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November 11th, 2015

A quick course on Open Meeting Law

A Glencoe City Council member stopped by Friday to ask us to check into whether a  morning meeting between county and city officials had violated the Minnesota Open Meeting Law.
Unfortunately, I was gone for the afternoon, but the short answer is: no, it did not violate the law.
In essence, the Open Meeting Law states that any government meeting of a body that has a quorum of its members must be open to the public. That includes not only boards and councils, but committees and subcommittees of those boards and councils.

Planned Parenthood selling fetus parts to bidders

To the Editor:
For many people, parenthood is not planned. It just happens.
For many it is a blessing. For some, it is an unfortunate mistake. What do you do? Accept it and do what is right for the child? Or decide to end the pregnancy? How do you do that? Where do you go?

Auxiliary appreciates service of U.S. veterans

To the Editor:
The members of the Silver lake American Legion Auxiliary Unit 141 would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.
Thank you for serving this great country. Thank you for protecting us. Thank you for the security we have and feel here at home. We know you sacrificed much for your country and all of us. And though you may no longer wear the uniform, we know you’re always on call to serve and protect the freedom and security of the United States of America.

Scaled-back jail project cost still higher than hoped

Contegrity Group Construction Management and Wold Architects have managed to trim McLeod County’s proposed jail expansion project, but maybe not enough.
At a workshop session following its regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 3, the County Board heard that a reduction in square footage, changes in the concrete and the elimination of a drive-through sallyport resulted in a new estimate of about $7.99 million. However, that is still considerably higher than the $7.4 million original budget.

Depressed commodity prices impact solid waste

Depressed commodity prices have led to a current operating loss of over $250,000 for McLeod County Solid Waste. Add in the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) retrofit payment, and that loss is pushing $600,000 for the first eight months of 2015.
The Solid Waste Advisory Committee, which consists of the five McLeod County commissioners, heard those figures Friday, Oct. 30, as it considered a business plan for the facility.

GSL’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ opens Friday night

Glencoe-Silver Lake High School takes a trip down the rabbit hole Friday with the opening of its fall musical “Alice in Wonderland” Friday  at 7 p.m. in the GSL High School Auditorium. A second performance will be Saturday, also at 7 p.m.
The performance, familiar to many from Disney’s adaption and the book by Lewis Carroll, follows Alice, a young daydreamer who dislikes books and craves adventure. She finds it when a very late White Rabbit rushes past her.

GSL Board takes care of glitch in land sale to Brownton

The Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board tied up loose ends from the sale of the district’s school property in Brownton at the regular meeting last night.
The GSL District obtained the land when the former McLeod West School District dissolved and the former Brownton district, which was a partner with Stewart in the McLeod West district, became part of GSL.

House speaker, Senate minority leader help rally local Republicans at fundraiser

McLeod and Sibley county Republicans talked a bit about the upcoming 2016 legislative session at a rally at the Crow River Winery Wednesday, Nov. 4, but mostly focused on how to regain the majority in the Minnesota Senate, as well as capture the governorship.
And the local Republicans had some high-ranking compatriots from whom to draw inspiration — Senate Minority Leader David Hann and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt. Also speaking were local legislators, state Reps. Glenn Gruenhagen and Dean Urdahl, and state Sen. Scott Newman.

City discusses end of no-cost recycling, ordinance on utilities

Glencoe city officials gathered Wednesday, Nov. 4, for a personnel and legislative committee meeting. The committee discussed policy updates and potential new ordinances.
No-cost recycling
City Administrator Mark Larson informed the committee that at the end of the year, the county will no longer offer no-cost recycling to the city.
The cost to the city will now be $4,904.40 annually if the city continues to separate recycling and have it picked up by the county.

2nd half of ag property tax payments due Nov. 15

McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz Ford reminds taxpayers that the second half of property tax for agricultural properties is due Nov. 15. With Nov. 15 falling on a Sunday, tax payments will be accepted Monday, Nov. 16, without penalty.
Payments are accepted by mail or in person at the McLeod County North Complex building, 2391 Hennepin Ave. N, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or there is a convenient payment drop box located just outside of the building.