October 15, 2014

Fairfax Mayor getting ready

to hand over the reins

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Fairfax residents only have a few more months to call Doug Pomplun “Mr. Mayor.” With his second term wrapping up, Mayor Doug Pomplun will not seek re-election.

“After four years, it’s time for somebody else to take over,” Pomplun said. “It’s good to get other ideas in there.”

Pomplun has enjoyed his time as mayor, but thinks if one person stays in the position for too long, it isn’t beneficial for a city.

Pomplun was first elected to the mayoral position in 2010 and took office on January 1, 2011. He was re-elected in 2012. Pomplun ran unopposed in both elections.

Pomplun discussed the status of Fairfax and is not worried about what the future holds. He noted the city is in a fairly stable position, which is a result of being financially sound and on good footing. One area Pomplun would like to see a continuation of growth in is the business field.

“It’s always beneficial if we could bring more businesses to town. Fairfax has a lot to offer,” Pomplun said. “It’s just tough to bring more jobs.”

During his time as mayor, Pomplun has seen and been involved with projects and improvements done in the city. Among these projects were the new City Hall and Library buildings. Pomplun expressed how proud he is when he thinks of all the hard work and planning that went into these buildings. He cited these new additions to the city as some of the highlights of his four years serving as mayor.

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Reading, Writing and ‘Rithmatic –

preserving stories of days gone by

By Denise Bonsack, Publisher

If you read Howard Sherpe’s column last week, you may remember his comment about the cemeteries being full of stories that will never be told. 

Well, the Sibley County Historical Society is working hard to make sure that some of those stories are captured and documented before it’s too late.

Over the past three years, members of the group have been working hard to gather information for their latest project, a book called ‘Country Schools of Sibley County’. They conducted interviews with former students and teachers, and have done hours and hours of research to find all the details they can on the schools that once dotted the Sibley County landscape. 

The idea for the book originated with Harriet Traxler, who has since passed away. Traxler, a local photographer, had written several books herself, including one that featured the Barns of Sibley County, so she was a big help in getting the project headed down the right path.

From there, “It just kind of evolved,” said SCHS President Jerome Petersen. “Nobody thought it was going to be the elephant in the room. There’s such a variety of stuff here – these interviews we’ve conducted, and photographs and documents. The book is going to be fabulous.”

That was one of their biggest challenges. With the vast amount of information they collected and received, they had to find a way to include it in the book and format it so that it would appeal to readers. And since they couldn’t include everything they received, they had to decide what to include and what to leave out.

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October 8, 2014

Korean War Veteran receives Quilt of Valor

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Bruce Green, a Korean War veteran, received a Quilt of Valor on Sunday, September 28 at Gil-Mor Manor.

The Quilts of Valor program began in November 2003. Since the beginning of the program, 105,941 quilts have been given out.

According to the Quilts of Valor program: “Our mission is to cover all our warriors and combat veterans who have been touched by war or wounded with our healing and comforting Quilts of Valor.”

Green joined the Air Force on November 20, 1950, and was sent to Korea the next year in 1951. While stationed there, Green was an air support member on the Kunsan Air Force Base. The Kunsan Air Force Base is located on South Korea’s western coast.

According to one of Green’s daughters, Sandy Johnson, Green does not talk about his time in Korea that often.

“One of the stories that he does talk about, are the children and how they would go through the garbage looking for anything to eat or sell,” Johnson said.

Green also has two photo albums filled with snapshots of his life at the air force camp and of his squadron. He will show these to his family and explain what is going on in the pictures.

“He does not talk about the fighting or things like that,” Johnson said. “He never has.”

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GFW superintendent finalist for new position

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

GFW Superintendent and Elementary Principal Tami Martin is a finalist for a superintendent position in the Pillager School District.

Pillager is about 15 miles west of Brainerd.

According to a report by the Brainerd Dispatch’s Jessie Perrine, Martin, along with five other applicants, will go through the first round of interviews on Saturday, October 11. The field is expected to be narrowed down to three candidates after that.

The second round of interviews is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 21.

There were 22 applicants for the Pillager superintendent position from which the six finalists were selected.

Martin became the GFW Superintendent and Elementary Principal starting in the 2013-2014 school year. Prior to her position at GFW, she was the Superintendent/K-8 Principal/Executive Director of Crosslake Community School in Crosslake, Minnesota.

Stay tuned to the Standard-Gazette & Messenger for updates.