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According to local reports from persons in Storden, the man went through the city at a high rate of speed. Shortly later, the Cottonwood County Sheriff's Department had ter- minated their pursuit and contacted the State Patrol for assistance. A short time later State Trooper Jeffery Steams, who was traveling east on Cottonwood County Highway l0 about eight miles northeast of Storden, spotted the sus- pect driver stopped ahead of his  ..... car. Officer Steams then stopped his squad car and activated his emergency lights. Then the suspect accelerated to the west at a very high rate of speed, and then traveled into the lane of where officer Steams was sitting in his vehi- cle. Then the suspect crashed head-on into the squad car and was ejected from the motorcycle and died on the scene. Patrolman Steams suffered minor inju- ries in the crash, and his vehicle was totaled. It is not known why the suspect originally fled law enforcement. Suspect Charged in Murray County Burglary A suspect was arrested and charged with several offens- es in a burglary from property owned by Gene McClellan Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune DOVRAY -- In a statement of probable cause from the Murray County Sheriffs Department. It alleges that Lane Del Onken of Slayton was appre- hended the morning of March 11, 2013 by John McClellan and his son after entering the home they were staying in. The defendant was arrested by Murray County Deputy John Wiggins and brought to the Murray County Sheriff's Office, where he was found to possess two small drug pipes and one brass hit- ter as well as two small clear plastic baggies which field tested positive for Methamphetamine. In his pocket the defendant also possessed two items of the type stolen in a previous reported burglary at the same address. * Suspect -- on page 7 A Place oflnt00 * Carolyn Van Loh penned her third book which looks at typical farm life through the diaries of her mother-in-law, Betty Van Loh Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- Last week Carolyn Van Loh received copies of her most recent literary effort from her publisher. For Van Loh much of her book was based on her mother- in-law Betty Van Loh's diaries dating back to 1946. Betty often used daily calendars which were given out by local businesses to record her brief daily entries. Each page had several days on it with about four or five lines for each date. Van Loh said she had dia- ries from 1946 to 2007, although she noted calendars from the late fifties and sixties were missing. Carolyn specu- lated that Betty probably did not have time to write as much while she was raising her four children. She also noted that all of the chapter titles were direct quotes from Betty's diaries. Her book gives the reader a very clear picture of rural life from the mid forties through the end of the century. The book not only reflects life on the farm it also relates to the historical development of rural communi- ties, and particularly the city of Westbrook. It also reflects the strong connection of the Van Loh's to their church and family. Betty and John Van Loh were married November 22, 1945 in Sibley, Iowa. John and Betty lived with John's parents for the first six months of their marriage. The fol- lowing May John and Betty, pregnant with their first child, moved into a house which had originally been a chicken coop on the Van Loh farm near Ashton, Iowa. Carolyn Van Loh with her book and one of Betty's diaries. After a while John, wanting to farm, was unable to find land in the Ashton area. Their realtor suggested they look to the north in Minnesota. At the time land there was avail- able at a cheaper price. So John, Betty's father Art and the realtor went to Minnesota to look at a place near Westbrook. Betty wrote in her diary "One of interest." Two days later Betty and her stepmother, Wilma travelled with the men to look at the farm. That evening they returned to Ashton, an hour later her dad called and told them he had closed the deal that evening. Betty wrote just one word in her diary, "Happy." A Place m on page a Council approves new Christmas banners and lights By Paula McGarvey The Walnut Grove City Council met in a regular session on the llth day of March, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the council room. Greg Hansen, Xiong Yang, Todd Harrington, Jeff Harnack, Leonard McLaughlin, Kerwin Armitage, Mike Zeug and Tom Hansen were present. Discussion was held on replacing the Christmas lights on Main Street with Christmas Banners next year. The coun- cil approved the purchase of 15 banners for Main Street and 8 Christmas lights for the Boulevard for $3500. This will be paid for with General Fund reserves as it was budgeted for a couple years ago. Mayor Hansen presided at the meet- ing. The Bar & Grill remodel was dis- cussed by the council and the invoices were approved for payment. Tom Hansen discussed the mainte- nance report with the council. He will be asking for a quote from Bargen for crack filling. Discussion was held on trading in the tractor in 2014 to stay on the 5 year schedule. The council will decide on this in a few months. City Wide Cleanup will be held May 4, 2013. All residents will be encouraged to clean Up their yards during this time. The Water/Wastewater report from People Service was reviewed by Kerwin Armitage. All plant maintenance work orders have been completed for the month and all systems are running prop- erly. Discussion was held on the water leak by the Water Tower. The leak was caused by 2 pipes becoming separated. This repair was made by Quam Construction at a cost of $3900.00. The Police Report was given by Chief Zeug. The council approved the pur- chase of a new taser to be paid for with funds from the equipment budget in 2013. Zeug will be hiring another part time officer to help cover weekends. The Annual Fife and Ambulance Budget meeting was held February 26 at 1:00 p.m. Ambulance and Fire budgets were reviewed and approved. Council -- on page 3 Masons raise $26,000 f Dr area food shel00 Mary and Martha's Pantry received $2,132 from Prudence Lodge in Windom Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- In November of 2012, Mason Jars were placed in area businesses to collect donations from the public in each com- munity. From the jars $8,060 was raised, and Prudence Lodge matched $5,000 to the total. These contributions were then doubled through a grant provided by the Minnesota Masonic Charities, a philanthropic arm of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. With this match a total of $26,095.04 was raised. Shelves benefiting in the area were Mary and Martha's Pantry of Westbrook, Sharing Center at Windom, Food Assistance Short Term (FAST) of Jackson, FAST of Lakefield, Fishes and Loaves of Mountain Lake, and Food Shelf of Heron Lake. Masons --- on page 3 Above: Jerry Thompson left, and Mike Simon right, present checks for $2,132 to Margaret Palan Western Community Action Community Resource Specialist middle left, and Mary and Martha's Pantry director Kathy Zens. 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