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Star Lanes Demolished Tuesday

A big piece of Starbuck history is now gone.

star lane demo The Star Lanes Bowling Alley on West 6th Street was demolished on Tuesday, July 28.
The building has been sitting vacant for just over two years due to a storm causing the roof to cave in effectively shutting down the business.

History of Star Lanes according to Starbuck Centennial Book 1883-1983:
In the year 1958, Luther Kristensen, local teacher at that time, wanted to establish a bowling alley in Starbuck. Earl Larson purchased the building from Henry Nodland, which had been built to house the Harry Henrikson, Ted Rydholm and Wesley Magnuson Implement, and Henry Nodland’s office, which is now Esther Ann Olson’s Beauty Shop and S.B. Wilson Veterinary Office. A thirty-three foot addition was built to accomodate the bowling lanes. A contract with Brunswick Corporation to furnish and install the six lanes with automatic pinsetters, lockers, setters, balls, ball racks and all other equipment necessary. The lanes were ready for play the fall of 1959 with six nights of league play.
In 1962, Luther Kristensen wanted to sell the lanes, and Earl Larson entered into a contract with Brunswick to purchase the equipment at Star Lanes with the modernization of the pinsetters to A2, which sped up play. A twenty-four by sixty foot game room was built, and pool tables and pinball machines were installed.
1976 was another year for modernizing - installation of automatic scorers, new carpeting, setters, masking units, everything to make Star Lanes a first class bowling center.
In 1980, Roger and Darryl Larson purchased the Star Lanes, and Earl Larson stayed on as manager.
In 1982, there were 78 teams participating in league play.

Photo by WaskaWeb

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Starbuck VFW Post 4582 Baseball Team Is Headed To State

The Starbuck VFW Post 4582 baseball team is headed to state!

VFW TeamStarbuck earned the trip to the state tournament by defeating the Alex 16 team by a 3-2 score on Monday night in Willmar. Starbuck went through the District 5 tournament undefeated, winning 9-3 over Dawson, 3-1 over Willmar, 7-5 over Alex 16 on Sunday, then again Monday.
Alex 16 would have had to win the first game Monday, then win again in a second game to advance to state, but Starbuck put an end to that scenario with their exciting win.
Shawn Stumpf started the game on the hill for Starbuck. Two singles and a hit batter resulted in a first inning run for Alex, but Stumpf settled in and threw shutout ball over the next four innings.
In the meantime, the Starbuck hitters were slowly getting accustomed to the heat being thrown by Alex starter Brock Anderson, who struck out five batters in the first three innings.
But in the fourth inning Starbuck broke through. Matthew Gruber reached second after a throwing error by the Alex shortstop. One out later Colin Richardson singled to right field, tying the game at 1-1.

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Summer At The Library

Learning the ropes of ventriloquism

Library summer programGlenwood Public Library’s summer reading program wrapped up July 23 with special guest James Wedgwood, a popular ventriloquist and comedian who had the audience in stitches. Wedgwood got the adults involved, too, discovering a distracting, talking tissue in Linda Erno’s purse.

Caleb Mahoney gamely stood in for comedian James Wedgwood’s dummy during the final skit at the Glenwood Public Library summer reading program on July 23. Wedgwood threw his voice, making it sound as if Caleb were talking, as Caleb practiced his impression of a live, wooden  dummy. The crowd went wild!
Photos by Deb Mercier

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Ray Holten Honored At Baseball Game

Holten honored posthumously at baseball game

On Saturday, July 4, Carol Holten and her daughters Leisha, Shelly and Terri went to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They were invited by the Cedar Rapid Kernels Baseball team (which is a Minnesota Twins Minor League Team) to attend the game and participate in the second annual Military Heroes Recognition Night. Ray Holten was nominated and was one of 35 selected military heroes to be honored at a ceremony immediately following the baseball game. Those honored are currently serving, have served but are no longer active and eight (including Ray) were honored posthumously.
With the stands full of people gathered for the game, all of the military families were escorted on to the field for a special ceremony. Each military hero was honored over the PA system and a brief bio was read. All of the families received a deck of cards showcasing each military member with their picture and a short recap of their life.
After the ceremony as they were escorted off the field, each family was given a handmade patriotic quilt. Carol said the patriotism felt throughout the stadium was very evident as the crowd in the stands never stopped clapping during the ceremony. It was an emotional and wonderful experience and one Ray’s family will never forget.
Ray Holten served in the US Military from 1954-1958 and also served in the Korean War.

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GHS Class Of ‘45 Holds 70th Reunion

GHS Class of ‘45 holds 70th reunion

45ReunionEvery year, the remaining Glenwood High School classmates of ’45 meet to talk about life and perhaps to reminisce over the years gone by. Here are a few recollections from a few of the classmates:
Ruth Stepan remembers walking to Nora Ruhn’s house for piano lessons every day from school—except during winter.

Evelyn Swenson remembers a time when she was supposed to check the bread from home ec, but when she got to the room to take it out of the oven, the teacher had already taken it out.

Grace Riggers recalled enjoying her home ec and English classes the most, and liked everyone in her class.
Russell Kneeland shared a story about the time he almost left the classroom. His teacher, Mr. Graves, had put everyone in a line and was going down the line asking each person a question. If they didn’t know the answer, the next person had to answer that same question. There was one question that two people in front of Kneeland hadn’t gotten, so when the same question came to him, Kneeland started to walk out of the classroom. When asked where he was going, Kneeland replied, “I’m going to home room because I don’t know the answer.” He had to stay in the classroom however.

Another great memory for the class of ’45 is the fact that the football team went undefeated that year. The players during that year received a football charm with the date to commemorate the great season.
Photo by Marta Johnson

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2015 Waterama Royalty

New Royalty chosen

WateramaRoyaltyThe 2016 Waterama Royalty were chosen over the weekend with Karissa LaMont (center), daughter of Bob and Sandra LaMont of Villard, being crowned Waterama Queen. Her First Princess is Mason Schlief, daughter of Sadie and Kevin Schlief of Lowry (left) and the Second Princess is Mary Wuollet, (right) daughter of Michelle Murray and John Wuollet of Glenwood.

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Lake Amoeba Should Be No Need To Panic

Lake amoeba should be no need to panic

Horizon Public Health called a meeting on July 8 to get a message out to area residents and visitors: There is no reason to panic.

The meeting, attended by local law enforcement, city officials from Glenwood and Starbuck, local media, representatives of Glacial Ridge Health System, emergency responders, and other community leaders was in response to a report issued July 7 by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) that it was investigating a case of suspected primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) in a critically ill teen who later died at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, according to reports.  

PAM is a very rare and severe brain infection caused by an amoeba called Naegleria fowleri. Health officials determined that 14-year-old Hunter Boutain of Alexandria developed the infection after swimming at Lake Minnewaska.  

He was being treated for a suspected case of primary amebic meningoencephalitis when he died.  There were details about a head injury that may have made the youth more susceptible to the amoeba and thus the PAM infection, it was reported by the family on caringbridge.com.

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