October 22nd, 2014

Peterson is good for agricultural industry

To the Editor:
We are writing in strong support of Congressman Collin Peterson. We are sick and tired of all the negative, misleading attacks.
These outside groups are misleading voters into thinking that Collin has changed, or that he travels too much. In fact, Collin represents a district that would take over seven hours to drive from one end to the other. It’s bigger than 12 states and the District of Columbia. Collin works hard to show up and listen to constituents in all corners of his district. How could you do that with a car?

Clarification on veterans’ memorial site

To the Editor:
I felt it was necessary to write this letter to respond to the article in last week’s paper regarding the County Board. It stated there was a proposal to place a veterans memorial on the courthouse property in Glencoe.

Negative ads against Westrom are false

To the Editor:
Like most of you, I am sick of the negative political ads. I am particularly irritated by the deceptive ads against my friend, Torrey Westrom.

City Council delays Armstrong Avenue project until 2016

In a major change of plans, the Glencoe City Council on Monday night opted to split the proposed 2015 street maintenance project into two parts spread over two years. The city will reconstruct the streets and underground utilities in the Lincoln Park area next year, but will delay the reconstruction of the Armstrong Avenue area until 2016.

Council eyes possible solution for flood issue

On Monday night, the Glencoe City Council eyed a possible solution to the flooding coming from the north that has overwhelmed parts of the community the past two years and caused extensive damage.
The solution is one proposed earlier with the Morningside Avenue extension project several years ago —run a 36-inch sewer pipe underground from the school wetlands on the east side of the high school east into the east ditch system.

Candidates field wide array of questions at forum

District 2 county commissioner candidates answered questions regarding trails, the Met Council, public transit, flooding and one-sort recycling at the Oct. 14 forum sponsored by the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce.
Luce Line Trail
The first question posed regarded McLeod County’s contribution of $500,000 toward the renovation and perhaps, eventual paving, of the Luce Line Trail.
Kermit Terlinden, the incumbent, said the county supports “many other interests, such as libraries and parks.”

Candidates talk education, pipelines, insurance

Candidates for state office were peppered with questions ranging from education funding to the Keystone Pipeline at the forum sponsored by the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Participating in the quorum were governor or lieutenant governor candidates from the Independence, Libertarian and Grassroots parties. Neither the Republican nor Democrat parties were represented.

City agrees to apply for grant to help out proposed food co-op

The Glencoe City Council Monday night approved a request to apply for an AgStar feasibility grant to help a local group start a food cooperative in Glencoe.
Speaking for the food cooperative steering committee, Janette Goettl said a lawyer has been hired to draw up bylaws and articles of incorporation for the co-op, and the group is seeking 500 members to contribute $20 each to provide start-up funds for the food co-op. Hopefully, once in hand, AgStar will provide the matching grant, Goettl said.
She added that a co-operative board of directors is in place.

Glencoe to conduct tree inventory

An inventory of trees in city boulevards, parks and cemeteries was approved by the Glencoe City Council on Monday night. The survey will be done by Minnesota GreenCorps. Shelby Gamache, a spokesperson for the group, made a presentation to the City Council.
Gamache said she will serve in McLeod County for the next year as the area prepares for the arrival of emerald ash borer. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, Gamache said the ash disease is expected to have a huge impact in Minnesota, a state with the highest percentage of ash trees in the country.

Infrastructure, priorities dominate forum

Glencoe City Council candidates were asked about their priorities, health insurance,  infrastructure and blight at the Oct. 14 forum sponsored by the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce.
At the heart of the discussion was the city of Glencoe’s proposed $11 million projects to address infrastructure, street surface and water issues.
All of the candidates agreed that aging infrastructure needs to be addressed, but there were differences in opinion on how to pay for those improvements.