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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Inside Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Page 3 *Council -- Frompogel Discussion was held on flood insurance in Walnut Grove. The City of Walnut Grove will not participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. The council approved a $75.00 donation to the Redwood County Fair. 2013 EDA Appointments were discussed and approved. Dave Hoyt, Dave Herder, and Jacob Jenniges were reappointed. Jenniges will be President, Hoyt Vice President and Amy Ankrum will be secretary. Discussion was held on the city's CD's that are com- ing due in April. The council approved the purchase of the following CD's: Sewer Fund $100,000 12 month CD Water Fund $50,000 24 month CD Storm Water Fund $75,000 24 month CD Bar & Grill Fund $75,000 24 month CD EDA Rev. Loan Fund $75,000 12 month CD Walnut Grove Clinic Fund $25,000 24 month CD Walnut Grove General Fund $100,000 24 month CD The Disaster Recovery Plan was reviewed by the Council. Tom Hansen was named Emergency Operation Supervisor withAndy Foster remaining as the Emergency Operation Manager. The Book Mobile is no longer operational. Instead, the Plum Creek Library System will be leaving books at both Country View and the city office for residents to borrow. Workers will be in Walnut Grove twice each month at one of the locations. The Walnut Grove American Legion has asked the council for permission to have a Street Dance on 7th Street between the Legion and Knakmuhs Agency on June 1, 2013. The area will be fenced off and customers could only get into the fenced in area by going through the Legion. The council approved this event. The Land Use application for Tom Wahl to put up a fence was approved by the council. The Board of Appeals and Equalization Public Meeting will be held April 15, 2013 at 6:30 at the City Office in Walnut Grove. The council approved the Minutes for the February 11, 2013 regular meeting and approved Claims #34983 through 35043. mcawber Club :astor Egg Party WALNUT GROVE -- The Easter Bunny will make city park :. 2:00 0A Place of Interest i. i i Ill. ,..ll I I I From page 1 In 1913 Johan Linquist bought the land claimed by Torjuson which even- tually was passed on to his son Alfred, who sold it to Betty's father. In 1948 John and Betty began renting the land from her father. Torjuson paid taxes to the county and village until 1914, and then his name disappeared from all Minnesota records. "There is no trace of what hap- pened to Torjuson -- it's like he just disappeared," said Carolyn Van Loh. Carolyn said, "I wanted to write this story because of how different the life style was in the middle of the last century. Now our family is spread out around the world, so I wanted to put this down in writing so they would know about their family when their dad was growing up." Carolyn noted, "it was interest- ing how differently things like pregnancy were talked about. Back .............. then pregnancies were seldom announced until the mother started showing signs of it." "I included a lot of that because I wanted to show how different life was back then," Van Loh said. She also noted a lot of what Betty wrote in her diaries was pretty com- mon of day to day life in the forties and fifties. "I felt this information needs to be shared -- that's one of the reasons I wrote the story," she said. From a historical stand-point Van Loh pointed out, "When you think about it early American history was written from diaries and journals of our ances- tors. Lewis and Clark, for example, kept meticulous journals on their journey to document the Louisiana Purchase." Van Loh said she really enjoyed looking at the history of the community as it was growing, and how Betty reflected her thoughts about it at the time. From the perspective of the history of the Westbrook community, it was interesting to see how much people sup- ported in donations and work for com- munity projects. In her story she pointed out how the hospital and nursing home were built with vast community sup- port. There are several references to in the middle of June 2012 she rfrtrrr submitted the orig- inal manuscript. : : She said, "I decided PRi ..... to self publish the L 1977: book rather than ,, have the publisher , r produce it and pay  ' $ i • • 2" a royalties But with 28 "7 :..,=.2._a. self publishing I had  to pay the money up  " front and do my own A:  .:. , ,, ....... , marketing. The book  'y.," , ..... '-.,z.,,, Is avaflahle through  Wine Press Publishing  . in soft cover, and is ' available in e-book form with other e-book  sites. ...................... Van Loh is looking .i.i. for places in the area to market the print version ,,---"'- of her book. Van Loh, who was a ''::*.' ........  past special feature writer Above: R +,. ........ ..................... for the Sentinel Tribune, "e"y's entries Were always is currently a free lance brief and to the point. - writer for the Land Magazine and the River local churches and how they were established. When she pursued the history of the homestead where her and Dave now live, she found it was established as a homestead ten years prior to when the Charles and Laura Ingalls came to Walnut Grove. Norwegian born Thorbjorn Torjuson was one of the first settlers to arrive in what eventually would become Cottonwood County in 1869. He pro- ceeded to homestead 160 acres of sec- tion 22, 3 miles north east of Westbrook. Torjuson married in 1894 and was con- sidered a prominent man in Westbrook Township. In 1902 Torjuson was named president of the Citizens State Bank. Carolyn started typing the diaries into the computer about five years ago. She was not too far along with the book when she signed a contract with the publisher in December of 2011. Then Valley Extra magazine in the Minnesota River Valley area. She is in the process of setting up a book signing at the Westbrook Public Library. Excerpts from Betty's diaries. At the time of John and Betty's first grand- daughter's birth. Two days later Betty wrote in her diary, "Terrible snowstorm at 9:30 -11:00. Visibility 0. Like a wall. Left for the Cities at 12:30" Returning after seeing the new granddaughter she wrote, "Darling!" In the summer of 1949 she wrote, "Made 11 1/2 qt. apple pickles. John Plowed. Tired but town at nite (sic) and listened to band. Ice cream with Harry and Etta. Bed 10:30" If you lived during that time or are younger and want to look at a snapshot in time when your parents or grandpar- ents grew up. This is a refreshing look at the way things were. • Masons donate to food shelf From page 1 i Jerry Thompson of Storden was one of several Masons to spear-head the effort to raise money locally for the food shelves. Mike Simon, Master of the Lodge at Windom, said, "I was proud of the members who took on this challenge, and I hope this will become an annual event. We were thrilled to take advantage of this matching grant offered by Minnesota Masonic Charities and to help the resi- dents of our area," said Simon. CLASSIFIED ADS SMALL PRICE BIG RESULTS CLASSIFIED ADS WORK FOR You Sentinel Tribune available at: Hoyt Oil & Convenience Bubai Grocery Thrifty White Drug Maynards Grocery, ExpressWay Shady Drive Inn business featured here I trrs P00nYl We strive to be the best place in town to have a drink, play pool or darts and meet friends, old and new. With an immense cocktail list; outstanding munchies and a fun, casual atmosphere, it's a scene away from the usual bar scene. 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