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REMINDER – Please join us on Saturday, September 17th at 1:00 for our annual meeting.
At 2:00, Archaeologist Mike Magner will share what he and his team discovered during last summer’s dig at the DNR Fish Hatchery in Glenwood.

2016 marks 150 years of Pope County. In celebration, the Museum Notes will feature items from all of the newspapers published in Pope County in 1916.


Carpenter Aron Fritz with three assistants is rushing the work on rebuilding Torben Belgum’s barn.

The Lowry School opened Tuesday with an enrollment of 86 pupils. More are expected to enter within a few weeks. Two new teachers this year are Mrs. Julia D. Solverud of Mankato who has charge of the primary room and Miss Clara McIver of Lowry instructor in the upper intermediate grades.

Melvin Sansness of New Prairie won several prizes at the state far on his Yorkshire hog in the boys class. He won first prize in the bacon class, the grand championship over all other hogs exhibited in the boys class, and the Canfield special prize of a $25 hog for the best Yorkshire hog. Mr. Sansness is president of the Wide Awake Boys and Girls club, an organization of about twenty young people in the western part of the county, whose object is to study intensive farming. The club is one of the leading contestants for a $4000 club house offered by a Chicago Publishing house to the club making the best record in various farm contests.

There will be a special train from Glenwood to Paynesville Sunday to accommodate those who want to attend the ball game at Paynesville between the Brooten White Sox and the Dutchmen Bloomers of St. Cloud for the championship of West Central Minnesota. The special leaves Glenwood at twelve o’clock noon and leaves Paynesville for the return trip at 6:30 in the evening.

FROM THE POPE COUNTY TIMES, Thursday, September 14, 1916

The twenty-ninth annual Pope County fair is rapidly approaching, for the event is scheduled to be held Friday and Saturday September 28th, 29th and 30th at the county fairgrounds in Glenwood. Those in charge of the arrangements have spared no efforts to make this year’s fair more attractive than in the past and the public is assured of first class attractions worth coming miles to see.

FROM THE CYRUS CITIZEN, Friday, September 15, 1916

Dr. Gibbon of Lowry was in Cyrus the first of the week testing eyes and fitting glasses.

FROM THE STARBUCK TIMES, Friday, September 15, 1916

The Starbuck Mill Elevator is in the hands of the remodeling crew. They are now busy building a 30 by 40 warehouse on the south side of the new elevator which will be used for storing flour and feed. The building has been greatly improved in appearance by a fresh coat of white paint and the sign “Starbuck Milling Co.” on the side towards the railroad. On the west end, the Strand Brothers will paint the sign “Mill Elevator” as soon as the weather permits.
Owing to the increased demand for Starbuck Flour, they have been unable to shut down for one day since the new company took possession. Since August 1, 1915, the mill has lost only three days and have been operating during the cooler months from 15 to 18 hours a day. In about a month the Starbuck Milling Co. plan upon having 24 hour service.


In less than three weeks from this date both the national campaigns will be in full swing, the national, very naturally overshadow that of the state. Just now it looks as if personalities were going to overshadow issues, especially in the national ballot contest. The papers are filled with insensate rot about the whiskers or lack of hirsute appendages on the candidates, the contour of their chins, the genuineness or falsity of their molars are lengthily discussed their smiles are carefully analyzed, how they can shake hands is a matter of grave importance, their manner of jumping on trains is illuminatingly portrayed, their wives’ hats and gowns are deemed worth of extensive comment and whether or not they travel with maids is heralded to a breathless and expectant public.

Things as inconsequential as the old fashioned game of “tit-tattoe,”fill the columns of space until we wonder if the high salaried reporters are writing up a national political campaign or chronicling the account of a meeting of an old ladies’ sewing circle.

Can’t the chumpitudinous thumps realize that the contest is not between candidates only in the indirect way that they represent different policies?

Whiskers, chins, smiles, teeth, hats, gowns and ladies maids are silly, extraneous issues created by baffleheads. Men of ordinary sense care no more about them than they do about the teething troubles of Micky O’Flynn’s baby. Such fol-de-rol is diaper politics fit only for the feeble minded.

Ever since the foundation of the government one of the dominant parties has always espoused one policy and the other another.

Why not drop some of the candidates and discuss policies? Why not eliminate the personalities and discus principles? Why not cut out the idiotic chatter and talk sense?

The people care mighty little how the candidates look or what their wives wear, but they are greatly interested in knowing what they stand for and what they propose to do.

Sauk Centre Herald.

