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Laker Foundation Inducts Norris Stenson PDF Print E-mail
Community - Minnewaska Laker Foundation
Written by Mark Beasley - Sports Editor   
Monday, 23 June 2014 08:02

Minnewaska Laker Foundation Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Norris Stenson

In 1954 young men graduating from Starbuck High School had the opportunity to participate in football, basketball and baseball.  Starbuck had not yet joined a conference for athletic competition. There was no playoff system in place for football, while the tournament structure for basketball and baseball was limited to a single classification.
Region Six combatants included a number of schools that are now in Class AAA or AAAA. To win even a district championship was a significant accomplishment for a school the size of Starbuck. It was something that hadn’t been done since Frank Noyes led the 1932 basketball team to a district crown.
Norris Stenson earned varsity letters in all three sports, but he clearly stood out on the basketball court. He played regularly as a freshman for Coach William Saari and was the team’s top scorer for the next three seasons as they improved their win total from 15 to 16 to 22. He scored over 400 points as a sophomore (18 points per game) and recorded a personal best 31 points in a game. If anything, Saari had to encourage his scoring ace to take more shots and Stenson learned to pick up on the coach’s non-verbal cues in certain situations.
Stenson averaged over 15 points per game as a junior and senior but there were others also making significant contributions to the team’s success. The 1953 and 1954 teams were the first Starbuck teams to average more than 60 points per game for the season. Norm Opheim, Robert Billehus and Larry Hagen were classmates of Stenson that had all played at least some varsity minutes together as far back as ninth grade.
The 1954 Bucks lost just twice in the regular season. Those setbacks were to Glenwood and Ivanhoe. Key wins were recorded over Benson, Glenwood, Morris and Sauk Centre. There was nothing easy about the march through District 21 as Starbuck won three games by a total of eight points. The first win was 50-45 versus Benson, the next in overtime against Morris, and the final was a 53-52 thriller with Wheaton.
As previously mentioned, there was just a single class of basketball in 1954, and the region competition featured Alexandria, Detroit Lakes and Brainerd. In the opening round Stenson scored 22 points but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome Brainerd. The final score was 67-49. Brainerd continued winning – all the way to the state championship. Starbuck brought their season record to 22-3 with a win in the third-place game by a 44-38 score over Detroit Lakes.
At the conclusion of his senior season, Norris Stenson was among the all-time scoring leaders in Minnesota history.  The following list is courtesy of Minnesota Basketball News.  They are the keeper of the list of 1,000 point-scorers.
1,731 Roger Lueck, ’54, Welcome
WASP, Inc. Celebrates 35 Years Of Growth PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Monday, 23 June 2014 08:00
WASP, Inc. celebrates 35 years of growth
In 1979, Wasp, Inc. officially put down roots as part of the Glenwood community. It began by manufacturing ground support equipment for the aircraft industry. Today, the company has grown to be a major local employer and serves three primary markets: aircraft ground support equipment, package conveyor systems and trailers for the United States military.
Starbuck's Beach House Painted PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Monday, 23 June 2014 07:59

Paint helps make Beach House Snack Shack “Minnesota Beautiful”

It’s amazing what a gallon of paint can do to spruce up a room. Now imagine what 569 gallons can do for a region. That’s how much paint Minnesota-based Valspar Corporation is giving this year to west central Minnesota as part of its Minnesota Beautiful program.  West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls, administers the program regionally.
In Starbuck, 23 gallons of paint were awarded to the City of Starbuck and Starbuck Study Club as part of a renovation of the Beach House snack shack at the Starbuck Beach.
“Every year the Starbuck Study Club (GFWC) chooses a community improvement project. Because there is renewed interest in making Starbuck’s award-winning beach on Lake Minnewaska the best it can be, we decided to update the existing Beach House so that it can once again be used as a ‘snack shack.’ We were thrilled to receive the Valspar/WCI grant, which will provide all the paint needed for our project. We also received helpful information and advice about types and application of paint from the Valspar representative,” said Nancy Bakewell, a member of the Starbuck Study Club.
Friendly Garden Club visits Emmert garden PDF Print E-mail
Community - Friendly Garden Club - Starbuck
Written by Contributed Article   
Monday, 23 June 2014 07:50

Friendly Garden Club visits  Emmert garden

The Friendly Garden Club toured Teresa Emmert’s (about eight miles south of Starbuck) garden on June 10. Her gardens included a colorful sun lit garden with gazing balls and yellow and orange benches.
Under shade trees, her fairy garden was filled with shade loving plants and sculptures. Vegetables, grapes, strawberries and perennials grew in her backyard.
The tour included a visit to the robotic cow milking facility. The cows entered the mechanical milkers and produced more than 10 gallons of milk three times daily. The guests were amazed and appreciative of the beauty of the garden and the technology of the dairy industry.
Notes From The Capital PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Monday, 23 June 2014 07:43

June 23, 2014

The excess moisture and flooding situation grew worse this past week as more heavy rain hit parts of Minnesota.  Areas around Mankato and other parts of southern Minnesota were especially hard hit, with rainfall amounts in double figures for the weekend alone.  This has developed into a major disaster, and government agencies have sprung into action dealing with the situation.  The state must reach a threshold of $7.3 million in damage to public infrastructure in order to qualify for federal disaster status.  It appears that may happen and if it does, the federal government would pay for up to 75 percent of repair costs to those affected structures.

