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C( )mmunlty Wednesday, April 28, 2004 Page 9 ii NCES IN THE PAST YEARS AGO 1994 Bean, Westbrook, named Minnesota year. He began in 1961 and has over 3,100,000 has been work- Anderson Trucking e Tuesday or early the Westbrook was broken second time this -from the pop in the lunchroom hallway was reported miss- worked most of installing new equipment. The Club, firemen, and VFW Club con- YEARS AGO 1984 Is underway clean- )after 3500 gallons of spilled from a tank Westbrook elevator. Control is in charge of the lakes are beginning anglers with the recent mild tem- gh the fish- ing opener is still a couple weeks away, a few people are trying their luck on the lakes. The Westbrook School Board has given their approval for the building of an ice rink on the west end of the school playground. The city says the rink at the city park is too small. THIRTY YEARS AGO April 25, 1974 Kerry Brandt, daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Brandt has been named Girls State Representative from Westbrook and Debbie Thorstad, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vince Thorstad, was chosen alternate. Gene Buss and Brad Timmerman will be awarded the State Farmer Degree at the Minnesota State FFA Convention in St. Paul. Only 2% of the total State FFA membership receives this award each year. A large number of family and friends were on hand to help Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Nelson celebrate their 50th anniversary at an open house last Sunday. The cou- ple has lived in the Westbrook area all their lives. WESTBROOK NEWS and Carolyn Benson Busswitz and Olsen to attend funeral at ran Church, on Wednesday morning Verna visited Olga LaVonne Hansen Refsal visited Olga afternooo. Pastor Olga Thursday Fowler, Clarence Hass and Gerry visited Milford and other resi- Good Samaritan afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Storey, Faribault, guests of Mr. Carlson. and Marian and Dennis and were at Sunday to confirmation of ghter and Kay Borden. She of confirma- her mother, the Koppernd at Lutheran All were guests for at the home of Jim I and the Rev. Barbara in Zumbrota. guests includ- and Warren Edina, and Bob Borden, Rockford, Marlene Gleason, and Edna in Mankato. night coffee and Mrs. Roger were Rev. Robert Daehlin, They also called Warners. morning birth- guests of Roger Koppernd were and Ferne Warner. They were celebrating Ferne Warner's birthday. Rebecca Connolly, St. Paul, was a Thursday visitor at the Iris Marshall home. On Friday, Iris accompanied Rebecca to the Katherine and Dennis Thompson home in Aberdeen, SD, where they spent the weekend. Mr. and Mrs. Mel Peterson, Spirit Lake, and Leona Van Maasdam attend- ed the confirmation of Brittany Bloch at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Gibbon, MN on Sunday. Following the service, they enjoyed din- ner at Charlie's Banquet Room in Gibbon. In the afternoon they visited at the Jerry Hillmann home and also the Jim Van Maasdam home. Sunday dinner guests at the home of Paul and Cathie Maeyaert in Maplewood were Raymond and Beatrice Maeyaert, and John, Roxanne and Brittany Maeyaert, all of Walnut Grove, Warren, Christie, Sierra and Jake Wicks of Johnston, IA, and Ron and Eunice Christensen of Westbrook. In the afternoon, they all attended Andrea Maeyaert's Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation) service held at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. Bernice Wheelar and granddaughter Deb Anderson of Brainerd were overnight and Sunday din- ner guests of Lu and Leslie Nelsen. Evelyn Yahnke was also a dinner guest. Sunday evening guests of Leslie and Lu Nelsen were Eldon and Elvera Nelson of Hadley. Bernice Wheelar and Deb Anderson, Brainerd and Lu Nelsen, visited Ellen Nelsen and Vera Larson at the Good Samaritan Center Sunday. Westbrook Sandbox Day Mon., May 17 Call Dan Olsem at 274-5432 Leave a Message! by Westbrook Young Men's Club Japanese Connection April 18, 2004 Dear friends and family, When, at the suggestion of my oldest brother, Mark, I started writing these cultural form letters nine years ago, I often wondered how our story would end. At various times along the way it seemed as if the final chapter of the story had come, but during those times in the back of my mind I always thought something like this- "God, this doesn't seem like a fitting end to such a wonderful spiritual adventure. Is this really it? Is this the end you planned?" But this time the feeling is quite different. The end to our story is here now, and it seems quite suitable. In fact, it is much more than that. It is such a perfect ending that only God himself could be the master orchestrator. In the form letter I sent out about seven weeks ago I detailed the recent turn of events regarding Tim's univer- sity job status. The central government of Japan has just privatized the national university system, and one of the sweeping reforms that the Ministry of Education has made is to cut all jobs like Tim's teaching position. Those jobs will be converted into something more in line with a regular Japanese style teaching post. Tim's job was originally designed early last century to attract native English speak- ers to come to Japan to expose Japanese people who didn't have the opportunity to travel to international ideas. Now that period of government sponsored internationalization is in the midst of serious reduction. Tim's job status change was just the first signal of many changes ahead for us. Dr. Crane, President of Pillsbury College, respond- ed to our initial e-mail detailing our dilemma. He was inquiring if Tim wanted to teach English at the college. Dr. Crane was interested until he realized that it wouldn't work because Tim has a Masters of Divinity rather than a Masters of English. Tim's morn has a Masters of Edlzcation in English from Clemson University, so Tim recommended that Dr. Crane ask her if she would be interested in the position. It turns out that she has always dreamed