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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Page 6 GLANCES IN THE PAST SRDC FIFTEEN YEARS AGO April 1, 1998 About 4 o'clock Sunday aRernoon, a tornado swept across the area, about 4 miles south of Westbrook. The storm damaged several build- ings southwest of town, then headed to the John Cooley home, tearing the siding off the front of the house. The Mark Schoborg farm was totally destroyed. The cities of Avoca, Rushmore, Fulda, and Cottonwood county have been awarded state grants for a series of projects designed to improve the supply of affordable housing in rural MN. THIRTY YEARS AGO March 31, 1983 Becky Olson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Olson, was chosen FFA Chapter Sweetheart. Runners up were Robin Cohrs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Cohrs, and Gina Christians, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Christians. Westbrook Legion Auxiliary selected Girls State Representatives. Julie Lidtke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Lidtke, was cho- sen representative. Lisa Cohrs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arvin Cohrs, was cho- sen an alternate. Tom Madson and Tom Tostengard are among stu- dents from SDSU who will be taking part in the Annual SDSU Dance for Dystrophy on April 8 and 9. SDSUs 30-hour marathon for the MDA has been one of the 5 largest in the nation for sev- eral years. FORTY FIVE YEARS AGO April 4, 1968 It was announced this week that Westbrook will soon have street signs at all intersections. The street sign project is backed by the local Kiwanis Club, and they will pay installation material costs. The signs were pur- chased by the village. Roger Klasse of Klasse Sales and Service in Westbrook announced today that his dealership has been selected to sell the new Ford Model 8000 tractor --largest farm tractor in Ford Motor Co. history. The tractor, which boasts 105 PTO horse- power and up to nearly 7.5 tons of working weight, will be available this spring. In previously unannounced action taken by the village council at their March meet- ing, that group voted approv- al of Sunday 3.2 beer sales in Westbrook. Barrie's Elk Horn Inn and the American Legion Club hold the type of licenses necessary to qualify for Sunday beer sales under the new provisions of the ordinance. The Sound of Mus'c theatre production Tickets are now on sale for the Windom Prairie Arts Continuum's community theatre production of the musical The Sound of Music. The musical will be staged in the auditorium at the Business, Arts & Recreation Center (BARC), 1012 5th Avenue in down- town Windom. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 11, 12 and 13, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Tickets are now on sale at the BARC Office during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. , 831-2752. For tickets reserved with a credit card a $ 1 handling fee per ticket will be charged. Ticket exchanges may be made only up to 48 hours prior to the ticketed performance at the BARC Office. Tickets will also be available at the door. The Sound of Music was originally staged on Broadway in 1959 with the story by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse based on the book "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp. Original music was added by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Over 60 actors from Windom, Heron Lake, Jackson, Jeffers, Lamberton and Mt. Lake are east in PAC's production, under the direction of Linda Mix. Mix's daughter, Molly Cothran, serves as Assistant Director, as well as playing Maria. Music Director is Sarah Cartwright, who also plays Mother Abbess. Dustin Stevens is accompa- nist for the production. Providing percussion is Jackie Jurgens. In addition to those par- ticipating on the stage are over 35 volunteers working behind the scenes to bring the show authentically to the stage. These include: Stage Manager Shelley Lange, Production Coordinator & Set Director Craig Hettenbach, Art & Design Director Mark Nass, Light & Sound Director David Hettenbach, Costume Coordinator Carol Vought, Prop Coordinator Pam Davis and Hair Stylists Robyn Willard and the staff from The Hair Hut. Director Mix said, "This show sends a powerful mes- sage of family, faith and integrity from the beginning to the end. The path to the final production was not always smooth, but the determination and commit- ment of all involved brought what you will see onstage. To see and hear the joy in the faces and voices of our cast will forge a lasting memory for us all." transportation information meeting The Southwest Regional Development Commission (SRDC) Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m. and is being held at the Center for Regional Development Office, 2401 Broadway Avenue, Slayton, MN. The agenda topics will be the review and comment on the ATP 7 and ATP 8 Draft Area Transportation Improvement Programs. Come and help provide comment on these transpor- tation projects and learn what projects are scheduled for future funding. If ques- tions contact Annette Bair, SRDC Physical Development Director at 507/836-1631 or by email at WESTBROOK SENIOR NUTRITION SERVICES April 4-10, 2013 Senior Nutrition Services serving at the The Recipe at 11:30 a.m. each operating day. Thursday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, carrots, dessert, milk Friday: Chef salad, brownie, milk Monday: Tator tot casse- role, mixed veggies, peaches, dessert, milk Tuesday: Lasagna, CA blend, applesauce, dessert, milk Wednesday: Pork loin, augratin potatoes, corn, des- sert, milk For reservations call Angie at The Recipe, 274-5352 by noon one day in advance. Lutheran Social Services is funded in part under the Older Americans Act under contract with the Southwest Agency on Aging. Bachmeier- Merchant engagement Erin Bachmeier, her sons David and Aidan, and Jeffrey Merchant, all of Dickinson, ND announce the upcoming marriage of Erin and Jeffrey. Parents of the couple are Ron and Mary Bachmeier, Dickinson, ND and Thomas and Junette Merchant, Westbrook, MN. Erin is a 