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Friday, 17 October 2014 14:03
Fire breaks out at 10 Mile Tavern

Sauk Centre and Villard Fire Departments responded to a call last Tuesday about 6 p.m. at 10 Mile Tavern near Westport. The fire reportedly started in a wall of the building in the basement, and was quickly contained by firefighters. The Glenwood Fire Department was called to provide mutual aid, but the fire was under control before they arrived, it was reported.
Candidate forum draws good crowd PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Friday, 17 October 2014 14:02
Candidate forum draws good crowd at Minnewaska Lutheran Home

The candidates for the City of Starbuck Mayor and Council open positions gave their thoughts and opinions during a candidate forum put on October 7 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home.
On November 4, the citizens of Starbuck will be able to cast their votes for a new Mayor and also two new council members.
For Mayor the choices are Dori S. Ann and Gary Swenson.
Three candidates, Cary Jenson, Tom Spychalla and Ted Razink are looking to fill the two open four year positions.
Steve Gorder is running for the two year council position unopposed.
Numerous issues were covered such as how to get more people to volunteer, how to retain the businesses Starbuck has and do economic development to bring more businesses in. Other issues discussed were the best way to improve the aging infrastructure, thoughts on lowering the speed limit going north and south from the four way stop to the Dairy Queen, how effective blight notices are and how to enforce them.
Pheasants Forever Hosts Hunt and Education Event for Youth PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 October 2014 13:58
Glacial Ridge Chapter of Pheasants Forever  hosts hunt and education event for local youth

Operating under the principle of “tell them and they will forget, show them and they will remember, involve them and they will understand,” the Glacial Ridge Chapter of Pheasants Forever recently held their 11th annual comprehensive youth hunt and education event. 
The Sunset Lodge Preserve near Sedan was the site of this year’s program, and judging by all the smiling faces, the event was a big hit with the kids. Gun safety was the order of the day, with Pheasants Forever committee members making sure everything ran smoothly. 
The youth in attendance were treated to sessions on pheasant biology, bird cleaning, gaining permission, dog training and care, and before heading out for a mentored pheasant hunt, they shot clay pigeons and were given instruction on proper shooting technique.
Each participant also received a Ringnecks membership—a $15 value.  The Ringnecks membership, which includes a quarterly magazine, is a program with the goal of fostering and nurturing an enduring interest in shooting sports, wildlife conservation and upland game bird hunting in America’s young people.  The chapter thanked Tom Schmidgall and his crew for hosting the event, and Travis McCrory for teaching dog care and training.  A big thank you was also offered to Eric Jensen of Minnewaska Meats for a lunch of hot dogs and Glenwood Pizza Ranch for their donation.
Glimses From The Past PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Friday, 17 October 2014 13:52
From the Glenwood Herald  October 15, 1914

Beginning tomorrow night J. H. McCauley will give coupons with every ticket bought for his motion picture show.  These coupons will give holder a number on a six dollar leather pillow which will be given away on every Friday evening commencing next week.  The pillows are very beautiful and are now on display at the opera house.

L. M. Landing who is employed by the International Harvester Company has given considerable attention to improving the company’s manure spreaders.  His suggestion is for a low spread and low lift spreader which he explained in detail to the blockmen at a recent meeting at St. Cloud.  His suggestion was sent to the Chicago office.  In a recent letter from this office Mr. Landing is told that the company has every reason to believe that his suggestions in this matter are valuable and they are taking the matter up with the Experiment Department.

Ed Kaldahl and G. C. Torguson were out hunting the first of the week returning with a bunch of Red Heads.

Verne, the eight year old son of Andrew Torguson of Grove Lake met with quite a serious accident one day last week.  A large dinner bell on him from a height of ten feet, striking him on the head, causing a severe scalp wound.  Dr. Glyer of Brooten is attending him.

