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Pope County Tribune & Starbuck Times

Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times

Glenwood Rotary Celebrates 50th Year Of Service

Glenwood Rotary Celebrates 50th Year Of Service

It was June 24, 1965 when the Glenwood Rotary Club was started, and today’s members and guests celebrated the anniversary with a banquet and special program 50 years from the day of that first Rotary gathering in Glenwood.
President Jeffrey Ozanne presided over the program at Lakeside Ballroom, which attracted nearly 100 Glenwood Rotarians and guests as well as a number of visiting and past Rotarians.
Dennis Martinson gave the keynote address as the only charter member of Glenwood Rotary who is still active in the club.  The club also honored Bill Ogdahl, who has been a member of Glenwood Rotary since 1971 and served as president of the club in 1978.  Ogdahl was given the club’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” and accepted it to a standing ovation. (His biography accompanies this story).
Martinson, who attended that first meeting and served on the board and as president of the club in the formative years, focused on the first 10 years of the club, stating that many in attendance are aware of the club’s accomplishments in the recent past.
He said that as he was looking through some of the history of the club, he noticed a song book that Rotarians used when “we actually sang at the meetings.”  

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Starbuck Hires New City Clerk Andrew Langholz

Starbuck hires new City Clerk Andrew Langholz

The City of Starbuck recently hired new City Clerk Andrew Langholz who began his first day of work on Monday, June 8. Here is a little bit about him. Welcome to Starbuck Andrew!
Q. Where are you from?
A. I was born and raised in New Ulm, Minnesota, approximately 140 miles Southeast of Starbuck.
Q. Where did you go to school?
A. I attended New Ulm Senior High, from there I enrolled at Minnesota State University - Mankato for both my Undergraduate and Graduate School. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in May 2013, where I double majored in Ethnic Studies and Urban & Regional Studies and minored in Political Science. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Studies, which I plan to complete by May 2016.
Q. What goals do you have for yourself?
A. One long-term goal that I have set for myself is to become a City Administrator and I believe that I’m well on my way to achieving this goal. My coursework in conjunction with my previous experiences at various internships have allowed me to establish a solid foundation in the field of local government. My new position as City Clerk will grant me the opportunity to fully immerse myself in all facets of local government and will only help me in reaching this goal.
Q. What goals do you have for Starbuck?
A. Coming into this position, I will focus on two major goals for the City of Starbuck. First, I would like to bring stability to the City. Not only pertaining to city operations but also creating a stable and welcoming environment for all residents, business owners, and visitors that support the community. My second goal is to help the City of Starbuck prepare for the future. Preparation will take the form of creating a comprehensive plan, updating local ordinances and planning for necessary infrastructure improvements.
Is this your first experience with Starbuck or had you been here before? How do you like the city so far?
This is my first experience in the City of Starbuck. I was able to find a nice apartment and I thoroughly enjoy small town living. I like the fact that everybody knows each other and that everything is within walking distance, these two elements help to foster a strong sense of community.
Hobbies
The two most time consuming hobbies that I currently take part in are golfing and fishing. However, I also enjoy bowling and watching movies in the theater.

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SunShare Sheds Light On Solar Project

SunShare Sheds Light On Solar Project

The sun will soon be put to work in Pope County powering homes and businesses across Xcel Energy territory.
This fall, SunShare Community Solar will be installing the first solar garden in the area, one mile north of Starbuck on Highway 114 and 190th St.
Representatives of SunShare were on hand Thursday evening at the Starbuck Community Center to talk with area residents about SunShare and the community solar garden concept.
SunShare, LLC is a Colorado-based company that builds solar gardens on large pieces of underutilized land and connects them directly to a local power grid.

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Early Childhood Programs Make The Move

Minnewaska’s early childhood programs make the move

Members of the Minnewaska Futbol Club, Minnewaska District staff and the Sentence to Serve crews from both Douglas and Pope counties recently put their muscles to the test, moving Minnewaska’s early childhood programs to their new, temporary home at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church education building (105 North Franklin Street, Glenwood).

The programs, including Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), Minnewaska Preschool and Kinder Camp, needed to be relocated after the sale of the district’s early childhood building to Glacial Ridge Health System earlier this year. The long-term plan is to move the early childhood programs to Minnewaska Area Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year. That move coincides with district fourth-graders, currently at MAES, moving to the Minnewaska Area High School campus.

Cathy Kinney, Early Childhood coordinator, said the early childhood programs will run as usual while in their temporary home. She said assistance from the Sentence to Serve crews was critical in getting the programs relocated. “It was a very big deal that they helped,” she said.

While everything has physically been moved, the space isn’t set up quite yet, and half of the programs’ equipment and supplies are currently in storage because of the smaller location. Kinney said everything will be ready to go by Kindercamp, set for Aug. 3-6 and Aug. 10-13.

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Heebie Jeebies Music Show Begins Reading Program

Glen Everhart’s Heebie Jeebies Music Show kicks off summer reading program

Glen Everhart ContributedGet ready to move to the music and laugh at the antics of Glen Everhart when he brings his Heebie Jeebies Music Show to Glenwood Public Library on June 23 at 1:30 p.m. to kick off  “Read to the Rhythm,” the library’s summer reading program.  This high-energy, interactive family concert is free and open to the public.

A former educator, Everhart is an accomplished Minnesota-based musician, singer, and songwriter who has performed for audiences of all ages for over 25 years.  He’s been to Minnewaska Area Elementary School several times, and has been a favorite there every time.

For more information about the free concert or about the summer reading program, stop by the library at 108 SE 1st Ave. or call 320-634-3375.

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Relay for Life Teams Walk Again

Local teams to rally against cancer at Relay for Life

696Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 15th Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Pope County gets underway with teams gathering at Glenwood City Park on June 12 at 6 p.m.
With this year’s event, area Relay for Life teams will have participated for 15 years in Relay for Life to honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost to cancer.

Relay brings together people from all walks of life, all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease. Relay for Life’s luminary ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease.
Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaries bearing the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaries may be purchased for $10 by calling 320-634-5111 or by visiting RelayforLife.org.

Funds raised through Relay for Life of Pope County help the American Cancer Society impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community.
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Beckius Sprints At State

 Beckius Sprints At State
 
MariahJune 5-6 State Track meet at Hamline
Minnewaska sophomore Mariah Beckius qualified for the finals in the 200m dash on Saturday.
Mariah took seventh in the finals and is looking forward to earning a return trip next spring. Congratulations, Mariah!  
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