Glencoe Day, January 23, 2015 27 Jan 14



– The Glencoe and Silver Lake School Districts merged in 1996 to form the GSL Panthers.

– Glencoe’s businesses include: Telex, a maker of audio equipment; Seneca Foods, the world’s largest corn packing plant; Starkey Laboratories, a maker of hearing aids; Alliance Nutrition, a feed maker; and Miller Manufacturing, a maker of farm, ranch, and pet products.

– Opened in February 2006 was a new 31,000 square foot building for Jungclaus Implement. The $2.6-million facility was built using JOB-Z tax incentives.

– The Glencoe Police Department has an Explorers Post. Youth ages 14 to 21 can join to gain insight into a variety of programs with hands-on career activities. Participants are trained in law enforcement skills twice monthly, and compete in the annual Explorers Competition.


Festivals & Events

– Glencoe’s annual summer festival is “Glencoe Days” and is held in June. Glencoe Days features sweet corn and pork chop feeds, bingo, a parade, a carnival, and plenty of other fun activities.

– Always fun for the kids, the day before Easter every year Glencoe has an Easter Egg Hunt.

– Glencoe celebrates its farming heritage in June with Dairy Day.

– The 3rd week of October in Glencoe is Manufacturing and Technology Week.

– In November, Glencoe area businesses hold a special Customer Appreciation event, where great deals are offered at businesses throughout town.

– In the month of December, Glencoe has a variety of Christmas events to make the holidays more special.

– A Business Expo is held every February in Glencoe. The 2-day event features around 50 different businesses and organizations from around the Glencoe area.

– The City of Glencoe holds its annual “Holly Days” festivities in early December. The week-long festivities include one of the region’s largest lighted Christmas parades. There are also numerous kids activities, a Christmas Jubilee with Santa and his reindeer, guided tours of Glencoe’s holiday lights, a snow sculpture contest, a live nativity, and more. 



– The City of Glencoe’s Mayor is Randy Wilson and the population is approximately 5,100.

– The Glencoe City Center was completed in 2010. The nearly 4 million dollar project involved converting the former Henry Hill School building into a multi-use facility that includes a new library, city offices, chamber of commerce offices, a senior center, the event center, along with a class reunion and wedding center.

– A soldier from Glencoe was presented a special award in 2012. Sergeant Joseph Koktan was presented the 22nd Naval Construction Regiment “Warfighter of the Month” award. The Army Reservist was recognized for his service in Afghanistan as the public affairs officer for the 980th Engineer Battalion.

– The long-time executive director of the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce resigned in January of 2013. Dan Ehrke served as the head of the Glencoe Chamber for 7 years. He left to take a job as a community development specialist with regional engineering consulting firm Short Elliott Hendrickson.

– The I-SWEEP International Science Fair was held in May of 2013 in Houston, Texas, and a total of 17 students from Minnesota made it to the finals of the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad while competing against over 600 students from around 70 different countries. Alexandra Stensvad from Glencoe-Silver Lake earned a Bronze Medal for her project dealing with GMO’s in the food chain.

– The students of Glencoe Silver Lake High School crowned new Homecoming Royalty in October of 2013. Named GSL Homecoming King was Adam Eberhard, and crowned Homecoming Queen was Yodee Rivera.

– A Minnesota National Guard soldier from Glencoe surprised his children with a unique homecoming celebration in 2013. First Lt. Nick Aldrich had just returned from a one-year deployment to Afghanistan when he arrived at the Mall of America’s Sea Life Aquarium dressed as “Scuba Claus.” It was a big surprise for his 4 young children, including the newborn baby he hadn’t even met yet.



– The City of Glencoe was founded on May 16th, 1855 by a group of explorers and investors.

– Glencoe is the county seat for McLeod County. It is located on Highways 212 and 22.

– Buffalo Creek flows past Glencoe, and Lake Marion is only 7 miles to the west.

– Glencoe is named after a county in Scotland. “Glen” means valley, “Coe” means small or little.

– The founders of Glencoe were: Colonel John Stevens, Martin McLeod, AJ Bell, DW Fields, James Mayall, JV McKeen, John Johnson, and WS Chapman.

– Glencoe was the last town on the edge of the big woods before the prairie started.

– In 1895, wealthy businessman JJ Brechet promised his fiancé a castle if she moved to Glencoe. Today the castle is one of the only remaining original homes of Glencoe.

– Some famous people from Glencoe: Joanne Benson, who served as Lieutenant Governor for Arne Carlson, and Gina Lorence-Konin, who was the head trainer for the US Women’s Basketball Team in the 1996 Olympics.

– Glencoe celebrated its Sesquicentennial, or 150th Anniversary, in 2005.