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tinel ribune Walnut Grove, Westbrook, Dovray, and Revere areas 75 cents Volume No. 18 Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003 Issue No. 17 On line - L 0 tAKE for fishin . . . Melvin Ruppert of Currle took advantage of great weather Saturday couple of lines. He had about three nice perch in the bucket that he ' but he said they stopped biting after that. Ruppert says he loves to ice County awarded of $915 to museum the governing Minnesota on behalf of State The Historic Field Services Dept. of the Society grant pro0000. county and organizations and preserve County with increas- its coltions museum is a rela- software pack- Press that museum standards. The soft- ware is in use by 40 other his- torical organizations in Minnesota. The public may call Linda Franson, executive direc- tor of the Cottonwood County Historical Society at 507-445- 3348, for more details. Since 1969 the State of Minnesota has appropriated funds to encourage the develop- ment of historical organizations and historical programming, and for the preservation, restoration and stabilization of irreplaceable, historically sig- nificant buildings that are open to the public. Car accident injures Jill Alms On December 27, Jill Alms, 21, Walnut Grove, was injured in a car accident 5-1/2 miles north of Walnut Grove. She was transported to the Marshall hospital. She lost control of her car which overturned and the 1997 Pontiac was totaled. American Red Cross bloodmobile coming to Walnut Grove Please spread the word about the blood drive coming to Walnut Grove on Tuesday, December 31, at the Walnut Grove Community Center from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Everyday of the year, someone needs blood, even during the holidays. "(T' nega- tive blood is especially in demand. Giving blood is safe, it's simple and it saves lives. What a better way to "love thy neighbor" than to save his or her life? Any questions, please call Bette Onrada, 859-2578, or call the commuty center on that day. On behalf of those in need, thank you! Ambulance volunteers need- ed for continued service By Caroline Van Loh What if you or someone you love experiences a heart attack or is injured in an accident? What if the nearest ambulance is 20 or more miles away? What if the ambulance response time is 30 minutes? WHAT IF THERE WERE NO WESTBROOK AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION? All of us play the "what if' game from time to time, but the above "what if" is no game. Without dedicated community volunteers, the Westbrook Ambulance Association(WAA) would [DJV1] cease to exist. It's one of those things in life that we take for granted until we are personally impacted by it. Although I am not a mem- ber of the squad, I have come to appreciate the ambulance vol- unteers as I have observed my husband Dave for the last 15 or so years that he has been an ambulance volunteer. The WAA needs to add more Just like any roup that you may participate ia, there is a continual change of membership. Some members move away, others develop per- sonal health problems, still others have increased family demands. Others retire aRer 20 years of service under the ret/rement plan offered by the association. At one time I remember more than 20 people active in the association, but today there are only 13. Just trying to get a couple of those people together at the same time to discuss ambulance issues for this article was impossible. "What if' that circumstance existed when I had a physical emergency? Perhaps the physical emergency was in your home. Our community needs people ready to meet those emergencies as soon as they arise. What motivates someone to willing volunteer when family plans may need to be inter- rupted or changed from time to time? I asked my husband that question and he respond- ed, "I want the reassurance and peace of mind that quali- fied help will be readily avail- able for my family or me when needed. By volunteering myself and my time, I am one cog in the machine that keeps the WAA functioning." We have the distinction of having the smallest hospital in Minnesota. Without the WAA, our hospital would soon cease to function, and the "what if" at the beginning of this article would become reality. Our local ambulance workers strive to keep their response time under 10 minutes, but that objective involves volunteers. Most people today have quite busy schedules that require t pe o their time. Ha: bulance personnel available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week works best when many people can be available for shorter periods of time. Then, many people working together lighten the work load. A training session for new volunteers will soon be starting in Jeffers. The WAA will pay for a new recruit's training. All they ask in return is the commitment to serve at least one year in the association. This is the time of the year many people make New Year's ,-,olutions. Why not resolve becodie a part of the "Westbrook Ambulance Association? Association pres- ident Dennis Jutting or Training Officer Jan Johnson will be glad to give you more information. WESTBROOK -- EMT's Jan Johnson and Connie Krick.