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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Year In Review Wednesda' Richard J. Lewis back to WWG after a seven year hia- "tus. He returned to WWG to lead a video production class. Seven years ago, then an independent film maker Richard Lewis, visited Westbrook Walnut Grove school to give a film making workshop. While here he stayed with the Carolyn and Don Enstad family. Since that time Carolyn had kept in contact with Lewis for several years, Recently Lewis contacted Carolyn Enstad and con- firmed that he would visit the Enstads and WWG for a video production workshop. Lewis a native of Toronto, Canada still lives there with his wife and three children. During the filming season he commutes between Los Angeles and his home in Toronto. Lewis' rise to fame in the film industry started from humble beginnings when he was a young teenager of about fourteen. Using a friends eight millimeter movie camera he and some of his friends began shooting short fiction stories he wrote and acted in. By the time he was about sixteen he decided he would like to be a film maker. She just loves kids Julia Graves retirin at the end ofschool year WWG -- When you think of Julia Graves, you have to think of her two hundred and fifty plus kids, none of them hers, but all of them share a piece of her heart. With twenty six years of education and administration behind her, Julia will finish her career in the education busi- ness at the end of this school year. [ Julia Graves Council looks at New Dog Ordinance Walnut Grove city council met Monday, May 12th. Dogs running at large and barking dogs were dis- cussed during Merna Malmberg's police report. She will look into an ordi- Her Love is Second place State Soils Team, from left, Andrea Hannan, Cody Jarmer, Emily Deprez, Jordan Dibble, and Jenny Lund. Lewis worked with students on location in downtown Westbrook. Richard stressed a point during one of thequestion and answer sessions. nance limiting the number Thirty three of dogs and cats anyone can have to two, She would like Westbrook Walnut to see a bus unloading zone in front of the wilder Museum. The Council approved a Resolution to send to the County to get this done before pageant time. Disposition of the old squad car was discussed. The old equipment needs to be taken off of it before it can be sold. June Grove seniors graduated Sunday Beth Kleven gives seniors sage advice "'Life's a journey pack light" WWG -- Sunday after- noon 33 seniors donned their gowns, mortar board caps, were pinned with class flow- ers and practiced their senior number with Mrs. Knott. Then at two o'clock they marched into the gymnasi- um to the strains of"Fanfare and Processional" performed by the high school band. First in the program the lights were dimmed for the traditional slide show pro- duced by Laura Butler and Ashley t)aplow. The produc- tion featured pictures of the class in a then and now for- mat and included pictures of birthday parties, class trips and other nostalgic moments of the class. Addressing the senior class, English and social teacher Beth Klevefi said "Boy you get fond of these guys. Kleven digressed to her own graduation thirty seven years ago, noting that she remembered little except that she got her diploma. She told the seniors "'your next thirty seven years will go really fast." elementary Janice Tostengard closing her lesson plan after 35 years in Westbrook WWG -- "I just like little kids -- they are full of curios- ity and they love to learn" said first grade teacher Janice Tostengard as she reflected on her career as an elementary teacher. Tostengard a native of Clermont. Lh a small town in northeast Iowa. said teach. ing was not always her life long dream. While in Luther College in Decorah. Iowa she was attracted to the teaching profession. After graduation she taught in Spring Grove. MN for a 3"ear before moving to Westbrook. ostengard taught the majority years as a first grade teacher, but she also did stints as 3rd and 4th gn'ade and a couple of combi- nation 1st and 2nd grade classes. danice said she enjoyed doing research for the units she taught. She enjoyed the excitement of the kids learn- ing about the world of dinosaurs. Pandas and the solar system. Although she commented that she had to retract some of the things she had taught in earlier years because of new discov- eries and technology. End - O- Line open house Railroads are no longer a driving force of rural econ- omy, but End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum in Currie tells the story of a time when community devel- opment depended on the railroad. Sunday afternoon the park in Currie rolled out the red carpet so area people could stroll through a part of our local history. Volunteers and park employees were on hand at each of the attractions to add a personal touch to the exhibits and answer ques- tions. One popular attrac- tion was the railroad turntable, built in 1901. This turntable has the dis- tinction of being the only one surviving in Minnesota on its original site and still turning with manpower. f' Janice Visitors were stand on the turned, just as it years ago with s engine. City court, hears str00 report WESTBROOK council person has worked Zieske to get together for overlays. He told he would check League of City's need to hire an consuhant for the since it only invol ves ing existing treetS. The city could s five thousand doll could be used to a project. In light of S the extra money o important for the ci0 Interest in Walnut senior gains Both interest enthusiasm for the senior housing Walnut Grove is according to Halstenson of the Task Force and Vanderwerf, Walnut Grove groups of bers interested in have visited a opened seniors built by Communities, Hector. An ei ing task force working with Grove EDA to Beth Kleven evoked smiles from the class she has taught in the pa years. This supplement l00rought to you by the following businesses Sons, Inc. since 1952 Fax: 507-752-7469 Parker 507-752-7092 1967 MN, J507:274-5461 P VFW Club In Business since 1953 Westbrook, MN. 507-274-5661 Betty's Gift Shop In Business since 1970 Westbrook, MN 507-274-5600 Knakmuhs In Business since 1 Ph. 507-859-2154 Almlie Funeral In Business since 1 Tracy 507-629-4510 Westbrook