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'It YEARS AGO March 26, 1981 Walnut Grove's high schooI have the past month of Anne Frank" to be 4 and 5, 1981. The direction of Willis -- Three fires Walnut Grove in practice. a fire at the Kerry residence and a second a fire west of night a Wash Mike Van DeWiele L members of the Walnut wrestling team the state tournament to Saturday, 981. Christensen returned 12th after being gone 3. He visited his and Mrs. Derek and family at and Mr. and Mrs. and family at CA. Then Louis spent the Phillipine Islands and Mrs. Colin ildren. FIVE AGO 24, 1966 Grove High School team brought home its III runner-up trophy The Loggers lost to 52-44 in the received an A interpretation speech contest at and will lake and Marilyn Farber on Wednesday Marilyn's new and bring Hannah visit for a few and Marilyn Father. took the gifts home and were dinner guests and Nadine Farber SD. Gloria Pack were of Boyd and Deb of Farmington. especially to help Marge Bakken were in the David and home at Spring t Mrs. Harry Bakken, Mr. Lenor Bakken and attended the Maurice Heggerstou at en spent the )Vith her daughter and and Mrs. Jim Johnson while attending the games. Ilamay Addison, Llewellyn Kosel of and Harold Timm of dinner and supper John Ahermatt home Sunday. rbaugh and Opal and supper Sanbo of Tracy. of St. Thomas the weekend at the parents, Jim and LeMere and Mrs. of Minneapolis visited Wednesday. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL Tammy Boerst reel 1.800-427.1053 507-831-1053 RENT )arlments. Meals daily. Senior lndicapped and eligible. APPLIANCE SERVICE Valley View Apartments Lamberton, Mn. 507-752-7303 507-752.7470 part in the district contest at New Ulm April 2nd. Miss Rosalie Fox of Lamberton has been named as a fourth grade teacher in the Walnut Grove School for next year. This is an added teacher because of an increasing enrollment, SupL Glenn R. Shaw said. Mr. and Mrs. Neil Peterson and Debra and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Schmiesing, Julie and Douglas attended the State Music Contest at Scott Hall on the University campus on Saturday, Debra and Julie played piano solos in the contest. FORTY YEARS AGO March 29, 1951 The Hoyt Oil Co. has purchased the tank wagons, equipment and business of Emil Thorsness, who has been operating the Phillips 66 tank wagon service, and will take possession next week. R.T. Sater, superintendent of the local schools for the past 22 years, has resigned his position, effective at the end of the current school Rus ll and Fern Schmiesing and Doug Schmiesing, Dane and Sonia were Sunday dinner guests at the Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Kramer home at Tracy. Sunday Lowell and Marjorie Schmiesing were among those attending the 50th wedding anniversary for Art and Hazel Kluevein at the Tracy Senior Citizen Center. Sunday afternoon visitors at the Gale Will home were Mr. and Mrs. John Fick of Slayton. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Knappon, Nicole and Stephanie of Denver, CO were Sunday afternoon visitors at the Mr. and Mrs. Duane Knott home. Sunday evening visitors at Ida Johnson's Grove Apartment were Mr. and Mrs. Hilding Swan of Balaton. Bruce and Kathy Johnson, Alison and Boyd were in Minneapolis attending the basketball tournament on the weekend. Sunday Elaine Seidl of Sleepy Eye visited her mother, Gunhild Johnson, and they were dinner and afternoon guests in the Mr. and Mrs. Carl Dagner home at Lamberton. Tuesday, March 19th, the Johnsonville Extension Group met at the home of Alice Maas. Those Mr. and Mrs. Harold Subbert visited Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Meier at SL James Friday. Mrs. Meier was a surgical patient. Subberts visited the Floyd Imkers at Lamberton Thursday. Their Sunday guests were the Alvin Meier Jr. family from Fairfax and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Meier Sr. from Vesta. Milroy II Cindy Opitz of Tracy was honored at a bridal shower at Our Savior's Lutheran Church last Saturday. The program was given by Evelyn Brakke, Rae Ann Flesner, Lori Hermanson, Barb Wixon and Dona Petersen. Cindy will become the bride of Marlo Van Dorsten, April 6. Hostesses were Evelyn Brakke, Rae Ann Flesner, Violet Lovald, Marge Oberg, Lillian Petersen and Barb Wixon. Mrs Randy Morken and Rachel of Alexandria spent from Friday to Sunday with her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Don Comnic k, The Wayne Kramers and Michael of Arlington were last Sunday visitors at the Lyle Kramer home. They took their son, Michael to SSU in Marshall, where