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INDEX PAGE 2 PAGE 3 PAGE 4 PAGE 5 3E 6 PAGE 7 COMMUNITY COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSIFIED AREA FOCUS PAGE 8 PAGE 9 PAGE 1 0 PAGE 11 PAGE 1 2 READ ACROSS AMERICA HELD PAGE 10 17, 2004 cents entinel ribune VOLUME NO. 19 NUMBER 28 14 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition ge in time Rupp found paging enlightening -- WWG Junior got a look at the State from the best seat in the ha,ring more than a in politics, James" aunt is a representative in the got interested in the year after his friend said how much fun it January he filled out an school giving all the weeks He was selected to February 16th to the 20th. other boys and 8 girls were While there they stayed a couple of blocks away building. day they met in the Arms office with Page Steve .Alger and is where they learned floor etiquette. that they were taken to hearings which lasted Rupp said "it was like they went to the house ile there they the of the House, tatives. On the back wall out of view of the gallery is a large panel with lights corresponding with each legislature. When a light goes on the first page to spot it quietly goes to the representative that sum- moned. Rupp said "the session lasted only a few minutes but it was fun." After that they were briefed on the day and what they would be doing the next day. The next day they attended com- mittee meetings and at 3:00 we did paging again during the session which lasted only about fifteen minutes. Rupp said, "the sessions get much longer later in the session. Last year the final session lasted 26 hours." During the session the pages had to run errands for the representatives get- ting signatures on bills. The pages each met with their repre- sentatives. In his case it was a familiar meeting as his representative Elaine Harder, is also his aunt. One of the hdarmgs he attended a about the new Social Studies and History standards for Minnesota James Rupp Schools. When he visited with House Speaker Steve Sviggum they were asked about their thoughts on the .08 alcohol bill, On Thursday the pages ran a mock committee meeting to debate an amend- ment to the Conceal and Carry and Citizens Personal Protection act. Page in time Continued on page 3 Council decides not to replace Chart Recorder WALNUT GROVE -- At the Monday, March 8, 2004 city council meeting Jeff Steichen, PeopleService, asked the council to consider replac- ing the Chart Recorder at the sewer plant. A new one would cost $1,906.13 and repairs for the existing one would be $972.00. The council decided that because this is not a required piece of equipment, it will not be repaired or replaced. Kay Koblegard, Walnut Grove Economic Development, asked the council to consider housing the Walnut Grove Ambulance at the new Prairie Grass Senior Housing. A garage would have to be built on to the structure. Marge Peterson, Ambulance Director, stated the ambulance squad did not want the ambulance moved from its present location. No action was taken on the recommenda- tion presented by the EDA Board. Marge Peterson reported on the pool tourna- ment that was held at the Community Center over the week-end. She felt it was a big success, and it has been suggested that it become an annual event. Andy Foster, Civil Defense Director, discussed who should be used for weather spotters, whether he could be paid something for his time, and whether he could use the Fire Department brush truck for spot- ting because the portable radios don't always reach to Redwood Falls and he would be able to use the mobile radio in the truck Council decides Continued on page 12 J , ,, i i V.eaStll e5 Alex Ourada Lob 2002, is a and never for- refers to that thing in and some University driven to spring fie of his someone met to visit room. The remembers visitors to a fight was left with severe head trauma. Duane and Karl Ourada, Alex's parents from Westbrook, immedi- ately went to Winnipeg and found their son in a coma. They had him transferred to Sioux Valley Hospital i Sioux Falls, where he remained in that coma until March 24. Alex's memory didn't return until April 3, but he still has no recollection of what happened in the hotel. Life's Simple Continued on page 3 Open forum concludes no need to change "It's a good problem to have" By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG  Monday evening at 6:00 about thirty five par- ents, teachers, and adminis- trators gathered to discuss a problem involving an imbal- ance of students in a couple of grades. Principal Paul Olson talked about the change in class sizes between the two communities. Twelve years ago there were more students from Westbrook in all of the classes. However this has changed -- there has been a shift to more students in classes at Walnut Grove. Principal Bill Richards told the group that the enrollment numbers change weekly. The figures shown are already not accurate. Olson reviewed a slide breakout groups discussed various proposals. Anna Larson, daughter of Eric and Angle Larson, colored as one of the options. After the small group discussion each group presented their findings. One group felt it was a good prob- lem to have. Most of the groups agreed that it was a short term problem and it would be best to leave it as is. Keep a half time teacher where needed and keep the continuity for students. A similar meeting will be held in Walnut Grove March 23rd starting at 7:0. showing the cost of transporta- tion, and a slide of several possible sce- narios. They were: All third grade in Westbrook, All fourth grade in Walnut Grove. Fourth grade in Walnut Grove open room for preschool. Fifth and sixth grades go to all inclu sion. Pre school at Walnut Grove site - two days Walnut Grove only, two days Westbrook only. Setting quotas in grades to balance each site. Leave it as is. Then they were to look at educa- tional benefits, financial consideration, community concerns, facility require- ments, and transportation considera- tions. After breaking into several small groups each looked at  chart and discussed different aspects of the 43/21 Windy with a mix of sun and clouds. 43/28 44/26 Times of sun Partly and clouds, cloudy. Highs in the Highs in the low 40s and mid 40s and lows in the lows in the upper 20s. mid 20s. 42J33 Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 40s and Iowa in the low 30s. WATCH F@P N00XT WEEKS AMERICAN PROFILE INFORMATION CIRCULATION H/ # CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2003 Sentinel Tribune