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Someplace Safe Celebrates 35 Years PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
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 www.someplacesafe.info/35years 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 www.someplacesafe.info or call 634-3483.
 
Oldest Family-Owned Business Changes Hands PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:30

One of area's oldest family-owned  businesses to change hands


One of Pope County's oldest family-owned businesses has changed hands after 68 years of operation in Long Beach, it was announced last week.
Torgy�s on the Lake has entered into a purchase agreement with Ken Moe and Stacy Gerdes. Both men are from the Glenwood area and said they look forward to operating the restaurant, bar, off sale, resort and houseboat, it was announced.  Gerdes now operates the Hatchery Bar and Grill in Lowry, and Moe is a Glenwood native.
The new name of the bar and restaurant hasn�t been chosen yet, according to the new owners.  The new owners won't take over officially until the purchase is closed on June 2, Gerdes said.  Meanwhile, he said, the new owners have been able to get into the facility to start preparing it for the June opening.

A long history in Pope County
Floyd and Ann Torguson opened the first Torgy's on North Lakeshore Drive and Golf Course Road in Long Beach in 1946 as a convenience store, gas station and beer parlor. Torg's was one of a few places around the lake that provided a bar, groceries and featured Skelly gas pumps.
In 1954, the Torgusons moved Torgy's to its current location and opened Torgy's Sundeck Resort & Motel. The lake resort offered a small motel with four units and six cabin units available for rent. In April of 1966, Floyd and his son Marlin opened Torgy's Lounge & Off Sale, which attracted local residents and lake visitors. The following year, Torgy's Sports Center & Marine was added on to the building, offering retail sales of Arctic Cat snowmobiles, Glastron boats and Evinrude outboard motors with a full service marine shop. This aspect of the business grew quickly and needed more room to display boats and other products. Torgy's became the number one Arctic Cat dealer in the state in 1969-70, selling over 50 Arctic Cat snowmobiles in July 1970.  In 1970, Torgy's Sports Center & Marine was relocated four miles west to a larger location, added a Harley Davidson franchise and was later sold to Skip Johnson in 1972.
The relocation of the sports center allowed Torgy's to enlarge the dining area for its summer lake guests. The restaurant and resort developed unique promotions and special events, such as Torgy's Rib Fest, hosted on the first Sunday in August each year, and was featured on the PM Magazine television news/entertainment program in 1982 for its winter Bowling on the Ice and Golf on the Ice events on Lake Minnewaska.
In 1996, Torgy's s on the Lake expanded and was remodeled to the way it looks today. Changes have been made to the menu over the years, but it has always featured Torgy's famous broasted chicken, slow-roasted beef and award-winning ribs. The cabins were recently remodeled, and in 2011, Torgy's added a 56-foot Fun Country houseboat and began offering dinner cruises and private parties for up to 58 passengers.

A bittersweet moment...
It is a bittersweet moment for the Torguson family as they look back on the decades of great times and wonderful friendships made at Torgy's s, it was stated in a news release to the Tribune. 
The Torgusons would like to thank the communities of Long Beach, Glenwood and Starbuck for their support and wish Moe and Gerdes many years of prosperity. They hope the business brings as much joy and love to their families.
Torgy's on the Lake is located at 23583 North Lakeshore Drive, Glenwood, Minn., on beautiful Lake Minnewaska.
 
Inaugural Hall of Famers Unveiled PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:23

The inaugural class of the MAHS Hall of Fame has been revealed.

Fourteen former athletes and one team were selected and will be honored in September.

John Benson - Glenwood High School - Class of 1946
Norris Stenson - Starbuck High School - Class of 1954
Dave Tank - Villard High School - Class of 1963
Bill Gilman - Glenwood High School - Class of 1965
Bob Nelson - Starbuck High School - Class of 1968
Todd  Brenden - Starbuck High School - Class of 1969
1973 Glenwood High School track and field team- State Class A Champions
Team Members - Dale Kramer, Mitch Long, Greg McIver, Tom Mork, Bob Swanson, Rick Wheeler;  Head Coach - Dale Gasser;  Assistant Coach- Gunnar Fosker
John Gloege - Glenwood High School - Class of 1974
Melrene Nygaard Millerbernd - Starbuck High School - Class of 1977
Carol Skurat Baumann - Villard High School - Class of 1978
Tom Stackpool - Glenwood High School - Class of 1978
Samantha Mattson Gulon - Glenwood High School -Class of 1986
Jennifer Mattson Wegner -Glenwood High School - Class of 1988
Brian Malyon - Minnewaska Area High School- Class of 1993
Carrie Cooley- Minnewaska Area High School- Class of 1998

More information concerning each inductee will be part of a forthcoming series of articles in the sports page of the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times.
The Minnewaska Area Schools Athletic Hall of Fame will have its inaugural ceremony and banquet on Sept. 20 at the Minnewaska House in Glenwood. More information concerning the banquet and where and when to purchase tickets will be published in upcoming editions of the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times, as well as broadcast on KMGK radio and listed on the Minnewaska Area Schools website.
Questions regarding the event should be emailed to athletichof@minnewaska.k12.mn.us.  You may also call at 320-239-1311.
 
