October 12th, 2016

MNsure CEO visits Glencoe, talks about enrollment

MNsure Chief Executive Officer Allison O’Toole was in the local KGLB radio studio Thursday morning, where she stressed two things to Glencoe-area listeners — individual coverage buyers are close to the “window” for purchasing insurance, and that skyrocketing premiums are being offset by federal tax credits.
O’Toole said that MNsure is the “marketplace” for buying health insurance.

Rains continue to impact school project

The rain over the last couple of weeks has continued to impact the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) building addition project, the school board heard Monday night.
The holding ponds remain full and the ground remains saturated, causing continuing water issues at the building site, said GSL Business Manager Michelle Sander.
As contractors have been putting in footings north of Lincoln Junior High, the excess water has caused a lot of problems.
More than $40,000 in additional costs have been incurred because of the water issues.

Eugene ‘Gene’ Falling, 73, of Glencoe

Eugene “Gene”  Sidney Falling, 73, of Glencoe, died after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at his home.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 6, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating. Jan Heins was the organist. Special music by David, Sharon, Deborah and Jessica Dawson included “Because He Lives,” “I Can Only Imagine” and “How Great Thou Art.” The congregational hymn was “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”

Linda Sue Klima, 60, of Silver Lake

Linda Sue Klima, 60, of Silver Lake, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 8, at Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake with the Rev. Dr. Tom C. Rakow officiating.
Honorary casket bearers were Ms. Klima’s nieces, Kimberly Rasmussen, Bethany Loncorich, Becca Jopp, Molly Klima, Libby Klima, Amber Klima, Carly Hand and Kacie Hand. Casket bearers were her nephews, Mitchell Klima, Jacob Klima, Eric Klima, Lucas Plamann, Matt Klima, Chris Plamann and Mike Plamann.

Melvin H. Ahlbrecht, 85, of Glencoe

Melvin Herman Ahlbrecht, 85, of Glencoe, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 10, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating. Paul Otte was the organist. Congregational hymns were “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”

October 5th

Glencoe City Council sets 2 street projects for 2017

The Glencoe City Council passed two resolutions approving two street improvement projects scheduled for 2017 at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 3.

County to work on better monitoring of ditch work, bills

McLeod County will be looking at better ways to monitor ditch maintenance and the subsequent bills, board members indicated at the annual ditch hearing Tuesday morning.
Marian Moy and Steve Moy, who have property along County Ditch 11 near Winsted, both asked the board to justify an $87,000 bill the county received to clean out trees from about 3,000 feet of ditch. Steve Moy, in response to a question from County Attorney Mike Junge, said he had consulted with other contractors who said the bill should have been around $30,000.

County to take online camping reservations

Those wishing to reserve camping sites at the Lake Marion and Piepenburg county parks will soon be able to do it online.
On Tuesday, the McLeod County Board of Commissioners approved a contract to create an online reservation site. The initial cost will be $7,100, with a yearly maintenance cost of $3,600 after that.
Al Koglin, parks superintendent, said that campers will be able to view site maps and photographs and be able to reserve sites online.

GSL implementing STEM at elementary level

Glencoe-Silver Lake’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Project Lead the Way program is now being implemented in elementary classes.
Those attending GSL’s first community schools luncheon Thursday, Sept. 30, heard a presentation from teachers Scott Picha and Heather Peirce on how the program is being used in the elementary schools.
Both Picha and Peirce said the the program encourages students to “take on real-life problems and find ways to solve them.”

City finance committee hears funding options

The city of Glencoe’s finance committee invited Paul Donna from Robert W. Baird & Co. to discuss funding options for street improvement projects at its Sept. 28 meeting.
Issuing general obligation bonds, under the guidelines of Minnesota Statute 429, has been utilized by the city of Glencoe since the 1960s.
Donna explained the use of Statute 429 funding allows the city to borrow money for projects at a very low interest rate, but the statute requires a minimum of 20 percent to be assessed to the property owners affected by the project.