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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Year In t eview Wednesda, Walnut Grove residents to choose bags or containers for garbage WALNUT GROVE --At the October 13th council meeting the council heard presentations from Curry Sanitation from Redwood Falls and Ritter Sanitary Services from Marshall. Both companies would be willing to stay with the present bag system, or fur- nish 30, 60 or 90 gallon con- tainers that could be wheeled to the curb to be emptied. It was decided to place an ad in the paper to see what the residents would prefer to use. Residents may also look at the containers at city hall, and let their preference be known. The council will make a decision at their November meeting. Economic impact of Shetek Hospitals service area dis- cussed A small group of inter- ested individuals from the Westbrook community heard David Nelson, Regional Extension Director from Olivia, address economic issues of the local healthcare system on October 21, at the Community Center. Information presented by Nelson was the result of a collaborative project of MN Dept. of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, UM Dept. of Applied Economics, and MN Center for Rural Health. Health care is often the 2nd or 3rd largest employer in a community. The overall job creation due to health care, directly and indirectly, in the Westbrook area is an estimated 230 jobs. Health care services also promote growth in business and industry. Retirees are attracted to a community that offers adequate health care services. November Brewster bS0ybean plant oosts SW MN economy On November 18, 2002, official groundbreaking cere- monies were held along Highway 60 just east of Brewster for the farnaer- owned soybean processing plant. Saturday, November 15, 2003, the ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, signal- ing that the Minnesota Soybean Processor (MnSP) plant is now ready to oper- ate. This plant is the largest farmer-owned soybean pro- cessing plant in the United States. What started as a dream for a few southwest- ern Minnesota farmers, like Bob Kirchner of Brewster, STORDEN -- This worker from Water Tower Paint and Repair of Clear Lake, Iowa was about to climb inside the water tower last week to work on repair- ing the inside of the tower. became a working reality in just five years. 'Fhis is like speaking to my extended family. It's more than an open house; it's a milestone for agriculture in this area," said MnSP president Kirchner in his remarks to the large crowd at the rib- bon-cutting ceremony. "It's all about working together. bringing value back to American farmers." Council hears plan to buy new ambulance Marge Peterson, ambu- lance director, informed the council of plans to purchase a new ambulance on the state bid, at a cost of $81,276. The company will not take the present ambu- lance on trade, because it's more than 10 years old. The ambulance squad will meet with the sales representa- tive one more time to go over the specifications and order it for delivery around the first of April. Board looks at dress code policy again board members also felt the policies are adequate but they must be more actively enforced. Principal Bill Richards said he would stress the importance of enforcing the dress codes at the next staff meeting. Wintery Blast blows into the region SPECIAL -- The area suffered it's first taste of winter weather as the areas first significant snow storm rolled in. The snow was triggered by a strong cold front moving down from Canada colliding with warm moist air out of the south making conditions just right for the areas first storm of the season. In the area the snow started Saturday morning with a mixture of light rain and snow which fell through- out the day with about an inch of accumulation. Early Sunday morning near bliz- zard conditions appeared as the temperatures dropped, and the winds began gusting 30 to 40 miles an hour creat- ing poor visibility and signif- icant drifting. December WESTBROOK -- At last months meeting board mem- bers had questions about the dress code in the student handbook. Superintendent Woelber told the board they could study it and review it at the next meeting. Several examples of poli- cies from other schools were given to the board members to look over. Some of the poli- cies were very explicit in the dress codes, while others were less specific. One of the problems is some staff members are not comfortable in enforcing the dress code. Rick Nordahl felt it was imperative that thgre be con- sistency in enforcing the present dress code. Other City council. looks at mov ing police department WESTBROOK -- Police Chief Alan Wahl brought up the idea of moving the police department across the street in the former veterinary building. He said at one time the Library had requested to add an addition to the rear of the municipal building. The addition would have increased the space in the police office. Due to recent budget con- straints the idea was put on the back burner. i) WALNUT GROVE -- The past couple of weeks workers from the David A. company have been busy moving dirt on the south edge of the city as part of hazzard grant program through the State Department of Natural Resources. Wahl said he thought the building could be purchased for a small nominal fee from the present owners Westbrook Health Center. John Madson suggested it might be better if the EDA would purchase the building. The council felt it would be a good idea. It would utilize a building on main street, it would give the police depart- ment more space and priva- c): and it would give the library much needed space. Council approves new contract with Ritter Sanitation WALNUT GROVE -- The Council approved Ritter Sanitary Services for a two year contract for hauling garbage. Along with this change 30, 60, and 90 gallon containers will be offered to residents and small businesses and the only bag that will be ion bag for people not want- ing the containers. This will be effective January 1. Windom teen killed in Sunday crash south of Storden STORDEN -- A Windom teen was killed as the result of a two vehicle crash late Sunday morning about 4 miles southeast of Storden. One of the victims. Marcus Behrends, 17. of Windom, was pronounced dead after he was transport- ed to the Westbrook Health Center. According to Cottonwood County Department the occurred at about at the intersection of Road 3 and 390th Amo Township. The 1991 Ford driven by 16 year Deutchman, was traveling south' :ave. The 1990 driven by Leif HanSOa, Windom was on County Road 3. cles collided at the tion of the two impact carried both into the field on the east corner. I Sentinel Tribu since offered for sale is a 15 WALNUT GROVE -- The past couple of weeks workers from the David A. company have been busy moving dirt on the south edge of the city as hazzard grant program through the State Department of Natural ResourceS- Shareholders of MnSP in Brewster formed a long line as they waited to reach the lunch tables at Saturday's open house. WALNUT GROVE -- The past couple of weeks workers from the David A. company have been busy moving dirt on the south edge of the city as part hazzard grant program through the State Department of Natural ResourceS.