Editor’s point of view
By Tim Douglass, editor of the Pope County Tribune
It was really nice to see a few docks move from their winter perches on the shore into the lake for another open water season.
Cool, windy weather this past week since the ice ended likely delayed platform installation for many owners, but over the weekend at least one station began upgrading its platforms and elevators. water for the coming season.
The long and iconic dock system at Woodlawn Resort and Campground has begun to expand into Lake Minnewaska in the past few days. It is not an easy task. The dock system in front of the station along North Lakeshore Drive, extends from the shoreline through shallow water until it reaches a suitable depth for boats and pontoons.
Last Friday afternoon, the docks entered the DNR landing along North Lakeshore Drive in Glenwood.
The Starbuck Marina has a few boats and pontoons parked in their respective locations, but the south pier has not yet opened.
A brisk walk to the dam at the outlet of the lake near Starbuck Marina showed that the water level is a little higher now than it was last fall. It looked like the water was rushing about 6 to 8 inches over the dam that had been erected to regulate the water levels of Lake Minnewaska.
When the water is high, it flows over the dam. When it’s low, like last summer and fall, there was only a trickle in the area.
Snowmelt runoff as well as a number of spring rains in the watershed appear to have raised the lake level. This should be good news for most owners and anyone boating or fishing on the lake.
Omnibus sa. the invoice does not arrive bipartisan support
The Minnesota House last Monday approved an omnibus funding package with components for agriculture, broadband and housing that R-Starbuck Rep. Paul Anderson says spends a lot of extra money, but doesn’t have failed to garner bipartisan support.
Anderson is the Republican House Leader on Agriculture. He said in a recent press release that the agricultural portion of the bill (HF 4366) includes an 81% increase in related spending for 2023, with no tangible benefits for traditional farmers or consumers. Anderson also said the bill takes away an important management tool for farmers that helps them manage their fertilizer applications.
“One area where this bill fell short is that it doesn’t have more funding for E15 fuel infrastructure,” Anderson said. “We had high hopes for more funding for this project, but the majority left that funding out of the bill. President Biden recently announced that retailers will again be able to sell E15 year-round this year. This bill should have done more to expand the availability of this lower cost fuel variety at a time when gas prices are at historic highs, so this bill is kind of a missed opportunity,” said Anderson.
The bill also provides $25 million for the state’s Border-to-Border broadband program. Earlier versions of the bill called for $100 million for that purpose, but House Democrats cut that figure by 75% in the final stages of the committee process, he said.
The bill was approved 70-62 along party lines in the House and is now heading to the Senate
“While I cannot support this current bill in the House, I remain hopeful that the next conference committee will make positive changes to the finished product so that it comes back worthy of broad bipartisan support,” Anderson said. “Farm-related bills are usually some of the least controversial on Capitol Hill, and ultimately I hope that will be the case again this year.”