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TRIBUNE Local News Wednesday, February 18, 2004 Page 7 i  grade science fair February 10th the of WWG Middle COmpeted in a local Fair competition. planned and a scientific exper- rote a report and the project to rst place winner Varwani, with of purchased aloe vera 8ecord place was a Stacy Zeug and Knott. Judges were present- 8uhail Varwani, Sherri Zeug, and Kyle the Gundermann award creative and won Fair is on April Stacy Zeug, Suhail Varwani, Spencer Knott. Submitted photo attended Regional Fair Saturday, Feb. 14 from the Grove and High School the Central Science Fair on February 14 at Students WWG were Grace Bitker, Taylor, Audra Mariah Osland, Ourada, Dan Theo Johnson, Amber Helmer, Ben Chapman, RJ Pfarr, Whitney Doubler, Sami a Mahnberg, Laurie Amy Byers, Jenny Vondracek, The following students were recognized with the fol- lowing awards: Dan McClellan, 2nd place in Physics; Amber Ralls, 2nd place in Environmental Sciences; Ben Pacholl, 1st place in Engineering; Ellie Vondracek, 2nd place in Behavioral and Social Sciences; Laurie Nordahl, 1st place in Earth and Space Science; Emily Helmer, cer- tificate from the Army; Joe Doubler, Aquatic Science Achievement Award; and Sami Hay, 2nd place in Math and the Mu Alpha Theta Math Award. Students qual- ifying to attend State Science Fair in St. Paul next month are Laurie Nordahl, Ben Pacholl, Amber Rails, and Ellie Vondracek. Q; Dear subscriber; check the-due date on your label of your paper. In order )aVoid a lapse in your subscription, remit your renewal two weeks prior to the expiration date. concerned & responsible and businesses support the churches, and their activities. I COmplete, & center in W. Minnesota" 4th Street Tracy Ph. 532-9430 Marshall mlie MN 274-5464 MN. 629-4510 rs Walnut ( Sanborn, Lucan, Avoca - MA1N 752-7352 !154 Grove MN MN Westbrook / Walnut Grove Funeral Home 507-274-6700 Westbrook, MN. 507-859-2161 Walnut Grove, MN Maynard's Food Center 274-5555 Westbrook, MN. Sentinel Tribune Westbrook, MN Phone 274-6136  1-800-410-1859 Koblegard Auto 859-2220 Walnut Grove, MN. Your local long term provider since 1961 49 First Ave. Westbrook, MN 56183 507-274-6155 Child support case information available on state Web site Parents who have child support cases managed by any MN county can now get payment and other informa- tion about their cases through a secure state Web site at www.childsuppo Hlt62891107r Hlt62891107 t.d. Hlt62890998h Hit64102772 Hlt62890998s Hlt64102772.state.mn.us. It can also be accessed through the state North State Web site at www.stat Hit64 1 02 78 Hit6410278.mn.tls. "With this Web site, we are improving services to parents who receive or pay child support while taking advantage of technology and saving taxpayers money," said Wayland Campbell, director of the MN Department of Human Services' (DHS) Child Support Enforcement Division. The Web site, MN Child support Online, allows par- ents to get up-to-the-minute information any time, Campbell said. The site, which has been phased in over the past several months, had 12,600 users in December. Through the site, par- ents can find payment infor- mation and some case activi- ties for the past 90 days, appointments scheduled in the next 30 days and their county worker's name and contact information The site is designed to keep information secure. said Campbell. DHS pro- tects private data by giving access to information related only to them, not the other parent. Similar infbrmation is also available to parents through an automated child support payment line at (651) 215-5630 in the metro area, or 800-657-3512 out- side the metro area. More than 400,000 par- ents and their children receive child support services from state and county offices. In state fiscal year 2003, the offices hqd 245.000 cases and collected a total of $572 rail. lion in child support. Teaching Children to Resolve Conflict Trisha Sheehan, REE - U of MN Ext. Service Many parents feel dis- couraged when their chil- dren bicker or resist requests made of them. How do we teach children to coop- crate and resolve conflict? If we want children to stop fighting we must teach them new skills for resolving conflict. They