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SENIOR CLASS GRADUATION SECTION INSIDE THIS ISSUE ARTS CONTEST PAGE 12 ELEMENTARY CONCERT PAGE 3 ,Ihlllm,I,%,l,n,llll,l,hll,fllnl,l lll,v,hl ***************MIXED ADC 50902 09/13/99 SmallTownPapers lne 217 W COTA ST it'" 2 SHELTON. WA 98584-2263 6 Wednesday May 11,2011 $1.00 VOLUME NO. 26 NUMBER 37 12 PAGES B section 6 pages Plus supplements in local edition d!~;y,%'t~:: :,'~,#t ~ ~z~ *;F;~i";, ~ I ?<% ~ ~!:~ ~:: ~):'~:~8~)~I:r~:%~ ~;~;~;,~i~i:ii~r~i<;,~,~%~ ~@~):~!i~,~:~8~~~~~.~ t I The WWG Earth YESl class won top honors in competition with 18 other southern Minnesota schools By Tam Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- If the WWG Earth YES! team was a basketball team, they just made a slam dunk at the Earth YES! ban- quet at New Ulm last week. The team beat out 18 other southern Minnesota teams. They competed with much larger schools, Alexandria, Willmar, Redwood Falls, Springfield, and Windom to name a few. The team was formed by Science Teacher and advisor Pat Merrick who pro- vided classes for the two teams. There were two teams, one for each semester. On April 19 six judges from the Youth Energy Summit came to judge the teams. The judges watched as the team members gave presentations of their projects. The judges spent about an hour and 15 minutes listening to the kids and asking them ques- tions about their projects. The teams were judged in five categories: Energy Conservation, Teamwork and Goal Setting, Community Involvement, Creativity and Innovation, and Economic Potential and Career Awareness. Several of the Earth YES! class showed off the checks they received at the Youth Energy Summit banquet at New UIm last week. Last week five team members attended strings attached to the funds they received, an awards banquet at New Ulm. but they will be used to continue next The team members were elated when years projects." they were awarded $500 for the top energy "It is great to see the kids get excited Conservation project. But then they were about a purely academic discipline. The really overwhelmed when they learned contest is all about measurable outcomes," that they had won the overall grand prize Merrick said. of $1,500. It is something that kids can look at "The kids were incredibly excited and say, "we made a difference in the the kids felt they did well, but didn't school and the community It was very expect to do this well!" He said. rewarding for them to do this," Merrick Merrick said "there were not anyadded. The WWG FFA placed four teams in the top five, one team second and an individual first at State EFA Competition By Tom Memhanf Sentinel Tribune WWG Last month the Westbrook Walnut Grove Agriculture program was ranked in the top 10 Minnesota Ag pro- grams by Joel Larsen, agricultural edu- cation specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. WRh that in mind it is not hard to understand why WWG's FFA program has become one of the top programs in the state. In recent years the FFA program under the tutelage of Linda Carter, Josh Barron and Doug Lee has become a con- sistent top performing organization. Barron said, "this year was the most ever teams we have had in the top five, and the most teams we have ever brought to state. This year 47 FFA kids comprising nine teams attended the State FFA con- test. They along with 160 or so students and about 40 teams competed May 1 through May 3 at the University of Minnesota campus. After arriving at their hotel Chanel Madson and Marissa Hamack went to practice with the band and choir stu- dents. The Meats team went to practice at Sam's Club, the Floriculture Team went to practice at Bachmann's nursery. The rest of the teams stayed at the hotel to practice their skills. Chanel Madson grabbed afirst place award for her solo singing, she was assisted by student actor Marissa Hamack. The Dairy Foods team were required to identify various cheeses. They also had to taste different samples of milk and identify flavors, and also check the samples for rancidness and other prob- lems. It is all part of the job a person working with dairy foods would be doing. The team was awarded second place in the state for their efforts. State Champion Talent Chanel Madson sang a vocal solo "Popular" a song from the Broadway Musical "Wicked". She was assisted by student actor Marissa Harnack. Submitted photo Dairy Foods State 2nd Place Zua Her 26th, Chiong Yang 4th, Megan Yang 21 st, and Shiney Her 5th. Submitted photo Alternate, Chue Yang State FFA --- Continued on page 10 Last fall Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook faced a major problem when the sewer backed up in the basement By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK What do you do when you have over a foot of sewage in your basement? That is the dilemma that Trinity Lutheran Church congre- gation faced last fall when their basement became flooded from a sewer back up after heavy rains inundated the area. "We had to virtually start over," said congrega- tional member Robert "Bob" Latzke. "The water was a good foot deep, everything from the floor up and almost all of the fLxtures, tables, chairs -- virtu- ally everything had to be replaced." Latzke, retired from construction about five years ago. In an ironic twist, Latzke's father was the supervising contractor when Trinity Lutheran Church was built in the fifties. While his dad worked on the church Bob went to school at Westbrook in the fourth grade. His Dad also helped build Our Saviors Lutheran in Dovray where he attended fifth grade, and the following year they moved to Slayton before moving back to Worthington where he gradu- ated from high school. After his dad had health problems he bought a motel in Gaylord. Latzke then began working in the Twin Cities where he was in construction manage- ment for over half of his career. He worked for Grin Thompson homes for several years. The church council asked Latzke to oversee project. Latzke also was one of the lead persons tO help with the remodeling of Mary and Martha's Pantry food shelf in Westbrook. The basement project required immediate atten- tion to remove all of the damaged fixtures, cup- boards, chairs and tables, wall paneling, doors, and millwork. Trinity --- Continued on poge 3 Westbrook Council held equalization City valued at $22,330,800 New construction $50,000 By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- Only three persons showed up at the equalization meeting held prior to the last regular City Council Meeting. Gayle Bondhus, AI Conners and Lisa Will from the assessors office were on hand to answer ques- tions about their proposed property taxes. Bondhus explained how the properties are assessed, and she explained how the new city streets affected the indi- vidual tax statements. The visitors all had questions about the estimated market value of their individual properties. A commercial assessor, AI Conners, asked the council to lower the valuation of a property that had been revalued at too high a rate. The council granted the variance, because the amount was still signifi- cantly higher than it had been in the past. The council declined to reduce the valuation of the other three properties. Following this proceeding the council began the regular meeting. The council disclassed the bad spots in several of the newly paved streets in the city. They are alliga- taring and breaking up in several areas. Council 1 Continued on page 3 INDEX CHARGER ON RECORD PAGE2 EDUCATION PAGE8 FALCONS INSIDE PAGE 3 SPORTS PAGE S P R VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 AREA FOCUS PAGE 0 I N G FAITH&FAMILY PAGE5 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 11 SPORTS COMMUNITY PAGE 6 AREA FOCUS PAGE 12 PAGE 9 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 INFORMATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING CIRCULATION 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 R Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2011 Sentinel Tribune J