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Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Friday, 18 April 2014 11:38
From the Glenwood Herald April 23, 1914

Geo. Hallett is building a 62x8 front porch on his residence.  The porch is built of concrete and  will have eleven  ornamental concrete pillars.

C.B. Litstrom is digging the basement for his building between the Lowry bank and Hagstrom’s building.  We understand Larson Brothers of Starbuck will construct the building.

Glenn Reed is preparing to build a residence on his lots near T.O. Ofsthun’s residence.  L.N. Simmons, our popular builder has secured the contract for this building.

Edwin Knutson sold his motorcycle to Edwin Ellertson last week.

Joe Engebrits, who is to be engineer for Thos.  Frankson on the steam tractor went to Spring Valley last week, but is expected back this week.  They intend to break up about 700 acres this spring and will start the steam tractor in a short time.

Richard Carlson of Minneapolis came here Tuesday to enter the employee of Helbing and Warburton as mechanic.  He has had ten years experience in the automobile business and has been employed by the Barclay Auto Company of Minneapolis for the past four years.

Mr. Helbing traded a Ford auto to a farmer near Terrace and took two horses as part payment.  Geo. Fox bought one of the horses which weighted 1240.

E.C. Bunday has installed an up-to-date “Dayton” meat slicer in his store for slicing dried beef, sausage and bacon.

Capt. Bergstrom tells us that he will have his boat “ Minnewaska”  on the lake ready for business by May 15th.

J.H. Furney is making a fine improvement on his lakeshore property.  He is parking the lake frontage a space 300 by 35 feet.  He is placing settees in his park and is building a summer house 12x16 which he will furnish with table and chairs.  We are told that he will throw this open to the public and that people who may wish to take their lunches at the lakeshore during the summer months are welcome to the use of the property.  This is a very praiseworthy act and we are sure that our people will appreciate the fine courtesy extended
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Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Friday, 21 March 2014 15:07
From the Glenwood Herald March 26, 1914

The New Minton is contemplating installing an automatic switch board and a long distance telephone  in every room.

Captain Bergstrom is going to put in an electric motor to run by the gasoline engine in his boat and will have electric lights.

Berry & Tombs have made an undertaking parlor on the first floor in their store this week.  Mr. Stokes is decorating same this week.  They have also completed an up to date rack for displaying rugs.

I S. Selleseth & Co. are making quite a change and a fine improvement in their store this week.  They have John Anderson and Nate Squires on the job putting in a steel ceiling and will also improve their lights by putting in 4 four light chandeliers.

The famous Norwegian lecturer and newspaper correspondent, Peer Stromme will deliver a travel talk on China, Japan, India, Egypt and Palestine on Monday night, March 30th at 8 o’clock at the McCauley opera house.  Many excellent lantern slides will illustrate the lecture.  Mr. Stromme has just returned from his second trip around the world.  Don’t fail to hear him.  Tickets 35, 25 and 15 cents.

Some time ago the State Game and Fish Commission appointed Hon D. S. Durkin and T. O. Ofsthun as a committee to investigate and report as to the kind of a building that would be best suited for a trout house at the State Fish Hatchery in this city.  The committee met and adopted the plan submitted by J. A. Pinkerton, Supt. of said hatchery.  A.H. Foss of Elbow Lake, who has been engaged to prepare a plan and specifications, was in this city Tuesday in consultation with Mr. Pinkerton and it is expected that bids will be called soon.

Albert Wollan has now contracts for two new dwelling houses, one for Thos. Callaghan and one for F. S. Loomis, and E. E. Kruger contemplates building one this spring.

Margaret Wollan, the little girl of Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Wollan, ran a needle through her hand last Friday.  The doctor was called immediately to remove the needle and dress the wound and she is reported to be doing nicely.

Owen Stokes made a trip to Brooten Monday and while there secured the contract for the decoration of the new $13,000 church edifice erected by the North Fork Lutheran congregation.  Mr. Stokes expects this will keep him busy for some time.
Villard Fire Department Donates to Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Friday, 21 March 2014 15:04


The Pope County Historical Society received a check for $1000 from the Villard Fire Department to help replace the museum roof.  This donation moves the project closer to the goal of $180,000.  The museum roof was damaged in the summer storms of 2011. Funds are still needed before the project can be completed.  Handing the check to Merlin Peterson, Pope County Museum director, is Lynn Peterson, representing the Villard Fire Department.

Harvest for Hunger Kick Off PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:51

Join CHS Prairie Lakes to help fight hunger through CHS Harvest for Hunger

CHS Prairie Lakes is gathering donations of money, food and crops to help fight hunger. As part of CHS Harvest for Hunger food and fund drive, CHS Prairie Lakes will accept contributions from March 1 through March 20 at its locations in Cyrus, Elrosa, Glenwood, Hoffman, Long Prairie, Lowry, Starbuck, and Park Rapids.  and deliver them to regional food banks.