John Hammond’s barn on his farm in Leven township was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning between twelve and one o’clock.  The loss also includes a calf, about fifty tons of hay, all of this year’s oats between 600 and 700 bushels, feed mill, gasoline engine, grain cleaner, new buggy, a set of light harness and other articles.  Four work horses, the harnesses and two calves were saved from the flames.  The loss on the barn which was recently constructed is placed at about $2000.  The total loss is about $2500.  Adjusters for White Bear Lake Insurance Company allowed $1100 insurance representing the full amount of insurance on the barn and hay.  The oats will not be a total loss.  They were cleaned immediately and while they will be smoky they may be fit for feed.  The fire was not discovered until the hay loft was all ablaze.  The origin of the fire is unknown it is probable that some stranger had enjoyed the hospitality of the barn for the night and had unintentionally caused the fire.   Mr. Hammond intends to rebuild this fall.  The new barn will be built on the old foundation.

Duck hunting has been good for sometime.
Museum Seeks Starbuck Annuals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 13:14
The Pope County Historical Society is seeking the following Starbuck High School Yearbooks to complete their research collection:

1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1972, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1989, and 1990.

If you have yearbooks from those years you are willing to donate, please contact the Pope County Historical Society at 320-634-3293 or
Notes From The Capital PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:17
Notes from State Representative Paul Anderson

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

A series of meeting to draw attention to Minnesota’s transportation needs is being held around the state.  One such gathering was held in Willmar last week and was attended mainly by local highway officials and contractors, along with several legislators and candidates.  The district engineer for MnDOT spoke to the group about needs in the area, and other speakers discussed topics ranging from completion of the Highway 23 project to county roads and public transit.

It’s expected that increasing state funding for transportation will be a major focus of next year’s legislative session.  Last raised in 2008, Minnesota’s gas tax currently stands at 28.5 cents per gallon and will be the focus of attention for raising additional revenue.  Another method mentioned at the meeting was a dedicated sales tax on the price of motor fuel to be implemented at the wholesale level.  For example, a  5 percent tax on the wholesale price of gasoline which was, for example $3 per gallon, would raise an additional 15 cents.  That cost would eventually get passed on to consumers as retailers could not be expected to absorb an increase that large.  This method of raising revenue would also make the tax subject to inflation as it would increase as the price of fuel went up.

There are many details to consider before the gas tax is raised or before any new gross receipts sales tax would be signed into law. They include how the formula would split any new revenue between the metro area and out-state, along with the split between funding for transit (which includes light rail and buses) and actual road projects.

Expect this to be one of the first major topics to be considered when the Legislature convenes again in January.


With the beautiful fall weather experienced last week, crop maturity advanced greatly and fall harvest is underway.  Chopping corn for silage was occurring in many locations as choppers made their way through fields either pulling boxes or loading semi-trucks following alongside.  It’s still wet in some areas as I noticed tractors stationed in some fields ready to hook on to trucks and pull them through the low spots.  Driving to Elrosa for a church dinner one evening, we noticed tractors on top of a huge silage pile, working with lights on, driving back and forth packing down the silage.

Soybean harvest is also underway as the above-normal temps last week quickly dried down the plants.  Fields that only days earlier were turning color from green to light brown were now dropping leaves as a signal that they were ripe.  I took out my first field over the weekend and it was about as expected.  The low spots were good but the beans on the hills and clay knobs showed signs of the mid-summer dry spell and were short.  I visited with one farmer near Sauk Centre who reported hail hitting his crops twice this summer.  That’s never a good thing, although he thought the corn suffered less damage than his beans.

Be careful on the roads as farmers are busy gathering in the fall harvest.  Equipment is large and slow moving so give them plenty of space when either meeting or passing.
Glimses From The Past PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 07:12
From the Glenwood Herald September 10, 1914

Contest On for Queen of Pope County Fair
Votes for County Queen given with purchase of County fair tickets and payment of newspaper subscriptions. The contestants: Elsie Fjelstad, Glenwood; Laura Forde, Starbuck; Emma Larson, Glenwood; Mabel Johnson, Cyrus; Ida Ogdahl, Glenwood; and Edith Shear, Villard. The young ladies named above are contestants for Queen of the Pope County Fair to be held in Glenwood September 24, 25 and 26. The winner in this contest will be crowned with appropriate ceremonies on the last day of the fair at 4 o’clock. She will also receive a diamond ring and a free trip to the Corn and Alfalfa exposition at Benson, where she will be the official candidate of Pope County for Queen of the exposition. The second prize winner at the county fair will receive a gold watch and the third a silk umbrella.
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