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CHOIR CONCERT PAGE 11 SCHOOL BOARD PAGE 3 FFA AWARDS PAGE 8 BENEFIT FOR PAUL HANSON PAGE 3 'lAIPldqllwHqlhdJH'AUqlll,lndldlIMI E  I]9/13/99 SmT fmv 217 W COTA ST SHELTON. WA 98584-2263 Wednesday May 25, 2011 $1.00 VOLUME NO. 26 NUMBER 39 14 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Commencement held for 50 seniors "We met as strangers, grew as classmates, and leave as friends" By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG --After 13 years of learning the three R's and a whole lot more, 50 seniors took their final walk at commence- ment exercises Sunday afternoon. They will each set out in different directions with different hopes and dreams for their future. Tears both of joy and sadness wilt flow from students, parents and friends as the reality of the moment hits each one in different ways. Kaylee Mischke and Amy Nelson played a musical prelude. The seniors then proceeded into the gynmasium to the strains of Fanfare and Processional by Ployhar & Elgar, played by the WWG band under the direction of Mrs Brenda Derickson. Following that the band performed the national anthem and the school song Go U Northwestern. A senior slide show was then present- ed by Nathan Olsem, Taylor Elzenga, Abby Hoffman, Amber West, and Molly Jarmer. Following the slide show class repre- sentatives Kelsey Mischke and Brennan Beaty each spoke. Kelsey Mischke spoke about A Push to Greatness. She talked about how she and her Courtney Byers got a hug in the reception line after graduation. She told the class it is time to step up to reach their full potential. "It is time to push ourselves, our friends, our family to change the world. We are the new genera- tion of change," she said. "We will push ourselves to greatness." Following that Brennan Beaty gave an amusing Top Ten List of things from the senior class. The vocal number Seize the Day was performed by the high school choir under classmates have been pushed by parent../d, direction of Mrs. Constance Knott. teachers and the community. Then the senior ensemble performed She asked her classmates how much Seasons of Love. they had pushed themselves, and how Then the band performed a medley much they were pushed by teachers, from Pirates of the Carribean. coaches and parents. Next principal William Richards intro More photos --- page 2 duced the high honor students followed by Superintendent Loy Woelber introducing the Speaker Debra Kuehl. Kuehl gave her address "Follow Your Dreams." She urged the class to be them- selves in everything they do. She told them to do what you love and to reach high to achieve their dreams and set their goals high. Mr. Richards presented the class of 2011 and Mr. Gene Kronback, board chairperson, presented the diploma's. After turning their tassels on their caps the class proceeded out of the Gymnasium as the band played Fanfare and Processional. Once outside, the seniors formed a reception line in front of the school to receive congratulations from family and friends. Fender bender mender for 35 years e Duane's Body Shop of Westbrook is celebrating 35 years of business with a customer appreciation party Saturday, June 4 By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- Duane Ourada has been doing paint- ing, body work and other repairs since 1975 when he gradu- ated from the Auto Body Technician course at Jackson Technical College. Ourada, a Walnut Grove native, graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1973. After graduating from technical college Duane and his wife, Karl (Anderson), also a Walnut Grove graduate moved to Westbrook to work with Archie Senst in his body shop. They had learned that Senst was interested in selling the busi- ness, and that is why Duane began working for him in November of 1975. Three months later they purchased the business from Senst. Ourada commented, the fast few years in business were tough, but after he built up a customer base the business increased seven fold over the years. He worked out of fairly cramped quarters for several years before purchasing the former Tighe Construction building just two blocks west on Fourth Street. He completely remodeled the building, adding an alignment rack, a new paint booth and a paint mixing system. The paint mixing system allows him to match paints more accurately. According to Ourada, paint is one of the things that has changed the most. In the early years the paint had to be buffed out to bring out the high gloss. Today the paint is basically an enamel fiat base, requiting a clear coat finish to bring out the shine. "Of course the cost of paint has skyrocketed over the years, along with the prices of everything else going up consid- Karl and Duane Ourada erably" he said. The basic procedures of body work have not changed that much, however estimating has become a big item. Ourada spends a considerable sum each month for his computerized estimating system. "It is very expensive but it saves me a lot of time, he said. It really helps working with the insurance com- panies, because they are on the same page." He admits labor has also gone up significantly. When he first started 35 years ago his labor rate was $12.00 a hour now it is $52.00 a hour. He said "that is the going rate around here, and that is mostly what the insurance companies will pay. The majority of our work is insurance work." Open House -- co.,.. o. . City sells tax forfeited property Council voted to do additional street work By Paula MeGarvey The Walnut Grove City Council met in a regular session on the 9th day of May, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the council room. Greg Hansen, Jeff Harnack, Leonard McLaughlin and Xiong Yang were present. Todd Harrington was absent. Mayor Hansen pre- sided at the meeting Also Present was Tom Hansen, Mike Zeug, Dave Hoyt, Char O'Donnell and Carol Swanson. Sealed bids were opened for the properties being sold by the city that were purchased at the forfeited tax auction. One bid was received for Parcel 94-200-0100 on the Northwest comer of 1st Street and Main. Ken Koch bid $100.00. Two bids were received for parcel 94-200-2000 located at 431 Main Street. The high bid was from Lloyd Knakmuhs for $155.50. The council approved a resolution declaring the value of parcel 94-200- 0100 to be $100 and parcel 94-200-2000 to be $155.50. The council accepted the high bids for each property. The city council toured the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Char O'Donnell volunteered to paint the sign, trim up the bushes and plant flowers. The council accepted her offer and will pay for any sup- plies needed and for the flowers. The EDA will now be meeting the second Tuesday of every month at Country View. Bruce Baker has resigned from the EDA and Amy Ankrum has accepted the position. The council discussed the City Insurance. The council voted and approved that the City DOES NOT WAIVE the monetary limits on municipal tort liability established by the MN Statutes 466.04. " City sells  Continued on page 12 Area Memorial Day services By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune SPECIAL -- Several area memorial day pro- grams have been set for next Monday morning. Storden -- Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Storden Civic Center. The RRC ensemble will perform. Pastor Harvey Pedersen will give the Invocation. Elizabeth Johnson and Madeline Johnson will perform Thank You Soldiers. Pastor Michael Stangeland will give the Memorial address. Following the service there will be a short ser- vice in the city park. Westbrook -- The Westbrook VFW and American Legion and auxiliaries will conduct ser- vices. Honor guard will be at the Rosehill Cemetery at 9:00, Mennonite Cemetery at 9:15 with a program at the WWG High School at 10:30. Speaker at the cer- emony will be Superintendent Loy Woelber. A brief ceremony will be held at the Westbrook Cemetery following the main ceremony. Note - The WWG Band will rehearse at 10:00 a.m., the bus will leave Walnut Grove at 9:30. Walnut Grove -- the Walnut Grove American Legion and Auxiliary will conduct services at the Walnut Grove Gymnasium at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Tim H(31t of English Lutheran Church will give the Memorial address. Dovray -- No information was received, please call local legion members for information. ON RECORD PAGE2 SPORTS PAGE9 WWG PAGE3 MEMOR,AL GAY 00AGE ' ......... 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