The Legislature last year approved a new disaster plan for the state with $3 million being set aside for payments without needing a special session to appropriate those funds.  However, it appears the scope of this disaster may be such that a special session will be required anyway.  The governor said over the weekend that he may call us back to deal with the situation.

Individual counties will also total up their damages to uninsured public structures, and if they reach certain amounts, they would be declared disaster counties.  The formula uses population figures and multiplies that by a set dollar amount, in this case, $3.50, to come up with individual county thresholds.  For Stearns County, whose 2010 census figure was just over 150,000, the threshold is just over $527,000.  The figure for Pope County with its population of just under 11,000 is $38,000.  And for Douglas County and its 36,000 residents, the amount is just over $126,000.  Under the new state disaster legislation, if damage in a county amounts to one-half of those set figures, they would become eligible for disaster aid.

The Department of Commerce has activated its Consumer Response Teams to help residents understand their rights and make informed decisions.  They can also assist in dealing with insurance companies to settle claims.  The phone number to get in touch with these teams is 1-800-657-3602.

The DNR has information on state park closings on its website, and MnDOT has the latest road closings  on its site.  In addition, the State Emergency Operations Center has been activated, and they have updated information on Homeland Security and Emergency Management along with other state agencies.

Ever since this wet spell began, I have said some of the largest losses are to agriculture in the form of eroded top soil and lost crop production.  If individual counties are declared disaster areas, farmers in those and adjacent counties will be eligible for federal aid in the form of emergency loans.  Losses must exceed 30 percent in crops or livestock.  Rural Finance Authority disaster loans are also a possibility that can be utilized for losses not covered by insurance such as feed stocks being washed away.  One farmer mentioned that his manure pit has filled with rainwater and the cost to pump it out amounts to several thousand dollars.

Forecasts are calling for chances of rain nearly every day this week and this wet cycle not ending until sometime around the 4th of July. If I can be of assistance to anyone with questions or problems dealing with the excess water situation, contact my office in St. Paul at 651-296-4317 or my home phone at 320-239-2726.
Glimses From The Past PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 07:55
From the Glenwood Herald June 18, 1914

Hans Evenson of Barsness was a Glenwood visitor yesterday and today.  He showed us a real gold nugget which his daughter had picked up near her home.  While Mr. Evenson is not overly sanguine about the find he thought it might indicate the presence of the precious metal in larger quantities.  An investigation will undoubtedly be made and we trust that fond hopes may be realized.

The Spicer baseball team comes to Glenwood for a game Sunday afternoon.  Spicer has played several fast teams this spring and has an unbroken record of victories.  We shall have a good, fast game.  Our peppery second baseman will pull off some stunts that will make the visitors sit up and take notice.  Other members of the team will do their share.   We have a hunch that Glenwood will win.  At any rate see the game.

Emil Christianson has accepted a position with the Owens Spring Water Co. and will again make Glenwood his home.  His friends are glad to have him here again.

One of the largest gatherings of people assembled in Glenwood for a long time attended the Yankee Robinson [circus] shows Monday.  Many of those present expressed themselves as well pleased with the performances.  The trained dogs and sea lions were especially satisfactory and seemed to please the large audience.  The Japanese acrobats were also very good and performed some clever stunts.   The attendance was estimated at about 3000.

Henry Ness and Cornie Wollan left Tuesday for Fairmont where they are attending the annual tournament of the state firemen’s association as delegates from the Glenwood Fire Department.

A park board was recently appointed by the Civic Commission.  It consists of ten members all of whom serve without remuneration. This board is given control of streets, boulevards, public parks and lakeshore and is authorized to supervise the setting out of trees in public places and in general to lead the movement for a more beautiful Glenwood.

L.P. Lofstedt has bought the shoe repair business of O.B. Olson and has taken possession.  Mr. Lofstedt is a first class workman in this trade and his many friends will do well to give him a call in his new business.

Corn cultivation is at present the important work in the fields.
Fishing Report - 06-05 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Moen - Cedar Inn & Bait   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 06:50

Fishing Report

from Cedar Bait and Tackle

for June 5th 2014

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