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27122 Morning clouds fol- lowed by af- ternoon sun. 31115 171-2 Cloudy with Cloudy with flurries, occasional Highs in the flurries. low 30s and Highs in the lows in the upper teens mid teens, and lows 0 to -4F. 11/2 More clouds than sun. 8/0 Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper single digits and lows 2 to -2F. i] ~! ~L~: CANCER IPAGE ]0 ,h.l,i,htiM,d,hill,hlhlllq,ildhhil,llh.llhl,ll, ***************MIXED ADC 50902 09/13/99 Smarro~s 3 5O26 CALIFORNIA AVE SW 6 SEATH.E. WA 98136-1208 Wednesday January 26, 2011 VOLUME NO. 26 NUMBER 22 10 PAGES $1.00 Plus supplements in ............ local edition Westbrook Ag Power roots go deep February 2 Westbrook Ag Power will host a customer appreciation to show off their new shop addition By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK Ninety seven years ago Herman Boeck came to Westbrook (1914) to operate the electric generators at the newly built utilities plant. In 1916 Boeck started an auto- mobile business, selling and servicing Model T Fords. In 1919 his brother Henry Boeck joined Herman in the business after retunting from the military service. In the early i920's Boeck added the John Deere farm equipment line. He and his brother ran two combines for threshing around the country- side. Then the firm took up road construction doing road and earth work around the area for many years. The firm acquired several pieces of earth moving equip- ment including bull dozers, scrapers, draglines and patrols. The new addition more In the 50's the company took on the line of Allis Chalmers farm equipment. Herman's son Howard also began working for the firm at the age of 13, eventually tak- ing over as owner. Howard's sons Rodney and Reid also started working in the com- pany when they were in high school. Herman Boeck surveyed Westbrook's streets along with curbs and gutters in the early days. Boeck held posi- ~s, o~tl~,,c, it)z council, and the public light commission. In 1975 Herman sold the business to Lon Seeger. Seeger built a new shop on than doubles the space of Westbrook Ag Power. the west edge of town on Highway 30. After taking over the business Seeger added several" short lines of machinery to the business, including Dual, WilRich, Demco, and others. In 1988 the company took on the Ford New Holland line after Klasse Ford Equipment sold out. In the 1990's the compa- ny went through a major expansion more than dou- bling the size of their facility. The older portion of the buiiding was dedicated entirely to the repair facility. The new portion of the build- mg expanded the offices, dis- play area and parts depart- ment. In April of 2007 several employees bought out Seeger a n d Boeck, Inc. from Lon and Brenda Seeger. The newly formed busi- ness was headed up by CEO Lincoln Simonson. Simonson had worked for the Seeger and Boeck as a salesman for a number of years prior to the new company being formed. "It is truly an employee owned .... zo~apany_ said," Simonson. Westbrook Ag Continued on Page 3 JEFFERS YOUTH SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SNOWMOBILE MISHAP Seventeen year old Clay Peterson, a junior at RRC High School, is rehabilitating in Colorado Rehab Center By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune JEFFERS -- Friends and relatives of Clay Peterson son of Warren and Nicki Peterson, have been praying and offering their support through messages on Caring Bridge. On Saturday, January 8, Clay Peterson was riding his snowmobile when he unex- pectedly hit a small snow drift throwing him off and landing awkwardly on his back. He immediately called his dad and told him he could not move his legs. Warren found his son and summoned an ambulance via a 911 call. The Westbrook Ambulance responded and transported Clay to the Westhrook Hospital. He was then air lifted to Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD where fie -vv-ds: adri'lltted to tile~ pediatric intensive care unit. After being examined by doctors and having x-rays, and an MRI it was found that Peterson suffered a crushed vertebrae in his lower back, and a small piece of bone was pinching his spinal cord. He also had a small hematoma on his spinal cord causing his immobility and lack of feel- ing in his legs. Sunday morning (Jan. 9) he went into surgery to insert two cages to replace the ver- tebrae along with steel rods and screws. At that time his doctors said his chance of full recovery was about 50/50 and considered the odds very good for this type of injury. By January 12 the deci- sio0~.was made to transfer Clay" to the Craig Rehabilitative Center in Denver, CO. After doing a battery of tests it was decided to begin an aggressive therapy pro- gram, which is predicted to last at least eight weeks. Updates on his Caring Bridge site indicate Peterson is making good progress and is able to dress himself with little help. Peterson and his family are overwhelmed by the sup- port shown for them on the Caring Bridge site. If you wish to follow Clay's progress go to www. caringbrid~e:0rg/visit/clay- peterson his address is Clay Peterson, Craig Hospital, 3425 S. Clarkson St. Engelwood, CO 80113 budget she felt if they don't get a lot t ~ more snow they will be fme. They ' also have alternate resources, and L |>-b~--~-- some reserves that can be used if _ needed. Westbrook City Clerk Steen says the snow removal the city is tied into the Department budget. They are~.~ over on fuel usage, and extraX-~ employees and overtime are also ~ ~ LA major factors in b~ removal. It is really cost due to the fact that the Department is part of the budget revenue. half way through the many snow removal budgets are bursting at the seams ~" By Tom Merchant They used $300 more in fuel just in ' Sentinel Tribune December. Looking at the 20tl SPECIAL -- When it rains it pours but when it snows it piles up, and up, and up. Townships, cit- ies, counties and the state are hav- ing to deal with the extra expense of continuous snow removal in the upper midwest. After talking with several coun- ,~ and city officials to ~ and deter- how much it ~ ~st~g for all ]~!iit i~not easy ~~ ::!~ti~al cost. ~im~of"~e cost is ~~e road at~d mainte- cities and counties. Also the budgets are generally set up starting in January running through December. Cottonwood Count) attributed to snow removal, and Treasure Jan Johnson commented Johnson said, "this is looking rain. "Last March really helped as " Walnut Grove City Clerk Paula despite the tough winter in 2010 like the ~econd had wnr we nro in " wa Vlrhmllv had n~thino the whnla McGarvey noted that last year s they were actually under budget m Radwnnd (~n,,ntv l--liohwnv mnnth" h~ ~nld ('09) street budget was pretty hefty, their Road Mmntenance - ~ ........ ~ .......... " . , ......... ,~, .;. ~ - . tmgmeer Wllllain t~.aoenoerg sam, nnomer ruing peopJe nave to out mey am og t~emre mat we ueparmaent. , s hay i i " " _ ." : _ ._ .... ~ .. . ,_ ..... . : oar guy e~en out a lot since cons der s the recent rise in fuel , were not ~t :el~e, but 2OlO ~ll A~Ordmg ~ !pt~so~:~..otm~ : n~i~ w~ have had n lnt af eaqt Alqn thP c~nnnt~ .... ~tat~ and : ~ si~fi~antly,' She said :last year, a~d he guessed aleut half ............... -~" ~:~,:;:.~i::~;;;~g:.ii ;: g!,~::: / ..........~ " , " me weeKenus, relmoursement. ON RECORD PAGE 2 INSIDE PAGE 3 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 EDUCATION PAGE 7 SPORTS PAGE 8 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 9 AREA FOCUSPAGE 10 Winter Sports Page 8 INFORMATION CIRCULATION i ...... CLASSIFIEDS * ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2011 Sentinel Tribune