December 20th

Things to puzzle about on winter walks

When I was a young parent, many times I would dress the kids and then we’d all go frolic in the snow and cold of northern Minnesota.
It was a time-consuming ritual involving snow pants, boots, sweaters, jackets, stocking caps and finally a scarf. About the only thing left exposed was a patch for the eyes.
And then I would hear from the muffled little face. “I’ve got to pee.”
It was frustrating at the time. Now I chuckle at it.

Excited to start a new year at GSL Schools

To the Editor:
Happy Holidays to all of you from all of us at Glencoe-Silver Lake Public Schools I hope this letter finds you enjoying the holiday season and that it allows you to take time with family and friends.

Christmas spirit is alive and well in Glencoe

To the Editor:
The Christmas spirit was alive last Sunday, Dec. 11, in Glencoe.

House fire displaces rural Glencoe family

Charlie and Linda Becker were displaced from their rural Glencoe home as the result of a fire Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Glencoe Fire Chief Ron Grack said his department, as well as the New Auburn Fire Department, were dispatched to the home at 41670 170th Street, Sibley County, in the early morning hours Wednesday.
Grack said the fire appeared to have started near the stove in the kitchen.
“I thought we had a pretty good knockdown on it,” said Grack, and the fire departments left the scene within a couple of hours.

Trailblazer Transit Board approves wage increases, health insurance

The Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board approved a 2 percent step increase and a 2 percent cost of living adjustment for its employees at its Thursday, Dec. 15, meeting.
The board tabled a proposal to add holiday pay until it surveyed other transit systems to find out how they handle the issue.
Julie Latzig, Trailblazer’s human resources director, had proposed a 3 percent step increase and a 3 percent cost of living increase for the employees.

Trailblazer board tables WCAT withdrawal plans until January meeting

The Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board on Thursday tabled action on a possible withdrawal by WCAT (Wright County Area Transportation) until January, hoping that a change in board membership will bring “fresh eyes” to the situation.
In November, WCAT announced its intention to withdraw from the Trailblazer Transit joint powers agreement because of lingering issues surrounding a workplace enviromental study and a letter of reprimand that had been issued to Trailblazer Executive Director Gary Ludwig.

Council hears report on central storm water improvements

The Glencoe City Council heard the initial feasibility report on the central storm 2018 proposed sewer project at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 19.
The council had ordered the reported in August to look at addressing localized flooding issues within the city.
Chris Knutson and John Rodeberg with Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc., (SEH) presented the feasibility report.

Wrestlers drop two in abbreviated week

While the Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie wrestling team was scheduled to compete in four meets last week, an outbreak of skin herpes cut that schedule to just two.
Before the outbreak, the Panthers traveled to Arlington for a double dual meet against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (ACGC) and host Sibley East on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
It was not the kindest of evenings for GSL/LP as the Panthers dropped both ends of the double dual, losing 48-30 to ACGC and 44-21 to Sibley East.

Panther boys down NYA

After losing its first three games of the season, the Glencoe-Silver Lake boys’ basketball team bounced back strong with a pair of double-digit victories.
The Panthers built on a 65-50 toppling of Hutchinson on Friday, Dec. 9, by hanging a 60-46 defeat on visiting Norwood Young America on Saturday, Dec. 17. 
The win was GSL’s first in four tries against an opponent hailing from Section 2AA.

GSL girls split in pair of section matchups

After splitting a pair of home matchups against fellow Section 2AA competitors, the Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ basketball team entered this week with an even 3-3 record on the season. 
The Panthers got out to a 12-0 lead on visiting Sibley East on Tuesday, Dec. 13. 
However, unlike previous blowouts against Tri-City United and LeSueur-Henderson, the pesky Wolverines rallied and remained in the game until GSL pulled away late for a 72-55 victory.