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2015 Pope County Fair

2015 Pope County Fair

Wild RideDespite intermittent rain making some mud last Thursday, little ones made tracks to and through the Pope County Fair for Daycare Day. The Children’s Barnyard was a popular stop on the tour of the fair. Petting a goat brought out smiles from Ally Shiffler. Children started off their day with arts and crafts, making a fluffy and colorful sheep with cotton balls and crayons. Other days included Senior Citizen’s Day, Family Day and Hometown Hero Day.

The Miniature Tuff-n-Nuff Rodeo rocked the Grandstand at the Pope County Fair on Saturday evening with barrel racing, bull riding, miniature bareback riding and wild pony races. The younger ages had to ride the bull for six seconds to be scored by the judges.

From turtle races to racing rides on the midway, special events and (of course) fair food, this year’s Pope County Fair had something for everyone to enjoy.
Photo by Starbuck Times

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Artifacts Found On DNR Site

Artifacts found on DNR site
About 1,500 years ago, people gathered on the northern shores of Lake Minnewaska to work, rest and share meals—and thanks to a recent archaeological dig, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has the pottery to prove it.
Mike Magner, an archaeologist with the DNR’s Forestry and Fish & Wildlife divisions, explained that when the DNR takes on building projects, it is standard procedure to have archaeologists examine the affected area for possible impacts to historical sites.
One such site was found at the DNR project underway at the local Fish & Wildlife office—a failing building along North Lakeshore Drive which is being torn down to make way for a new, energy-efficient, zero-carbon footprint facility.
Magner said he hesitates to label the site “prehistoric” because of the caveman connotation. “These were sophisticated people,” he explained. Instead, he calls it a pre-contact site—meaning before the native population had contact with Europeans.

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Amoeba Not Cause Alexandria Boy’s Death

Amoeba did not cause Alexandria boy’s death, lab tests say

SwimmersLaboratory testing has ruled out an amoeba as the cause of death of Hunter Boutain, a 14-year-old Alexandria boy who doctors originally thought died after contracting a rare condition while swimming in Lake Minnewaska.
The testing conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that Hunter Boutain did not die from suspected primary amoebic meningoencephalitis as reported in early July, but instead from streptococcal meningoencephalitis.
Photo by Pope County Tribune

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Cyrus New Fire Hall Taking Shape

Cyrus sees new fire hall building taking shape

Cyrus Fire Chief Jeff Anderson at the Cyrus City Council meeting on July 14 reported on the progress of the fire hall saying the site has been completed, and the building should be starting soon. Chief Anderson also presented a change order for the council to approve for add-ons to the project. A change order for $7,785.00, which includes an eye wash station, wash sink, ceiling tile in the meeting room, and larger entry was approved.

Water distribution project
Bryan Bye from Widseth Smith Nolting was present and went over the bids for the water distribution project. He explained that the city should wait to award the bid until after Aug. 11, when the city opens the bids on the water filtration plant. By contract, Cyrus has 60 days to approve the bids and award the project on the water distribution project; that way the city can get a better idea on the total cost of the total project.  

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Star Lanes Demolished Tuesday

A big piece of Starbuck history is now gone.

star lane demo The Star Lanes Bowling Alley on West 6th Street was demolished on Tuesday, July 28.
The building has been sitting vacant for just over two years due to a storm causing the roof to cave in effectively shutting down the business.

History of Star Lanes according to Starbuck Centennial Book 1883-1983:
In the year 1958, Luther Kristensen, local teacher at that time, wanted to establish a bowling alley in Starbuck. Earl Larson purchased the building from Henry Nodland, which had been built to house the Harry Henrikson, Ted Rydholm and Wesley Magnuson Implement, and Henry Nodland’s office, which is now Esther Ann Olson’s Beauty Shop and S.B. Wilson Veterinary Office. A thirty-three foot addition was built to accomodate the bowling lanes. A contract with Brunswick Corporation to furnish and install the six lanes with automatic pinsetters, lockers, setters, balls, ball racks and all other equipment necessary. The lanes were ready for play the fall of 1959 with six nights of league play.
In 1962, Luther Kristensen wanted to sell the lanes, and Earl Larson entered into a contract with Brunswick to purchase the equipment at Star Lanes with the modernization of the pinsetters to A2, which sped up play. A twenty-four by sixty foot game room was built, and pool tables and pinball machines were installed.
1976 was another year for modernizing - installation of automatic scorers, new carpeting, setters, masking units, everything to make Star Lanes a first class bowling center.
In 1980, Roger and Darryl Larson purchased the Star Lanes, and Earl Larson stayed on as manager.
In 1982, there were 78 teams participating in league play.

Photo by WaskaWeb

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Starbuck VFW Post 4582 Baseball Team Is Headed To State

The Starbuck VFW Post 4582 baseball team is headed to state!

VFW TeamStarbuck earned the trip to the state tournament by defeating the Alex 16 team by a 3-2 score on Monday night in Willmar. Starbuck went through the District 5 tournament undefeated, winning 9-3 over Dawson, 3-1 over Willmar, 7-5 over Alex 16 on Sunday, then again Monday.
Alex 16 would have had to win the first game Monday, then win again in a second game to advance to state, but Starbuck put an end to that scenario with their exciting win.
Shawn Stumpf started the game on the hill for Starbuck. Two singles and a hit batter resulted in a first inning run for Alex, but Stumpf settled in and threw shutout ball over the next four innings.
In the meantime, the Starbuck hitters were slowly getting accustomed to the heat being thrown by Alex starter Brock Anderson, who struck out five batters in the first three innings.
But in the fourth inning Starbuck broke through. Matthew Gruber reached second after a throwing error by the Alex shortstop. One out later Colin Richardson singled to right field, tying the game at 1-1.

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Summer At The Library

Learning the ropes of ventriloquism

Library summer programGlenwood Public Library’s summer reading program wrapped up July 23 with special guest James Wedgwood, a popular ventriloquist and comedian who had the audience in stitches. Wedgwood got the adults involved, too, discovering a distracting, talking tissue in Linda Erno’s purse.

Caleb Mahoney gamely stood in for comedian James Wedgwood’s dummy during the final skit at the Glenwood Public Library summer reading program on July 23. Wedgwood threw his voice, making it sound as if Caleb were talking, as Caleb practiced his impression of a live, wooden  dummy. The crowd went wild!
Photos by Deb Mercier

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