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May 29th, 2019

County PAC recommends approval on pole sheds, final plat

The McLeod County Planning and Advisory Commission recommended approval of two conditional use permits (CUP) and one final plat, now headed to the McLeod County Board of Commissioners for approval at its June 4 meeting.
Michael Cacka of Silver Lake received final approval of a one-lot plat, called Lake Kristi Addition, to create a residential lot in Rich Valley Township. Commission members didn’t see any issues as it was presented, so it quickly moved to support the final plat.

Lindberg thrilled to be open in S.L.

There’s a big difference between operating a shop in a mall and on Main Street in Silver Lake. Andrea Lindberg enjoys the small-town feel of her new address.

Retiring teachers: GSL’s Stensvad ready for next chapter in a very busy life after school

It's a bittersweet feeling, the idea of retirement. Roxanne Stensvad prefers the idea she's turning the page to the next chapter of her life rather than retiring from teaching.
After all, how does a person stop doing something they absolutely love doing?
For the record, Stensvad's career as a teacher at Glencoe-Silver Lake will come to an end this week. She's taught science at GSL for 40 years.
“I'm really going to miss this place. This was my first and only job,” she said. “I'll be missing the kids and all the staff I've worked with.”

Retiring teachers: Kay Wilson valued relationships with kids, music, self-expression

aff Writer
The last choir concert of the year was befitting to Kay Wilson and the message she's fostered over 35 years of teaching. A sense of community, camaraderie and candor immersed the school's auditorium in what was her last concert as a Glencoe-Silver Lake choir instructor.
"I feel totally blessed with working here and having this job," Wilson said with a heavy focus on the positives a long career granted her.

Fundraising for City Center restroom completion begins

About a decade ago, the available funding for the renovation of the old Glencoe High School was nearly complete. The funding, much of it from generous donations, wasn’t enough to complete the project.
Now, efforts are underway to complete the project. The work involves the restrooms at the west end of the building on the main floor. Completing the bathrooms is expected to cost about $132,000. Some of the materials to be used were from the building renovation project, said Dan Ehrke, Glencoe’s assistant city administrator.

GSL Class of 2019 graduates Friday

Glencoe Silver Lake’s Class of 2019 will complete its final act Friday when it graduates and begins the next phase in life’s journey.
The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. It will include a welcome from Matt Foss, the high school’s principal, performances by the senior choir and concert choir. Andrew Wraspir, the senior class president, will deliver the student address, “Class of 2019.”
Following the announcement of honors and awards, a senior class video will be shown. Diplomas will be presented and the new graduates will be presented.

Graduating songwriter, rapper looks forward to using his education at next level

He knows his music isn’t for everyone. Ethan Knudten is OK with the notion not everyone likes rap or the songs he creates.
His music has been a learning process so far, learning he expects to continue next fall as a freshman at the University of Minnesota. But first, Knudten and his classmates at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School have a date with their commencement Friday evening, May 31, 7 p.m., at the senior high school.

GSL’s super mileage team brings home third-place hardware

They went to Brainerd primarily interested in recording the best results they could.
For the five members of the Glencoe-Silver Lake super mileage team, last week’s trip was mission accomplished.
The five students – Anna Salgado, Jon Ramige, Markus Fleck, Adam Garouette and Isaac Swift – are proof hard work and working to overcome difficulties pays off. The quintet earned third-place finishes in the E85 fuel-powered class and the electric-motor class Monday and Tuesday, May 13-14, at Brainerd International Raceway.

City, county moving toward start of Morningside project

With the funding picture coming into sharper focus, Glencoe and McLeod County are moving toward the start of the Morningside Drive project.
The lone hurdle before sending the project out for bids is completion of discussions on cost and cost sharing with TC&W Railroad, said John Brunkhorst, McLeod County engineer and director of Public Works.

Mental health is an important health care issue for all

By Tina Smith
U.S. Senator
I’ve learned the lessons of depression the hard way. It's something I experienced first in my late teens, and then again in my 30s.
Depression makes you feel so hopeless that you can’t even see hope on the horizon. You can’t feel joy or love or contentment, and you can’t see a way you’ll ever feel that way again. And at that point, what’s the point?
The worst part about depression is how treacherously it saps your capacity to function. Treacherous because depression can feel like a per-sonal weakness rather than what it is: a malfunction of our brain.