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March 13th, 2019

Brownton receives report on 2019 streets project

At a Brownton City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 5, the council received a feasibility report and called for a public hearing improvement meeting at a future city council meeting for the 2019 street improvement project.

Stewart quashes sidewalk penalties

At a Stewart City Council meeting on Monday, March 11, the council discussed sidewalk issues and accepted a quote to remodel the kitchen in the fire hall.
The majority of the brief meeting focused on discussion and an eventual resolution to suspend the enforcement of the city’s sidewalk ordinances because of record amounts of snow until May 1.

Elected officials get emergency management seminar

The Minnesota Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Joe Kelly was in Glencoe speaking about natural disaster emergency management in the old board room in the basement of the courthouse last Tuesday, March 5. His audience was many of the elected leaders of McLeod County, ranging from city council members to county board commissioners to police chiefs.

McLeod County Board accepts $10,000 VSO grant

At a county board meeting on Tuesday, March 5, commissioners accepted a $10,000 grant for the McLeod County Veteran Services Office (VSO) from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs — the only non-county dollars the department receives.
The program — the County Veterans Office Operational Enhancement Grant Program — is aimed at being supplemental to the county’s operating budget, which Veterans Service Officer and Director Jim Lauer said is one of the smallest budgets among county departments.

GSL art students recognized at State Capitol Rotunda for Youth Art Month

Glencoe-Silver Lake art students, from Lakeside Elementary to the high school, recently exhibited their work at the Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, March 9. Students and GSL art teachers Shanda Landes and Andrea Wigern submitted pieces for three categories: a flag contest, general art submission and future art educator spotlight award.

GSL’s band director Peter Gepson honored for dedication to his profession

Peter Gepson, Glencoe-Silver Lake’s junior-senior high school band director, was inducted into Phi Beta Mu, an international honorary fraternity for band directors honoring their dedication and devotion to their profession.

City eyes 11th Street extension

Hoping to promote development of Glencoe’s east side, the city council is considering approving a grant application that could help fund the extension of East 11th Street toward Diamond Avenue and the city limits.
During a workshop Monday afternoon, March 11, the city council heard a report from Dan Ehrke, Glencoe’s assistant city administrator, on an application for a $1 million grant that could help fund the extension of East 11th Avenue across land north of Starkey Lab’s property and link up with an existing roadway that will extend the roadway to the city limits.

Two GSL Knowledge Bowl teams heading to state

Glencoe-Silver Lake will send two teams back to the state meet next month at Cragun’s Resort near Brainerd April 10-11.
The defending Class A state champs, GSL advanced from a regional competition Friday, March 8, where 18 teams advanced from 36 teams competing at the sub-region level.
GSL co-coach Vicky Harris said the region competition was “mind-boggling.” The team is thrilled it will be so well represented at state. “What a good day GSL had on Friday,” she said.

GSL School Board accepts bid for parking lot project

A plan to finally repair the cavernous parking lot potholes at Glencoe-Silver Lake Junior-Senior High School and pave the gravel lot at Lakeside Elementary School won quick approval Monday night. It’s the financing piece of the plan that may present a bit more of a challenge next month.

Kwik Trip eyes groundbreaking, opening late in 2019

With its building permit under review and plans for the storm water pond project almost completed, Kwik Trip is looking forward to a late-summer start to construction of its new store in Glencoe.
Construction of the new convenience store is tentatively scheduled for beginning in August. The building plans submitted to the city indicate the store will be worth about $1.2 million. Plans for the store arrived at Glencoe City Hall late last month. City Administrator Mark Larson told the city council the plans weighed 42 pounds.