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4 E WWG LEMENTARY 6 CONCERT PAGE 12 dil,lddql,q,h,ll,,,i,,ll,,,,,,hl,hfl,,'qnh"qd'"h' ***-" -- =--=-MIXED 217 ADO  SmaliTownPat;)ers Inc , 13/99 W COTA ST  1 SHELTON. WA 98584-2263 6 Hl[ll!lJlJIJlll!!l!ltl!llll Wednesday May 8, 2013 $1.00 Volume No. 28 NUMBER 37 14 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition .................. HH,I I,Jl, , I I  U I . . WWG FFA made a great showing at State Convention 2013 Westbrook al, followed by Pakou Vue Walnut Grove FFA State Convention Results By Linda Carter Andy Merrick State FFA Meats Champion, Zuag Paj Her Poultry State Reserve Champion, and Dairy Foods State Reserve Champion Team. Andy Merrick squeaked by Worthington's Turner Hagen to win the State FFA Meats Contest. Andy and Turner tied with 562 points with Andy being awarded the championship using the tie- breaker. Zuag Paj Her narrowly edged out teammate Kaylee Mischke scoring 416 points placing second as an individual in the State FFA Poultry contest. Kaylee scored 413 points and ranked 4th as an individual. Dairy Foods Team 2nd Place State FFA From Left: Zua, Megan, Shiney, Affiney, Pakou. Submitted photo WWG Dairy Foods team edged three team members in the top out Sleepy Eye for 2nd, winning fifteen. Senior Megan Yang lead the tiebreaker. Foods team mem- the team with low score of 60 bers worked tirelessly, placing points ranking 7th as an individu- losing 63.5 points ranking 13th, and Zua Her losing 64.5 points ranking 15th all with gold ratings. Teammate Affiny Her ranked 69th with a silver rating, and Shiney Her was the State Team alternate. Food's coach Josh Barron looks for another great year next year with Megan Yang being the only senior on the team. FFA Poultry, Meats, and Soils teams all placed an impressive 3rd in State. Zuag Paj Her ranked 2nd and Kaylee Mischke ranked 4th with gold rat- ings. Seng Xiong ranked 49th and Tessa Busswitz ranked 69th with Silver ratings. Cindy Lohre was the State Poultry team alternate. Josh Barron, WWG's poultry coach was ecstat- Andrew Merrick (right) receiving his award at State. Submitted Photo. ic with the results and looks for- ward to having all five team mem- bers returning next year. WWG FFA o. page 8 Rodney Gertner Received "Hall of Fame Award" Last Saturday Long time Lion Gertner was honored at the 5M3 Lions District session in Rochester Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- When it comes to Lions in Walnut Grove the first name that comes to mind is Rodney Gertner. Gertner has been involved as a Charter member of the club since it's formation 48 years ago in 1965. The club was formed in 1965 under the sponsorship of the Lamberton Lions Club. Gertner was named the clubs first presi- dent, and after that he became the clubs trea- sure for about 30 years. He said "I tried to be at every meeting, we met twice a month up until two or three years ago, when we switched to once a month meet- ings. I hated to see it go to once a month -- it seemed like some times we needed to meet more often -- but as the price of meals increased it was getting a little expensive. But  e ladies of the catholic church always pro- vide us with great meals." The club meets for supper the fourth Thursday of the month from September to -- May. After graduatin from high School Gertil[ worked at the Westbrook Bank for three years. He then served in the U.S.Army for two years during the Korean War, as a dental assistant and record keeper. Upon his realm he got a degree from the Minneapolis School of Business. Then he took a position at the Citizens State Bank of Walnut Grove where he worked for 40 years until he retired. Outside of Lions activities Gertner has been very active in the community as well. He trained as an E.M.T. and was a volun- teer for the Walnut Grove Fire Department. As a member of English Lutheran Church he served on the church board. Gertner has a passion for registered Paint Horses which he raises. He enjoyed bowling for the Lion Rodney Gertner Walnut Grove Legion team at Lamberton, Revere and Tracy. He was proud to have been on the team when it won a State Tournament. Gertner talked about the many community projects the club has worked on or donated to. He listed some of the projects the club worked on. The club has helped park cars for the Wilder Pageant, built a shelter for the Disc Golf Course at Plum Creek Park. "Of Course we planted many trees at the park and helped build the bath house at the park beach," he said. Other Lion's projects included donating to the Fire Department, also helping furnish an apartment at Country View Senior Living, and the Walnut Grove Clinic at Country View. Gertner said, "we will be donating money for a new sidewalk on the southeast side of Country View with the help of a $1,500 grant from Walnut Grove Foundation." In the past the Lions donated help for proj- ects at the Wilder Museum. "Gertner -- on page 3 Salvage firm taking down Walnut Grove grain elevator Above: Dennis Hemmish stood by the old elevator scale. Photo by Lamberton News. .Wooden timber to be used for heat source The scene along Highway 14 in Walnut Grove will be changing drastically as one of the wooden frame elevators will be razed and turned into a heat source or bed- ding. The wooden frame structure nearly 100 years old has served the farmers of the area well over the past century, but condi- tions and larger facilities has made it obso- lete as well as unsafe. Presently owned by Dennis Hemish who farms north of Walnut Grove, the structure was a storage area for his crops when he purchased it in 1991 from Revere-Walnut Grove Farmers Elevator when the finn disbanded. "It just became too clumsy to fill it," owner Hemish noted. "Filling it was labor inten- sive. Most of the equipment obviously was dated, but still worked, but it has seen its better days," Dennis added. When he pur- chased it he had little storage on his farm but now has enough for about half his crop of the 2,000 acres he operates, putting corn and soybeans in it. He has a salvage firm taking it down and paying more to have it razed than he paid for it when he purchased it. The 2x6 tim- bers are well dried and rotted. Hansen Concrete of Spicer, MN, was the bidder on razing the structure along with three metal bins on the property. The metal bins have been taken down, which were 26'x40' each. Four young guys comprise the Hansen crew. They have left the Walnut site and presently are taking down a much larger grain elevator at Ortonville. The wooden building has a wooden leg used to move grain into the three side bins and 4 center bins. It could hold about 20,000 bushels of grain. In its hey days of the 50's and 60's, it was a huge operation as wagons with triple boxes brought in grain, corn and soybeans. Many horses pulled wagons through the drive, later tractors pulled the wagons and later trucks drove through. It was too small for the semi trucks now used to trans- port grain. Dennis surmised he needed to get rid of the structure, as he hadn't used it for storage since 2009. "There was no area to expand it," he added. Elevator -- On page 3 INDEX ON RECORD PAGE 2 ARTS PAGE 9 IN SIDE PAGE 3 SPORTS PAGE 10 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 AREA FOCUS PAGE 1 1 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 AREA Focus PAGE ] 2 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 13 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 WOMEN PAGE 14 EDUCATION PAGE 8 WWG FINE ARTS PAGE 9 NFORMATION CIRCULATION CONTACT US " CLASSIFIEDS " ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune