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April 19, 2019

Sandwich-making company finds a fit in Annandale

Tom Sween, third-generation president of E.A. Sween Company, spent three years doing an extensive search for a place to expand his Eden Prairie-based sandwich-making company before finding a site in Annandale, the Annandale Advocate reported.

The company makes sandwiches for people on the go, under the Deli Express and Sandwich Mart labels.

There are currently 75 employees at the Annandale facility, which previously housed Select Foods in the Annandale Business Park.

The company started production in Annandale Feb. 25.

Maple Plain fire chief resigns post at Orono schools

Maple Plain Fire Chief Justin McCoy has resigned from his position as coordinator of facilities and safety for the Orono School District after the district initiated an investigation into allegations of misconduct, the Laker Pioneer reported.

March 4, the Orono School Board conducted a special closed session meeting for preliminary consideration of allegations against an individual who is subject to the board’s authority. At the end of the March 4 meeting, the board accepted McCoy’s resignation. Because McCoy resigned, no final disciplinary action was taken by the board and the district’s investigation was closed.

“The district received allegations of inappropriate conduct against Mr. McCoy and we immediately started an investigation,” Orono School District director of human resources Dr. Scott Alger said. “Because no final disciplinary action was taken, really the only details that are public about the investigation are the existence and status of complaints.”

Alger added that there were no complaints that indicated the involvement of students.

McCoy, who was appointed by the Maple Plain City Council to the position of fire chief in January 2018, was placed on paid administrative leave by the city earlier this month pending a personnel investigation.

McCoy had been employed by Orono Public Schools for 10 years, and has served on the Maple Plain Fire Department since 2009. He served on the Maple Plain City Council from 2012–16.

Meeker Co. tree distribution set for April 26 and 27

The Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District’s tree distribution will take place at the Meeker SWCD building on the Meeker County Fairgrounds in Litchfield from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 26; and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27.

Landowners can pre-order trees to assure their availability and quicker pickup at distribution, but walk-ins are also welcome. Customers who are picking up trees that have been pre-ordered and paid in full will be given priority at distribution.

Meeker SWCD has trees to fit a variety of needs. Bare root trees are sold in bundles of 25 for $1.50 per tree. A few varieties of conifers in pots are available for $10 to $15 each.

Meeker SWCD also provides planting and tree matting services, tree tubes, and tree mats.

Contact Meeker SWCD at 320-693-7287, extension 3, with questions. Those interested may visit the SWCD website, www.meekerswcd.com or stop by the office at 522 South Johnson Drive, Litchfield, to get an order form.

SuperMercado to open at 6th Street Station in Monticello

A Twin Cities chain of Hispanic grocery stores is set to open in Monticello this summer, the Monticello Times reported.

SuperMercado Loma Bonita will open a 5,000-square-foot supermarket in the former Benusa Appliance Sales & Services location at 512 State Highway 25 in the 6th Street Station shopping mall, between Papa Murphy’s and the Asian Cafe.

SuperMercado Loma Bonita will be the fifth supermarket owned by Susana and Luis Briones of Bloomington.

SuperMercado Loma Bonita, which gets its name from the town of Loma Bonita in the Mexican state of Oaxaca in southwest Mexico, will also be a pandaderia, which means bakery in Spanish. The supermarket is known for its authentic Mexican cakes. Other SuperMercado Loma Bonita’s have a full-service market, a meat counter and cafés. The stores are open seven days a week.

Glencoe council hopes to complete restroom project

A decade ago, they were the victims of cost-cutting and budget constraints during the renovation of the old high school as it was transformed into the Glencoe City Center, the McLeod County Chronicle reported. Now, the city council is backing a plan to finish the two restrooms at the west end of the building’s main floor.

During a workshop meeting April 8, the council heard a plan to complete the project in time for a 10-year celebration during summer 2010. The estimated cost of the renovation is $132,000.

The city hopes donations will cover a portion of the cost.

Meeker County is among history grant recipients

The Minnesota Historical Society announced 35 recipients of 37 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants ($10,000 and less), totaling $305,877 in 21 counties.

Small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofits, educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations preserve and share Minnesota history. This cycle of awards was approved by the MNHS Executive Council Feb. 25. Local recipients include:

Meeker County Historical Society, Litchfield, $9,879 to acquire a microfilm reader/printer/scanner to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Meeker County Historical Society, Litchfield, $9,947 to add 78 rolls of microfilmed Meeker County newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Trailblazer board approves restructuring plan

The Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board, during a special meeting April 3, approved a structural reorganization plan on a 4-2 vote, with McLeod County commissioners Joe Nagel and Chuck Kruger casting the opposing votes, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

Executive Director Gary Ludwig said the plan was proposed to support operations. The plan includes the addition of a second driver manager and a human resource and marketing position.

The board also approved the purchase of four new buses with funds from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.