July 23rd, 2014

'Al luck' strikes again

I just might be the luckiest person in the world.
Only hours after finishing last week’s column about the reliable ol’ Jeep, I headed out to the parking lot after the end of a long work day to find my Jeep didn’t start.
I tilted my head back in frustration and let out a big sigh before panic set in. I was supposed to meet my cousin Tina in Hanover for dinner at 6 p.m. and was already running late.

Glencoe's Farmers Market

The Glencoe Farmers Market is in full swing, open every Thursday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., until Oct. 30. The market is located at the grassy plaza across from the Glencoe City Center on 11th Street. Above is John Tucker, a weekly vendor who sells fresh produce. For more information about the farmers market, visit, or call 320-864-3650.

Donation to fire department

The Cargill Cares Committee selected the Glencoe Fire Department as the recipient of a $2,320 gift of a Husqvarna rescue saw with several blades. At the formal presentation last week at the fire hall were, from left, firefighter Jeremy Mattson, Ben Kuznia, a farm marketer with Cargill, firefighter Mark Simons, Jim Nelson, a personal marketing manager with Cargill Ag Horizon Marketing Services, firefighter Jon Dahlke and Assistant Fire Chief Scott Dietz. The equipment recently arrived, and Dietz said firefighters will get specialized training on the multi-purpose piece of rescue equipment.

No surprise about ‘best food truck’

Marinated spicy pork. Fresh homemade guacamole and tortilla chips. Flour tortillas bulging with steaming rice, refried beans, grilled steak, cool sour cream, melted mozzarella cheese, lettuce and juicy tomatoes.
It’s no surprise the local Taqueria Del Buen Pastor food truck was voted WCCO viewers’ choice for Minnesota’s “best food truck” last week.

Irish slide past Plato, clinch 1st seed in South

The final week of regular season ball ended like an AMC drama series for the Plato Blue Jays, who fell one win short of clinching the No. 1 seed in the Crow River Valley League’s South Division.
The Jays benefited from a power outage in Young America on July 15 that postponed the game two days later. That game restarted after Plato was down 2-0 with four innings complete, and led to a 10-1 hit-fest for the Blue Jays instead.
Two days later in Carver, Plato was tested for all nine innings against the Black Sox, before Jacob Bratsch came away with a 2-1 victory.

Bruins drop 2 of 3 games; league playoffs start tonight

The Brownton Bruins finished their regular season with a win over Carver last week, and losses to Winsted on Thursday and Young America Sunday.
The Bruins finished their Crow River Valley League (CRVL) regular season with a 14-7 record, and will open the CRVL South tournament tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m. as they host Carver. The second game will be Friday, also at 7:30 p.m., in Hamburg, with a third game, if needed, Sunday at 2 p.m. in Brownton. Carver hosts a 10-11 record in the CRVL South.
Bruins 6, Carver 2

Post 641 goes 3-0 to open up the District 3 playoffs

Despite entering the Division II Third District playoffs on a 6-2 regular-season loss, the Plato Legion Post 641 team is poised to make a run toward the district championship game after winning its first three games.
Cannon Falls was a busy place this past weekend with 16 teams trying to avoid season-ending losses. Post 641 did a magnificent job accomplishing that goal thus far with an opening-round 4-0 victory over Pine Island, before capping off Saturday by downing Norwood 12-7. The final victim of the weekend was Belle Plaine, which Post 641 dismissed 11-2.

Brewers are in favorable situation

Despite entering the post season on a loss, and losing a starting pitcher in Colt Trebesch, the Glencoe Brewers are in a favorable position as they face the Mayer Blazers, a team Glencoe beat twice in the regular season, in the opening round of the Crow River Valley League’s North Division playoffs.
The final game the Brewers played in the regular season was a disappointing 7-6 loss to the Watertown Red Devils, in which Glencoe led 6-5 heading into the final frame. The Brewers finished the season with a 13-11 record.

Diversion report eyes flooding woes

On Monday night, Glencoe City Council received a preliminary report of what a Willow Ridge Pond diversion channel might entail and its cost to help alleviate flooding in the central portion of the community.
John Rodeberg, city engineering consultant from Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), presented a study update on a possible solution to the flooding problems, but he cautioned this was just a preliminary analysis.

County orders schematic design for jail project; potentially closing Ives

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners asked Wold Architects to proceed with a schematic design of its proposed jail renovation and courthouse security project — including the potential closing of Ives Street and reopening of Judd Avenue.
John McNamara of Wold reviewed the proposed project, which has been on hold while the county waited out the appeal period on a judge’s ruling that allows the county to use the bequest of Annamarie Tudhope, former Glencoe Enterprise publisher, to fund the project.