he is a student. Deana Pool of Bloomington year July 1st. A new attending were Evelyn HaHaHaHaHaHa:~ and spent the weekend with her superintendent was elected at a meeting of the School Board Judy, Mildred Otto, Marjorie parents, the Herb Pools. Wednesday. He is Glenn R. Shaw Schmiesing and Elaine Knott. The Women of Our Savior's ofEllendale, MN. Jared and Jonna Maas were Lutheran met Thursday with Barb The high school music Friday overnight guests of their Wixon presiding. The program, a department will take part in the district contest at Lamberton Saturday, April 14th, Bud Lincheid, director, announced this week. The band, chorus, and various soloists and ensembles will take pan. Tsugio Skeda, a student at Gustnavus Adolphus College was a guest at the home of the Rev. and Mrs. G.R. Morgan over the Easter vacation. Raymond Matter and Sister Virginia Matter of St. Paul and Mary Ann Vogel of Mankato were weekend guests of Dorothy DeSmith. Mrs. Vinee Vanella, Jessica and grandparents, An and Alice Maas. Lucan Irene Dallmann spent ten days in Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, following knee surgery. Her daughter, Dian Clarke brought her home Sunday and stayed until Tuesday. While at Lucan, Dian also visited Pete Fidler. The Dennis Fennems spent the weekend with the Kelly Mulligans in Eagan, the Scott Lotherts in Eden Prairie and the Scott Altermatts in Apple Valley after being supper guests at the Kenneth Evans home in Bloomington Friday. Donna Dudgeon, Laura Moore and Marjorie Hansen were in a group for Lucky 13 Bowling in Minneapolis Sunday. Mrs. Erna Larsen's Saturday Lenten Fellowship was given by Sharon Tmlock, Lillian Petersen, Evelyn Brakke, Myrt Parish, Doris Kropp, June Pool, Violet Lovald, Lynn Zick and Rev. Dan Hermanson. Dona Petersen was at the piano. Hostesses were Vonnie Tomasek, Dona Petersen, Lynn Zick and Joyc'e Gilb. The Harold Schlemmers have a new granddaughter, Katie Marie, born to Marty and Roxie Schlemmer of Marshall on March 15, 1991. She weighed 6 pounds and 5 1/2 ounces. She has a sister, Andrea age 2. The maternal grandparents are Joe and Marie Miller. Allen and Carol Schmidt and Roger and Liz Miller returned home from a weeks vacation in the Daytona Beach and Orlando, FL area. Doric Charbonneau, Edith Ousky and Juluis and Dorothy Michael of Shoreview visited over guests were Mr. and Mrs. Jim the weekend with Lorraine Wagner from Burnsville and Giersdorf. Jessica and Michael l ,ormineWagner from Wabasso. remained to spend a few days Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jaros of visiting their grandmother. Vesta spent Tuesday with Mrs. Rachael Oestreich was an Marie Nelson. overnight guest in the home of Billy Beaten, 79, was buried in Dearborn, MI, March 20. He spent Larry and Judy Curwick at his early life in the Lucan area and Marshall and attended a lecture at SW State College on Tuesday evening and was a Wednesday guest of Joe and Cathy Standaert andBilly of Ghent. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Menk of Osseo, WI, was a weekend guest of her mother, Mildred Revard. Added Sunday morning visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cooreman of Tracy. Sunday dinner guests of Mildred Otto were her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Duane Peterson of Garvin and her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Menke of Marshall. Mema Malmberg and Sammie were Monday morning coffee guests of Mildred Otto. Cliff and Melba Pack were Sunday dinnergnests of Genieve DeCourcy of Minneapolis. Ellen and Brent Jensen of Edina spent the weekend of March 16th with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Stassen. They also attended the wedding of Lynea Kolar and Greg Stetting at English Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 16I/I. A week ago Roger Meld of Fridley spent Friday overnight and Saturday with his mother, Ethel Meld. Dorothy Peterson was a Friday afternoon coffee guest. Supper guests were Harry Flesner, John and Janet Block. A week ago Monday, March 18th supper guests at the Mr. and Mrs. Gale Will home were Jeff and Rhonda Christensen of San Francisco, CA, Tim Christensen of Hutchinson, Mr. and Mrs. Cedric Christensen of Milroy and Lorena Eilefsen. I PLANNING AN AUCTION? Household - Farm - Business Complete Auction Service Rich Reiner Ferd Krenz Springfield Sleepy Eye Pit. 723-5243 Ph. 794-6756 CaB us collect. married,F rna Donner w, ho precede&him in death. He was the brother of Evelyn .Blankenhagen of Lamberton, Lucille Penke of Milroy and Marcella Duprez of Forest Lake. Mrs. John Zwach, with Mrs. Teresa Tholen of Tracy and Mrs. Tillie Egle of Wabasso spent Thursday with Mrs. Zwach's daughter, Marie Iverson of Eagan, at Redwood Falls. Visitors Sunday of Earl Hanske, a resident in the Tracy Nursing Home, were Leo Macht, Ed Fernholz, Mr. and Mrs. Orlin Jaeger, Lucan, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Schwartz, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Leach and Anker Pederson of Milroy, Dan and Daryl Leach and Karen Waytsshek of Marshall. Mrs. Bud Burns and Mrs. Mete Bums visited Mrs. June Dale in Marshall Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Bud Brans spent the evening with Mr. and Mrs. Doug Bruns and Cody in Tracy. