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Streets, school, new mill, GRHS, more

For the past several years, as The Chronicle compiled its year in review, the catchword was always “weather.”
After the economy took a nosedive into the tank in about 2007, new construction ground to a halt. But the weather did not. Each year, we chronicled weather disaster after weather disaster — mostly caused by torrential rainfalls and subsequent flooding.
This year, 2015, is much different. If there is a catchword for this year, it must be “construction.”
Large cranes pierced the skyscape, we navigated torn-up streets and dodged heavy equipment, and all in all made our way around the everyday noise of progress in motion.
Let’s tick off a few of the projects that have been put into motion this year:
First, although construction isn’t yet under way, is the $24.1 million building addition at Glencoe-Silver Lake School’s high school and junior high site. Voters approved a bond issue in May to allow the addition, the third time that such an issue was put before voters. Unlike prior years, this year’s vote sparked very little controversy, and passed in a relatively quiet election.
And then there’s Archer Daniels Midland’s (ADM) major automated feed mill project on Glencoe’s 10th Street. Commuters were treated each day to the sight of the huge crane that was utilitized to build the mill, which will be a huge addition to Glencoe.
On the north end of town, another large crane was largely visible as Glencoe Regional Health Services began construction of a third-floor addition to accommodate its ever-growing rehabilitation services. Again, another great addition to the community.
And, of course, the city of Glencoe launched one part of a major street and utility improvement project in the Lincoln Park area, and will continue similar efforts in 2016 in the Armstrong Avenue area.
At the county levy, the retrofit of the solid waste facility in Hutchinson is complete and is now accommodating the new one-sort recycling program.
The county is still continuing to pursue its proposed jail expansion, after nixing the original proposal when bids came in $2 million higher than expected. Bids will be called for again in February on a scaled-back project.
And to our west, the Brownton Co-op Ag Center and United Farmers Cooperative have merged, and will be building one of the largest fertilizer plants in Minnesota.
And what are we looking forward to in 2016? The continued mitigation of storm water issues in Glencoe and the surrounding area, more street improvements, the launching of the school addition, the completion of the GRHS project and much more.
And as for the weather: except for a few downed trees when a storm system swept through in mid-summer, it’s pretty much cooperated with all our ongoing construction.
Here’s to a great 2016. We can’t wait to see what the new year will bring.