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TRIBUNE Inside Wednesday, June 2, 2004 Page 3 Walnut Grove in -- from pageone taught some of of this years class. He knew students since the audience this umque of many "q'he Three Life" included he told the alwgys be impor- to communicate. to talk with your keep developing do, as "I Can do It." mindset that you ything you set out to do. It's your turn to go for your dreams. Care -- You need to care about your community, your friends and your family. Nothing can take away the memories and the values you have learned from your parents and teachers. Following the address, principal Mr. William Richards presented the grad- uating class. Education Board chairperson Mr. Eugene Kronback presented the diploma's. Following the recessional the class members went out- side to receive their family and friends. The senior class turned their tassels after receiving their diplomas Sunday. Knakmuhs received a flower from Carolyn Nathan Swanson Rebekah Kopperud Leo Theisen class of 2004 greeted their friends and family after commencement cer- afternoon. Usherettes Kelley Nelson, Dasha Gilb and Jodi Cooley welcomed guests with programs. Turtles don't have cross- ing guards During late spring and early summer, turtles all over MN are traveling to their egg laying grounds, oftentimes having to hike across roads and highways. "It is fairly common to see turtles that have been hit by vehicles this time of year," notes Kristy Zajac, private lands specialist for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). '% tur- tle's hard shell is no compe- tition for a car or truck. Considering all the other natural perils turtles face in their fight for survival, we need to be careful in our wanderings as well." June is the primary egg-laying month for most of Minnesota's native turtle population. Most species lay one clutch of eggs per year, but a couple species lay two. Somewhere between two and three months down the road small turtles will scratch away at the egg with their claws and tap at the shell with a small point on the top of their nose, called a caruncle, to break through the egg. They then have to dig their way through the packed soil to the surface where enough yolk remains in their system to sustain them for a few days or weeks. Most young to not make it to this stage of life, however. "Skunks, rac- coons and opossums are excellent predators of tur- tles," Zajac notes. '"Purtle nests are often discovered soon after laying, until the scent is washed away by rain. Predators will dig up the nests and eat eggs at a ferocious pace. Raccoons have even been known to pull the female from her shell while she is laying her eggs." Most turtles do not survive to adulthood. "But the one thing turtles do have on their side is a long life," Zajac said. "Hopefully over several decades a females will lay enough eggs that a few may make it to adulthood." "We can all help by giv- bering been there, we SPeaking German or paid tribute to serving in East. He said CUrrent war is much that WWII. ed the rules during WWII, but John Brown must fight that has no rules, ethics. memorial service outdoors. Girl Malmberg Skildum teaths on seven representing major wars has entered. thev placed a a rep- soldiers. and Andy Alcorn after the gun Services were day morning at the Dovray Legion Hall by John and Auxiliary Shirley Jans "" from page one opened the activities. Following a reading by Jans the Sunderman sis- ters performed a musical number. Pam Sundahl read the famous story "On Flanders Fields." Army reservist Brandon Dibble gave comments on his time of active duty. Clinton Burt gave the memorial address. Tiffany Holmes and Marian Johnson performed musi- cal numbers. Dolores Schmitt read the roll call of fallen com- rades as Joyce Severson, Shirley Jans and Doris Cohrs distributed poppies. The ceremony moved outside for the luring salute and Flag Burning ceremo- ny. Following the program there was a light lunch served by Auxiliary mem- bers. WESTBROOK -- The local Memorial Day pro- gram began with the VFW and American Legion mak- ing presentations at Emmanuel Rosehill and Rosehill Mennonite ceme- teries at 9:00 and 9:15. Following those ceremonies the group went to the Westbrook gymnasium for a program at 10:00. The program began with the Legion and VFW Posts advancing the colors. The WWG High School band performed the National Anthem under the direction of Mr. Tom Vondracek. Dennis Phelps gave the invocation. John Madson gave the Memorial intro- duction. Marlowe Nelsen recited the VFW prayer. John Madson and Dennis Timgren read the roll call 9f fallen comrades as Auxiliary members Lois Reynolds and Betty Snyder placed commemorative wreaths. The Memorial Address was given by Mr. Steve Zjorness. Kjorness said, '"This day has been a cherished mem- ory for our family." Kjorness talked about his dad who fought and died in World War II. His dad fond- ly nicknamed "Dukee," was killed when Steve was just four years old. Steve said growing up in the small town of Minneota was good, because the peo- ple there took such good care of his family with his father gone. He remembers his experiences of past memorial days how they always honored his father's memory. He once asked his moth- er why his dad chose to serve, when he could have been deferred since he had a wife and three children. His mother told him "You have to remember times were different in those days." "It was his duty." Kjorness spoke about those who served out of a sense of duty -- many of those gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom." He saluted those who continue to serve their country today. He concluded by saying, "I am very proud to be Dukee's boy." Following band selec- tions, Dennis Phelps gave the benediction and the VFW and Legion Clubs retired the colors. ,a/ short service followed at the Westbrook Cemetery. The Westbrook VFW and American Legion clubs erect- ed new monuments at Emanuel RosehlU and Rosehill Mennonite Cemeterys. The seven small crosses represent the wars American military fought in. Find us on the Web at www.lyon-siouxpress.com ing turtles a break," Zajac stated. "Remember, turtles don't have crossing guards to protect them on their journeys." NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS Dear subscriber; please check the due date on your address label of your paper. In order to avoid a lapse in your subscription, please remit your renewal two weeks prior to the expiration date. CLASSIFIED ADS CALL 274-6136 oR 1-800-41 O- 1859