Fifth-Graders Graduate From D.A.R.E. PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:20

MAS fifth-graders graduate from D.A.R.E. program


Minnewaska Area fifth-graders are now armed with new information and tools for good decision making. On April 24, fifth-grade students received their D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) certificates during the D.A.R.E graduation ceremony at Minnewaska Area High School.
Fifth-grade students completed a 10-week course presented by the Pope County Sheriff�s Office and taught by deputies Eric Thesing and Gilbert Mitchell.
This year�s course included a new curriculum titled �Keepin� it REAL.� Thesing said the fifth-grade students learned about responsibility, decision making, information about the harmful effects of tobacco and alcohol, risks and consequences, peer pressure, stress, being good citizens and being educated to say no to the abuse of drugs. Mitchell said students also learned about the different types of bullying and the five Ws: who, what, when, where, why. Students discussed helping others and having support networks as well, said Mitchell.
Students were asked to write an essay about their experience with D.A.R.E. and share what the program meant to them. Three students were selected to read their essays at the graduation ceremony: Cole Harste, Samuel Hested and Isabella Ortendahl.
Principal Pat Falk thanked the teachers and deputies who spend their time teaching the students. He asked the students to encourage others to make good and safe choices.
 
Glimses From The Past PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Friday, 18 April 2014 11:38
From the Glenwood Herald April 23, 1914

Geo. Hallett is building a 62x8 front porch on his residence.  The porch is built of concrete and  will have eleven  ornamental concrete pillars.

C.B. Litstrom is digging the basement for his building between the Lowry bank and Hagstrom’s building.  We understand Larson Brothers of Starbuck will construct the building.

Glenn Reed is preparing to build a residence on his lots near T.O. Ofsthun’s residence.  L.N. Simmons, our popular builder has secured the contract for this building.

Edwin Knutson sold his motorcycle to Edwin Ellertson last week.

Joe Engebrits, who is to be engineer for Thos.  Frankson on the steam tractor went to Spring Valley last week, but is expected back this week.  They intend to break up about 700 acres this spring and will start the steam tractor in a short time.

Richard Carlson of Minneapolis came here Tuesday to enter the employee of Helbing and Warburton as mechanic.  He has had ten years experience in the automobile business and has been employed by the Barclay Auto Company of Minneapolis for the past four years.

Mr. Helbing traded a Ford auto to a farmer near Terrace and took two horses as part payment.  Geo. Fox bought one of the horses which weighted 1240.

E.C. Bunday has installed an up-to-date “Dayton” meat slicer in his store for slicing dried beef, sausage and bacon.

Capt. Bergstrom tells us that he will have his boat “ Minnewaska”  on the lake ready for business by May 15th.

J.H. Furney is making a fine improvement on his lakeshore property.  He is parking the lake frontage a space 300 by 35 feet.  He is placing settees in his park and is building a summer house 12x16 which he will furnish with table and chairs.  We are told that he will throw this open to the public and that people who may wish to take their lunches at the lakeshore during the summer months are welcome to the use of the property.  This is a very praiseworthy act and we are sure that our people will appreciate the fine courtesy extended
 
Glimses From The Past PDF Print E-mail
News - Historical Society News
Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Friday, 21 March 2014 15:07
From the Glenwood Herald March 26, 1914

The New Minton is contemplating installing an automatic switch board and a long distance telephone  in every room.

Captain Bergstrom is going to put in an electric motor to run by the gasoline engine in his boat and will have electric lights.

Berry & Tombs have made an undertaking parlor on the first floor in their store this week.  Mr. Stokes is decorating same this week.  They have also completed an up to date rack for displaying rugs.

I S. Selleseth & Co. are making quite a change and a fine improvement in their store this week.  They have John Anderson and Nate Squires on the job putting in a steel ceiling and will also improve their lights by putting in 4 four light chandeliers.

The famous Norwegian lecturer and newspaper correspondent, Peer Stromme will deliver a travel talk on China, Japan, India, Egypt and Palestine on Monday night, March 30th at 8 o’clock at the McCauley opera house.  Many excellent lantern slides will illustrate the lecture.  Mr. Stromme has just returned from his second trip around the world.  Don’t fail to hear him.  Tickets 35, 25 and 15 cents.

Some time ago the State Game and Fish Commission appointed Hon D. S. Durkin and T. O. Ofsthun as a committee to investigate and report as to the kind of a building that would be best suited for a trout house at the State Fish Hatchery in this city.  The committee met and adopted the plan submitted by J. A. Pinkerton, Supt. of said hatchery.  A.H. Foss of Elbow Lake, who has been engaged to prepare a plan and specifications, was in this city Tuesday in consultation with Mr. Pinkerton and it is expected that bids will be called soon.

Albert Wollan has now contracts for two new dwelling houses, one for Thos. Callaghan and one for F. S. Loomis, and E. E. Kruger contemplates building one this spring.

Margaret Wollan, the little girl of Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Wollan, ran a needle through her hand last Friday.  The doctor was called immediately to remove the needle and dress the wound and she is reported to be doing nicely.

Owen Stokes made a trip to Brooten Monday and while there secured the contract for the decoration of the new $13,000 church edifice erected by the North Fork Lutheran congregation.  Mr. Stokes expects this will keep him busy for some time.
 
Villard Fire Department Donates to Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Friday, 21 March 2014 15:04

Donation.

The Pope County Historical Society received a check for $1000 from the Villard Fire Department to help replace the museum roof.  This donation moves the project closer to the goal of $180,000.  The museum roof was damaged in the summer storms of 2011. Funds are still needed before the project can be completed.  Handing the check to Merlin Peterson, Pope County Museum director, is Lynn Peterson, representing the Villard Fire Department.

 
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