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Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:17
Notes from State Representative Paul Anderson

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014


A series of meeting to draw attention to Minnesota’s transportation needs is being held around the state.  One such gathering was held in Willmar last week and was attended mainly by local highway officials and contractors, along with several legislators and candidates.  The district engineer for MnDOT spoke to the group about needs in the area, and other speakers discussed topics ranging from completion of the Highway 23 project to county roads and public transit.

It’s expected that increasing state funding for transportation will be a major focus of next year’s legislative session.  Last raised in 2008, Minnesota’s gas tax currently stands at 28.5 cents per gallon and will be the focus of attention for raising additional revenue.  Another method mentioned at the meeting was a dedicated sales tax on the price of motor fuel to be implemented at the wholesale level.  For example, a  5 percent tax on the wholesale price of gasoline which was, for example $3 per gallon, would raise an additional 15 cents.  That cost would eventually get passed on to consumers as retailers could not be expected to absorb an increase that large.  This method of raising revenue would also make the tax subject to inflation as it would increase as the price of fuel went up.

There are many details to consider before the gas tax is raised or before any new gross receipts sales tax would be signed into law. They include how the formula would split any new revenue between the metro area and out-state, along with the split between funding for transit (which includes light rail and buses) and actual road projects.

Expect this to be one of the first major topics to be considered when the Legislature convenes again in January.

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With the beautiful fall weather experienced last week, crop maturity advanced greatly and fall harvest is underway.  Chopping corn for silage was occurring in many locations as choppers made their way through fields either pulling boxes or loading semi-trucks following alongside.  It’s still wet in some areas as I noticed tractors stationed in some fields ready to hook on to trucks and pull them through the low spots.  Driving to Elrosa for a church dinner one evening, we noticed tractors on top of a huge silage pile, working with lights on, driving back and forth packing down the silage.

Soybean harvest is also underway as the above-normal temps last week quickly dried down the plants.  Fields that only days earlier were turning color from green to light brown were now dropping leaves as a signal that they were ripe.  I took out my first field over the weekend and it was about as expected.  The low spots were good but the beans on the hills and clay knobs showed signs of the mid-summer dry spell and were short.  I visited with one farmer near Sauk Centre who reported hail hitting his crops twice this summer.  That’s never a good thing, although he thought the corn suffered less damage than his beans.

Be careful on the roads as farmers are busy gathering in the fall harvest.  Equipment is large and slow moving so give them plenty of space when either meeting or passing.
 
Glimses From The Past PDF Print E-mail
Things To Do - Museum and Historical Sites
Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 07:12
From the Glenwood Herald September 10, 1914

Contest On for Queen of Pope County Fair
Votes for County Queen given with purchase of County fair tickets and payment of newspaper subscriptions. The contestants: Elsie Fjelstad, Glenwood; Laura Forde, Starbuck; Emma Larson, Glenwood; Mabel Johnson, Cyrus; Ida Ogdahl, Glenwood; and Edith Shear, Villard. The young ladies named above are contestants for Queen of the Pope County Fair to be held in Glenwood September 24, 25 and 26. The winner in this contest will be crowned with appropriate ceremonies on the last day of the fair at 4 o’clock. She will also receive a diamond ring and a free trip to the Corn and Alfalfa exposition at Benson, where she will be the official candidate of Pope County for Queen of the exposition. The second prize winner at the county fair will receive a gold watch and the third a silk umbrella.
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Compelled Ministries Bike Ride PDF Print E-mail
Events-Area - Cycling Events
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Friday, 29 August 2014 08:51
Motorcycle Ride for Compelled Ministries Set for September 14

Once again motorcyclists from the area will gather at the Starbuck Community Center, commencing a Sunday afternoon ride to Inspiration Peak as a fundraiser for Compelled Ministries.  Compelled Ministries is the non-profit started by Dr. Babitha and Aby Kallimel, formerly of Glenwood.  The ministry, known in India as “India Evangelical Team”, or “IET” is in need of 88 heavy-duty bicycles for native missionaries who otherwise walk from village to another, some as far apart as 50 km (about 30 miles). One IET missionary named Dhri remarked that a bicycle allows him to serve more villages and still be able to return to his family in the evening.  Each bicycle costs $60, so the fundraising goal is $5,280.  100% of contributions will be passed on to Compelled/IET.

All motorcyclists from the area are welcome to join in the ride. Registration will begin at 12:30, with the riders heading out at 1:00.  This is a free-will donation ride; donations are tax-deductible and receipts available. There will be a refreshment break at Inspiration Peak, with pop/water provided.  A post-ride celebration picnic will be held at the Shalom Ministry Center, 111 E. 5th Street, at 4:00 (food/beverages provided by Shalom).

Non-motorcyclists are also welcome to join in the celebration! Bring or mail your donation to Shalom Community Lutheran Church (PO Box 418, Starbuck), come cheer the riders as they leave and return, and join us for the picnic.  For more information call Shalom Community Lutheran Church, 239-3418.
 
