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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Page 3 ===~= From page 1 The legion and VFW posts advanced the colors, and the WWG High School band played the National Anthem under the direction of Brenda Derickson. Keith Carey gave the Invocation, fol- lowed by Legion Commander, John Madson giving the Memorial Introduction. Keith Carey then recited the Legion Prayer. Special music was performed by Elizabeth Johnson. John Madson and Dennis Phelps read the roll call of fallen veterans of past wars as auxiliary members, Anita Phelps, and Agnes Vortherms placed wreaths on the grave. John Madson then introduced the Memorial Day speaker, Murray County Deputy Sheriff Jon Wiggins. Wiggins talked about his growing up on a farm near Walnut Grove. As a small boy he remembered fantasiz- ing as he played fighting the Sioux Indians during the Sioux Uprising. He also remem- bered pretending he was in action with the military, and rounding up criminals as a law enforcement person. He investigated the military careers of his father and brothers. His sister was the first in his family to serve as a commissioned officer in the military. In college it was only natural for him to join the ROTC when he attended Mankato State University. At his graduation and commissioning he received orders to join a field artillery unit at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. A major asked him if he remembered all the money they had spent on him? He replied yes sir I do. Well now it's time for you to pay. He served in San Salvador, Panama, Egypt, and a tour in Iraq. Then due to a permanent disability he was returned to the reserve as retired status. He talked about the strong tradition of Minnesotan's serving in the military back to the Civil War. He talked about the Minnesota Military Division that were called to fight at Gettysburg. The unit of about 400 men was called into battle against 2100 Rebels. Out manned the unit suffered heavy losses but their efforts gave the Union Forces time to move into the fray. "These men went willingly into battle even though they faced huge odds against them," he said. "We are Americans and we are from Minnesota!" Many great people are in our midst -- there are great Americans from the past, present and our future, he concluded. Following the address the band played a patriotic selection. Keith Carey gave the benediction and the colors were retired. Following the service the legion and VFW went to the Westbrook Cemetery for a brief ceremony. A wreath was laid at the Veterans Memorial, followed by the rifle squad firing a salute and the playing of Taps. I i~: ..... I Above: Legion and Auxiliary members at Walnut Grove recit- ed the Pledge of Allegiance. Below left: Westbrook Auxiliary members Dolly Phelps and Agnes Vortherms placed wreaths on the grave. Below: Wreaths were place on crosses at the Walnut Grove Memorial Day Ceremony. ---= From page 1 But when she learned she had to have a strong back ground in anatomy, dissection and she found out she would have to buy a cadaver for dis- secting -- that changed everything. Even though her mother encouraged her to continue her pursuit of physi- cal therapy, she decided it was not for her! So after switching to MSU she looked into several areas to pursue before deciding on an elementary teaching major. One time she was visiting an elementary classroom and recalled the kids going out for recess playing in the snow. "When they came in with their wet coats and boots it really smelled bad, I thought do I really want to teach in elementary?" she said. But she continued her ele- mentary teaching degree graduating with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education K-6. When she did her student teaching she was assigned to a class with a teacher that taught her ways to try and engage students. Berg accepted her first teaching assignment at Jackson where she taught for three years before coming to Westbrook in 1974 when she was hired by principal Gerald Goehring. She started out teaching as a title I teacher helping small groups of students with read- mg. During her career she taught all but 5th grade, and also taught some combination classes in her early years at Westbrook. In 1984 she took over the second grade class and con- tinued teaching second grade even after she went to Walnut Grove to teach, continuing there until her retirement this year. Berg reflected on some of the changes she has seen in her career. "When I first start- ed teaching, children were much more reserved and qui- eter, they hadn't been out as much socially. Today kids get out a lot more and are much more social in class. They are changed the way we have to teach for new teachers this is going to be second nature," she noted. much more aware about One of her favorite things what's going on in the world," is, watching when a child gets she said. a concept and they know they When it comes to technol- understand the concept. "She ogy kids are much more always enjoys being with the knowledgeable "it is really kids the new ways kids changing the kids," she said. look at things is a positive She finds it is much more thing," she said. challenging these days She recalled a, time when because of what is going on one of her students brought a in their lives. "So we have to snake to school to show. be more aware of their needs, During recess it got loose so and as educators we are try- she went to get the student to ing to fulfill their needs," said get it back in the bucket. Not Berg. particularly fond of snakes, it Berg has found that every is something she will long class is different, some like remember. hearing stories, others like to She said she will miss the see videos or pictures. She students and all of the people said, "each class has its own she has worked with over the character most of the kids years. But some of the things are pretty loving kids. Kids she won't miss are, doing les- are still kids." son plans, report cards, and She noted the things kids driving to school in bad like today are a lot different weather. than when she first started Berg married to her hus- teaching. "Back then kids band, Bruce, in 1971, and were into cowboy shows they live in Storden. They now it is much more geared have one grown daughter to action things, but they all Anne. still seem to be interested in Berg doesn't have any big dinosaurs and rocks," she plans, but she enjoys reading chuckled, and will probably do some "When I started teaching, travelling. "I guess I will just we had fire drills and tomado take it one day at a time I drills, today we have lock- just want to enjoy life," she down drills," she said. said. The technology in teach- Good luck Deb on your ing today is almost over- retirement. whelming with the use of computers, iPads, and smart boards. "This has really O The Cottonwood County Extension will collaborate with the Windom Community Education program to offer a six- hour child care clinic for youth in fifth - ninth grades on Monday, June 10 at the Windom High School. Throughout the day, participants will gain insight on proper child care techniques from special guest presenters. Youth will learn valuable information regarding nutrition, safety, first aid, parent expectations, play time toys and child development. Participants will also have the opportunity to create their own baby-sitting kit. The clinic will run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and attendees are asked to bring a sack lunch. 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