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Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 18:31

South Shore flooding issue rises again

Dale Tollefson, representing a group of South Shore Drive property owners, spoke with the county board last Tuesday to revisit concerns about flooding and runoff in that shoreland area of Lake Minnewaska.
Residents of South Shore Drive have met with the county board three times since July 2; they are troubled by the amount of storm water runoff flooding and damaging their property during heavy rain events and depositing large amounts of sediment and silt into Lake Minnewaska.
At last Tuesday’s meeting, Tollefson spoke about a culvert which had previously been 36 inches and had been downsized to 18 inches by a landowner. The section of culvert in question lies on private property and at least a portion of it was replaced by a private landowner at 18 inches due to its extremely poor condition. The South Shore group proposed that changing the culvert size back to 36 inches could help alleviate the flooding that occurs during heavy rain events.
On Aug. 6 commissioners had encouraged the South Shore group to talk with the White Bear Lake Township board, believing the culvert may be under township jurisdiction. Tollefson said he followed that advice and was told that townships do not have authority within 1,000 feet of the lakeshore.
With that in mind, Tollefson said he and other South Shore property owners proposed replacing the 18-inch culvert and splitting the cost with the county: 50 percent property owners and 50 percent county. “I’m asking you guys to help us out,” he said. “The county helped create the watershed; it should help get rid of the water.”
The problem, according to commissioners, is that the culvert is on private property under the control of private landowners. Commissioner Paul Gerde said, “If we start going in to private pipes on property, we’re going to have a list as long as our arm.” He agreed that the pipe needs to be back at the 36-inch diameter, saying the DNR, Pope Soil and Water and the county Land and Resource department also concur. “Everyone thinks it needs to be back at the 36-inch pipe, but nobody has the money to do it,” he said.
“We’re [South Shore property owners] trying to get it done somehow,” said Tollefson.
Tollefson thanked commissioners for their time, and said he’d like to see the culvert under county control, if possible, so future property owners in the area don’t have to deal with the same issues.
HRA/EDA getting closer to developing plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 18:27
HRA/EDA getting closer to developing plan for west side of Lake Minnewaska

The Pope County HRA/EDA Board met for just over an hour on September 5. Executive Director Dick Dreher said that Stephanie Howe of Studio E Architects in Glenwood will be at the September 18 meeting to show the board what she has been drawing up as a plan for the potential development of the west side of Lake Minnewaska.
After meeting with the Starbuck Planning Commission on Tuesday, September 3, Dreher said the commission is very enthusiastic about the project and are looking forward to working with the HRA/EDA to plan for that side of the lake.
Dreher said the payments have been made for the house including the $10 to buy the house from the county at 610 Hagenson St. in Starbuck and the state of MN will be issuing a deed to the HRA/EDA soon.
Dreher said the cost for asbestos assessment is $500 and the cost to remove it is approximately another $500.
The Bay Meadows project is coming along Dreher said with the first double unit having three of its sides completed. Dreher said the cabinets were just ordered after a delay so the units won’t make the original October 1 deadline of being able to be occupied. Dreher said some of the units should be ready by the end of the first week of October.
The board talked about possibly having an open house and having one of the units staged so potential renters can see what it would look like inside. They will decide what they want to do at the next meeting.
Dreher said at the Lakeview RV Park in Starbuck that Lundblad Construction started working on removing the concrete blocks that remained after moving the former Ray Haack house off the property on Wednesday, September 4. After the blocks are removed Dreher said the ground would be seeded to grow some grass on the lot.
Clothing Swap returns to Starbuck PDF Print E-mail
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Written by VFW Post 4582 (Starbuck)   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:53
Clothing Swap  returns to Starbuck on Sep. 26, 27, 28

The Semi-Annual Starbuck Community Clothing Swap is coming on September 26, 27 and 28 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home Commons. On Thursday, Sep. 26 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. drop off the clothes you don’t want. Pick up the clothes you do want starting on Friday, Sep. 27 from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sep. 28 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
The ‘exchange/swap’ is sponsored by Starbuck Horizon III. Call Audrey (239-4652) or Nadine (239-4290) to volunteer or for details.
This is a totally FREE event, with NO obligation to bring or take anything. Bring your own bag or fill one of theirs.
Holly Skogen Ribbon Cutting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Saturday, 17 August 2013 10:17

