Glencoe Day, February 12, 2016 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.

–Willow Fay Roush was the first baby born at Glencoe Regional Health Services in 2016. Willow, daughter of Kaylan Roush of Winsted arrived January 1st.

– The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting in November and handed out volunteer awards. Barbara Jeneke was named the Community Volunteer of the Year. Victor Ramirez Garcia of Lake Country Insurance received the Mike Popelka Chamber Volunteer of the Year award.

– Thanks to donation and proceeds from charitable gambling the Gaylord City Council was able to approve the purchase of a new ambulance and grass rig for the city’s fire and ambulance departments.

–The Glencoe Silver Lake Yough Energy Summit YES Team was recently awarded McKnight Foundation Project funding of $1,000 dollars for their electric vehicle with solar power station.

– GFW SEnor Matthew Henderson was recently selected as a nominee for the Region 2A Triple A Award.



– 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.