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Above, Quinco pressman from left Matt Chan, Nathan Schultz and Bram Burginger in front of two, four-high press units recently installed in the new building. Photo by Tim Douglass. Habitat for Humanity makes request Dreher said he had been approached by Habitat for Humanity about possibly chipping in some money to help complete a garage on the Habitat house being built in Lowry.
Lowry townhomes discussed At a past meeting the idea was brought up to explore building workforce housing units in Lowry. The Lowry EDA has been exploring uses for two acres of land it owns.
Dreher passed out some floor plans to the board for two-bedroom, one-bath units that could be built on the two acres of land the Lowry EDA has available. Board member Allan Rutter said, "If this is the way it is going to go, it is a good opportunity to educate on what the HRA can do.
The board discussed two acres of land in Lowry where the Lowry EDA has interest of building workforce housing. The site is west of Highway contiguous to the ball field and the city park. Board Member Allan Rutter said in Cyrus they are facing a similar financial situation with a water project in town. The ones down here are charging us North Dakota prices. Dreher stated that Stephanie Howe of studio e architects is working on a workforce housing project in Elbow Lake.
He said he will take notes about what it cost to build there, because it will be similar to what would be built in Lowry. Dreher suggested having a joint meeting with the Lowry EDA to define what roles each group wants to play in the possible project. It was stated that the units would not be age restricted and that right now it is looking like two-bedroom units would be built. Board chair Cody Rogahn asked how many employees were currently at Lowry Manufacturing.
Dreher said he guessed about 40 people. He said that currently the Lowry EDA owns eight housing units, which are reserved for people age 65 and older. Those units also have a large waiting list, it was stated.
A budget will need to be made, said Dreher, to see if it is possible to build workforce housing and stay at that target rental rate. He also stated that the Lowry EDA would be willing to pay to extend existing electrical lines to the site. New Alexandria Area High School!
Cut and paste the below link into your web browser -- Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Opera -- in the address or search links. Photo by Zach Anderson. The Lowry PD and many sponsors of the rodeo gave away eight bikes in a drawing.
Winners were left to right: Other prizes were also given away. We knew it, now it's out for everyone else to discover - Alexandria is a great place to live. Sarah Stadtherr, executive director of Alexandria Hotel and Hospitality, said, "I think people are proud to live in Alexandria.
I feel like we 'hit the goldmine' for where to live in the world. Steering clear of big-city suburbs and communities considered part of a larger metropolitan area. Considering population and economic growth rates, comparing employment trends, cost of living and other economic factors. Looking at a town's quality of life and amenities that attract relocating businesses and residents: A collection of lakes surround the town, creating an island-like atmosphere.
We have a lot of things going on," Stadtherr said. That's in addition to Alexandria's strong manufacturing, health care, agricultural and tourism base. We've got the scenic byway that runs right through downtown and of course, our downtown is beautiful. I stressed all of those things in the application. Our fabric isn't just a surface-level look. We have all the things that make it a nice, strong fabric. But we really do rock. We're really incredible," she said. There's a strong partnership to really look at the community growth and the economic vitality.
He added, "We enjoy a balance most communities don't; a balance between our retail and manufacturing, health care, tourism and recreation. Sometimes we take that for granted, but it's such a well maintained balance and a nice amenity to have. I think that speaks to any ranking when you look at your community.
The AAEDC provided application information regarding Alexandria's demographics, population, employer growth and trends in the community. Growth of the community is one point that made Alexandria a finalist. From to , Alexandria's population grew by 4. We have more jobs in this community than we have people. Not all the other communities have that," Murray said. Murray said some local companies are already using the "Alexandria named a Top 10 Small Town" as an employee recruitment draw.
Stadtherr said, "Every opportunity starts with a visit to our community. So, if people come for a visit, they might come back for a visit. If they come back for a visit, they might decide to buy a cabin here. Or they might decide to relocate here or start a business here. It always starts with a visit. Watch for signs along Highway The program will start at At the May 6 city council meeting, the Lowry City Council voted to credit residents who ran their water over the winter to prevent frozen pipes as the city requested, up to 5, gallons.
Jeremy Anderson of Design Tree reported by email that he is still waiting on a response from the state regarding the test well progress. Lowry resident John Vosberg has an upcoming wedding for which he would like to use the community center chairs.
The chairs will be on a hard surface, he stated. The event is in August of this year. Seeing no concerns with allowing the request, Iris Scott made a motion that Vosberg be allowed to use the community center chairs for the event as long as they are placed on a solid surface.
The handheld computer used for reading meters is no longer working. The unit the city uses has not been serviced for four years; the city got a quote from Fargo Water Equipment for a new handheld computer.
The council decided to table to decision until further information is available. Mayor Dan Sutton said he plans to research if he can find a new battery for the current unit, as that seems to be the problem. Another issue discussed was that the council received a complaint of dogs running at large, which is an ongoing issue.
