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.llll,dhl,lidqh,lililih,ltldtt,lt'llllltlqlull ADC 50902 Inc 09/13/99 COTA ST 1 WA 98584-2263 ! 6 . IIl[tl!tjijill!!t!iti!ll I]. Wednesday May 15, 2013 $1.00 Volume No. 28 NUMBER 38 14 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition WWG 36 seniors will march at commencement Industrial arts teacher Doug Lee to give com- mencement address By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- For thirty-six seniors this will be the end of 13 years of educa- tion and the beginning of new chal- lenges and further education. Some will go on to higher education of four years or more, some will attend com- munity colleges learning practical skills. Others will go straight into the work force, and perhaps some will serve their country in the mili- tary. NO matter what their future plansare, the stu- dentsand their friends will all experi- ence a wide range of emo- tions from sadness to exuberant joy. Commencement ceremonies will begin in the high school gymnasium at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 19. The prelude will be played by Kaylee Mischke. The seniors will march in two by two to the strains ofPloyhar & Elgar's Fanfare and Processional played by the WWG band. The band will then "play the National Anthem. Following that the band will play the school song, Go U Northwestern. Next on the program is the senior slide show produced by Kelsi Long- Wahl, Hunter Priegnitz, Hailey Osland, and Darian Gilb. Senior speakers Kelsi Long- Wahl and Dana Madson will represent their class with reflections of the past 13 years of the classe's time together. Caps --- on page 3 Wild Museum visit Author presentation and book signing The story is based on her mother-in-law's diaries written on calendars. Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune Monday morning the Wilder Museum hosted bus loads of students from area schools on their annual field trips. More on page 9. WESTBROOK -- Two authors will be at the city Because of the Memorial library Thursday, May 16 at Day Holiday, The deadline 7:00 p.m. for all classified ads will Scott Thoma author of "Out of the Blue" will talk be 9 a.m. Thursday, May about his true story chroni- 23; Peach display ad cling the story of two sisters deadline will be noon on and their miraculous surviv- Thursday, May 23; al of the Tracy tornado. Following Thoma's pre- Sentinel Tribune display sentation author Carolyn ad deadline will be Friday Van Loh will hold a book noon, May 24. signing of her latest book, "A Place of Interest." The News Copy deadline for book tells the story of her will be Friday noon, May husband Dave's family24. coming to Minnesota to live. i i Westbrook City Council held tax equalization board of review meeting prior to regular meeting Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- Three persons asked for review of their property within the city of Westbrook. County assessor Gail Bondhus brought information about tax- able properties in the city. Joseph Rusek sought a reduction in the valuation of his property on Bell Avenue due to water issues on his property. The owner of the Post Office building sought a reduction in the valuation of that property. Marlowe Nelsen questioned the valuation of his ag land on the north edge of the city. He felt with water issues on a portion of the parcel it should be closer in valuation to another parcel he owns outside the city limits. Bondhus reviewed all three of the requests using comparables and felt the two city properties were in line with other property valuations. She recommended Nelsen to take up the ag land issue with the commis- sioners in June. The council voted not to make any adjustments to any of the properties discussed, and to recommend Nelsen take his request to the county meeting in June. Bondhus told the council the City's total valuation .... increased from'$2t,506;600 in 2012 to $21,564,900 in 2013. The inq eas: ,was attributed to new construction. Following the tax equalization meeting Mayor Dennis Phelps opened the regular council meeting. Lincoln Simonson president of Westbrook Ag Power approached the council about purchasing some city land near the branch and yard waste site behind Westbrook Ag Power. Currently Westhrook Ag Power owns the hangers on the site but they do not own the land they are sitting on. Simonson said, "frankly we are just running out of room." They would like the land the hangers are sitting on. The only caveat for the city is that they need a spot to keep their dirt pile that can be easily accessed, City Council -- on page 3 tes ri n ts farmers in hig With the late spring area farmers are having to play catch-up ball so to speak. Up until last week the weather has made it impossible to get going in the fields locally and in much of the state. In an average year the majority of Corn is all ready planted by this time. But many have yet to turn a wheel until this week. The area is a bee hive of activity with farmers fertilizing, digging, and planting. The weather forecast for much of this week is in the seventies and not musch rain is in the immediate for- cast. but extreme warm temperatures tommorrow could bring in some iso- lated thunderstorms. At left: A farmer near Walnut Grove drove his rig into the field via the road ditch. 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