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Minnewaska Sweeps Top Spots At Sub-Sections

Minnewaska sweeps top spots at Sub-Sections


On a sunny, perfect day for golf, the Minnewaska Lakers’ golf teams continued their winning ways, each taking first at the 3A Sub-Section NE tournament, held at Benson on Thursday.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams received spirited competition from Litchfield. The girls’ defeated the Dragons by nine shots, 335-344, while the boys’ slipped past the Dragons by four shots, 332-336.
The similarities didn’t stop there. Both teams placed an individual, or individuals, as runner-up. Jenna Janu and Ashlyn Guggisberg tied for second with a 79, three shots back of medalist Kennedy Sommerfelt of Litchfield.
The boys medalist was Josh Polingo of Litchfield, with a 72, six shots better than Brett Buckingham of Minnewaska.
Ellen Stensrud shot an 86, good for fourth place overall. Esten Stensrud placed third for the boys and Peter Frischmon took the fifth place spot.
Both teams advance to Section 3AA play next Thursday.
Thursday, May 22
Girls’ 3AA Sub-Section NE
at Benson

Team scores - (1) Minnewaska 335 (2) Litchfield 344 (4) Paynesville 445 (4) New London-Spicer 457

Invidual Laker scores - Jenna Janu 79, Ashlyn Guggisberg 79, Ellen Stensrud 86, Ariel Ostrander 91, Annika Pederson 94, Madi McGinty 108

Top 5 scores - Kennedy Sommerfelt Litch 76, Jenna Janu 79, Ashlyn Guggisberg 79, Ellen Stensrud 86,  Alex Tipka Litch 87

Invidual qualifiers - Kennedy Sommerfelt Litch, Alex Tipka Litch, Kelsey Wattenhofer Litch, Kelly Spreiter Litch, Emma Ridgeway Litch
Thursday, May 22
Boys’ 3AA Sub-Section NE
at Benson

Team scores - 1) Minnewaska Area 332 2) Litchfield 336 3) New London-Spicer 347 4) Paynesville 374

Individual Laker scores - Brett Buckingham 78, Esten Stensrud 81, Peter Frischmon 83, Isaac Burgess 90 Blake Joos 95, Jake Peters 98

Top 5 scores – Josh Polingo Litch 72; Brett Buckingham 78, Esten Stenrud 81; Ethan Bohlsen NL-S 82, Peter Frischmon 83

Individual qualifiers - Josh Polingo Litch, Ethan Bohlsen NL-S, Peter Hyberger Litch, Cole Baker NL-S, Hudson Grey, P’ville
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MAS To Add Staff

MAS to add staff as district moves to 7-period day


Minnewaska Area Schools will be adding additional staff this fall as the district moves to a seven-period day.
At its regular school board meeting last Tuesday the board approved adding 4.307 positions. Two of the new positions, a business teacher and an elementary teacher, are full-time positions. The other positions are part time or hours added to a current staff member not currently getting full-time hours.
The seven-period day replaces the six-period day enacted a number of years ago as a cost saving measure. Early in 2013 the board approved moving back to the seven-period day in order to allow students the opportunity to take a larger variety of classes.
Two of the positions, a full-time teacher and .249 of elementary music, are at Minnewaska Elementary School.

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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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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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