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Glimpses From The Past



The Glenwood Lutheran church will have its corner stone laying ceremonies next Sunday. In the forenoon services will be held at the usual time at the Lakeside pavilion, where Rev. M. Thorson of River Falls, Wis., will speak Norwegian and Rev. H.P. Ausan will speak English. The choir will render several anthems and Mrs. A.M. Rovelstad will sing a solo. After the service, ample time for a picnic lunch will be given. People are requested to bring their lunch baskets. The Ladies Aid will furnish coffee free. At 3 o’clock a mass meeting will be held to discuss several things in connection with the building operations. At 4 o’clock the congregation will march in a body to the new church site. Rev. A.J. Lee, manager of the Glenwood Old Peoples Home will deliver a short introductory address, after which Rev. H.O. Koefod, who for many years served the congregation as its pastor will have charge of the corner stone laying ceremonies. He will be assisted by a number of ministers from the neighborhood. All are cordially invited to attend these services. H.P. Ausan

The Commercial Club will have its first meeting in the new quarters on the second floor of the City Hall next Tuesday evening. This is the regular meeting of the club and as many of the members as possible should be present.


Mr. Stothoff, for a few weeks past the partner of H.J. Metcalf of the Pope County Times, now succeeds him as sole editor and publisher of the paper. The deal was closed this week by which Mr. Metcalf relinquishes his interest in the paper. Rev. Geo. A. Hanna, former editor of the Paynesville Press is serving as reporter for the new editor.


A fire that threatened to wipe out the entire business part of the town started in the elevator owned by Carl N. Nelson at about 9 o’clock Friday evening. When discovered the fire had spread through the elevator and it spread quickly to the coal shed of the Starbuck Lumber Company and Larson Bros. Carpenter Shop. H.O. Jorgenson discovered the fire and gave the alarm. The fire department responded promptly and fought valiantly to control the blaze. Mayor Jorgenson took the precaution to summon the Glenwood fire department, who responded quickly bringing with them a supply of hose and assisting materially in checking the flames. The Cyrus boys also came with their chemicals and helped protect the town from the shower of flames that threatened to start fires everywhere. The Morris fire ladies were also ready to send help. The coal burned all day Saturday and when it was realized that the local water supply was inadequate, the Lowry fire department was called and arrived with additional equipment to help pump water from the river. The fire was finally extinguished Sunday afternoon. Practically the entire male population of the town took a hand in fighting the flames or in watching buildings and keeping the loss down to the lowest possible figures.

J.S. Skoglund has made arrangements with Paul Kleven to have the 11 acres of land on the shore of the lake known as Spring Grove surveyed. Plans for a summer resort are being made and he expects to erect several nice cottages. The fact that this place is on the main road and the railroad passes close by is of advantage and it is thought that arrangements can be made to have the trains stop at this place. Parties from Morris as well as Starbuck are interested and it is hoped that plans will materialize.

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Roundabout Rumors Are Not True.

Rumors about the roundabout in south Alexandria continue to swirl.
There's talk that it will have to be "torn out" and redone because it's "too small" for trucks to navigate.
We talked with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) leaders who are in charge of the project to get the straight scoop.
The bottom-line: The rumors are not true.
Let's start with the too-small-for-trucks claim.
Actually, the roundabout is one of the largest single-lane — if not the largest — on the MnDOT system, according to Jerimiah Moerke, public affairs spokesperson for MnDOT District 4.
"It was designed to handle the extra large loads that occasionally use Highway 29," Moerke said.
Moerke added that it's common practice for big semitrailers to "ride up" onto the concrete truck apron in the center.
"That's what it's designed for," he said. "Drivers hauling regular-sized loads who are familiar with roundabouts can navigate it without going into the center. As local drivers get more accustomed to it, they will feel more comfortable with it, too."
The rumor that the roundabout will have to be completely redone is also false.
"You will see a little bit of work this spring near the roundabout — basically any parts that look unfinished," Moerke said.
He explained that this is a small part of the project that still has temporary pavement in place.
"The contractor needs to remove and replace the pavement on the southbound side of the roundabout," Moerke said. "They just ran out of time last year.
"If you look closely, the transition between the concrete and pavement isn't what it should be," Moeke added. "In addition, the center island needs to be completed and landscaped, and we may make some additional adjustments to the signs."
Questions about the roundabout were expected and MnDOT appreciates the feedback from the public, Moerke said.
"Roundabouts are a relatively new traffic control feature in Minnesota," he said. "When we hear the occasional complaint or concern about them, we do look into the issue seriously and make adjustments, if feasible, and take the issue into consideration in future roundabout designs."

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Notes From The Capital

Monday, April 4, 2016

paul anderson 150An interesting hearing was held last week in the Property Tax Division of the Tax Committee dealing with a long-standing exemption that affects many towns and cities throughout Minnesota. It has to do with fertilizer and chemical containment facilities built at local co-ops and other farm supply businesses. Because of concerns about spills into the environment, the EPA along with the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture, has long required that concrete berms and other related facilities be constructed so any potential spills could be contained. The Legislature, in the middle 1990’s, passed legislation that such additions to fertilizer and chemical storage facilities should be exempted from property tax.

