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SENTINEL TRIBUNE 4rea focus Wednesday, February 4, 2004 Z ti MIRROR OF BYGONE DAYS TEN YEARS AGO February 2, 1993 Superintendent Orlen Wiemers presented Mabel Mischke a certificate and Plaque from the MN Commissioner of Education for her work in organizing and coordinating the Walnut Grove Community Education Program. After 17 years, Betty Bannick is retiring her posi- tion as district bookkeeper. A surprise party was held in her honor after school where Betty was presented with gifts from the district for her years of service. In a meeting of two teams with identical records, the Chargers came up victori- ous, defeating MCC 70-58. TWENTY YEARS AGO February 2, 1983 The Walnut Grove area was saddened to hear of the death of Superintendent Norman Mattis, who died unexpectedly Monday after noon. Mr. Mattis has been superintendent in Walnut Grove for more than 9 years. In an intense game Friday night, the Walnut Grove Loggers defeated the Sanborn Panthers, 67-61. Sanborn was previously undefeated. Father Endres celebrated 40 years in the priesthood on Sunday, January 29, with Mass followed by a noon banquet at Our Lady of Victory Church. THIRTY YEARS AGO January 31, 1973 Deer are once again con- gregating in the Plum Creek Valley near Walnut Grove. There have been as many as 40 spotted in one group. Thirty-nine people from 3 states are coming to Walnut Grove to participate in a Lay Witness Mission. The event is sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Walnut Grove. Glenn Shaw and John Holm attended a school administrators meeting at Mankato State University on Tuesday. Mr. Shaw was presented a certificate for 33 years of school administra- tion by the educational diw- sion of the college. WALNUT GROVE NEWS Teri Herder 859-5402 David and Nancy Herder were Saturday overnight guests at the home of Margie Bakken. Dick and Lucille Bruns attended the funeral of James Dale Koehn on Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers. Dorothy DeSmith's son-in-law, Paul Schommer of Andover, visited her Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Mr. and Mrs. 'Dale 'DeSmith and family and Greg DeSmith were Sunday afternoon guests at the home of Dorothy DeSmith. David and Wanda Hoyt, Doris and Bruce Hoyt, Jim, Korliss, Jason and Beth Hoyt, Tom and Annette Good and Curt, Bonnie and Angle Hoyt were in Bemidji Thursday through Sunday to watch Tim and Adam play bas- ketball for Oak Hill Christian College and watch Jason Hoyt wrestle at Staples. Robin Abelson, Fairmont, was a weekend guest at the home of her grandmother, Clesta Smith. Bertha and Roy Syverson went to see Bonnie Kor in Mitchell, SD, on Tuesday. Teri Herder-Blahnik went on a mini-vacation to the Twin Cities on Friday to spend time with her son, Matthew. They went to the Mall of America, had din- ner at the Rainforest Cafe and enjoyed the rides at Camp Snoopy Friday evening, and then enjoyed swimming in the pool at the Holiday Inn Saturday morning. Teri then met husband Jim in Spring Valley Saturday afternoon, where they spent the evening at the home of Jim's parents. Teri and Jim visited Jim's great- aunt Nellie Manley and Jim's grandmother Catherine Blahnik Sunday afternoon before returning home to Walnut Grove. Free Colorado Blue Spruce Trees Ten free Colorado blue spruce trees will be given to each person who joins The National Arbor Day Foundation during February 2004. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation's Trees for America campaign. Colorado blue spruces n Large selection of fabrics I&M Upholstery Phone 859-2634 4 miles E. - 1 1/2 miles N. from Walnut Grove, MN. Rt. 1 Box 18 Revere, MN 56166 have silver blue-green color and a compact conical shape. They can be used as individ- ual ornamentals, an energy- saving windbreak, a privacy screen, or as living Christmas trees. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between March 1 and May 31 with enclosed planting instructions. The six to twelve inch trees are guaranteed to grow. or they will be replaced free of charge. To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE TREES, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by February 29, 2004. Or go online to Cit Of Walnut Grove City Ordinance No. 144 states in part "No motor, vehicle shall be parked on any public street on any day when there has been an accumulation of snow to a depth of two (2) or more inches." Your vehicle may be towed and a citation issued if you are in violation of this ordinance. 