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Starbuck Community Clothing Swap Coming UP

Semi-Annual Starbuck Community Clothing Swap

            The Semi-Annual Starbuck Community Clothing Swap sponsored by Starbuck Horizons is coming up on April 9, 10 and 11 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home Commons. Drop off the clothes you don’t want on Thursday, April 9 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Pick up the clothes you do want on Friday, April 10 from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 11 from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. All community members are invited to either drop off and/or shop for ‘new’ to you clothes. This is a free event with no obligation to bring or take anything.

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Starbuck Punch Card Promotion

Starbuck punch card promotion offers chance to win $50 in gift certificates

 As part of a Starbuck Chamber promotion and local businesses Starbuck is running a punch card promotion to encourage people to shop local.

 How it will work
 A person will have to enter all 12 of the participating businesses and receive a punch on their card. All cards will stay in the drawings for $50 worth of gift certificates for the 12 weeks. A $50 winner will be selected each week. Punch cards can be picked up at the Chamber Office or participating businesses. Drop off for the cards is at the Chamber Office or Peddler Dan’s if Chamber is closed.
 Participating businesses include Minnewaska Bait & Tackle, Peddler Dan’s, Little Angels Consignment, Precision Body & Frame, Minnewaska House, Samuelson’s Drug, Starbuck Bakery, Tom’s Food Market, Minnewaska Liquor, Creative Images Salon, Kruger Farms, Water’s Edge.
 The intent of the punch cards are to promote buying local and supporting neighbors, strengthen the local economy, increase area jobs, circulate money in the community, reduce environmental footprint and to save time and win $50 in gift certificates.

 The promotion will have drawings every Wednesday from April 1- June 17, for a total of 12 $50 winners. One entry per person.



 The promotion will have drawings every Wednesday from April 1- June 17, for a total of 12 $50 winners. One entry per person.

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Starbuck Approves Interim City Office Staff

By Zach Anderson
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The Starbuck City Council approved interim city office staff on Monday evening, selecting Joan Kerkvliet as interim clerk/treasurer, Jan Norby as interim deputy clerk and Bonnie Rasche as assistant (when needed).
The interim staff was needed due to the resignation of city clerk/treasurer Andrea Swenson; the council accepted Swenson’s resignation at the same meeting.
The pay rate for Rasche will stay at $11 per hour. Norby’s rate was set at $15 per hour. Mayor Gary Swenson and council member Lyle Katzenmeyer said they would meet with Kerkvliet to discuss pay rate and also what changes need to be made in the office.

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Quilt of Valor Presented

Richard Hollermann presented with Quilt of Valor

HallermannHow do you begin to say “thank you” to a veteran—especially one who has sacrificed so much during service to the nation? If you’re a quilter like Charlotte Norlien, you begin with a piece of fabric.
On Feb. 16, Norlien presented Richard Hollermann, a Vietnam veteran who lives south of Farwell, with a Quilt of Valor. The quilt was Norlien’s way of offering comfort, healing and sincere gratitude to a veteran touched by war.
Norlien said she had seen a PBS program about the Quilts of Valor Foundation and was determined to make a quilt for a local veteran—the Fons and Porter quilt pattern, in particular.

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Notes From The Capital

paul anderson 150Some Minnesotans who received a subsidy last year to help cover the cost of their health insurance may be in for a surprise when they file their tax return for 2014. At least one constituent reported to me that they must pay several hundred dollars of additional tax to cover the subsidy they received from the federal government to defray the cost of insurance.  To be fair, this is not a problem brought on by the troubled MnSure exchange in Minnesota.  It has to do with incomes that turned out to be under-estimated, which resulted in subsidies received that were too large.

Back when folks signed up for health coverage and the associated subsidies for last year, 2013 incomes were used to determine the level of subsidy.  However, if the actual income for 2014 increased by a certain level, it changed or eliminated the subsidy amount people were entitled to receive.  That’s the reason why some will have to pay income tax on that subsidy, although they had no idea this might happen.  And even if they knew, it would have been very difficult, if not impossible, to get back into the MnSure system to make a change in income, which would have also resulted in a lower subsidy and higher health insurance premiums.

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Pearl On Lake Minnewaska Nears Completion

Pearl On Lake MinnewaskaGlenwood’s newest housing project is nearing completion as contractors, working through the winter, are finishing up construction of the 23-unit condominium complex called The Pearl on Lake Minnewaska.  
“We’re excited,” said Brady Klick of Centre Graphics, Inc., the company that constructed the project located along Lakeshore Drive between Minnesota Avenue and First Street SE.  “It’s a nice piece of property to add to the Lake Minnewaska lakeshore.”
Klick told Glenwood Commissioners Tuesday night that his company would be showing the first units to buyers after March 1.   “The units turned out very nice and they are much bigger than they looked during the construction,” Klick said. “I think you’ll find that the majority of the units will be sold by the end of the year,” he added.

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Play Sparks Anti-Bullying

Students hope anti-bullying play sparks change


During national Anti-bullying Week at Minnewaska Area High School, students, grades 9-12, took in a play presented by the Homeward Bound Theatre, out of Chanhassen, about the effects of bullying.
The play featured five stereotypical teens who are thrown together during a three-day reality TV game-show. During the three days, the teens endure bullying by each other, learn more about one another, and eventually become friends and realize that bullying is not the answer to their own problems.

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