Paul Anderson -
NEWS FROM THE CAPITOL
The issue of governing and how it relates to politics is interesting, if not a bit frustrating. Case in point; the DFL had in its control both houses of the Legislature and the governor’s office during the last biennium, but nothing was done about transportation funding. This year, with state government back in dual control between the two parties, the gas tax once again is front and center of what could be a long and drawn out process of coming up with some kind of increase to fund our roads and bridges. The reason for not taking it up last year, in the opinion of many including me, was the reluctance to increase the gas tax in an election year.
Pope County Farmers Market changes hands
Though there’s still snow on the ground, the time to start thinking about all things green and growing is close at hand. And this growing season, the Pope County Farmers Market will find its roots stemming from new management.
After 15 years, market manager Carol Cheeseman is officially retiring from the role and passing the baton to the Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber.
The Pope County Farmers Market, located at the Pope County Fairgrounds, provides a place for area residents and visitors to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods directly from farmers, growers and producers. The local market is also open to vendors offering arts, crafts, flowers and plants.
“I’ve put a lot of work and effort in maintaining quality standards, providing a stable location at the Pope County Fairgrounds, and to build a program that I am proud of,” said Cheeseman. “But it’s time for me to move on, and I’m happy to work with the Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber during the transition.”
The Pope County Farmers Market will naturally see a few changes under new management, said Scott Formo, chamber executive director. The schedule will drop from Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings to just Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., for a start.
The reason behind revamping the schedule has to do with a second change—collaborating with other local farmers markets in Starbuck and Lowry. Those markets plan on being open Tuesday evenings (Lowry) and Thursday evenings (Starbuck).
“The chamber is hopeful that vendors participating in the Pope County Farmers Market will also take advantage of selling their wares not only in Glenwood on Saturday mornings, but also in Lowry and Starbuck on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” said Formo. “Collaboration is the key to success.”
Also coming soon will be online registration for vendors through the chamber website, www.glenwoodlakesrea.org. That system should be up and running by mid-February, said Formo.
As the weather inches toward spring, check the chamber website, the Pope County Tribune and the chamber newsletter for updates on the Pope County Farmers Market. For more information, contact the Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber at 634-3636.
Beat the winter blues with a little chocolate from Showstoppers
Coming up this weekend, Showstoppers volunteers are aiming to continue the tradition of giving back to the community with the winter dinner theater production Death By Chocolate. Proceeds from this year’s show are slated for the Pope County Historical Society and Pope County Lions Clubs’ projects.
A murder mystery steeped in quirky characters who often aren’t quite who they seem, Death by Chocolate follows the antics of detective Nick Noir as he attempts to crack a case for the owners of the Precious Perks Coffee Shoppe.
Death by Chocolate will hit the stage on Jan. 30 and 31 at Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood. Tickets are $25 per person for the dinner and show and are available at Tom’s Food Pride in Glenwood and Starbuck.
On both Jan. 30 and 31, social hour will start at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. There is no reserved seating for the show. Visit www.minnewaskashowstoppers.org for more information.