Fast forward to today, and a couple of problems have arisen with the exemption. First, it hasn’t been granted uniformly across the state. Some county assessors have been allowing the exemption, while others have not. And secondly, and this is where the situation gets complicated, today everything involved with agriculture has gotten bigger and more expensive. Buildings constructed in recent years containing fertilizer and other farm-related chemicals are huge compared to those built 20 or 30 years ago. And, in an effort to have this exemption carried out uniformly, the Dept. of Revenue recently issued guidance spelling out what exactly was included. They ruled that the roof should be included, along with the walls of a building that held fertilizer or chemicals. So, instead of a tax exemption for a cement floor and berms around liquid chemical tanks, for example, this ruling said that basically the entire structure was part of the containment system.

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Annual Easter Egg Hunts in County

Spring tradition continues with annual Easter egg hunts

Kids and parents made their way to local Easter egg hunts at Barsness Park and Glacial Lakes State Park on Saturday. The Easter Bunny visited both events to take photos and help collect eggs. Glacial Lakes State Park Area Naturalist Ben Eckhoff was on hand to teach about different animals and other park-related topics. Other activities at the park included a scavenger hunt, face painting, and meet the Easter Bunny. For More pictures go to  http://www.glaciallakesstateparkfriends.com/photos_2016-egg-hunt.htm

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Pope County Man Arrested On Drug Charges

A 35-year-old Starbuck man was arrested March 20 on drug charges.

James Oneil of Starbuck was arrested for 5th degree possession of a controlled substance, a felony charge, on Sunday, March 20, 2016.
The Starbuck Police Department, with the assistance of the Pope County Sheriff’s Office and West Central Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at 306 East 4th Street in Starbuck. During their search, officers discovered numerous items related to drug activity, including over 40 grams of marijuana and methamphetamine. Several other drug-related pipes and paraphernalia items were located throughout the house, according to the report.
Oneil was transported to the Douglas County Jail to be held for court.

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Doug Toivonen Takes Team to State

From Starbuck Times - Wednesday, March 16th

It’s been a good year for Doug Toivonen, a 1985 graduate of Starbuck High School. Last summer Toivonen, a three-sport star for the Bucks, was inducted into the Minnewaska Laker Athletic Hall of Fame. Concordia University in Moorhead had Previously inducted Toivonen into their Athletic Hall of Fame. Red Wing has been Toivonen’s home since the late 1980s, and beginning with the 1989-1990 school year, he’s worked in the Red Wing School District. The Wingers went to the state tournament in basketball for six straight years, from 1999-2004, with Toivonen on the bench as an assistant coach. In his 12-year tenure as head coach, the Wingers hadn’t made it back to the state tournament until this year.  Red Wing fi nished the regular season ranked #2 in state AAA polls. The Wingers had been to the Section 1AAA championship game four straight years until finally breaking through this year.  One of the reasons this year’s appearance at the state tournament is especially important to Red Wing and its fans isn’t that it’s been 12 years since their last trip to state. It will be the fi rst, and last, trip with Toivonen as head coach. Doug will be stepping down as head coach after this season.  There was no offi cial announcement about the retirement. It wasn’t a big secret, but it wasn’t widely known, either. Red Wing has been on a roll in recent years, racking up a 68-18  record over the fi nal three seasons. This year the Wingers rolled through the Section 1AAA playoffs, winning the three games they played by margins of 30, 26 and 16 points. Toivonen stressed the importance of winning the fi rst game of the state tournament. A loss in the fi rst game would send them back home quickly. A win would guarantee two more games, either a championship game or a third-place game.  Red Wing won that fi rst game, defeating Simley by a 73-51 score.  Travis Toivonen, a senior and Doug’s son, scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win.  Red Wing hadn’t won a state championship since 1933, and this year wouldn’t change that. The Wingers lost to Fergus Falls in the semifi nals by a 58-55 margin.  Fergus Falls built a 37-29 halftime lead, but the Wingers closed the gap in the fi nal minutes. Red Wing missed a number of close shots over the closing minutes but still had a chance with their last possession. The Wingers hit a 3-point shot that would have tied the game had it not come just a fraction of a second after the final horn sounded to end the game.   The Wingers played Monticello in the third-place game on Saturday afternoon. Red Wing won that game, 75-59, to take third place in Class AAA. The win allowed Toivonen and the Wingers to end the season with a win, which rarely happens.  Toivonen’s humility was refreshing in an age of self-promotion and overinfl ated egos. When asked about the why there was so little attention given to his fi nal year of coaching and stepping down from the job, Toivonen replied, “I don’t need to make a big announcement. I’m a high school basketball coach.” Red Wing closed one of their most successful basketball seasons ever with a 28-3 record to go along with their third-place fi nish at state.  Congratulations to Doug Toivonen on a successful season, a successful career and best wishes on future endeavors

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