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April 1st, 2015

What will happen to Helen Baker?

To the Editor:
Several people have asked me, “What are you going to do with Helen Baker if the vote is successful?” The answer is the district will try to sell the building, and any dollars that are collected will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the bond.

All these ‘buddies’ keep tagging along

I am currently on a long journey in pursuit of that elusive pound.
You know the one. That pound that shows up on your bathroom scale one day, and the next time it’s gone. But the following week the pound has returned … with a buddy. The week after, the pound disappears again but two more buddies arrive.
Using rudimentary math, it indicates you are gaining too many “buddies.”
Anyone who claims it is easy to take pounds off once they become attached either has never dieted or has a metabolism of an Ethiopian long-distance runner.

Fatal accident near Lester Prairie

One person was killed this morning and another injured in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 7 near Lester Prairie.

The name of the deceased individual will be released at 6 p.m. today. Injured and taken to Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia was Jamie L. Helmbrecht, 35, of Silver Lake.

Building project outlined at forum

Glencoe-Silver Lake’s first public forum regarding its proposed building bond had a slim turnout Monday evening — three residents, two school board members and a reporter.
Nevertheless, Superintendent Chris Sonju and Business Manager Michelle Sander explained the estimated $24 million project — slated to be on a May 12 ballot — which includes plans to close Helen Baker Elementary School in Glencoe and add on to the high school and junior high school campus.

Putting it all together

Clarence and Melinda Mickolichek of Silver Lake both spend a great deal of their spare time piecing things together — just not the same things.
Clarence puts together jigsaw puzzles. He recently put together a really big puzzle — over 32,000 pieces — the largest commercially made puzzle available.
Melinda, on the other hand, is the publicity chairman of the Silver Lake American Legion Auxiliary, and each year comprises a press book of newspaper clippings, photographs and other documents of the Legion’s and Auxiliary’s activities.

Secretary of State visits McLeod Co-op Power

The Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office is best known as the governing body of state elections, but most of its business is, well, really business.
Secretary of State Steve Simon stopped at McLeod Cooperative Power Association Monday morning to talk business.
Simon said the cooperative was chosen because it was the oldest registered business in Glencoe, having filed its original papers on Oct. 18, 1934.
In 1934, Simon added, average rent for a home was $20 a month, the average income was $1,600 a year, and a house cost an average of $5,900.

County planning commission considers permit applications for shed, second farm dwelling

The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission made quick work of its agenda at its Wednesday, March 25, meeting. The agenda had just two items, neither of which drew any public comment.
The first was for a conditional use permit for Jason Schwartz in Hutchinson Township, who intends to build a storage shed greater than 2,400 square feet on a parcel less than 10 acres in size.
Because of the layout of Schwartz’ property, with a pool in the back and a non-buildable area, the shed will be located in the front yard area.

County re-establishes K-9 program

McLeod County Sheriff Scott Rehmann asked the McLeod County Board of Commissioners to re-establish a K-9 dog program to help with narcotics detection and patrol tracking at its Tuesday meeting.
The board voted to move forward with a job description for the dog handler. After negotiation with the union, a final proposal will be brought to the board for approval.
The cost for the new K-9 program is estimated to be $13,200 from Performance Kennels in Buffalo for a dog and 14 weeks of narcotics detection and patrol/tracking/

Orth jamboree jams the gym at GSL High School

The Glencoe-Silver Lake High School gymnasium paid host to an entertaining evening for a great cause as the Tim Orth Foundation “Jam the Gym” event took over the home of the Panthers on Saturday, March 28.
The stands were full, as was the adjoining GSL cafeteria, for five-plus hours of festivities to benefit the 13 recipients of this year’s Tim Orth Memorial Foundation endowments. Glencoe’s fundraiser was the third and final of this year’s fundraisers, joining similar occasions in Fairfax and Bird Island that were held a week previous.  

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