“Hunger is a reality for more than 50 million people in America. That’s one in six who doesn’t have access to enough food,” says Brad Manderschied general manager, CHS Prairie Lakes.  “We’re working together to make a difference for those in need.”

Financial donations are encouraged because they enable food banks to leverage their buying power to provide nutritious food at deeply discounted rates.

CHS Prairie Lakes events include:
February 28—Roller Skating, Hoffman Square 5pm—8pm
March 1—Snowmobile Fun Run, Park Rapids
March 6—Spaghetti Supper, Long Prairie VFW  4pm—7pm
March 13—Noon BBQ Meal, Glenwood shop 11am—1pm
March 20—Spaghetti Supper, Starbuck Community Center 4pm—7pm
March 1—20 2014—Pizza Sales, contact Elrosa Employee
March 1-20, 2014—Buy a “Cooking with the Coop” Cookbook  
compiled by CHS Prairie Lakes

“Our local communities also win when CHS Country Operations makes a contribution to help friends and neighbors right here in our community. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to multiply the impact of every donation we make,” adds Manderschied.

Donations can be made at CHS Prairie Lakes’ locations or call 320-239-2226 for more information on how you can help.

At CHS Prairie Lakes our first priority is to help our farmer-owners and customers grow. This means providing quality products, the latest in innovation, and first-class customer service. As agriculture and our communities evolve, we are committed to staying at the forefront of the industry. Locally we employ a knowledgeable and professional staff to assist you with your agricultural, home and business needs.

CHS Prairie Lakes is a business unit of CHS Inc., a leading energy, grains and foods global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. For nearly 80 years, the CHS system has valued volunteerism and been a responsible steward in its communities; the CHS Harvest for Hunger food and fund drive is designed to harness the power of the 70 CHS-owned/locally governed cooperatives to address America’s growing hunger problem.
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Written by Pope County Historical Society   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:19

From the Glenwood Herald February 26, 1914

Some of the Gilchrist farmers packed the Lakeside Creamery ice house the fore-part of the week.

Kenneth McKenzie moved the old Bartos building formerly used as a millinery store [in Lowry] onto his lots on the south corner from the hotel and will fix same up for a residence.

M.A. Wagner of Millard, S.D., moved onto Mrs. Lewis’ farm last week.  His son-in-law, H.F. Belling, also of Millard, has rented the Stranahan place.

Ole Fosdahl is doing some work for Mr. Westergaard, remodeling the old Grove Lake school house.

The telephone crew which has been at work in Glenwood the past two weeks repairing the local system went to Starbuck on Tuesday to continue work at that point.

Geo. Hallett returned from the big cement show in Chicago last Sunday.  Mr. Hallett informs us that he purchased  big Peerless brick machine while he was there.  He also visited Milwaukee, Madison and the Twin Cities on his way home and reports a very enjoyable trip.

Mrs. Henry Jackson is busy hauling lumber for a  large barn which she is going to put up this spring.

Rasmus Feigum is busy hauling lumber for his new barn that he intends to build on his farm in Barsness.  The basement will be built of cement blocks.  He reports that sleighing is getting poor for hauling lumber.

The Chippewa Valley Band furnished the music for the farmers Short Course in Benson last week.

There was a ski tournament at Otis Thorson’s [in Gilchrist] Sunday afternoon.  John Oyen made a standing jump of 40 feet.

The Shippers Association [of Lowry] shipped a car of stock to South St. Paul on Monday.  Wm. Bennett, their buyer went with the car.

The first crow of the season was seen in Lowry Tuesday.

Notes From The Capital PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:13

Economist: Times are changing in ag

An economist at a meeting of the Rural Finance Authority last week in St. Paul was fairly blunt when he said that times are changing in agriculture. Cash grain farming, which has been quite profitable the past few years, will be hard pressed to show positive numbers in the next few years, while livestock producers should see strong profits in the immediate future. The reason for the switch is falling grain prices that are lowering production costs for those who milk cows or feed livestock or poultry.

Statewide, 2012 was a record high year for farm income. Pushed up by the price of corn and soybeans, net farm profits soared for those who made their living by selling those commodities. Last year, with strong yields in the main part of the Corn Belt, supplies of corn and beans recovered and prices fell dramatically. From a high of nearly $8 per bushel, the price of corn has dropped to between $4 and $5, with shipping costs (basis) lowering that price to around $4 at the elevator.

“We are going back to narrow, or in some cases, negative margins for crop farming,” said University of Minnesota extension economist Dale Nordquist. “Smaller farms, especially those that no longer have any livestock, could have a difficult time competing in this environment.”

Plugging in numbers for an average crop farming operation show little margin for error. As an example, if a farmer produced 175 bushels of corn per acre and was able to sell that corn for $4.75 per bushel (about 75 cents above current new-crop prices), he would still be beneath the cost of production. The same is true of soybeans as a 46-bushel per acre yield, if it were sold for $12 a bushel, results in a negative return of $9 per acre, according to Nordquist’s figures.

