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Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Saturday, 01 February 2014 07:56
By now, most folks are probably aware of the huge spike in price that has occurred in the LP or propane market this winter.  What was priced under $2 a gallon just a couple of weeks ago is now between $4 and $5.  Reasons given include the wet harvest that pulled down inventories of the fuel used for corn drying last fall and now our bitterly cold winter.  Retailers are having difficulty in sourcing product, and there have been reports of trucks being sent as far as Kansas or even Texas to bring back supply.

This is having a big effect on folks’ ability to pay for heating fuel.  Budgets weren’t set with the idea of gas doubling in price.  As a result, instead of filling tanks, retailers in some cases are limiting deliveries to as little as 100 gallons.  And it’s not just home heating that’s effected by this shortage.   Livestock facilities, especially chicken and turkey barns are large users of LP gas during the winter heating season.  I heard from one turkey grower who has six, 1,000 gallon tanks alongside his barns.  Just imagine the increased cost of filling those tanks right now…if he can get that much delivered.  A month ago, six thousand gallons would have cost less than $12,000, but today that same expense will run between $24,000 to $30,000.  It will be difficult to recoup that additional expense because farmers can’t set their own price -- they take what the market will pay.  And a short-term spike like this will probably not affect prices in a significant way.

One retailer was quoted as saying that we are dealing with one-half the inventory this year and that product supplies are at levels not seen in years.  And even more concerning is that the pipeline terminal in Benson which has been a major source of product for this part of the state is phasing out of propane.  Originating in Canada, this line, called the Kochin Pipeline, is in the process of reversing its pumps and, after this spring, will no longer be delivering gas to the Midwest.  Instead, it will be pumping drilling material north to the oil fields in Canada.

The federal government has appropriated additional funding to help with this sudden increase in heating costs.  At this time, it’s not known how much will be coming to Minnesota.  Here is a phone number folks can call to learn more about getting assistance with their heating bills: 800-657-3710 (Department of Commerce).

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If you happen to be having a birthday and turning 65 soon, you are not alone.  Studies show that approximately 10,000 Americans are reaching that milestone every day and will continue reaching our once traditional “retirement age” at that pace for the next 15 years or so.  This rapidly aging demographic is having a large impact on social and medical programs, in addition to causing shortages in some areas of the US workforce.  This same “aging” is also being seen in agriculture, where during the period from 2002 through 2007 the number of farm operators under the age of 25 decreased by 30 percent while the number of older operators increased by 20 percent.

Another statistic gleaned from a recent ag seminar is that 98 percent of farms today are family-run.  When they are included in the broader category of family-run businesses, we were told that only 30 percent of family-run businesses survive and are passed on to the next generation.  Even fewer, 12 percent, are passed on to the third generation, and only three percent reach the fourth generation.
 
Dr Bosl Wins National Award PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Saturday, 18 January 2014 16:34

Starbuck’s own Dr. Robert Bösl received the National Country Doctor of the Year award

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presented by Staff Care, an AMN Healthcare company at an awards ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Starbuck Community Center. Bösl was recognized during the ceremony for his dedication and commitment to medicine over the years. Coworkers and friends told stories of Bösl over the years and offered their congratulations. In his speech Bösl thanked everyone he’s worked with over the years, his family for their support and others.

When Bösl got the letter informing him that he won it stated, “On behalf of Staff Care and Drs. Elton Lehman and John Haynes of our Country Doctor of the Year Award Selection Committee, it is a great pleasure to confirm that you have been selected as the 2013 Country Doctor of the Year! The Selection Committee was greatly impressed by the many years of commitment and devotion you have shown to the people of Starbuck. The committee found it particularly admirable that you have maintained superb medical services in Starbuck at the cost of considerable financial and personal sacrifice to yourself. As a mainstay of primary care in Starbuck, you have provided an exemplary level of care and compassion to your patients, choosing for many years to practice as the only physician in the community. You have positively influenced, bettered and indeed saved many lives and are one of the pillars on which your community stands. It was a great pleasure spending time with you at the hospital you serve, in your practice and with your patients and fellow community leaders. We look forward to visiting with you in the days ahead as we make preparations for the presentation of the award. Congratulations on the outstanding record of service you have achieved and on being named the 2013 Country Doctor of the Year.”
The award, which provides a temporary doctor for two weeks so Bösl can take a vacation, has been given annually since 1992 to physicians across the nation in communities with 30,000 or fewer residents.
Photo by Zach Anderson

 
Glimses From The Past PDF Print E-mail
News - Historical Society News
Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Monday, 16 December 2013 07:58

From the Glenwood Herald December 19, 1913


Mr. & Mrs. Matt Ward expect their daughters to come home for the Holidays the first of the week.  Hazel came from Miles City, Montana, where she is holding a splendid position in the public schools.  She has not been home since a year ago last August.  Marguerite is teaching in the public schools at Detroit and Zoe is studying at Carleton.

W.B. Crawford is the new man in charge of the Standard Lumber Company.  He took charge last Friday.  He came here from Casey, Iowa, where he was engaged in the lumber business.  His wife and two children are expected to arrive within a short time and the family will live in the Darkes residence.

Mrs. C.L. Marshall arrived in Glenwood Sunday evening from Kansas City.  Her husband, Mr. Marshall of the New Minton met her at Minneapolis.

Joe Achter has bought the interest of his partner, O.J. Knutson, in the pool and billiard hall and will be in charge of same hereafter.  We have not heard what Mr. Knutson will do.

