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To win one of these titles during a season is outstanding, but to win all three with the pressure that goes with them is awesome and a nice accomplishment. Dana also earned academic all state and all state honors for the 2013 season. Dana will look to close out his golf career in grand fashion at the state tournament. State golf -- Continued on Page 3 Marcia Ericks0n retires from teaching Erickson was proud to have worked on several innovative teaching projects during her 37 years of teaching Torn Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- Marcia Erickson brought her rural common sense teaching approach to various elementary class- rooms during her 37 year teaching career. Erickson is a South Dakota trans- plant, being raised most of her growing up years at Watertown. In her senior year in high school she and her family moved to Clark S.D. where she graduated from high school. She started college in 1968 at Northern State College in Aberdeen S.D. but after attending there for a year her dad took a teaching job at Canby Vo Tech. Then she moved to Redfield S.D. where she worked at the State Hospital until the spring of 1973. She, and her son Steve, then moved back to Canby and she enrolled in Southwest State University at Marshall, for the fall semester. In 1976 she gradu- ated from Southwest State with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education 1-6. Her first teaching job was at Melrose, MN where she taught Title I for two years. In 1978 her dad suffered a heart attack, so she looked for a job closer to home. She interviewed for a Title I position at Westbrook that same y. After inter- viewing with Dr. Quincey, and Gerald Goehring, she was hired to teach Title I for a year. The next year she was assigned to teach fourth grade when Betty Knudson retired. A year later she and her husband, Stan Erickson, were married. They have two grown children, Steve and Derrick and two grandchildren. Besides her teaching fourth grade, Erickson also taught combination rooms for several years. Then she taught fifth grade until 1990. When Westbrook and Walnut Grove formed a cooperative school she moved back to fourth grade and continued there until 2006. When the ele- mentary school was moved completely to Walnut Grove and the junior high was moved to Westbrook, she con- tinued to teach fourth grade at Walnut Grove. The biggest change Erickson has had to face was the State Graduation Standards and Testing. "It makes our job much more dif- ficult because not all kids learn at the same rate. The maturity var- ies a great deal at that age level," she said. She noted, every- thing is aligned with the standards, "It takes a lot of spontaneity out of teaching." "Today the focus is purely academic -- children are so much more than academics," Erickson said. "We are asked to teach abstract ideas when the)' learn basic concrete aspects." Erickson feels sometimes the tech- nology is going faster than one can learn. However she thinks the capability of it is fantastic -- when it is working. "It is great! -- I can throw up an image on the smart board -- visually you can do so many things, but it is only as good as the user -- the smart board won't do any- thing unless I tell it," She said. Erickson noted the economic status i!!!!!ii!il Marcia Erickson of parents has changed. "You have to be aware and empathetic to the child's needs --you have to care about the child's well being," Erickson said. Erickson recalled some of her fondest memories. Running the fourth grade pet show at Westbrook was something high on her list. Her fourth grade Christmas parties were another thing she really enjoyed. Erickson 1 on page 3 A closer look at Walnut Grove Walnut Grove author Daniel Peterson penning a series of booklets looking at important historical events of Walnut Grove Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- Dan Peterson authored two previous history books of Walnut Grove. His first book published in 2004 was a history of Walnut Grove Business places, and in 2010 he published a book, a chronicle of Walnut Station and Walnut Grove. Peterson has started a series of booklets about specific historical events in the community. The series of booklets are from 45 to 90 pages long. The first book deals with the Great Fire of 1903. The fire burned the whole south side of the business district. Peterson described how each of the busi- nesses dealt with the loss after the fire. Another sidebar in the book talks about the local temperance movement of Carrie Nation. Locally Myrtle Van Cise, who's husband was in well drilling busi- ness, became a temperance lead- er. After becoming tired of local saloons being open on Sunday, Van Cise took matters into her own hands. She chopped her way through the door of one of the three saloons in town with a hatchet. She also was carrying a pistol, and proceeded to destroy the inside of the saloon. Later that year coincidently -- or not -- a fire started on the south side of Main Street where all of the saloons were located. It destroyed all of the businesses on the south side. At the time there was a lot of criticism of the fire department for not being prepared for the fire. Some of their equipment was never tested, so when they went to use it, some of it did not work. Needless to say the city fathers adopted stricter building codes, and built a new fire hall. The book includes many accounts surrounding the after affects on businesses that were destroyed. Much of the informa- tion for the books is taken from old newspaper stories. In his second booklet Peterson looks into the 1880 Diphtheria Epidemic. Peterson said, "when I started looking at old newspaper accounts, the epidemic really affected southwest Minnesota. At the time people speculated differ- ent ideas about what caused it. It attacked mostly children and elderly." "If you look in local cemeter- ies there are a lot of small white markers with lambs -- all about the time of the epidemic," he said. The third booklet is called Wet or Dry. It is a chronicle of the temperance movement up until Prohibition. The movement was largely promoted by women. The towns would vote every year, and over- whelmingly it was voted to stay wet. Keep in mind that at that time women were still not allowed to vote. "The results might have been different had women been able to vote," Peterson chuckled. Peterson 1 on page 3 Daniel Peterson with two of his books. 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