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SENTINEL TRIBUNE EDUC0000TION Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Page 11 By Loy Woelber Greetings from WWG Schools, It's bad enough that it seems like only a few months ago that I was working with the all school reunion and here we were again with another Westbrook Fun Days. I am glad that the weather cooperated and we were able to have plenty of time to celebrate the communi- ty and one another. I really enjoy seeing all the faces and families in the area, especially during the parade. I think the week- end went well and the kids had a great time! Please thank your WAV club and Women's club members. They did a great job and welcome new members. These events can only happen with folks stepping forward and saying 'TII help, let me know what to do." I have had 10 great years here at WWG and look forward to 10 more! I / we are moving forward with another adventure and I am going to be the Supt of WWG and of the Tracy Area Schools. Our districts have a lot in com- mon "up north" with Walnut and Tracy and "down south" with the Westbrook/ Dovray/Currie folks. I had a great experience with the good folks in Balaton and the two districts flirted a lit- tle and held hands thanks to Dave Marlette and me riding to meetings together and some sharing of coaches, staff, and 2 sports. Dave is moving to the Watertown Mayer school district and has always been supportive of working with us and men- toring me. We both just felt that it was time to share Spt Services and keep the great relationships going. THERE ARE NO PLANS TO CONSOLIDATE. These two districts are in wonder- ful financial shape so why not do some good things before we start hurting too much. This sharing gives me the opportunity to have a bird's eye view of both schools and the ability to see some opportunities to share and save that bene- fit both places. I have won- derful support in both dis- tricts with finance and Principals. It will work out very well and we'll see how the year goes. Paul Olson will be get- ting a job change as well. He will now be taking the preschool - 6th grade as well as become the food service director, the trans- portation director and the community education director for the WWG dis- trict. If you have any ideas/ concerns in those areas, please be sure to give Paul a call. We should have the new gym lights in both schools by the end of the week and the bleachers should be in Westbrook by July 25! I can't wait for the first Volleyball game! We are switching the home side to the east wall and keeping the pepband in the NW corner. We are also getting a wonderful donation to have the "big time" chairs along the court for our athletes. We will now have the room on the home (east) side to have the fans walk behind the chairs when they are entering and leaving the gym. I hope the weather straightens out a little bit for our kids and having a summer. We start school again on August 22 and it will be coming at us quick- ly.' Enjoy the 4th and have a great July! Corre00 l:iq00n The State High School League reported Jared Lindaman finished in 43rd place with a 173 score at the State High School Golf Tournament. He actually finished in 40th place with a 172 score. COLLEGE Minnesota West Community and Technical College announces 2011 Spring Semester Deans List Rebecca Weber, Canby Campus Dean, announced the 2011 Spring Semester Deans List for Minnesota West Community & Technical College - Canby and Online Campus. Students must be enrolled full-time with 12 or more credits and earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average to be eligible for Deans List Honors. To earn Deans List Distinct Honors, students must main- tain a 3.75 grade point aver- age or higher and hold 12 or more credits. Area students on the list are: Courtney Locke, Walnut Grove, Distinct honors in Liberal Arts. Colton Knudson, Westbrook, Distinct honors in Wind Energy Technology. UW-Stout Spring Chancellor's list Benjamin Kirchner, BS Engineering Technology, received the Chancellor's Award for the spring 2011 semester. The award is presented to students who have a grade point average of 3.5 or above. Spring semester Academic Honors List at South Central College In recognition of their aca- demic excellence, Dr. Nancy Genelin, Vice President of Academic Affairs for South Central College, has released the Spring Semester President's List honorees. Spring Semester for South Central College ended May 11, 2011. To be eligible for the President's List, a student must be in good academic standing, and for spring semester have earned a mini- mum of 12 credits and achieved a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.500 or better. The President's List represents above average performance. Area students included on the list are: Kyle J West; Walnut Grove, MN Ashton Laurion Scarset, Westbrook, MN MN State Mankato announces spring semester dean's list The Academic High Honor and Honor lists (Dean's lists) for the past fall semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato have been announced by Anne Blackhurst, acting vice presi- dent for academic affairs and student affairs. To qualify for academic honors, undergraduate stu- dents must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours for a grade. Earn a 4.0 straight "A" average for the High Honor List and earn a 3.5 to 3.99 average to qualify for the Honor List. Area students included on the