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Gilbertson spent Wednesday and Thursday in Alexandria. Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rabenhorst of Mankato were weekend guests of Larry Lawrenz. His Sunday visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Kumerow of Lamberton. Mrs. Ralph Brand and children of Marshall and Mrs. Alphonse Plaetz and children visited the Kenneth Millers Sunday. Mrs. Mary Kramer's Tuesday afternoon visitors were Paul and Jack Rohlik of Vesta. Her supper guests were Captain and Mrs. Curtis Anderson and two daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kramer, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Thdl, Sister Karolyn Rohlik from Woodruf, Wl, Mary Bierl and. Lorerm Jenniges of Wanda. Rental Homes Available For all your Real Estate needs see SERVING ALL YOUR- iNSURANCE NEEDS Stattelman were Stmday supper guests at the Earl Parish home. 46 people attended the catered dinner sponsored by the Milroy Senior Citizens Tuesday. In the afternoon Shirley Pctersen and Earl Parish served cake and ice cream to 40 guests in honor of their birthdays at the Milroy Legion HaIL Evelyn Blankenhagen of Lamberton visited her sister, Lucille Penke Tuesday. Fern Christensen was a Tuesday supper guest of Jo Sonstegard in Marshall. Anker Pederson and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Leach visited Earl Hanske at the Tracy Nursing Home last Sunday. The Dave Zwachs spent 4 days in Las Vegas, NV. Weekend guests at the Zwach home were Allen and Kristi Zwach of Kansas City, KN and Dan and Diane Flygare and Karl of Marshall. Deloris and Jim Rath of Sioux Falls, SD spent Tuesday with the Roy T. Christensens. WG School Lunch Menu-- April 1 - 5 Breakfast: Monday --- NO SCHOOL Tuesday -- Ham and cheese on English muffin, fruit, milk. Wednesday -- Cinnamon roll, fresh fruit, milk. Thursday -- Cereal, toast, jmce, milk. Friday -- Waffles, bacon, fruit, milk. Lunch: Monday -- NO SCHOOL Tuesday -- Barbecue on bun, tater tots, cake w/frosting, fruit, milk. Wednesday -- Turkey nuggets, mashed potatoes, peas, b/b, pudding, fruit, milk. Thursday Spaghetti, garlic bread, corn, fruit, milk. Friday -- Tuna hotdish, b/b, green beans, fruit, bars, milk. * REFRIGERATORS *RANGES *MICROWAVE OVENS *WASHERS *DRYERS *FREEZERS *AIR CONDITIONERS *DEHUMIDIFI -RS *F3REON CHARGING *WATER HEATERS *PROMPT SERVICE SENTINEL & TRIBUNE 7 Walnut Grove - Weatbrook, MN - Wednesday, March 27, 1991 U.S. has highest divorce rate by Amy Wright Walnut Grove School psycholigist As indicated previously in "Psychologically Speaking", the United States has the highest divorce rate in the world, which is nearly double that of our nearest competition, Sweden. About 60% of the children born in the U.S. today will be in a single parent family by the time they have turned 18. Hafer, in Coping with Bereavement from Death or Divorce, reports four of every five divorced persons remarry. Coupled with remarriages following a death, at the minimum, 15 million children live with step-parents at least pan of the time. The loss of a natural parent through death or divorce is difficult. Add to that the further difficulty of adjusting to a step-parent and children may find themselves under considerable stress. Numerous problems are inherent to step-parenting. 1) Due to jealousy and resentment, children often have problems relating to step-parents. 2) Society's perceptions of step-parents is often negative. Therefore, children may sense a lack of acceptance by others. 3) Conflicts over child discipline and child rearing are often part of step-family life. 4) The role of the step-parent may be confusing to the child when both natural parents live in the same community. Hafer suggest several ideas for improving step-parenting skills. 1. If you are planning to become a step-parent soon, get to know your step-children now. Speak in terms of becoming a pan of the family rather than becoming their new "morn" or "dad". 