September 16th, 2015

Final grant in place, taxiway construction begins

The Glencoe City Council resolved to accept a grant for the Glencoe Municipal Airport taxiway project from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The grant is for $101,813, which is 5 percent of the project’s cost.
The remaining cost is divided between the city and a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA grant covers 90 percent of the project’s cost while the city will pay the remaining 5 percent.

GSL Board votes to close Helen Baker School in ’17

After hosting a public hearing on Monday night, the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board resolved to close the Helen Baker Elementary School building during its regular meeting that night.
The hearing was  held at 6 p.m. and was part of a legal process required to close a schoolhouse. One member of the public was in attendance.
Superintendent Chris Sonju explained that if the resolution passed, the activities in Helen Baker will be moved to Lincoln Junior High. This switch is part of the upcoming construction plan and would occur during summer 2017.

Grams leaves big shoes to fill for 4-H coordinator job

The kids, Jill Grams said, were the greatest joy of being the 4-H coordinator for McLeod County for 13 years.
Grams recently left that position to teach agriculture and be the FFA adviser at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart High School.
“Those are going to be big shoes to fill,” McLeod County Commissioner Paul Wright said of finding a replacement for the 4-H program.

GSL School Board approves bring your own device policy

Students at Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Schools will now have the chance to use their devices, such as smart phones and tablets, at school. The GSL School Board approved a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for the district during its regular Monday night meeting.
The Board also waived a second reading, so the policy will go into effect right away.

GSL Homecoming week set Sept. 21-25

As Homecoming approaches at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, a Meet the Candidates event will be held on Sept. 17 during the high school’s fourth hour.
The official homecoming week will kick off on Monday, Sept. 21, and last through Friday, Sept. 25.
Each day of the week will feature a different theme. They include ’Merican Monday, Tacky Tourist Tuesday, Worldy Wednesday, Thrift Shop Thursday, and Panther Pride day on Friday.

Hutchinson man killed in hit-and-run in Iowa

Timothy Nussbaum, 23, of Hutchinson, who attended the former McLeod West High School of Brownton and Stewart, was the victim of a fatal hit-and-run in northern Iowa on Sunday.
According to Hardin County, Iowa, law enforcement, Nussbaum was found in a ditch near Highway 65, north of Iowa Falls. The sheriff’s office said Nussbaum was working on a farm in the area and was apparently walking back to his hotel when he was struck by a vehicle around 10 p.m. Saturday and killed.

Freitag takes the reins at Lakeside

A familiar face at Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Schools is taking on a new role. Former Response to Intervention (RTI) teacher Joy Freitag will now serve as the assistant principal at Lakeside Elementary.
Freitag was born in Norwood Young America but considers herself to be from “a little bit of everywhere.” As the daughter of a school administrator, she moved around Minnesota a lot as a child.
Now, she’s happy to be settled in Glencoe, working for the same district where her two kids attend school.

Fresh faces added to First Lutheran School staff

A new school year brings fresh faces to First Evangelical Lutheran School in Glencoe. The church welcomes two new additions to its school this year, fifth-grade teacher Luke Dahl and Director of Christian Education (DCE) intern Tori Kidd.
Dahl was born in Mankato but lived in many places in the Midwest during his childhood. He graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul. Before accepting his new position at First Lutheran, he taught in Howard Lake for 15 years.
He made the move to First Lutheran in search of new opportunities for growth.

Glencoe artist’s photos on display in arts council gallery

A religion. A life-long passion. A stress reliever. An energy booster. A way of preservation.  
For Glencoe resident Mary Mulenburg, her photography is all of these. Now she has the opportunity to share her photographs with others in the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery. Her photography will be on display in the Marshall exhibit through Oct. 30.
From a young age, Mulenburg always knew she wanted to be an artist. As a child she loved drawing and painting, but it wasn’t until she picked up a camera as a teenager that she found her true passion.

GSL Homecoming candidates named