It was stated that the Lowry Police are handling the complaint. Flashing a smile and a peace sign, Rachel Hedlin of Lowry passed the mile mark in the Boston Marathon held April On April 21, , shoes that recently pounded the pavement of Pope County hit the ground running at the th Boston Marathon. She ran the Boston Marathon in Then, in , two pressure cooker bombs exploded about two hours after the winner crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and seriously injuring an estimated others.
The bombs exploded about 12 seconds and yards apart, near the finish line on Boylston Street. There were still more than 5, runners on the course. Hedlin said the Boston Marathon bombing actually made her determined to go back.
Her decision stemmed from part anger, part defiance. Her love of running began in high school, Hedlin said, when she literally followed in the footsteps of her sister, Sylvia, and took up running as a way to keep in shape for high school sports.
Hedlin said her passion for running strengthened when she served in the Army from Running truly became "her time," providing a haven of stress relief away from work and away from her cell phone. Hedlin said everyone trains differently, but it takes her at least four months to build up distance. In Minnesota, training is a challenge because of winter weather, she said, especially this past winter with its record-breaking stretches of below zero temperatures.
Hedlin said she was able to ditch the treadmill for one mile run, one mile run and about three to four 10 or mile runs before Marathon Monday. Heading into the day of the race, Hedlin said a few people asked if she was concerned about security. The enthusiasm and support in the city was just amazing," said Hedlin. That inspiration carried her to mile 16—the point in any marathon when Hedlin said mental roadblocks start cropping up for her and must be hurdled to finish the race.
It helped that her boyfriend was at mile marker 17, cheering her on from the sidelines. Mile 21 presented another challenge, what Boston Marathon runners have dubbed "Heartbreak Hill.
She crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 3 hours, 44 minutes, 34 seconds. Twenty-six miles and still smiling: Rachel Hedlin earned her medal for completing the th Boston Marathon. Hedlin offers a spirit of persistence and optimism to others thinking of taking on their first marathon. Grandparents on Mom's side, Dorothy and Gordon Moe.
Council member Virgil Coziahr asked about the setback required by the state because that location is on a state highway. Bullick said he would check on those requirements and get back to the council. He added that he wanted to get approval from the city as a first step in getting the business started. Snow removal from city streets was also a topic of discussion at the meeting.
The council reviewed ordinances searching for a directive for on-street parking during snow removal. It was stated that some residents leave their vehicles on city streets which makes it difficult to remove all the snow from curb to curb and at times creates an area where snow drifts accumulate.
While no directive was found, the council did indicate the city would add language to a current ordinance addressing that concern. The council also agreed a garage sale ordinance is needed, and they planned to do research and create one by this summer. The council spent some time viewing the preliminary website that has been started for the City of Lowry. They discussed what color they thought the site should be as well as adding links on the site for first responders and meeting times for the fire department and first responders and other important meeting dates.
The next regular meeting will be conducted at 7 p. We are a small hometown Bar open 3pm to 1am 7 days a week. We offer the best in service, a menu of good food with each night offering a different item as a special. On occasions there is entertainment like a band or a karaoke night. On Friday nights there is the always popular meat raffle starting at 6: On saturday night there is Texas Holdem. Pull-tabs are always available at the bar with ALL profits going back to local needs and charities.
There is a meeting room that can be rented for parties, meetings and special occasions. New to the Legion is a internet dart game that can be played On Line anywhere in the world that has the internet set-up.
Every one is invited to make-up a team and set up a secluded to play. See our bar manager Bubba to get more information on the dart gaming. If you have never been to our Legion Bar give us a try, you may be surprised what you have been missing. MYBEP is a program designed to inspire youth interested in entering the beef cattle industry. Through the generous donations of successful cattlemen industry professionals, qualified youth number of heifers awarded varies from year to year will be awarded a beef heifer to raise and care for, during the year.
Goals of the program are to: The recipient with the highest overall score earns this prestigious award. Heifer recipients will be judged on how well they show their heifers using the skills developed during the MYBEP year. Quarterly progress reports completed by the heifer recipients during the course of the year will be evaluated, including financial information, veterinary work, feed documentation and handling updates. During the showmanship competition, three judges will interview heifer recipients individually and evaluate their answers to questions about the experience of caring for and working with the heifer throughout the past year.
Lowry State Bank was selected as the official bank. Pope County Tribune as the official newspaper. Official insurance agency is Lowry Insurance.
Jan Nordmeyer was selected as the city attorney. The mileage rate was set at 56 cents per mile for The council approved a compliance agreement from the Minnesota Department of Health MDH for the test well project the city is working on. This showed up in the Christmas letter from Myra and Gurvin Femrite. Gurvin enjoyed fishing from shore on many occasions We wonder how many fish houses will appear there.