2. Involve the childreti in" wedding plans, and if possible, allow them to participate. 3. A step-family "honeymoon" may be a good idea for young children. 4. Don't move into the role of parent too quickly. Be familiar with and supportive of the existing disciplinary procedures. Changes should only occur after you have become well accepted, and then onlywith your spouse's support. 5. When possible, a move to a new house in the same neighborhood is helpful. This keeps some continmty in the childrens' lives, yet minimizes the perceptions of the step-parent as being the outsider in the children's home. 6. When two families are joined, favoritism is hard to avoid. Guard against it by having clear, uniform rules, These guidelines may differ according to the child's age but need to be adhered to by both parents. Favoritism can create a lack of trust and acceptance. While the job of step-parenting may seem insurmountable at times, Hafer reminds us that "the, nee of two biolo$ical parents m the home is not as important as the presence of two loving adults who present a strong and positive parent image". Walnut Grovi IS One of the "Try It's" the girls are working on and part of their "Thinking Day" patch was to interview an older business of the community. Here's what they came up with. Steffens Electric was started in 1939 by Emil and Oscar Steffen, brothers. The present owners are Errol and Lee Steffen. The business had three different locations and is open from 8 - 5:30. This was a father to son business. By Molly. The Mealsite was started 13 years ago, 1978. The first manager was Lois Hanson and she managed for ten years. JoAnn Bertschi became the second manager and she has managed for 3 years now. All foods are made in Tracy. Donald Swenson picks up the meals and brings them to Walnut Grove. There are 8 - 10 home delivered meals, which are delivered by volunteers. By Molly. The Knakmuhs Agency was opened by Dick Knakmuhs in February 1960. Dick and Kerry are present owners. A change has been from insurance and real estate and now includes travel. When asked why he picked this job, Dick replied, "interesting". This is a father and son business. By Joana. Sells Bros. Inc was started in 1957 by Bud and Alfred Sell, brothers, and present owners. affiliated with Hardware Hank. Present owner is Jef Olson. Another change was the building of a new store in 1979, on a lot next to the old store. This was a father to son business. By Leah and Erin. The Walnut Grove Public School dates back to before 1900. Some chznges are less students, new teachers, they now use computers and tele-media systems. In 1990 it became a grade school, K - 4, and a middle school with grades 5 - 8. The high school students, grades 9 - 12, go to Westbrook. By Erin. Sykora Body shop was started by Vernal Sykora in 1959. Garry Sykora brought the business in July 1978. A change was that in 1961 they started doing wheel alignments. This was a father to son business. By Vickie. Troop 643: Joana Sykora, Viekie Krentz, Erin Richards Leah Olson, Molly Bertschi, Kristin Kelly. Leader - Ann Pfarr. Minnesota Homework Helpline - A Business/ Education Partnership We are proud to announce the initiation of an exciting new Some of the changes was different service for area students and their lots, used to sell cars and now it's families. Beginning Sunday, March farm machinery. When asked why 3, SW/WC ECSU and Blue Cross you chose this job, Greg replied, "it and Blue Shield of Minnesota came along at the right time". By Joana. This was a phone interview and Greg Hanson answered the phone, Lad's Blacksmith Shop was started in 1938. The present owner is Steve Ourada. Changes would be the name from Lad's Blacksmith Shop to Lad's Welding Manufacturing and Repair. They now do welding. This was a father to son business. By Leah. LeR0y Olson purchased the hardware store from Wickman's in 1959. It became the Olson Hardware Store and is still (BCBSM) will offer students homework assistance by way of a toll-free telephone service called the Minnesota Homework Helpline. The Homework Helpline, 1-800- 657-6787, operates after school from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m Sunday through Thursday, holidays excluded. Trained teachers staff the Helpline each day to provide help with problem-solving techniques (not answers!). These teachers support the work of your classroom teachers and encourage students to follow with their teachers. Westbrook Walnut Grove i i! i i~!,~iil, i ~ i~ '!i Walnut Grove, MN. Phone 859-2154 @ iI