By Ivan Raconteur
McLEOD COUNTY, MN “Glencoe’s Best” radio station moved one step closer to becoming a reality during the McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission meeting.
The commission recommended approval of a conditional use permit for two 198-foot AM radio towers in Helen Township.
The permit was requested by Steve Woodbury, president of Northern Lights Broadcasting.
Woodbury is in the process of starting a new 2.5 kilowatt AM radio station in Glencoe, and said he hopes the station will be on the air by July.
“We want to be the voice of Glencoe,” Woodbury said.
Northern Lights Broadcasting is a small company based in Minneapolis and has been in business almost nine years, according to Woodbury.
He introduced Jeremy Stender of Cologne (originally from Norwood Young America), and said Stender will manage the new station.
After a lengthy discussion, the commission unanimously recommended approval of the permit with the following conditions:
• The tower and guy anchors must be enclosed in a six-foot high fence.
• The company must correct any interference problems caused by the towers for two years.
• The applicant must submit copies of FCC and FAA permits to the planning and zoning office.
• The company must supply a final site map showing the location of all wires and equipment.
• The company must submit a $10,000 reclamation bond for clean up of the site should the company abandon it in the future.
The application will be brought before the McLeod County Board for approval during its Tuesday, Feb. 17 meeting.