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January 28th, 2015

Proposals to change referendum funding

A couple of items came across the editorial desk this week that should catch the attention of those interested in school levy referendums — which ought to be each one of us.
Randall Thalmann, a rural Plato farmer and former Glencoe School Board member, dropped off a guest column outlining the reasons many farmers are asking the state to tax only a farm’s home and one acre of land for school building bond funding. Thalmann told us that while the proposal has been circulating quite awhile, the “why” behind it has not been adequately explained.

Time to change 166-year-old tax law

By Randall Thalmann
Goals of proposal
• Every year, every student should have an equal opportunity for 21st-century education. If we continue to build a good education system, statewide prosperity will follow.
• The state of Minnesota needs to match all local facility levies with annual adjusted pupil facility funding to assist home residence tax levies.

Vote on board chair is disturbing

To the Editor:
The McLeod County commissioners’ decision on Jan. 6 to vote Paul Wright as chair, and not consider Ron Shimanski’s nomination and qualifications for chair, or vice chair, is quite disturbing.
The nomination of Shimanski for chair or vice chair was overlooked and voted down by Joe Nagel, Paul Wright and Sheldon Nies. Nies indicated that Wright’s qualifications and experience were necessary with new board members and everything that is going on. Nies then nominated Wright for chair.

Appreciates legislators’ efforts for Hwy. 212

To the Editor:
On behalf of the members of the Southwest Corridor Transportation Coalition, I want to thank state Sen. Scott Newman and state Reps. Glenn Gruenhagen and Jim Nash for introducing legislation that provides funding for US Highway 212 improvements.
Residents of Carver County have benefitted immensely from the construction of the new Highway 212 out to Chaska. As anticipated, the expansion of this critical corridor has not only improved the safety and timeliness of commutes, it has led to job creation and economic growth in our area.

End of an era: barber to retire

Growing up on the family dairy farm south of Brownton, Dennis Wendlandt never thought that he would someday embark on a nearly 48-year career as a barber.
But the farm did play a role in his eventually becoming a barber, said Wendlandt, who will close Denny’s Barber Shop, a mainstay in Glencoe’s downtown business district for 45 years, at the end of this month.
Wendlandt recounts that his brother, David, went off to college in Winona and, having a hard time finding someone to cut his hair, suggested that Denny become a barber.

Brownton’s Cabin Fever Days include comedians, band, mystery

Brownton’s fourth-annual Cabin Fever Days celebration is set for Friday, Feb. 6, and Saturday, Feb. 7.
The celebration opens Friday evening with two shows at the Brownton Area Civic Center gymnasium (the former Brownton school). Doors open at 7 p.m., and the first show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Up first will be comedians Ron Lamprecht, a Brownton High School alumnus, and David Harris.

City to clean out 6,560 feet of sanitary sewer in 2015

It came as no surprise Tuesday, Jan. 20, that the Glencoe City Council is still focused on water issues as Gary Schreifels, public works director for water and wastewater, reported on a sewer-cleaning project and the city’s annual report to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) about the Glencoe’s inflow and infiltration (I&I) efforts.
Schreifels said the city plans to clean out 6,560 linear feet of the north trunk sewer line that runs near the high school and then south along Morningside Avenue to the wastewater treatment plant.

County administrator receives positive performance evaluation

McLeod County Administrator Patrick Melvin received a favorable review after a closed session Dec. 30 to evaluate his 2014 performance.
According to a statement released by McLeod County, Melvin earned an average score of 2.5 on a scale of one to three, with one indicating “needs improvement” and three indicating “above expectations.”

Schrupp, Ziemer sworn into new terms on Glencoe City Council

It took the second meeting of January, but the full Glencoe City Council was officially sworn into office Jan. 20 when Gary Ziemer and John Schrupp were given the oath of office for another term. Both were absent from the Jan. 6 reorganization meeting when newly elected Allen Robeck was sworn in early in order to have a quorum to complete the end of the 2014 business.
In other matters, the City Council:

Historical groups seek partnership

The Glencoe City Council, at its Tuesday, Jan. 20, meeting, approved a resolution of support for a plan to form a partnership among the various historical groups in the county.
(The Council met on a Tuesday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 19.)
The partnership will seek a state heritage partnership grant to hire a director to coordinate efforts, write future grants and lead programs that would benefit all the local groups.