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April 10th, 2019

County dairy association banquet, coronation Saturday

The McLeod County Dairy Association will hold its 66th spring banquet and dairy princess coronation, Saturday April 13 at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe.
The highlight of the event will be the coronation of the new 2019-20 dairy princesses.

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

Welcome home – Tony Noga happy to be back as Glencoe Coborn’s store director

When he saw the internal posting advertising the store director’s position at Coborn’s store in Glencoe, Tony Noga knew it was a job he would pursue.
He knew the store and the community well, well enough to call it home.
Earlier this winter, Noga was informed the job in Glencoe was his. After telling his wife and family, Noga called his parents, Rhonda and Dan Noga, to let them know he’d soon be moving home from Bismarck, N.D. where he was an assistant store director.

GSL’s prom Saturday at City Center

Glencoe-Silver Lake High School students will be decked out in their best attire Saturday as the school celebrates the annual junior-senior prom.
The prom’s grand march begins at 4 p.m. in the school’s purple gymnasium, which will be decorated to the theme of 1920s and The Great Gatsby. Over 220 students have signed up to attend prom.

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

City council will address East 11th Street extension cautiously

Guided by the cost of development, the absence of a developer ready to go and plenty of land suitable for commercial-industrial uses, the Glencoe City Council is taking a measured approach to the potential extension of East 11th Street to expand its business park on the east side of the city.

Unfinished business – Council wants to complete delayed first floor restrooms at City Center

A decade ago, they were the victims of cost-cutting and budget constraints during the renovation of the old high school as it was transformed into Glencoe City Center. Now, the city council is backing a plan to finish off the two restrooms on the west end of the building’s main floor.
During a workshop Monday afternoon, April 8, the council heard a plan to complete the unfinished restrooms. The hope is to have the work done in time for a 10-year celebration during the summer of 2020, said Gary Ziemer, a former city councilor working on the fundraising effort.

GSL parking lot project – School board will host public hearing Monday

Residents with opinions on whether the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board should, or should not, issue tax-abatement bonds to pay for a proposed improvement project have a chance to be heard during a public hearing Monday, April 15.
The school board is hosting a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. in the GSL School District’s Community Room, No. 443-444. The meeting will precede the board meeting at 7 p.m.

McLeod County Administrator Cindy Ford will retire May 31

McLeod County Administrator Cindy Ford, the top-ranking employee appointed by county commissioners, officially announced her retirement via a McLeod County press release issued by Commissioner Joe Nagel, chairman, sent to The Chronicle on April 3.
The press release states, in its entirety:
“On April 2, 2019, McLeod County Administrator, Cindy Ford, notified the McLeod County Commissioners that she will be retiring on May 31, 2019.

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

GSL speech team sending four to state meet Friday

Several weeks of hard work paid off for four members of the Glencoe-Silver Lake speech team at the recent section competition. The quartet will represent their school at the state meet Friday at Wayzata High School.
Lilly Nikkel, a senior, reached the state meet in informative speaking. Senior Leah Bettcher is headed to state in extemporaneous reading. She’s joined in the category by teammate Anthony LaPlante, a junior. Sophomore Kendra Klobe reached the state meet in creative expression.

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

Your right to be heard – Our view: This is your chance

It’s easy to make an argument the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District needs to upgrade the parking lots at its junior-senior high and Lakeside Elementary schools.
And still, there are taxpayers who don’t want to see the district spend just over $1 million on a project they don’t believe is worthwhile, especially when they know the district will seek an update of its operating levy this fall. Monday evening, April 15, 6:30 p.m., is your chance to be heard.

Klobuchar says our criminal justice system ‘is broken’

By Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Josephine Ledesma was a first-time nonviolent drug offender who never even used or sold drugs but still received a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison during the 1990s. She served more than 24 years in federal prison before receiving clemency from President Barack Obama in 2016. She now has a good job and is devoted to, as she says in her own words, "making up for all the time my children did not get to spend with me by being the best grandmother in the world."