I only remember carp being the primary fish with several snapping turtles in the mix and I can't remember ever seen a fish house on that lake. HfN seeks partner family for house project in Lowry Habitat for Humanity of Prairie Lakes is seeking a family to purchase a house to be built in Lowry this coming summer.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit ecumenical Christian Housing Ministry that aims to eliminate poverty, poor housing and homelessness by making decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds or renovates simple, decent houses with the help of homeowner partner families.
Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. Families may qualify if their incomes are between 30 percent and 60 percent of the median income in Pope County: Informational meetings are also scheduled at the Glenwood Public Library on Jan.
Councilmembers said they would have no problem having the gym open if there was an adult there to supervise rather than just leaving it open, allowing kids to run in and out. Mayor Dan Sutton said that in the past the gym was left a mess. Deb Piekarski suggested that Lowry do like the open gym at the high school and have children and their parents sign a waiver to reduce city liability. Clerk Lisa Anderson said she will check with the city attorney about liability issues and see if the gym can be open.
The idea was suggested that maybe a certain night or nights could be set up for the children to play basketball in the gym. Piekarski said she would be willing to be responsible for the kids. If kids wanted to play basketball, she would open the gym for them.
The council was agreeable and will work with Piekarski once the liability issues are determined. An update was given that the city has reached an agreement with a landowner for digging a test well and will begin the digging process to find acceptable water. This reminder comes after a DNR conservation officer helped rescue a man Nov.
The DNR recommends anyone heading out on the ice should: DNR clear ice thickness recommendations are: Photo by John R. Stone A mountain of corn grew over the past few weeks as area farmers brought harvested crops to the Prairie Lakes Cooperative elevator at Lowry. Here, steam from the dryers form a background to the growing, golden corn mountain caught in the early morning light. Most area farmers have fi nished the soybean harvest, and much of the corn crop was harvested over the past few weeks, despite per- sistent winter weather last spring that pushed planting a few weeks later than usual.
Anderson said he had finished creating the letter of intent to purchase the property for the well if a quality water supply is found. Anderson said it would take about days to determine if the well is suitable. The current well house will be kept as a backup. Anderson said once he gets thoughts from engineers at Bolton and Menk Engineering, Inc.
Johnsrud said he has talked to Cyrus Police Chief Bob Tirevold and the two of them would like to work together to pursue grants to be able to purchase the technology to e-fi le. Another option Johnsurd said he is pursuing is getting on board with the county to share with that system. Once in the program, central air shuts off at peak times in the summer, to save on electricity and cost.
Joining them is Pastor Joe Skogmo. He will be ordained on Saturday, Sept. All are welcome to join in worship every Sunday at 8: For further information go to www. The Lowry Fire Department will be holding its 39th annual dinner from 5: Tickets will be available at the door.
The Lowry Fire Department will be serving ham, roast beef, pork, potato salad, coleslaw and root beer fl oats. Local vendors provide Minnesota Grown, spring vegetables, plants, baked goods and more. It is open p. Watch for signs along Hwy Jeremy Anderson of Design Tree informedthe council that the time has come to find a suitable place for a test well.
If the test well shows an adequate aquifer then a permanent well will be constructed where the test well was. A few council members said they would talk to a few landowners to see if they are agreeable to letting the city put a test well on their property and if successful purchase that property.
The council will conduct a budget meeting on Aug. The next regular meeting will be Sept. Lowry Manufacturing celebrates 40 years Company still thriving, adding to area economy. Since March of , Lowry Manufacturing has been a fixture in the Lowry community, manufacturing portable, stationary, and overhead load-out equipment. In the fall John Dahlseng started working with his uncle, building round welded hopper bins.
These were used as a wet grain holding bin with the grain dryers that were being installed on farm sites throughout the area. The bin assemblies were rather large, and the construction took place out the front door of the building mostly on Main Street. Completion of the building was aided by many hours of volunteer help from family and friends. As the company got into building hopper bins, the design was changed from the round hopper concept to the square portable bin.
The orange Lowry portable bin could be recognized in many locations from North Dakota through Iowa and northern Illinois. The farm economy was perking along well during most of the s and the concept of drying the corn and storing it on the farm created a strong demand for the portable bin because the system could be set up quite quickly. Eventually the farm economy improved and the company continued to develop and adapt its product lines to help accomplish the functions of quickly unloading and loading trucks that haul grain and feed, along with manufacturing square bin groups used in feed and other bulk product manufacturing.
Today Lowry Manufacturing, along with its dealers, is involved in projects from Pennsylvania to Kansas, and even as far away as Canada, Ukraine and Africa.
Lowry Days Photos Though the area was pounded with storms last Thursday and Friday, and many area residents were still waiting for power, Lowry Days carried on in true hometown festival tradition over the weekend. For the first time in Lowry, a "Soles4Souls" shoe collection project was completed on June 12, with about 48 people gathering to package1, pairs of donated shoes.
