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February 4th, 2015

Brownton City Council to seek public comment on RS Fiber

The city of Brownton is planning at least one public meeting to get input on whether it should continue its participation in the RS Fiber project.
The project, which includes 10 communities in Sibley and Renville counties, has a goal of providing fiber optic to homes and businesses as an alternative to traditional copper cabling for phone, Internet and television service.
The Brownton City Council met in special session with Mark Erickson, former Winthrop city administrator, who is on a leave of absence to help coordinate the start-up of RS Fiber.

Brownton’s Cabin Fever Days celebration set Friday, Saturday

Brownton’s fourth-annual Cabin Fever Days celebration will open Friday night with a comedy show and live band at the Brownton Area Civic Center.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the first show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Featured comedians include Ron Lamprecht, a 1988 graduate of Brownton High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran who later turned to comedy.

Bussler’s newspaper fares well in contest

A newspaper owned by a former Brownton resident did very well in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, with winners being announced at the annual convention last week.
Rick Bussler, son of Cliff and June Bussler of Brownton, is the owner and publisher of the Blooming Prairie Times.
Among other awards, the Times won the prestigious Lynn Smith Community Leadership award for “The Invisible Scar,” which brought awareness to the issue of sexual abuse.

Global warming, volcanoes or a fluke?

Popular meteorologist Paul Douglas outlined some disturbing changes in our climate to members of the McLeod County Corn & Soybean Growers Association at their annual meeting Saturday.

Hi, my name is Rich, and I’m addicted

“I’m a man and I can change, if I have to … I guess.”
I looked out over the crowd of blank stares. Any fan of PBS’“Red Green” show knows that is the “Men’s Prayer” at Possum Lodge.
Apparently I was at the wrong meeting.
Let me start again.
“Hi, my name is Rich, and I’m a Captain Crunch-aholic.”
“Hi, Rich,” the group responded, but with even more perplexed looks on their faces.

Info coming on building project

To the Editor:
In the upcoming weeks and months ahead, you will be hearing about the proposed building project at Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL). The project’s scope is similar to the one that was narrowly defeated back in 2011.
Unfortunately, the needs of our district have not gone away and the cost has only increased. Back in 2011, the project was an $18.5 million facility. Today, with a few changes to reduce square footage, we will be asking for just over $24 million.

A little less salt on roads could save a lot of money

To the Editor:
A subject that has always haunted me is the process of putting corrosive chemicals on our winter roads. I have never been in favor of it, but can also see the need for it in a reasonable manner.
I have noticed the use of salt has now gone extreme even in outlying counties. No longer is it just the curves and intersections being salted, but every mile of road.

Blizzard Blast

Glencoe City Council approves 30-block Lincoln Park project

After more than three years of planning and designing, the second of a three-phased comprehensive street improvement plan received approval from the Glencoe City Council Monday night on a 4-1 vote. Council Member Allen Robeck voted no.
The reconstruction project involves a 30-block area round Lincoln Park and could begin in late April or early May. The project is expected to be substantially completed in November. The final layer of street bituminous will be completed in June 2016.

Paul Douglas talks climate change with area farmers

Whether one believes in global warming, or thinks there is just a blip in climactic trends, weather has changed over the past several years, meteorologist Paul Douglas told members of the McLeod County Corn & Soybean Growers Association Saturday night.
The association had its annual meeting and dinner at the Pla-Mor Ballroom Saturday and Douglas, who has been a meteorologist for Twin Cities television stations and the Star Tribune, was the guest speaker.