April 20th, 2016

Track and field teams take it outside

The Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ and boys’ track and field teams competed outside for the first time this season in a three-team meet at Kasson-Mantorville on Friday, April 15. Under sunny, warm and windy conditions, the both Panther squads finished second to Red Wing, with the host KoMets coming in third in both standings.
The Panthers finished just six points behind the Wingers in the boys’ competition, taking second with 61 points to 67 for Red Wing.

Boys’ golf swings into season

The Glencoe-Silver Lake boys’ golf team got its season started at home on Thursday, April 14, taking to the familiar links of Glencoe Country Club on a sunny and windy afternoon for the Wright County Conference West opener.
“It was really windy,” coach Chad Koenen said. “The winds were gusting to 20-30 mph at times. It made for quite a challenge.”

Wedin ties for first in WCC opener

It was quite a first week of the season for Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ golfers Lindsay Wedin and Jenna Lokensgard. 
The pair of Panther seniors first finished fifth out of 36 teams in a best-ball invitational at Litchfield Golf Course on Tuesday, April 12, before finishing among the top golfers at the Wright County Conference West season opener two days later.

Boys’ golf seeks continual improvement

With some new faces, as well as a number of familiar ones, the Glencoe-Silver Lake boys’ golf team hits the links this spring with a familiar, yet commendable mantra: to get better every day.
“It’s a hard-working squad that comes out looking to continually improve,” coach Chad Koenen said. “The squad is looking good. We’ve had a couple of kids leave and a couple of new kids come in.” 

Panther softball comes out swinging

After losing its season opener to Watertown-Mayer, the Glencoe-Silver Lake softball team peeled off three consecutive wins by margins ranging from narrow to great.
The Panthers’ initial four-game set concluded with a 6-5 win against neighboring Norwood Young America, in what could prove to be a clutch sectional victory come season’s end. 

Bruins sting Montrose in season-opening victory

The Brownton Bruins had an unseasonably warm day Sunday for its 2016 season opener, which they won 8-1 over the Montrose Stingers.
The game was one of two exhibition tilts the Bruins have slated before the Crow River Valley League opener on May 1.
Bruins’ skipper Doug Schuette took advantage of Sunday’s game to give his players a chance in a variety of positions.

Panther baseball starts season in fine form

With hopes of returning to a third consecutive state tournament, the Glencoe-Silver Lake baseball team got its season off to a spotless 4-0 start.
“Overall our pitchers have really done a nice job of throwing strikes for us,” coach Dean Schwirtz said. “Pitchers are learning they need to change speeds and understanding the importance of  locating their pitches.”

April 19th

County lifts burning restrictions

The burning restrictions that went into effect on April 15th for McLeod County have been lifted effective April 19, according to McLeod County Emergency Services Director Kevin Mathews.

The McLeod County Fire Chiefs Association urges people to still use caution when burning. People should call for assistance early if the fire is starting to get out of control so that the fire departments can assist before it gets more challenging to extinguish the fire and other buildings and property are threatened.

April 15th

McLeod County restricts burning

McLeod County and surrounding areas have been placed in a Fire Weather Watch by the Minnesota DNR, and McLeod County Emergency Services Director Kevin Mathews said that the hazardous weather outlook indicates McLeod County should restrict burning again today. Burning restrictions for McLeod County will be in place throughout the weekend. They will be revisited the early part of next week.

April 14th

MPCA issues air pollution health advisory for western Minnesota

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued an air pollution health advisory for western Minnesota effective Thursday afternoon through 8am Friday morning. The affected area includes Mankato, Hutchinson, St. Cloud, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd, Bemidji, and Thief River Falls.