December 17th

Bigger schools aren’t always better

After living in several large cities, I was unsure what would greet me when I returned to my small hometown. How would this be different? Big cities are often very arrogant about what they have to offer, and at times can scoff at the opportunities (or they say lack thereof) in a small community. In my first weeks here at The Chronicle, I was given my first chance to explore some of these differences.

Five injured in 2 accidents within 2 days on Hwy. 7

Five people were injured in two accidents within two days on Highway 7 in the Lester Prairie area.
A Lester Prairie couple and a Woodbury man were all injured in a head-on collision Tuesday, Dec. 9, at about 2:10 p.m., on Highway 7 near Carver County Road 33, east of Lester Prairie.

Food Shelf to try some evening hours

The McLeod Emergency Food Shelf will be trying out some evening hours at both its locations — Glencoe and Hutchinson.
Executive Director Lennie Albers said that evening hours for both accepting donations and distributing food will be held each Thursday starting Thursday, Jan. 8. Donations will be accepted from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, while distributions will be from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Albers said both donors and clients have been asking for some evening hours.

County Board drops proposed tax hike

After a failed motion to increase its 2015 levy 2 percent, the McLeod County Board voted Tuesday morning for a 0 percent increase.
A 2 percent increase would have raised an additional $365,872 in 2015, which Board Chair Paul Wright said would have been tagged for implementing the results of a salary compensation study that is currently under way.
But commissioners Ron Shimanski and Jon Christensen argued against the proposed increase, citing the current farm economy.

Denny’s Barber Shop next on city of Glencoe’s demolition list

Glencoe’s downtown area will lose its third business building on Greeley Avenue within a year.
The Glencoe City Council heard Monday night that the building that houses Denny’s Barber Shop, 1218 Greeley Ave., was recently condemned for occupancy after a city building inspection of the rental units resulted in a structural engineer being called in. That resulted in the condemnation action after it was discovered the building was leaning to the north and could not be repaired.

Living Nativity set for Saturday evening

The Evangelism Committee at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe, along with the Rev. James Gomez of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, also in Glencoe, are planning another live nativity to take place at Oak Leaf Park this Saturday, Dec. 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The two organizing churches were approached by the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce two years ago with hopes that Glencoe could have a living nativity similar to that in Arlington.

Lights, characters at Holly Days parade

Community Strings concert

Santa visits Plato

December 15th

Airport roof, Denny's building on council agenda

The Glencoe City Council will consider quotes for roofing at the municipal airpot, and will discuss the Denny's Barber Shop building at its meeting tonight.

Also on the agenda is an update from James Peters on a potential veterans park and the setting of a public hearing on the petition to close Ives Avenue between 10th and 11th streets to accommodate McLeod County's proposed jail expansion project.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chamber's at the Glencoe City Center.