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From MINNEAPOLIS MN To LAUGHLIN, NEVADI SENTINEL TRIBUNE C ity__ ommun Wednesday, February 18, 2004 .MIRROR OF TEN YEARS AGO February 16, 1994 After a preliminary elimi- nation round of 50 written words, nine students from the WWG Middle School have advanced to the oral competition at the WWG Middle School Spelling Bee. Lowell Highby, formerly of Revere, is general manager of KNGN Radio in McCook, NE. He is also president of the Board of Lutheran Radio. Professor Charles Kauffmann, professor of music at SSU, presented a program on the culture and music of Indonesia to the WWG Middle School. TWENTY YEARS AGO February 16, 1984 The Walnut Grove Education Association and the Walnut Grove School District have reached an impasse, and will be going on to mediation sometime in March. As a result of an investiga- tion by the Redwood County Sheriff's Department, the Region Drug Investigation Unit, and the MN Bureau of WALNUT Teri Herder 859-5402 Dick and Shirley Knakmuhs were in Minneapolis January 30 through February 4 to attend the MN Association of Farm Mutual Insurance con- vention. Don and Jo Runck accompanied them to Minneapolis. Lindy, Shane, Jenny, Erin, Kylee Lindsey and Sierra KulJtas :and Greg and Kelly Mifeldt:'WI, joined Dick and Shirley Knakmuhs on Sunday, February 8, for a pre-birthday party for Dick. Nancy and Emily Lintner, Richfield, were weekend vis- itors at the home of Bob and Joyce Alcorn. Tami, Ryan, Tori and Lucas Vesey of Windom were Saturday guests at the MarNe Bakken home. Janice Carter and Shirley Lorenz visited Helen Butterbaugh, Vionna Foster and Edna Lessman Sunday afternoon at the Prairieview Nursing Home in Tracy. Shirley Lorenz attended the Sunday afternoon open house in honor of Ethel Nordsiden's birthda): Paul Schommer, Andover, was a Thursday visitor at the home of Dorothy DeSmith. Mr. and Mrs. Steve DeSmith and family, Brainerd, were Friday overnight guests at the .home of Dorothy DeSmith. Dorothy Grunden attend- ed a party and dinner Saturday at the home of Kathy Rykhus in Tracy. Les and Doris Hoyt were Friday evening guests at the home of Henry Kleven. Dick and Shirley Knakmuhs visited Jon and Mary Saxhaug in Slayton on Thursday. In the afternoon, BYGONE DAYS Criminal Apprehension, a rural Walnut Grove couple, Kenneth and June Gilb, were arrested and charged with the sale and possession with intent to sell marijua- na. JoNes Van Hecke and Chad Osland were crowned Snow queen and King Monday night, kicking off the official beginning of Snow Week of 1984. THIRTY YEARS AGO- February 14, 1974 The area has been experi- encing a real heat wave the last few days. Temperatures reached a wonderful 50 degrees on Tuesday and had an overnight low of 25 degrees. Walnut Grove wrestling team won second place in the Red Rock Conference tournament in Comfrey, winning two - 1st place fin- ishes and three 2nd place finishes. Walnut Grove High School Principal, John Holm, has resigned his position, effec- tive at the end of the school year. He has been principal here since 1971. GROVE NEWS they attended the Kindergarten Valentine pro- gram of their great-grand- son, Levi Welling, at the Slayton elementary school. Duane and Elaine Knott were Saturday coffee guests at the home of Lawrence Fogel to celebrate Lawrence's birthday. Melba Pack was a Sunday afternoon visitor at the home of Gloria Pack. Bertha Syverson hosted sew so at her home of Thursday. Allan and Helen Tate were Friday evening guests at the home of June and Scott Hoffman to celebrate Kristie's 12th birthday. Additional guests were Ron and Colleen Hoffman and Lisa, David, Abby and Josh Hoffman. Bruce Linscheid, Eagan, was a weekend guest at the home of Eunice Kassel. Additional guests on Sunday were Julie Nelson, Bonnie Doubler, Luke and Anne Doubler and Brad and Lori Johnson. Carter and Taylor Haug visited their grandparents, Dick and Lucille Bruns, on Sunday while their brother, Alex, celebrated his 5th birthday during a party at his home in Windom. Jim and Teri Herder- Blahnik went to the Twin Cities over the weekend. During their stay they took Matthew out for lunch at the Maplevood Mall, shopped at the Mall of America, saw a comedic performance at Knucklebees and attended the RV show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Doug and JoAnn Swenson, Le Sueur, were Saturday guests at the home of Edith Swenson. ROOM & AIR PACKAGES From$259* Lund/Bitker exchange wedding vows Sara Ann Lund and Kevi Brusven. all uncles of Travis Gary Bitker were united in marriage on Saturday, June 28. 