2014 Starbuck City Council Candidates PDF Print E-mail
News - Elections
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:24

Several candidates sign up for Starbuck Mayor's position

It was reported today that Starbuck citizens will have several choices for the next Starbuck Mayor. The following citizens have signed up for the Mayor's office:  Lyle Katzenmeyer, Dori Ann and Gary Swenson.

There were two Council seats opened with the terms of Renae Spore and Mike Moen expiring. Ted Resink has signed up for one of those positions and Cary Jensen has signed up for other position.

Steve Gorder has signed up to fill out Jamie Logan's term which Jamie resigned from in 2013.  Steve was appointed to fill in for Jamie until this year's election.

According to the city ordinances the mayor's term is two year long and the council person would server for four years.

 

 

 
Glimses From The Past PDF Print E-mail
Things To Do - Pope County Historical Museum
Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 07:24

From the Glenwood Herald August 13, 1914

The Langhei Auto Club consisting of ten cars and about 50 people made a trip thru Starbuck, Glenwood and Forada to Alexandria last Sunday and spent the afternoon on one of the nearby lakes.  Those from Rolling Forks were R.B. Davidson and C.L. Lund in their Overland cars, Oscar Carlson, Reo, Thor Nelson, Maxwell, Alfred Pederson, Gilbert Berge and CM. Pederson from Langhei, Fords and M.M. Pederson from Benson, Maxwell.  The trip was an enjoyable one.

Mr. C. Martin of Sedan is putting in a cement walk to the school house.

Frank Carlson, Grove Lake, is visiting relatives in Sweden.  He will not be able to return home as soon as he expected on account of the war in Europe.

Mr. Perry has traded his farm in the northern part of the state for an automobile.

Louis Hafstad has sold his blacksmith shop to Haakon Holmen who recently returned from an extended visit with relatives and friends in Norway.  Mr. Holmen took possession of the business Tuesday.  Mr. Hafstad has been at work in this shop the past twenty years or more and feels that he is entitled to a vacation.  We hope that his successor will meet with the same measure of success as it has been Mr. Hafstad’s good fortune to enjoy.

A stranger who had imbibed too freely of the amber juice was locked up last evening by Marshall Bogie as the result of a gratuitous assault on W.C. Fleming.  Mr. Fleming, A.C. Turner and J.T. Hanrahan were sitting in front of Edwards & Swenson’s restaurant when the stranger in question came upon the scene and in very abusive language condemned the local hotels.  While talking he pulled Mr. Fleming’s hat down over his face two or three times.  Mr. Fleming asked him to desist, whereupon the stranger hauled off and hit him over the eye.  The stranger made an effort to get away, but was caught before he reached the Lakeside Hotel and was immediately taken to the city lockup.

A. McGuire, the stranger who assaulted W.C. Fleming last evening was tried before Justice Wood this morning and sentenced to pay a fine of twelve dollars.  He was ordered to leave town immediately and complied with the demand.

Lightning struck down in the tower of the Indherred church Sunday morning.  Mrs. Knutsvick saw the flames and notified the people in the neighborhood.  John Nelson was threshing at Knudtsvik and three of his crew stayed there over Sunday.  They ran over to the church and with help from Iver Aal the fire was put out before other members of the congregation got there.  The Starbuck Fire Department responded to calls for help.  In an incredibly short time there was a large number of people gathered at the church.  This is the second time the church has been struck by lightning.  Fortunately it has been saved both times.  The Young Peoples society at its meeting at Anton Arneson’s appropriated a sum of money to be donated to the parties who saved the church on this occasion as an appreciation of their services.

 
County Primary Elections PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 06:51
Political Party Primary Elections August 12th

Turn out and vote for your political party favorite
 
2nd Annual Car Show Draws Crowd In Starbuck PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:46
Second Annual Minnewaska Car Show draws a crowd in Starbuck

The Second Annual Minnewaska Classic Car Show was held Saturday, August 2 in the Starbuck City Park.
There were approximately 75 cars that cruised into the park to enjoy the show. Prizes and plaques were presented during the show. Eight top choice awards were given out by participant voters and one “Best in Show!”
Top Eight winners were as follows (in no particular order):
Gary Peterson of Buffalo, 1955 Chevy.
Don Schwanke of Benson, 1967 GTO.
Terry and Deb Randt of Kensington, 1963 Chevy Impala SS.
Anita Landmark of Benson, 1954 Chevy Belair.
Brian Thompson of Glenwood, 1966 Chevy Caprice.
Mike Carlson of Granite Falls, 1970 Ford Maverick.
Robert Johnson of Alexandria, 1930 Model A Coupe.
Bill Sievert of Inver Grove Heights, 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner.
The “Best In Show” went to Gary and Beth VanKempen of Brooklyn Park and their 1947 Buick Super Convertible.
A special thank you to our local sponsors, the staff who worked hard the put the show together and the spectators. Our success goes out to them!
See you next year August 1 at the park.
Thanks again for attending.
Jef Fredine and Dave Gunderson

 
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