The initial idea for the project started in the 4th-6th grade Sunday school class at St. Three students — Ali Femrite, Nelsen Femrite and Cade Fish —volunteered to develop a plan and create graphics used in publicity posters.
The local group wanted to say "thanks" to all who helped facilitate the collecting of the shoes and all who donated shoes. The Sunday school well exceeded their estimate of collecting pairs. Based in Nashville, Tenn. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in disadvantaged communities.
The shoes collected in Lowry will be delivered to a facility in Sheldon, Iowa, that will grade the shoes into four categories. The new or like-new shoes will be used for disaster relief and other circumstances of need in the United States and around the world. The used shoes with remaining life in them become an affordable source of product for micro-businesses that recondition and market them in their communities. The small cost that these shoes are sold for allows the small business owners to make a living, while providing a beneficial service to their local communities, it was stated.
The group packaged 1, pairs of donated shoes. By Zach Anderson Starbuck Times. Police Officer Mitch Johnsrud was on hand to receive the award. The grant will be used to purchase a digital mobile radio for the police department and two hose reels and hoses for the fi re department rescue truck, it was stated. Tim Hagemeier from MN Rural Water looked into what the city pontoon would be worth and wondered what the council wanted to get for it.
The council approved hiring law enforcement from 7 p. The grant will be used to purchase new equipment for the police department. Prairie Lakes Coop awarded this grant on behalf of its local member owners. The Maijala family of Lowry, will be working with Habitat for Humanity on the construction of their new home.
At its May 7 meeting, the Lowry City Council approved a request for a building permit from Pope County Engineer Brian Noetzelman to build a foot by foot shop to house county equipment in Lowry.
The shop is one of four the county plans to build to save on fuel costs of having to drive a road grader to each location. Mike McHugh of Habitat for Humanity also asked the council for a building permit to build a foot by foot four bedroom home at Poplar Ave.
McHugh said Habitat has found a qualifying family and they have paid the down payment. Shelley Svec was sworn in as city council member to fill the vacancy left by Teresa Sarff.
Brad MacDonald, of Lowry, asked the council ifhe could look into purchasing a new self-propelled push mower for the city. The city has used the current mower for the past nine or. Come Join us for the fun! Thank you for this honor and I hope to serve this club for many years to come. The couple has been married for 67 years and are happy to call Lowry their home. The Lowry City Council was informed at its regular meeting last Tuesday that six applications had been received after advertising for the summer mowing job.
The council agreed to meet after the meeting and narrow down the candidates and set an interview date for 6: At a past meeting the council decided to sell the city pontoon equipment that was used to agitate the old sewage ponds. Troy Drewes was in charge of selling the pontoon after starting the new system, but wanted to wait before selling it in case it was necessary to run the old system and needed the equipment.
The council approved a motion to get the pontoon cleaned up and decided to promote it to another city that may use the same system. If there is no interest, the city will seek bids from those interested in purchasing the equipment. The action also removed former city clerk Olson from the list. The Hatchery in Lowry has officially gone high-tech, offering the first electronic pull tabs in Pope County.
The pull tabs were installed last Wednesday morning. He mentioned that the electronic pull tabs have an 85 percent payout; 85 percent of money taken in goes to players, and 15 percent is divided between the state, the bar, the manufacturer of the e-games and the Lowry Fire Relief Association. The local portion, managed by Lowry Fire Relief, goes toward local causes. The old Starbuck hospital building was demolished Jan. Views from the Cab David Tollefson Columnist. My guest columnist today is Dan Kvitek, longtime elevator employee and manager of the Lowry Elevator facility:.
Dave Tollefson asked that I write down a few notes about my years and experiences with the grain elevator. Our primary business at that time was grinding feed with some grain handling. At that time we had two wood house facilities. The main house was built in the s, and the grain annex was built in by McCabe Brothers who owned the elevator at that time. In Slim Henderson became manager after John Starr retired. I became the manager in My primary job was grinding feed and dumping loads of grain at harvest time.
The feed grinding at that time was mostly for dairy, beef, chicken and hog feed, which most farmers had a little of each on their farms.
We bagged 95 percent of the feed ground, and it was then put in burlap bags, tied and back into pickup trucks. I remember one Saturday grinding 29 ton of feed and 27 tons of that was bagged. We used 77 balls of binder twine one year to tie feed bags. Strings were cut in about a foot and a half lengths.
In the s and s, the main grain we purchased at the elevator was oats, wheat, flax and a little corn. Most of the corn raised was used for feed, which we ground as ear corn for cattle. We needed to go to Starbuck and Morris in the early years to buy shell corn for chicken feed and some hog feed as there was not enough shell corn grown in this area.
I remember horses pulling the steel-wheeled wagons with bemis bags loaded with grain lying across bolsters. My frrst boss told me to watch the horses so they did not step on the scale because he was not buying the horses.
