April 13th, 2016

Bradley James Payne, 35, of St. Cloud

Bradley James Payne, 35, of St. Cloud, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016, after a long, courageous fight against leukemia, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Visitation was held Saturday, April 9, at Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, with interment following in the Glencoe City Center. Casket bearers were Chad Cramble, Aaron Hicks, Colin Leier, Jim Bodecker, Matt Fleck and Andrew Payne.

Muriel Fern Larson, 97, of Glencoe

Muriel Fern Larson, 97, of Glencoe, formerly of Brownton, died Friday, March 25, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.

Funding of trails a controversial topic

The funding of construction, paving and maintenance of recreational trails has long been a hot topic in McLeod County.
The paving of the Luce Line Trail, which runs from the metro area west through McLeod County, has long been in debate. Even now that the portion through our county has been paved, trails continue to be a hot-button issue in the area.
The McLeod County Board of Commissioners has commissioned a trails committee to develop a comprehensive trail plan, with the help of the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission.

Reasons given for public accommodations bill

To the Editor:
Since introducing HF3396, the Individual’s Right to Privacy and Safety in Public Accommodations Act, I have received a lot of feedback and I would like to articulate my reasoning behind this bill.
The overwhelming majority of Minnesotans agree that adults and children have a right to privacy from members of the opposite sex when using a public restroom, shower or locker room. This is a well-established tenet of our society.

Community blood drive set Wednesday, April 27

To the Editor:
The first Glencoe Community Blood Drive of 2016 is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, at the Glencoe City Center Ballroom from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The American Red Cross has set our goal at 122 units for this blood drive.

Time to pause, reflect on funding of trails

To the Editor:
As I was taking my daily walk through the pothole-ridden streets of my town, I thought about the proposed trail permit bill SF 2312. A permit is a tax, and I’m not in favor of yet another government revenue stream. However, the impetus for new taxes always begins at the moment of government spending. If you don’t want a new tax, then don’t clamor for public works projects. If you want to use voluntary solutions to maintain trails, then don’t clamor for public money to make them.

School Board considers adding 2 teachers for STEM

The Glencoe-Silver Lake school board continued its discussion on implementing a kindergarten through 12th-grade science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program.
The school would implement the Project Lead the Way STEM program, which is already used at the junior high and high school level, into elementary education as well. While the junior high and high school program is set up as classes using the Project Lead the Way’s Gateway program, the elementary STEM program will follow modules as part of the Launch program.

Sheriff’s staff moves into board room

The McLeod County Sheriff’s Department’s clerical staff and administration has moved into the former county board meeting room.
The personnel made the move to make way for the construction of an addition onto the current McLeod County Jail.
Several county staff members, representatives from the city of Glencoe, three county board members and members of the construction management team met Thursday morning for a pre-construction meeting, and heard about the move of the sheriff’s office personnel.

GSL boys soccer to pair up with Hutchinson

The Glencoe-Silver Lake boys soccer team will compete as a cooperative with the Hutchinson High School boys soccer team next year after a vote from the GSL school board Monday night.
Activities Director Dean Schwirtz told the board that the GSL boys soccer team had low numbers, leading it to play seventh graders and seniors on the same team. Joining with Hutchinson would give the team a full line-up.

County offers low-interest loans for septic repairs, replacement

More than a quarter of all Minnesota households use on-site sewage treatment systems, often referred to as septic systems, to treat their wastewater. While septic systems are designed and installed by licensed professionals, it is ultimately up to the homeowner to care for their system. Septic systems often fail because owners are unaware of the proper maintenance after installation.