2003. at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove with Pastor Jeff Engholm officiating. Parents of the bride are Greg and Wanda Lund of Walnut Grove. Parents of the groom are Gary and Cheryl Bitker of Milroy. Grandparents of the bride are Elsa Hasz of Wessington Springs, South Dakota. and Don and Lorrayne Lund of Alexandria. Grandparents of the groom are Ernest and Marilyn Brusven of Cottonwood and Merlyn and Jeanette Bitker of Milroy. The maid of honor was Jennifer Lund. sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Rhonda Bitker. sister of the groom; Courtney Bitker, sis- ter of the groom: Andrea Nissel, friend of the couple; and Laura Sehmidt, friend of the couple. Personal atten- dants were Heidi Curr. cousin of the bride, and Doreen Osland, friend of the bride. The flower girl was Caitlynn Rodriguez, cousin of the groom. The best man was Jared Johnson, friend of the cou- ple. Groomsmen were Justin Lessman, Eric Boersma, John Lanoue, and Travis Hoffman, all friends of the couple. Ushers were Steve Bitker, Greg Bitker, Tom Bitker, Scott Brusven. and the groom. Special music was pro- vided bv the groom, singing "When You Say Nothing at All" bv Alison Krauss. Justin Lessman was accompanist. Ki'isty Brusven. aunt of the groom, sang "From This Moment On" by Shania Twain. Nancy Osland was accompanist and pianist throughout the ceremony. Following the ceremony'. a horse drawn trolley brought the wedding party to the Walnut Grove Community Center for a reception and dance. Host and hostess were Curt and Cindy Curr. uncle and aunt of the bride and Dennis and Eileen Bitker. godparents of the groom. The bride is a 1998 grad- uate of Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School and a 2002 graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University with an Elementary Education degree. The groom is a 1999 graduate of Tracy Area High School and a 2003 graduate of South Dakota State University with an Agronomy degree. Following an eight day honeymoon trip to Jamaica, the couple resides in Sioux Center. Iowa. The groom is a District Sales Manager with Golden Harvest Seeds and the bride is a substitute teacher in the Sioux Center School District. 0000000000 O00 O0 O0 O0 O0 • • • Sentinel Tribune Tip Line • • 274-6136 or • 1 "800"41 O" 1859 • Due to staff limitations we may not always be • • able to respond to vour tips or ideas. However • we will do our best to give every call full • • regard. • • Thank you for your help and consideration. • 0000000000 O 0000000001) If you see news happening or have a • story idea call our News Tip Line. • For Sale! Over 7, 000 Local Cars, Trucks & Vans LI N ! i Elvis Presley 25th Anniversary Tennessee Quarter Mind far jma I0 .ek! Appved by Gmz,dne, The tim recording artist ever honored on uine U. S. Mint coinage, loyal fans and wise collectors ar snapping up these limited edi- tion EIvis Pmsley collectible ste quarters. Each carries Elvis' full color photo pomt, the official Graceland Z'th Anniversary logo • and a faithful reproduction of his unique sig- nature. Each coin has a certificate of authen- tici b, and is protecxl in a crystal clear cap- sale for you and future generations to enjoy. 'bur:, for just $9.95 + $3 S&.H. Limit 5 coins per order. Mail pa)ment to Oxford Collectibles. Dept, MNLEQI. 