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Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Monday, 05 August 2013 12:49

Monday, August 5, 2013

paul_anderson_150A newspaper headline this past week declaring that “property taxes could drop” in Minnesota made for interesting reading. Although the figure mentioned, $121 million for next year, was only an estimate, my initial reaction was, “Yes, they should go down, because other taxes are going up.”

Keep in mind that property taxes are set by local governments, such as counties, cities and townships, school districts and other local units such as watershed or hospital districts. Members of those governing boards study their individual situations and determine the level of funding necessary to operate their entity for the coming year. Then they set their levy, and the taxes are collected the following year based on the value of residents’ real property that lies within each taxing entity.  Money from the state, mainly in the form of Local Government Aid (LGA), has long been used by cities and counties to help balance their budgets without relying entirely on local property taxes.
Glimses From The Past PDF Print E-mail
News - Historical Society News
Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Monday, 05 August 2013 07:55
From the Glenwood Herald, August 8, 1913.

Mrs. Alice Cox and Wm. Cox have been in Glenwood this week on a visit with friends.  They have also packed the household goods which they had left there and shipped part of them to their home in St. Paul and part to North Dakota.

The Cox residence property has recently been sold to F.B.J. Bickle, a Soo engineer.  Mr. Bickle is having the residence torn down and will replace it with a large and handsome modern residence.  The Cox residence is one of the oldest landmarks in our city, having been built by Dr. King about the year 1870.  Mr. Bickle expects to terrace the lots and to build a handsome wall around them.

Sometimes we fail to appreciate all the advantages we have.  Last Saturday evening a party of tourists came to our city and asked at one of our hotels for rooms with bath in connection.  They got what they wanted.  Afterwards we were informed that these people had traveled about fifty miles through some of our larger neighboring towns and had been disappointed till they came here.  “The biggest hotel in the world for its size” is perhaps not so much of a misnomer after all.
Paddle Boards In State Park PDF Print E-mail
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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.

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