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Amanda Peltier convicted PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Douglass - Pope County Tribune Publisher   
Saturday, 31 May 2014 10:03
Amanda Peltier convicted, sentenced to life in prison

After hearing testimony for seven days in a murder trial in Glenwood, a jury convicted a Starbuck woman of first-degree murder while committing child abuse causing the death of four-year old Eric Dean.

The jury also found Amanda Peltier, 32, guilty of two lesser charges of second-degree murder while committing child abuse and manslaughter in the second degree, but sentencing was based on the first-degree murder conviction.

Judge Gerald Seibel sentenced Peltier to life in prison, the maximum sentence for a first-degree murder conviction.  She will be eligible for parole after she serves 30 years, it was stated.

After about five hours of deliberation, the jury handed the verdict to the court at 4:45 p.m. last Wednesday at District Court in Pope County, completing a trial that started on Friday, May 16 and continued through closing arguments Wednesday morning, May 28.
Lake Minnewaska Marina Installed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Saturday, 31 May 2014 10:02

Lake Minnewaska Marina installed  and ready for use

The Lake Minnewaska Marina, located near Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood, is ready for use this summer, installed May 16 by Glacial Lakes Dock of Starbuck.
This is the second year the marina has been located in that area on the lake, but this year it features enough slips for 36 boats and/or pontoons.  The marina features a wide center dock with two “T” docks, providing enough room for the 36 boat slips. 
Those interested in boat space in the marina have two options.  First, there is a long-term option and, new this year, is a short-term option, or the opportunity to lease a slip on a year-to-year basis, according to Darin Johnson of Glenwood State Bank Real Estate, who is marketing the marina slips for the Marina Association.
All boats and pontoons using the marina will be required to be on a lift, if docked overnight.  Boat lift canopies are allowed, but must be white in color, according to information on the marina.  The marina can also accommodate sail boats, it was stated.
For more information about the marina, contact Johnson at 320 634-1036 or visit the website:
Minnewaska Sweeps Top Spots At Sub-Sections PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Beasley - Sports Editor   
Saturday, 31 May 2014 10:00

Minnewaska sweeps top spots at Sub-Sections

On a sunny, perfect day for golf, the Minnewaska Lakers’ golf teams continued their winning ways, each taking first at the 3A Sub-Section NE tournament, held at Benson on Thursday.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams received spirited competition from Litchfield. The girls’ defeated the Dragons by nine shots, 335-344, while the boys’ slipped past the Dragons by four shots, 332-336.
The similarities didn’t stop there. Both teams placed an individual, or individuals, as runner-up. Jenna Janu and Ashlyn Guggisberg tied for second with a 79, three shots back of medalist Kennedy Sommerfelt of Litchfield.
The boys medalist was Josh Polingo of Litchfield, with a 72, six shots better than Brett Buckingham of Minnewaska.
Ellen Stensrud shot an 86, good for fourth place overall. Esten Stensrud placed third for the boys and Peter Frischmon took the fifth place spot.
Both teams advance to Section 3AA play next Thursday.
Thursday, May 22
Girls’ 3AA Sub-Section NE
at Benson

Team scores - (1) Minnewaska 335 (2) Litchfield 344 (4) Paynesville 445 (4) New London-Spicer 457

Invidual Laker scores - Jenna Janu 79, Ashlyn Guggisberg 79, Ellen Stensrud 86, Ariel Ostrander 91, Annika Pederson 94, Madi McGinty 108

Top 5 scores - Kennedy Sommerfelt Litch 76, Jenna Janu 79, Ashlyn Guggisberg 79, Ellen Stensrud 86,  Alex Tipka Litch 87

Invidual qualifiers - Kennedy Sommerfelt Litch, Alex Tipka Litch, Kelsey Wattenhofer Litch, Kelly Spreiter Litch, Emma Ridgeway Litch
Thursday, May 22
Boys’ 3AA Sub-Section NE
at Benson

Team scores - 1) Minnewaska Area 332 2) Litchfield 336 3) New London-Spicer 347 4) Paynesville 374

Individual Laker scores - Brett Buckingham 78, Esten Stensrud 81, Peter Frischmon 83, Isaac Burgess 90 Blake Joos 95, Jake Peters 98

Top 5 scores – Josh Polingo Litch 72; Brett Buckingham 78, Esten Stenrud 81; Ethan Bohlsen NL-S 82, Peter Frischmon 83

