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SENTINEL TRIBUNE MIRROR OF TEN YEARS AGO May 25, 1994 Diesel locomotive #6386 passed through Walnut Grove recently sporting the name "City of Walnut Grove" on the side of its cab. DM&E railroad has several locomo- tives named after cities along the line. Walnut Grove Girl Scout Troop #689 traveled to Jackson Saturday to attend the junior event "Surfin Safari." Girls attending were Casie Munson, Ashley Knakmuhs, Ashley Hay, and Lynn Murray. Following the dedication of the new addition at English Lutheran Church Sunday morning, an open house was held. Many for- mer members of the church now living many miles dis- tant were in attendance. TWENTY YEARS AGO May 24, 1984 An oil transport owned by Roger Knudson, Westbrook, and Keith Madson, Storden, and driven by Glenn Gustafson, Westbrook, over- turned on the curve at the junction of Redwood County Road 5 and County Road 45, 2 miles south of Walnut Grove, Wednesday after- noon. Gustafson reported he lost control while negotiat- ing the curve. Over 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled out on the roadway and ditch. He was got injured in the accident. Minnesota DNR personnel were at Lake Laura in Plum WALNUT GROVE NEWS .... Teri Herder 859-5402 Bob and Joyce Alcorn were guests at the Jeanne and Dwight Anderson home in Fergus Falls over the weekend while they attended Brandon's gradu- ation. Also attening the graduation were Becky, Kerry and Justin Knakmuhs, Nate, Crystal and Orion Knakmuhs and Betty and Ron Kassel. Dorothy DeSmith returned Saturday from Colorado Springs, CO, where she visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jim DeSmith and Miranda during the past two weeks. Accompanying Dorothy to Colorado was Joan Baumann who visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Baumann and family. Dorothy Grunden visited Kathy Rykhus in Tracy on Tuesday. Jim and Teri Herder- Blahnik took Marshall and Mason Barbe , to Minneapolis on Sunday to watch the Twins vs. the White Sox baseball game at the HHH Metrodome. Visitors at the home of Margie Bakken Sunday afternoon were David and Nancy Herder, Renville, and Amy Koblegard, Willmar. Dick and Shirley Knakmuhs attended the Saturday afternoon wed- ding of Michelle Schulte of Amiret, to Nick Roberts at the Albright Methodist Church in Marshall. Michelle is the grand. daughter of the late Howard and Bev Knakmuhs of Amiret. Commun=00 BYGONE DAYS Creek County Park Wednesday stocking the lake with small fish weighing 150 pounds - crappies, blue gills, and northern. They were from Spencer Lake near Hutchinson. THIRA'I'(EARS May 23, 1974 A large 40 x 100 ft. quonset, a third full of hay and straw, on the Leonard Booth farm, northwest of Walnut Grove, was badly damaged by fire Monday afternoon. A strong south wind fanned the flames, but kept the fire from spreading to other buildings. When lightning struck a large tree at the C.D. Alcorn home early last week, a large section of the trunk was blown away, some parts of which were thrown nearly 100 feet. Bids on a proposal shelter house for Plum Creek Park were tabled Friday by the Redwood County Board of Commissioners when the bids were about $20,000 more than the architect's estimate. Amicus Club hosts Walnut Grove Blood Drive The Amicus Club is hosting a Community Blood Bank bloodmobile drive in Walnut Grove Monday, June 7th, from 1-6 pm at the Community Center. The 40-foot, 5-bed blood- mobile takes walk up appointments, and donating blood takes only 25 to 30 minutes. Call Laura at 859- 2769 to make an appoint- ment or for more informa- tion,. Community Blood Bank has been the sole and exclu- sive supplier of blood and blood products to Westbrook Health Center, Tracy Area Medical Services and Murray County Memorial Hospital in Slayton since July 2002, replacing the American Red Cross. Blood donated on the Community Blood Bank bloodmobile comes back to local hospitals to help patients and their families. Community Blood Bank donors also help supply blood to other Minnesota hospitals in Windom, Pipestone, Worthington, Luverne, Tyler and Jackson. Senior Nutrition Services May 31 - June 4, 2004 WALNUT GROVE-- Senior Nutrition Services serving at the Community Center at 11:30 a.m. each operating day. Monday: Closed. Memorial Day Tuesday: Spaghetti, coleslaw, mandarin oranges, garlic toast, bars -'- Wednesday: Chicken, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, spice cake Thursday: Baked ham, potatoes, carrots, pumpkin pie squares Friday: Porcupine meat- balls, baked potatoes, mixed vegetables, fruit. For reservations call JoAnn Bertschi, 859-2469 (home) or 859-2844 (Community Center). Senior Nutrition Services, Inc., is funded in part under the Older Americans Act under contract with the Southwest Agency on Aging. Shetek Hospitals support 'Safe Place for Newborns' With the sad news of yet another abandoned baby in the state of Minnesota last week, the Shetek Hospitals, Westbrook Health Center, Tracy Area Medical Services, and Murray County Memorial Hospital and Clinic would like to remind the public of the 'Safe Place for Newborns' policy. This Minnesota law became effec- tive on April 19, 2000 and provides an alternative to a mother who might otherwise abandon her newborn. All three Shetek Hospitals at Westbrook, Tracy and Slayton are part of this net- work designed to save babies' lives. The mission statement explains that Safe Place for Newborns exists to save the lives of newborn babies in danger of abandonment. A mother, or someone acting with the mother's permis- sion, can leave the baby, up to 3 days old, with a hospital employee at any Minnesota hospital without fear of pros- ecution. The police are not called as long as the baby is delivered unharmed. The hospital staff will not ques- tion the mother for her iden- tity, but may ask health related questions about the newborn. Helpful informa- tion about