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Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Monday, 15 July 2013 11:02

From the Glenwood Herald, July 18, 1913.

A very exciting baseball game was played in Farwell Sunday between the married men and the regulars.  The regulars winning 12 to 10.  Westboe opened on the mound for the men while Thompson was in the slab for the regulars who retired in the 6th in favor of A. Norlin, the wonderful curve artist.  Westboe pitched superb ball although 11 hits were collected of his delivery.  He struck out seven men.  The married men got six hits of Thompson in four innings and four of Norlin in five innings.  Ten were retired over the strike out route.  The high score was mostly due to errors on both sides.  The married men were leading the score until the 8th inning when they tied up and forced the lead with two runs and cinched the game.  Battery for married men were Westboe and Belgum, and Thompson.  Norlin and Max for the regulars.  It must not be forgotten that J.I. Case hit the second ball pitched in the first inning for a home run.

The county commissioners were in session four days this week.  Thursday they let contracts to the Great Northern Bridge Co. of Minneapolis for the construction of two bridges.  One of these will cross the Chippewa River a short distance east of Cyrus.  The other will be built across a creek in Glenwood township in section five, range 36.

A.C. Halgren is the new druggist at Coleman’s.  He came here from Comfrey, this state, where he has been engaged in the drug business and where he has also served as postmaster.

In Walden we are having an abundance of rain, but not more than is needed for the growing crops.  All grains have improved immensely after the rain, especially corn is further ahead than usual for this time of the year.

An Oasis in the desert of heat; Always cool, always neat!  The best ice cream that one could eat!  Come, afford yourself a treat!  Swanson’s Café, Confectionery & Bakery.

Stop in to see us this summer!
Cullign Building May Get Local Help PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 13:51

Klick Foundation members talk with HRA/EDA about future of Culligan buildings

The Pope County HRA/EDA met for just over an hour and a half on July 3. Scott Formo and Lance Bailey spoke to the board on behalf of the Klick Foundation to suggest a way to help take down three buildings in disrepair in Glenwood usually referred to as the Culligan buildings.

Bailey said an idea that has been discussed  is the Klick foundation paying for one third of the demolition cost, the city of Glenwood paying for one third and possibly the county pay for one third (or HRA/EDA).
Lowry Looking At Sewage Backups PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 13:49
Lowry looking to minimize local basement flooding and sewage backups

The Lowry City Council heard from a few citizens at their regular meeting on July 2 about the June 20 and June 21 storms that caused water and in some houses sewer backup in basements in town.
Troy Drewes said he heard from a couple places that had over six inches of water in their basements.
A citizen said he had to use an outside sump pump just to keep the backup in one half of his basement.
Drewes suggested putting a generator in place all summer that will help with the amount of water coming in so fast and even after the storm.
Drewes said he has been in discussions with Jeremy Anderson of Design Tree Engineering about possible options to figure out the problem with backups during storms.
A couple techniques that were suggested could be a smoke test that would go through the line and that would show where the problem areas were such as if sump pumps were hooked up correctly or find broken service lines.
Anderson said he thought it has something to do with groundwater and rainwater.
Anderson also said televising the line will show if there is any problems with the main line.
Drewes said the water flow is usually around 20-25,000 gallons of water and that on July 1 it was at 53,000.
Drewes said they will continue to work on it and something will be happening sooner rather than later.
County Considers No Wake Zone PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Debra Mathias - GHES Administrator   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 13:47

County to consider a temporary “no wake” zone ordinance on area lakes

Because of extraordinary weather conditions, including excessive rainfall this spring, some area lakes are seeing record high water marks. Combined with wave action from wind and watercraft, the high water has intensified shoreline erosion and caused destruction of property.
At Tuesday’s board meeting, Pope County commissioners got the ball rolling to temper the damage.
Pope County Sheriff Tim Riley presented a temporary special controls water surface use ordinance for the board’s consideration.
The ordinance states that on Lakes Amelia, Emily, Leven, Pelican and Villard, watercrafts need to be at slow, no-wake speeds when 300 feet or less from shore. The effective date will be from the time of adoption of the ordinance to Dec. 31, 2013, or until the high water levels have subsided and remain at or below half a foot below the ordinary high water mark for five or more consecutive days.
The penalty for violating the temporary slow-no wake zone would be a petty misdemeanor.
By state law, a public hearing must be held before adopting a new ordinance; the hearing on Pope County’s proposed temporary slow-no wake zone ordinance will be held July 16 at 10 a.m. Those with questions, concerns or interest in the ordinance are invited to attend.
Concerns About Water Runn-Off PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Debra Mathias - GHES Administrator   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 13:45

South Shore residents voice concerns over excessive water run-off, lake pollution

