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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Community MIRROR OF BYGONE DAYS TEN YEARS AGO January 5, 1993 Pastor Matt and Mrs. Sallmen were surprised by family and friends in honor of the 50th anniversary last week. Family and friends helped Inga Erickson celebrate her 80th birthday at the Valley View Apartment Lounge on Wednesday afternoon. Stacy Martius was named to the All-Tournament team in the Butterfield Holiday Tournament last week. TWENTY YEARS AGO January 5, 1983 Area farmers have noticed lately that a family of coy- otes have moved into the area. Four have "already been killed, and the others will probably not last much longer. Walnut Grove Jaycees and Lions Clubs have been busy making feeders for the deer, and encouraging residents to put out feed for the pheas- ants and partridge that are wintering here. Shetek Marine is sponsor- ing the Snowmobile Drag Races at Lake Shetek. The races will be held every other Sunday throughout the season. THIRTY YEARS AGO January 3, 1973 Members of the Plum Creek Riders Snowmobile Club braved the extreme cold Sunday to ride 70 miles in an effort to raise funds for the Heart Fund. Daylight Savings Time will go into effect Sunday morning, so set your clocks ahead 1 hour. The plan was adopted to help the energy situation. A rate increase is planned for March for the cost of mailing a first-class letter. The rate will be going to 10 cents. WALNUT GROVE NEWS Teri Herder 859-5402 Sandy and MaryAnn Alcorn, along with Bob and Joyce Alcorn, John and Shug Markell, Marshall, and Ben Markell of Marshall, were New Year's Day dinner guests at the home of Mary Come in Belview. Margie Bakken made a New Year's Eve Day visit to Bernita Nackerud and Edna Schmidt at Valley View Manor in Lamberton. Clair Baker treated Margie Bakken and Ernest and Elisabeth Bakken to a New Year's Eve dinner at the Mediterranean. The group then went to the home of Ernest and Elisabeth Bakken where Clair provided after dinner hers d'oeuvres. Dorothy DeSmith and S. Virginia Matter were New Year's Eve guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dale DeSmith. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schommer arrived at the home of Dorothy DeSmith on Friday. They visited here to participate as Godparents at the baptism of Kelsey DeSmith. Butch and Roane Mattison hosted a baptism reception Sunday for Kelsey DeSmith. Guests included Dale and Angle DeSmith and family, Dorothy DeSmith, Paul, Jean, David and Mark DeSmith, Ann, Paul, Josh and Elizabeth Schommer, Scott, Sonia, Brianna, Nicole, Josh and Kallie Maffison, Chad, Trent, Taylor and Nathan Mattison, Carey and Megan Mattison, and Pastor Bonnie Leman. Elisabeth and Ernest Bakken hosted dinner Friday in honor of Elisabeth's birthday. Guests included Marjorie Bakken, Margie Bakken. and Lenor and Eleanor Bakken. Dorothy Grunden was a Friday dinner guest at the home of Kathy Rykhus, Tracy. Gloria Pack returned home Saturday after spending a week vacation- ing in the Dominican Republic with her famil>, Ricky Pack, Boyd and Debbie Pack and family, Farmington, and Byron and Travis Pack, Hutchinson. Sunday dinner guests at the home of Clesta Smith were Dar Brandt and Mike and Chelsea Brielmaier and their newborn daugh- ter, Abby, all of Mankato, and Vernal and Bonnie Wahl. Mike and Cindy Wahl stopped by in the afternoon to see the baby. Lorraine and Oscar Steffen attended the Tuesday funeral of Lorraine's brother, Truman Kopperud, at the Old Westbrook Church. Lorraine's brother, Eli Kopperud of Ely, stayed as a guest at the Earl Warner home. Find us on the Web at Steamy_ morning WALNUT GROVE -- f-dnicles sitting in the parking lot at the Grove Apartments spewed white clouds of exhaust from the below zero tem- peratures Monday morning. In defense of the English language By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune 2003 Word of the Year Announced An article in last Sunday's edition of the MPLS Star/Tribune by Michael Browning of the Cox News Service caught my eye as I was struggling with the crossword puzzle on the same page. Did you know that since 1995. those who should know have selected a Word of the Year? That tid- bit of information made my day, but it didn't help me solve the crossword puzzle. According to Browning, editors of Webster's New World College Dictionary (WNWCD) have declared transparency as the word for 2003. I remember learn- ing the opposite concepts of transparent and opaque in an elementary science class. They were concrete concepts that could be seen with the naked eye, unlike many of the abstract scientific, princi- ples I struggled to learn. Back then, they were just two more words to add to my growing vocabulary, and I had no idea how important the concepts would become in the 21st century. Not very many years ago transparencies were the way to go when teaching. No longer did the teacher battle with chalk dust and all its related disadvantages. Today, a teacher using the latest innovations has a lap- top with power point. I'm not even sure that I used the right terms, and these elec- tronic devices may have already become obsolete before this article is printed. But I digress. What is final authority is Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language (WEUDEL), 2001 edition. This authority on language cites merely 3 defi- nitions for the word. 1) quality or state of being transparent. 2) something transparent, especially a pic- ture, design, or the like on glass or some translucent substance. 3) Photography: a) the proportion of the light that is passed through the emulsion on an area of a pho- tographic image, and b) a photographic print on a clear base for viewing by trans- mitted light. That last defi- nition, by the way, dates back to the late 16th century. Thinking another form of the word would shed some light on the logic of the WEUDEL editors, I checked on the meaning of another word in the same family, transparent. In computer terminology, transparent means operating in such a way (of a process or soft- ware) as to not be perceived by users. That definition changes the perspective of our word of the year. Not perceived by users. Have you ever had a child define a word by giving its antonym (opposite)? Sometimes that is a good way to understand an unfa- miliar word. WEUDEL lists just two antonyms for our word of the year. The first one, opaque, I learned as a young child. The second one, secretive, suddenly allows the full strength of the light to shine through. SECRETIVE. 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