2001 graduate of Trinity High School, Dickinson, ND. She is employed with the Badlands Human Service Center. Jeffrey is a 1998 gradu- ate , of Westbrook Walnut Grove High School and a 2002 graduate of SDSU Brookings, SD. He is employed with North Dakota Game and Fish as a Fisheries Technician. Their wedding is sched- uled for May 4, 2013 in Dickinson, ND. Promised payments not made, consumers left in limbo The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is issuing a nationwide alert in regard to Platinum Resort Services, a company which claims to offer services to those interested in buying, selling or renting resort and timeshare properties. The company, which has been given an "F" rating by the BBB, claims an address in downtown Minneapolis, but the BBB has determined that's a virtual office address and the company has no physical presence here. Customers allege that after paying upfront closing costs to Platinum Resort Services, the company has failed to disburse proceeds from claimed sales or rentals of their vacation properties as agreed upon. "This seems to be yet another case of a timeshare scam," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. "The com- pany makes big promises, collects upfront fees, and then when the time comes for them to 'pay up,' they find convenient excuses to delay and keep customers at arm's length." Platinum Resort Services claims to be "a team of experienced Property and Vacation Ownership Agents." However custom- ers who have complained to the BBB say the company has failed to honor their promises and charged them for services which may not have been provided. Four of the six complainants allege the company has failed to pay them proceeds - in some cases, tens of thousands of dollars - from resort proper- ties the company claims it has sold on their behalf. Two other complainants allege the company agreed to act as a broker by renting their timeshares to others and paying them rental fees. Both of those complainants also state the company failed to follow through with promised payments after collecting upfront fees. In one case, customers who believed they had sold their rental property pur- chased another property. However, they now find themselves in the nebulous position of possibly owning two properties and paying associated monthly fees for both. These customers state they have been told the per- son they were talking with at Platinum Resort Services is no longer employed there and the operator fielding calls for the company would not let them speak to a man- ager. The company has responded to complaints brought to its attention by the BBB, but two com- .plaints have been closed as unresolved. Three more are pending. In their responses, the company has stated they "do not receive a commis- sion until a property is sold or weeks are used." Even if that claim is accurate, con- sumers are out the money they paid the company upfront and left with only the company's word that their properties were sold or rented. Another recent response from the company regarding a timeshare they were supposed to rent states that the customer's filing a complaint with the BBB is what's causing delays in payments and goes on to say that if the customer wants their refund they must first close their BBB file. "This is simply another delaying tactic," adds Badgerow. "People who are having issues with this com- pany should feel free to file complaints with us. They should also file complaints with their state Attorney General's Office and at" The BBB advises people looking to sell their time- share properties to always: *Be realistic. In regard to timeshares, it's generally a buyer's - not a seller's - mar- ket. Unscrupulous time- share resellers may claim that your property is in demand and they can sell it immediately; unfortunately, these promises often prove to be false. *Investigate. Don't be dazzled by a fancy website or one that has photos of exotic locales. Use a busi- ness you can trust - check out free BBB Business Reviews at *Watch out for upfront fees and requests to wire funds. Many complaints to the BBB regarding time- share resellers involve situ- ations where people were told they needed to wire "escrow funds," or that they just had to pay taxes or clos- ing costs and their time- share would be sold. Never wire money to someone you don't know. *Confirm licensing requirements - Verify where the company is located and in what states it does busi- ness. Ask if the company's salespeople are licensed to sell real estate where your timeshare is located. If so, confirm that with the state licensing board. *Get the facts on the fig- ures - Find out if the busi- ness charges a commission. Do they handle the entire closing and provide escrow services? Do they charge an up-front listing or advertis- ing fee? What does it cover and is it refundable? *Don't fall for the hard sell or an offer that sounds too good to be true - Don't agree to anything over the phone but instead ask the salesperson to send you written materials; take the time to think it over and don't allow yourself to be pressured. *Employ common sense. If a company is located in Minnesota, why are they asking you to wire money across borders? Presented by Attorney Pat Lowther & Michal Anderson-Lowther Call 651-216-1440to reserveyourspot Wednesday April 15 1:00-3:00 PM at Westbrook Community Senior Center How to do this: And avoid these: -Transferyour farm to -Probate the next generation - Death Taxes -Treat family members - Nursing Home fairly Expenses - Plan for your long-term care PAT LOWTHER LAW, PLC J Sleepy Eye Take Care of Your Future. My door is open Andrew Kopperud, MD OB/GYN services close to home At Sanford Westbrook Clinic, we believe quality care should be delivered close to home. Sanford Health specialists provide health and healing where it's convenient to you. Where you feel at home. Zane Craig, DO OBIGYN A patient advocate. A compassionate caregiver. An expert ctinician. Dr. Kopperud speciaUzes in Internal. Medicine and Pediatrics and is currentty accepting new patients. To schedute an appointment, SANF~ItRD" 15071274-6121. ~, Westbrook