In when we started drying corn almost all of the corn was dried and redelivered to the farms for use in feed. Farmers would bring the trailers and leave them lined up for blocks.
We would unload them, reload them with dry corn and call the farmers so they could come and get them. They would then bring in their next load of wet corn for us to dry. In my first years I remember my boss saying that we dumped loads of grain. I asked him how many bushels and he told me it was 3, bushels of grain.
That was about a hopper full on the old Case combines. All grain delivered to the grain elevator was by pick-up or flare box. No tandems or semis delivered grain in the past. Pick-ups and double boxes were hoisted up with a truck hoist, and grain was pushed out into the pit. We thought it was great when a few farmers starting hauling grain in with Dokken boxes because that held bushels vs. Gravity boxes came next and we thought that was the thing as they held even more bushels and we did not have to push the grain out of the boxes.
Compare that to today -- if we dump loads it would be over 90, bushels. Farmers would bring their grain to get cleaned at the elevator, and we would rebag it for them to take home and plant. In the s and early s wheat had to be planted by a wheat allotment, and farmers were assigned a number before they could sell wheat.
Grain shipped by rail was loaded in boxcars with wood grain doors partially covering the opening, and a flex spout was used to shoot the grain to the end of each side of the car. It was loaded in bushel dumps at a time. Boxcars held approximately 2, bushels of wheat and 3, bushels of oats. In the s hopper rail cars started to be built and delivered to elevators for loading.
These same size cars that we are loading today hold 3, bushels of wheat and 4, of oats. We would get one or maybe two cars at a time. Our biggest grain handle in the late s was , bushels at the location in Lowry. These same hopper cars hold 3, bushels of beans and 4, bushels of corn. In the early s railroads started giving freight breaks to unitrains of 25 cars, later 50, and now to the present plus cars. Grain bushels dumped increased steadily from the years up to The elevator at Lowry was handling 4.
In Lowry built two 30,bushel bins. In they added two bins, one , bushels and the other 60, bushels, plus a ,bushel bunker. Along with the larger number of bushels handled, farm sizes have grown immensely.
When I started in , most farms around Lowry were to acres, with very little rented land. Most farms had livestock. At present, farms are from to 4, acreswith a lot of that rented land, and not much livestock.
Yields per acre have also increased, with wheat double to triple what it used to be, corn doubled and beans doubled. After the merger things changed to loading cars at single locations, which is now at our Glenwood facility. At the time of the merger we were handling 12 million bushels of grain.
Currently we are handling 20 to 22 million bushels of grain , with most of the bushels coming from corn. We upgraded our location in Glenwood last year, at Long Prairie this year and will continue to up-grade facilities as best we can for our customers. Lake Malmedal has become a "hot spot" for fishing these past months. As many of you know, this is the small lake between Lowry and Starbuck on highway Gurvin recalls he and his neighbor, Chuck liked to fish there several times a week.
He remembers the fishing being great and bringing home pound northerns on a regular basis. There have been many people fishing in boats as well as from shore. We counted 12 vehicles parked near the wayside rest on several occasions. As of late, either the DNR or highway departments has posted "no parking" signs on the highway. They've also driven in posts making it difficult to launch a boat. No doubt it has become a traffic safety issue. We see there are several portable fish houses on the lake now.
Two adults and a juvenile were arrested last Thursday, Dec. A year-old juvenile from Alexandria was also arrested in connection with the crimes. All three are expected to be charged with arson, burglary, felony theft and criminal damage to property, according to information from Pope County Sheriff Tim Riley. The fire was reported Oct.
The cabin and all its contents were a total loss in the fire. Deputies found tire tracks and other evidence left behind at the scene. Similar tire tracks were found at Prairie Lake Coop in Lowry, where a soybean bag cover had been cut open. Blood evidence also was found at that scene. Both are in custody at the Douglas County Jail.
The year-old, who is still a juvenile, was left in parental custody, according to the news release. The Lowry City Council met for about an hour on Dec.
The board agreed it encourages people to take part in it. Lowry residents could see reduced hours at post office About 25 area citizens attend public meeting By John R. Lowry area residents were told last week that as early as the end of November their post office could have its hours reduced to four hours per day, a reduction of 2. Phil Konkel, manager of mail processing for St. Cloud, explained the results of a recent survey taken of Lowry customers and the proposed changes dictated by the revenue and work-load at the Lowry Post Office to a group of about 25 citizens at the Lowry Community Center last Wednesday.
Konkel said that of the customers sent surveys returned them, and of those, preferred a realignment of hours to curbside delivery, a village post of fi ce option, nearby post of fi ce option or no preference.
As a result, the recommendation being made is to have Lowry open four hours a day Monday through Friday and 45 minutes Saturday morning but have the lobby open more hours.