“The coming year looks to be a correction year for crop farming,” he added, “and it may be difficult for some to adjust to more lean times.”


It appears that prices for propane gas may have peaked, at least for the time being. With the new month, supplies of LP increased and they seem to be holding in most locations. The wild card in all this is, of course, the weather because if it stays cold and demand continues to be high we may have supply issues toward the end of the month again. Forecasts are calling for a much-anticipated warm-up later this week, with highs in the 20’s being cause for celebration!

The Chippewa Valley ethanol plant operating in Benson, Minn., held its annual meeting Feb. 8. General Manager Mike Jerke told those in attendance that the plant has been curtailed from using natural gas on many occasions so far this winter. “There are system-overload days and then there are critical-overload days when we get a phone call to make the switch from natural gas to propane.”

As a result, the company has used much more propane this winter than in past seasons. Jerke estimated the increased cost of using propane instead of natural gas during January alone was around $1 million.

An economist from Kansas State University, Dr. Art Barnaby, was the guest speaker at the CVAC annual meeting. He gave a presentation on the new farm bill, which was passed by Congress and signed into law this past week by President Obama. He called it “as good as we could expect” in these times of fiscal restraint in Washington.

County outlines top priorities for State Legislators PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:11

County outlines top priorities for State Legislators

Rep. Paul Anderson and Rep. Jay McNamar visited with Pope County commissioners at last Tuesday’s board meeting about the county’s concerns for 2014 and beyond. Sen. Torrey Westrom was also on the schedule but unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting.
Earlier in the agenda, county commissioners approved a list of top legislative priorities for 2014. The primary purpose of meeting with the area’s state representatives was to share those priorities with them—to give them information on what is important to Pope County and why.
At the top of the list was the need for an increase in transportation funding from the state. County Coordinator Jim Thoreen shared some reasons on how that priority pertained to Pope County, including basic road safety for drivers and transit needs for non-drivers.
Anderson said, “Of all the times to raise taxes, election year is not the time to do it. I don’t know how much traction this [transportation funding] will get this year.”
Thoreen said, “I recognize the politics, but the clock is ticking.” He told Anderson and McNamar that without additional County State Aid Highway funding, Pope County was considering putting 18 miles of blacktop back to gravel in the coming years. “Long term that’s probably not the best option,” he said. “But we’re squeezed.”
Anderson asked if the new wheelage tax would help. Thoreen said that money is pegged for basic maintenance that needs to be done anyway. Commissioner Larry Lindor added, “We’re using it [the wheelage tax] to extend the life of our current pavement.”

Highway 29 overpass discussed
Commissioner Gordy Wagner showed the board, Anderson and McNamar a preliminary concept drawing from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) outlining a possibility for a Highway 29 overpass. The overpass would allow traffic on Highway 29 just north of Glenwood to bypass the railroad tracks running parallel to Highway 55.
The concept shows that traffic moving south on Highway 29 would flow over the railroad tracks, then over Highway 55; drivers would turn left at an expanded 160th Street, then left or right to catch Highway 55 east or west. Drivers heading north on Highway 29 would take a right on 160th Street to access Highway 55. The concept also shows a section of Highway 55 near the current intersection with Highway 29 moved slightly to the north to flow under the proposed overpass.
Both Wagner and Thoreen emphasized that the plan shown was a preliminary conceptual layout, and by no means the final plan from MnDOT. Thoreen said that though the county is not directly involved in the overpass project, the county is supportive of MnDOT’s plans.
Wagner said the project is on MnDOT’s radar now in part because the intersection of Highways 29 and 55 near the railroad crossing is over the state limit for incidents. He said the state determined that “the traffic and accident counts warrant an overpass.”
“The status quo is not acceptable; MnDOT agrees,” said Thoreen. “We’ve got good communication with MnDOT,” he said. He added that concern at the local level, the legislative level and from business leaders has helped the overpass project gain traction.
Pope County Housing and Redevelopment Authority/Economic Development Authority Executive Director Dick Dreher agreed. “We very much appreciate the interest you and Senator Westrom have shown [in this project],” Dreher told McNamar and Anderson.

Department heads weigh in
Speaking to the other points on the board’s list of top legislative priorities, Pope County department heads had a chance to highlight their main concerns for Anderson and McNamar as well.
While the details differed by department, Director of Probation Terry Jaworski, Human Services Director Nicole Names, Public Health Director Sharon Braaten, Pope County Sheriff Tim Riley, Pope County Assessor Mike Wacker all seemed to have similar wish lists: keep it simple; streamline; make it easier for counties to deliver the services needed by their residents—both by getting rid of wasteful complication and keeping funding promises made at the state level.
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