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Grassroots government at its best

Torrential rain events in 2013 and 2014, and several years earlier, have created some significant flooding in McLeod County, as well as the rest of the state. From Lester Prairie in the northeastern part of the county to Round Grove Township in the southwestern corner, excessive rain events have washed out roads, caused storm sewers to back up into basements, taken out road culverts, drowned out crops and cost untold amounts of money in damage.
People frustrated with the damage that has been done are quick to point fingers at the causes of flooding — ill-sized tile lines, continued drainage of farm fields, more impervious surfaces caused by buildings, tarred roads and driveways. Not to mention a shift in weather patterns that have caused greater rainfalls in shorter amounts of time. Saturated ground can only hold so much water, and the excess ends up somewhere we don’t want it — drowning out crops and filling up basements.
Water management has become a hot-button topic in the state, which was evidenced by the fact that a large meeting room at McLeod County’s North Complex filled up on a Friday afternoon with people concerned about flooding issues not only within the city of Glencoe, but in the rural area north of the city.
By the way, we must thank County Commmissioner Doug Krueger for inviting all of those people to discuss possible solutions, building on the city of Glencoe’s proposed project to provide an emergency overflow outlet for the storm water ponds near the high school. While that proposal is currently part of a proposed extension of Morningside Avenue, it may also be done independently of that project.
And we must compliment both Krueger and County Commissioner Paul Wright for guiding Friday’s discussion so that the outcome was solution-based, not more finger pointing and blaming.
And, in the end, their strategy worked. The majority of those present indicated that they want to find a solution that will benefit most, not a few.
We look foward to seeing that cooperation continue in the future.