The four-hour recommendation comes from a formula used by the USPS that factors in mail volume, revenue and the hours needed to get the job done. While final hours have not been set, the survey form showed proposed hours of 7: Monday through Friday and from 8: Konkel said that the USPS was currently talking with contract mail truck drivers about having them open lobbies and close lobbies when they come through to drop off or pick up mail but has not reached an agreement on that issue.
That would be one way to have lobby hours greater than normal offce hours, he said. Lowry is one of just over post offices in the , and ZIP codes that will be facing reduced hours as the USPS tries to deal with severe fi nancial issues. Konkel said that many details need to be worked out. For example, many postal products require signing a receipt for a letter or package and the impact of reduced hours on these requirements are not clear.
Pam Jones asked Konkel what might be done to make the post of fi ce more accessible. The current location is not handicapped accessible. She also serves as postmaster for Kensington and will do scheduling for all three facilities. He said that the USPS would be breaking even if it were not for the pre-funding requirement. Olson also said that the village post office option would probably not meet the needs of the community.
In that option the USPS contracts to provide some mail services in order to get more hours. A village post office can only sell Forever stamps and prepaid mail boxes," said Olson. Konkel replied that the issue had been brought up at other community meetings and it could have an effect on the date selected by the USPS to implement reduced hours. Augsburg College is a private Lutheran four-year and graduate college located in downtown Minneapolis.
Ekstrand graduated in An innovator in wireless communication, Ekstrand served as the president and CEO for Rural Cellular Corporation RCC , a publicly traded wireless service provider which he founded in Headquartered in Aexandria, Minn. It was acquired by Verizon Wireless in A leader in the industry, Ekstrand was appointed in to the board of directors of American Solutions for Business. What if, for the cost of a mid-size car, you could permanently cut your monthly electric bill by 90 percent or more?
Just ask Ed and Mary Bolas. Using the midsize car example, Ed said their investment in solar energy is comparable—the loan will be paid off in five years. But with their solar project, Bolas explained that the personal rate of return on their in-vestment is about 8 percent right off the bat. In 12 years, the return is percent. Those are numbers Ed gets pretty excited about. When asked what got him and Mary thinking about solar energy, Ed laughed.
In other words, the idea of reducing their use of fiinite resources, reducing their carbon footprint, has been with them for a long time.
But an idea needs concrete, affordable footholds in the real world in order to take shape. The company is based in Champlain, Minn. When Ed and Mary made the decision to go solar, they began researching regional firms that could help them achieve their goals. Lundberg is also a licensed Minnesota residential building contractor and international ground source heat pump certified. Williams has over 18 years of experience in the construction in dustry.
Lundberg and Williams made a trip up to the Bolas home to survey the site. In doing a larger project using Minne sota-made projects, Ed said he and Mary felt it was a win-win for everybody. They ended up choosing a project using Silicon Energy panels, which are manufactured at a new plant opened just last year on th e Iron Range in Mountain Iron, Minn.
On si te at the Bolas home last week, Lundberg unwrapped one of the panels to show Rep. She described the panels to Westrom, saying the design is different from other solar panels, with two layers of tempered glass that are fused at the edges. She had nothing but praise for the Silicon Energy panels, which she said were the highest quality in the industry. As a contractor, we can install any so lar panel—but we love Silicon. As a current member of the Finance Subcommittee for the Energy Finance and Policy Division, Westrom had a particular interest in the project, and talked energy policy with Lundberg as she, Williams and their locally subcontracted crew continued work on the Bolas installation.
Part of what made the project possible for Ed and Mary are the incentives in place through federal, state and Xcel Energy programs. For Ed and Mary, choosing Minnesota-made Silicon panels and taking advantage of the available credits and bonuses added up.
As far as size, the panels are mounted on four, foot poles, each pole holding four Silicon panels, making the panel surface area on each pole 12 feet wide by 16 feet tall. The panels will work in conjunction with a direct current DC converter to turn the solar energy gathered by the panels into AC power. Hearing that, Lundberg laughed. She explained that while the panels and converter would be ready to go, there were still some steps to be taken before the Bolas home would be officially powered up.
She was serious when she said there were 37 steps of paperwork to get through, including passing a state inspection. She said Ed and Mary could expect to be up and running—independent and literally watching the meter— in two weeks. He said bonuses and incentives that are available now may not necessarily exist lat er on. He suggested that people who are interested in solar energy should write a letter to the Minnesota Department of Commerce stating their intention to look into or pos sibly install solar—whether the system is hot water or electricity.
This is one that should be squeaky. At the Lowry City Council meeting on Sept. At first Habitat was using a funding requirement through rural development that had a little tougher requirements. After the sale of a house in Glenwood that Habitat owned Habitat now has enough money to fund the house in Lowry and have the loan be through Habitat.
Habitat told Olson they hope to find a family and start construction by next spring. At the August meeting John Dahlseng approached the council about possibly replacing the lights in the Lowry Community Center gym.
