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TRIBUNE Community CES It4 THE PAST v GOOD SAMARITAN CENTER YEARS AGO 1994 h it was a afternoon, a crowd for at the new Home. Council meet- approved a Construction of the former The city will. share the had a Night defeated Comfrey 57-56. YEARS AGO 1984 Clipper" came alto the area stranding and claim- in the count): has been of the replacing gem who recently resigned. Three Westbrook stu- dents. Lee Mischke, Lee Busswitz and Tim Spielman, are eligible for final round competition in the Rural Knowledge Bowl. THIRTY YEARS AGO February 7, 1974 Storden and Jeffers resi- dents were left in the dark and cold for several hours Sunday afternoon when NSP lost a breaker along the line. Ruth Vortherms, a senior at Westbrook High School, was chosen Westbrook High School&apos;s 1974 Betty Crocker Family Leader of Tomorrow. Ruth scored high in written knowledge and attitude in exams given to seniors in early December. Parents were served coffee and cookies after the game Friday night. They were able to celebrate a win. Westbrook had just defeated Lamberton. 47-42. ESTBROOK NE\\;vS and Wendell Brookings, SD Balaton, vsitors at the home. Hanson and Were past week Erickson. Rand, North Sally heslie and Lu Saturday will spend a Sally Nelsen Sunday din- of Leslie and Lu. and Marian callers a4the Dennis Gustad the Dale Nelson and Priscilla attended the and Rodeo past week- them were and Elizabeth 8horeview and Dennis and Kathleen Thompson, Aberdeen. Curt Anderson, Woodbury, spent the past weekend at the Milford and Gerry Anderson home and visited Milford at the Good Samaritan Center. Sunday Josephine Thiner, Brewster, accompanied Curt back to Woodbury to spend a week at the Anderson home. Betty Natterstad, Opal Parker and Ruth Anderson were Tuesday afternoon visi- tors of Marion Anderson. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Gleason and Edna Hubin were callers in Mankato Tuesda): Gordon arid Sheryl Kopperud and Rebekah were Sunday supper guests of Elffit Kopperud. Thursday afternoon Ida Carlson, Lillian Norstegard, and Elsie Riddell were cof- fee guests of Bernice Bashans. Hospital address ADS Donna Rupp Sioux Valley Hospital FOR YOU " 4106 Room Sioux Falls, SD Find us on the & nment ed e of the South- modern body eparate paint- makes - Service MN. "4-SlS6 Web at www.lyon- Find the Rest of The Story in the Sentinel Tribune By Bernice Christians Activity Director It's nice to be back after spending a week with family in Washington. The sun and snow are bright and cheery if some- what chilly. Volunteers assisting with activities this week were Carolyn Benson with manicures and visit- ing, Joan DesLauriers with games, and Grace Jensen and Jane Schultz with Thursday evening bingo. Winning blackout bingo were Katherine Sondergaard and Violet Hillmer. Beauty shop helpers were ,Jane Schultz, Gerry Anderson, Virginia Schneider and Romelle Wojahn. Muriel Gundermann, Marci Chapman led the sing/praise time Thursday afternoon. Eunice Rupp played piano. Bernice Bashans played piano and sang for the residents Saturday after- noon. She also read to the residents following her music program. The residents enjoyed visiting, and playing cards and games with the fourth graders Tuesday afternoon. I continue to appreciate how well these students relate and inter- act with our residents and how well they con- duct themselves while here. Recent dinner guests were Grace Jensen, guest of Carol Zurn, LeeAnn Van Meverin, guest of Eldora Glasshoff, Leo and RoeAnn Vosberg, guests of Lavina Apland and Georgia and Duane Jones of Minneapolis. The S.O.S. group will be hosting the valentine's Day party on Friday, February 13, at 2:00 p.m. Please bring cookies, sandwiches or pink sher- bet. Pastor Clinton Firstbrook of the Jeffer's Methodist Church con- ducted the weekly wor- ship service Sunday afternoon. February 2, 2004 minutes of the Dovray Area Boosters The meeting was called to order by President Dolores Schmitt and roll call was taken by LuAnn Jackels. Board members present were Dolores Schmitt, Joyce Severson, LuAnn Jackels, Marsha Hansen, Bob Schmitt, Mardella Olson. Also present was treasurer Terry Keller. LuAnn read the minutes of the January 5 regular meeting and the January 22 special meeting. They were approved as read. Terry Keller gave the treasurers report, with $3009.86 in checking._ He also gave the Centennial Fund report and LuAnn hung a thermometer recording our progress. Neat! Treasurers report was approved. Cafe report by Bob Schmitt. Old business: The Centennial will be held July 10 and July 11 in the Dovray Park. * Sign with dates - Gayle Rupp. * Patty White will get all queen addresses for the board. * Beautiful Carriage Rides (free) - Luther and Janice Tostengard arrang- ing. * Old Car Display - Luther Tostengard * Old Tractor Display - Wesley Lindstrom * Quilts for chances - Ruby, Helen, Vonnie Iverson * Pet show - Peggy Klasse * Museum - (free) Janice Tostengard * Sunderman Sisters perform at 4 p.m. * Parade Sue and Steve Johnson * Queen sashes and street flags - Mardella * Door prizes - sell chances and give away dur- ing dance * Volleyball Tournament - 10 a.m. - Matt Jackels and Butch Olson * Food and Drink - all day and night - Jane Weis *Supper catered by T- Tommy in park at 5 p.m. * Pony and camel rides - $3 * Petting zoo (free) Keven and Kelly of Sanborn * Beer garden - Firemen * Dance - Matt Jackels and Allen Huaet * T-shirt sale - JoAnne Shaw * Fish Pond - Diet Club * Tractor Pull - Bernie Schlichte and Firemen * 4-H stand - Marsha Hansen * Kulpepper Kounty - 7 p.m. * Games for Youth - Pare Barrie The annual meeting of the Dovray Area Boosters will be March 9, 2004 at 6 p.m. Potluck followed by meeting and many door prizes. Memberships may be paid. As it is also election of board members, a nominat- ing committee was appoint- ed- Chairman, Joyce Severson. Suggestions may be turned in to Joyce. All board members are asked to donate 2 or more door prizes and the Board will furnish 1st and 2nd and 3rd prizes. Meeting adjourned at 7:20. Next regular meeting March 1, 5 pm. Dolores Schmitt Publicity Chmn. Health Center the World Wide Web at Find information on: te Clinic We're Just A Click NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS Dear subscriber; please check the due date on your address label of your paper. In order to avoid a lapse in your subscription, please remit your renewal two weeks prior to the expiration date. Urology, Away! 