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VFW ('" .,LUB REMODEL :00ROJECT PAGE 3 ,,h,W,l,0.d.,i,,lll,,I,,,hHh,ilq.h,l,.,,w.,lll,,i ***************MIXED ADC 50902 09113/99 SmanTownPap00 \\;%, 217 W COTA ST SHELTON. WA 98584-2263 Wednesday March 30, 2011 $1.00 VOLUME NO. 26 NUMBER 31 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition City to sell tax forfeited properties Paula McGarvey City Clerk The Walnut Grove City Council met in a regular ses- sion on the 14th day of March, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the council room. Greg Hansen, Leonard McLaughlin, Todd Harrington and Jeff Hamack were present. Xiong Yang was absent. Mayor Hansen presided at the meeting Discussion was held on the sale of the properties the city purchased at the tax for- feiture sale in October. The city will sell the following properties by sealed bid on May 9, 2011. 94-200-0100 (25' lot on the east end of Main Street), 94-200-2000 (431 Main Street) and 94-568-0700 (9th Street at the end of Main). The per- sons with the high bids on each property would also be responsible for the cost of transferring the deed to their name. There will be no min- imum bid requirement and the city council reserves the right to reject any or all bids. The maintenance report was given by Tom Hansen. Tom will be attending train- ing this spring for his water license The council asked Tom to get prices for resur- facing the tennis court in the city park for discussion at the next council meeting. Discussion was held on the placement of a pedestrian crossing sign at the comer of 8th Street and Main. Tom will contact the county to see about, getting this accom- plished. Discussion was held on obtaining an extend- ed warranty for the tractor. The council determined they would not purchase the war- ranty. The City wide cleanup day was discussed. No changes will be made from last year and the date will be set for May 14, 2011. Street maintenance was discussed. The council approved $5000 for crack repair With Bargen Incorporated in 2011. Wes Bell presented the council with the Water/ wastewater report. PeopleService is ,recom- mending that the city pur- chase chlorine leak detectors in each well house and at the treatment plant. The cost is approximately $2400 for each detector. Wes will get more information about this and a decision will be made at the next council meeting. The council has asked Wes to check on the refurbished manholes and report the con- dition to the council at the next meeting. They have also asked that Wes obtain a quote to have at least two more manholes refurbished this year. Maintenance on both well houses was discussed. The council has asked for Wes to get a quote for the work that is left to do in both well houses and report it at the next c___q.cil ,meeting. Discussion was held on paying the membership dues for the MN Rural Water Association. Discussion will continue at a later meeting. The city will switch inter- net service to Redred at the 512 speed. Discussion was held on the Small Cities Project with Lamberton. Ten homes in Walnut Grove have been approved and eight homes from Lamberton have been approved. Work has begun at some of the properties. Properties Continued on Page 3 Over th Dennis Jutting winds up an EMT career spanning over four decades By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- Dennis Jutting looks over a career that is ending with 42 years of service to the community as an Emergency Medical Technician. Jutting or "DJ" or "Jutt," as most of his friends call him, started out in 1969 when the city council appointed a committee to take charge of an ambulance training pro- gram. Just a week after the announcement was made 70 people in the community, including Jutting, had signed up for the initial Red Cross Training. By the time the training began, three weeks later, 113 people had signed up. After that, about a month later, Jutting took part in the advanced Red Cross Training, and in January of 1970 he was among those who participated in the State Professional Emergency Care program. By this time, less than half of those that took the first Red Cross training took the Professional Course. Jutting said, "at first all we had for an ambulance was the old GMC rescue truck with a plywood back board and some homemade sand bags for immobilizing limbs." Today they use air splints and foam splints with Velcro-atrapa. "things have come a long way since then -- our first class was pretty basic with basic Red Cross first aid and CPR," he said. In May of 1970 the city council ordered a GMC ambulance built on a Suburban Chassis. Jutting laughed as he described riding in the back hunched over because of the low ceiling. The first ambulance was fairly spartan, equipped with only a cot, a bench, and room for some splints and a backboard. The first ambulances were stored in the east side of the fire hall. He didn't recall how many ambulances the orga- nization has had but he thought it was around seven. Jutting also served as a volunteer fire fighter retiring in 2000 with 30 years in that organization. Jutting said they got paid initially $5.00 for the first hour of a run and so much an hour after that. There was no retirement for crew members until some time in the seventies when each active mem- long hau! Dennis Jutting bet was given $200 a year for retirement, Today they receive $400 a year, and they. have to have 20 years in to draw it. With exceptions for people, that move because of a job change, can receive their accu- mulated retirem-diif ftihiN. ' " Jutting chuckled as he said, "it isn't something you could draw out and go to Texas for the winter on." Jutting said "oeside the equipment there has been a lot of change in the schooling needed to keep certified." In the seventies when he took the EMT classes it took 88 hours of class time. Today new EMT's must complete about 160 hours. Also EMT's must take 24 hours of continuing education every two years. 'rhen we first started we stopped the bleeding, and did CPR, loaded them up and got them to the hospital -- It was pretty primitive but it got the job done," he said. Jutting's EMT career -- Continued on Page 3 Pirate00-the Musical The Jr. High will present their musical starting with matinee performances Thursday and Friday of this week. Public performances will be given Thursday evening and Friday evening of this week at 7:00. Walnut Grove shows biggest gain in area Only two counties fared with higher numbers, Lyon, and Nobles both increased in population. Westbrook showed a slight decrease By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune SPECIAL -- While overall the pop- ulation, in the region, continued to decline with the exception of a few towns and a couple of counties. By far the biggest percentage increase was at Walnut Grove going from 599 in 2000 to 871 in 2010. That's a whopping 45 percent! Area towns showing a decrease are: Westbrook 755 to 739; Storden 274 to 219; Lamberton 859 to 824; Tracy 2,268 to 2,163; Jeffers 396 to 369; Revere 100 to 95; Dovray 67 to 57; Springfield 2,215 to 2,152; Milroy 271 to 252. Showing increases are: Balaton 637 to 643; Currie 225 to 233; Fulda 1,283 to 1,318; Wabasso 643 to 696; Lucan 226 to 299. Most county seats in the area fared good with Worthington leading the way with an increase from 11,283 to 12,764; Marshall 12,735 to 13,680; Windom 4,490 to 4,646; Pipestone 4,280 to 4,317; Slayton 2,072 to 2,153. County seats losing population were, Redwood Falls 5,459 to 5,254; Ivanhoe 679 to 559; Jackson 3,501 to 3,299. Lyon and Nobles counties were the only counties to show an overall gain with Lyon County increasing to 25,857, and Nobles increasing to 21,378. Counties losing population were Cottonwood down to 11,687; Redwood with 16,059; and Murray with 8,725. Overall the state showed an increase in population with most of the growth in the Metro area and north and south of the Metro area.