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WINTER WONDERLAND M,qhHIhl.,ll,l"lhl,llll"ll,,f.l%llllllh.%.l --------MIXED ADC 50902 SmallTownPapers Inc Q 09/13/99 217 W COTA S'P C,,  SHELTON. WA 98584-2263 6 Wednesday Jan. 2, 2013 $1.00 IIl[ll[I]l!LIIIl![l!l!l!!lll Volume No. 28 NUMBER 19 8 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Kronback retires from school board * After serving nearly 28 years Gene Kronback decided to step aside from the WWG school board By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- This past fall longtime school board member, Gene Kronback, decided to not run again for a position on the board and its chairperson for all but two years of his tenure. Kronback, a rural Westbrook farmer, has always had strong ties with education. He went to South Dakota State University to get his degree in agriculture and teaching. He then taught agriculture at Brewster for 12 years. In 1976 he and his wife, Maydelle, moved with their three children back to Westbrook to take over the family farm when his parents retired. After moving back, he filled in for sixth months as ag teacher in Walnut Grove. He noted all three of his children have followed suit by getting their teaching degrees. Two of them are : still currently teaching. In the spring of 1985 Kronback was aske- to n fr schxt 1mxt by several friends and board members. Also having three children in school he wanted to take a more active role in their education- al opportunities. He was elected and replaced Kenny Jans who was going off of the board. At the time Marlowe Nelsen was the board chairman, and when Nelsen ran for county commissioner two years later Kronback was named board chairman. Kronback said, "it takes a couple of years being on the board to really learn how the district operates with budgetary matters. Back Gene Kronback at his desk in his home office. then it was easier to deal with bud- gets, they were more black and white. Today the budgets are much more complex with so many funding sources to deal with." "- 1ack :thercfs'hxrcl "- "....-t3.W,en he: started-Doc Quincey with many more changes in staffing was superintendent, then Steve Kjorness was working towards get- -- "today teachers tend to stay lon- ger, with many staying through retirement," Kronback said. During his time on the board Kronback worked with three full time superintendents, and one part ting his superintendent's certificate. During that time Don Knutson helped out on a part time basis. For the past ten years Kronback has served with Loy Woelber. "I have been fortunate have a limited num- ber of superintendents and a low staff turnover while I served," he said. In the first few years one of the biggest problems was letting bids for fuel oil and gas. Kronback said, "We had several bidders from the area at the time. Of course we also had to deal with teacher contracts, budgets, and maintaining our buildings." Teacher contract negotiations were always a big thing. "We have always had a good working relation- ship with the teachers, and we always settled before the deadline," Kronback stated. Coming from a teaching back- ground, Kronback knew where they were coming from. "I was in their shoes at one time, on the other side of the table," he said. When it came to setting levy's Kronback felt there is no sense in levying for more than they needed. We tried to hold it down -- and have been fortunate to have the funds to do that. Kronback --- On page 3 Treading on thin ice o Since 1976 (not including 2011-2012 season) 217 people have lost their lives in ice related accidents By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune SPECIAL -- In Minnesota, as well as in other northern states, ice fishing is a big industry. Whether you are sitting on a five gallon pail on a local prairie lake or in a luxury ice house on Lake of the Woods. Minnesotans take to the lakes as soon as it is safe to walk on the ice. But according to the Minnesota DNR there is no such thing as safe ice. The DNR has posted a card with recommended ice thickness guide- lines for ice anglers. They suggest before venturing on to the ice on foot, a minimum of 4 inches of clear ice; five inches for snowmobiles and ATVs; eight to 12 inches for cars or small pickups; twelve to 15 inches for medium trucks. Although there has been 217 ice related fatalities that number has steadily declined since 1976. In the the vehicles, they were driving, first 7 year period since 1976 there broke through the ice, the rest were were 68 deaths recorded. The next when people broke through the ice three seven year periods had 42, 40, or fell into open water. and 43 deaths respectfully. Open water is often found in riv- The good news is the past seven ers, or lakes wit h springs in them. years that figure has dropped by 50 Of course in the southern prairie percent with 22 deaths slightly less lakes, quite a few have aeration sys- than four deaths per year. tems installed to keep the water In the southwest corner of the open to allow aquatic plants to state 10 deaths were recorded in the absorb sunlight which creates oxy- same time period. The last one genback into the water. occurred in 2002 in Jackson county on Round lake when an ATV broke through the ice. Most of the deaths occurred when Treading -- on page 3 Last week there were about 40 ice houses on the north end of Talcot Lake 12 miles south of Westbrook. No cars or pickups were spotted on the ice, anglers either walked or used 4 wheel- ers to get to and from their houses. INDEX:, ],::, WINTER INFORMATION ON RECORD PAGE2 COMMUNITY PAGE' I,':. .'' il,.t i SPORTS CIRCULATION INSIDE PAGE3 C LASSIFIEDADS PAGE7 I1 % I VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 AREA FOCUS PAGE 8 ! I.PAGE 2,3 m CONTA U$:II:]   : ........ CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune WINTER WONDERLAND M,qhHIhl.,ll,l"lhl,llll"ll,,f.l%llllllh.%.l --------MIXED ADC 50902 SmallTownPapers Inc Q 09/13/99 217 W COTA S'P C,,  SHELTON. WA 98584-2263 6 Wednesday Jan. 2, 2013 $1.00 IIl[ll[I]l!LIIIl![l!l!l!!lll Volume No. 28 NUMBER 19 8 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Kronback retires from school board * After serving nearly 28 years Gene Kronback decided to step aside from the WWG school board By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- This past fall longtime school board member, Gene Kronback, decided to not run again for a position on the board and its chairperson for all but two years of his tenure. Kronback, a rural Westbrook farmer, has always had strong ties with education. He went to South Dakota State University to get his degree in agriculture and teaching. He then taught agriculture at Brewster for 12 years. In 1976 he and his wife, Maydelle, moved with their three children back to Westbrook to take over the family farm when his parents retired. After moving back, he filled in for sixth months as ag teacher in Walnut Grove. He noted all three of his children have followed suit by getting their teaching degrees. Two of them are : still currently teaching. In the spring of 1985 Kronback was aske- to n fr schxt 1mxt by several friends and board members. Also having three children in school he wanted to take a more active role in their education- al opportunities. He was elected and replaced Kenny Jans who was going off of the board. At the time Marlowe Nelsen was the board chairman, and when Nelsen ran for county commissioner two years later Kronback was named board chairman. Kronback said, "it takes a couple of years being on the board to really learn how the district operates with budgetary matters. Back Gene Kronback at his desk in his home office. then it was easier to deal with bud- gets, they were more black and white. Today the budgets are much more complex with so many funding sources to deal with." "- 1ack :thercfs'hxrcl "- "....-t3.W,en he: started-Doc Quincey with many more changes in staffing was superintendent, then Steve Kjorness was working towards get- -- "today teachers tend to stay lon- ger, with many staying through retirement," Kronback said. During his time on the board Kronback worked with three full time superintendents, and one part ting his superintendent's certificate. During that time Don Knutson helped out on a part time basis. For the past ten years Kronback has served with Loy Woelber. "I have been fortunate have a limited num- ber of superintendents and a low staff turnover while I served," he said. In the first few years one of the biggest problems was letting bids for fuel oil and gas. Kronback said, "We had several bidders from the area at the time. Of course we also had to deal with teacher contracts, budgets, and maintaining our buildings." Teacher contract negotiations were always a big thing. "We have always had a good working relation- ship with the teachers, and we always settled before the deadline," Kronback stated. Coming from a teaching back- ground, Kronback knew where they were coming from. "I was in their shoes at one time, on the other side of the table," he said. When it came to setting levy's Kronback felt there is no sense in levying for more than they needed. We tried to hold it down -- and have been fortunate to have the funds to do that. Kronback --- On page 3 Treading on thin ice o Since 1976 (not including 2011-2012 season) 217 people have lost their lives in ice related accidents By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune SPECIAL -- In Minnesota, as well as in other northern states, ice fishing is a big industry. Whether you are sitting on a five gallon pail on a local prairie lake or in a luxury ice house on Lake of the Woods. Minnesotans take to the lakes as soon as it is safe to walk on the ice. But according to the Minnesota DNR there is no such thing as safe ice. The DNR has posted a card with recommended ice thickness guide- lines for ice anglers. They suggest before venturing on to the ice on foot, a minimum of 4 inches of clear ice; five inches for snowmobiles and ATVs; eight to 12 inches for cars or small pickups; twelve to 15 inches for medium trucks. Although there has been 217 ice related fatalities that number has steadily declined since 1976. In the the vehicles, they were driving, first 7 year period since 1976 there broke through the ice, the rest were were 68 deaths recorded. The next when people broke through the ice three seven year periods had 42, 40, or fell into open water. and 43 deaths respectfully. Open water is often found in riv- The good news is the past seven ers, or lakes wit h springs in them. years that figure has dropped by 50 Of course in the southern prairie percent with 22 deaths slightly less lakes, quite a few have aeration sys- than four deaths per year. tems installed to keep the water In the southwest corner of the open to allow aquatic plants to state 10 deaths were recorded in the absorb sunlight which creates oxy- same time period. The last one genback into the water. occurred in 2002 in Jackson county on Round lake when an ATV broke through the ice. Most of the deaths occurred when Treading -- on page 3 Last week there were about 40 ice houses on the north end of Talcot Lake 12 miles south of Westbrook. No cars or pickups were spotted on the ice, anglers either walked or used 4 wheel- ers to get to and from their houses. INDEX:, ],::, WINTER INFORMATION ON RECORD PAGE2 COMMUNITY PAGE' I,':. .'' il,.t i SPORTS CIRCULATION INSIDE PAGE3 C LASSIFIEDADS PAGE7 I1 % I VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 AREA FOCUS PAGE 8 ! I.PAGE 2,3 m CONTA U$:II:]   : ........ CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune