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Glimses From The Past

From the Glenwood Herald, June 4, 1914

R. R. Johnston of Benson was here Tuesday and filed specifications on state road No. 1 between Glenwood and Starbuck.  The county board expects to let the contract for the road in a short time and if they do, the work will be started soon.

A large fishing party from Minneapolis and North Dakota stopped at the Minton last Sunday on their visit in our city.  They made quite a catch of fish.  Some of the Dakota people will be here again next Sunday and parties from the cities are also expected here for a fishing trip.

West Central Minnesota Modern Woodmen will have a big picnic at Benson Wednesday June 10.  Gov. Eberhardt, John L. Sundeen and other prominent Woodmen will give addresses.   Glenwood will be represented by its ball team and band, by a large delegation of Woodmen and other citizens.

W. C. Brewer of LeSeuer Center has rented the east half of the Webster Block and will use it for a motion picture theatre.   He expects to have his machine and furniture here in a few days and be ready to open up some time next week.

As a special attraction for Sunday June 7th, the pavilion management has secured a big five-reel feature, “Traffic in Souls”.  This is pronounced by the national social workers and federal authorities to be one of the best moral pictures ever produced and one that every man, woman and child should see.  In addition to the wonderful pictures, the Norwegian Centennial celebration of the 17th of May at Minneapolis will be shown.  This will give all those who were unable to attend this grand celebration a chance to see one of the biggest events of its kind ever held in the Northwest .  Prices for this double show will be children 10 cents, adults 15 cents.

James McMillan has rented the Conrad building from A. S, Nelson and is getting it in readiness for a restaurant business.     The business will be conducted by Mr. and Mrs. McMillan and a son and daughter.   The McMillans were former residents of this county but have been engaged in the hotel business in Hoffman the past few years.

C. A. Callender is the new and affable superintendent of the local light plant.   He is thoroughly a practical electrician and is making a favorable impression on the patrons of the plant.

The annual commencement exercises were held Friday evening at the McCauley Opera House.  A class of thirteen received diplomas for successful completion of the High School course.

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Glimses From The Past

From the Glenwood Herald May 21, 1914

Fred Helbing, popularly known as Bing Oldfield, raced against time from Glenwood to the Grove Lake store Tuesday forenoon and won a wager of twenty five dollars from J. L. McLaury, making the distance of fourteen miles in his Ford in 26 minutes and 35 seconds.  Mr. McLaury had wagered with Bing that the latter could not make the distance in thirty minutes.  A few miles out the throttle on the carburetor became disconnected.  Bing’s passenger, Disbrow Eastman, saved the day by placing himself on the fender and holding the throttle in place with one hand while he held on to one of the rods of the window shield with his other arm.  Eastman describes his duty: “I rode eight miles on the fender holding on with one hand to the throttle of the carburetor and with the other on the rod that holds the window shield.  I had perfect confidence in Fred’s ability to handle a car and felt perfectly safe.  I would not take the same chance for a fortune with any other driver than Bing Oldfield.”

W.E. White sold his grocery store last Thursday to Mr. Stingley of Pine River.  The new owner took possession of the grocery store Monday morning under the management of E.J. Dahly until Mr. Stingley arrives.  Mr. White received a farm near Pine River in exchange for his business and we are told that he expects to move with his family onto the farm in the near future.

Decoration Day Features.  May 30 is sacred to the great heroic hosts who died bravely for a cause and to the fast thinning ranks of the living veterans.  On this day a grateful nation renders honor to the heroes of the Civil War.  Do not overlook our Memorial Day features of this issue.

We are requested to announce that the Glenwood Ladies Literary Club will tender a banquet to the soldiers and their wives and to widows of soldiers immediately after the exercises on Memorial Day.  An appropriate program with addresses and music will be given at the banquet. 

Simmons and Fisher have just finished the large porch for J.L. McLaury.  The porch is 10x16 feet and is the only one of its kind in this part of the state.  It will be screened in the summer and enclosed with fourteen glass panels in winter.  It will also be used for a dining hall in warm weather, and will be electric lighted.

Mr. & Mrs. I.M. Engebretson and daughter Helen had a drive Sunday that they will remember a long time.  In driving along the road about three-quarters of a mile west of town [Lowry] one of the horses stumbled and something in the harness broke.  The horses got scared and started to run.  The pole came down and went into the ground throwing Mr. Engebretson out first and as he looked around his wife and baby went out over the hind wheels of the buggy.  The horses broke loose from the buggy and went along the road to F. Rosengren’s where they were caught.  The Engebretsons escaped with some minor bruises but nothing serious.

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Someplace Safe Celebrates 35 Years

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.

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Oldest Family-Owned Business Changes Hands

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.

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Inaugural Hall of Famers Unveiled

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You may also call at 320-239-1311.

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Fifth-Graders Graduate From D.A.R.E.

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.

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Glimses From The Past

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

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