'Atidlology,  Come and see what _ lloursand wehaveforyour $ :ltlone r ati.: , " special Valentine/ ak. to:   Roses, Balloons, _ ' Tracy Area Medical Services Shetek Hospitals Task Force  " Mixed Bouquets and )k Health Center much more .... A Place in the Country 920 Bell Ave. Westbrook, MN 56183 j Mar)' Osland, Rural Westbrook 507-274-6600 ItY Wednesday, February 11, 2004 Page 9 Your Debt Legal Rights: Counseling By the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch Are you saddled with debt? Are you currently liv- ing check to check and having difficulties paying your bills? In the current economic situ- ation, consumers may be bombarded by companies claiming that they can help restore credit, consolidate loans or reduce interest rates. Although help is available to those in need, there are also fraudulent actors attempting to prey on individuals who are experiencing hardship. Consumer Protection Actions The Minnesota Attorney General's Office recently filed several lawsuits against com- panies which claim to assist consumers in managing or eliminating debt. In one such action, the Office filed a lawsuit against AmeriDebt, Inc. (AmeriDebt), alleging that the company unlawfully engaged in false advertising, deceptive trade practices and consumer fraud. The State's complaint alleges that although AmeriDebt adver- tised free consultations and solutions and no up-front fees, the company actually charged undisclosed fees (averaging $327 per cus- tomer), and collected such fees prior to paying any of the customers creditors, often exacerbating the individual's debt. The Office also filed two separate lawsuits against Barnett and Associates (Barnett) and Golden Turtle Publishing, Inc., DEBT FREE Institute and Grace Beaman (Golden Turtle), alleging that these companies bilked Minnesotans out of thousands of dollars, by false- ly claiming that they can eliminate home mortgages. The complaints allege that these companies represent that they can cancel mort- gages for an upfront fee, or they will return the con- sumers money. Barnett charges an upfront fee of $7,500 and Golden Turtle, $6,995, but the companies neither provide the supposed services, or return consumers money as promised, accord- ing to the State s complaint. Protect Yourself Consumers should exer- cise caution before agreeing to do business with unfamil- iar debt assistance compa- nies. Here are some tips to avoid fraudulent operators: * If it sounds too good to be true, it is. You cannot eliminate a debt of tens of thousands of dollars for only $7,500. The only way to improve your credit is by con- sistently paying your bills. *Demand Proof. Don't take what the debt elimina- tion company tells you, even if it is in writing or on a web- site, at face value. If the company is unable to provide you with the specifics of a transaction - the name of the homeowner, property address and name of the bank/lender involved- walk away. If they do, verify the information by calling the homeowner and the bank/lender involved in the particular transaction. Walk away if the company tells you that the information is confidential or propri- etary. *Don't rely on money back guarantees. Once you've sent your money, it will be hard to get it back. Many of these companies are fly-by-night operations that have few, if any, assets. There may be nothing to col- lect even if you prevail in a lawsuit. *Be Careful! Don't send money to someone you have never met or even heard of for a product that sounds to good to be true. Be skepti- cal, do your homework on the company, get everything in writing, and demand proof. Then take the information to an attorney, loan counselor or someone you trust to look it over. If the company doesn't want you to talk to anyone about the program, walk away. *Know the company. There are many legitimate debt counseling companies that offer services that help you better manage your debt through legal means, such as lowering your monthly pay- ments or reducing the inter- est accrual. Companies offering mortgage elimina- tion programs, however, are selling an illegal and worth- less service. If you would like to research the legitima- cy of a given offer or company, contact the Minnesota Attorney General's Office, the Better Business Bureau and the Minnesota Department of Commerce, which is the State agency with the authority to license debt counseling serv- ices: Office of Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch 4 45 Minnesota St., #1400 St. Paul, MN 55101 : : .... (651) 296-3353 or 1-800-657- 3787 Better Business Bureau 2706 Gannon Road St. Paul, MN 55116-2600 (651)699-1111 or 1-800-646- 6222 Minnesota Department of Corn merce 85 E. 7th Place, Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55101 (651)296-2488 or 1-800-657- 3602 You may contact the following organizations to discuss credit counseling: Consumer Credit .Counseling Services {651)439-4840 or 1-888-577- 2227 National Foundation for Credit Counseling 1-800-388-2227 women should know about heart disease... Now you can learn THE TRUTH ABOUT WOMEN AND HEART DISEASE Reduce the risk of heart disease dudi Anderson, C-NP by being informed. FREE INFORMATIONAL PROGRAM TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 7 pan. at Petersen Estates, Westbrook, MN Presented by Judi Anderson, a Certified Nurse Practitioner, member of Shetek Hospitals Health Care Providers Team. You must pre-reglster by calhng Karen Faye at 507-274-6815 Everyone attending this program will receive a coupon for reduced price on cholesterol/lipid panel test. 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