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Glacial State Park


It was Memorial "Day" Weekend, so a friend (Anthony F.) and I went on a "fishing tour". Our first stop was Glacial State Park...

It was an Open House for all state parks in Minnesota, so it was free on it's first opening (Sunday, June 1st of 2008) day for the summer. Unfortunately, we weren't able to catch anything (too hot-around 4-5:30p)!

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  • Welcome to Glacial Lakes State Park Glacial Lakes State Park Phone Number: (320) 239-2860; Starbuck MN

  • Wikipedia

  • "is a Minnesota state park approximately five miles south of Starbuck. It was founded in 1963 to preserve some of the remaining rolling prairie which previously covered much of the state. Located in the Leaf Mountains, the park and the area around it contains many glacial landforms created by the Wisconsonian glaciation."

    Hobo Park

    After getting a "lite supper" at the DQ, we tried a better luck in catching fish at Hobo Park (6p-8:30pm)..

    We ended up catching past our maximum limit of "bass" (6 each), which we would end up throwing the "smallest" fishes everytime we catched a "big one" (9"-12" + or 2lbs). We even caught other types of fishes (Sunnies and Blue Gill), but they were not worth keeping because of the smallness (need to catch "a lot" to get something "meaty" to worth eating a "meal")

    ...more photos (cleaning fish) and Outdoors

    Minnesota Fish Facts
    "Minnesota Fish Facts
    Minnesota fishing is the best there is. The fish are varied and challenging enough for any angler. A handy listing of a few of the more popular fishing targets are listed below for your convenience. Minnesota fishing offers Walleye, Crappie, Small-Mouth and Large-Mouth Bass, Sunfish, Perch, Northern Pike, and Muskies."

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  • Explore Minnesota

  • "Located on the west shores of Lake Minnewaska, Starbuck, Mn. 100 camping sites plus a few tent sites. Full Hook-up and electric only sites. Boat docking available in adjacent Marina. Camping season-May 1 thru September 30. 55 sites are rented as seasonals. Easy access to downtown, Lakeshore Park, tennis courts, swimming beach by bike/walking path. Call 320-239-2336 for reservations...."
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    Farm Rescue 2009 - Starbuck, MN

    "Farm Rescue helps family recovering from multiple health issues. "

    -UMM International Student Community Initiative Project

    *see 2010 Internatonal Students visit local farm as part of their community initiative project (1 of 5) during orientation week (August 11th-21st)


  • Chamber of Commerce
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  • Lefse Days
  • Starbuck Dragon Boat (personal site)

  • Starbuck Dragon Boat races Saturday Chad Koenen 8/4/2009 10:45:00 AM
    "In just its second year, the Starbuck Dragon Boat Festival has nearly doubled in size.
    What began as an 18-team race last year has already grown to a 34-team, all-day-race-spectacular planned for this weekend in Starbuck. With an average of 20 people per team, including spectators converging on Starbuck City Park, Starbuck Dragon Boat Festival organizers hope this year's event will not only be bigger, but better than last year's inaugural event.
    "We are very excited for it," said Starbuck Area Chamber of Commerce Director Lori Vaadeland.
    The Starbuck Dragon Boat Festival weekend will kick off on Saturday, August 7, with a spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the parade of teams beginning at 6:30 p.m. The night wraps up with the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. and music and entertainment which will begin around 7:30 p.m.
    The races will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday morning and run throughout the day. At 1 p.m. kid activities will get underway. Among the activities will be a variety of games in the shelter and inflatables.
    The day will wrap up with a winner's ceremony at 5 p.m. and DJ to follow.
    For more information about the Starbuck Dragon Boat Festival visit the festival online at
    Volunteers sought
    Vaadeland said volunteers are still needed for a number of jobs throughout the weekend. With so many teams entered in the race, more volunteers than ever will be needed to make sure the weekend remains safe and goes off without a hitch.
    Anyone who would like to donate some of their time to do everything from parking cars to watching the entrance or helping with any number of activities is being sought to contact the chamber office at 239-4220.
    Parking changes
    With such a large amount of people expected to be at the city park, organizers are taking precautions by making some changes to this year's race weekend-most notably a change in parking.
    Unlike last year when parking was allowed in the beach parking lot, Vaadeland said no one will be allowed to park in the beach parking lot unless they have a parking permit. She said the move is meant to help keep a compacted area as safe as safe as possible during the busy race weekend. Instead of parking in the park, people are being asked to park at centralized locations in town and get shuttled into city park by a bus.
    "We really want to stress that people from the community need to go to the parking spots and be shuttled to the park," she said.
    Rainbow Rider will be running multiple busses at a time to pick people up at one of the parking lots located at: the Starbuck Airport, Cenex, Fron Lutheran Church and First National Bank (handicapped parking only). Vaadeland said "we will have shuttle busses running all day on Friday and Saturday," and will transport people from their car to the park and vice versa until 10:30 p.m. on both night's. The busses will drop everyone off in the park near the bandshell.
    On Friday evening there will be two busses that will begin at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday three busses will start picking people up at 8 a.m. at the same locations. There will also be pickup/drop-off points downtown in Starbuck at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home, Starbuck Depot, and Hobo Park. The shuttles are to be used free of charge for all spectators and racers.


