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The Saturday auditions will be held at the Walnut Grove Elementary School as previously announced. Children under the age of 16 must have a parental permission slip com- pleted. The committee is also looking for volunteers to work on set crew, con- cessions, setting up and cleaning seat- ing, makeup, hair, and costume help is needed. For more information, contact director Bill Richards at 507-859-2713 or email at According to the Wilder Pageant Committee there will be Laura and Nellie Look-Alike Contest each of the three pageant weekends in the Walnut Grove City Park. Auditions m on page 3 Veterans memorial deadline Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- Notice to anyone wishing to add name(s) to the Veterans Memorial in Westbrook. You can con- tact Deb at 274-6421 by Monday April 15. Names ordered now will be added to the memorial in time for Memorial Day. The next chance to order name addi- tions will be next spring. LIONS HOSTED ANNUAL RECOGNITION BANQUET The Westbrook Lions Club had well past 300 people attending annual banquet Saturday evening Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- It was a gala event for the Westbrook Lions Club and their guests with an evening of food, fun, and entertainment. Lions Club president Larry Anderson was the Master of Ceremonies for the annual event. After the invocation by Pastor Dave Danner, Anderson intro- duced special guests associated with the 'Lions Club organization along with a special guest "Elliot" the service dog for Michael King. The dog was furnished through the Can-Do- Canine Service Dog organization sup- ported by the Westbrook Lions Club. Lion Larry Anderson (right) presented a After the introductions, the meal of roast beef with all the trimmings was check to Fire chief Curtis Madson. served by T-Tommy's Catering, fol- lowed by distribution of $50 raffle priz- Anderson then commented on the charita- es. ble work and activities of the club. Next, Bank Midwest sponsored the The club pledged the profits from their Southwest Minnesota Men's Choir, who pre- recent pulled pork dinner to the fire depart- sented the first half of their show featuring a ment to purchase safety equipment. The prof- variety of stirring musical selections, it was $1,808.37 plus the Lions matched the After the first part of the men's choir per- amount to make a total of $3,616.74. formance, representatives Dave Van Loh of The club supported several organizations the Westbrook Ambulance association, and donating a total of $12,000 for the year. Curtis Madson Westbrook Fire Chief were The organizations benefiting from the presented with cash donations. The club gave donations were: Westbrook Library, a check for $1,400 to purchase a defibulator Westbrook Ambulance, Miss Westbrook for the city. A check of $1,500 was also pre- Scholarships, WWG Senior Scholarships, sented to the Fire Department to purchase five WWG School, Good Samaritan Society new pager units. The Department of Natural Westbrook, Westbrook Fire Department, Resources also matched the Fire Department Feeding Kidz, Lions Hearing Foundation, donation. Mary & Martha's Pantry, Storden Community After these presentations the Southwest Recreation, Project New Hope, Minnesota Men's Choir continued their show to con- Lions Vision Foundation, Minnesota Lions clude the entertainment. Diabetes Foundation, Lions Quest, Can Do Canines, Lions Club International Foundation, and Leader Dogs. Anderson also talked about other activities the club does throughout the year. They sell tickets at home sporting events and help with concessions for football games. They sell popcorn, mini donuts, and sno cones at fun days. They also help other clubs with their local celebrations taking their little yel- low trailer on the road. Another annual event the club spon- sors is an ice fishing trip to Ballard's resort on Lake of the Woods. The evening was concluded with the drawing of three top prizes in their annual raffle. Randall Comnick was the top winner of $500, Janet Mischke was Dave Van Loh thanked the Lions for second place winner of $250, and third their contribution towards a defibril- place went to Elizabeth Johnson who lator for the city. won $125. The Southwestern Minnesota Men's Choir performing at the Lions annual banquet last Saturday evening. City approves audit report Council set dates for city wide clean up for large/small items and branch pickup Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- Last week the city council reviewed the annual financial audit for 2012 by Abdo Eick & Meyers LLP of Mankato. The council received an audit report summary outlining items of note. The report highlighted material audit adjustment, segregation of duties and report preparation. On segregation of duties it was recommended the council continue to be active in review of finan- cial information on a monthly basis. General fund balance reserves were down due to reserves set aside for library renovations. Unassigned fund balance was 38 per- cent of next year's budget. State auditor recommends 35- 50 percent. 2010 G.O. Improvement Bond fund: Currently cash flow is covering debt ser- vice, with a $140,000 cash balance. Sewer and Lagoon Fund: Cash contin- ues to increase and is at $600,775. Ambulance Fund: Cash decreased to $65,000 in 2012 due to new ambulance purehase. Fire Fund: Fund balance decreased by $18,000 due to additional supplies and repairs that were over budget. The summary recommended central- izing and recording library cash accounts. The summary also recommended the city set up a comprehensive 5 year bud- geting plan. It said this can be very helpful in accessing tax levy, and capital needs and overall management of the city. The council voted to accept the audit report. Minor changes were presented for adoption of the city's personnel policy. A change was needed in the description of sick pay and vacation pay to personal time off (PTO). Another change was in the wording of cell phone use by employees. Employees are not to use their personal cell phones while on duty. The policy was reviewed last year when there were com- plaints about life guards using their cell phones while on duty. The situation has since been dealt with. Large and small item pickup was set for May 13 with May 14 continuation if needed. Branch pickup will be May 7. Branches must be laid parallel to the curb in lengths no longer than 6 feet. Street Supervisor Carl Conrad reported he is getting ready for the pre-OSHA inspection which will be held April 23. This is only for city owned property, vehicles, and equipment. Police Chief Alan Wahl reported the city warning sirens have been fitted with new narrow band receivers, but still have to be coded. Wahl also discussed putting the Emergency Management Plan on either CD's or a flash drive, rather than putting it in ring binders. The council members felt it was a good idea to do it that way. The city has received complaints in regard to pets and problems there of. The City's Dog Ordinance allows for no more than four dogs or four cats or any combi- nation of them. Only two animals can be housed in the home, and two outside. Council  on page 3 ON RECORD PAGE 2 EDUCATION IN SIDE PAGE 3 SPRING SPORTS VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 PUBLIC NOTICES FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 CLASSIFIED ADS COMMUNITY PAGE 6 AREA FOCUS COMMUNITY PAGE 7 PAGE 8 PAGE 9 PAGE 10 PAGE 1 1 PAGE 1 2 SPRING SPORTS PAGE 9 INFORMATION CIRCULATION II CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune ',' t