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Lee began working in the family business while he was in high school. After he grad- uated from Walnut Grove High School in 1975 he attended Dunwoody Institute graduating in 1977. He then joined the business and bought out his uncles interest in the business in 1979. In 1983 Lee's brother Errol bought out their father Oscar and the two joined in a corpo- ration. In 1996 Lee married Pare Henkel at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Lee was very active in his church and in the community. He served on the church council, city council, and was a member of the Jaycees. He was active in the Community Club and took great pride in tending the flower planters on Main Street. Lee Steffen Lee loved to sing and was a member of the Marshall Area Mens Chorus. He had a fervent love affair with photographing trains and model railroading. He also loved sports, garden- ing, and being with his grand- children. Lee was a true friend of the community and he will be sorely missed by all who new him. Complete obituary on page 2. Council hears report on First Ave upgrade City in line for funds from the Maylen Peterson Trust By Tom Merchan! Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- At the last council meeting Utilities Superintendent Dennis Jutting spoke to the council about replacing water mains in First Avenue. The work will be done as a pre cursor of completely replacing the pavement on First Avenue by Cottonwood County. The city turned over the maintainence of the street to the county a couple of years ago. At that time the county planned on redoing the road in their five year plan. The Utilities Commission at that time planned on replacing the water mains prior to the county replacing the street. Jutting told the council Svoboda Excavating of Jackson has been contracted to do the work. The water mains, which are located on the west side of the street, will require removal of 16 feet of pave- ment to complete the work. The mains will be replaced from Fourth street to Seventh Street. From Seventh Street to ninth street the street will also be widened four feet on the west side of the street. The areas excavated will have a temporary bituminous surface applied and new curb and gutter will be added where the street is widened. Jim Dibble executer of the Maylen Peterson Trust, informed the council that the land that is in the trust is in the process of being sold. The City of Westbrook, Westbrook Health Center Foundation, and the Westbrook Education Foundation each will receive approximately $130,000 from the distribution. City street supervisor Dan Joel talked to the council about sweeping streets in neighboring towns. He feels that due to driving the sweep- er to other towns it puts a lot of wear and tear on the machine. Also it takes quite a while to drive there. He felt if the city was to continue sweeping in other towns, they should ask to have the machine trailored to the other towns. Currently the city is sweeping streets in Storden and Jeffers. Two citizens attended the meeting to complain about mail box damage from snow removal. City Council Continued on Page 3 On a Mission o o o Area church people participat- ed in mission trip to Mississippi By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune SPECIAL -- Members from local churches joined a mission group from North Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota, to work on homes in Greenville, Mississippi. This mission group has a long history of mission work in Greenville. It all began in 1965 when a young methodist minister, from North Dakota, named Roger Smith travelled to Mississippi to register black voters. As it turned out Smith stayed in Greenville for 35 years. In 1995 Reverend Smith, pastor of Revels United Methodist Church, and his congregation were given a building call the Family Life Shelter. The building was in a bad state of repair, so Reverend Smith contacted a few of his friends from forth Dakota and invited them to come down and help with the repairs. After the work was com- pleted the church has used the building for many of their activities. It has a gym- nasium, kitchen, rest rooms and showers along with class rooms. The group "Dakota Team" was bitten by the spirit of the Lord and they have been going back ever Several members locals at one of the mission project homes. of the local contingent stood with a couple of the Pastor Pedersen said, "we told the residents of those houses, the first thing we will do is make a big mess, a serious mess!" The owners trusted them to go ahead, believing that when they finished they would enjoy their homes as never before. They ordered dumpsters and began demolition. Families that were able pitched in to help along with some of their friends. They helped with insulating, sheet rocking, taping and mud- ding, installing siding, prim- ing and final coat painting. In the first home the group installed a new bathroom, kitchen, appliances, insula- tion, siding, doors, win- dows, and flooring. since. They go down for 12 days to work on remodeling projects for needy people. Some of the people are sin- gle mothers, elderly and those with health problems. Pastor Harvey Pedersen is the local coordinator for the group. The Dakota Team travelled to Greenville, arriving February, 17. The group had photos of several tentative projects. After a brief tour of the homes they had looked at they obtained permissiori from the owners to commit to the work. The first family was a single mother with 4 adult chil- dren. The second family was a disabled couple in their seventies. "The proj- ects restores pride in owner- ship," said Pedersen. On the second home a sag- ging foundation was replaced, braced and lev, eled, new windows, doors, siding and flooring were installed. In Greenville the Methodists have established a ministry for homeless men, the "Hope Ministry." Under the direction of Pastor Matt, the group was provided with the services of 30 men including an elec- trician. Hope Ministry also provided a 20 foot covered trailer to haul and store materials. The local Methodist congregations hosted the group for a num- ber of noon meals. Mission Continued on Page 3 Single car roll over on Highway 30 ii!i! iii Penny Danner of Westbrook was returning from Windom last Wednesday morning when she lost control of her vehicle on a very slushy road and rolled into the ditch a mile and a half west of Storden. She was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Westbrook where she was treated and released. ON RECORD PAGE 2 EDUCATION PAGE 8 INSIDE PAGE 3 AREA FOCUS PAGE 9 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 LEGAL PAGE ] 0 FAITH . FAMILY PAGE 5 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 1 1 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 AREA FOCUS PAGE 12 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 Scouting for Food The WWG Cub Scouts will be hanging "Scouting for Food" bags on everyone's doors in Westbrook and Walnut Grove after school on Friday, March 18. They will then come around on Saturday morning, March 26, to collect the bags. Anyone donating food, please place the items in the "Scouting for Food" bags or one of your choice. All food collected will go to Mary and Martha's Pantry, Westbrook. If you have any questions please contact Paul Oison at 507-859-2141. ComA Us INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS * ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-I 859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2011 Sentinel Tribune