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Glempses From The Past

FROM THE GLENWOOD HERALD THURSDAY, MAY 24, 1917

Rev. Johan Linnevold has accepted the call extended to him by the Glenwood Lutheran congregation. A formal acceptance was received by the congregation from him this morning.

Sedan & Vicinity: The following are making new improvements on their farms: Melvin Peterson a new house and barn, Jacob Hafstad new house, John Johnson new barn, Martin Larson new granary, and Bertil Peterson is adding a kitchen to his house on the east side. These buildings are all under construction at present.
A Non Partisan speaker delivered an address in district 4 on Monday evening.
Mr. & Mrs. Ole Hoff and Mr. & Mrs. Torben Belgum of Nora attended the confirmation exercises at the new Lutheran church Sunday.

POPE COUNTY TIMES THURSDAY, MAY 24, 1917

Newspapers Consolidated

Commencing with the first issue in June, The Glenwood Herald and the Pope County Times will be issued as one paper from the present office of the Herald under the name of the Glenwood Herald. The Glenwood Printing Company, a newly formed corporation with G.C. Wollan as president, B.K. Savre, vice president, and C.H. Addington, secretary-treasurer, will be the publisher.

FROM THE STARBUCK TIMES FRIDAY, MAY 25, 1917

The Sons of Norway celebration on last Thursday was well attended. Those who attended the dance report an exceedingly fine time. The Grand View Band treated the audience with some very fine selections and our little village looked like a metropolis nearly all day. During the afternoon a ball game between Langhei and Starbuck was played in which Starbuck won.

FROM THE CYRUS CITIZEN FRIDAY, MAY 25, 1917

A petition has been passed around this week asking the business men to close their places of business on “Decoration Day” – May 30. Practically everybody in town signed the petition, so the day will be truly observed in our small but patriotic city.

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Glimpses From The Past

FROM THE GLENWOOD HERALD THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 1917

Glenwood Boys Believe Experience As Soldiers on Border Well Worth While. Corporals Arba Wells and Russell Swisher and Private Byron Hitchcock arrived home last week after having served several months on the Mexican frontier in the First Minnesota Regiment. Wells and Hitchcock served in I Co., while Mr. Swisher was a corporal in B Company. Private C.W. Roberts also enlisted in B Co. from Glenwood but has not returned after being mustered out of service. The boys say that the experience that they have had has been worth a great deal to them and that they do not regret that they enlisted. They were in uncomfortably close proximity to tarantulas, scorpions and rattlesnakes, and army life is not all glory; there is plenty of dull routine; but they value highly the discipline that was given them and believe that every boy in the United States should have an opportunity to get a similar training. The boys are enthusiastic supporters of universal training, and hope to see some plan for this worked out.

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Glimpses From The Past

FROM THE GLENWOOD HERALD THURSDAY FEBRUARY 22, 1917

The park board is very anxious to secure money to carry out some of the plans they have in view for the beautifying our parks, boulevards and streets during the coming season.

One of the methods used to raise this money will be the gathering up and sale of all the old metals, rags and paper in the city.

As advertised, the Park Board will pay $10 in gold to the boy or girl delivering to the Park Board the greatest amount of this waste material. If you have no boy or girl of your own, save it for you neighbors or someone else’s kid that is in the contest.

POPE COUNTY TIMES THURSDAY FEBRUARY 22, 1917

Stations on the Northern Pacific branch between Glenwood and Morris are again without train or mail service. The evening westbound passenger train made an effort to get through but stalled about two miles out of Glenwood and the passengers were compelled to spend the night on the train. Early this morning two of the Beal Bros.’ busses were sent to their rescue and after much effort succeeded in reaching the train and transporting the passengers to town.

FROM THE STARBUCK TIMES FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23, 1917

No copies of this edition are known to exist.

FROM THE CYRUS CITIZEN FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23, 1917

The State Bank of Cyrus has just installed a machine that will actually keep books. The Burroughs Adding-Subtracting machine is the name of this mechanical bookkeeper and it will be used for making entries to the bank’s ledgers and writing up depositor’s statements.

You can see a Burroughs Adding-Subtracting machine at the Pope County Museum.

The exhibits at the Pope County Museum are closed for the winter due to our ongoing exhibit renovations and storage system installation. Follow us on Facebook to see images of the progress.

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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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