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May 15th, 2019

Track teams host Invite

ports Editor
A windy, sunny day greeted the competitors as the Glencoe-Silver Lake track and field teams hosted their annual invitational meet on Tuesday, May 7. The Panther girls finished first, while the boys finished second.
Rhyan Herrmann won a pair of individual events, taking the top spot in the 100- and 200-meter dash in respective times of 12.78 and 27.45 seconds. She also took second in the high jump with a leap of four feet, eight inches.

GSL baseball in final stretch

A 3-1 stretch last week gave the Glencoe-Silver Lake baseball team a 10-5 overall record heading into the final four-game sequence of the regular season.
The Panthers entered this week in second place in the Wright County Conference West standings with a 7-4 circuit mark, 3-1/2 games behind lead horse Litchfield.
GSL opened last week with a 10-0 shutout victory at Watertown-Mayer, despite logging just six hits.

Panther softball looks to clinch WCC West title this week

It’s been a dandy spring for the Glencoe-Silver Lake softball team, as the Panthers entered this week on the cusp of clinching the Wright County Conference West title.
After winning three conference games including two against Watertown-Mayer and one versus Dassel-Cokato, GSL began this week firmly perched in the catbird seat atop the WCC West with a 10-2 circuit mark.
The Panthers were able to clinch at least a tie for the conference crown with a win over visiting New London-Spicer on Tuesday, May 14, after the Chronicle went to press.

‘We got some really, really, really good results’

Monday’s sale of general-obligations tax-abatement bonds to fund the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District’s parking lot improvement plans went about as well as the district could have hoped for, thanks to a robust field of bidders and an improved bond rating for the district.
The result is a slight decrease in the impact taxpayers will feel.
“We got some very, very good results. I don’t think we could ask for any better,” said Matthew Hammer, a municipal advisor from Ehlers, the school district’s financial advisor on the bond sale.

McLeod County redetermines damages, benefits to some ditches

The McLeod County Board approved redeterminations of benefits and damages of three county ditch systems and one judicial ditch system Tuesday, May 7. They were county ditch 16, county ditch 21, county ditch 40 and judicial ditch 9.

Brownton council accepts deal on Division Street building

Shawn McCoy cut a deal with the Brownton City Council on May 7 for the run-down house at 818 Division St. The house, which was on track to forfeiture, had accrued over $22,000 in property taxes and assessments dating back to 2014.
McCoy, who works in the McLeod County Assessor’s Office, asked to pay $5,588 and offered to cover the taxes accrued in 2019 thus far. He also has to pay McLeod County approximately $3,000 for its portion of property taxes.

(For the complete story, see the May 15 print edition of The Chronicle.)

Volunteers to organize Stewartfest for summer 2020

The Stewart City Council, in a regular meeting Monday, May 13, voted in support of a Stewartfest festival and celebration for the summer of 2020.
Patty Schulze, a Stewart resident, sat in front of the council seeking approval for the city’s backing in conducting a celebration specific to Stewart.
Schulze and her father, who goes to church in Stewart but doesn’t live in town, are starting to plan for 2020 now because, they said, booking entertainment and organizing events can take more than a year of planning.

(For the complete story, see the May 15 print edition of The Chronicle.)

RS Fiber board member explains plan, funding to Brownton City Council

Ruth Bauer, a Renville-Sibley Fiber (RS Fiber) board member, attended Brownton’s May city council meeting to answer questions council members have been asking in meetings for months. RS Fiber and its member cities are bearing the brunt of a nearly $8 million shortfall due to contractual obligations.
“The council’s having some questions about new leadership,” Councilor Doug Block said, kicking off the discussion.

(For the complete story, see the May 15 print edition of The Chronicle.)

Red Cross holding emergency blood drives in Glencoe, area during May, June

The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to donate at four area blood drives to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations.
Blood drives are set for Friday, May 24, noon to 6 p.m., at Neisen's Bar & Grill, 300 Dorans St. in Biscay; Thursday, May 30, 1 to 7 p.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1407 Cedar Ave. N. in Glencoe; and Wednesday, June 5, 1 to 7 p.m., at Lester Prairie City Hall, 37 Juniper St. N.; and Monday, June 3, 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., River of Life Church, 170 Main Ave. W.

GSL’s BPA students shine at national event

Members of the Business Professionals of America (BPA) representing Glencoe-Silver Lake High School enjoyed a solid outing in Los Angeles at the group’s national competition.
The team’s top effort came in the parliamentary procedure competition. GSL was first after the written competition and finished seventh overall, two spots better than a year ago.
The team of Haley Kirchoff, Beth Cross, Eli Kuehn, Emily Graupmann, Lilly Nikkel, Emily Thalmann and Megan Fehrenbach finished first in a competition of 137 teams.

(For the complete story, see the May 15 print edition of The Chronicle.)