list are: Jordan Heinrich, Honors List; Kristie Hoffman, Honors List; Denise Tietz, High Honors, Walnut Grove, MN ,ortney Erickson, High iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Summer Food Program. Kids at Walnut Grove enjoyed lunch at the summer lunch program served at the elementary school. l Weekly Science byDouugl!sclark Mr. Bones Barnum Brown was argu- ably the greatest fossil hunter of all time. Working for the American Museum of Natural History in New York, he had a career spanning more than 60 years. The museum boasts the largest collection of fossil dinosaurs in the world, thanks in large part to Brown's collection efforts. Mr. Bones, as he was affectionately known by admirers, had his discoveries plastered on the front page of newspapers across the coun- try and had been on so many radio programs and given so many lectures that he was considered one of the most famous scientists in the world during the first half of the twentieth century. Brown was completely dedicated to his work with the museum. One chilly December morning in 1898, Brown arrived at the museum as usual and by the time he had removed his coat he was called into Professor Osborn's office. Osborn was the curator of vertebrate pale- ontology for the museum and wanted to send Brown on an expedition to Patagonia. Brown's account from his journal follows: "Yesterday, about three hours before the Capac was to sail I was noti- fied by Professor Osborn that arrangements had been made for me to go to South America. Four of the Dept. men packed up my kit and I took another with me home to pack up. Imagine getting an outfit together in three hours to go on a seven thou- sand mile journey, and be gone a year or more. Such is the life of a fossil man." Brown embarked on the month-long sail to Punta Arenas, during which he was so taken with sea sickness that he was "...first hoping I would die, then afraid I wouldn't".. He managed to survive the journey, and col- lected fossils for the next year and a half. Months would pass without word and at times the only evidence of Brown's continued survival would be the shipment of tons of fossils back to the museum. Mr. Bones would face blizzards, evade quick- sand, and even survive being shipwrecked near Tierra del Fuego before heading home. Brown's greatest discov- ery came in 1902. Brown and his team had been sent to the badlands of Montana to search through the Cretaceous rock beds of Hell Creek for Triceratops fossils, in partic- ular an intact skull. This rug- ged terrain was explored by Louis and Clark and is known as the Missouri Breaks today. After supplying themselves at Miles City, Montana, they traveled by wagon for five days to Hell Creek where they made camp at the base of Mount Sheba. Before din- ner on the first night, Brown found bone fragments that had fallen down the hill into the creek. Atter tracing them up the hillside to their point of origin, they started dig- ging, first with plows and scrapers to remove the over- lying sediment, then with dynamite when the sandstone became too hard. It would take two years to excavate, and in the end they left a hole that was nine meters long, nine meters wide and six meters deep. The surround- ing rock was so hard that they removed everything in large stone blocks which were transported, first by wagon, then by train, back to the museum. The pelvis was massive--it's block weighed over two tons and was too big to put on a wagon. Brown had to build a sled and drag it with a team of horses the 200 km back to Miles City. It turns out he had discovered the type specimen of Tyrannosaurus rex. A few years later, Brown would return to Hell Creek and dis- cover another, even more perfectly preserved Tyrannosaurus rex which would allow the museum to fully characterize the dino- saur that has captured the imagination of so many in the hundred plus years since its discovery. This "favorite child" of Mr. Bones isstill on display in the Museum's Fossil Hall and speaks vol- umes about the incredible power of Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest carnivores to ever walk the planet. 1) True or false: Barnum Brown got the nickname "Mr. Bones" because he was so skinny. 2) Barnum Brown spent a year and a half in looking for fossils. a) India b) Patagonia c) Indonesia d) The Falklands 3) True or false: Brown was a great fossil hunter for Dr. Osborn and the Smithsonian. 4) Tyrannosaurus rex lived during the peri- od. a) Cretaceous b) Jurassic c) Triassic d) Cenozoic 5) Tyrannosaurus means in Greek. Answers on page 2 Copyright (C) 2011 Weekly Science Quiz All rights reserved. See a photo in the Sentinel Tribune you like? Now you can order it and other photos not printed, quick and easy on line. This blue button on our website links YOU to all of our PICTURES You can have photos from recent newspapers printed pro- fessionally. Select pictures from albums including many that were not printed in the newspaper. These photos are avail- able to you through easy online purchase. To order your photos go to New Century Press Home Pagc) click oll Sentinel Tribune Sentinel Tribune Photo Mugs, posters and T-shirts are also available. The WWG Summer Recreation Program traveled to Marshall to attend the movie Kung-Fu Panda II a few weeks ago. Friday, July 1 the WWG summer rec program will travel to Heron Lake to pick strawberries. Call 507-859-2141 for more details. Submitted photo S u bscri be to the Sentinel Tribune