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Glenwood Begins 150th Celebration


No need to change your address—the commemorative street signs installed in the downtown area are there just to remind people that this year the city is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Glenwood.
Glenwood was first platted in 1866. As with most cities, the streets were identified with “names” rather than numbers, but the city changed to numbers and directions sometime in the 1960s. The only streets that were not changed to numbers were Franklin Street and Minnesota Avenue. Above, Mayor Scott Formo (right) and Glenwood Commissioner Todd Gylsen kicked off the city’s 150th celebration by installing the commemorative street sign for Minnesota Avenue and State Street. The commissioners also provided an agenda and the mayor’s nameplate for the time capsule, which will be filled with items throughout the year and then sealed for 50 years. The time capsule will be at each of the monthly events planned during the year-long celebration. The street signs will also be sold to the highest bidder during an auction that will take place sometime this year.

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Glenwood's 150th Kick Off Party

Fire & Ice Party kicks off Glenwood’s 150th anniversary celebration

The City of Glenwood’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of its founding kicked off with some sparks on Friday.

A Fire & Ice party was hosted by Central Square Cultural and Civic Center, and started out with a marshmallow roast on the historic building’s grounds.

The event was sponsored by the Glenwood Founding 150th committee, which is chaired by Karina Mork. The time capsule, which will be at all of the year’s events, was also at Central Square on Friday night.

The year-long celebration will feature at least one anniversary event each month. The committee also produced a commemorative calendar for 2016 and those calendars are available for sale in Glenwood at Meco 7, the Pope County Tribune, the chamber office, Eagle Bank and at the Pope County Museum. The calendars are just $10 with the proceeds helping to finance the year-long celebration.
Photos by Marta Johnson & courtesy of Sonya Gylsen

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Glenwood’s 150th Celebration Becomes Official

Glenwood City Commissioners declared 2016 as the “official 150th anniversary of the founding of Glenwood.”  

That action took place at last Tuesday’s regular city commission meeting after the city had received a proclamation recognizing the 150th anniversary year signed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.

In September, the city commission allocated about $5,000 to kick off fundraising for the celebration, with much of that money going to purchase commemorative signage for street signs in the downtown area.  The money was also used to help fund a 150th anniversary logo and provided support for efforts by a planning committee to begin work on the year-long celebration.  The 150th committee is a subcommittee of the Comprehensive Community Improvement Initiative (CCII).

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Rotary’s Ethics Workshop Well Received by MAHS Students

Rotary’s ethics workshop resonates with MAHS students

A group of juniors and seniors from Minnewaska Area High School recently gathered at Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood to delve into a subject not easily defined and packaged: ethics. MAHS students were joined by their peers from Sauk Centre High School for a full-day workshop hosted by the Eagan Rotary Club and brought to the area through the efforts of the Glenwood and Sauk Centre rotaries.

MAHS participants were nominated by their teachers, and included 10 juniors and 11 seniors. Participating juniors were Ashley Anderson, Shawn Stumpf, Colin Richards, Alex Larson, Chris Claussen, Abby VerSteeg, Carter Westberg, Hannah Trainor, Hunter Dougherty and Cassie Philips. Seniors selected to attend were Grant Hitchcock, Garret Bartels, Mary Wuollet, Miranda Cerney, Courtney Schmidt, Brett Buckingham, Greg Helander, Riley Kinney, Emma Middendorf, Michael Gruber and Craig Spore.

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City of Glenwood Approves Tax Levy

Glenwood commission approves final tax levy

After a brief Truth in Taxation hearing, Glenwood City Commissioners last Tuesday approved the final levy and budget for 2016. 
The approved budget and levy remained unchanged from the preliminary budget approved on Nov. 10.   The general fund was set at $1,200,118, with a tax abatement (Midwest Machinery) at $9,810, bringing the total property tax levy to $1,209,928.    That’s an increase of about 6 percent over the 2015  budget and levy.  
That means the city’s levy has increased about 10 percent since 2014.
Mike Holland was the only city property owner to voice a concern at the city’s Truth in Taxation hearing, which lasted only 10 minutes.  Holland told commissioners that his property value did increase by about $100,000 due to construction, but said he didn’t undertand how that added value could increase the city portion of his taxes by 56 percent.  “The math just doesn’t make sense,” Holland told the commission.  “I can understand 25 to 30 percent, because the value went from $300,000 to $400,000, but not 56 percent.”
Holland was told that there are a number of factors that go into figuring property tax and City Administrator Dave Iverson said he should “check with the county assessor’s office” to make sure there wasn’t an error.  The city now contracts with the county to do its residential and business assessments, Iverson said.
Commissioner Todd Gylsen questioned money in the “capital funds” for the ice rink and the beach, since the city doesn’t operate an ice rink at this time.
Glenwood Public Works Director Dave Perryman said the city has been and is continuing to put money away for a new building at the city’s beach.
“So we’re socking money away for a future project?  That makes sense,” Gylsen said.

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Community Comes Together For Thanksgiving Dinner

434 gather for free Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving 250The annual free Thanksgiving dinner, held at Minnewaska Area High School, went off without a hitch on Nov. 26 thanks to the many volunteers who make the dinner possible. According to one of the dinner’s organizers, Audrey Erickson, meals served for the day topped out at 434. Of those, 252 were served at the school and 182 were delivered to homes throughout the community.
 Pictured, volunteers were geared up and ready to dish up meals along the school’s cafeteria serving line.  Community members had a chance to enjoy good food and good company. Below, volunteers offered rides from the parking lot to the door, making it easy for community members to get inside and out of the cold.

Photo by Marta Johnson

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Starbuck Clinic welcomes new family nurse practioner

The Starbuck Clinic and Stevens Community Medical Center would like to introduce and welcome back Kayla Bowers to the Starbuck community.  Kayla is a family nurse practitioner that joined the Starbuck Clinic in August.  

Kayla (Kennedy) Bowers is the daughter of Bill and Marlene Kennedy, and the granddaughter of Franklin and Marvel Braaten (Dahlseng) and Byrdella and LeRoy (Carol) Kennedy, all of Starbuck. She has one younger brother, Derek Kennedy, who also continues to live and work in the Starbuck community.  
Kayla was not only born and raised in Starbuck community, but she was actually delivered by her now colleague, Dr. Bösl. Bowers said, “It is a pretty rare opportunity in this day and age to be able to work with and learn from the doctor that delivered you! It just shows how lucky the Starbuck community is to have a doctor that remains so committed to keeping healthcare in our community.”

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