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Wednesday May 21, 2014 $1.00 MEMORIAL SALUTE PAGES 6, 7 BAND CONCERT PAGE 7 I.h,,i,II,hr,hhqll,lh,-Iilhhh,,h-mmrhtl,l ;-+-=-'---::-:':::MIXED ADC 5(F302 PAPERS I i SMALLTOWN 8584.226' 1 L'' 5 217 W COTA ST SHELTON, WAg llll!!ljIjlll!tl!ltl!llll+ Volume No. 29 NUMBER 39 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition WWG CJraSS of 2014 Commencement held for 35 seniors Commencement speaker Beth Kleven gave her reflections of teaching the class of 2014 Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- Last Sunday aftemoon, prior to the class of 2014 commencement exercises, seniors waited in the halls of the school as their last formal act at WWG. After getting their caps and gowns, flowers pinned, the seniors gathered in small groups chatting, while some took photos. Although you couldn't tell it, their emotions were running high as they waited to march into the gym filled with friends and rela- tives. About five minutes before the ceremony began, they all marched down to the entranc- es of the gym and waited for the band to start playing the strains of Fanfare and Processional. tion was presented, prepared Then the moment the by Steffanie Ankrum and seniors had been working Shiney Her. towards the past 13 years had Principal William arrived, as they marched into Richards introduced the the gymnasium two by two at senior speakers chosen by the 2:00 p.m. senior class, Steven Yang, After the seniors were all and Alexander Burns. ' in place the band played the Steven Yang introduced National Anthem under the himself and started his direction of Mrs. Brenda address by saying, "Man we Derickson. Following that look good in these caps and the band played the school gowns. It's sad, actually, song Go U Northwestern. because we'll only see The lights were then ourelves together in them this dimmed and a slide presenta- one time." He told the audi- Board Chairman Marvin Kleven hands a diplema @-.Shine Her ......... Beth Kleven ence, "if you don't mind, i'm going to take a selfie. Smile." This brought a good laugh from the audience. Yang first thanked the staff of WWG and adminis- trators, especially their class advisors, and their parents who supported them through school. He spoke about being blessed to have been in an amazing class, some he had known since pre-school, and some only for a short time. He noted not seeing all of his classmates will take some time to get used to. He talked about the strug- gles in their lives some not so bad, like fighting over choco- late milk, to losing a class- mate. He told his classmates, always remember who your Steven Yang real friends are. Not just the people you meet and bond with, but your family, because no one will ever support you more than your family. He talked about the eight principals of trust, which he learned from a speaker at Boys State. He concluded telling his classmates, "thank you guys for learning with me, for teaching me, for spending your childhood and teen years with me, and ultimate- ly, for growing up with me. You guys are and will always be my second family. Always remember, "today is the best day to be a good friend." Alexander Burns said, "When I take a look back at the last 13 years of my life here, I realize one th.mg; we were the luckiest"peoilb ' Alexander Burns the world to go to school in such a great place. "Today is a day for us. For us to cry, for us to laugh, and for us to love at all the times we had in this place. Bums talked about his first day of school noting how happy he was, and now how sad he was to leave school. Years from now he said he would remem- ber how much we loved this place. He talked about the things he would miss, the atmosphere, the staff, the classes, and even the lunch. He talked about the things he feared, "I was afraid that as soon as this day comes we will no longer be a group, we were no longer going to be a class, we're no longer fami- ly." Graduati +page 3 ..... Westbrook Home Center burglarized Thieves took mostly contractor tools, but also took small miscellaneous items Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- Sometime early Saturday morning a thief or thieves broke into the Westbrook Home Center. The thief or thieves gained entrance by forcing the front door of the building. According to building center manger Harold Lamb, no money was taken, however well over a thousand dollars in con- tractor power tools was taken. Several other small Front door damage. miscellaneous items were taken such as work gloves, and spray paint. Lamb says, it appeared that they knew what they were doing because they focused on the higher end contractor tools. He also figures they had to be in th e building for at least an hour, judging by the time it had to take breaking into the fire proof file cabinet. They forced the top two drawers, but were not able to gain access to either one. No money was missing, but Lamb says, we will be tak- ing the cash off the premises daily from now on. He say s we are still working on a dollar figure of the loss, but he is sure it will be well in excess of $1,000. Westbrook police chief Alan Wahl was called in to investigate the break-in. If anyone may have information about the break-in, they can call the Westbrook Police Department. The night before a reported attempted break-in at the American Legion Club in Storden was foiled by an alarm system. Two break-ins in Windom were reported at Peterson Jewelry, and the Verizon store Thursday. Two suspects in the burglaries were apprehended by the Windom Police. Wilder Museum celebrating 40 years Kick off of celebration begins with Walk of Lights and open house Memorial Day weekend Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- It's no secret that Laura Ingalls Wilder and the televi- sion program Little House on the Prairie based on Wilder's book On the Banks of Plum Creek, has brought international notoriety to the little com- munity of Walnut Grove. While the Ingalls' connection goes back to the 1870's, it was many years later that the fact they lived on the banks of Plum Creek in a dug out came to light. In February of 1874 the Ingalls left their homestead at Pepin, Wisconsin moving to Walnut Grove, where they purchased a farm and dug out north of Walnut Grove. When Wilder began writing her books, the book On the Banks of Plum Creek, she never mentioned the town of Walnut Grove. Fast forward to 1947 -- Harold and Della Gordon purchased the farm that the Ingall's had lived on in the 1870's. Some time after they bought the farm the Gordons discovered the significance and connection with the I.ngalls. Eventually they and Walnut Grove Tribune Publishers Everett and Charles Lantz began promoting the site with signage and a road back to the dug out site. In 1968 the Ingalls historic monu- ment was erected and dedicated north of the Gordon farm site. Over the years b Museum staff from left: and Marlys Pemble. visitors began to come to visit the site, but it wasn't until September of 1974 when Little House on the Prairie ftrst aired that the community began attract- ing more visitors. A month later the Gordons requested that the town start a museum -- so visi- tors would have a place to get direc- tions to the dug out site. In October a committee was formed to make plans to start a museum. After renovating the back room of the Bruce Thoma gas sta- tion, on Highway 14, the museum opened the following spring. The muse- um continued to operate in that space acquiring historical items and acting as a visitors center for the continued increase in visitors. In 1980 the museum committee pur- Nicole Elzenga, Amy Ankrum, chased the former Botsford Lumber site. They also purchased the former Revere train depot which was located in a junk yard at Lamberton. The com- mittee then hired a mover to move the building to Walnut Grove. After mov- ing the building less than half a mile the floor separated from the building sending it partially into the ditch. After the movers abandoned the project Marlin Schmidt of Westbrook agreed to rebuild the floor and found another mover to continue moving the building to the present site. Museum -- on page 3 INDEX .......... 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