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Meth Likely Invoved In Laura Schwendemann Death

"...toxicology revealed a significant presence of methamphetamine..."

Though the cause and manner of death have been officially deemed “undetermined” by the Midwest Medical Examiner, 18-year-old Laura Ann Schwendemann of Starbuck likely died of methamphetamine ingestion, according to the autopsy report.

The man who was last seen with Schwendemann, 21-year-old Nickolas McArdell of Starbuck, will be charged with a gross misdemeanor for concealing the location of her body. Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson said
McArdell will not be prosecuted for causing Schwendemann's death because the evidence does not support it.

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Andreas Returns To Roy Hobbs League World Series

Starbuck's Own Returns To Roy Hobbs League World Series

The team, the Minnesota Web Gems, was made up of Michael Andreas (Starbuck), Michael Adelman (Graceville), Bill Aho (Cokato), Michael Jeseritz (Litchfield), Roger Jeseritz (Kerkhoven), Jay Magnuson (Willmar), Scott Marquardt (Litchfield), Darrin Ogdahl (Spicer), Herman Solomon Jr. (Willmar), Nathan Winter (St. Joseph) Jason Fisher (Cottonwood), Mike Nagel (Olivia) and Jeff Asche (Raymond).

The Web Gems again played in the Veterans Division, made up of men 35 and over. The Web Gems played seven games, winning three, and losing four, one being a playoff game.

The Web Gems were lucky enough to play three stadium games this year. The games were played at historic Terry Park, the Boston Red Sox Jet Blue Stadium, as well as the Minnesota Twins Hammond Stadium, the site where the Twins play their spring training games.
Photo by Erika Andreas

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Pope County Hwy 41 Junction Completed

Pope County Hwy 41 Junction Completed
Pope County in conjunction with MnDOT has completed the dangereous departure from hwy 29 to Pope County hwy 41 that leads to the State Park.  The dangereous curve that made many a motorist nervous going to Glacial Lakes State Park has been cut off and MnDOT has placed a by pass lane and a turning lane to the park for traffic heading south on Hwy 29.  Please note pictures below.  Click Photo to enlarge.
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View driving South on Hwy 29 from Starbuck View coming from the Park on Hwy 41


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Hanson And Thorfinnson Make State Tennis Birth

Hanson and Thorfinnson make state

The Minnewaska duo of senior Makenna Hanson and junior Joelle Thorfinnson won the Section 6A doubles title for the second straight year on Tuesday at Fitness Evolution in St. Cloud.

Hanson and Thorfinnson cruised past MACCRAY seniors Alicia Ervin and Anne Sandry 6-1 6-0 in the championship match.

In the semifinals, Hanson and Thorfinnson beat Benson’s doubles duo of senior Kelsey Rajewsky and junior Katie Samuelson in straight sets.

Thorfinnson played most of the year at #1 singles while Hanson most often was paired with Annika Pederson at #1 doubles. The two paired their talents for another trip to the state tournament.

MACCRAY senior Amber Wieberdink defeated Minnewaska eighth-grader Danielle Thorfinnson 6-2 6-2 in the third-place match.

The Lakers play Crookston in the opening round of the state tournament in team play. Hanson and Thorfinnson will play their opening match of the state tournament on Thursday against a doubles team from Lake City.  
Photos by Mark Beasley

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Dorrich Dairy First Area Farm To Be Water Quality Certified

Dorrich Dairy is first area farm  to be ‘water quality certified’

Dorrich Dairy, a local dairy and family farm operated by the Vold family south of Glenwood was honored last Friday as the first in Pope County to become a “Minnesota Agriculture Water Quality Certified Farm.”

Not only was the farm the first in Pope County, but the first farm outside of the pilot watersheds where the program was first started, it was stated by Grant Pearson, certification specialist for the program.  

Now, according to Holly Kovarik, manager of the Pope County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), the Water Quality Certification program is being rolled out statewide, and it is hoped that more area agricultural producers will seek the certification that the Vold family received at their Dorrich Dairy operation.

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Local 1st Grader Meets The President

Glacial Hills Elementary first-grader meets President Obama

Glacial Hills Elementary School first grader Elizabeth Germundson and her mom, Rebecca Fredericks, got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet President Barack Obama on Monday, Sept. 14 at a meet-and-greet in Iowa. Germundson and her friends screamed with excitement as the president got off the plane. The president stopped and asked Germundson where her teeth were when he shook her hand at the event.  Germundson simply replied, “I lost them.”

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Earl Stottler Honored by National Wrestling Hall o f Fame

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame (NWHOF) will honor Earl Stottler with the Medal of Courage Award, Mn Chapter, at a banquet to be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Country Inn and Suites in Benson, MN.  Social hour begins at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and presentation/program following.

Earl began his wrestling career as a Freshman at Benson High School, and went on to become a state champion for Princeton High School in 1958. He became Moorhead State’s first national champion (NAIA) in 1961. He was inducted into the Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Moorhead State University Dragon Hall of Fame in 1997. He officiated for 12 years.

Earl taught for one year in Milbank, SD and was a teacher/counselor for 25 years in Starbuck. He served as head baseball coach for 4 years, and asst. football and head wrestling for 16 years, when health concerns forced him to give up coaching. He still gave back to the sport as a color commentator for area radio stations broadcasting wrestling matches, and worked wrestling events.

He is a current member of the Bartelma Hall of Fame committee.  Earl retired from teaching in 1996.

Earl suffered a major stroke in 2011, causing partial paralysis and other health issues.  With the never quit attitude instilled in all wrestlers, and the strong work ethic he developed in his athletes, Earl continues to make strides in rehab, and he is still passionate about the sport of wrestling today.

For information on the NWHOF Banquet contact: Steve Ricard at 320-843-4508 (home), 320-843-2710 (work), 320-444-0569 (cell), or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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