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March 6th, 2019

When snow finally melts, county eyeing threat of flooding

Buffalo Creek, near Morningside Drive and Glencoe’s wastewater treatment plant, is running at a far lesser volume than it is expected to be at once all the snow begins to melt.

Ruschmeier competes at state wrestling meet

Freshman Carter Ruschmeier of the Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie wrestling team had the unenviable task of facing eventual undefeated state champion Jake Svihel of Totino-Grace in the first round of the state tournament.

Waiting for winterkill: A long, difficult winter could set the course for fishing on High Island Lake

When the test nets are drawn in later this spring, supporters of fishing on High Island Lake are hoping the signs point to a significant winterkill. Odd though it may seem, the more fish lost to oxygen deprivation in the shallow lake, the better for plans to restock it with walleye.

When snow finally melts, county eyeing threat of flooding

As snow continues to blanket the Midwest, McLeod County Emergency Management Director Kevin Matthews and the rest of his staff, like many people, have their eyes on spring, but not just for shorts and T-shirt season.
With a wet fall that stymied construction schedules and record amounts of snowfall this winter, Matthews said the moisture content and the sheer volume of snow is a serious “threat” for springtime flooding.
“We’re preparing for a higher impact snow melt,” Matthews said.

GSL parking lot plan draws favorable bids

A proposal to finally implement lasting improvements to the parking lot at Glencoe-Silver Lake Junior-Senior High School and Lakeside Elementary has seemingly cleared an important early hurdle.
Last Tuesday, Feb. 26, the district opened bids on the proposed $1.2 million project. Four of the six bids received were at or below the estimated budget with a fifth bid at the expected cost, according to Michelle Sander, the school district’s business manager.

City council approves new water, electric metering system

After a divided city council tabled consideration of a new metering system for electric and water utilities, a set of budget reductions pulled the proposal off the mat so the council could unanimously approve Monday night.
The approved plan means the new system will be installed and phased in over with the replacement of new meters. The water and electric utilities meters will be replaced over the next three to five years or less, said Dave Meyer, general manager of Glencoe Light & Power.

Glencoe OKs new schedule for central storm water project

After a summer where work on the central storm sewer project did not progress on schedule, whether the delay was because of inclement weather or other factors, the Glencoe City Council approved a new schedule for the remainder of the project at its Monday, March 4, meeting.

Silver Lake Council hires new municipal liquor store manager

In a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Silver Lake City Council met with and hired Darrell Kaczmarek as its municipal liquor store manager, more colloquially known as the “Muni.” Kaczmarek, a Silver Lake resident, used to serve as its lead bartender.
As soon as Mayor Dorothy Butler opened the meeting, Kaczmarek was met with questions from across the council, barring Butler, a member of the personnel committee that recommended him.

McLeod PAC OKs CUPs for Wm. Mueller and Sons

Ray Howell from Wm. Mueller & Sons, Inc. — a company that excavates, screens and crushes gravel in pits around the county — attended a McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission meeting, asking for conditional use permits (CUP) to continue a mining operation in Glencoe and Bergen townships. The sticking point: hours of operation.

Sound political advice: Select your priorities with care

By Lee H. Hamilton
It’s been many decades now, but I still remember a piece of advice I got not long after entering Congress. It came in passing from a prominent journalist as we were talking about the bewildering array of issues Congress faced. Every day, he told me, I should ask myself a simple question: “What’s the most important thing to be doing today?”
He was raising what may be the toughest problem in politics, though it’s one you don’t really confront until you take office: what do you focus on at any given moment?