Individual qualifiers - Josh Polingo Litch, Ethan Bohlsen NL-S, Peter Hyberger Litch, Cole Baker NL-S, Hudson Grey, P’ville
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MAS To Add Staff PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Saturday, 31 May 2014 09:58

MAS to add staff as district moves to 7-period day

Minnewaska Area Schools will be adding additional staff this fall as the district moves to a seven-period day.
At its regular school board meeting last Tuesday the board approved adding 4.307 positions. Two of the new positions, a business teacher and an elementary teacher, are full-time positions. The other positions are part time or hours added to a current staff member not currently getting full-time hours.
The seven-period day replaces the six-period day enacted a number of years ago as a cost saving measure. Early in 2013 the board approved moving back to the seven-period day in order to allow students the opportunity to take a larger variety of classes.
Two of the positions, a full-time teacher and .249 of elementary music, are at Minnewaska Elementary School.
Glimses From The Past PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Saturday, 31 May 2014 09:51

From the Glenwood Herald, June 4, 1914

R. R. Johnston of Benson was here Tuesday and filed specifications on state road No. 1 between Glenwood and Starbuck.  The county board expects to let the contract for the road in a short time and if they do, the work will be started soon.

A large fishing party from Minneapolis and North Dakota stopped at the Minton last Sunday on their visit in our city.  They made quite a catch of fish.  Some of the Dakota people will be here again next Sunday and parties from the cities are also expected here for a fishing trip.

West Central Minnesota Modern Woodmen will have a big picnic at Benson Wednesday June 10.  Gov. Eberhardt, John L. Sundeen and other prominent Woodmen will give addresses.   Glenwood will be represented by its ball team and band, by a large delegation of Woodmen and other citizens.

W. C. Brewer of LeSeuer Center has rented the east half of the Webster Block and will use it for a motion picture theatre.   He expects to have his machine and furniture here in a few days and be ready to open up some time next week.

As a special attraction for Sunday June 7th, the pavilion management has secured a big five-reel feature, “Traffic in Souls”.  This is pronounced by the national social workers and federal authorities to be one of the best moral pictures ever produced and one that every man, woman and child should see.  In addition to the wonderful pictures, the Norwegian Centennial celebration of the 17th of May at Minneapolis will be shown.  This will give all those who were unable to attend this grand celebration a chance to see one of the biggest events of its kind ever held in the Northwest .  Prices for this double show will be children 10 cents, adults 15 cents.

James McMillan has rented the Conrad building from A. S, Nelson and is getting it in readiness for a restaurant business.     The business will be conducted by Mr. and Mrs. McMillan and a son and daughter.   The McMillans were former residents of this county but have been engaged in the hotel business in Hoffman the past few years.

C. A. Callender is the new and affable superintendent of the local light plant.   He is thoroughly a practical electrician and is making a favorable impression on the patrons of the plant.

The annual commencement exercises were held Friday evening at the McCauley Opera House.  A class of thirteen received diplomas for successful completion of the High School course.

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Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Saturday, 17 May 2014 10:01

From the Glenwood Herald May 21, 1914

Fred Helbing, popularly known as Bing Oldfield, raced against time from Glenwood to the Grove Lake store Tuesday forenoon and won a wager of twenty five dollars from J. L. McLaury, making the distance of fourteen miles in his Ford in 26 minutes and 35 seconds.  Mr. McLaury had wagered with Bing that the latter could not make the distance in thirty minutes.  A few miles out the throttle on the carburetor became disconnected.  Bing’s passenger, Disbrow Eastman, saved the day by placing himself on the fender and holding the throttle in place with one hand while he held on to one of the rods of the window shield with his other arm.  Eastman describes his duty: “I rode eight miles on the fender holding on with one hand to the throttle of the carburetor and with the other on the rod that holds the window shield.  I had perfect confidence in Fred’s ability to handle a car and felt perfectly safe.  I would not take the same chance for a fortune with any other driver than Bing Oldfield.”

W.E. White sold his grocery store last Thursday to Mr. Stingley of Pine River.  The new owner took possession of the grocery store Monday morning under the management of E.J. Dahly until Mr. Stingley arrives.  Mr. White received a farm near Pine River in exchange for his business and we are told that he expects to move with his family onto the farm in the near future.

Decoration Day Features.  May 30 is sacred to the great heroic hosts who died bravely for a cause and to the fast thinning ranks of the living veterans.  On this day a grateful nation renders honor to the heroes of the Civil War.  Do not overlook our Memorial Day features of this issue.

