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August 14th, 2019

Leaving his mark on the shores of Lake Huron

It’s called a vacation from retirement. You know, the time away from the routine of being retired. Hey, retirement can be pretty hectic.
We recently returned from ours, refreshed and ready to re-enter retirement.
Karen and I, along with her sister, brother and his wife, packed into one vehicle to travel nearly a thousand miles to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island in Michigan for a five-day adventure.
Thankfully, we all get along and were still talking to each other when it was over. Not all families can say that. Such a trip is not recommended for a feuding family.

Social media in America: Too much? How much?

Social media is just like mom’s apple pie. It's not good to eat a whole pie every day.
Over 3 billion people are social media users worldwide. While social media helps keep the world connected, social media addiction is becoming a global problem that keeps growing. As of 2018, one-third of the global population used social media.
Internet and social media addictions continue to grow as our dependence on technology increases. Over 210 million people suffer from internet and social media addictions worldwide.

Charter change — Our view: GFD’s request should be unanimously approved

Years ago, fire departments routinely selected their members and leaders via election. It was, at the time, the accepted modus operandi.
Times change.
Earlier this year, the leadership of the Glencoe Fire Department approached the city and asked about changing the way the department formally selects its members and its leaders.

Stuedemanns ready for the McLeod County Fair’s show ring

They enjoy their horses’ color, the feathered hooves, their docile disposition, and yes, their size.
Paige, Brooke and Shay Stuedemann will be showing their prized Clydesdales in the draft horse competitions this weekend at the county fair in Hutchinson. Showing the horses is a family affair.

Glencoe’s Vacek helps keep county fair’s music ‘fun’

His favorite genre of music is rock and yet Mark Vacek is wide open about the bands he’ll book for the McLeod County Fair this week.
A Glencoe resident, Vacek leads a committee that brings in entertainment for the McLeod County Fairgrounds’ corporate tent and pavilion. The group bases their offers to bands based on positive reviews from previous years at the county fair. He’s been a member of the fair board for over 20 years.
His direction to the performers is simple. “I tell them to do what they do and go out and have fun,” Vacek said.

Rebranded Glencoe Area Chamber adopts new look

The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (GACC) recently refreshed its branding, including a new logo, color palette and typeface. The refresh comes as part of the GACC’s efforts to continue promoting a vibrant business community in Glencoe.
“As we grow both the chamber and our local business community, we want to make sure we have a logo and brand that reflects our efforts,” said GACC President Sally Custer. “We aspire to be forward-looking, energetic, and vibrant – and we want our branding to convey that.”

City council takes first look at 2020 levy, budget

Although the city council offered no direction to reduce the proposed 2020 property tax levy Monday afternoon, city officials expect the final product will be much closer to break-even than where it is now.

County fair opens today

The McLeod County Fair — starting today and continuing through August 18 at the fairgrounds in Hutchinson — will feature many attractions suited for guests of all ages. Grandstand events, carnival rides, exhibits, and more are being set up or already are set up for the 147th McLeod County Fair. Gates open at 1 p.m. today.
McLeod County Fair Manager Casey Walters said even though fair staff and volunteers, which are made up of more than 100, are short on sleep, they’re excited for the event and to see people enjoying their county fair.
“We do it because we love the fair,” Walters said.

GSL School Board OKs levy request to voters

Deeming the request “necessary and expedient,” the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board unanimously approved the amount it will ask voters to approve Nov. 5 when voters consider the district’s operating levy referendum.

County administrator interviews completed

The interview process for the next McLeod County administrator is complete.
The county board interviewed three finalists for the open county administrator position Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Twenty-four applications were received for the position, open since Cindy Ford’s retirement last spring. Of the 24 applicants, six were selected for interviews with commissioners Doug Krueger and Joe Nagel and county staff. One applicant canceled.
Interim County Administrator Shelia Murphy, Clark Schroeder and Danielle Amira were interviewed by the full county board.