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May 2nd, 2018

County to try new technology on road projects this summer

The McLeod County Highway Department had an unusually large crowd at its open house regarding its experimental cement stabilization projects.
The department is planning to use the new process on a section of Tagus Avenue west of Lake Marion, and a section of County Road 62 south of Biscay.

County to consider amending ordinance allowing temporary homes for medical needs

The McLeod County Advisory Planning Commission has no objections to amending an ordinance to allow a second dwelling on agricultural property to care for someone with medical needs, even if that person is not a relative.
Marc Telecky, assistant zoning administrator, broached the topic with the commission at its Wednesday, April 25, meeting, after receiving a request from someone to build a home for a friend who has medical issues.

County zoning office moves to Hutch

McLeod County is in the process of implementing changes to create a leaner, more efficient operation. As a result of this change, the Office of Planning, Zoning, and Environmental Services will be moving their office location from the McLeod County Courthouse in Glencoe to the McLeod County Solid Waste facility at 1065 Fifth Ave., Hutchinson. This move was expected to be completed by Monday April 30.

Nienaber to run for Sibley County sheriff

Sibley County Chief Deputy Patrick Nienaber announces that he will file as a candidate for the office of Sibley County Sheriff.

UWMC names 2018 partner agencies, programs

United Way of McLeod County (UWMC) Board President Steve Synstelien announced last week that the regional non profit would collaborate with 36 agencies and programs in 2018. The organization recently completed its community investment review for the 2018 funding cycle.
“These agencies represent a cross-section of funded programs serving McLeod County in education, income and health,” said Synstelien. “Upon completing the work of our annual volunteer-led community investment review, we are confident that the UWMC will again partner with outstanding agencies and programs in 2018.”

First-half property taxes due May 15

McLeod County Interim Auditor-Treasurer Connie Kurtzweg reminds taxpayers that the first half of property tax is due on or before Tuesday, May 15.
Payments are accepted by mail, in person at the McLeod County North Complex, 2391 Hennepin Ave. N, Glencoe, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or there is a convenient payment drop box located just outside of the building.
If paying by credit card or e-check, visit the County website: www.co.mcleod.mn.
us. There is a fee to pay your property tax by this method.

Concert Association kicks off membership drive

The Glencoe Concert Association has kicked off its membership drive for the 2018-19 concerts. Regardless of your musical tastes, the concert association offers a variety of music throughout the concert season.
The Glencoe concerts planned for 2018-19 include: The Funniest Night of Your Life, a mix of music, magic and comedy; Elizabeth Von Trapp, vocal and guitary; and Paul the Beatle, singing the music of the Beatles.

GSL artists excel at Visual Arts Festival

The GSL High School Art Department had six participants in the 2018 Section 2A Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Visual Arts Festival competition at Sibley East High School on April 25.
They received four superiors and nine excellents on the 17 art pieces that were judged in the categories of: drawing, painting, ceramics, crafts, digital photography and digital art. Their art work will be on display in the upcoming Panther Prowl K-12 Art Show that will begin on May 8 through May 23, with a concluding open house reception/art viewing with recognition and awards.

Crisis text line now available

As of April 1, Crisis Text Line is offering text-based suicide prevention services across Minnesota. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Glencoe accepted in Blandin program

The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism announces that Glencoe has been accepted to participate in the 2019 Blandin Community Leadership Program.
Blandin Leadership Programs develop and train a broad base of local leaders to build healthy communities by building on community strengths. Topics covered during training include identifying and describing community issues and opportunities through the lens of the nine dimensions of a healthy community, effective interpersonal communication, building social capital, understanding community power and mobilizing community resources.