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March 20th, 2019

GSL squads gearing up for spring season

With fingers crossed that there will be no nasty late April snowstorms decending on the region, sports squads from Glencoe-Silver Lake are gearing up for the upcoming sprint that is the spring season.
All GSL varsity teams, other than the trap/skeet squad, are now into their second or third week of practices.
Track and field, baseball and softball have all been practicing away since March 11; the girls’ and boys’ golf teams joined in on official practices March 18.

Blue Jays to play at Target Field

While the 2019 season is still seven weeks away, but the Plato Blue Jays have already received some very good news about this summer.
Plato was one of six teams invited to play in the Town Ball Classic, scheduled to be played on Saturday, June 22, at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. It is the fifth season that the Twins have hosted the Town Ball Classic.

(For the complete story, see the March 20 print edition for The Chronicle.)

Silver Lake City Council OKs PeopleService contract

Representatives from PeopleService, the company the City of Silver Lake contracts with for water and sanitary sewer maintenance, met with the Silver Lake City Council during its regular meeting on Monday night, March 18
Greg Stang and Lee Ortloff discussed the current operations within the city and presented a draft contract for continued services for 2020 and beyond.

Newman invites residents to discuss property taxes at town hall meeting

Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, has invited residents to discuss property taxes at a town hall meeting Friday, March 22.
Residents are invited to discuss individual property taxes, property classifications, and the influence of state government on property taxes.
The town hall-style meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School (1825 16th St. E., Glencoe).

(For the complete story, see the March 20 print edition of The Chronicle.)

GSL choirs, bands ‘superior’ at state-section contests

Four Glencoe-Silver Lake High School music ensembles earned “superior” ratings at the state-section large group contest March 13 at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop High School.

After commission backs plan, city council puts brakes on short-term rental housing

Despite an approval from the Glencoe Planning Commission, the city council put a request for a special use permit on hold until it had time to review the plan.
The council voted Monday, March 18, to table Fred Werth’s request for a special-use permit to transform a soon-to-be former dentist’s office at 1015 North Greeley Ave. into a two- or three-bedroom residential rental property. The property is in a business zone and short-term residential use of it is OK with a special-use permit, City Attorney Mark Ostlund told the council.

Newman’s ‘hands-free’ bill awaiting Senate floor debate

Sen. Scott Newman’s bill banning drivers from using their hands to operate a wireless device while driving is alive and awaiting debate on the Senate floor.
The bill would require hands-free use of cellphones and other wireless devices. It is one of several bills at the Minnesota Legislature aimed at curbing distracted driving in the state. Other bills under consideration, like the one Sen. Dave Osmek, R-Mound authored, proposes stiffer fines than are currently on the books. It has passed the Senate Transportation Committee and is awaiting a hearing in the finance committee today, March 20.

Glencoe City Council sets its sights on Diamond Avenue

After approving an application to improve the existing potholed portion of East 11th Avenue Monday, March 18, the Glencoe City Council set its sights on eventually extending the roadway into township land and a connection with Diamond Avenue.

McLeod County, Target reach settlement on value

Target Corp. and McLeod County have reached an agreement on value.
At a McLeod County Board meeting Tuesday morning, March 19, County Assessor Sue Schulz presented the board with updated valuations for Target Corp.’s location in Hutchinson after the corporate giant contested its 2018 tax valuations for its building and parking lot.

GSL’s Lucas Brelje competing for berth in national GeoBee

When Lucas Brelje confirmed his answer to a question on an online test was correct, the Glencoe-Silver Lake eighth-grader’s confidence he had done well on the test grew. Yet to be determined was if his score was good enough.
It was more than good enough.
The source of Brelje’s uncertainty was a question on a set of coordinates on a map of the world. Students were given options where the longitude and latitude were located. Brelje was almost certain the correct answer was Siberia. Almost certain.
He was indeed correct.