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Andreas Returns To Roy Hobbs League World Series

Starbuck's Own Returns To Roy Hobbs League World Series

The team, the Minnesota Web Gems, was made up of Michael Andreas (Starbuck), Michael Adelman (Graceville), Bill Aho (Cokato), Michael Jeseritz (Litchfield), Roger Jeseritz (Kerkhoven), Jay Magnuson (Willmar), Scott Marquardt (Litchfield), Darrin Ogdahl (Spicer), Herman Solomon Jr. (Willmar), Nathan Winter (St. Joseph) Jason Fisher (Cottonwood), Mike Nagel (Olivia) and Jeff Asche (Raymond).

The Web Gems again played in the Veterans Division, made up of men 35 and over. The Web Gems played seven games, winning three, and losing four, one being a playoff game.

The Web Gems were lucky enough to play three stadium games this year. The games were played at historic Terry Park, the Boston Red Sox Jet Blue Stadium, as well as the Minnesota Twins Hammond Stadium, the site where the Twins play their spring training games.
Photo by Erika Andreas

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Pope County Hwy 41 Junction Completed

Pope County Hwy 41 Junction Completed
Pope County in conjunction with MnDOT has completed the dangereous departure from hwy 29 to Pope County hwy 41 that leads to the State Park.  The dangereous curve that made many a motorist nervous going to Glacial Lakes State Park has been cut off and MnDOT has placed a by pass lane and a turning lane to the park for traffic heading south on Hwy 29.  Please note pictures below.  Click Photo to enlarge.
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View driving South on Hwy 29 from Starbuck View coming from the Park on Hwy 41


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Glimpses From The Past

From the Glenwood Herald November 4, 1915

Mitmeon case set for Monday. Preliminary hearing on murder charge postponed for a week.

The preliminary hearing in the Mitmeon murder case, the last day for paying real estate taxes and Thacker Brother’s big sale last Saturday combined to attract one of the largest crowds of people brought together in our city for several years.

The hearing in the murder case was postponed till Monday, November 8, in so far as charges against John Jacobson and George Nelson were concerned.

The case against Martin Mortenson was dismissed upon motion by the county attorney.

A large number of people especially from Nora and Ben Wade had come to attend the hearing and were naturally disappointed to learn that it would not take place on schedule time. A large number of these however will return Monday to be present when the preliminary hearing is held.

GLENWOOD IN REEL MOVIES. Motion picture film of Glenwood will be shown at the Opera House.

You will have an opportunity to see familiar scenes and familiar faces of our home town in motion pictures at the Opera House next Monday and Tuesday evening.  The film was taken during county fair week by one of the leading concerns in the country. The expenses in connection with the taking of the pictures was paid by the business men.  These pictures will be shown for the first time next Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Opera House. The Glenwood film will be shown in addition to the regular show of each evening. Seven reels will be shown at each entertainment. On Tuesday evening Ella Hall will present another big six reel Broadway feature. Admission prices for each show will only be five and ten cents. You don’t want to miss this opportunity of seeing yourself and your neighbors on the screen, and at the same time of seeing some of the best pictures ever shown in Glenwood.

Starbuck Times November 4, 1915.

Martin Scheflo caused the arrest of Jacob Hagen yesterday for criminal slander. Mr. Scheflo alleges that Hagen charged him with stealing a boat belonging to P.C. Heegard of which he had the use and possession. The trial was set for next Monday. It will take place in the council rooms at the power house.

Mr. Seeger has narrow escape. Team runs away and plunges over embankment at the Soo Underground Crossing.
Charles Seeger was injured and narrowly escaped death in an accident at the Soo Monday. He was loading coal at the yards and had his wagon about filled when the team became frightened at a passing train and started to run. He attempted to stop them, and in doing so, was run over and three ribs were broken. The team dashed on over the embankment and horses, wagon and coal fell in a heap in the viaduct 20 feet below. One of the horses was killed. If the accident had happened three minutes later someone would surely have been killed for in less time than that an automobile rounded the curve into the viaduct. The recent grading done at the underground crossing has left three, twenty foot embankments just east of the track which are exceedingly dangerous and are still unprotected. The old road leads to the very brink of the cut on the north. Just a few nights ago an automobile party unfamiliar with the way took that road by mistake. The brakes applied at the instant saved them from the same tumble which the team took Monday.

