September 23rd, 2015

City Council hears feasibility report on Armstrong project

A full crowd attended the regular Glencoe City Council meeting Monday night as the Council heard a feasibility report on the Armstrong Avenue project and the potential storm water pond in the cemetery. A public hearing will be held on Oct. 19 at 7:15 p.m. to further discuss the project.
Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) engineer John Rodeberg presented the report to the Council.
The Armstrong Avenue project, the city’s 2016 improvement project, was originally developed alongside the Lincoln Park project, but was pushed back when the two projects became too big.

St. Matthew’s in Penn Township to close after 150 years of worship

The once-bustling St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Penn Township will host its last worship service Sunday, Sept. 27, at 10:30 a.m. The worship service will be followed by a free-will offering hot sandwich luncheon, with proceeds going toward a perpetual fund for the upkeep of the church cemetery.
David Pikal, the chairman of the church council, said the worship service will allow time for members, former members and others to share their memories.
Pikal said the church’s membership has dwindled to about 25 members in recent years.

Timothy Nussbaum, 23, Hutchinson

Timothy “Ribra” Steven Nussbaum, 23, of Hutchinson, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Hardin County, Iowa.
A celebration of life was held Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at Oak Heights Covenant Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Todd Harris officiating.
Soloist Robert Scharpe sang “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” The congregational hymn was “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).”

City Council, county commissioners discuss recycling bins location

McLeod County Commissioners Doug Krueger and Paul Wright joined the Glencoe City Council Monday night to discuss the recycling bins by the courthouse.
The city has asked the county to move the bins to a different spot that is not in the city’s downtown area. Both Mayor Randy Wilson and the Council have written letters to the county on the subject.

Lowell Virgil Nelson, 85, of Brownton

Lowell Virgil Nelson, 85, of Brownton, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at his home.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 17, at Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton with the Rev. Andrew Hermodson-Olsen officiating. Eunice Warner was the organist. Soloist Rosine Hermodson-Olsen sang “Going Home.” Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace, “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Rock of Ages.”

Elmer H. Maass, 98, of Brownton

Elmer H. Maass, 98, of Brownton, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 17, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton with the Rev. R. Allan Reed officiating. Norma Witte was the organist. Soloist Darwin Frauendienst sang “Beautiful Savior.” Congregational hymns were “Jesus, Lead Thou On,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Abide With Me.”

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.