We are requested to announce that the Glenwood Ladies Literary Club will tender a banquet to the soldiers and their wives and to widows of soldiers immediately after the exercises on Memorial Day.  An appropriate program with addresses and music will be given at the banquet. 

Simmons and Fisher have just finished the large porch for J.L. McLaury.  The porch is 10x16 feet and is the only one of its kind in this part of the state.  It will be screened in the summer and enclosed with fourteen glass panels in winter.  It will also be used for a dining hall in warm weather, and will be electric lighted.

Mr. & Mrs. I.M. Engebretson and daughter Helen had a drive Sunday that they will remember a long time.  In driving along the road about three-quarters of a mile west of town [Lowry] one of the horses stumbled and something in the harness broke.  The horses got scared and started to run.  The pole came down and went into the ground throwing Mr. Engebretson out first and as he looked around his wife and baby went out over the hind wheels of the buggy.  The horses broke loose from the buggy and went along the road to F. Rosengren’s where they were caught.  The Engebretsons escaped with some minor bruises but nothing serious.
Someplace Safe Celebrates 35 Years PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:35

Someplace Safe celebrates 35 years of helping those in need

For 35 years, Someplace Safe has provided three keys to a better future to those who need it most: safety, options, and above all, hope.
To mark that milestone, friends of Someplace Safe from near and far will come together to share stories, raise funds, and enjoy an evening of fun on May 9 at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria. The celebration and fundraiser will feature special guests and success stories, the presentation of Someplace Safe's Community Awards, a three-course meal, a silent auction and a performance by Midwest Dueling Pianos.
Someplace Safe�s Community Award winners include survivors, volunteers and allies. Survivor award winners are Jenna Kettner and Jacki Maethner Jorud. Volunteer award winners are Michael Blumer, VendlaVJBlock, Glenwood Potpourri Club members, Susan Gooch, Diann Guenther, Greg and Lisa Harris, Lesley Hoplin, and Ruth Plaster. Someplace Safe Allies Heather Brandborg, assistant Otter Tail County attorney; Jason Reed, Morris Police Department; and Judge Charles Glasrud, 8th Judicial District Court judge, will be honored as well.
Tickets to the special event are $50 and include the meal and Midwest Dueling Pianos performance. Visit to purchase tickets or call 218-739-2853 with questions.

Someplace Safe: then and now
In 1979, the Region IV Council on Domestic Violence opened its doors in Fergus Falls as an emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse. After providing a safe haven for victims of domestic violence for 11 years, the organization expanded to other communities in the region, including Glenwood. Advocacy offices are currently located in Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin counties.
With the expansion into more communities spanning those nine counties came an opportunity to also expand the services and programming offered. Multiple parenting time centers opened in 1993 and several thrift stores were started over the years to provide some financial support and needed items for clients. Even the name has changed. In 2003, the Region IV Council on Domestic Violence officially became Someplace Safe, a name that better represented the organization's expanded services.
"The organization is ever changing and growing," said Beth Peltier, Glenwood Someplace Safe crime victim advocate. But the mission at its core remains the same: to eliminate violence and oppression.
Peltier started with Someplace Safe of Glenwood in 2009. "I wanted to start doing something with meaning�something to give back to the community," she said.
Looking at the numbers, the community need is definitely there. In 2013 alone, Someplace Safe served at least 4,564 individuals and their families across the nine-county region. "Our numbers grow every year; I'd like to think it�s because they're finding us and we�re more accessible," said Peltier.
In addition to the growing numbers of clients served, Peltier said she�s seen the types of needs change as well. Right now, she said she�s seeing a lot more harassment in teenagers, and an escalation in the level of violence of that harassment. The advance of technology and social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat has changed the face of harassment, said Peltier, sometimes making it easier to perpetrate and harder to track.
On the flip side, Diane Kittelson, Someplace Safe director of education and training, said they're also seeing more volunteerism. More than 604 volunteers gave at least 10,960 hours of service to Someplace Safe in fiscal year 2013. Those volunteer hour contributions equaled an economic impact worth nearly $245,000.
Peltier and Kittelson said they wanted to thank the many volunteers from the community who help them throughout the year, including members of the Glenwood Potpourri Club, the StarWaska Women, SADD students, and area churches.
As Someplace Safe enters its next 35 years, Kittelson emphasized that education for all age groups is the key to prevention. Peltier said Somplace Safe staff and volunteers are always available for presentations to groups, from elementary age to senior citizens.
To learn more about Someplace Safe and its advocacy, education and services to assist victims, survivors, families and the community, visit or call 634-3483.
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