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Wednesday April. 24, 2013 $1.00 PAGE 14 ,dh,...Ill,ltl,l,lldd,,,MIIHlh,hid,ql,.dlIHl "----"---------MIXED ADC 50902 SmallTownPamJrs Inc 09113/99 217 W COTA ST i 1 SHELTON, WA 98584-226: i:i'" 6 Illlllllllllllllll .lllLIr!!!l!..,o,, . Volume No. 28 NUMBER 35 14 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Salute to Working Women Salute to working women in this edition Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune SPECIAL -- Every year the Sentinel Tribune runs a salute to working women. This week we salute all of our working women. For many years it has been pretty much a mans world when it came to the work place. Today women can be found in many areas beyond the typical work plaEg.f ..... women prior to World War II. Probably that period of time had the most impact on change in the work place. As a big part of the war effort during World War II women took a huge part in manufacture of everything from airplanes to tanks. After the war women began taking their place in the work place in almost every area. Women had proved they could do just about anything a man could. Today women are fighter pilots, NASCAR driv- ers, CEO's of major corporations and much more. Today when you walk into a business you are more likely to be assisted by a woman than a man. So it is because of their contributions in the work place we salute all women. Look at our working women on pages 6 and 7. Theisen named AD of the Year Love of athletics has led Theisen to success as WWG Athletic Director Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- To say Leo Theisen has a passion for athletics would be a gross understatement. He has been highly involved with athletics since his first position at Walnut Grove High School in 1980. He coached several sports, done some refereeing, and been an Athletic Director since 1983. Recently Leo Theisen was named Section 3A Athletic Director of the Year at the State Athletic Administrators Conference at St. Cloud. Theisen is a native of Upsala where he graduated from high school in 1975. He got his A.A. degree from Brainerd Community College and his B.S. degree in Business Education & coaching from St. Cloud State along with 50 graduate credits from University of Minnesota, Mankato State, and Southwest Minnesota State, and St. Thomas. Theisen started his career at Walnut Grove as a teacher and coach in 1980. In addition to teaching business classes he was head football coach and assistant basketball coach until 1986. He assumed the duties of Athletic director there in 1983 through 1988. He then was Athletic Director at Tracy High School from 1988 to 1990, and Athletic Director of WWG until the present. Theisen in his career, both in teaching and his involvement with sports, has worn many hats. He has been a head football coach for most of his tenure along with coaching boys and girls basketball, and golf. "I am proud of the athletic programs at WWG. We are a small school so we have our ups and downs, but overall it has been good." He is a member of the Minnesota Coaches Assn. Minnesota Athletic Directors Assn., and the National Athletic Directors Assn. He also is currently serving on committees of MSHSL 9 man football committee; Region 3ARepresentative WWG Athletic Director Leo Theisen for the Athletic Directors to the MSHSL; Secretary Treasure of the Southern Confederacy Football Conf. He has received numerous education and athletic awards including: State Football coach of the Year; Section Coach of the Year; and Conference Coach of the Year for several years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Minnesota Business Education Assn. He was Southwest Business Education Teacher of the Year in 2009. In the community he has served in many areas as: member of the Walnut Grove Fire Department; officer of the Walnut Grove Jaycees; a member of the Walnut Grove Lions Club; Religious Education teacher, youth leader, usher, Eucharistic Minister and finance council at St. Paul's Catholic Church. Theisen said, "what I really enjoy is beihg involved with the athletic programs -- I also enjoy the camaraderie of other athletic direc- tors in the area. I like being able to mentor younger AD's." He commented that he had a really good mentor, Steve Kjorness, when he came to WWG. He noted an AD's life is very hectic trying to juggle schedules and such. This spring has been one of the worst springs for scheduling. Theisen said technology has really helped him with connecting with coaches and other AD's. "Before I spent a lot of time playing telephone tag or taxing," Theisen said. "now it is a simple thing to email or text people." Theisen said he has had really good sup- port from parents, staff and the community. Theisen said, "I try to represent our region and our school on the state commit- tees I serve on." "I have probably put in more time as any- one in the building -- but I enjoy what I am doing-- I wouldn't be doing it if it was just for the money," he said. One of the things he said he really enjoyed was planning for the State Tournament runs in basketball in 1991 and 1994. Also he said it was really fun being a coach in the 2000 nine man football championship year for the Chargers. He said, "I am proud of the athletic pro- grams at WWG. We are a small school so we have our ups and downs, but overall it has been good." "We also have been blessed with high quality coaches over the years -- Joan Zieske Steye Kjorness, Steve LeBoutillier, TO"I' Aundson, Carter Ross, Derrick }'iiges, Sheryl Woelber, and many others," Theisen commented. He noted after nearly 30 years he still faces problems -- the hardest part is trying to balance the needs of coaches and other events. Also the MSHSL has a lot more requirements for the schools and the coaches. Everything is much more complicated. Theisen appreciates working with the staff and administration, noting that they are very flexible. He said, "we are very familiar with each other." Theisen said "it is nice attending the state Athletic Directors meeting, banquet, and being recognized -- but it wouldn't be pos- sible without the support I get from our staff." Anyone who knows Leo would say this is a well deserved award. Kudo's Mr. Theisen. S-N-O-W i Delete!/Delete/Delete! ':i i! ii':  i!!? ii!ii!!!!ii! iiil iiiiiiiiiiii II Have you had enough yet? Well if you are like most folks around here the answer would be more than enough! As this is written (Monday afternoon) it is snowing and about 4 to 6 inches are expected. According to WWG superintendent Lay Woelber, three snow days will be made up after graduation. At Left: This youngster at Walnut Grove was working hard last week helping his par- ents with the snow shoveling last week. Above: Once again city crews in Westbrook were busy removing snow. 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