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Pope County Fair Serves Up Family Fun PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Saturday, 02 August 2014 07:00
Come out and join the fun
photo by PC Tribune

With plenty of new events and attractions plus time-honored favorites, the Pope County Fair is keeping it fresh and fun in 2014. And as it has been for more than 140 years, admission is free for the whole family!
One of the highlights coming up at the fair is an opportunity to see award-winning country singer Sherwin Linton in concert. His talent has been noted in special articles and reviews in countless outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone and NBC Nightly News. Linton also holds places in the South Dakota Musicians Hall of Fame, the National Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and continues to receive industry awards and recognition for   his many achievements.
Linton will take the Grandstand stage at the Pope County Fair on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. with a Johnny Cash Tribute Show. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and under, and free for children ages 6 and under.
Jennifer Olson, Pope County Fair board secretary, said she had a chance to see Linton in concert at the County Fair Convention last January and described a show full of energy, wit and charm. “It’s a really good show,” she said. “He had everyone up and dancing!”
Another Grandstand event, Friday’s 5-Man Team Tug-of-War competition, is a “new again” event added to this year’s fair. “The event is actually historical to the fair,” said Olson. “Each township used to have a team.” With $500 in prizes, the Tug-of-War competition promises to bring out the brawn once again.

Scope of Repairs to Schools to Be Decided PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Debra Mathias - GHES Administrator   
Saturday, 02 August 2014 06:57

A motion to approve a major project dealing with maintenance and repairs at three Minnewaska Area Schools buildings was delayed until this week to give school board members a little more time to become more familiar with the numbers involved.
The board set a special meeting for 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, to come to some conclusions.
The board is near the end of a project dating back to last year to detail physical needs at district buildings, decide which are the most important and then take that list of needs to voters who would be asked to approve a bond to pay for the repairs.                                                                                                   Photo by PC Tribune
Last Tuesday the board heard the latest numbers from Bert Haglund of TSP Architecture, Stephanie Howe of studio e architects and Betsy Knoche of Ehlers, a financial firm and the district’s bond consultant.
The projects outlined come in at just over $9 million, with nearly $7 million at Minnewaska Area High School,  $500,000 for the Minnewaska Area Day Treatment Center in Starbuck and $1,659,598 at Minnewaska Area Elementary in Glenwood.
The big issue at the high school is the roof that comes in at $2.97 million. In addition to the roof, another $294,012 is proposed to replace the through-wall flashing which has been failing in spots and allowing water to run into the building.
MGC hosts area pro-am tournament PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Mark Beasley - Sports Editor   
Saturday, 02 August 2014 06:56
MGC hosts area  pro-am tournament

Minnewaska Golf Club was the site for a pro-am golf tournament, held on Sunday, July 20. MGC’s head pro, Scott McDonald, finished one shot off the lead and also recorded an ace on the 9th hole. A number of MGC members enjoyed competing in the team format with area professionals.
Professional results, Top 10
T1 Chrs Borgen LostSpur GC 36-33--69
T1 Eric Roland Woodhill CC 35-34--69
T3 Brent Snyder Troy Burne GC 34-36--70
T3 Scott McDonald Minnewaska GC 34-36--70
T5 Bill Israelson Vintage GC 37-34--71 
T5 Eric Chiles Chaska Town Course 34-37--71
T7 Don Berry Edinburgh USA 38-35--73
T7 Kris Kroetsch Fargo CC 38-35--73
T7 Mike Snow Cragun’s Legacy Courses 37-36--73
T10 Grant Hanson Geneva GC 38-36--74
T10 Jon Reigstad Keller GC 39-35--74
T10 Tim Johnson The Pines at Grand View 37-37--74

Team results: 3 of 4 Chicago points (1 for net bogey, 2 for net par, 3 for net birdie, 4 for net eagle, 5 for net double eagle)

1st  Shane Eastman, Chad Moon, Gregg Henderson,
Chuck Klecatsky (Craguns Legacy Courses) 130 points
2nd Missy Tabery, Tony Janu Jr, Ben Vangsness,
Bill Israelson (The Vintage at Staples) 126 points
3rd Paul Kostelecky, Terry E Jones, Scott Ringdahl,
Eric Chiles (Chaska Town Course) 125 points
4th Gary Locke, Dennis Spindler, Bob Gorg,
Jon Reigstad (Keller Golf Course) 121 points
5th Cody Hvezda, Aaron Hvezda, Andrew Wiener,
Grant Hanson (Geneva Golf Club) 120 points
6th Trevor Solem, Josh Sherlin, John Shirkey,
Kris Kroetsch (Fargo Country Club) 119 points
7th Brett Buckingham, Greg Buckingham, Chris J Buckingham,
Don Berry (Ediburgh USA) 118 points
Parks and Trails PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 02 August 2014 06:16

A Great Opportunity For The Whole Family

Pope County lakes area has many areas that provides opportunities for hiking and cycling on established and well maintained trails.

