February 11th, 2015

100 years: Marie Dols reflects on her life

Marie Dols “loved her beauty shop,” which she ran for many, many years in Stewart.
“I got to know just about everyone,” she said last week.
And, apparently, people got to know Dols as well. That was evident Monday, Feb. 1, when a large group of women from the Stewart American Legion Auxiliary gathered at the Shade Tree Retirement Center in Brownton to celebrate Dols’ 100th birthday.
Dols is a 67-year member of the Auxiliary, which provided dessert and beverages to help her celebrate at an open house.

Jail expansion bids to be received in mid-April

Construction on McLeod County’s jail expansion project will hopefully begin as soon as road restrictions have been lifted this spring.
John McNamara of Wold Architects reviewed some final revisions with the County Board at its Feb. 3 meeting.
The potential closing of Ives Avenue just east of the courthouse and the reopening of Judd Avenue a block further east will free up some parking space, McNamara said.
The plan is to put angle parking on the east side of the former Ives right-of-way, near where Glencoe Oil once stood.

Single-sort recycling to start in May

McLeod County is gearing up to launch its one-sort recycling program, and residents are being asked to choose the size of their curbside recycling carts.
Cards regarding cart sizes are to be returned by Feb. 13 to the solid waste department. The goal is to have the program get under way in May.
Sarah Young, solid waste coordinator, brought a few items to the County Board’s attention regarding one-sort recycling at its Feb. 3 meeting.

City cemetery board appointments discussed at personnel committee

With two openings on the city’s cemetery board, the Glencoe City Council late last year discussed naming the council members as the new board, rather than seek community volunteers to fill the positions. The main reason was there was little interest shown by the public.
But last Wednesday afternoon, the Council’s personnel and legislative committee recommended staying with the appointment system after a number of names surfaced showing interest in the two vacancies. Mayor Randy Wilson has the authority to make the appointments with Council approval.

Glencoe Fire Department looking for volunteers to fill out its roster

The Glencoe Fire Department is having a difficult time filling its 40-person roster and is looking for new volunteers to bring it back up to strength. But that could be difficult, the City Council’s personnel and legislative committee heard Feb. 4.
City Administrator Mark Larson said the department currently has 34 members, but is funded for 40.
Because people are more mobile, and often experience more career and life changes than in the past, it is becoming more difficult to find and retain volunteers for the fire department.

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