• What a difference a year makes…

    | Published on June 20, 2022 at 2:00pm CDT

    Last year about this time the lake level of Lake Minnewaska was very low with not even a trickle of water going over the dam in Starbuck.  The photo on the left was taken in early July of last year.  The photo on the right was taken just a week ago and the water was… Read More

  • Public Hearing on County Road 17 attracts landowners

    | Published on June 20, 2022 at 1:59pm CDT

    By Melanie Stegner The County State Aid Highway 17 reconstruction project continued its journey to fruition.  A public hearing was held during the Pope County Commissioners’ committee of the whole meeting last week. The purpose of the meeting was for Brian Giese, Pope County Engineer, to present information regarding impacts on vegetation per the currently planned… Read More


    | Published on June 20, 2022 at 1:58pm CDT

    Central Square presents the first of three shows in its singer-songwriter showcase on June 25 Knowing that music is innate and vital to all of us, Central Square is welcoming professional musicians and songwriters to their summer Makers’ Markets to perform for the community and provide an opportunity for aspiring and amateur music makers to learn from… Read More

  • West Central Initiative seeking community input for regional Climate Action Plan 

    | Published on June 20, 2022 at 1:55pm CDT

    West Central Initiative (WCI) is working with paleBLUEdot, LLC, to develop a climate action plan for west central Minnesota.  The first phase of the project began in early June with a survey open to residents of the region.  “The survey allows us to identify and focus on the most important climate-related issues in our region,” said Assistant… Read More

  • Kindness Garden

    | Published on June 20, 2022 at 1:54pm CDT

    Three years ago, two Barsness Park walkers shared their common concern and interest in a weed infested “island” in the north entrance to the park. They learned that a flower garden had been established by an older woman, now deceased many years.  They decided to begin a long-term project of eradicating the weeds, a well-developed… Read More

  • A renewed call for universal free lunch in Minnesota  

    | Published on June 20, 2022 at 1:51pm CDT

    What is the Community Eligibility Provision program and should students get it for free? By Peter Callaghan It might be an idea whose time hasn’t come, at least not yet. But a program that emerged from the federal government’s response to COVID-19 has planted the idea in food security, education and legislative circles that all students should get… Read More

  • MN law enforcement agencies looking for kids wearing bike helmets this summer

    | Published on June 20, 2022 at 1:48pm CDT

    Rewarding safe behaviors with free small DQ® cone ‘citations’ While on patrol this summer, more than 360 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will be looking for kids wearing helmets. If caught, a child may find themselves making a trip to a local DQ® restaurant. As part of AAA’s “I Got Caught” campaign, as many as 100,000 Minnesota youth… Read More

  • EDC and MinnWest join forces to host Partners in Ag Conference 

    | Published on June 20, 2022 at 1:47pm CDT

    It is time to gather together again for the annual Partners in Ag Innovation Conference hosted by the Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar Economic Development Commission and the MinnWest Technology Campus on Tuesday, July 26th in Willmar. The Ag and Animal Science community are invited to join this year’s conference which will focus on… Read More

  • What’s happening at Central Square

    | Published on June 20, 2022 at 1:47pm CDT

    Happenings at Central Square The first of three outdoor Makers’ Markets featuring Music on the Lawn will take place this Saturday, June 25. Each market will showcase singer-songwriters who will combine instruction, performance and storytelling. If you’re a musician, a songwriter or aspiring to be either, grab your guitar and notebook and join working, professional musicians… Read More

  • Down Memory Lane

    | Published on June 20, 2022 at 1:46pm CDT

    Immanuel Lutheran Church celebrates its centennial June 21, 1962 – The most damaging hail storm in recent history had slashed into the Glenwood area around 7:30 p.m. on a Sunday evening causing heavy damage to farms, crops, livestock, homes and cottages. In spots the hailstones were the size of baseballs during the storm which swept an area… Read More

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