need to learn problem-solving skills and develop avenues for generat- ing lots of alternatives for getting what they want in socially acceptable ways. We also want them to become independent without delay- ing response or accountabili- ty until the "absent" parent returns home. It has been found that a child's ability to get what he or she wants in an accept- able manner is directly relat- ed to the number of solutions or alter.natives the child can think of in a situation. A child who can think of five ways to-get what he wants will generally display more socially acceptable behavior than the child who can think of only one or two ways. Some general steps in teaching problem-solving skills to children are pre- sented here. Get the facts and the feelings. When children are upset, fighting, angry, or hurt, first find out the details. When questions like "What happened?" are asked calmly and nonjudgmentally, children usually calm down and answer them. Spend some time focusing on feelings. Children see things primari- ly from their own perspec- tive. They may be completely unaware of how their behav- ior affects other people, except when another person interferes with their needs. To negotiate solutions that are fair to everyone, children need to know how others feel. Help children see the goal. Generating ideas for solutions is much easier for children when they have a clear goal. Help children define the problem in terms of what both children want to happen. For example, "What can you do so you have room to play with blocks and Casey has room to drive his truck?" When the problem is phrased this way, children get the idea that the needs of both are important. Generate alterna- tives. To help children resolve conflict, adults can help them stay focused on the problem. Adults can also act like a "blackboard." When children suggest alter- natives, adults can repeat the ideas then ask them what else could be done. Resist the temptation to suggest ideas as most children might assume their own thoughts are not good enough. If a child needs new ideas, suggest them later or ask the child to imagine how someone else they know might handle the situation. Evaluate conse- quences. After tbe.'cl'dren have generated all the ideas they can, evaluate the conse- quences. Ask them, "What might happen if you...?" or "How might Matt feel if you...?" Resist the temptation to judge the ideas. Adults will not always be around to tell a child that his/her idea is not good and to suggest another. In the long run, adults will be more helpful by encouraging children to evaluate ideas themselves and see why they are unac- ceptable. Ask for a decision. When the children have com- pleted thinking of and evalu- ating ideas, the remaining task is to make a plan. Restate the problem, sum- marize the ideas, and let the children decide which they will try. If they choose an alternative you think will not workl be sure they know what they should do next. The process of teaching problem-solving often seems tedious, and parents may be tempted to just tell a child what to do, But that des r/0 allov chii'di'en to 'gt:' , experience of thinking of what to do for themselves. WWG Class of 2007 Whopper Feed Fri., Feb. 20 5:00 to 7:30 at Cafeteria $4.50 meal includes whopper, chips, drink & bar. Boy's basketball game WWG vs RRC Deft Max Pizza Feed before the WWG Middle School Pops Concert Tues., March 2 Serving from 6 p.m. to 7:15 in the Walnut Grove School Cafeteria 2 Meal Options: 1 slice pizza, bar, and pop - $3.00 2 slices pizza, bar, and pop - $4.00 Sponsored by the WWG Music Boosters Pizza made by Hoyt Oil & Convenience, Walnut Grove WWG Basketball $5 Subway Supper Saturday, February 21 2:00 - 5:00 at WB Gym 6" Sub, Chips, Bar, Beverage Building Charger Basketball RNcheduled for Wed., Feb. 18 I 1-Man Polka Band Playg 5:30 to 8 p.m. Bllm IIBI mCl00JU00 II'll I1 II II I1 III II III lll ii Ii ii ill ii ii ii i I Umned t. Onmd smn rH:  roonm.t cam, mm: osat ,qoE lndr Pool/Whirlpool/Sauna -- .... 10 Min. to Mall of America t  2q.  :2n 2 Min. to Burnsville Shopping Center [ Sun-Thurs Fri/Sat 10 Min. to Mystic Lake Casino '" Free Coffee & Rolls in AM. 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