available social services may also be offered to the mother, but is not required. Many times the mother abandons her baby because of fear and isolation. When a newborn is brought to a hos- pital employee, immediate care and medical needs will be taken care of. Then the County Social Services will be called in, and the baby placed in foster care. After a pre-determined amount of time, usually a few weeks, the baby is eligible for adop- tion by the many waiting families who are anxious to welcome a newborn into their family. By relinquish- ing the baby to the hospital, the mother does terminate her parental rights; which allows for the adoption process to proceed. Each of the Shetek Medical facilities, Westbrook Health Center, Tracy Area Medical Services, and Murray County Memorial Hospital and Clinic, want everyone to know that they care about the needs of both the baby and mother. Staff is always on hand to assist in any way. More information can be found at the website, H Y P E R L I N K "http://www.safeplacefor newborns.corrYinfo" as well as a toll free crisis line, 1- 877-440-2229 which is avail- able 24/7. "Celebrate Summer" The June 8 Horticultural Convention at the Elk's Lodge, 1105 2nd Ave., Worthington, offers something for all who are interested in gardening. The day-long event features speakers, exhibits of flower arrangements, flower speci- mens, potted plants, fruits and vegetables. 'A plant sale and White Elephant sale as well as a Book Sale will spark your gardening inter- est. The event is being host- ed by the U and I Garden Club of Round Lake. Flower arrangements will be entered in 14 artistic categories to carry out the theme "Celebrate Summer," including using designated accessorxes with the arrangement (eg. favorite kitchen invention, turkey accessory, antique, etc.) or using a specific color or size of arrangement. Come and see how the talented exhibitors interpret the theme of the day. Or better yet, write for the informa- tion, and bring an exhibit! There are 37 cut flower, or specimen classes and several classes of potted plants, fruits and vegetables. There is also a class of Display Specimens that are just for your pleasure to view but will not be judged. Exhibits are due between 7:30 and 9 a.m. on June 8. A business meeting and awards ceremony conducted by Marianne Schotzko, MN State Horticultural Society, District 4 president will be held at 9 a.m. and our speak- ers will follow. Duane A. Hastad, owner of Heather Nursery and Floral in Montevideo, Dawson and Madison, MN will be the mornin K speaker. The flower show will open at noon. The afternoon's events will include a slide presentation by Al Batt of Heartland about birds and a presenta- tion by Gary Fisk of Ferguson's Nursery in Spirit Lake, IA. Everyone who is inter- ested in gardening or enjoy the beauty of flowers is invited to this event. Pre- registration will include morning and afternoon refreshments and a noon meal is due to Barb Hansen, 34141 740th St., Round Lake, MN 56167 by May 28. Registration at the door will not include a noon meal. Rules for exhibiting or fur- ther information can be obtained from the above address or calling Barb at 507-945-8485 or LeAnne Meyer 507-372-7788. Wednesday, May 26, 2004 Gwen Bitker and orkey earn Girl ilver Award Gwen Bitker, Walnut Grove Cadette Girl Scout and Carrie Horkey. Westbrook Cadette Girl Scout, have recently com- pleted the requirements for earning the Girl Scout Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Cadette Girl Scout. To fulfill the requirements, they com- pleted three Interest Project Awards and earned the "From Dreams to Reality Patch," the "Cadette Girl Scout Leadership Award." and the "Cadette Girl Scout Challenge" Award. The final step included 30 hours of planning and implementing a service proj- ect that had a positive impact on the Ms. Bitker chose ! project toork library using her and reading skills open library hours books to local dren. "Ms. Horkey project to include in ing of Girl Scout opportunity for tomers to purchase for persons in the who are stationed She collected cookies, packed, them to would distribute their co-workers. For more please contact Gwen at 859-2885 or Horkey at 274-5936. In Next Week's American Profile... A foot-stompin" good time During the third fitll week in June each year, %Veiser, Idaho, tragsonns itself into ground zero of old-time fiddling. For a week, this small farm- ing cxmmuni- grows three fold and hosts the nation's bigge old-time fiddling contest. Plus, Fort Morgan, Cx)lo., mad vegetable pizza. CFletratirl tto,netotcn ire Services wants ...your opinion is very important to the directiO your local health care. Now is the time to your opinion count. Mark with *X* if interested TRACY AREA MEDICAL SERVICES, WESTBROOK HEALTH CENTER & COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL & would like to know: i--'il *DO YOU, OR A FAMILY MEMBER REQUIRE DIALYSIS?. WOULD YOU BENEFIT FROM A LOCAL DIALYSIS CENTER? [--11 =HOW FAR DO YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL IN ORDER TO RECElYE YOUR HEAI,TH CARE? [--11 .WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SPECIALTY SERVICES, SUCH %im AS: CARDIOLOGY, UROLOGY, ORTHOPEDICS, " ETC. J eWHAT ARE YOUR SPECIFIC HEALTH CARE CONCERNS?. J IF YOU WOULD UKE TO CONTACT US CONCERNING THIS SURVEY, PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER J The needs of our communities are of utmost importance to us. We are always looking for ways to better serve the health care needs in our area. Please respond by dropping off this survey at your local hospital or send your response to Westbrook Health Center, c/o Robin Madson, 921 Bell Ave., Westbrook, MN 56183. E-mail response can be sent to madsonr@siouxvalley.org. Shetek Medical Services TRACY AREA MEDICAL SERVICES, WESTBROOK HEALTH CENTER & MURRAY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL & CLINIC Member FDIC LENDER