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Hanson And Thorfinnson Make State Tennis Birth

Hanson and Thorfinnson make state

The Minnewaska duo of senior Makenna Hanson and junior Joelle Thorfinnson won the Section 6A doubles title for the second straight year on Tuesday at Fitness Evolution in St. Cloud.

Hanson and Thorfinnson cruised past MACCRAY seniors Alicia Ervin and Anne Sandry 6-1 6-0 in the championship match.

In the semifinals, Hanson and Thorfinnson beat Benson’s doubles duo of senior Kelsey Rajewsky and junior Katie Samuelson in straight sets.

Thorfinnson played most of the year at #1 singles while Hanson most often was paired with Annika Pederson at #1 doubles. The two paired their talents for another trip to the state tournament.

MACCRAY senior Amber Wieberdink defeated Minnewaska eighth-grader Danielle Thorfinnson 6-2 6-2 in the third-place match.

The Lakers play Crookston in the opening round of the state tournament in team play. Hanson and Thorfinnson will play their opening match of the state tournament on Thursday against a doubles team from Lake City.  
Photos by Mark Beasley

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Dorrich Dairy First Area Farm To Be Water Quality Certified

Dorrich Dairy is first area farm  to be ‘water quality certified’

Dorrich Dairy, a local dairy and family farm operated by the Vold family south of Glenwood was honored last Friday as the first in Pope County to become a “Minnesota Agriculture Water Quality Certified Farm.”

Not only was the farm the first in Pope County, but the first farm outside of the pilot watersheds where the program was first started, it was stated by Grant Pearson, certification specialist for the program.  

Now, according to Holly Kovarik, manager of the Pope County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), the Water Quality Certification program is being rolled out statewide, and it is hoped that more area agricultural producers will seek the certification that the Vold family received at their Dorrich Dairy operation.

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Local 1st Grader Meets The President

Glacial Hills Elementary first-grader meets President Obama

Glacial Hills Elementary School first grader Elizabeth Germundson and her mom, Rebecca Fredericks, got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet President Barack Obama on Monday, Sept. 14 at a meet-and-greet in Iowa. Germundson and her friends screamed with excitement as the president got off the plane. The president stopped and asked Germundson where her teeth were when he shook her hand at the event.  Germundson simply replied, “I lost them.”

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Earl Stottler Honored by National Wrestling Hall o f Fame

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame (NWHOF) will honor Earl Stottler with the Medal of Courage Award, Mn Chapter, at a banquet to be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Country Inn and Suites in Benson, MN.  Social hour begins at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and presentation/program following.

Earl began his wrestling career as a Freshman at Benson High School, and went on to become a state champion for Princeton High School in 1958. He became Moorhead State’s first national champion (NAIA) in 1961. He was inducted into the Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Moorhead State University Dragon Hall of Fame in 1997. He officiated for 12 years.

Earl taught for one year in Milbank, SD and was a teacher/counselor for 25 years in Starbuck. He served as head baseball coach for 4 years, and asst. football and head wrestling for 16 years, when health concerns forced him to give up coaching. He still gave back to the sport as a color commentator for area radio stations broadcasting wrestling matches, and worked wrestling events.

He is a current member of the Bartelma Hall of Fame committee.  Earl retired from teaching in 1996.

Earl suffered a major stroke in 2011, causing partial paralysis and other health issues.  With the never quit attitude instilled in all wrestlers, and the strong work ethic he developed in his athletes, Earl continues to make strides in rehab, and he is still passionate about the sport of wrestling today.

For information on the NWHOF Banquet contact: Steve Ricard at 320-843-4508 (home), 320-843-2710 (work), 320-444-0569 (cell), or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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