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Monday, June 15, 2015

Although it had some anxious moments, the special session of the legislature came to an end early this past Saturday morning, and after the governor signed the bills, Minnesota’s upcoming two-year budget is finally complete.  Our make-shift chamber in a State Office Building committee room made for some tight quarters, with House members, staff, media, and visitors all cramped together, but things went relatively smoothly and the necessary business got done.  In all, six bills were passed, including the massive K-12 education bill that spends $17 billion over the next two years.

The main change in that bill from the one vetoed earlier by Gov. Dayton is the addition of $125 million in new funding.  The basic funding formula was raised by another one-half percent, which accounts for about half of the increase.  Schools will now receive increases in that formula of two percent in each year of the biennium.  Pre-school education was also addressed, although not in the fashion proposed by the governor.  He had made pre-K or four-year old school programs one of his top priorities.  However, that was dropped in favor of early learning scholarships and an increase in a program known as “school readiness.”  Head Start also received more funding, as did Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE).

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Glimses From The Past

From the Glenwood Herald June 17, 1915

Rev. H. Soltau on account of his poor health has resigned as pastor of the Glenwood Methodist Church and will for the next year follow farming on his forty acre farm near Barnum, Minn.  Rev Soltau preached his farewell sermon a week ago last Sunday.  In the 18 months of his pastorate the church has prospered and Mr. and Mrs. Soltau have made a host of friends that regret to see them leave Glenwood and hope that he will have a speedy recovery of his health.  Rev. Geo. A. Hanna, who for the past four years has been engaged in the newspaper business in Paynesville and Annandale, Minn., has been appointed to fill out the conference year.  Rev. Hanna has had eleven years’ experience in the pastorate in the southern part of the state.

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Relay for Life Teams Walk Again

Local teams to rally against cancer at Relay for Life

696Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 15th Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Pope County gets underway with teams gathering at Glenwood City Park on June 12 at 6 p.m.
With this year’s event, area Relay for Life teams will have participated for 15 years in Relay for Life to honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost to cancer.

Relay brings together people from all walks of life, all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease. Relay for Life’s luminary ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease.
Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaries bearing the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaries may be purchased for $10 by calling 320-634-5111 or by visiting RelayforLife.org.

Funds raised through Relay for Life of Pope County help the American Cancer Society impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community.
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Beckius Sprints At State

 Beckius Sprints At State
 
MariahJune 5-6 State Track meet at Hamline
Minnewaska sophomore Mariah Beckius qualified for the finals in the 200m dash on Saturday.
Mariah took seventh in the finals and is looking forward to earning a return trip next spring. Congratulations, Mariah!  
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County To Get Quotes For Museum Repairs

County to get quotes for museum roof replacement


The Pope County Board of Commissioners approved authorization for Contegrity Group to seek quotes for roof replacement for the Pope County Museum on Tuesday.
The board’s Facilities Committee met with representatives of the Pope County Museum and developed a plan to replace the leaking roof of the building. Larry Filippi of Contegrity, the committee and Merlin Peterson of the museum met. The plan is to replace the weather-tight cap on the skylight and make some repairs to the front entrance which are associated with the roof. Filippi said he was confident the project could be accomplished for less than $100,000. Contegrity will seek quotes for the project.
Quotes will be presented to the board for action at its June 16 meeting.
If the quotes exceed $100,000 the scope of the project will need to be changed or the board will have to call for formal bids, according to Pope County Coordinator Jim Thoreen.
“Our goal is to get a roof on there and keep it dry,” Thoreen said.
The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of July.

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Peters Resort Celebrates 100 Years

Peters Resort celebrates 100 years

There is a place in Glenwood where history lives—where a rich past daily mingles with the present. Peters Sunset Beach Resort, set on the sandy shore of Lake Minnewaska, officially hit the 100-year mark on June 1. And in a state known for its lake resorts and recreation, Peters stands apart as one of only two resorts in Minnesota that have been owned and run by the same family for more than 100 years.

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Dave's Place Last Summer

The last summer for Dave’s Place

Dave the Coffee GuyAfter almost 20 years of jamming to ’50s music while enjoying a chicken salad wrap, coffee and tea drinkers will have to get in their last jam this summer; Dave Nichtern is retiring.
“I’m getting older, and since I’ve had health problems, it’s hard to keep the place going,” commented Dave. While it will be sad to see the jukebox go, he has created memories that many people have been able to share.
Before opening up the coffee shop Dave owned Mini Waska 76, a gas station and convenience store, in ’78 located where Cenex is currently. Although Dave had hoped to have a ’50s/’60s theme for the convenience store, there wasn’t enough room for his collection at the time so he put in “Old West” items instead. It was 20 years before Dave found a place to share his ’50s/’60s collection. After renovating the building that became Dave’s Place: The Doo Wop Coffee Shop in ’98, Dave settled in and business has been jiving ever since.
In addition to showcasing items and records collected over the years, Dave also started adding signed posters and photos of himself and his wife with famous ’50s and ’60s singers. Some memorable highlights have been the Bobby Vee visits – concerts he has performed and when he made personal visits – and when Jason Davis filmed at Dave’s Place for his On the Road tour. Other celebrities who have visited The Doo Wop Coffee Shop include Pam Tillis, Michael Johnson, Lorie Line, Paul Flatley – who played for the Vikings in the mid ’60s – and many more. Dave also remembers a time when car clubs would stop by, sometimes up to 26 cars.
While it’s for the best, Dave said he will miss the coffee shop.
“I love being out talking with people and sharing stories about the different items,” Dave mentioned. Since he’ll be taking his vast collection with him, Dave might find a shed to house the collection and room for friends to visit and chat over coffee. “It would be fun to have friends over and talk about the good old days,” added Dave.
So make sure to stop by, have some coffee and a wrap, and ask Dave about the stories connected with the various items and photos in The Doo Wop Coffee shop this summer; you’ll have a swingin’ time.

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