111ea6 Five generation WALNUT GROVE -- Front row from left - great grand- mother, Judy Johnson and Eunice Anderson holding her great great granddaughter, Julia Schmidt. Back row randmother, Lori Johnson and morn, Laura Schmidt. ubmitted photo. Works of Justice Fund grant applications available Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Winona is inviting organizations involved with anti-poverty and social jus- tice issues to apply for grants from its "Works of Justice Fund" for the 2004-2005 funding cycle. The fund represents one- fourth of an annual collec- tion taken in catholic parish- es throughout southern MN each Thanksgiving to sup- port the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). Three-fourths is sent to the national office for grants to organizations across the country. The remainder is used to fund local projects. The CCHD is the anti- poverty, social justice pro- gram of the United States Catholic Bishops. Priority for funding is given to groups working to change the social and eco- nomic structures which cause poverty. Among the nine recipients of Works of Justice Fund grants last year are Crime Victims Crisis Center, an abuse awareness program in Albert Lea; Home of Hope, a transi- tional housing project in Worthington; and New Focus, an ecumenical lend- ing project for low-income families in Mankato. To receive grant applica- tions, contact Catholic Charities. Box 379, Winona, MN 55987, or e-mail mcorco- Completed applications must be returned no later than April 15, 2004. SWROC Winter Crops Day topic, "How much nitrogen?" As the price of fuel has increased, so has the price of nitrogen fertilizer. "Every farmer knows you need nitrogen to grow corn", says Jeff Strock, soils scientist at SW Research and Outreach Center. "rhe key to maxi- mizing income in corn pro- duction is to determine the optimum level of inputs needed to maximize profit. .For nitrogen fertilizer, at what level will my increased yields no longer pay for the extra nitrogen applied?" asks Strock. Strock will discuss 'Optimum Nitrogen Rates for Corn' as one of the topics addressed at the annual Winter Crops and Soils Day at the SW Research and Outreach Center near Lamberton on Thursday, February 12, 2004. The SWROC has the longest run- ning continuous corn trials looking at nitrogen rates in the U.S.A. "We always encourage farmers not to apply any more nitrogen than is needed", says Strock. "It is even more important to evaluate your nitrogen rates when prices are high," he adds. In addition to Strock, Jodie DeJong-Hughes, Regional Extension Educator, will examine the research on Zone Tillage, and Jochum Wiersma, small grains specialist at the U of M at Crookston, will discuss small grain production in southwestern MN. The research highlights from the SWROC will feature IPM specialist Bruce Potter sum- marizing the latest research on soybean aphids, bean leaf beetle, and corn rootworm. Registration for the annual Winter Crops and Soils Day on February 12, 2004 begins at 12:30 p.m. and presentations will run from 12:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A fee will be charged at the door to cover program costs and to provide handouts. Pre-registration is not required. i Dr. J. R. Klaassen 1450N. Hwy. 60& 71 Wlndom, MN. EMERGENCIES HANDLED IMMEDIATELY MN Department Natural Resou Old dams and new realities By Tom Conroy DNR Southern Region Information Officer Sack lunch and fishing pole in tow, we'd hop on our bikes and start pedaling our way out of town. In 15 minutes we'd be at the dam where we'd swim, fish and just plain lolly-gag the afternoon away. Not until we heard the factory whistle blow did we head back to town for supper. That was many years ago, back when kids were left to their own devices and par- ents trusted they'd be safe on a lazy summer day. That fac- tory whistle stopped blowing years ago and the gravel road we biked is now black- top. The dam, however, remains. It's a small dam, as dams go, on a stream so narrow you can jump across it in many places. The pool upstream of the dam has long since filled in with sedi- ment. The dam no longer serves a purpose, if it ever really did. Admittedly, I have a sen- timental attachment to that old concrete structure. Lots of good childhood memories were created there. Then again, I'd have those memo- ries even if the dam were removed. And some day it likely will be. When it is, fish will once again have a whole new stretch of stream to nav- igate. The purpose and impacts of dams in Minnesota have come under increasing scrutiny in recent times. We now know that while some dams are good, others are not all they're cracked up to be. And cracking, many liter- ally are as they age. The DNR does a consid- .erable amount-of work with dams. Sometimes we advo- cate taking them out, and other times we advocate put- ting them in. Understandably, can sometimes get A little history. ify. Most river dams j,q this built between for the purposes ing power, providing recreation, as structures, for fire l and irrigation, development. The life expectancy of a years. Over years, more than of those dams that age. As these da no longer serve for which they the costs of them become tive. Additionally, pose a safety navigation, and from migrating they search for areas and deeper over-wintering. These are the dams that many other states removing in ber in order to natural, streams. Conversely, sometimes pro struction of dams. Water tures, a fancier tain types of encouraged on lands and allow water manipulated to vegetation clean water wildlife. That old hometown long ing more than a fish and other species that flowing stream their existence. tory whistle dam will one daY to exist. The ever, will live o. Find us on the Web www.lyon- v Cle00n's "Making your home a special For your special Valentine! Fresh Flowers, Balloons, Chocolates, Cards and Gifts. 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