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Wednesday, 31 July 2013 07:30

Glacial Lakes State Park in Starbuck Has Been Selected as a Pilot Site for Paddle Boarding

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STARBUCK — Minnesota State Parks have latched onto the latest trend in water sports by making stand up paddle boards available for rent at a select number of pilot sites, including Starbuck’s Glacial Lakes State Park. Called “SUP” by the in-the-know-crowd, stand up paddle boarding involves standing on a board similar to a surf board and propelling yourself around a lake with a long paddle.

The goal is to keep your balance, not fall off and have fun and get some exercise. It’s a fast-growing sport and the state was quick to recognize it as a marketing tool for the parks and a good way to promote a new physical activity.
“We keep our eye on emerging recreational trends,” said Amy Barrett from the Division of Parks and Trails in St. Paul.

It’s the same reason why state parks offer geo-cashing with GPS instruments, camper cabins and a lot list of educational environmental kits for kids and fishing gear and birding gear that they loan out to campers.
The focus is “getting young people outdoors” and getting the next generation to come to state parks, she said.

“It’s really cool. It’s something different,” said Anita Henningsgaard, a park worker at Glacial Lakes State Park, where the boards became available for rent last week. “It’ll be something to get people attracted to the park,” she said.

The rental fee is $10 an hour.

“It’s an affordable opportunity for families,” said Barret, who said eight parks currently have paddle boards but said she expects that more parks will receive them yet this year and next year.
Dragon Boats Coming To Starbuck PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Saturday, 27 July 2013 14:22

Dragon Boats coming to Starbuck in August

The 2013 6th Annual Starbuck Dragon Boat Festival is unique to the Starbuck area and will take place this year on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10.
Not only will there be dragon boat racing, but the festival activities will include great food, great music, kids activities, a parade of teams and much much more for friends and family alike.
There will there be two days of fun and entertainment for everyone. Come stop out and see. Check for a full schedule in the July 31 and August 7 issues of the Starbuck Times.
HRA/EDA To Discuss Starbuck's Future PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Saturday, 27 July 2013 14:19

HRA/EDA to discuss plans for what Starbuck could look like in future

The Pope County HRA/EDA met for an hour on July 17. Executive Director Dick Dreher told the board about possible plans to build a assisted living center and possible memory care facility in Starbuck near the area where the county garage used to stand.
Dreher has been in talks with Minnewaska Lutheran Home Administrator Murray Finger about possibly doing this project. The two discussed what they had envisioned in Starbuck.
Dreher said the nursing home would like to expand by having more assisted living and memory care as well as independent living. “They have expanded pretty much as far as they can at the location they are at now,” Dreher said. Dreher asked the board if he could put together a site plan and start discussions with potential developers to see if Starbuck was a good fit for a facility like that.
Board member Lori Vaadeland said, “If we do this we should have a plan for what we want it to look like in the end.”
Board member Dorothy Gaffaney said, “I think we need to look at creating a grand scheme.”
“If this is going to happen in three or four years we need to get the discussion started now,” Dreher said. “We just need a site plan, I don’t want to spend a lot of money up front and then have to trash it.”
The board decided to have Stephanie Howe of Studio E Architects come to one of the next board meetings so they could share their ideas with her about what they wanted Starbuck to look like.
Dreher updated the board on the Bay Meadows townhomes project (near the Starbuck airport). He said the shingles are on and the single units will be framed soon and the floors should be poured by early next week at the latest. Some of the units will be complete in September and all will be complete in October Dreher said.
Pope County Approves Wheelage Tax PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Saturday, 27 July 2013 14:17

