July 13th, 2016

Robeck was not being disrespectful to anyone

To the Editor:
In response to Mr. (Paul) Lemke’s letter to the editor, I respectively disagree that Mr. (Allen) Robeck was being disrespectful to anyone. I felt that Mr. Robeck was using humor and facts to enlighten the interested people of Glencoe on the discrepancies of how their money is being used on a few pet projects that do not benefit many Glencoe residents.
Yes, we are restricted to limited use of the elm site, and I believe that there are people other than city employees who have keys to the elm site for their own private business or use.

GSL Schools toward start of the new year

To the Editor:
It’s hard to believe that we are in the middle of July and school will be starting up next month. With that said, we still have lots of the summer left and many days before we get back into the routine of school.
As a reminder, our first day of school is Aug. 29. Our annual open house in all of our schools will be Aug. 24 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Blood need urgent at this time of the year

To the Editor:
At the time you read this letter to the editor, the Glencoe Community Blood Drive is two weeks away:  Wednesday, July 27, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Glencoe City Center Ballroom. The American Red Cross has set our goal for this drive at 131 units.

School sees $800,000 savings with package rebid

The Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board on Monday night awarded bids from a package that it had rebid after the package came in higher than budgeted.
The package was related to construction of the building expansion at the junior high and senior high school campus.
The Board awarded four bids totaling $4.26 million, with a savings of about $800,000 over the original bids.

Training burn educates firefighters, legislators, fire marshal investigators

Firefighters, legislators and arson investigators all benefited from a training fire conducted by the Plato Fire Department at an abandoned farm home Friday afternoon.
And the general public also will benefit. As part of the training, a cameraman from KMSP-TV in Minneapolis was there to film the impact of residential sprinklers on safety and protection of property.
The training was conducted by Jamie Novak, a fire investigator for the St. Paul Fire Department, with assistance from Casey Stotts, an investigator for the Minnesota State Fire Marshal.

Extension Educator Nathan Winter moving on to next dream job

Nathan Winter moved last week from his dream job to his next dream job.
Winter, who has been the Extension educator for McLeod and Meeker counties the past 111⁄2 years, is now a program leader — providing assistance and guidance to about 10 other Extension educators in the area.
Winter started as the Extension agent in McLeod and Meeker counties in January 2005.

County attorney: financial straits doesn’t drive crime rates

Financial hardship doesn’t drive crime, at least not in McLeod County, according to County Attorney Mike Junge.
Junge presented his 2015 annual report to the County Board at its Tuesday, July 5, meeting.
“We tend to think of acts of crime as being done by people who are in financial straits,” Junge said. “That’s just not true.”
Most crimes seem to center on drugs, booze, alcohol and gambling, Junge said. “And it takes money to do those things.”

Twiss serves as justice at Girls State

Katharine Twiss of Glencoe-Silver Lake High School served as an associate supreme court justice during the Girls Legion State Meet June 12 through June 18.
Several participants were elected to local, county and state offices at the meet, designed to show how government works. Almost 400 girls attended the meet from around the state.
Twiss was initially going to run for a local or county position, but was encouraged by her experience in mock trial and Business Professionals of America (BPA), as well as her roommate, to run for the justice position.

City personnel committee talks about safety shoes

onnel and legislative committee met Wednesday to discuss employee safety shoes reimbursement.
Public Works Director Gary Schreifels explained the city requires employees to have steel-toed boots as part of their safety equipment. The city currently reimburses employees a maximum of $135 for the purchase of safety shoes.
Schreifels said shoes actually range between $170 and $200, so employees are paying out of pocket for something the city requires. He recommended removing the dollar amount and reimbursing employees for one pair of shoes per year.

Superintendent Sonju receives great review

The Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board conducted a formal performance evaluation of Superintendent Chris Sonju.
The Personnel Committee met with Sonju prior to the July 11 board meeting.
Board Member  Anne Twiss, who also is on the Personnel Committee, presented the following statement at the School Board meeting:
“Mr. Sonju continues to demonstrate very good overall job performance as the superintendent of District 2859.