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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 sricard@benson.k12.mn.us.

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WASP Is Now FAST Global Solutions

WASP is now FAST Global Solutions to reflect growth

WASP Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of non-powered ground support equipment for the airline and air cargo industry and a leading manufacturer of conveyors for the parcel delivery industry, changed its name to FAST Global Solutions to better reflect the breadth of products and continued company growth to meet customer needs. The 36-year-old company acquired FAST Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of agricultural sprayers and liquid fertilizer equipment, in May.

“Our continued growth allows us to better provide solutions for our customers around the globe, and it’s making a positive impact on the Midwestern communities where we live and work,” said Dane Anderson, FAST Global Solutions president and CEO. “By diversifying our products for three key industries—ground handling, packaging and agriculture—we know our team will have job stability no matter the economic forecast.”

Anderson said the company growth brings value to local communities, including Glenwood and Windom, Minn., as well as Falls City, Neb., which have a talented workforce to draw upon. WASP employed about 350 employees in 2014, and expects to reach 650 by the end of this year. The growth includes a range of positions, including engineers, account executives, welders, production managers, foremen and safety coordinators.

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30 Years of Kindness And Care

Celebrating 30 years of kindness and care

Thirty years ago, four Pope County women shared a vision of kindness and care for area animals in need. With limited resources, but a will to put their vision to practice, June Iverson, Lorraine Gandrud, Willow Feigum and Mary Pooler dug in and founded the Pope County Humane Society in 1985. Since that time, countless abandoned, lost or stray dogs and cats have found shelter, medical care and ultimately, new and loving homes.
And that’s reason to celebrate.

PCHS is a no-kill shelter, meaning the animals are cared for as long as it takes to match them up with a second chance. Each year in Pope County, more than 200 animals are impounded or surrendered.

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Glimpses From The Past

From the Glenwood Herald August 26, 1915

The outside work on the new [Cyrus] bank is fast nearing completion and it is now quite evident that the owners and people of this community will have one of the niftiest little banks in the country. All we need now to Make Cyrus a sure ‘nough metropolis is a nice two story brick hotel building, an up-to-date garage, an electric light plant, water works system, some more cement walks and few minor improvements, all which will be forthcoming at some future date.

The Plymouth Brethren have made extensive improvements on their house of worship in Lowry.  They have constructed a basement under the church, which they will use for Sunday school and other similar purposes. Several hundred dollars have been expended and church and grounds will be improved very much when the work gets done.

Forada beat Lowry 6 to 4 last Sunday in the closest game played on the home grounds this year. The fielding of the local team was far from errorless and they did not seem to be able to hit McClellan safely. This is the second game Lowry has lost in eleven played this year.

At a meeting of the stockholders of the Farmers Elevator Association last Wednesday it was voted to purchase the Atlantic Elevator. They intend to have both houses open during the busy season, because either one is not large enough to handle all the grain. The farmers will take possession of it this week and Robert Hume will be in charge. Mr. Erickson who has been manager for the Atlantic here for several years will go to Sedan where he will run an elevator for the same company.

I.M. Engebretson sold his Ford to Geo. Jurgenson and purchased a new Dodge auto from J.J. Hagstrom.

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First Annual Scrub Run In Glenwood

First annual Scrub Run honors Dr. Mark Johnson

If you see a contingent of scrub-clad people running along North Lakeshore Drive on Aug. 29, don’t be alarmed—there’s no emergency. It’s simply the route of the first annual Scrub Run/Walk 5K, an event sponsored by Glacial Ridge Health System and inspired by Dr. Mark Johnson. Dr. Johnson served the community as a physician at GRHS beginning in 1990 and passed away in February 2015.

Quinn Jacobs, RN and emergency room nurse manager, said fitness was an important part of Dr. Johnson’s lifestyle, and he encouraged his patients to be active in their daily lives. “He was definitely a role model for healthy behavior,” she said.  “He walked to work almost every day—with his fluffy white dog by his side—and also took advantage of many classes offered through the fitness center.”

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