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February 11th, 2015

Motion to repeal rental ordinance fails at Stewart Council meeting

A motion to repeal the city of Stewart’s rental inspection ordinance failed on a 2-2 vote Monday night.
New Council Member Curt Glaeser made the motion after the City Council had a lengthy discussion with resident Keith Fredrickson over the ordinance.
Both Glaeser and Council Member Chuck Kruggel (who also took office in January) voted in favor of Glaeser’s motion, while council members Kevin Klucas and Jim Eitel voted against.

Rotten apples spoil the whole barrel

Rental inspection ordinances and “snowbird” ordinances seem to be dominating city council discussions in the area.
Last week in Brownton, a resident complained about the city’s amendement to its winter parking ordinance, which prohibits parking on city streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from November to April — regardless of snowfall.

Lost keys? No, I lost the whole darn car

Former Chronicle sports editor Lee Ostrom used to tell me that once a person hits 50, “it’s all maintenance.” Which I think was just a nice way of saying “it’s all downhill from here.”
There comes a time in life when a person has a hard time recalling a memory, or wonders obsessively if they left on the iron, stove, oven, lights, forgot to turn down the thermostat, or feed the dog before leaving the house. Or wastes precious minutes looking for keys or a phone that were right where they belonged all along.

Obama is giving away the store

To the Editor:
President Obama continues to try and give away the store, the latest being free college tuition. If you have money to pay for it, that is fine. We don’t.
Thomas Jefferson, a past president of the United States, said it best, and I quote, “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give it to those who would not.”
Robert L. Hatlestad

Record year for local Operation Minnesota Nice

To the Editor:
Linda Krueger, Colleen Benjamin and LaDonna Stuber want to thank everyone who helped make it possible this holiday season to send out 207 soldier care packages through Operation Minnesota Nice. Last year’s total was 166, and this year more family, friends, surrounding communities, churches, organizations and businesses — all too many to mention — generously donated time, items and money. We also received donations and packing help from a few local church youth groups.

No change in school polling places

The GSL School Board has finalized much of its proposal for the possible construction project it would like the public to approve on May 12. First, a motion was carried for a 30-year repayment plan, with a final payment to be made Feb. 1, 2045.
Next, Superintendent Chris Sonju recommended approval of the ballot language, highlighting the plans for the improvements, which  was approved by the board.

Push is on for Hwy. 212 improvements

Local legislators were asked Friday afternoon at a gathering at the Glencoe City Center’s Historic Room what can be done locally to help push for progress and funding for the long-stalled Highway 212 improvements. Those improvements would extend the four lanes west from Carver to Cologne.
The historic room seemed appropriate since the Highway 212 extension has been in the works for over 60 years and still has two major gaps — the five miles from Chaska to Cologne, and another five or six miles from Cologne to Norwood Young America.

Montgomery Gentry to headline 2015 Heat in the Street festival

The Glencoe Fire Department’s relief association continues to draw big-name talent to its annual Heat in the Street  music festival.
The department announced last week that Montgomery Gentry will be the headliner at this year’s Heat in the Street, set for July 25 in the Glencoe City Center parking lot.
Also slated are Eric Paslay, Chris Hawkey and The Plott Hounds.
Montgomery Gentry is comprised of the vocal duo of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, both natives of Kentucky.

100 years: Marie Dols reflects on her life

Marie Dols “loved her beauty shop,” which she ran for many, many years in Stewart.
“I got to know just about everyone,” she said last week.
And, apparently, people got to know Dols as well. That was evident Monday, Feb. 1, when a large group of women from the Stewart American Legion Auxiliary gathered at the Shade Tree Retirement Center in Brownton to celebrate Dols’ 100th birthday.
Dols is a 67-year member of the Auxiliary, which provided dessert and beverages to help her celebrate at an open house.

Jail expansion bids to be received in mid-April

Construction on McLeod County’s jail expansion project will hopefully begin as soon as road restrictions have been lifted this spring.
John McNamara of Wold Architects reviewed some final revisions with the County Board at its Feb. 3 meeting.
The potential closing of Ives Avenue just east of the courthouse and the reopening of Judd Avenue a block further east will free up some parking space, McNamara said.
The plan is to put angle parking on the east side of the former Ives right-of-way, near where Glencoe Oil once stood.