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July 10th, 2019

Brownton considers liability insurance, doubling utilities access charge

The Brownton City Council discussed and tabled increasing the city’s connection charges for water, sewer and natural gas as well as its liability coverage at its meeting Tuesday, July 2.
Discussion around liability coverage, especially as it pertains to alcohol-related events, came as some cities in Minnesota are making changes to their liability coverage. As the council considers following suit, it wants to ensure the city’s liability coverage indicates that the renter’s insurance carries the social host liability, not the city.

Silver Lake Council looks at $7.5 million in improvements

The Silver Lake City Council met with John Rodeberg, Jordan Van Oort and Jeff Ledin from the engineering firm of Short Elliot and Hendrickson Inc. (SEH) to prioritize the city’s capital improvement projects in a workshop Monday, July 8.
Rodeberg, Van Oort and Ledin gave each council member a survey prior to the meeting to rate what they felt as the top priorities for the city. The city council will continue discussions on possible projects later this summer.

Planning commission backs kennel, mining plans

The McLeod County Planning Commission voted to recommend the county board consider a kennel project in Rich Valley Township.

Stewart council hears from RS Fiber board, HBC representatives about shortfall

The Stewart City Council sat with representatives from RS Fiber Cooperative and Hiawatha Broadband Company (HBC) to discuss the financial impacts facing the city due to a shortfall in funding.
RS Fiber has been the topic of tumultuous conversation in Stewart and Brownton — the only two out of 10 member cities located in McLeod County. The RS Fiber board recently transitioned its funding from private investors to HBC, the company it partnered with to get high-quality, reliable internet, TV and telephone services to rural communities.

School board OKs two-year pact with GSL’s principals

As it negotiates two-year contracts with the unions representing its teachers and paraprofessionals, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board approved an agreement with its four building administrators Monday evening.
The board unanimously approved without public discussion at the July 8 meeting a 225-day contract with building administrators for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. The agreement will cost $560,584 in 2019-2020 and $573,325 in 2020-2021. It will cost $28,210 more than the contract that ended June 30 and is a 5.11 percent increase for wages and benefits over the next two years.

Common Cup Ministries 2019-20 school supply drive underway

Common Cup Ministry is collecting school supplies for children in need for 2019-20 school year.
Last year, approximately 500 children in McLeod County applied for, and received supplies and a backpack. Common Cup relies on individuals like you to donate the needed supplies or dollars to make this possible. Organizations, church groups, clubs, families, and individuals are encouraged to donate. Supply lists are available online at commoncupmn@gmail.com or at the Common Cup Thrift Store in Glencoe.

(For the complete story, see the July 10 print edition of The Chronicle.)

Bloodmobile coming to area

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive next Wednesday, July 17, 1 to 7 p.m., in Stewart at the community center, 551 Prior St.
A blood drive is slated for Wednesday, July 24, 1 to 7 p.m., at Glencoe City Center, 1107 11th St. E.
To schedule an appointment online, visit www.redcrossblood.org online or call 1-800-733-2767.

School board, Lemke switch stance on schedule change for 2019-2020

About a month after a proposal to change the times when the school day started and ended failed in a split vote, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board did an about-face Monday evening and approved the change.

County hosting virtual tour of future government center

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners is hosting a virtual tour of the future McLeod County Government Center Tuesday, July 16.
The tour will run from 4 to 6 p.m. and include architectural renderings and a virtual reality goggle tour.
The future McLeod County Government Center, the former implement dealership, is at 520 Chandler Ave. N. in Glencoe.

Transformer failure leaves part of county courthouse in the dark

A transformer failure at the McLeod County Courthouse in Glencoe left workers in the dark.
Just after 10 a.m. Monday, July 8, one of three 250-kilovolt amp (KVA) transformers in a case outside the sheriff’s office on the southwest corner of the courthouse complex at the corner of East 10th Street and North Hennepin Avenue failed.