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& FAMILY PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE INDEX 2 COMMUNITY PAGE 9 3 WORKING WOMEN PAGE 10 4 SPORTS PAGE 11 5 SPORTS PAGE 1 2 6 CLASSIFIED PAGE 1 3 7 AREA FOCUS PAGE 14 8 SPRING SPORTS BusY SEASON PAGE 1 0 21,2004 cents Y entinel ribune VOLUME NO. 19 NUMBER 33 A Section - 14 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition ring storm rips through the area gs were smashed power was lost !Tribune -- Late afternoon and severe )ed through area. It was stormy weather of the state to The National service had fore- severe thun- watches and tor- in the cen- Southwestern part State. Lrt of the around 5:30 in with high heavy rain and hail about moth- . About a half hour wind came up .and the rain came la sheets. The second appoared to be than the first and was the culprit heavy damage along and south 30. The worst of the damage which was believed to have been caused by straight line winds started just a mile southwest of Westbrook. The Fred Bloch farm about two miles southwest of town received damage to trees and some damage to buildings. About a mile east of Blochs an empty chicken barn on the Roger Wipperman farm had a large portion of the roof peeled off. A portion of the roof had blown off earlier this spring and had just recently been repaired. On the south side of the same mile Alan Wahl lost the storage end of a machine shed, damaging several pieces of equipment stored inside. At least two cars were damaged along with a combine and a field sprayer. Spring Storm Contiaed, aa page 3 hears for le school series will and tion Middle school teacher Garret told the board, this allows a much flexibility in the The books can by one class, and then used at grade levels for and for additional of the standard gh out this series fea- graphics ori- of five books. is geared for one series starts at the level, and books based on to Plants, Environmental Waters and ad light. The seventh grade series features books on Cells and Heredity, Human Biology, Inside the Earth, Earths Changing Surface, and Chemical Building Blocks. The series also includes Teachers editions, video's, and other teacher acces- sories. Although the series is slightly higher than the standard size books, the flexibility it offers makes the extra cost worth while. One board member com- mented, it would be cheap- er to replace individual books in the series, if they become damaged or lost. Superintendent ]Joy Woelber gave his report. He addressed the ques- tion of what will happen when the large elementary classes get to the high school. Woelber said, "We will be O.K." With the develop- ment of the second floor at the Wellness Center, "We will have a couple of rooms we can use for class rooms. We will also have to add more elective courses." Board hears Continued on page 14 / 62/33 62/40 64/36 Mix of sun Mix of sun Times of sun and clouds, and clouds, and clouds. Highs in the Highs in the Highs in the low 60s and low 60s and mid 60s and lows in the lows in the lows in the low 30s. low 40s. mid 30s. Straight line winds caused major damage to the machine shed on the Alan Wahl farm Sunday evening. MOVING FORWARD building in Westbrook a central part of 'the community. Woelber said that he is constantly scheming to benefit the school and the community. He sees renovation of the 1938 building as a win/win situation for Westbrook. Not only is the building get- ting repaired, it is housing a number of community services. Woelber points out that the $250,000 grant to renovate the building was key to getting the project started. Westbrook Health Center was another source of community support. Without the countless hours of volunteer work, however, the building wouldn't be housing the community services it does today. Moving forward Continued on page 14 1938 school building continues as center of the community By Carolyn Van Loh In small, rural communities, the school is the center of activities. Life often revolves around the fine arts pro- grams and athletic competitions of the students, so area residents are familiar with the building and activities held there. But what happens when that building is no longer suitable for class- rooms? The Westbrook area has Superintendent Loy Woelber to thank for finding a way to keep the 1938 school Dixie Severson assists Lois Grams, Storden, as she works out on the eliptical machine, one of the favorites at the Center. 58/41 Few showers. Highs in the uPlpcr 50s and lows in the low 40s. Council discusses police coverage At the April 12th Council meeting, the Council discussed police coverage for Walnut Grove. The part-time help that the city has been using has not worked out very well for many reasons -- inexperi- ence and poor decisions being made, large turnover and no continuity. The police commit- tee recommended that the city hire a full time patrol officer, keep the present Chief on for 20 hours per week, and use the part-time licensed officers from Walnut Grove 3-4 days per month, this would give the city a total of approximate- ly 67 hours of police coverage a week, year around. It was also questioned whether Walnut Grove needed 67 hours of cov- erage per week, year around. The Council will continue to look into this recommenda- tion. Marge Peterson, Manager, reported that repairs had been made on the freezer at the liquor store. She also informed the council that the municipal liquor convention would be held the end of May at Breezy Point Resort and asked if she and Jessica Wahl, Assistant Manager, could attend. 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