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August 12th, 2015

McLeod For Tomorrow plans Glow Run

The McLeod For Tomorrow leadership program is planning a “Glow Run” for Sept. 19. Details about the run can be found in a news brief in this issue of The Chronicle.
We cannot say enough good things about this program. Two of our McLeod Publishing staffers are alumni of the program.

Canada is not just a big, white blob

We were sitting with old friends in their living room in Stratford, Ontario, recently, watching the nightly news. They happened to have a New York TV station on at the time, and we noticed something peculiar. The TV weather map was an outline of New York state with an unidentified white blob north of there. That white blob happened to be Canada.

Council’s decision impacts local liquor vendors

To the Editor:
Once again, it’s read about after the decision has been made. Reference to the City Council action of Aug. 3, 2015, as reported in The McLeod County Chronicle — Glencoe Wine and Spirits as the exclusive bar provider at the Glencoe City Center.
If we eliminate the rhetoric and conclusions that have been reached, the effect is not simply on Dubbs Grill and Bar, but rather on all vendors and users of the Glencoe City Center venue. Decisions and recommendations are being made by individuals with limited or no food and beverage experience.

County Board may select construction manager on Aug. 18

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners received four construction management proposals for its proposed jail expansion and courthouse security project.
The County Board heard at its Aug. 4 meeting that four proposals had been submitted for construction management services, and two had been chosen by a committee for further consideration.
On Aug. 4, the County Board met with representatives from Contegrity Group of Little Falls and Kraus Anderson of Circle Pines in a workshop session to hear their proposals more fully explained.

School Board adopts 10-year maintenance plan

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board approved a 10-year long-term facility maintenance plan presented by Business Manager Michelle Sander at its regular meeting Monday night.
This plan is a new requirement put in place by the state legislature and had to be approved before the August levy data completion.
This new long-term facility plan combines previous revenues for deferred maintenance, health and safety and alternative facilities into one revenue program.

School, city discuss plans for drainage

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board heard a plan for drainage improvement from Glencoe City Administrator Mark Larson and a Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) engineer.
The plan would address the flooding problems that have occurred around the city and especially around the high school and junior high school after large rainfalls in 2013 and 2014.

Lemke Welding closes up shop after 100 years

After almost 100 years, Paul Lemke and Son Welding has closed down its shop on Hennepin Avenue in Glencoe.
The store opened at the turn of the century and was taken over by current owner Charlie Lemke’s father in 1922.
The store weathered a fire in 1957 and was reconstructed to be the building it is today.
Lemke himself started working there in the late ’50s, putting in more than 50 years of work at the shop.
The store is closing now because it is just too small for the work.

New dentist joins Dunbar Dental Clinic

Dunbar Dental Clinic in Glencoe welcomed a new dentist, Dr. Matthew Penz in May.
Penz is originally from Rochester and joined Dunbar after three years at a larger group practice. Penz said he made the transition because he preferred the style of a smaller, more intimate practice.
“I wanted something with a little bit more of a personal feel to it,” he said. “Here you have the freedom and ability to shape what this office is going to be and how you want to deliver care.”

McLeod For Tomorrow sets Glow Run Sept. 19

The McLeod For Tomorrow leadership program has set a 5K “Glow Run” for Sept. 19 in Hutchinson.
The run will be a fundraiser for the program.
Early-bird registration of $25 is available through Friday, Aug. 14. After that, registration is $30. Registration includes a Glow Run T-shirt. No shirts will be available after Aug. 28. Registration is limited to the first 500 runners.

United Way campaign kicks off at county fair

United Way of McLeod County (UWMC) Board President Ron Johnson announced recently that the regional nonprofit will have an exhibit booth at the McLeod County Fair, which takes place Aug. 19-23 in Hutchinson. The five-day run of the fair will serve as the kick-off period to the UWMC’s 2015-16 Campaign.