August 24th, 2016

Heated debates continue at Trailblazer meeting

A motion to immediately terminate Trailblazer Transit Director Gary Ludwig’s employment was declared out of order and ultimately withdrawn at a Joint Powers Board meeting Thursday morning.
The motion was made in the midst of another long and messy discussion regarding Trailblazer’s workplace environment, and whether Ludwig was complying with a letter of reprimand issued by the board. The motion to terminate Ludwig was made by Sibley County Commissioner Jim Swanson and seconded by McLeod County Commissioner Doug Krueger.

Races develop in Glencoe City Council precincts

The city of Glencoe will have contested council races on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Filings for candidacy closed on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Mayor Randal Wilson is seeking re-election and is unchallenged. In Precinct 1, incumbent Daniel F. Perschau is being challenged by Milan Alexander; and, in Precinct 4, incumbent Kevin Dietz is being challenged by Cory Neid.
The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board has just three candidates, all incumbents. They include Jamie Alsleben, Kevin Kuester and Donna VonBerge.
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Dakota Trail contentious topic for county board

The McLeod County Board, on a 4-1 vote, tabled until Aug. 30 a decision on whether it should apply for Legacy grant funding to pave the Dakota Trail.
At its Aug. 16 meeting, Parks Director Al Koglin told the board that the trail had received designation as a regional trail, which will allow it to apply for a Legacy Fund grant. It is estimated that it will cost about $3.2 million to $3.3 million to recondition and pave the trail from the Carver County line to the city of Hutchinson.

Trailblazer board looks at extending service hours

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is updating its Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan, and that has the Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board pondering whether it should be expanding service hours into evenings and weekends.
Beverly Herfindahl of MnDOT said that the proposed plan is based on a survey of transit riders, and that longer weekday hours and expanded Saturday and even Sunday service were top themes that emerged.

Annual fly-in, sweet corn, brat feed set at Glencoe Airport

Glencoe Chapter 92 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, known as the South Central Minnesota Flyers, will have its annual sweet corn and bratwurst feed and fly-in on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at teh Glencoe Municipal Airport (Vernon Pershau Field).
A sweet corn and bratwurst meal will be served with all the trimmings. Discounted tickets are available in advance; young children eat free.

McLeod For Tomorrow sets 2nd annual Glow Run

The McLeod For Tomorrow Leadership Program has set its second annual Glow Run 5K for Saturday, Sept. 10.
The Glow Run event is designed to be family friendly, geared for running or walking, and hopes to encourage people to be outdoors and active. Participants are invited to dress in their best glow apparel, and costume prizes will be awarded after the run, which will be held Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. in Hutchinson.

County looks at renovating Piepenburg restrooms

McLeod County is planning improvements to the bathroom facility at Piepenburg Park, north of Hutchinson.
Parks Director Al Koglin told the County Board at its Aug. 16 meeting that the current bathroom is 34 years old, and needs some upgrading.
Koglin would like to totally remodel the interior, and divide it up into four family-style bathrooms, rather than having a men’s room and a women’s room.
The family-style bathrooms would allow more privacy, Koglin said.

Storm downs trees, power lines

New staff welcomed at GSL

County experiments with new road technology