There are also a number of Parks that provide great opportunites for picnics and family gatherings for any occasion, camping and just relaxing.

Below find a table that includes most trail and parks in the Pope County Area


Barness Park - Glenwood MN Bike Trails Lakeshore Park - Starbuck MN

Mount Lookout Park - Glenwood MN Stargazers Society(GLASS) Froland Waterfowl Production Area

Glenwood Wayside City Park
Glacial Lakes State Park Holly Skogan Park and Trail

Indian Mound Park Knapp Park - Villard MN

Museum and Historical Sites PDF Print E-mail
News - Historical Society News
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 01 August 2014 13:50
The Pope County Lakes Area is packed full of historical sites to visit while you visit.
The area also has several museums to visit.

Below is a list of


Museums And Historical Sites

Recreation And Sports PDF Print E-mail
Things To Do - Recreation and Sports
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 01 August 2014 13:09

Area Recreation and Sports

According to the dictionary, recreation is an activity of leisure, or discretionary time.

The idea of recreation seems to be an essential element of human biology and psychology.

Recreational activities are often done for enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure and are considered to be "fun".

The term "recreation" implies participation to be healthy refreshing mind and body.

Recreationan and Sports activities you can find through out the Lake Minnewaska Area

Area Town Team Baseball Biking Trails Dancing

Equestrian Fishing Golfing
Snow Sport Activities

Hunting Snow Sport Activities Snow Sport Activities
Notes From The Capital PDF Print E-mail
News - State Legislators Comments
Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Monday, 28 July 2014 15:57

Monday,  July 28, 2014

One of the major pieces of legislation passed during the last session takes effect on Friday of this week (August 1).  On that date, the state’s minimum wage will increase to $8 an hour for what the state considers “large employers,” those with annual gross sales over $500,000.  The wage is scheduled to increase again to $8.50 next year and finally to $9.50 on August 1, 2016.  The rates for small employers, those with under a half million dollars in annual gross sales, are lower with the numbers being $6.50 this year and moving up to $7.75 in two years.

There is no “tip credit” associated with the bill, and restaurant owners, among others, are concerned they will have to cut staff or raise prices to cover the increased cost.  The legislation does contain an “inflation factor,” giving the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry the authority to increase the minimum wage by up to 2.5 percent annually, based on what’s known as the Implicit Price Deflator.  This inflation factor is problematic for some and was one of the reasons this bill was stuck in conference committee for nearly a year before finally being passed.


The Legislative Energy Commission was scheduled to meet this week to hear updates on propane supply and delivery in Minnesota.  The commission, established back in 2008, is directed to evaluate the energy policies of the state.  They will also hear testimony concerning the extension of natural gas pipelines in Minnesota, some of which is already happening in Stearns County.

I’m concerned that we could be facing a situation similar to last year, when propane prices rose to high levels and the supply grew short.  Our state has lost access to a pipeline that formerly supplied 40 percent of our state’s propane needs.  We were told at a transportation meeting recently that it will take 4,000 railcars to make up for the loss of that pipeline.  Several companies are increasing their storage capacity, and some farmers are also putting in larger tanks for corn drying.  However, if the crop comes in wet again this fall and if our winter weather is colder than normal, as it was last year, we could be facing problems again.  Contracting is one way to lock in the price of propane, and prices are usually lower in the summer months than during the main heating season.

The state released numbers last week showing just how many crude oil trains pass through our state.  Fifty trains per week, each carrying approximately one million gallons of North Dakota crude, go through Minnesota every week. The highest number is on Burlington Northern Sante Fe tracks between Moorhead and the Twin Cities.  The Canadian Pacific railroad doesn’t handle the volume of crude that the BN does, and there are fewer oil trains on its tracks.

In a related matter, MnDOT is studying the safety risks at some 500 road crossings in the state that pass over railroad tracks carrying oil trains.  They will identify the highest risk intersections and then make improvements at those locations.
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