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January 7th, 2015

Wrestlers capture title in Ogilvie

After missing the 34th-annual Ogilvie Lions Invitational in 2014 due to inclement weather, the GSL/LP wrestlers returned to the friendly confines of Ogilvie High School Jan. 3.
The Panthers dominated the tournament in 2012 and in 2013. The final results for 2015 showed an even greater domination by GSL/LP.

Panthers hold off Chargers 54-45

The Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ varsity cage team battled back and forth with Mayer Lutheran Monday night, but was able to come away with a 54-45 win at the end of the night.
“In a big section game, it was nice for GSL to walk away with the win,” said Coach Zach Otto-Fisher. This was the Panthers’ third win against section opponents, he said, with one loss so far this season.

Boys win final tilt of tourney

The GSL Panthers boys’ cage squad easily handled Prairie Seeds Academy Tuesday, Dec. 30, winning 87-50 for seventh place in the Tartan Holiday Tournament.
While Coach Robb DeCorsey had expressed frustration with his team’s ball-handling skills in the first two bouts of the tournament, he felt they did better with the ball against Prairie Seeds.
While the Panthers gave up the ball too much in their first two games, they shared well in the final tilt.

New year, new voices: changes on local boards

The Chronicle has been covering a rash of swearing-in ceremonies this week, which comes with a new year in local politics.
At the most local level, two commissioners were sworn in Tuesday morning at the McLeod County Board meeting. Monday night, new Glencoe City Council member Allen Robeck was given the oath of office — not only because he is newly elected, but because the Council needed him for a quorum because of the illness and vacations of others.

Pickleball starts at field house; players are needed

To the Editor:
Starting today, Jan. 7, pickleball is being offered at the Panther Field House from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. This game combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong and, as Glencoe-area players have discovered, is easy to learn.

Wright re-elected County Board chair on split vote

Paul Wright was re-elected as chair of the McLeod County Board of Commissioners on a 3-2 split vote at the organizational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 6.
New member Doug Krueger nominated Ron Shimanski as board chair. Sheldon Nies said he thought Wright should remain as board chair.
The normal practice is to have the vice chair take over as board chair, but Kermit Terlinder was not re-elected. Nies said by keeping Wright as chair it will keep some continuity.

City Council agrees to vacate block of Ives Avenue for jail project

The Glencoe City Council gave its approval Monday night to the vacation of one block of Ives Avenue to make way for the future expansion of the courthouse and county jail. The block lies between 10th Street and 11th Street.

Outgoing commissioners reflect on tenures

Outgoing McLeod County commissioners Kermit Terlinden and Jon Christensen pointed with pride to some of the county’s accomplishments during their tenures.
Both were invited by Board Chair Paul Wright to say a few words at the start of their final meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 30, as their terms came to an end.
Terlinden noted that when he first got on the County Board eight years ago, it was considering a huge jail project.
“Then the recession hit,” said Terlinden. And the County Board scrapped its plans.

Robeck takes oath of office

There is a new, but familiar, face on the Glencoe City Council after Allen Robeck was sworn into office Monday prior the annual organization meeting of the council. But it took a break from tradition to do it after three council members were absent, and the Council did not have a quorum to complete its 2014 business.
So Robeck, a longtime city employee — now retired — who was elected as the at-large council member in November’s general election, took the oath of office early in order to give the City Council its required minimum three votes.

Quorum issue causes dilemma at Council meeting

The Glencoe City Council ran into a dilemma Monday night over a grant request to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) concerning the Armstrong Avenue reconstruction work scheduled for 2016.
The dilemma occurred because newly seated Council Member Allen Robeck, who owns property along Armstrong Avenue, said he would abstain from the vote because of a conflict of interest.
But with the City Council already two members short due to illness and vacation, that left just two Council members to vote, one shy of a quorum.