Arnold Gulbrandson one of the prominent farmers of the southern part of the county transacted business at the county seat Monday.

Pope County wins silver cup in Morris at last day of corn and alfalfa exposition Friday. Early in the day began to arrive in automobiles and the first special train from Willmar and Benson added a large delegation to the big crowd already on hand. It was seen at the time that the attendance records of the other two days would be eclipsed, but no one was prepared for the avalanche of people that descended on the town from the Pope county special, arriving at 10:30. More than 1200 fares were collected on this train and accompanied by three bands. This crowd paraded the streets of Morris and created a sensation.

On Friday and Saturday nights of this week, Glenwood people will have an opportunity to see one of the best and largest motion picture shows ever shown at the McCauley opera house. The picturesque Hawaiian islands, 5000 feet of film showing everything of interest, volcanoes in action, scenery, industries, people, their mode of living and sports. A lecturer gives the history of the island and explains the pictures.
 
Christmas Care Program Looking For Donations PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Contributed Article   
Friday, 29 November 2013 11:34
Christmas Care program still looking for donations

As you shop for Christmas gifts for family and friends, there are two local organizations hoping you’ll extend your kindness and also pick up a gift for someone less fortunate in the community.
The Minnewaska Jaycees and Starbuck VFW Auxiliary have teamed up to host this year’s Christmas Care program and here’s how you can help:
•Donate a new gift(s) for an adult and/or child at any local church or bank in Starbuck, Lowry or Cyrus.
•Make a monetary donation at First National Bank or Bremer in Starbuck.
•If you know of a family or elderly person who could use some holiday cheer, contact Dick and Lori Woodbury 763-234-9976 or 320-334-1555 or Carol Holten 320-239-2621. Please get in all names by December 11.
The program connects struggling families with a meal and opportunity to pick up gifts they may not otherwise be able to afford.
On Saturday, December 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. local families in need will be invited to the Starbuck VFW to enjoy lunch, choose a gift for each member of their family, take home a food basket containing a Christmas meal, plus there will be an opportunity for children to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.
Organizers say the smiles on everyone’s faces are worth more than anything!
In 1989 the Christmas Care program was started to help local families in need during the holiday season. It started with just a few people volunteering their time.
Now, in its 25th year, Christmas Care is still helping families in Pope County.
The members of the Christmas Care program would like to thank the local businesses, churches, banks and community members for their continued support over the past 25 years.
 
Grand Jury Indictment Issued PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Friday, 29 November 2013 11:32
Grand Jury indictment issued in Peltier case

A Starbuck woman was issued a grand jury indictment in Pope County court in connection with the death of a 4-year-old boy who died in February 2013 while in her care.
Amanda Lea Peltier, 32, was indicted Nov. 14 on two counts: murder in the first degree while committing child abuse, and murder in the second degree while committing malicious punishment of a child.
The grand jury indictment follows charges filed in July 2013 after a police investigation into the death of 4-year-old Eric Dean. The boy died after suffering “abdominal trauma,” on or about Feb. 28, 2013 that resulted in intestinal perforation, according to the complaint filed in court.
An indictment means that the grand jury believes there is enough evidence to charge Peltier on the two counts. According to the indictment, the maximum penalty for Count I, murder in the first degree while committing child abuse, is life; the maximum penalty for Count II, murder in the second degree while committing malicious punishment of a child, is between one year plus one day and 40 years.
Peltier pleaded not guilty to the charges on the indictment at a court hearing last Wednesday, it was stated.
 
School Settles ACLU Lawsuit PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by John R. Stone   
Friday, 29 November 2013 11:27
School, student settle on discipline lawsuit filed by the ACLU

Minnewaska Area Schools approved a settlement with a former student and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over treatment rendered by the district following an incident a couple of years ago.
The individual, identified only by the initials R.S., had challenged the district’s treatment and discipline following an incident in which some postings had been made on a social media site. The lawsuit was filed in 2012.
According to a news release issued by the ACLU and printed in part on March 12, 2012 in the Pope County Tribune, R.S., then a sixth-grader, made a posting on Facebook about dislike of a school staff member. The school learned about the incident and gave the student detention and ordered the student to write an apology. Later the release said that R.S. had received in-school suspension and was barred from a school field trip after she cursed on her Facebook page about someone notifying the school of the previous Facebook posting.
The ACLU also alleged that the district did not inform R.S.’s mother of the search of her daughter’s property and that the student’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure were violated.
Greg Ohl, MAS superintendent at the time, was quoted in the March 12 article as saying that the district “did not violate R.S.’s rights and disputes the one-sided version of events set forth in the complaint written by the ACLU.”           
“The district stands behind the decisions made by staff and the policies that exist to ensure school is a safe and welcoming place for all students and staff,” the district’s statement at the time continued. “Any viewing of R.S.’s Facebook account was done with the express consent of her parent.”
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HRA/EDA Sets Final Levy PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Friday, 29 November 2013 11:24
HRA/EDA sets final levy of $275,000

The Pope County HRA/EDA Board approved changing its final 2014 budget levy from $300,000 to $275,000 at its meeting on November 20.
After discussion the board felt they could lower the levy a bit. They said if they do a big push on the hotel project in Starbuck they don’t want to be short on money.
“If we get into bigger projects we will need some up front money,” HRA/EDA Executive Director Dick Dreher said.
Dreher said he was talking to three groups (two in Minneapolis and one in Alexandria) currently about interest in being the investment group for the hotel. Dreher said in the next couple months he will make a major push to find an investment group.
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