committed to the project. Amounts previously committed include the City of Glencoe for $50,000 and private donations of $52,000.
We’re pleased to report that in the first seven weeks of the campaign we’ve raised roughly $22,000. This means we’re only $8,000 away from our goal.

Why scientists disagree on the ‘Green New Deal’

To the editor,
It is important for the public to understand that the debate on alternative energy has scientists and experts on both sides of the issue. Generally, the pro-alternative energy experts are tax subsidized and the experts who oppose the alternative energy mandates found in the Green New Deal are not tax subsidized.