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January 9th, 2019

McLeod County Public Works crews keep roads open for you

To the editor,
As we brought in the New Year last week, McLeod County residents had the ability to drive where they needed to get to our party destinations. Nature was having a different way of bringing in the New Year with a snow and ice event that caused some concern for travelers. However, the roads were usable and for the most part safe. But how did those roads get cleared? We just assume that if we want to drive somewhere, we just get in and drive, right?

GSL Schools will face fiscal challenges in the year to come

To the editor,
Happy New Year, GSL.
As we take time to reflect on 2018, I can’t help but be very excited and optimistic about 2019.
At GSL, we have a lot of great things going on and will continue to work hard to improve on the programs that are already in place. With the new year upon us, it is important to take time to reflect and to appreciate the school and the culture we have and what we are building.

GSL musicians shine at WCC honor meet Saturday

The eighth annual Wright County Conference Honor Band and Choir Festival was held at Annandale High School Performing Arts Center Saturday, Jan. 5.
Over 180 musicians from 13 conference schools came together to share their musical talents.

(For the complete story, see the Jan. 9 print edition of The Chronicle.)

School’s principal a man of strong principles

Perhaps Dean Scheele’s judgment can be questioned.
After all, he spent Friday night, Jan. 4, sleeping in a hollowed-out snow pile in the parking lot at First Evangelical Lutheran School. The overnight temperature dipped into the upper-20s. But for Scheele, spending the night sleeping outdoors was a matter of preparation and honor.
The school’s leader had a promise to keep.

McLeod County Board picks Nagel, Krueger as its leaders

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners, in its first meeting of the new year, chose commissioners Joe Nagel and Doug Krueger to continue as chair and vice chair of the board for 2019, and also approved a temporary rental agreement for the three buildings it purchased for the government center.

City OKs design standards for small cell wireless

With the potential of upgraded wireless phone and Internet service on the horizon and the Federal Communications Commission approving new rules for cities to allow placement of antennas in road rights-of-way, the Glencoe City Council OK’d new design standards for the antennas Monday night.

SL Mayor makes appointments

A new year brings a new city council in Silver Lake.
The Silver Lake City Council held its annual organizational meeting on Monday, Jan. 7.
The first order of business was to administer the oath of office to Mayor Dorothy “Dot” Butler and Councilors Chris Penaz and Josh Winfrey.
In her first act as mayor, Butler made the city’s annual appointments.

Residential development interest in Silver Lake

The City of Silver Lake is sitting on some prime real estate on Main Street. Silver Lake natives Joe and Rachel Yates of Cokato approached the city council about the possibility of acquiring the four city-owned lots to build and develop a multi-use retail and apartment complex on the lots.
The Yateses also have interest in acquiring the other two buildings on the block.
The complex would include 3,000 square feet of main level commercial space along with 12 two-bedroom, two-bathroom age 55-plus apartments. The building would also include underground heated parking and an elevator.

Steven Chastek, 70, of Chaska

Steven James Chastek, 70, passed away while surrounded by his family Monday, Dec. 31, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
Mr. Chastek was born Jan. 31, 1948, to Stephen and Lorna (Hoops) Chastek of Glencoe. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Glencoe.

Helma Engelmann, 97, of Glencoe

Helma Meta (Thalmann) Engelmann, 97, of Glencoe, and formerly of Plato, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1 at GlenFields Living with Care in Glencoe.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato, with interment at a later date.
Pastor Tyson Mastin was the officiating clergy.
Yvonne Schuette was the organist. “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus,” “Jesus Loves Me,” and “Take Thou My Hand And Lead Me” were the congregational hymns.