Pope County Approves $10 Wheelage Tax

For the cost of a fast food meal or two, Pope County drivers will soon be contributing directly to the roads on which they drive. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, those with vehicles in Pope County who renew or purchase new tabs will pitch in an extra $10 for Pope County roads. County commissioners last Tuesday approved a wheelage tax—an option given to Minnesota counties by the state legislature this spring to help fund Minnesota’s deteriorating county state-aid highway (CSAH) system.
Pope County is not alone in its decision. The state needed to know by Aug. 1, 2013 if counties were going to adopt a wheelage tax, often described as a “user fee” for roads. As that date looms closer, counties statewide are jumping at the chance for a financial boost to their ailing road systems by adding the $10 wheelage tax.
Proceeds from Pope County’s wheelage tax will be deposited into the county’s road and bridge fund and will be kept as a separate line item, said Pope County Engineer Brian Noetzelman. He estimated the tax would generate an additional $116,000 per year.
Glenwood HRA Seeking Grant PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Tim Douglass - Pope County Tribune Publisher   
Saturday, 27 July 2013 14:12

Glenwood HRA Seeking Home Improvement Grant

The City of Glenwood is applying to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for a grant to help homeowners rehabilitate homes that they own and live in.
Homeowners within a targeted area of Glenwood (see map) will be mailed a survey and a form to sign and return if they are interested in participating in the home repair program. The mailing will be sent out the week of July 22. The forms are simple and easy to complete, and the mailing will include a postage-paid return envelope. All of the information on the survey will remain confidential, and results will be compiled and tabulated by an outside consultant.

MAS fills principal position PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by John R. Stone   
Saturday, 27 July 2013 14:11

MAS fills principal position vacated by Diane Cordes

Minnewaska Area Schools has apparently filled the principal post vacated by Diane Cordes, who was recently named superintendent of Breckenridge Public Schools.
Last Tuesday, at its regular monthly meeting, the board approved hiring Cory Larson to take the post which was advertised as a multi-program principal.
Cordes was principal of the Minnewaska Area Day Treatment center in Starbuck that is operated by the district and she was also involved in the district’s testing programs and other programs as well.
The board approved hiring Larson contingent upon his release by Sauk Center Public Schools, where he is currently under contract.
In other action the board of education:   
• Approved the resignations of Saundra Beasley, MAES para; Jamie Dietzmann, ECFE preschool assistant; Emily Saufley, ECFE teacher; Wendell Sletten, MAES para; Cassandra Hauglie, MAHS para; and Karly Watson, MADT EBD tech.
• Approved the hiring of Samantha Mithun, .929 FTE MAHS math teacher; Ann Hall, MAES program para, 6.75 hours per day student days; Melissa Welte, MAES  para, 6.75 hours per day; Jamie Dietzmann, MAHS para, 6.75 hours per day; Amber Tebben, MAHS para, 6.75 hours per day; Kylie Murken, preschool assistant, 4.75 hours per day; Mary Walsh, junior class and prom co-advisor; Melissa Brietbach, MAHS junior class prom co-advisor; Dave Moe, junior high volleyball coach; and Susan VanDyke, junior high volleyball coach.
Notes From The Capital PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:07
Monday, July 22.2013

paul_anderson_150The Minnesota DNR announced last week an early goose season for most of western Minnesota.  I have long been an advocate of having such a season as a means of better controlling our population of resident Canadian geese.  They are the cause of much crop depravation, and by the time the hunting season has begun in previous years, many of the geese have left this area to go elsewhere to feed.  Soybeans, especially those planted around sloughs and other bodies of water, are high on the list of favorite eating areas for geese.  I had brought up the topic of having an earlier season, much like the Dakotas have, but was told by DNR folks that waterfowl seasons are set by federal guidelines and that Minnesota couldn’t establish an earlier season on its own.

Well, finally it’s going to happen.  After enough input from those affected by the problem, we will have an early season.  It begins August 10 and runs through August 25.  The daily bag limit will be 10 Canadian Geese and there is no possession limit.  Shooting hours have been set for one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.  License requirements include a small game license, a state waterfowl stamp ($7.50 for ages 18-64), and a special fall Canadian Goose permit ($4 for ages 18-64).  Non-resident hunters must possess all of the aforementioned items.  Federal duck stamps and HIP (Harvest Information Program) certification are not required for the August hunt, but both will be necessary beginning on September 1.  All other restrictions, including non-toxic shot, refuges, and plugged shotguns, are the same as the regular goose season.
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