During the September meeting the council revisited the look at the lights. The council agreed that if someone is willing to donate money to the cause and the rebate is there that they should go ahead with the project. The council is going to see if any businesses or people in town would be will to make a donation to the project and if they get enough money they may replace all the lights in the entire community center. Chance to support Lowry Fire Department coming up soon.
Because Lowry Fire Department is an all-volunteer organization, support from the community is greatly appreciated. For those not attending the dinner and still wishing to donate to Lowry Fire Department, checks can be sent to P. Box , Lowry, MN At the July meeting the council discussed possibly turning the clerk treasurer position into an appointed position rather than elected.
The council approved having the question added to the Nov. Olson said that the majority of the state has appointed clerk positions. She said if elected the person has to be from the community, and if the position is appointed, it allows the city to advertise and interview for the position. The community will be able to determine if they want that position to remain elected or change it to an appointed position on Nov.
Dahlseng aid he was just putting the issue into the hands of the council as something to think about. Still has to be approved by the state. Applications can be found on-line at www. Prairie Lakes Coop prairielakescoop. Prairie Lakes Coop has locations in the communities of Cyrus, Hoffman, Elrosa, Lowry, Long Prairie, Park Rapids, Glenwood and Starbuck creating relationships with customers in agronomy inputs, propane, fuel and grain marketing.
Grant appliations can be found on our website, prairielakescoop. Seven area seniors were recognized at the Pope County Fair on Aug. Receiving honors were left to right: Vendors will have fresh garden produce, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, jellies, jams and more.
It will be open from p. The City Council for the City of Lowry is repealing and replacing many ordinances in an effort to clean up our Ordinance Book.
These Ordinances were adopted July 3, Festivities kick off Friday evening with a pork chop feed, meat raffle and wrestling at the Legion. There will also be an old fashioned sing-a-long at the Covenant Church and karaoke at the Hatchery. Saturday promises to be fun for the whole family, starting with a pancake breakfast, followed by a bike rodeo for kids ages pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade at 10 a.
Registration for the pedal tractor pull for kids ages opens at Also for the kids, the carnival this year features four large inflatables. Firemen will have a smoke trailer on hand as well as a water tank and will have water fights Saturday afternoon. Teams of three to five members, 18 years of age or older, are still being formed for the water fight fun.
Space is limited; only 10 teams will be able to compete. Contact John Vosberg, Shanna at the bank or Lucy at the city office to sign up. Lowry Days activities wind up with the chicken feed put on by the Hatchery and the Saturday evening street dance. Come out and have some fun! The Lowry City Council met on June 5. City Clerk Lucy Olson said the city will use a camera on June 11 to figure out what the issue is and decide what to do that night.
The council approved a motion to authorize the council members to make a decision that night after observing what the camera shows. Engineer Jeremy Anderson told the council about the sewer project that he is currently working on. Anderson said he received the quotes on pond decommissioning. Anderson said he will have the information to Rural Development by next week and added that the project could potentially be done by this fall.
Will Haffner approached the council about getting a building permit for a foot by foot building he wants to build on his lot. City Clerk Lucy Olson told the council she will be retiring on Dec. She said the council should decide if they want the position to remain an elected position or change it to an appointed position. There was on action on that issue and it will be discussed further in the future. Registration for the pedal tractor pull for kids ages 4- 11 opens at Firemen will have a smoke trailer on hand as well as a water tank, and will have water fights Saturday afternoon.
Teams of members, 18 years of age or older, are still being formed for the water fight fun. Contact John Vosberg or Shanna at the bank or Lucy at the city offce to sign up. Mike McHugh of Habitat for Humanity said they will be building an energy star-rated house in Lowry and was hoping to start working on the project this month and finish by November.
McHugh said there are four potential families that Habitat is looking at for the Lowry build. The council approved letting the Fire Relief Association purchase the radio. Johnsrud said the person selling them got some upgrades so he was selling the old cameras at the lowered price.
Clerk Lucy Olson told the council that she had received a phone message from Myra Femrite saying the ditch was falling in by her property. City lawn mower Brad MacDonald asked Olson if the council wanted him to do anything else besides mow. He said if the city provided the paint he would paint the building at the ball field.
MacDonald said he would also reshingle some buildings if the council wanted, including the Community Center. The council said that MacDonald could paint the building, and they were going to get some prices before deciding if they want him to shingle anything.
Olson said she would talk to the Pope County Sheriff and see if anything can be done. It was suggested as a possibility that the water could be shut off at the curb when Gallagher leaves for the summer for a fee. The council held a public hearing before the regular meeting to give the public a chance to comment.
The subject of the hearing was that Lowry Manufacturing was the recipient of a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development block grant. Olson said the grant was awarded before but the state just recently reviewed their part so Lowry had to hold a public hearing. There were no public comments. The work session for the council will be Tuesday, May 29 at 7 p.
