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Funded by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC), the Sustainable Inquiry Research and Education Network (SIREN) program conducts training for K-12 teachers and pro- vides them with curriculum and teaching materials to incorporate in their classrooms. SIREN integrates experimental teaching strategies into sustainable agri- culture projects designed by farmers and experienced scientists. This program offers science and agriculture teachers the opportunity to work with area producers, connect with scientists, attend workshops and increase understanding of the inquiry process. Westbrook High School science teachers, Angie Larson and Josh Barron, joined the program two years ago. "Through the trainings and on-farm visits, I've learned so much about today's agriculture and sustainable fanning," said Larson, "I've been able to teach what I've learned to my students. The new experiment equipment will allow our students to do experiments and get accurate results which will facilitate a greater learning experience." Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) program coordinator, Pauline Nickel, pre- sented state-of-the-art experimental equipment; a balance, pH meter and other smaller qui . _ent to the Westbrook High School on March 6 and introduced Cottonwood County soybean farmers, Jim Jorgenson and Dale Mischke. "Minnesota Soybean is a huge contributor to this program and it's vital to recognize the farmers who support this project through the soy- bean checkoff. We wouldn't be able to do what we do without their dedication to our education system." SWROC delivers K-12 educational programming statewide. The purpose is to support a strong science program with an emphasis on content areas that are vital to rm'al communities. These programs are aligned with the Minnesota Graduation Standards and support classroom teachers with curriculum resources designed to improve student knowledge about science and related disciplines. Nickel said the focus of the program is to support teachers and ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and materials when entering the class- room. "Our goal is to connect the teachers with the University of Minnesota's resources to create a better learning opportunities for our students." SIREN has been implemented in three other schools across southwest Minnesota and will serve as a pilot program to develop hands-on curriculum for students across the state. Read R.E.A.L. farm stories straight from Minnesota farmers by visiting http://www.TheREALStoryMN. com. 11300 Books Before Kindergarten program The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program will be starting with an organizational meeting and sign-up April 10, at 6 p.m., at the Westbrook Library. If you are unable to attend, but are interested, please call 507-274- 6174. This program is being spon- sored by the following Westbrook organizations: Kiwanis, Lions, V F W, Women's Club, a n W.A.V. Deputies Jayd Soderholm (left) and Tim Evers demonstrate how to enter a room, as Alan Wahl looks on. Last Wednesday law enforcement officers from Cottonwood County gathered in Westbrook for Active Shooter training " Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- After the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, there has been a heightened awareness of safety in schools and other places where people gather. There has been considerable talk by federal and state legislators, as well as law enforcement agencies, and many citizens about how to achieve that. Law enforcement trains for all types of emergency situations covering a full range of possible incidents that might Occur. In light of the afore mentioned, law enforcement members from Cottonwood County held a training session dealing with active shooters in the school. The Soderholm explained in an Active training was hosted by the Westbrook Shooter you know the danger is active Police Department and held at the -- you know this when you arrive. Westbrook Walnut Grove Junior and Being prepared was emphasized, Senior High School. because law enforcement can be called The four hour training session was at any time. Officers need to have their held last Wednesday evening. Attending __ mlLrequi ment ready at all times and should were Westbrook Police Chief Alan Wahl, have hand guns, long guns, and protec- and officer Brandy Vande Kiefl, along tive gear in these types of situations. with Cottonwood County Sheriff depu- Officer safety and public safety are top t i e s, J e ff L a concerns while searching for the shoot- Cane, Jim Jorgenson, Joe Saffert, Eric er. Hostages can also play into the shoot- Haken, Justin Derickson, Tim Evers, er scenarios. Dustin Miller, and Jayd Soderholm. Officers should have a radio plan The Active Shooter training was held before getting to the scene. Other consid- in the school to give the officers realistic erations are, Mind set -- must stay situations with several scenarios involv- focused, and gather as much information ing shooters in schools and other public as possible on the way to a call. and private facilities. Officers were told when identifying For the exercises, the officers and the shooter, it usually is a student, so shooters were armed with air powered they may look a lot like all the other hand guns that used bio-degradable kids. BB's. Officer Vande Kieft noted the Shooter situations will likely be very BB's will leave a mark where they hit. chaotic -- officers looking for a shooter During the shooter scenarios officers or shooters will have to be extremely wore heavy clothing and protective head careful as they clear areas, and should and eye gear. have no less than two people. Deputy Jayd Soderholm reviewed the ..... information outline of procedures for Active Shooter training. Shooter -- on page 3 Robin Red Breast back in area... A sure sign of spring is when the Robins return to the area. Monday morning this perky looking . specimen was hopping about near the Walnut Grove Community Center. It was one of many spotted on this sunny morning. ns of Spring -- on page 12 J ON RECORD PAGE 2 EDUCATION PAGE 8 IN SIDE PAGE 3 PUBLIC NOTICE PAGE 9 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 PUBLIC NOTICE PAGE 10 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 1 1 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 AREA FOCUS PAGE 12 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 INFORMATION CLASSIFIEDS * ADVERTISING CIRCULATION 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune