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August 23rd, 2017

Motions to discard, amend ordinance fail at Glencoe Planning Commission

City of Glencoe Planning Commission Member Lynn Exsted set forth two motions at the Aug. 17 meeting, both having to do with the metal vertical siding ordinance in Glencoe.
First, Exsted made the motion to recommend to the City Council that the ordinance not allowing vertical metal vertical siding in residential districts be removed from the city code (510.12). Exsted’s motion was seconded by Commission Member David Stark.

Brownton’s proposed $8.4 million project outlined at public hearing

Approximately 50 people attended the city of Brownton’s public hearing Aug. 15 on its proposed $8.4 million utility and street improvement project.
John Rodeberg, an engineer with Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH), the city’s engineering firm, noted that while many are concerned about assessments for the project, this hearing was to explain the needs driving the project. He did, however, add that the assessment policy would be explained during the hearing as the funding sources were outlined.

Silver Lake City Council looks at demolition financing options

The Silver Lake City Council heard a couple of possible options for financing the demolition of four substandard buildings on Main Street at its meeting on Monday.
Rebecca Kurtz of Ehlers and Associates, a financial consulting firm, informed the council that there are limited options.
The first and probably best option would be to create a tax increment financing (TIF) district, which would allow the city to capture the increased tax increment to repay any cost of redevelopment for up to 26 years.

Amend the ordinance on vertical siding?

The Glencoe City Council, its planning commission and its personnel and legislative committee have all been involved in discussions on vertical siding in residential areas.
Currently, the city ordinance prohibits vertical siding in residential areas, and conversation about it was sparked from a request for a variance to allow vertical siding that had already been installed on a garage.
At the latest Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission meeting, a commission member proposed eliminating the ban on vertical siding in residential areas.

He’s offended by the faces on currency

I have decided to toss all $1 bills out of my wallet and all quarters are immediately banned from my pants pockets. Nickels are gone, too. And that $2 bill on my dresser? It’s history!
Because the presidents immortalized on them have a tarnished record of being slave owners … more than 200 years ago. It doesn’t matter it was centuries ago and they were founding fathers, in current logic they are still accountable for their actions (by today’s standards).

Dayton’s opposition to mining, logging is hurting us

To the Editor:
Many of you are aware of the ongoing battle that is being waged against our mining and logging industries in Minnesota. Below is a link to an article from the Center of the American Experiment explaining how the Dayton administration’s policies on mining and logging hurts Minnesota’s environment and economy, and creates a serious fire hazard in Northern Minnesota: https://www.americanexperiment.org/2017/08/opposition-logging-min

Foster parent orientation session set for Sept. 9

McLeod County Social Services is hosting a foster parent orientation for families interested in becoming foster parents on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the McLeod County Solid Waste facility, 1065 Fifth Ave. SE, Hutchinson. The meeting will be an opportunity to learn about McLeod County’s foster care program, ask questions and to decide if being a foster parents is right for you.

Man extricated from vehicle after accident

A Gaylord man had to be extricated from a vehicle by the Gaylord Fire Department after a one-vehicle crash Saturday, Aug. 12, at about 5:15 p.m. The man, a passenger in the vehicle, was identified as Michael George Grames, 45, of Gaylord. He was taken by the Gaylord Ambulance to Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center in Arlington.
According to the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Lee Guinn, 35, of Henderson was eastbound on County Road 8 in a 2010 GMC truck, and went off the curve near 491st Avenue, about seven miles south of Gaylord.
The accident remains under investigation.

Gaylord motorcyclist dies in 3-vehicle crash

A Gaylord motorcyclist died in a three-vehicle accident in Gaylord on Tuesday, Aug. 15. Brian Reynold Severin, 59, of Gaylord, was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident was reported at 10:34 a.m.

CodeRED can alert residents to incidents

The tornado in Lester Prairie the evening of Wednesday Aug. 16, serves as a reminder that homes and businesses in McLeod County can be notified about damaging weather and other incidents that can strike.