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August 22nd, 2018

Our view: Push the school district to explain its case for levy increase

In addition to candidates for local, state and national office this fall, the general election ballot residents in the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District will include a request for voters to approve the school district’s request for additional funding to operate its schools. The school board is well within its right and obligation to ask property owners to approve an operating levy increase resulting in a property tax increase.

6 file for 3 seats on GSL board, other races develop for Nov. 6

A few local races have developed for the Nov. 6 election. The filing period for local municipal and school board seats closed on Aug. 14. Jason Lindeman, of Brownton, has filed for re-election for the Glencoe-Silver Lake School. Valarie Bandas, Andrea Janke, James Entinger, Jon Lemke, all of Glencoe, and Alicia Luckhardt have also filed for spots on the board. The positions are currently held by Lindeman, Anne Twiss and Clark Christenson

Commissioners talk property valuations, market adjustments

The regular Tuesday morning (Aug. 21) county board meeting was a fruitful example of political expediency. The board, most prominently, discussed the sale of a squad car to Brownton for $6,000, heard valuation trends and market adjustments and heard a presentation from the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF), and heard public input about property tax formula changes.

Fire destroys rural Stewart man’s shed

Earl Pagenkopf was sitting in his home last Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, when through a window he saw a woman hurriedly walking up his driveway around 10:30 a.m. He had no idea the news the woman was about to deliver.
“I don’t know why she didn’t drive up to the house,” he said.
The woman told Pagenkopf the shed behind his house on 190th Street in northwest Sibley County’s Grafton Township was on fire. Pagenkopf called firefighters and hustled out to the shed. He approached the structure but was pushed back by the heat and thick, black smoke.

Farm to early care a priority for local head start program

Getting kids to eat vegetables is no small task. That’s why the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council’s (TVOC) head start programs are taking a different approach. Through the Farm to Early Care program, TVOC is working to introduce vegetables early.
The organization introduces new fruits and vegetables every couple of weeks in the 15 head start centers across the state and one in North Dakota, including the migrant and seasonal center located in Glencoe.

School district Helping students, families with more than learning

In a small closet just off the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District's administrative offices, a cache of items, which unto themselves won’t help students learn, awaits distribution.
Without them education would be far more difficult.

Glencoe, area voters stick with winners in GOP, DFL primary

Voters in last Tuesday's Republican and DFL primary elections mostly favored the overall winners, regardless of whether or not their candidates were the favored choices of the respective political parties.
Voters favoring for Republicans in the Aug. 14 primary election in the state and congressional races primarily stuck with the candidates endorsed by the party. Mitzi Shimanksi, chairperson of the McLeod County Republicans, was concerned former Gov. Tim Pawlenty might win after snubbing the party’s endorsing process.

City OKs 14th Street extension, sends WWTP plans out for bids

With groundwork on a new 50-unit apartment complex underway, the Glencoe City Council selected the contractor charged with extending the road to the project Monday, Aug. 20.
The council selected William Mueller & Sons of Hamburg to extend 14th Street. The company’s bid of $254,759.71 was more than $23,000 lower than Land Pride Construction’s bid. The project drew four bids ranging from William Mueller’s bid to the high bid of $294,185 from OMG Midwest of Belle Plaine. William Mueller & Sons bid was just over the engineer’s estimate of $252,381.

August 21st

Messner repeats as Glencoe CC champ

Thomas Messner repeated as men’s champion, with Sheila Erpenbach claiming the women’s title after a weekend of competition in the Glencoe Country Club (GCC) Championship meet, Aug. 18-19.
Messner took first again in the championship flight, followed by Rick Selvey in second and Tom Mrvicka in third.
Erpenbach won the women’s championship flight, with Marce Selvey taking second.
Gerry Stuewe won the president’s flight, with Dean Exsted in second and Richard Dammann in third.

GKC members enjoy Hutchinson tourney

Several members of the Glencoe Karate Club (GKC) participated in the Hutchinson Fun Outdoor Camp and Tournament Aug. 17-18.
Attending members camped out at Masonic West River Park Friday night before beginning their Saturday morning with a 7:00 a.m. run, followed by training.
After breakfast, competing members took part in a life-size checkers game where players had to spar to acquire their square.
After checkers, the tournament began, with seven GKC members competing.