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MAHS Board Bembers To Use MS tablets PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by John R. Stone   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 08:21
MAHS board members begin using MS tablets

Members of the Minnewaska Area Schools Board of Education came to last week’s regular board meeting early to get training on Microsoft Surface tablets.
Board members were trained in the operation of the tablets by Steve Sampson of the district’s information technology staff.
Superintendent Greg Schmidt had told board members late last summer that he hoped to have the tablets replace board packets of paper sent to each board member prior to the regular meeting each month. The paper would be replaced by electronic documents the board members would receive via email.
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Hammer Breakfast to be held November 5 PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 08:18
Annual Habitat for Humanity Hammer Breakfast to be held November 5

One dollar and one volunteer at a time, the annual Hammer Breakfast helps fund the work of Habitat for Humanity of Prairie Lakes. The breakfast is one of Habitat’s major fundraisers of the year—not only financially, but in spreading the word about the need for volunteers.
The breakfast also provides a chance for Habitat’s Pope County chapter to update the public on its work in the community. Ron Cin, board president of HfH of Prairie Lakes, said the organization most recently built homes in Cyrus and Starbuck, with plans to raise another roof in Lowry this spring. “One misconception is that families are given these homes for free,” said Cin. He explained that families must apply and go through a screening process, and prove they have adequate income to support a mortgage payment “just like everyone else,” said Cin. Families are also required to put 300 “sweat equity” hours into their new home.
The Hammer Breakfast will be held at 6:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood. Serving will begin at 6:30 a.m. with a program to follow at 7 a.m. that will end promptly at 8 a.m.
The featured speaker at this year’s Hammer Breakfast is Jan Arneson, founder of Pope County Families in Need and the 2012 Ann Bickle Heritage House Volunteer of the Year.
Arneson started down the path of volunteerism in 1959 in Minneapolis as part of a college class she was taking at the time. She worked at the Cedar Avenue Settlement House and at the Wilder Nursery—places and experiences that impacted the course of her future.
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Notes From The Capital PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 08:40
Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

paul_anderson_150The committee in the Minnesota House that has control over the agriculture budget held a hearing Oct. 7  to focus on a recent Pollution Control  Agency report concern nitrogen loading in the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.  I told the committee that since October is a very busy time on Minnesota farms with harvest activity in full swing, it may be difficult for ag interests to break away from fall harvest to testify in St. Paul.  It seems to me that nearly any other time of the year would be better to conduct a hearing where the primary focus would be on farming practices.

Committee members were given a summary of the study, and a 60-day comment period was also initiated.  Public review and comment will be accepted until Dec. 18, after which the recommendations contained in the report may be altered before finalization.  The report will then serve as a guide for the reduction of nutrients in waters throughout the state.
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Glimses From The Past PDF Print E-mail
News - Historical Society News
Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Monday, 14 October 2013 07:54

pcmuesum_build_200From the Glenwood Herald, October 17, 1913.

We omitted to mention last week the exhibit of fish by the State Game and Fish Commission.  The exhibit was located in the industrial building and attracted considerable attention.

Emil Schluter got his hand caught in a belt while threshing at Charles Alexander’s place in Grove Lake yesterday and as a result sustained a fractured arm and severe bruises to his head.

The storm last Thursday night took the roof off Ole Engebretson’s barn in White Bear and damaged considerably other buildings on the place.

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South Shore flooding issue PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 18:31

South Shore flooding issue rises again


Dale Tollefson, representing a group of South Shore Drive property owners, spoke with the county board last Tuesday to revisit concerns about flooding and runoff in that shoreland area of Lake Minnewaska.
Residents of South Shore Drive have met with the county board three times since July 2; they are troubled by the amount of storm water runoff flooding and damaging their property during heavy rain events and depositing large amounts of sediment and silt into Lake Minnewaska.
At last Tuesday’s meeting, Tollefson spoke about a culvert which had previously been 36 inches and had been downsized to 18 inches by a landowner. The section of culvert in question lies on private property and at least a portion of it was replaced by a private landowner at 18 inches due to its extremely poor condition. The South Shore group proposed that changing the culvert size back to 36 inches could help alleviate the flooding that occurs during heavy rain events.
On Aug. 6 commissioners had encouraged the South Shore group to talk with the White Bear Lake Township board, believing the culvert may be under township jurisdiction. Tollefson said he followed that advice and was told that townships do not have authority within 1,000 feet of the lakeshore.
With that in mind, Tollefson said he and other South Shore property owners proposed replacing the 18-inch culvert and splitting the cost with the county: 50 percent property owners and 50 percent county. “I’m asking you guys to help us out,” he said. “The county helped create the watershed; it should help get rid of the water.”
The problem, according to commissioners, is that the culvert is on private property under the control of private landowners. Commissioner Paul Gerde said, “If we start going in to private pipes on property, we’re going to have a list as long as our arm.” He agreed that the pipe needs to be back at the 36-inch diameter, saying the DNR, Pope Soil and Water and the county Land and Resource department also concur. “Everyone thinks it needs to be back at the 36-inch pipe, but nobody has the money to do it,” he said.
“We’re [South Shore property owners] trying to get it done somehow,” said Tollefson.
Tollefson thanked commissioners for their time, and said he’d like to see the culvert under county control, if possible, so future property owners in the area don’t have to deal with the same issues.
 
HRA/EDA getting closer to developing plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 18:27
HRA/EDA getting closer to developing plan for west side of Lake Minnewaska

The Pope County HRA/EDA Board met for just over an hour on September 5. Executive Director Dick Dreher said that Stephanie Howe of Studio E Architects in Glenwood will be at the September 18 meeting to show the board what she has been drawing up as a plan for the potential development of the west side of Lake Minnewaska.
After meeting with the Starbuck Planning Commission on Tuesday, September 3, Dreher said the commission is very enthusiastic about the project and are looking forward to working with the HRA/EDA to plan for that side of the lake.
Dreher said the payments have been made for the house including the $10 to buy the house from the county at 610 Hagenson St. in Starbuck and the state of MN will be issuing a deed to the HRA/EDA soon.
Dreher said the cost for asbestos assessment is $500 and the cost to remove it is approximately another $500.
The Bay Meadows project is coming along Dreher said with the first double unit having three of its sides completed. Dreher said the cabinets were just ordered after a delay so the units won’t make the original October 1 deadline of being able to be occupied. Dreher said some of the units should be ready by the end of the first week of October.
The board talked about possibly having an open house and having one of the units staged so potential renters can see what it would look like inside. They will decide what they want to do at the next meeting.
Dreher said at the Lakeview RV Park in Starbuck that Lundblad Construction started working on removing the concrete blocks that remained after moving the former Ray Haack house off the property on Wednesday, September 4. After the blocks are removed Dreher said the ground would be seeded to grow some grass on the lot.
 
Clothing Swap returns to Starbuck PDF Print E-mail
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Written by VFW Post 4582 (Starbuck)   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:53
Clothing Swap  returns to Starbuck on Sep. 26, 27, 28

The Semi-Annual Starbuck Community Clothing Swap is coming on September 26, 27 and 28 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home Commons. On Thursday, Sep. 26 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. drop off the clothes you don’t want. Pick up the clothes you do want starting on Friday, Sep. 27 from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sep. 28 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
The ‘exchange/swap’ is sponsored by Starbuck Horizon III. Call Audrey (239-4652) or Nadine (239-4290) to volunteer or for details.
This is a totally FREE event, with NO obligation to bring or take anything. Bring your own bag or fill one of theirs.
 
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