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Archive - 2019

October 9th

Foundation created to address opportunities for improvement

Glencoe has a new resource to respond to needs and opportunities in the community. The Glencoe Area Community Foundation was recently formed in partnership with Southwest Initiative Foundation and will work on fundraising, grant-making and educating the community about the local foundation’s mission and vision.
Inaugural advisory board members are chairperson Rachel Schuette, vice chairperson Sharon Hoese, treasurer Kelly Rach, secretary Amanda Ortloff, Lennie Albers, Myranda VanDamme, Lynn Exsted and Craig Miller.

(For the complete story, see the Oct. 9 print edition of The Chronicle.)

County buys armored vehicle, OKs fiber optic, subcontractors for new government center project

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners gave the OK on the purchase of a tactical armored police vehicle for $244,639 Tuesday morning, Oct. 8.
It will replace what McLeod County Sheriff Scott Rehmann described as an antiquated and unreliable model that can’t be trusted in a crisis situation.
Commissioner Paul Wright spoke to the “unfortunate” situation the county has been put in — that commissioners feel it’s necessary to purchase a nearly quarter-million dollar armored vehicle to keep sheriff’s deputies and city police officers safe.

Silver Lake Council looks at utility rate hike

The Silver Lake City Council reviewed the 2020 city fee schedule. On the list is a proposed water, sewer and storm sewer rate increase at its quarterly meeting Monday night, Oct. 7.
The base rates for water and sewer currently proposed would increase nearly 30 percent from $9.25 to $12 per month. Water usage charge is proposed to increase from $5 per 1,000 gallons to $7 per month. Sewer usage charge is proposed to increase from $7 per 1,000 gallons to $9 per month.

Hutch suspends, limits search for man believed to be in river

With 4-plus inches of new rain in the last week, efforts to recover Gordon Mogard from the Crow River have been suspended and limited, Hutchinson Police Chief Tom Gifferson announced Monday.
Police, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from several area departments have been searching the river since last Tuesday, Oct. 1, Gifferson said.

(For the complete story, see the Oct. 9 print edition of The Chronicle.)

Brownton council refinances bonds, will save nearly $155,000

The Brownton City Council took action to save over $150,000 over the next 16 years by refinancing two bonds on recommendation of the city’s bond placement agent, Northland Securities, Inc.
With two bonds totaling $2,093,000 left to pay, Brownton councilors decided to combine and refinance the bonds with an average interest rate of 2.47 percent, allowing the city to nullify $154,474.12 in payments over the life of the loan, or about $9,000 per year.

(For the complete story, see the Oct. 9 print edition of The Chronicle.)

Brownton enters into contract to safeguard city’s wellheads

Brownton is one of the last cities in the state still needing a wellhead protection plan instituted to protect the city’s public water supply.
The city entered into a contract with Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH), the city’s engineering firm, to accept and act on the first phase of the plan for an amount not to exceed $9,000 at a council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 1.

GSL’s levy referendum: Get out and get informed

Recently, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District held the first in a series of informational meetings concerning the operations levy referendum set for Nov. 5. The problem was, no one showed up, except me, the newspaper editor and a couple of school officials. The turnout wasn’t any better at meetings in New Auburn and Biscay.
Where was everyone? Several other meetings were held around the GSL district since that initial debacle. Not sure if anyone showed up for them either.

Letter to editor: Operating levy ‘critical’ to continue programs for students

To the editor,
As many of you know, the GSL School District will be holding an operating levy election Nov. 5.
This operating levy is critical for us to continue to have the great programs we have for our kids. It is important to note that the current levy is ending on June 30, 2020. The revenue that is generated is used to operate the district. This includes, but is not limited to supplies, salaries, curriculum, energy, transportation, activities, etc. etc. Currently we have $176.88 per pupil unit of voter-approved dollars.

Letter to editor: Support your local Lions Club, community events

To the editor,
To Brownton-area residents, our community needs the Lions and they need us. On Oct. 9, the Brownton Lions Club is sponsoring an Oktoberfest.
Last year, there was very poor attendance from our locals. There were more outsiders.
A lot of organizations ask our Lions Club for donations – firemen, summer rec., city of Brownton, and nutrition center. Last year, one fireman was here because he was working. Brownton Nutrition was well represented.

Time waits for no one – Our view: Some lessons should still be taught

We’ve all heard the cliché, “Time waits for no one,” right?