June 29th, 2016

Post 641 wins Andyman Tournament

Trailblazer Board continues to ponder workplace issues

Sand Creek Group, which Trailblazer Transit hired to help it deal with its workplace environment, has withdrawn its services.
And Trailblazer’s executive assistant, Cindy Posivio, has resigned.
Both items were discussed as the Joint Powers Board met Thursday morning.

County Board declines to hire HHW manager

A proposal to hire a manager for McLeod County’s household hazardous waste (HHW) facility failed on a 3-2 vote Tuesday, June 21.
The county’s staffing committee recommended approving the new position, rather than hire a HHW technician. The resignation of a technician is what brought the matter before the staffing committee.

County focuses on education regarding AIS

McLeod County Environmental Services has been working the past two years to educate the public on the issue of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in area waterways.
On Tuesday, June 21, the McLeod County Board heard an update on the success of that public education program, aided in part by a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

Miller Manufacturing hosts 75th anniversary

After 75 years and several expansions, Miller Manufacturing has good reason to celebrate. The company hosted an open house on Friday, June 24, to mark its 75th anniversary.  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dan Ferrise gave a presentation on the history of the company and guests were taken on tours of the facility.
Miller Manufacturing began in 1941 when founder Barney Miller began selling poultry fountains. Current CEO Ferrise said the original product is still sold today. 

Subdivision ordinance, shed permit topics for county planning committee

McLeod County will begin reviewing its subdivision ordinance, Assistant Zoning Administrator Marc Telecky told the county planning advisory committee at its Wednesday, June 22, meeting.
Telecky said the ordinance was drafted in 1981, and was therefore due for a review. He said he will be working on the ordinance in conjunction with the McLeod County Attorney’s Office.

What’s happening to town celebrations?

This past weekend, we divided up our staff to cover a couple of community celebrations — Glencoe Days here, and Stewartfest in Stewart.
From all reports, neither celebration drew the participants that used to be of historic proportions in the past.
Granted, Saturday was probably the hottest day that we’ve seen this summer. And the two celebrations fall on the same weekend, following on the heels of Winstock near Winsted and Hutchinson’s Water Carnival.

Voting should be easy for the eligible

The elections process is not usually grist for inflammatory rhetoric. But this year has been different. Republican Donald Trump labeled the GOP primary process “crooked.” Democrat Bernie Sanders suggested his party’s use of super delegates made its nominating process a “rigged system.” For many voters, the intricacies of voting rules quickly became a topic of overriding interest.

It’s OK to disagree, but be respectful about it

To the Editor:
I write this letter because of the great disappointment I have in my councilor at large, Mr. Allen Robeck, and the disrespect he showed to constituents and city staff.

Public fails to support celebration

I was on all fours, eyeball to eyeball with my garden weeds. With the expanded “tire” around my stomach, it was difficult to breathe, and I was perspiring profusely, but the weeds had to go. They were taking over the garden.
While I was talking at (not to) the weeds, I was thinking about the recently completed Glencoe Days. I may have been thinking too much, because when my wife came home, she noticed there were gaps in the zinneas.