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  • Starbuck Heritage Days
  • Welcome to the 27th Annual Heritage Days Chad Koenen Starbuck Times 6/30/2009 12:23:00 PM
    "The Heritage Days tradition continues in Starbuck when the 27th Annual Heritage Days celebration kicks off July 2. The lineup for the July 2-5 celebration mimics years past, but will feature a new wrinkle yet to be seen at Heritage Days.
    Festivities officially kick off on Thursday evening with the annual Queens Style Show "Vintage Tea Party" at the Starbuck Community Center. All women who attend the event are being asked to get into the festive spirit by wearing a vintage hat. Tickets are needed for the show and can be picked up at A Touch of Class by July 1.
    The most notable change to the lineup is the change in night's for the annual Johnny Holm Band Street Dance and Movie in the Park. This year the Johnny Holm dance at the Starbuck VFW will be held on Thursday night rather than Friday evening. The adjustment will mean a change in the schedule for the annual Movie in the Park, and open up space for a new talent show on Friday evening.
    The first ever, Starbuck's Got Talent, will be held at the Starbuck Community Center on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. The talent show will be a take on the popular TV show and will feature a variety of locals acts. Everyone is encouraged to become a contestant in the talent show and can do so by contacting Starbuck Area Chamber of Commerce Director Lori Vaadeland at 239-3955, Marilyn Larson at 239-4251, Shari Opdahl at 239-4651, or Mary Baukol at 239-2972.
    Following the talent show, the annual Movie in the Park will take place at city park.
    On Saturday, Starbuck will be a busy place from sun up to sun down as the Fly-in Pancake Breakfast by Chris Cakes will get underway at 7 a.m. at the Starbuck Airport. The event will run through 12 p.m.
    Also at 7 a.m. registration will begin at city park for the annual Heritage Days 5k and 10k run.
    Beginning at 8 a.m., downtown Starbuck will be the place to be as the Starbuck Depot and Starbuck School Museum will hold an open house. At 9 a.m. the Craft Fair and Quilt Show will get underway near the downtown area, as well as a host of activities at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home.
    At 10 a.m., area children will get their moment in the limelight when the Kiddie Parade and Kid Again Inflatables will get underway. The Push, Pedal, Pull Tractor Competition will follow the Kiddie Parade downtown. At 10:30 a.m., the Kiddie Carnival will begin at the Starbuck Depot.
    When the warm afternoon sun begins to fall on the horizon, a Jr. and Sr. High Beach Party will be a prelude to the annual fireworks show near the city beach. The fireworks show will get underway around 10 p.m.
    On Sunday, Heritage Days wraps up with a Community Church Service at the Starbuck City Park Bandshell at 10 a.m.
    At 1:30 p.m., Heritage Days Grand Marshal Harlan Medalen will reign over the annual Heritage Days Parade. Following the parade, Heritage Days will come to a close with the crowning of a new Miss Minnewaska at city park."



  • Doo Wop dishing By Chad Koenen 12/16/2008 2:26:00 PM (

  • "...Over the past 35 years, Nichtern has seen his collection of 1950's- 1960's memorabilia grow from a few boxes of items from his childhood, to dominating the walls of his coffee shop. In addition to the items on display in the front of the store, is an extensive collection packed away in the back of the coffee shop still looking for a permanent place to call home.
    While the collection has garnered much discussion by all those who have stopped at Dave's Place over the years, the local chatter was magnified last week when "On the Road" host Jason Davis stopped by Dave's Place to get a first-hand look at the collection. ...
    In addition to Vee and his son's, Nichtern invited a few Minnewaska Area High School students who joined in the celebration last Friday. The group performed a dance dressed in late 1950's attire to one of Vee's hit songs "Rubber Ball,"
    Though no air date has been scheduled for the "On the Road" episode featuring Dave's Place, Nichtern said he was told the episode is tentatively scheduled to air sometime in March."



    Starbuck Lights Show 02 Dec 11, from
    "All the stars are out, or they will be, during Starbuck’s Christmas light shows, a drive-and-park show through Starbuck’s City Park. The 2nd annual show will be held this year starting tonight (December 2) and continuing tomorrow (December 3), December 9, 10, 16, 17, and 18. The show features moving lights and music. The park will be open and staffed by volunteers from 6-8 pm. One of the show’s organizers Nancy Rapp says a local resident created a buck and star decoration that will be featured among many of the lighted trees and holiday decorations.
    There is no admission fee, but free-will donations will be accepted for current costs and future expansions. The park is located on Main Street, headed south out of town. "


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  • City-Data

  • "..Estimated median household income in 2005: $30,400 (it was $28,235 in 2000).."
  • Wikipedia

  • "is a city in Pope County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,314 at the 2000 census..."


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