about teaching at Pillsbury, and now her dream will come true, as she will be head of the English department next year. Dr. Crane also checked to see if Tim would be inter- ested in becoming Dean of Men at Pillsbury. Initially Tim had no interest, but over time he felt his desire change and the more he prayed about it, the more peace he had that this was God's plan for him. Tim talked to Dr. Crane, and the hiring process was initiated. After several conversations with Dr. Crane and a 90-minute telephone interview with the student life department, it culminated in a telephone interview with members of the Board of Trustees. Many of the board members in the interview were men that Tim has known since childhood. Dr. Williamson, a chiropractor and long time family friend who helps care for Tim's grandfather in Tyler, was the last board member that came on the phone to address Tim. He made a few remarks and then concluded by saying, "We are praying for you and we love you." Tim took that as a warm welcome home. Ever since then our desire to return has continually increased. We will be returning to America on July 26th to live in a familiar place after spending the last nine years where very little was familiar - not the food, not the language, not the ways of the people, not even the climate. We have loved our work and ministry in Japan, but now look forward to returning home. Tim and I have a long history with Pillsbury. In fact, we met each other as students at Pillsbury. My parents also met there, and Tim's morn and dad met each other there as well. My dad was a professor at Pillsbury for 26 years, and my mom worked there even longer than that. I have warm memories of growing up in Owatonna, Walnut Grove Shop Hop d 2 BIG DAYS Fri.. April 30 & Sat.. May 1 Wisit participating businesses during the 2 day special event and qualify to win $I00 in Walnut Grove Dollars or one of 11 $25 gift certificates!! To qualify for the drawing, pick up your punch card at participating businesses." No purchase necessary. Sponsored by the Walnut Grove Community Club Retail Committee flnn.,Ipl aan ti., iv! SPI00 TOHi Ogl'"lliE STmHE Minnesota, on East Rice Street, just about 100 yards from the campus. Now it looks like we will be taking Lily and Isaac back to Rice Street, where we will live together in my parents' duplex. When my Japanese friends hear about our desire to have three generations under the same roof they smile and nod. It makes perfect sense to them since it is a common cultural practice in Japan. But, when American friends hear about our plan, they somewhat skeptically wish us luck. That's because research shows that less than 2% of American households contain three generations compared to well over 50% of Japanese households. In Japan I have watched the homes of my three generational neighbors with a sense of silent envy because there seem to be so many ben- efits to that lifestyle, especially for the grandchildren. I feel utterly amazed that God's new plan for us includes even my secret desire to have three generations under the same roof. I also feel grateful that my parents are welcoming us with open hearts to live with them. As we begin the slow process of leaving, we are noticing that in the last nine years we have become deeply rooted in the community here. When we tell our friends that we will be leaving, we are often met with tears. It is as if our news causes them physical pain, almost as if we had just punched them in the stomach or slapped them across the face. This has put us on an emotional roller coaster of sorts. The people in our church have taken the news the hardest. Kenji, a regular attender for two years but not a Christian yet, pleaded with Tim by saying, 'rou can't leave. You are a religious leader for many people!" Aya, who became a Christian in December wrote, "I can't imagine my life that I hadn't met your family. Thanks to God that I could meet you and share the joy with you... I would like to get baptized in the Sea of Japan with Lily." More great news is that my brother John, who lives in Izumo with his family, has agreed to be the new leader of the church and continue our ministry focus here. The church has enthusiastically invited him to take Tim's place. Over 50 people came to worship Jesus with us on Easter, so John will have plenty of people to watch over. He will be adding this responsibility to his already full schedule of private and university classes. It also looks as if the university will allow John to finish out the current school year when we leave. This will put him in a good place with the university if they decide to create a new English teaching position next year. When we think of leaving John, Misako, Hannah (2) and Mike (1) behind in Izumo, it is painful. In many ways our daily lives are interdependent due to the difficulty of living in Japan. It will be especially hard for Isaac and Hannah to separate because they enjoy spending lots free time play- ing together. Max Lucado, who was a missionary in Brazil for five years before taking a pastorate in Texas and becoming a well-known author, wrote the following about his foreign mission work. "Brazil did a lot more for me than I did for Brazil." Tim and I echo that same feeling and are grateful for the ways that living in Japan changed our lives forever Peace, Naomi Lichty's 601 First Ave. \\;/ Flowers or Gifts for all occasions Balloon Bouquets f Decorating Items V Pictures - Silks ValsparPa!nts., 274-6114:!' ," , Wart's Line " 1-800-645-6479  Westbrook, MN.  2 TD Wire Service Hawaiian Hoopla "Ladies Spring Golf Kickoff' FRIDAY, APRIL 30 Dinner with Golf Style Show Social Hour 5:00 p.m. Dinner 6:00 p.m. COST: $8.00 /) .,/,. : At Rolling Hills Golf Course Westbrook, MN Rolling Hills Golf Club Mother's Day Dinner SUNDAY, MAY 9. l] a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Buffet . (Chicken, Ham, Meatballs) with salad and Dessert Bar ii RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - 274-5166 Adults $8.95; 12-6 $4.95; 5 & under free Public Welcome/