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Sykora wins Geography Bee WALNLIT'GROVE -- James Sykora, eight grade student in the Westbrook Walnut Grove Middle School and son of Garry and Sarah Sykora, Walnut Grove won the school's geography bee on Wednesday, February 13, 1991 and a chance at a $25,000.00 college scholarship. The school-level bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the third annual National Geography Bee, which is being sponsored by National Geographic WORLD, the Society's magazine for children, Amtrak, Kudos Snack. The was kicked off the week of January 28 in thousands of schools around the United States, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The school winners, including James, will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state bee April 5, The National Geographic Society with its co-sponsors will provide an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C for state champions and their teacher escorts to participate in the National Geography Bee finals on May 22 and 23. The first-place natronal winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship; the second-place winner, a $15,000 scholarship; and the third-place winner, a $10,000 scholarship. Alex Trebek, host of "Jeopardy!." will moderate the national f'mals. The National Geographic Society developed the National Geog.raphy Bee in response to a growing concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. A 10-country Gallup Survey Jimmy Sykora, Geography Champ conducted for the Society in 1988 and 1989 found that people in the U.S. ages 18 to 24, the youngest group surveyed, knew less about geography than young people in any of the other countries. The National Geographic Society, with more than 10 million members, has as its mission the "increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge." Besides the National Geography Bee, the Society sponsors a number of other geography education initiatives, including the Summer Geography Institute for teachers, the National Geographic Society Education Foundation, and the Geographic Alliance Network, which currently encompasses 40 states and Puerto Rico. elementary music WALNUT GROVE --- Mrs. Mary Xavier has taken over assistant music duties at the Walnut Grove Elementary School in grades K - 3. Mrs. Kathy Vondracek is music instructor for Walnut Grove Elementary, Westbrook Walnut Grove Middle School and a portion of Westbrook music instruction. It was necessary to hire an assistant to work all the grades into a schedule. Ms. Xavier has a music degree from the University of LaCrosse, WI, and a teaching ticensure credit from SW State University, Marshall, MN. She currently is oboist with SW MN Orchestra, Marshall, and percussionist with the Slayton Community Band, Slayton, MN. She lives in Dovray where her husband, Rev. Joel Xavier, is pastor of Our Saviors Lutheran Church. The couple has two children, Matthew age 7, and John age 5. Mrs. Xavier, new K-3 Music assistant Instructor at the Walnut Grove Elementary School. ST Photo. For relaxation, Ms. Xavier enjoys reading, needlework, and walking. ZENITH TELEVISION AND RADIOS les & Service Storden, MN. Call Wes at 445-3431 After hours call 445-3465 13th Annual m In apprechtion of your support of the IFMnut Grove Community, i you are invited to Waconia is MN site of -state dairy seminar Waconia will be the Minnesota site for this year's annual four-state dairy seminar, "Breeding for Profit. . .in the 90s." The seminar, which will be March 8 at the Lakeside Ballroom in Waconia, will feature extension dairy scientists from Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. The same program will be presented March 5 in Breese, IL; March 6 in Calmar, Iowa and March 7 in Arlington, WI. The seminar is designed to provide dairy managers and agribusiness professionals with current, research-based information on dairy cattle genetics and reproduction. On-site registration for the seminar will begin at 10 a.m. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Dennis Funk, extension specialist in dairy cattle breeding at the University of Wisconsin, will open the seminar with a presentation on reproductive management for heifers. He will discuss the economics of natural service versus artificial insemination, use of calving ease sires and heifer age/weight as it relates to breeding. Jim Linn, extension dairy nutritionist at the University of Minnesota, will review the nutrient requirements of high-producing cows for milk production and reproduction. He will look at the SENTINEL & TRIBUNE Walnut Grove - Westbrook, MN - Wednesday, February 20, Figuring self-employed eff~ts of various nutrients on reproductive performance, and social security tax If you're self-employed, you'll how feeding management interacts with reproduction. In the afternoon, the first speaker will be Ron Orth, extension dairy specialist at Iowa State University. Orth will discuss the challenges of reproductive management in high-producing herds. He will review DHI data from such herds and point out how DHI information can improve reproductive performance. The final speaker will be David McQueen, extension veterinarian at the University of Illinois. He will discuss diagnosing, monitoring and controlling contagious diseases that cause conception failure, early embq, onic death and abortion. His talk will also cover cystic ovaries, uterine infection and vaccine limi/ations. Fee for the seminar, which includes lunch and materials, is $15. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. Registration forms are available from county extension offices in Minnesota or from Animal Science Extension, 101 Haecker Hall, 1364 Eckles Ave University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108-1011 (phone 612/624-4995. Registration must include the fee, with checks payable to 4-State Dairy. Winter driving tips Every winter, there are approximately 40 rear-end collisions involving snowplow and sanding equipment on the trunk highway system. Hundreds of similar accidents occur on county and township roads, city streets and private drives. These accidents result in personal injuries, property damage and deaths. According to Minnesota Department of Transportation accident studies, most accidents occur when people are following too closely or attempting to pass a snowplow. Most happen during daylight hours (between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m). Most happen on divided (high volume roadways) and the highest percentage occur in the left-hand (or passing) lane. People who drive during the winter season will frequently encounter snow and ice removal equipment. Flashing lights will generally be the first clue to the presence of snow removal equipment. Whenever you see a blue flashing light, you know it's snow or ice removal equipment since these vehicles are the only ones allowed to use the blue color. The best way to respond to snow and ice removal operations is: Reduce your speed: Snowplows travel at very slow speeds. Plow drivers are instructed to pull over occasionally and give motorists a chance to pass; however, this is not always possible. * Pass with care: Remember, a standard snowplow has a 12-foot plow plus a 9-foot blade which extends beyond the plow. Check to see which way the plow is pushing the snow. * Keep a safe distance: Don't tailgate the snowplow. Snow clouds occur when snow is caught by the wind as it swirls around the plow. Drivers who follow the plow too closely may suddenly find themselves lost in a snow cloud, unable to see the road-or the snowplow in front of them in time to stoo! snow plow accidents can be reduced if drivers practice these safe driving tips. Remember: "Give 'era a Brake . . . Don't Crowd the Plow." Pastor continued from front page shut-in parishioners and visiting with the older members of the congregation. Susan, a native of Wisconsin, is very familiar with the work of a minister's wife, as her father is a minister and she learned the routine by observing her mother at work. Rev. Nagel is an avid hockey fan and cyctisL He has participated in the Iron Man Cycling Event for the past seven years. That activity is held in April each year and participants may choose a 62 mile or a 100 mile distance. Last year's Iron Man put the participants through some nasty rain and cold weather, although Rev. Nagel reported it was not the worst weather he has been through over JAMBOREEI f'md there's a new way of fi guring your social security tax for 1990, according to the Internal Revenue Service. At f'u'st glance, it might appear that the self-employment tax has gone up quite a bit. The 1990 self- employ tax rate is 15.3%, which is up more than two percentage points over last year. In reality, the IRS says, youql probably find that the self-employment tax you pay for 1990 is not that much different from 1989. That's because the higher rate is offset by two other important changes. First of all, the tax rate is applied to a slightly reduced portion - .9235 or 92.35% to be exact - of your net business profit. This calculation ris built into the Schedule SE used to report the self-employment tax. For example, if your net profit for 1990 was $1,000, the 15.3% rate world only be applied to $923.50 of it, the IRS says. Secondly, you can claim a new deduction equal to half of the self- employment tax due. The deduction is taken on Line 25 on the front of Form 1040. So if your Self-employment tax is $4,000 on Schedule SE, you can take a $2,000 deduction, the IRS says. 1991 Farm program sign -up The Cottonwood County ASCS office received word that the 1991 farm program sign-up period will be from March 4 through April 26, 1991. They will be installing new software on approximately March 4th and hopefully will be prepared to start sign-up on Tuesday, March 5th. Cottonwood County will be signing up producers by township to try and help farmers plan their schedules being sign-up is starting late. The ASCS office will be sending