26 Constantine Drise, Phoenix, Maryland 21131. Or, call toll free I-8tl0-345-7060 Casey Jones included in Trails Initiative The Parks and Trails Council of MN has released its 2004 Trails Initiative for this year's session, and included in the list of proj- ects is $500,000 for the Casey Jones Trail. State Senator Jim Vickerman (DFL-Tracy) said he's glad the local trail made the list. "Trails are great, not only for area residents, but they bring many visitors to the area, too," Sen. Vickerman said. '3Ne live in a beautiful part of the state and it's great to show it off with the Casey Jones Trail." Currently. two segments of trail totaling 15 miles of abandoned railroad grade are open for public use - 13 miles from Pipestone to two miles west of Woodstock and two miles located one mile west of Lake Wilson. Both segments have a natural surface and can be used by hikers, horseback riders, and snowmobilers. Recently the trail was extended to include: a con- nection from Lake Shetek State Park Walnut Gxove; an six-mile asphalt loop from Lake Shetek Park to Currie and Line Park; and Split Rock Creek The $500,000 used for ning and ace development of 12 trail. The Casey is part of a trail initiative. "I think trails part to economic ment for rural ties," Sen. Vickerma '"rhey connect help give our region  tit) I will support' tiative as it moves the legislative Anyone with or questions about posal can contaCt Vickerman at 226 Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Luther King, Jr. Paul, MN sen.jim.vickerma or 651 Western Commu Action and the Hog Campaign The AD Council, togeth- er with the Department of Energy. Home Depot. North American Insulation Manufacturer Association, National Fuel Funds Network, Energy Outreach Colorado, MN Department of Commerce. and Western Cominunity Action have cre- ated the Ener" Hog Campaign to assist you in discovering ways to save ener" and live more com- fortabl3: bu can also go to, for more energy saving tips. Did you know an aver- age Minnesota household spends over $1,300 a year on heating and electric bills? It is not hard to find the Energy Hogs in your home. With some small steps and planning, your family can reduce its energy bills up to 20%. That can mean saving over $260 a year. Following are a few simple tips you and your family can do to save ener'. These ideas do not involve expensive equip- ment, but the effect it may have on your energy bills is tremendous. 1. Turn off your lights when you're not using them. One 100-watt bulb left on all night costs about $25 a year. Switch from incandescent to compact fluorescent bulbs. They last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs and use about a fourth as much electricity: 2. Shut off the TV, com- puter, and games when you stop using them. A computer and monitor left on overnight costs 32 cents - over a year that is $100. Unplug appliances you don't use. Even when they're off, a TV and VCR use $30 of elec- tricity a year. 3. You should wash and dr), full loads of laundry. It costs just as much to wash half a load as a full load. Washing clothes in hot water costs about .66 cents; in cold water it only costs .03 cents. 4. 75% of the water we use in our homes is used in the bathroom. Here's how you can save: Switch from baths to showers. A bath costs .80 cen minute shower costS much. Cutting five minutes three week can save You can also flow showerhead. $2 a month on your bill. 5. Refri be between 35 Fahrenheit - and about like to check the ture of your a thermometer m filled with water after 24 hours. 6. Check for faucet dri minute wastes water a month. 7. Use ceiling your home. They people feel about cooler in the Set: than 78 degrees. save 3-5% on air ing costs on -'raise your 8. When appliances for don't just look at the appliance, cost of running one. appliances makes 20% of your fi bill. These are just on how you and can save energY-. Community,. ministers atherization which can addreSS windows and cient runnin inefficient more information Weatherization other home programs of Community contact our ment at 1.800-658" IS a Western a non-profit committed to and changing Lincoln, Lyon, Cottonwood, and Counties. Counseling on the Prairie Lorna Bader LICSW Counseling Services: Individual, marriage & family Christ Lutheran Church 2959 Queen Ave., Siayton, MN. 561 Phone 507-836-8569 www.counselingontheprairie.cOm Be All That You Are