November 9th, 2016

Street to nowhere finally completed

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Rejoice, Christmas has come early to the citizens of Glencoe. We have a new street in town just in time for Heat in the Street … 2017.
The new block of Judd Avenue connecting busy 10th Street with the not-as-busy 11th Street now has its first layer of blacktop as of last week. And it only took an additional three months to complete.

County Road 7 to close temporarily on Nov. 14

McLeod County Road 7 between 150th Street and Airport Road, south of Hutchinson, will be closed starting Monday, Nov. 14.
Crews will be replacing a centerline culvert over McCuen Creek. Juul Contracting of Hutchinson will be doing the work.
The road is expected to be closed for three to five days, depending on the weather. There will not be a posted detour; motorists should plan alternate routes, such as 150th Street, Highway 15 and Airport Road.

13th annual Thanksgiving dinner set for Nov. 24

The Silver Lake Auditorium will be the site of the 13th annual Silver Lake Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 24, starting at noon.
This free dinner is hosted by the city and friends and is open to anyone in the Silver Lake area who would like to enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal and spend some time with others on the Thanksgiving holiday.
The meal, provided completely through donations, inlcudes turkey, ham, dressing and all the fixings, as well as dessert. As always, no money will be accepted for the meal.

Brownton Council bumps up sanitary sewer rate

The Brownton City Council approved a $1 increase per 1,000 gallons for its sewer utility at its Tuesday, Nov. 1, meeting.
The new usage rate will be $9 per 1,000 gallons, up from the previous rate of $8 per 1,000 gallons.
City Clerk Ella Kruse said that had not it been for some unexpected repair bills — $21,000 worth — the sanitary sewer fund would have shown a net profit of $9,600 in 2016.
The water fund, in comparison, showed a gain of $55,900 so far in 2016.

Habitat to dedicate new home

After months of hard work, construction is nearly complete and the Moreno family of seven will buy and move into their new home before Thanksgiving.
This is Crow River Habitat for Humanity’s 24th home since 1994 and the community is invited to the home dedication on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m., at 504 Hilltop Drive NE in Hutchinson. Along with local Habitat for Humanity representatives and neighbors, the family will speak during a short program.

Ehrke updates City Council on economic development progress

Glencoe Assistant City Administrator Dan Ehrke updated the Glencoe City Council on the many economic development projects going on in the city.
Ehrke reported that the sale of land to Twin Cities and Western (TC&W) railroad was completed a couple of weeks ago. TC&W immediately started work on its expansion project in the industrial park on the east side of Glencoe.
Also in the east industrial park, Rice Builders has been making progress on its new building and it is working on hiring staff for the location.

City Council to file order of repair for Hennepin Avenue property

The Glencoe City Council voted to move forward on filing an order for repair for 1128 Hennepin Ave.
The building, formerly the General Store and a number of Mexican restaurants, has been vacant for more than five years and is scheduled to be forfeited to the county for back taxes in 2017.
The owners listed on the order are Fernando Cruz, address unknown, and Security Bank and Trust of Glencoe.
The order states the city finds the building to be hazardous because there is:
• No electricity or running water to the building.

NHS welcomes new members, takes on projects

By Katie Twiss, Jacob Fehrenbach and Dini Schweikert
Glencoe-Silver Lake’s National Honor Society (NHS) is hard at work this fall on service projects in the community. It welcomed its newest members, pictured above.

‘Legally Blonde’ to open Thursday

“Audience members will be tickled pink by ‘Legally Blonde the Musical,’” says Kay Wilson, director of GSL’s fall theater production. “The musical entertains, but also conveys a valuable message: Be true to yourself!”

County Board updated on jail project progress

Now that there has been a good stretch of dry weather, rapid progress is being made on the extension to the McLeod County Jail and Courthouse, the County Board heard at its Tuesday meeting.
Sam Lauer of Contegrity, the county’s construction management firm, told the board that load-bearing walls for the first floor of the jail addition are done, the lower level floors have been poured, and the topping is ready for the first floor.
Once the first floor is done, the contractors can begin to get the roof in place.