out newsletters with township schedules. This does not mean that you are locked into your township day but will help control the flow so farmers won't have to wait so long at the olfice. Also, there will be a 10th CRP Conservation Reserve Sign-up March 4th through March 15th. If you are thinking of bidding some of your land into CRP, start checking now. Eligibilities and bid process will follow in a newsletter as they receive the new information. Also, to speed up sign-up - if you know of any changes in your farming operation; stop in and notify the office so we can make the correct changes. They will do what they can to make sign-up as smooth as possible. Serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the the seven years. One year they cycled through deep snow. Susan is also inclined toward the athletic scene. She enjoys running, but has not entered any major Anglers reminded about f'mh house removal, season closure Even though the" walleye, northern pike and musky fishing season closed February 15, anglers continue their hot pursuit of cold- water pan . competitive events. She runs mostly for the enjoyment. She reported she has become very interested in nutrition and has been learning all she can about healthy eating practices. There has been only one minor difficulty in the couple's getting acquainted in the area. There are no street addresses. However, Pastor Nagel said the fact the country is divided in straight sections has been a big help in locating the homes of the parishioners. He has obtained a plat book and is having little difficulty in locating the homes of rural members of the congregation. They are both looking forward to settling into just one home when their place in Arden Hills is sold. In the meantime, both Rev. Nagel and Susan are just sort of "camping", an activity they both enjoy, but prefer the out-of-door type. As the days become longer and the sun warmer, ice-fishing for panfish tends to increase in popularity this time of year. More and more anglers will choose to sit out in the open rather than in the close collfinas of a shelter. Those who do use ice-fishing shelters, however, are reminded by the Department of Natural Resom-ces that effective March I, ice-fishing smilers can only be on the ice between the hours of one hour before stmri~ to midnight. Capt. Fred Hammer, DNR Region IV Enforcement Supervisor at New Ulm, said some anglers have already pulled their shelters off area lakes, apparently concerned about ice deterioration as the result of the recent mild weather. "That's probably a good idea but, unfortunately, some of those folks have been leaving the shelters Sponsored by All Walnut Grove Community Club Members unattended at l ubli accesses. That is owner can be ticketed noted. Senator Dave J. Frederickson - News item from It weekly newspaper. After 28 years of Parkers Prairie, tbt hospital closed its month. The move weeks after the hos forced to discontinue service because of trouble. The hospital employees. And from a Tribune: Jason Vitale, 11, with cancer drew s the White House Hampshire refused to for a bone marrow died Wednesday. Hampshire officials help because Jason from a broken home for Medicaid. Parkers Prairie, up in County, is "lucky," I crow flies - - but ambulance drives - - it'S miles from the or Long Prairie, ma Alexandria. They also own volunteer so unlike many don't have to double and the time to the Parkers Prairie has ,able to recruit a partially as a result partially because, emergencies, larger fairly nearby, the low "occupancy community could suPlXm it. Rural Minnesota iS short. Fifteen rural gone under during years and state may go broke this' Last year the help smaller towns and offer some hospitals in trouble. was too little too late - - for Parkers Prairie. Jason Vitale is dead, say, because living. If they'd ha welfare they could help from the state. If they were well off they codd have operation or been able the kind of health could have made the Families like the Hampshire have counterparts in them are small businesses. Even more of the farms or with businesses afford to provide their with adequate health The cost - -to no mistake about that- sure all Minnesotans least basic health ca~ pretty much an Estimates range from to $280 million every A special "Health committee is now ways we can correct But the le fmished state spending just black for the year. We're looking dollar or more deficit two-year budget cycle. Governor CarLson forget almut problem - - at least for not so sure. There is no how many lives saved if just one hospital remains guarantee that a transplant will cure every case. - But I wonder Parkers Prairie Vitales we can decisive action is taken? Let me hear what yoO' Rental Homes Available For all your Real Estate needs see IIIIIIII Walnut Grove, MN. Phone 859-2154 Dmmty, MN. Thanks to all that were to our Customer Appreciation. Also to the that sponsored cards of Seeger & Boeck Inc. 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