The council suggested if the group wants to make a donation for the use of the facility it would be appreciated. Dallas Flynn shimmies up a chair to the gallon Red Wing crock, lays what looks like the worlds first mandoline cutter across the top and begins sawing a half head of cabbage back and forth across the blades. All hail the King of Kraut. Flynn is a retired business owner and renaissance man whose sauerkraut has sweetened the pantries of many Frazee-area homes.
The secret to his success: Flynn grows about heads of cabbage a year on a bucolic, tree-filled farmstead by Rice Lake, south of Frazee. Those heads can yield 40 pints of kraut, which Flynn likes to give away to others. Flynn acknowledges he could probably sell his kraut but cringes at the notion of turning a beloved hobby into work. At 69, Flynn says he was happy to retire from his work running factories in the s.
Now his sharp mind and considerable energy are funneled into a dozen different hobbies. He doesn't drink, but has a wine cellar filled with bottles of vino he made. He makes his own cheese and sausage, designed the 5, square foot home he shares with his wife, Dr.
Mary Leone-Flynn and raises a handful of Scottish Highlander cattle. He also cooks most of the couple's meals, bakes bread and cans the produce from his solar-powered high tunnel -- which he says is the first of its kind in North America. He didn't do all he wanted to do. He ran out of time. Flynn recalls coming home from school in Lowry, Minn, to snack on the dense, briny cabgage core that his mother fermented alongside her sauerkraut as a special treat.
In the Flynn home, sauerkraut played a supporting role in most family meals. His Irish dad grow the cabbage, his Bohemian mother turned it into kraut. Like his mother, Flynn doesn't use a recipe. But he's got her process down pat. He swears by Stone Head cabbage, because it's a dense and small enough to fit perfectly into his mother's mandoline. The cutter may be from the old country, but it slices cabbage into perfect ribbons.
Flynn won't use iodized sale, which can slow fermentation and discolor the kraut. Flynn then uses a hand-carved, wooden "stomper" to tamp down the cabbage. This breaks up the cell walls of the vegetable so the cabbage produces liquid. The combination of cabbage juice and salt triggers the lactic-acid fermentation that preserves the kraut.
While the cabbage ferments, the crock is covered with a sheet of glass or plywood, weighted down with a brick. The live mixture bubbles and fizzes in the cool of a pole barn. At 60 degrees, it takes about six weeks to became a credible kraut.
That location not only keeps the probiotic stew cold enough. It also saves human nostrils from the pungent aroma of fermenting cabbage. Flynn may make his kraut the old-fashioned way, but he's updated the process with modern hygiene practices. He sanitizes the stomper, crock and all equipment with a solution containing 10 percent bleach.
His mother kept her sauerkraut all winter long in a crock in the root cellar. But Flynn uses a hot water bath or pressure cooker to can his kraut in sterilized pints or quarts. He prefers his kraut right out of the jar, but he sometimes also cooks it long and slow to serve with pork or bratwursts. In those cases, he'll stir in some finely chopped Granny Smith apple or a little caraway seed, which adds a delicately anise flavor to the finished dish.
Some of his favorite recipes -- like a concoction of kraut, chicken, potatoes and sour cream -- come from a book, "A Passion for Sauerkraut," written by Samuel Hofer. In the book, Hofer shares dozens of recipes, along with claims of the food's health benefits. Because kraut creates beneficial flora in the digestive system, Hofer says the vitamin C-rich food enhances nutrient absorption.
In the process, he claims it will reduce arthritis symptoms, fight anemia and even suppress the appetite. At nearly pounds, Flynn quips he "probably should eat more kraut.
Even if sauerkraut wasn't touted as a health elixir, Flynn would still eat it. One day last week, he opened a pot of simmering sauerkraut and ribs to fork up but helpings for visitors. I'm not bragging, but this sauerkraut is good. It was the fault of my old computer hard drive which decided to take a permanent vacation. I had a computer friend in another town look at the hard drive and another hard drive backup and he fixed them. In doing so, he had to reformat both drives in his computer which of course cleaned the drives, and he has to reinstall the ooperating system.
He then sent the drives down to me and I installed them but they would not work. Apparently, the drives should have been formatted attached to my machine with all the register information specific to my machine. Don't ask me any questions about the above information as I don't know squat about the goings on of these pesky machines. In the mean time, I got a laptop that was working properly. However, I had to put all my old files and programs back on the "new to me" machine.
This takes a lot of time as I've got a lot of stuff on the old machine -- fortunately I kept a backup but still had to install the programs and match them to the data files. Unfortunately, the Tribune's computer servers also took a vacation and all the passwords that we use to access the machine were no longer valid.
At this moment, the Tribune is still not up to speed so we have to rely on the Tribune's web site. So, keep on checking and we'll try to keep up with the technology and good will of other people. Johnson Mesa, AZ eajohnsonaz gmail.