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Notes From The Capital

Monday, June 22, 2015

paul anderson 150With the passage of financial bills during the recent special session of the Legislature, the next two-year budget for the state of Minnesota has been completed.  Spending has been increased, although the percentage of that increase is one of the smallest in recent years.  Over-all, we will spend 5.3 percent more than in the current biennium ending June 30, with the largest increase being in the area of K-12 education.

Spending in the area of agriculture, while not a large portion of the state budget, saw a sizeable increase.  One of the reasons for that was additional funding earmarked for the fight against Avian Influenza.  State agencies will receive an additional $6.5 million for their work in this area.  Those agencies include the departments of Agriculture, Health, and Public Safety, along with the Board of Animal Health and the DNR.  In addition, $10 million was allocated to the Rural Finance Authority to make no-interest loans to producers affected by the disease.  Another $26 million was allocated to the University of Minnesota in the bonding bill to improve the poultry testing lab in Willmar and the veterinary isolation facility on the University campus in St. Paul.

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Heebie Jeebies Music Show Begins Reading Program

Glen Everhart’s Heebie Jeebies Music Show kicks off summer reading program

Glen Everhart ContributedGet ready to move to the music and laugh at the antics of Glen Everhart when he brings his Heebie Jeebies Music Show to Glenwood Public Library on June 23 at 1:30 p.m. to kick off  “Read to the Rhythm,” the library’s summer reading program.  This high-energy, interactive family concert is free and open to the public.

A former educator, Everhart is an accomplished Minnesota-based musician, singer, and songwriter who has performed for audiences of all ages for over 25 years.  He’s been to Minnewaska Area Elementary School several times, and has been a favorite there every time.

For more information about the free concert or about the summer reading program, stop by the library at 108 SE 1st Ave. or call 320-634-3375.

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Notes From The Capital

Monday, June 15, 2015

Although it had some anxious moments, the special session of the legislature came to an end early this past Saturday morning, and after the governor signed the bills, Minnesota’s upcoming two-year budget is finally complete.  Our make-shift chamber in a State Office Building committee room made for some tight quarters, with House members, staff, media, and visitors all cramped together, but things went relatively smoothly and the necessary business got done.  In all, six bills were passed, including the massive K-12 education bill that spends $17 billion over the next two years.

The main change in that bill from the one vetoed earlier by Gov. Dayton is the addition of $125 million in new funding.  The basic funding formula was raised by another one-half percent, which accounts for about half of the increase.  Schools will now receive increases in that formula of two percent in each year of the biennium.  Pre-school education was also addressed, although not in the fashion proposed by the governor.  He had made pre-K or four-year old school programs one of his top priorities.  However, that was dropped in favor of early learning scholarships and an increase in a program known as “school readiness.”  Head Start also received more funding, as did Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE).

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Glimses From The Past

From the Glenwood Herald June 17, 1915

Rev. H. Soltau on account of his poor health has resigned as pastor of the Glenwood Methodist Church and will for the next year follow farming on his forty acre farm near Barnum, Minn.  Rev Soltau preached his farewell sermon a week ago last Sunday.  In the 18 months of his pastorate the church has prospered and Mr. and Mrs. Soltau have made a host of friends that regret to see them leave Glenwood and hope that he will have a speedy recovery of his health.  Rev. Geo. A. Hanna, who for the past four years has been engaged in the newspaper business in Paynesville and Annandale, Minn., has been appointed to fill out the conference year.  Rev. Hanna has had eleven years’ experience in the pastorate in the southern part of the state.

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Relay for Life Teams Walk Again

Local teams to rally against cancer at Relay for Life

696Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 15th Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Pope County gets underway with teams gathering at Glenwood City Park on June 12 at 6 p.m.
With this year’s event, area Relay for Life teams will have participated for 15 years in Relay for Life to honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost to cancer.

Relay brings together people from all walks of life, all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease. Relay for Life’s luminary ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease.
Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaries bearing the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaries may be purchased for $10 by calling 320-634-5111 or by visiting RelayforLife.org.

Funds raised through Relay for Life of Pope County help the American Cancer Society impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community.
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Beckius Sprints At State

 Beckius Sprints At State
 
MariahJune 5-6 State Track meet at Hamline
Minnewaska sophomore Mariah Beckius qualified for the finals in the 200m dash on Saturday.
Mariah took seventh in the finals and is looking forward to earning a return trip next spring. Congratulations, Mariah!  
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County To Get Quotes For Museum Repairs

County to get quotes for museum roof replacement


The Pope County Board of Commissioners approved authorization for Contegrity Group to seek quotes for roof replacement for the Pope County Museum on Tuesday.
The board’s Facilities Committee met with representatives of the Pope County Museum and developed a plan to replace the leaking roof of the building. Larry Filippi of Contegrity, the committee and Merlin Peterson of the museum met. The plan is to replace the weather-tight cap on the skylight and make some repairs to the front entrance which are associated with the roof. Filippi said he was confident the project could be accomplished for less than $100,000. Contegrity will seek quotes for the project.
Quotes will be presented to the board for action at its June 16 meeting.
If the quotes exceed $100,000 the scope of the project will need to be changed or the board will have to call for formal bids, according to Pope County Coordinator Jim Thoreen.
“Our goal is to get a roof on there and keep it dry,” Thoreen said.
The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of July.

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