Holly Skogen ribbon cutting to take place on August 18

arnie_phil_img_1886_250Come Sunday, August 18 at 2:00 pm for a Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at Holly Skogen Park. The trolls will be in fine form, silently watching as people gather to hear a bit of the history of Holly Skogen and to celebrate the beginning of the next chapter in the parks’ development, that of an outdoor art venue. 
The official Ribbon-cutting will be at 2:00 with music from the Pope County Men’s Chorus, a blessing from the Rev. Jackie Harvestine, park history, introduction of the sculptor, Philip Rickey, recognition of the support received from LRAC (Lake Region Arts Council), thanks to Arne Pederson, original park creator and developer from Starbuck City Mayor, Bruce Bakewell, and a walk through the park led by Arne and Philip.
The trolls are hoping many of the children who have come through the park will return for this event and enjoy a cookie as they walk through the park to see the newly installed art works.  There will be a hunt for souvenirs provided by the trolls. Instructions will be given after the ribbon-cutting.
2013 Dragon Boat Is Another Success PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Corbin Corson   
Saturday, 10 August 2013 15:39
2013 Dragonboat Festival in Starbuck MN

img_1762ab_22521 Teams competed this year for top honors but only one could win the Gold.  Jet Propulsion sponsored by Prairie Lakes Coop carried the 2013 Gold. This would be the second time in two years for Jet Propulsion and they have to be stopped next year.  Challengers may sigh up at the Chamber office or call 320-239-4220. Already teams are being organized to do just that, defeat Jet Propulsion.
Silver Division was won by Starbuck VFW and the Bronze Division was won by Westmoor-Superior.
Team Spirit Award went to the Carribean Rum Runners

5th Street Project OKed by City PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:56

Starbuck to move forward on 5th and Wollan St. project

The Starbuck City Council voted unanimously at a July 29 special meeting to award the bid for the 5th and Wollan Street project to Riley Brothers Construction for $799,331.25 and to proceed with the project.
Larry Van Hout of Widseth Smith and Nolting gave a presentation during the public hearing portion of the meeting saying the bituminous needs replacement.
The project was originally scheduled in 2007 with a couple public hearings in 2008. The project was ultimately not continued due to financial concerns.
The purpose of doing the project now is that the county is going to help replace the streets and wondered if Starbuck wanted to do the underground improvements now instead of having to dig up the street in the future to make repairs.
Van Hout said the project would go to the Pope County Board at their August 6 meeting and a construction meeting could be held in late August.
MLA Tackles Euraision Milfoil PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:43

MLA begins chemical treatment to stop Eurasian Milfoil growth in Lake Minnewaska

The Minnewaska Lake Association (MLA) last week took its first step in a five-year plan to stop the growth or even eliminate some of the Eurasian Milfoil that has taken hold in pockets in different areas of Lake Minnewaska.
On Thursday, July 25, MLA contracted with Lake Restoration,  a Rogers, Minn. company to treat at least six different locations where the milfoil is flourishing.  The MLA was permitted to do the chemical treatments by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and last week’s treatment is only the beginning, according to MLA President Mike Stai.
“We’re treating about 15 acres today,” Stai said as he watched Lake Restoration workers prepare for the chemical treatment.  “We hope to chemically treat the milfoil every year for the next three to five years, depending on funding,” he said.
The MLA spent $6,000 on this first treatment, which treated the invasive species growing in pockets at six different locations around the lake.  A DNR grant provided $1,500 for the treatment.
The company, hired by MLA, used DMA-4 herbicide, a chemical that kills roots and all of the invasive species.  The chemical is a selective chemical that “leaves most of the native plants unharmed,” according to Steve Symalla, of Lake Restoration.  He said his company has been busy treating a number of Minnesota lakes for milfoil.  DMA-4 is a chemical that is selective, he said.  It works well on milfoil but doesn’t kill many native plants.  He said the treatment has been effective.
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