Residents from South Shore Drive in Starbuck packed the board room and spilled into the hallway at Tuesday’s Pope County board meeting, hoping to have their voices heard.
They were concerned about the amount of field run-off water coming mostly from the south side of County Road 18, leaving a path of destruction across their properties and depositing large amounts of sediment and silt into Lake Minnewaska.
The heavy rains recently experienced across the area caused another massive flow of water and sediment across their properties and into the lake.
David Peterson, a resident of South Shore Drive, presented a letter to commissioners outlining the group’s concerns. Peterson said his family has had property on what is now South Shore Drive since 1918, and a lot has happened to change the complexion of the area since then. However, the common denominator of when run-off problems began in earnest seems to be the reconstruction of County Road 18, completed 12 years ago.
The letter stated, “In the past 12 years, the South Shore residents twice have had to deal with 8-10 inches of water flowing past our houses. There was up to 12 to 14 inches of water flowing across South Shore Drive. This flowing water washes everything in its path into the lake.” The letter also described water washing into houses, basement crawl spaces and garages, leaving behind a mess of silt and odor.
Peterson, who has worked with the watershed’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) committee, said he’s concerned with lake pollution.
“I don’t think the situation as it is now can go forward,” said Peterson. “My opinion is that the water needs to be trapped uphill—it’s got to go somewhere.” From his work with the TMDL, Peterson said there are three areas where water flows into Lake Minnewaska that fall well outside of Minnesota guidelines for certain pollutants, the culvert near South Shore Drive being one at nearly five times the guidelines.
John Carlson also spoke on behalf of South Shore residents and provided commissioners with photos he’s taken of the issue and compiled since 2003. “I think the problem is very complex,” he said. “I don’t think we can keep water from running in [to the lake], but we can enhance the quality of the water going in. I think it’s almost criminal the amount of silt going into that lake.”
Carlson told commissioners reasonable people getting together ought to be able to figure out the problem and come up with a solution. “I’m not naïve; I know it will cost money,” said Carlson. “Landowners will have to buy into a solution. This lake is valuable—a valuable asset—and we’re destroying it.”
Other residents spoke as well. One said, “Gentlemen, I hope you take this seriously.”
In the letter presented by Peterson, the group asked for expert actions be taken to eliminate the condition or problems within the current run-off system; that solutions be found that will stop the excessive amounts of normal run-off into the lake; and that actions be taken that will control the destructive flow of these waters during extreme conditions.
County Coordinator Jim Thoreen advised the board to take the group’s facts, photos and history to the county’s water plan committee and TMDL water study committee to find out what could be done to start addressing the problem.
“This is not going to be an overnight process,” Thoreen told residents. “But it is a problem that should be addressed.” Thoreen said working with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the county engineer would also be advisable, and added that it was an issue on which the board should not delay.
Eple Tiden 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Corbin Corson   
Friday, 05 July 2013 00:00

2013 Eple Tiden


Saturday, September 28th, 2013 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sponsored by the Starbuck Depot Society

The Event

Event Schedule

Rummage Sale



The 23rd Annual EPLE TIDEN (Apple Time) festival will take place on Saturday, September 28th at the Starbuck Depot. The hours are from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.


The Event

The event features an open house of the Depot and the recently added Starbuck High School Museum along with a market day, rummage sale, a scarecrow contest by students of the Glacial Hills Elementary School.

A number of vendors of vegetables, crafts, and baked goods will take part in the Market Day along the Boardwalk.

There will be live entertainment, a souvenir stand and a lunch menu including pork sandwiches, apple pie alamode, rosettes, LEFSE (roll-ups or packages), apple cider, and coffee.


In addition to the market, rummage sale, and various games set up, there will be live entertainment for the entirety of the EPLE TIDEN celebration.

At 10 a.m. "The Norskies," Palmer Aaberg and Stanley Syverson will get the celebration underway.
At 11:30 a.m. the Glacial Hills Elementary School third and fourth graders will be performing a variety of musical acts.
At 12 p.m. there will be an awards ceremony for the scarecrow and apple pie baking contest.
At 12:15 p.m. Jade Sanstead will take center stage at EPLE TIDEN as the 17-year-old pianist from Fergus Falls will play a variety of musical selections. Sanstead especially enjoys playing music composed by the Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg.

Rummage sale

From 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. during EPLE TIDEN there will be a rummage sale near the Depot and SHS Museum. Proceeds from the event will go towards building a new Starbuck Museum to house a variety of items including memorabilia from the old hospital and items not currently on display at the SHS Museum.
Notes From The Capital PDF Print E-mail
News - State Legislators Comments
Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 07:35

New taxes take effect July 1

paul_anderson_150July 1 marks the beginning of the new fiscal year and a new two-year budget cycle for Minnesota. It’s also the starting date for several new taxes to take effect as the recently completed legislative session saw the controlling party pass more than $2 billion in new or increased taxes. It’s my concern that we are making Minnesota uncompetitive with our neighboring states, especially in the areas of personal income tax and business taxes.

Minnesota’s top two percent of income earners will see their tax rate increase by more than 25 percent, going from 7.85 percent up to 9.85 percent. That was one of the campaign pledges of Gov. Dayton and he, along with the Democratic Legislature, made good on that promise.

The tax on cigarettes and other forms of tobacco will also be going up on July 1. There will be a one-time tax on retail stock that day, with the proceeds going into a special fund to serve as a back-up funding source for the Vikings stadium. The increased tax amounts to around $18.60 on a carton of cigarettes, and it’s projected to bring in $440 million. The problems with such a large increase as this are two-fold; first, because of the high cost of smoking, some will either cut back or be forced to quit altogether. For health reasons, that is good, but it will also result in less tax revenue coming in to the state. And second, it will probably result in some degree of a “black market” for cigarettes, especially in areas close to our borders. If cigarettes are purchased out-of-state, the result is no tax revenue for Minnesota.
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