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Recent events show cooperation

 Our view: When in need, our cities are willing to step up


Those of us have been privileged enough to participate in McLeod For Tomorrow’s leadership program have learned a lot, not just about leadership, but about all the assets in our county.
At each “graduation ceremony” for the program, participants are asked to talk about what the benefits they have received from the program. Invariably, each person will talk about how they had “no idea” that there was so much going on in our county.
Sometimes, it seems as if our individual communities are somewhat in an isolationist mode, rarely interacting with each other.
But that is just a surface perception, as we have seen at recent meetings.
This week, representatives from Glencoe Regional Health Services approached Plato and Stewart about possibly providing “conduit” bonds to help it finance its proposed long-term care project here in Glencoe. Both of those cities, as well as Lester Prairie, have satellite clinics from GRHS.
Both Plato and Stewart readily volunteered to step up to the plate and allow GRHS to use their bonding authority to help finance the project. They were so willing, in fact, that GRHS might not have to approach its third option, the city of Lester Prairie. (The city of Glencoe was not an option this time around because of the debt it is currently incurring with its own improvement projects).
But the GRHS financing wasn’t the only example of intra-community cooperation in this county.
The city of Brownton willingly agreed to allow the Glencoe-Silver Lake trap shooting team to use its former school facility for laser simulation practice. Both Brownton and Plato also have willingly volunteered outdoor fields for GSL practices and games.
Stewart also agreed to allow the Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart School District to have its varsity softball games at its municipal field, even though the district does not have a facility in the community.
There are other examples that may not come to the forefront of a city council or school board. We know communities have shared pumps and other equipment during flooding, and people are always willing to pitch in during any type of emergency.
So, yes, each of our communities kind of does its own thing. But each community also is willing to help its neighbor in times of need.
And we need to be appreciative of that.
— L.C.