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January 10th, 2018

County to reconsider reimbursement to management company for MRF

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners will consider increasing the amount it pays to Green Forest Recycling Services to $75 per ton for materials shipped to end markets from the current rate of $56 per ton.
Green Forest was hired by the County Board in 2017 as a private contractor to manage the county’s materials recovery facility (MRF), which handles the items collected through recycling.

Glencoe man faces charges after allegedly shaking baby

Timothy Daniel Miller, 24, of Glencoe, is facing a felony charge of assault in the first degree – great bodily harm after allegedly shaking a 51⁄2-month-old child on Jan. 4.
According to a criminal complaint filed in McLeod County District Court, Glencoe police responded to a home on Baldwin Avenue at about 10 a.m. that day, where a baby was found to be non-responsive and breathing shallowly. Miller allegedly admitted to shaking the baby. Miller was the only caretaker in the house at the time.

Brownton council displeased with another delay in project

The Brownton City Council was displeased to learn that its proposed $8.4 million street and utility improvement project may not be going out for bids in a timely manner.
The council heard at its Tuesday, Jan. 2, meeting that the final plans and specifications had not been approved until Dec. 20 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program, which is providing much of the funding for the project through low-interest loans and grants.

Stewart City Council sets public hearing on improvement project

The Stewart City Council set a public hearing on the proposed “Schedule C” of its street and utility project for Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The council met Monday night.
The city is proposing about $3.76 million in improvements, of which about $2.65 million will be paid through grants, according to information discussed at the meeting.
But before the hearing, the City Council will have a workshop session Monday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m., to tweak the proposed plans.

Brownton council hears plans for tax-forfeited properties

Brownton citizens will hopefully see a cleaned-up grocery store site on its main street soon.
The former grocery store, located on Fourth Avenue North, has fallen into disrepair, with bricks falling off the building and the roof caving in. The city has placed a fence around the lot to keep pedestrians out of the area.
Bruce Turner, told the Brownton City Council at its Jan. 2 meeting that his first goal is to begin hauling away the debris and to secure the building.

Stewart struggles with finding daytime emergency medical responders

The city of Stewart is looking for ways to beef up its emergency medical responder (more commonly known as first responder) crew, and to address staffing shortages during daytime hours.
Carol Nelson, captain of the emergency medical responders (EMRs), said the unit had recently changed its protocol to allow the unit to have just one EMR respond as long as a deputy is on scene. In the past, the protocol was to have at least two EMRs on board the truck before responding.

SL City Council makes annual appointments

Silver Lake Mayor Bruce Bebo made his annual appointments at the City Council’s organizational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Rural Glencoe shed destroyed by fire

Fire destroyed a shed and two vehicles on Harvest Road north of Glencoe Sunday night.
Glencoe Fire Chief Ron Grack said the department received the page at about 6:30 p.m., and was on scene for about three hours.
The shed was fully involved when the department arrived, Grack added. The approximately 30-foot by 40-foot shed was located at the Wayne and Kim Strong property. The shed was a wood-frame building lined with tin.
Grack said his department was aided by Silver Lake with a tanker and manpower, and water tanker trucks from Lester Prairie and Hutchinson.

Applications open for MARL Class X

Applications are now being accepted for the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) Class X.
MARL is a dynamic two-year educational experience featuring nine three-day in-state seminars, a six-day national study seminar and a 10- to 14-day international study seminar. Its mission is to develop the skills of Minnesota’s agricultural and rural leaders so they may maximize their impact and effectiveness in local, state, national and international arenas.

Plato woman escapes injury in crash

A Plato woman escaped injury when her vehicle was rear-ended in Mankato Wednesday, Jan. 3.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Alissa Ann Ramthun, 22, of Plato, was driving a 2014 Ford Focus northbound on Highway 22 and had stopped at a stoplight at North Victory Drive in Mankato. Emily Ann Aiken, 32, of Eagle Lake, also was northbound on Highway 22, in a 2006 Mercury Mountaineer, and had stopped behind Ramthun’s vehicle. When the light turned green, the Mountaineer rear-ended the Focus.