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Christmas Care Program Looking For Donations PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 November 2013 11:34
Christmas Care program still looking for donations

As you shop for Christmas gifts for family and friends, there are two local organizations hoping you’ll extend your kindness and also pick up a gift for someone less fortunate in the community.
The Minnewaska Jaycees and Starbuck VFW Auxiliary have teamed up to host this year’s Christmas Care program and here’s how you can help:
•Donate a new gift(s) for an adult and/or child at any local church or bank in Starbuck, Lowry or Cyrus.
•Make a monetary donation at First National Bank or Bremer in Starbuck.
•If you know of a family or elderly person who could use some holiday cheer, contact Dick and Lori Woodbury 763-234-9976 or 320-334-1555 or Carol Holten 320-239-2621. Please get in all names by December 11.
The program connects struggling families with a meal and opportunity to pick up gifts they may not otherwise be able to afford.
On Saturday, December 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. local families in need will be invited to the Starbuck VFW to enjoy lunch, choose a gift for each member of their family, take home a food basket containing a Christmas meal, plus there will be an opportunity for children to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.
Organizers say the smiles on everyone’s faces are worth more than anything!
In 1989 the Christmas Care program was started to help local families in need during the holiday season. It started with just a few people volunteering their time.
Now, in its 25th year, Christmas Care is still helping families in Pope County.
The members of the Christmas Care program would like to thank the local businesses, churches, banks and community members for their continued support over the past 25 years.
Grand Jury Indictment Issued PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Friday, 29 November 2013 11:32
Grand Jury indictment issued in Peltier case

A Starbuck woman was issued a grand jury indictment in Pope County court in connection with the death of a 4-year-old boy who died in February 2013 while in her care.
Amanda Lea Peltier, 32, was indicted Nov. 14 on two counts: murder in the first degree while committing child abuse, and murder in the second degree while committing malicious punishment of a child.
The grand jury indictment follows charges filed in July 2013 after a police investigation into the death of 4-year-old Eric Dean. The boy died after suffering “abdominal trauma,” on or about Feb. 28, 2013 that resulted in intestinal perforation, according to the complaint filed in court.
An indictment means that the grand jury believes there is enough evidence to charge Peltier on the two counts. According to the indictment, the maximum penalty for Count I, murder in the first degree while committing child abuse, is life; the maximum penalty for Count II, murder in the second degree while committing malicious punishment of a child, is between one year plus one day and 40 years.
Peltier pleaded not guilty to the charges on the indictment at a court hearing last Wednesday, it was stated.
School Settles ACLU Lawsuit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John R. Stone   
Friday, 29 November 2013 11:27
School, student settle on discipline lawsuit filed by the ACLU

Minnewaska Area Schools approved a settlement with a former student and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over treatment rendered by the district following an incident a couple of years ago.
The individual, identified only by the initials R.S., had challenged the district’s treatment and discipline following an incident in which some postings had been made on a social media site. The lawsuit was filed in 2012.
According to a news release issued by the ACLU and printed in part on March 12, 2012 in the Pope County Tribune, R.S., then a sixth-grader, made a posting on Facebook about dislike of a school staff member. The school learned about the incident and gave the student detention and ordered the student to write an apology. Later the release said that R.S. had received in-school suspension and was barred from a school field trip after she cursed on her Facebook page about someone notifying the school of the previous Facebook posting.
The ACLU also alleged that the district did not inform R.S.’s mother of the search of her daughter’s property and that the student’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure were violated.
Greg Ohl, MAS superintendent at the time, was quoted in the March 12 article as saying that the district “did not violate R.S.’s rights and disputes the one-sided version of events set forth in the complaint written by the ACLU.”           
“The district stands behind the decisions made by staff and the policies that exist to ensure school is a safe and welcoming place for all students and staff,” the district’s statement at the time continued. “Any viewing of R.S.’s Facebook account was done with the express consent of her parent.”
HRA/EDA Sets Final Levy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Friday, 29 November 2013 11:24
HRA/EDA sets final levy of $275,000

The Pope County HRA/EDA Board approved changing its final 2014 budget levy from $300,000 to $275,000 at its meeting on November 20.
After discussion the board felt they could lower the levy a bit. They said if they do a big push on the hotel project in Starbuck they don’t want to be short on money.
“If we get into bigger projects we will need some up front money,” HRA/EDA Executive Director Dick Dreher said.
Dreher said he was talking to three groups (two in Minneapolis and one in Alexandria) currently about interest in being the investment group for the hotel. Dreher said in the next couple months he will make a major push to find an investment group.
TreeOof Life Brightens Memories PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Debra Mathias - GHES Administrator   
Friday, 29 November 2013 11:20
Tree of Life brightens the season with memories

Nearly 150 loved ones who have passed away were remembered at the annual Glacial Ridge Hospice Tree of Life ceremony held Tuesday evening at Ridgewood Villa in Glenwood.
The Tree of Life has roots in the community reaching back almost 25 years. The annual event, offering a time and place to honor and remember loved ones, evolved from two Glacial Ridge Hospice programs.
One of the programs was the Remembrance Tree—a large, lighted Christmas tree in front of Glacial Ridge Hospital. Those remembered with a $5 donation to Hospice were represented with the lights and their names were posted on a wooden Christmas tree cutout in the hospital lobby. That tree eventually became known as the “Tree of Lights.”
Another Hospice program, the annual candle lighting memorial service, was held each fall or spring.
Kruger Farms Receives Business Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 08:26
Starbuck’s Kruger Farms receives business award

Kruger Farms of Starbuck was honored last Wednesday as the recipient of the annual award presented during the Pope County Salute to Business and Industry luncheon at the Minnewaska House. The annual event has been honoring Pope County businesses since 1994. Don Nelson (front left) and Russ Barkeim (front right) of Kruger Farms were presented with a plaque from a number of Pope County organizations. From left, behind Nelson and Barkeim are Jennifer Haugen, Starbuck Chamber of Commerce; Bill Ogdahl, Glenwood mayor; Jim Thoreen, Pope County coordinator, representing the Pope County commissioners and the HRA/EDA; Bruce Bakewell, Starbuck mayor; Lance Bailey, the Klick Foundation; Jim Morrissey, the Glenwood Development Corporation; and Greg Vold, president of the Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.
Don Nelson of Kruger Farms was the featured speaker at the event, talking about how the company started and some of its successful marketing techniques.  What started as online sales in 2007, Kruger Farms saw quick growth. In 2010, Nelson hired the first full-time employee to ship overstocked items stored at the Starbuck location. Then, in 2011, the company took a big step for the Kruger Farms location in Starbuck, when a new 6,000-square-foot warehouse was added and all the St. Paul warehouse merchandise was moved to Starbuck. In the past year, the Starbuck showroom has been expanded from 1,600 square feet to 7,100 square feet. Russ Barkeim is the on-site manager at the Starbuck location. He said Kruger Farms now has four full-time and four part-time employees at the Starbuck location.
MAHS Board Bembers To Use MS tablets PDF Print E-mail
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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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