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INDEX PAGE 2 PAGE 3 PAGE 4 PAGE 5 ! FAMILY PAGE 6 PAGE 7 PAGE 8 COMMUNITY SPORTS AREA NEWS AREA FOCUS CLASSIFIED AREA FOCUS PAGE 9 PAGE 10 PAGE 11 PAGE 1 2 PAGE 1 3 PAGE 1 4 CHARGERS Bow OUT OF TOURNEY PAGE 1 0 3,2004 cents entinel ribune VOLUME NO. 19 NUMBER 26 14 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition nne Kelsey ESL teacher travels to Laos of a life became a for GROVE -- Jeanne Kelsey to visit a third world how the people live there Harry Yang said he was turn trip to Laos, he asked 8he would like to go along. at the chance and began the trip. an ESL (English as second has been teaching at Grove Middle School years. She started teach- education the fall of 2000. adults came for help with that's where she got start- when the administration was looking for more help in the ESL program Kelsey started full time teach- ing kindergarten through 4th grade and four hours a week with adults in two 2 hour sessions. In October Jeanne approached the board to get time off to go on the trip. The board was supportive and offered to pay some of the expense of the trip. Fast forward to December first -- ,Jeanne along with Harry and his wife Bao board a flight from Minneapolis to Ventienne, Laos. The trip would take them through Denver, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Bankok, Thailand before arriving in Ventienne, Laos at about 10:00 Thursday morning December 4th. They were greeted there by some of Harry and Bao's relatives, and they spent a couple of days sight seeing there before flying to the city of Ponsavan the area where most of their relatives lived. While there they stayed at a local hotel. The hotels there were similar to modest motels in the states. Prices aver- aged about $12.00 a night. Some of the hotels were charging $30 a night but Harry knew they could get cheaper ones. Jeanne Kelsey Continued on page 3 Jeanne Kelsey stood in front of displays in the Hmong History Center at Walnut Grove. Iy I.oh i farm is more for with that are the tradi- been estab- he ears. For through- processing is a family has lasted the years. emigrated in 1882 and a family farm son Micah produce of baloney. The on to Today Murl farm and for Rupps directs the farming opera- tion. It's possible that one of his sons will one day take over the operation. Last week I had the privilege of observing the last couple steps in that process at the Murl Rupp farm. Murl's sister Cecilee Teerink. her husband Roger and son Ross, of Worthington, were part of the work crew that included Russell and Eunice Rupp, as well as Murl and Mary Rupp and their oldest son Micah. I should have come prepared to help in .the process, but each family member had a special job to do. It was easy to see that they knew what they were doing after many years of practice. Russell was- n't part of the work crew when I was there, but over 50 years ago he and Kenney Rupp made the butcher block table used for cut- ting and grinding the meat. Baloney Continued on page 14 Anna Canal lives with the snow By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel 'bune Minnesotans take wintry weather in stride. It's just an expected fact of life for anyone who chooses to live in Minnesota. Anna Canal, Westbrook/Walnut Grove High School exchange student from Spain, has seen snow, but as she put it, this year is her first time to live with the snow. Snow wasn't the only challenge Anna faced when she came to Westbrook, where she lives with the Stan Erickson family. The culture shock she experienced wasn't only because she needed to adjust to life in the United States. Anna's hometown of Mataro, near Barcelona, has a population of 120,000, and Westbrook has less than 800 residents. Anna is the oldest of three chil- dren. Her sister Mireia is 13, and her brother OrM is l 0 years old. Neither adjustment has been difficult tbr Anna. She enjoys the snow, and she appreciates our small-town atmosphere. People develop closer relationships here. It's like a big family, she said. Everyone is friendly and has made her feel right at home. Anna is enjoying her year at Westbrook/Walnut Grove High School. She has participated in both volleyball and girls basketball. She was on a basketball team in her home town, but the team practiced just three times a week, outside of school hours, and games were usually played on Saturday mornings. Anna Canal Continued on page 14 U in a Hat" Deb Kuehl read a Dr. Suess book Green Eggs and Ham to first and second graders at Walnut Grove Tuesday morning. More pictures on page 12. 35/13 31/25 Partly Times of sun cloudy, and c|ouds. Highs in the Highs in the mid 3Os and low 3(1 and lows in the lows in the low teens, mid 2(. at 36/21 Scattered ers. windy. Highs in the mid 3Os and lows in the IO'W 2(J. 42/29 Mostly sunny, High in the low 4Os and Iow in the upper 2Os. i i i CHECK OUT THE AMERICAN PROIFILE NEXT WEEK INFORMATION CIRCULATION City sells lot to Alan Huset By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- Alan Huset bid on a lot the city owned. The lot is located on Cedar Avenue and wm for- merly owned by Dave Stresemann. The bid was $500. The council voted to accept the bid which would put the property back on the tax roles. Huset did not give spe- cific plans for the lot but commented they intend to build a residential anit on it. Possibly a duplex or Triplex. The contract for com- mercial assessor comes due in April. At the present time Dave Van Loh is han- dling the assessing of com- mercial property. The resi- dential assessing is now being done by the county assessors office. The coun. cil members debated if they should have the county do it, or to have Van Loh con- tinue doing it. His contract comes due in April. The board tabled the matter until the April meeting. The council passed a resolution to certify Alan Wahl for the PERA police and fire retirement plan. He has been on the plan, but the council had not passed a resolution to that effect. City sells Continued on page 3 i i, ,i,i i , i CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2003 ,Sentinel Tribune