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August 8th, 2018

McLeod County announces new election equipment

McLeod County Interim Auditor Treasurer Connie M. Kurtzweg would like to inform voters of new technology within our McLeod County polling places beginning with the August Primary Election, as electronic poll books are replacing the paper rosters used to check in and register voters. Electronic poll books were authorized throughout the state with a 2014 law and have been used in previous elections in Minnesota counties. McLeod County applied and was awarded special funding to purchase the electronic poll books to be used in the 2018 elections and forward.

Want to get involved in politics?

Back in 1883, Teddy Roosevelt wrote an essay on what it takes to be a true American citizen. He did not mince words. “The people who say that they have not time to attend to politics are simply saying that they are unfit to live in a free community,” he wrote. “Their place is under a despotism.” He went on: “The first duty of an American citizen, then, is that he shall work in politics.”

Primary elections are Aug. 14

It has been an interesting time since the last election in 2016 and many people have put their hats in the ring for a number of state and federal positions.
In less than a week, Tuesday, Aug. 14, primary elections will be held.
With the exception of a Sibley County board seat in the New Auburn area, there are not local races that will be on the ballot next week.
There are, however, a lot of candidates running for Governor, two senate seats, congress seats and state representatives.

City to ‘explore other options’ for Hennepin Avenue building

Glencoe City Council on Monday night approved exploring other options concerning the proposed demolition of a vacant Hennepin Avenue commercial building (former General Store) as it struggled with the $124,370 low bid for its removal.
“This is an odd occurrence,” said Mayor Randy Wilson. “It hasn’t happened before.” He said past demolition costs were about $6,000 to $8,000, “not $124,000!”
“Is there a rush to tear this down?” asked council member Milan Alexander. “It’s not falling down.”

Glencoe to participate in the Blandin leadership program

Glencoe is one of eight communities selected to participate in the 2019 Blandin Community Leadership Program, and is now in the process of recruiting 24 community members. Recruiting will go on until Dec. 3 and the week-long leadership training will be held Feb. 11-15 at Sugar Lake Lodge near Grand Rapids.
Becky Adams, leadership recruitment manager, explained the program at Monday night’s Glencoe City Council meeting.
The program began over 30 years ago and has helped provide intensive leadership training to over 7,000 rural community leaders in Minnesota.

Two injured in rollover in Sibley County

Jamie Kay Besch, 33, of Glencoe was injured in a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 5 in Green Isle Township, Friday, Aug. 3.
A 1997 Saturn sedan, driven by Justin Mitchell Sayles, 30, of Norwood Young America was heading westbound on Highway 5 when Sayles lost control and rolled the vehicle.
Besch, who was a passenger, was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
Sayles was transported to the Ridgeview Medical Center in Arlington.
Seat belts were not worn at the time of the rollover and alcohol is believed to have been involved.

Council votes to move forward with WWTP

Glencoe City Council opted to bypass a peer review of its $20 million to $23 million wastewater treatment plant project, and instead decided to continue on its schedule to call for plans and specifications on Aug. 20, open bids Oct. 17, award bids in November and begin construction next spring.
The action came after a City Council workshop session late last month in which an Iowa engineering firm was asked to give a second opinion on the cost of the Glencoe plans compared to construction of similar plants in Iowa for half the cost.

Council hears BCWD ditch plan

At Monday night’s meeting, Glencoe City Council members received a long-awaited study of the central and east ditch water management project that was presented by Lisa Odens of Houston Engineering.
The aim of the project is to address nagging flooding problems throughout the Glencoe area due to heavy rain events. Those heavy rains have caused wide-spread flooding problems and damages over the last several decades.

County board approves CUP for solar farm

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners spent the majority of their Tuesday morning open portion of the meeting discussing and approving a request from Novel Energy for a conditional use permit for two single-megawatt community solar garden systems to be connected to the public power grid of Xcel Energy on private property in the Winsted Township.

4 file for 3 seats on Glencoe City Council

Four candidates have filed for three open seats on the Glencoe City Council as of Tuesday morning.
Current Councilor At-Large Al Robeck has filed for re-election. Mike Drew has also filed to run for the open seat on the council.
Council member John Schrupp has filed for re-election in precinct two.
Paul Lemke has filed to run for the council position in the third precinct. The seat is currently held by Gary Ziemer.
No one has filed for the three open seats on the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board. The positions are currently held by Anne Twiss, Clark Christenson and Jason Lindeman.