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Pope County Tribune & Starbuck Times

Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times

County To Get Quotes For Museum Repairs

County to get quotes for museum roof replacement


The Pope County Board of Commissioners approved authorization for Contegrity Group to seek quotes for roof replacement for the Pope County Museum on Tuesday.
The board’s Facilities Committee met with representatives of the Pope County Museum and developed a plan to replace the leaking roof of the building. Larry Filippi of Contegrity, the committee and Merlin Peterson of the museum met. The plan is to replace the weather-tight cap on the skylight and make some repairs to the front entrance which are associated with the roof. Filippi said he was confident the project could be accomplished for less than $100,000. Contegrity will seek quotes for the project.
Quotes will be presented to the board for action at its June 16 meeting.
If the quotes exceed $100,000 the scope of the project will need to be changed or the board will have to call for formal bids, according to Pope County Coordinator Jim Thoreen.
“Our goal is to get a roof on there and keep it dry,” Thoreen said.
The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of July.

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Peters Resort Celebrates 100 Years

Peters Resort celebrates 100 years

There is a place in Glenwood where history lives—where a rich past daily mingles with the present. Peters Sunset Beach Resort, set on the sandy shore of Lake Minnewaska, officially hit the 100-year mark on June 1. And in a state known for its lake resorts and recreation, Peters stands apart as one of only two resorts in Minnesota that have been owned and run by the same family for more than 100 years.

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Dave's Place Last Summer

The last summer for Dave’s Place

Dave the Coffee GuyAfter almost 20 years of jamming to ’50s music while enjoying a chicken salad wrap, coffee and tea drinkers will have to get in their last jam this summer; Dave Nichtern is retiring.
“I’m getting older, and since I’ve had health problems, it’s hard to keep the place going,” commented Dave. While it will be sad to see the jukebox go, he has created memories that many people have been able to share.
Before opening up the coffee shop Dave owned Mini Waska 76, a gas station and convenience store, in ’78 located where Cenex is currently. Although Dave had hoped to have a ’50s/’60s theme for the convenience store, there wasn’t enough room for his collection at the time so he put in “Old West” items instead. It was 20 years before Dave found a place to share his ’50s/’60s collection. After renovating the building that became Dave’s Place: The Doo Wop Coffee Shop in ’98, Dave settled in and business has been jiving ever since.
In addition to showcasing items and records collected over the years, Dave also started adding signed posters and photos of himself and his wife with famous ’50s and ’60s singers. Some memorable highlights have been the Bobby Vee visits – concerts he has performed and when he made personal visits – and when Jason Davis filmed at Dave’s Place for his On the Road tour. Other celebrities who have visited The Doo Wop Coffee Shop include Pam Tillis, Michael Johnson, Lorie Line, Paul Flatley – who played for the Vikings in the mid ’60s – and many more. Dave also remembers a time when car clubs would stop by, sometimes up to 26 cars.
While it’s for the best, Dave said he will miss the coffee shop.
“I love being out talking with people and sharing stories about the different items,” Dave mentioned. Since he’ll be taking his vast collection with him, Dave might find a shed to house the collection and room for friends to visit and chat over coffee. “It would be fun to have friends over and talk about the good old days,” added Dave.
So make sure to stop by, have some coffee and a wrap, and ask Dave about the stories connected with the various items and photos in The Doo Wop Coffee shop this summer; you’ll have a swingin’ time.

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Glenwood Artist Featured On Public TV’s ‘Postcards’

Glenwood Artist Featured On Public TV’s ‘Postcards’

FaytheMillsAn upcoming broadcast on Pioneer Public Television on Sunday, May 17 at 7 p.m. will feature a mysterious 500-year-old dugout canoe in Montevideo, chainsaw artist Scott Hanson from Madison and Glenwood artist and illustrator Faythe Thomas Mills. The award-winning Postcards is a weekly art, culture and history program showcasing the people and communities of western and southwestern Minnesota. The episode will be repeated on Monday, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. The program will also be available for online viewing on the morning of May 18 through the station’s website:  www.pioneer.org/postcards.

About Faythe Mills

Faythe Thomas Mills graduated from high school in Buffalo and graduated in 1990 from North Hennepin Community College with a graphic design degree.  She started her own business soon thereafter and has been creating fine art ever since. Her passion lies in working in pastels, watercolor, ink wash, pencil, and acrylic, and she has illustrated three children’s books.  She now lives in Glenwood on Lake Minnewaska.

“If you can bring something out of somebody that’s already there to make them more confident or believe in themselves, I think is important,” said Mills when describing some of her portraits. “If anyone has the love for art or wants to get into art I would encourage them to just start practicing, she added.

About Pioneer Public Television

Established in 1966, Pioneer Public TV is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. For more information visit: www.pioneer.org.

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MAS Teacher of Excellence Chosen

MAS Teacher of Excellence chosen

GordyGordy Moeller, director of choirs at Minnewaska Area High School, received this year’s PTA Teacher of Excellence award. Moeller was surprised with the honor at MAHS on Friday, capping off the district-wide Teacher Appreciation Week sponsored by the PTA. Dawn Jensen (left), PTA president, and Kristi Gruber, PTA vice president, presented Moeller with a trophy and a $500 check to be used for his classroom. After receiving the award, Moeller told his students it was much more about them than about him. “Without you out there trying your hardest, this would never happen,” said Moeller

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Friendly Garden Club Looking For Donations

Friendly Garden Club looking for donations for flowers at Starbuck beach

Friendly Garden ClubOver the years the Starbuck Beautification Committee and the Friendly Garden Club have beautified and enlivened Starbuck with hanging flower baskets, flower planters and flower beds in the downtown area, the park and the beach.
Last year with the help of the city, the VFW Men’s Auxiliary and members of the Friendly Garden Club created the flower beds by the beach house (which was renovated and the snack shack open) were expanded and a tiered flower/rock garden was built and planted at the south end of the beach by the boat landing. They received many compliments and saw a much increased use of the beach during the summer. The necessary funds were raised from local businesses and organizations to cover the increased flower planting, watering and fertilizing.

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Starbuck Community Clothing Swap Coming UP

Semi-Annual Starbuck Community Clothing Swap

            The Semi-Annual Starbuck Community Clothing Swap sponsored by Starbuck Horizons is coming up on April 9, 10 and 11 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home Commons. Drop off the clothes you don’t want on Thursday, April 9 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Pick up the clothes you do want on Friday, April 10 from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 11 from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. All community members are invited to either drop off and/or shop for ‘new’ to you clothes. This is a free event with no obligation to bring or take anything.

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