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March 21st, 2018

Trailblazer to sunset volunteer driver program at end of 2018

Trailblazer Transit will sunset its volunteer driver program at the end of 2018, the Joint Powers Board decided Thursday morning.
The board took into consideration both the dwindling number of volunteers and liability concerns in making its decision.

Trailblazer Board hammers out parameters for review of director

The Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board hammered away for nearly an hour Thursday morning on how it should handle the job performance evaluation for Executive Director Gary Ludwig.
Frank Madden of Madden & Associates, Trailblazer’s legal counsel, had suggested postponing the evaluation until fall after hearing concerns about the evaluation form from Ludwig.
That drew fire from McLeod County Commissioner Doug Krueger, who said that the board has been delaying the review as it worked through issues with its partnership with Wright County Area Transit (WCAT).

Public hearing set April 16 for Hennepin Avenue project

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 16, at 7:15 p.m., concerning the planned Hennepin Avenue Americans with Disabilities (ADA) improvement project. The $455,210 project in downtown Glencoe calls for the construction of such items as a water main, water services, sanitary sewer services, a storm sewer, curb and gutter, and replacement of deteriorating sidewalks on the east side of Hennepin Avenue from 11th Street north to 13th Street.

Sibley County GOP convention set

The Sibley County Republican Party will have its 2018 convention on Saturday, March 24, at 9 a.m., in the Sibley East Elementary School, 625 Harvey Drive, Room 203, in Gaylord.
The delegates and alternates who were elected at the recently held caucuses in February will gather to adopt resolutions to amend the Republican Party platform and to elect delegates and alternates to represent them at the upcoming 7th District Republican Convention and the State Republican Convention.

Silver Lake Council establishes after hours park permit, waiver

The Silver Lake City Council established a park and recreation after-hours permit and waiver at its meeting on Monday.
The action came after the Silver Lake Civic Association requested permission to hold its annual appreciation weekend, which includes camping, in the park near the pool.
The council approved the request at the February meeting, with the condition that a permit and waivers would be established and signed.
City ordinance does not allow activity in city parks after 10 p.m.

Mastins announce son’s birth

Tyson and Lauren Mastin, Plato, annouce the arrival of their son, John Frank Mastin, who was born March 12, 2018, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. John weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 21 inches long at birth. Grandparents are Gerg and Kim Mastin of Blue Earth and Terry and Shawn Reps of St. Charles.

Son born to New Auburn couple

Larissa Prafke and Dominic Dreyling of New Auburn announce the arrival of a son, Ethan Scott Prafke, who was born March 17, 2018, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Ethan weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 191⁄2 inches long. Grandparents are Rebecca Brockhoff and Scott Prafke of New Auburn, and Lori Giles and Kevin Dreyling, both of Albert Lea.

Son born to Busse family

Dan and Chelsey Busse of Arlington announce the birth of a son, Stryker James, who arrived March 16, 2018, at Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia. Stryker weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 19 inches long. He joins siblings Hailey and Logan. Grandparents are Don and Patty DeRycke of Clay, New York, Darrell and Lynell Busse of Glencoe and Ann and Tim LaFrance of Brewerton, New York.

Wearin’ of the green

Knowledge Bowl heading to state again